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August 2015 - Micrometric

Welcoming war veteran Frank Tolley

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Micrometric was very honoured by a visit from 93 year old Bomber Command veteran Frank Tolley, when he called in recently with a team from the BBC to film for a forthcoming documentary “The People Remember” which will be broadcast on BBC 1 this Remembrance Day – 11 November 2015.

Frank was a bomb aimer on a Lancaster Bomber with squadron 625 during WWII, and remains remarkably active and fit for a man in his 90’s.  During the war the squadron was based at RAF Kelstern in Lincolnshire, and they took part in many bombing missions as well as dropping food parcels over Holland.

BBC journalist Debbie Williams interviewed Frank Tolley and Micrometric Internal Sales Engineer Andrew Parker about the part Micrometric is playing in commemorating our fallen heroes, who flew from airfields in Lincolnshire during the Second World War.  Frank was thrilled to see the names of some of the 26,000 airmen that lost their lives while serving under Bomber Command being laser cut into sheet metal.  The finished plates will be mounted on the surrounding walls of the Spire Memorial at the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) located on Canwick Hill outside Lincoln.  Recognising names of friends and potential relatives brought a tear to Frank’s eye as he remembered some of the individuals commemorated.

Frank Tolley observes laser cutting at MicrometricImage – Frank observes the laser cutting of names of the fallen heroes at Micrometric

After leaving the RAF, Frank moved into engineering and described his visit to Micrometric “like coming home”, being fascinated by the range of high technology laser equipment in use at Micrometric.

Frank Tolley meets Andrew

Image: Frank Tolley with Andrew Parker of Micrometric

It was an honour for the staff at Micrometric to meet Frank and we hope he enjoyed his visit.

Fine laser engraving marks Wiggins record on B&O headphones

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Amongst other world records and Olympic gold medals, UK cycle champion Sir Bradley Wiggins recently broke the Hour Record, going further in one hour than anyone else previously achieved.  Cycling 54,526 metres in 60 minutes, Sir Bradley took the record from British cyclist Alex Dowsett by almost a mile at Lee Valley Velodrome in London on 7 June 2015.

To commemorate this occasion Lincoln businessman Gavin Sykes commissioned Micrometric to laser etch the number 54526 onto a pair of customised Bang & Olufsen (B & O) Beoplay H6 headphones.  The headphones were customised by Rapha cycle clothing supplier and sponsor of Team Sky, and are designed to be worn by cyclists when travelling or in their warm up and recovery periods, during which many world class cyclists are accustomed to listening to music for motivation or distraction from pain.


The body of the headphones is made from lightweight colour-anodised aluminium which is a perfect application for laser engraving or etching since very fine detail can be produced and contrast is excellent.  Removing the anodised material reveals the bright white aluminium surface and this technique is used in many industrial and commercial products where the laser marking is permanent, fast and easily automated.

Gavin Sykes presented the headphones to Sir Bradley Wiggins during the British National Road Cycling Championships which were held in Lincoln at the end of June 2015.  Gavin had previously used Micrometric for laser etching so was aware of the capabilities available at Micrometric.

Sir Bradley was delighted with the headphones and is a big fan of B & O products, after receiving the gift, he invited Gavin to a 2 hour ride north of Lincoln culminating in an assent of the cobbled Michaelgate.

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