First user receives enhanced JK drilling laser

Rugby, UK – Winbro Group Technologies, a manufacturer of advanced machining technologies for the aerospace and industrial gas turbine industries, is the first company to receive an enhanced JK604D laser from JK Lasers.

The new and improved laser, developed in Rugby, UK, has been integrated into a Winbro DELTA 5-axis laser drilling machine. The JK604D offers higher peak powers and improved focusability, providing peak power densities that were previously unattainable, says the company.

The system will be used for application and process development for a range of turbine components that require cooling holes in the aero and industrial gas turbine industries. Components include turbine blades, vanes, segments, flame tubes, and combustors.

Winbro Group Technologies selected this laser due to the exceptionally good beam quality that it offers compared to its competitors. This allows manufacturers to drill higher quality cooling holes with a more flexible range of profiles, at reduced cycle times and with minimal heat affected zones.

Winbro plans to install the system in their new facility in Rock Hill, S.C., during January 2011. The facility was announced last month and is set to open up the company’s laser drilling machines to the US market.

Winbro Group Technologies, Coalville, Leicestershire, UK, is a manufacturer of advanced machining technologies, producing cooling holes and forms in and on components that are used within aero engines and industrial gas turbines.

JK Lasers provides industrial lasers and laser processing solutions for the medical device, aerospace, automotive, electronics, and semiconductor industries. With decades of industry knowledge and an extensive portfolio of lasers, JK Lasers can help manufacturers choose the most suitable solution for their cutting, welding, and drilling requirements.

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