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Doncasters invests in development of plasma spray facility

Doncasters Group Ltd., a leading global manufacturer of components for the civil and military aero engine markets, has announced a £175,000 investment to develop the plasma spray facility at Doncasters Airmotive and Doncasters Aerospace Components in Shrewsbury.  

Plasma spray technology is used to apply various metallic and ceramic coatings onto components.  During the process, the metallic or ceramic powder is fed into a plasma flame with intense heat that melts the powder and sprays it onto the target component.   

Doncasters uses the technology to spray coatings on to hot-end components, such as combustors, extending the life of the component in service.  

The investment will see approximately 90% of the site's current plasma spray facility being either upgraded or replaced, with plans in place for a new six axis robot, tilt turn table, power pack, chiller, management system and powder hoppers as part of the expansion.  

Eric J. Lewis, Chief Executive Officer at Doncasters, commented:  "This investment will really benefit both Doncasters and our clients as it will result in increased machine reliability, quality of application and capacity.  

"On completion of the programme, we will have two machines using identical management systems, which will make training more efficient.  We will also employ two more Plasma Operators and a Plasma Technician, allowing us to increase our capacity by implementing a three-shift pattern, while reducing the need to outsource to external coating providers should either machine break down.    

"This increased capacity and reliability, combined with the improved coating quality and quicker turnaround times, will significantly enhance the service we are able to offer to our customers and is part of a wider programme of investments across the Group that are underway to ensure we are geared up to meet the challenges of increasing demand."

Press release issued by Doncasters Group Ltd on July 14, 2008


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