Neil Main, AILU President, presenting Sam Lester with his Award
Sam started his EngD at Tata Steel in 2008 on the development of laser cladding to increase the service life of critical components in the Steel Works, and is now the manager of the welding and hardfacing group at Port Talbot.
His work led to outstanding improvements in component lifetimes in severe operating conditions, and this subsequently resulted in the decision to design and build a self programming robotic production laser cladding machine. This is now successfully installed in the engineering workshops at Port Talbot. Sam’s work has had significant impact on the increase of time between planned maintenance in the Works which will see a marked increase on line reliability and business profitability.
Sam at work