Aerospace Engine Builder Orders New Laser Machining System

March 17, 2011
Also, TurboCombustor Technology initiates re-manufacturing partnership with Laserdyne
TurboCombustor Technology ordered its thirteenth Laserdyne 795, a 5-axis laser machining system designed to drill, cut, and weld medium-to-large 3D parts with a moving beam motion system. It’s built for high-speed operation without compromising mechanical accuracy, and it is the first standard-built multi-axis laser system to guarantee volumetric accuracy.
Laserdyne will remanufacture one of TCT’s Model 890 beam director multi-axis laser machining systems, which is designed for accurate, high-speed cutting of formed and flat parts.

Multi-axis laser-machining developer Laserdyne Systems has a new order for its 795 BeamDirector system from TurboCombustor Technology (TCT), a Stuart, Fla., manufacturer of complex sheet metal fabrications for turbine jet engines. This will be the thirteenth Laserdyne system that TCT has installed since 1993.

Also, TCT initiated a partnership program with Laserdyne for remanufacturing one of its previously purchased Laserdyne 890 BeamDirector systems, to incorporate Laserdyne’s latest S94P controller and third generation BeamDirector and the Convergent Lasers CL50k Nd:YAG laser.

Laserdyne develops multi-axis laser machining systems for demanding drilling, cutting, and welding applications, and it is a particularly popular choice for aerospace manufacturers who have installed over 650 Laserdyne systems worldwide.

Convergent Lasers is a Laserdyne affiliate that designs and manufactures CO2 and Nd:YAG lasers.

“Both the purchase of the thirteenth Laserdyne system and the 890 remanufacturing partnership demonstrates TCT’s commitment to utilizing the latest laser system technology,” reported Terry VanderWert, president of PRIMA North America, the parent company of Laserdyne and Convergent Lasers. “In particular, both the new system and the remanufactured 890 will strengthen TCT’s ability to meet the emerging needs of the aerospace and defense industries, especially for the processing of larger components. With its moving bridge design, the Laserdyne 890 can process three-dimensional workpieces larger than an automobile. Newly equipped with the latest BeamDirector, CL50k laser, Laserdyne controller and software, this system will provide TCT a greater capability to process increasingly large and complex aerospace and defense components.”

TurboCombustor Technology Inc. manufactures combustors and complex metal fabrications for aerospace engine manufacturers, including General Electric, Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Volvo, Honeywell, Hamilton Sundstrand, and others, including U.S. government. It is ISO 9001-2000, AS 9100 Rev B, FAA/JAA 145 Repair station, and NADCAP certified.

TCT co-presidents Stuart Shay and Louis Surette, TCT co-presidents, stated: “Our relationship with Laserdyne continues to be a win-win partnership for both of our companies. We continue to grow in a very competitive manufacturing environment with highly skilled and motivated workers using the very best multi-axis laser technology. Laserdyne provides us with ever-improving systems with increased intelligence and new features. This improves our component produce-ability and productivity.”

The Laserdyne 890 BeamDirector re-manufacturing initiative comes at a critical time in the aerospace and defense industries, according to VanderWert. “New product designs require high-speed and complex laser processing work that is only possible on large systems. The quality of laser processing increases significantly with complete integration of all laser, motion and process sensing under control of the system, not the operator. The size advantage comes from the use of the 890. The processing advantage comes from the use of the S94P controller and CL50k laser. We plan to expand our product offering to address the increasingly complex nature of turbine engine components. In the meantime, providing a means for our customers to extend the use of existing 890’s will enable them to meet their manufacturing requirements.”

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