13 April 2011

TurboCombustor Technology orders 13th Laserdyne System - Initiates 890 BeamDirector Re-Manufacturing Partnership with Laserdyne

Prima North America, Inc. announced that Laserdyne Systems, a world-leading manufacturer of multi-axis laser machining systems, received an order for a 795 BeamDirector® system from TurboCombustor Technology (TCT) of Stuart, Florida.

This is the 13th Laserdyne system purchased by the company since 1993. Equally significant, the company also initiated a partnership program with Laserdyne for the remanufacture of one of its previously purchased Laserdyne 890 BeamDirector systems. When upgraded, this 890 system will include Laserdyne’s latest S94P controller and third generation BeamDirector® and the Convergent Lasers CL50k Nd:YAG laser.

“Both the purchase of the 13th Laserdyne system and the 890 remanufacturing partnership demonstrates TCT’s commitment to utilizing the latest laser system technology,” reports Terry VanderWert, president of Prima North America. “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.”

Established in 1967 in Stuart, Florida, TurboCombustor Technology, Inc. manufactures combustors and complex sheet metal fabrications for virtually all leading aerospace engine manufacturers including General Electric, Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Volvo, Honeywell, Hamilton Sundstrand, the U.S. Government, and several other companies including Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. The company is ISO 9001-2000, AS 9100 Rev B, FAA/JAA 145 Repair station, and NADCAP certified. The company has over 400 employees worldwide and has approximately 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Stuart, Florida, Cincinnati, Ohio and Budapest, Hungary.

Commenting on their latest Laserdyne system order and their re-manufacturing partnership on existing 890 systems, 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 producability and productivity.”

The Laserdyne 890 BeamDirector re-manufacturing initiative comes at a critical time in the aerospace and defense industries, reports Mr. 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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