Branding ice skating blades with Cajo laser marking solution
Prosharp Proshop is dedicated in ice sports in all its form. Their goal is to make the design and sharpening of skate blades faster, better, and safer for its users. Their products are widely used among e.g., figure skaters and professional ice hockey players in the NHL, KHL and Finnish Ice hockey leagues. Prosharp Proshop investigated the suitable marking technology for marking and branding its new custom-made skate blades. Cajo was able to provide a solution that also met the quality standards of end customers.
Prosharp Proshop is dedicated in ice sports in all its form. Their goal is to make the design and sharpening of skate blades faster, better, and safer for its users. They are in close collaboration with leading players in the industry. Prosharp equipment comes from Sweden, the world’s leading, innovative manufacturer of automated precision sharpening and shaping machines for skates. Their products are widely used among e.g., figure skaters and professional ice hockey players in the NHL, KHL and Finnish ice hockey leagues.
The new era of marking skate blades
As part of the launch of new custom skate blades planned for the season 2021–2022, Prosharp Proshop investigated the suitable marking technology for high-quality marking and branding of blades. There was also a clear demand from end customers for customizing the blades with, e.g., team logo or marking hockey players personal blades with their name.
Markings made with Finnish marking technology fulfilled their needs perfectly
Prosharp Proshop made a technology comparison and quite soon ended up with laser marking technology. They continued the selection process by evaluating the equipment of five equipment providers. As a result, they selected Cajo Vega Lite™ marking solution by Cajo Technologies. “Cajo was the only laser marking manufacturer that was able to offer a solution that also met our end customers’ quality standards for laser color marking,” says Raimo Manninen from Prosharp Proshop. “In addition, Cajo’s marking software provides an easy-to-use solution for customizing our products and their delivery content in its entirety best met our needs.”
“Cajo has a patented method for marking color markings without additives. It enables significant added value for producers of different components and products. Various customization needs are also clearly growing, and we can meet these needs very cost-effectively,” says Ms. Kati Liedes from Cajo. “The co-operation with Prosharp Proshop has been really smooth and efficient. We are also very delighted of the opportunity to do our part in exporting domestic expertise into global markets”.
Prosharp Proshop has tested a future blade with several Finnish Championship league players and the reception has been excellent.
“I have been using Proshop´s test blades for past several weeks. The blades clearly have a significant difference in fluidity compared to other blades. The specifications of the blade can also be conveniently found behind the QR code and the color marking is a nice addition”, Mr. Juha Jääskä, HIFK.
“Thanks to the blades glide, my skating has developed smoother and more economical. Also turning feel more agile. Laser styling brings a nice addition to the appearance”, Mr. Lenni Killinen, Porin Ässät.