Joining Technologies has installed a new laser-cladding work cell to its East Granby, Conn., laser-additive manufacturing operations. The production center is located separate from Joining Tech’s precision welding shop, and is a dedicated operation that addresses the need for better mechanical- and corrosion resistance on parts up to 40-ft long. Its work includes components used in aerospace, power equipment, and marine engine manufacturing.

Laser cladding involves melting a powdered or wire feedstock material using a laser in order to deposit and bond it to a substrate, or to produce a near-net shape part.

Joining Tech was established in 1982 to restore welds on tool steel dies and molds, and to manufacture precision-welded products like medical devices, sensors, and controls. Later, it expanded into restoring aerospace parts and manufacturing parts for OEMs. Now, it offers laser cladding, electron beam and laser welding capabilities.

The new shop is a 10,000-sq.ft operation dedicated to laser additive (laser cladding) manufacturing. It has drive-through and dock height access, so the plant has the capacity to lift and manipulate parts up to 3.5 tons.

Soon, the new manufacturing operation will be house a “laser additive technology institute,” the first and only one of its type in North America. Joining Tech has formed a joint venture with a European authority on laser additive manufacturing processes will focus on laser additive processes for original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s) in the aerospace, power generation, marine engine, and other high value industries. R&D will be conducted there to determine methods and parameters for repairing high-value parts and returning them back to service, or to produce new parts using laser additive processes.

“We are excited to open this new facility in response to our growth in this area,” stated Joining Technologies president Dave Hudson, company president. “The new, wholly owned division of Joining Technologies is expected to add several jobs over the next year.”