Aernnova and IK4-Tekniker present their joint commitment to laser technology

Aernnova and the technological center IK4-Tekniker have today presented their joint commitment to develop new laser technology solutions that will boost the competitiveness of the aerospace industry. This plan has materialized thanks to the start-up of an advanced laser technology laboratory at the center’s facilities located in the Gipuzkoa Technology Park, in Eibar.

The visit was attended by a delegation from the Basque Government headed by the Deputy Minister of Technology, Innovation and Competitiveness, Estibaliz Hernáez, and the Director of Technology and Strategy, Iosu Madariaga; as a representative of Aernnova, Conchita Azcuenaga, Director of Industrial Operations of Aerometallic together with the VP Institutional Relations, Francisco Javier Fernandez de Retana, and by IK4-Tekniker, its General Manager Alejandro Bengoa.

The laboratory is an outcome of the strategic collaboration that Aernnova and IK4-Tekniker are maintaining for years in the aerospace sector, a reference for the industrial cluster of the Basque Country, and provides it with greater value thanks to the application of new laser methods that will be developed in it.

This technology is considered to be one of the most outstanding and most projected tools to move towards new production scenarios that are more productive, efficient and flexible, becoming an essential asset in numerous processes linked to manufacturing.

Joint projects

The facilities, which are already operational, house the results of a solution developed in collaboration by both entities. Specifically, it is a prototype of micro-drilling that uses laser technology for the perforation of titanium sheets of large dimensions for the aerospace sector.

The technology center has been responsible for the design, development, production, assembly, quality control and monitoring of the process.

Specialization in Additive Manufacturing

This collaboration has been possible thanks to the high specialization of IK4-Tekniker in the most innovative laser technologies, such as fiber laser pumped, laser beam characterization, optics, the design and development of scanners, or the Additive Manufacturing, an advanced manufacturing technology that allows to build structures and pieces by successively depositing layers of material.

Precisely, it has been making a commitment for almost a decade to specialize in Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) technology, an Additive Manufacturing technique based on the synthesis of metallic powder, and now seeks to make a leap towards new applications of this innovative method and works in deposition processes based on metallic thread.

Therefore, the visit of today has served to see two active cells of Laser Metal Deposition by dust and the new robotic cell that applies the new method consisting of the deposition of metallic thread, as well as the design of a new team dedicated to the manufacture of great pieces.

About Aernnova:

Aernnova is a leading company in its sector, specialized in the design and manufacture of aeronautical structures and an important supplier for the main aircraft manufacturers worldwide.

With more than 700 million euros revenues in 2016 and 4,700 employees, Aernnova is present in Spain, Mexico, the United States, Brazil and Romania and has offset support agreements in India and China.

About IK4-Tekniker:

With over 35 years of experience in applied technology research and its transfer to the company, IK4-TEKNIKER has achieved a high degree of specialization in four major areas (Advanced Manufacturing, Surface Engineering, Product Engineering and ICT), which allows it to put its cutting-edge technology at the service of the needs of customers.

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