Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, April 9, 2001

Micro marking, convex imaging is the work of this new business

By Lynda Jensen

Working inside an area the size of a button is no problem for Wright Laser, Waverly.

The product marking and assembly firm recently opened its doors, offering specialty services.

Owners are Mariellyn Kuske of Waverly, and Michelle Zuelzke Brooklyn Center, and Daryl Kiefer, Brooklyn Park. Mike Kuske, Mariellyn's husband, also assists in the company.

The company is primarily run by women in a male-dominated field, Zuelzke said.

Services they offer include micro marking of medical devices, specialty imaging, electronic parts marking, rotary surface marking and production services, among other things.

All of the marking they do involves using a laser to inscribe numbers or a logo on a metal or plastic surface, Kiefer said. The metal used ranges from steel, aluminum, brass, pewter, titanium, and plastics, to name just a few.

The business can take just about any image and inscribe it upon a product, and serves medical, industrial and automobile industries that want to be able to keep track of the origin of different manufactured components, Kiefer said.

An example of this would be to inscribe a serial number or even "sample not for sale" on the head of a screw 1/8 inch wide that is used for bones in a surgical procedure, Zuelzke said.

They mark many items that are for implantable medical devices, and other items such as flywheels and discs used for industrial purposes. They can also inscribe recognition plaques, Zuelzke said.

Their clientele reaches across the nation, and even to places that other businesses could never touch, since they also do work for NASA as well, Kiefer said.

They just sent off a proposal for a solar sail to NASA last week, which is part of their prototype assembly work. NASA attaches the sail to its space rovers with tethers, just like a sail for a boat, catching solar winds to use for power.

The sail is made of metal tubing, with a thin fibre infrastructure and polymide coating over the frame, Kiefer said. NASA's budget for the entire project is $40 million, he added.

The company has also done marking for NASA's jet propulsion components, Kiefer said.

The work is part of their new product designs, Kuske said.

Although Wright Laser's clients are worldly, its custom service is the mark of a small company, Zuelzke said.

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