By implementing a new quality control system and after assessment from notified body TÜV, they have been awarded a Factory Production Control (FPR) Certificate for the laser cutting of CE Marked materials.
As of 1st July 2014, CE Marking for fabricated structural steelwork became mandatory in all Member States throughout the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA). Under the Construction Production Regulation (CPR), it is now a legal obligation of manufacturers, distributors and importers of construction products used within the EU to carry the CE Mark.
This is applied to more than the primary products used within construction, such as structural beams, but also to any fabricated elements made from CE Marked products.
Jon Day, the director of The Laser Cutting Company, had this to say “Our three dedicated tube lasers with the ability to cut common structural steel sections, combined with our two flatbed lasers means a large percentage of the profiles we cut end up being used within the construction industry.”
The legislation outlined within the Construction Production Regulation states that all structural metalwork is critical to safety and therefore all manufacturing and fabrication is required to be fully traceable and carried out within a controlled manner. Therefore the implementation of a Factory Production Control system is required and needs to be certified by an approved certification body.
Non-compliance is heavily penalised within the UK, starting with suspension notices, prohibition notices and application for forfeiture, failing to comply may even lead to fines, imprisonment or both.
“Despite the legislation changes being in place since July 2014, many other laser job shops don’t see compliance as a necessity as they claim to be providing a service, not a product. As soon as the legislation changes were announced, we understood that compliance with the new standards were vital if we were to stay ahead of our competition and continue to provide our customers with the service and traceability that they require.” Said Mr Day.
“When a CE Marked product is required, we source materials from CE Marked approved mills and now have an independently audited controlled process in place for the laser profiling of CE Marked metals.” concluded Mr Day.
The Laser Cutting Company’s Factory Production Control Certificate and CPR number covers laser cut steel, stainless steel and aluminium components in execution class EXC 1, EXC 2 and EXC 3.