Young Oxfordshire Laser Company Shortlisted for Innovation Award
24/05/2019

Young Oxfordshire Laser Company Shortlisted for Innovation Award

ES Precision Ltd. Is delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Subcon Launchpad Awards 2019. The event is at the NEC in early June and aims to promote cutting-edge innovation across UK manufacturing industry.

ES provides a laser processing service with a difference to UK businesses such as medical device manufacturers, motorsport companies and the general engineering sector. The difference is that ES focuses on finer, precision jobs. Much of our work is permanent surface modification – marking and engraving for example. We also cut and drill metals, ceramics and organics, but only thin materials, generally <1mm.

The shortlisting is based on an innovative drilling solution that ES developed for Blatchford. Blatchford is a British company that develops rehabilitation products, many of which are used by veterans of our armed forces. Their award-winning range of lower limb prosthetics are designed to provide the best possible mobility, function and comfort after amputation. Optimal control of a prosthetic limb depends on a comfortable and secure connection between limb and socket. Modern liner technology provides excellent cushioning, but the impermeable and insulating materials can allow a build-up of heat and moisture so they begin to slip and chafe. The patented technology of Silcare Breathe works by letting air and perspiration trapped between the liner and skin to escape through specially designed laser drilled perforations.  This results in drier skin and a healthier environment for the residual limb. 

ES Precision uses its laser technology to drill Blatchford’s Silcare Breathe liners with holes that are carefully controlled in terms of position and size for a best possible liner wear experience.

[The photographs below show a drilled liner and one being worn by Cassie]

The aim of Launchpad is to promote the best of UK start-up companies and the Subcon show provides a small booth to each of the finalists during Subcon 2019 in June. The winning innovation company secures a £10,000 prize comprising a full stand and marketing support for Subcon 2020. ES welcomes the opportunity to promote laser solutions to all UK manufacturing companies and continue to be open to testing and trialling laser processes for best results using our 8 laser workstations with outputs ranging from near UV to far infrared.

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