Winbro Group Technologies have announce the receipt of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation, for the development of their HSA5 laser ablation system.
Winbro started trading in 1992 and is now recognised as a global leader in providing manufacturing solutions to the Aerospace and Industrial Gas Turbine industries, based upon its core Laser and High Speed EDM cooling hole machining technologies as well as Viper Grinding and ECM machining processes. Winbro Group Technologies provides turnkey machining systems, services and manufactured components backed by extensive research and development in products and processes.
This, the second Queen’s Award received by the company, recognises the company’s latest product, the HSA5 (5 Axis, High Speed Laser Ablation) system. The HSA5 is the world’s first “Art – Part” solution, integrating: post processing, ablation and inspection technologies within a single machine platform for the manufacture of complex shapes in Turbine components.
Winbro’s UK COO Andy Lawson commented “ We are absolutely delighted, and proud to have received the Queen’s Award for the second time, and especially in recognition of our technological innovation. This is a testament to the continued hard work and dedication of everyone at Winbro to ensure that our machining systems, services and processing of turbine components remain world class.”
The continuous drive by aero-engine manufacturers to increase operating temperatures, which in turn increases the fuel efficiency, whilst decreasing emissions from the engine, means that effective cooling of components located in the hottest part of the engine is essential to guarantee the required life cycle for these parts. Winbro’s HSA5 system can machine cooling hole features in high performance alloys, with both metallic and ceramic coatings, enhancing manufacturing flexibility, increasing capability and reducing the cost of ownership for component manufacturers.
The HSA5 system has firmly established itself as the machine and process of choice for a number of Winbro’s customers, with one leading aero-engine manufacture alone operating 30 plus HSA5 systems.
Image: Winbro’s HSA5 System – the words first “Art – Part” solution for the production