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A Rofin Starweld Performance laser has reduced the time it takes to repair jewellery at Aberdeen-based Finnies the Jeweller.

It also enables the jewellery company to size rings in house.

Stewart Dawson of Finnies said: ‘Every ring needs to be sized and, with our traditional torch-based joining methods not appropriate for platinum, we found ourselves subcontracting ring sizing to a company using a laser.

‘With the sale of 50-60 platinum rings each month, the subcontracting costs were becoming prohibitive.

‘Added to this, there were the additional costs of packaging and posting, not to mention the risks associated with items becoming lost or delayed,’ he added.

In the two-and-a-half years since purchasing the laser, it has become an indispensible tool for the business in a number of ways.

Dawson continued: ‘The precision of the laser enables us to tackle repairs on a wide range of jewellery without having to first remove and then reset the gems.

‘We can also effect repairs in difficult-to-reach areas, which would be almost impossible using traditional techniques.

‘If the joint is inaccessible, as long as you can see it, even through a tiny aperture, you can weld it with the laser.

‘The laser also allows us to offer our customers a one-hour turnaround on ring sizing, so clients can choose the ring, have it sized and take it home the same day,’ he said.

Rofin offers a complete range of lasers including CO2, YAG, Vandate and fibre lasers.

The company also provides solutions for laser cutting and marking applications.

Rofin-Baasel UK Ltd is the UK sales and support subsidiary of Rofin Sinar Technologies Inc, which is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of industrial lasers and is quoted on the USA NASDAQ stock exchange. Rofin makes lasers and laser systems for marking, welding, cutting, drilling and perforating and offers sources and solutions across all the main industrial laser technologies CO2, solid state and fibre lasers. Our lasers are employed in most manufacturing markets to give customers unprecedented results in terms of quality and throughput. We have over 30,000 installations in industries such as medical device, electronics, automotive, jewellery, tool and mould, aerospace and solar power. Examples demonstrating the range of capabilities of Rofin lasers include: * In-line packaging material manufacturers use our lasers to create ‘easy open’ perforated lines in packaging. * High street jewellers buy our microwelding workstations to make and repair jewellery. * Surgical tool and implant manufacturers produce clean and permanent identification marks on their products with Rofin markers. * Photovoltaic customers rely on laser operations from scribing to drilling to make solar panels and wafers. Rofin-Baasel welcomes the opportunity to show customers what lasers can do for them.

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