Westwind News

Fastest Full Range Spindle to be Unveiled at TPCA

POOLE, UK, 06 September 2005 – The ‘Storm’, promising to be Westwind’s fastest full range spindle ever, will be launched at the TPCA Show 2005, held from 5-7 October 2005, at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall, Taiwan.

Exhibiting in Booth #AQ23, Westwind Air Bearings will be displaying a vast range of air bearing spindles, including the new Storm spindle.  The D1787 ‘Storm’ 200,000 rpm PCB drilling spindle is the latest in a long line of industry leading spindles from Westwind.  With its high rotational speeds and low dynamic runout, the Storm is Westwind’s fastest full range spindle, setting a new industry standard.

Westwind Air Bearings will also be displaying a collection of high-speed precision air bearing spindles for PCB drilling including the 250,000 rpm D1733 – a dedicated small hole drilling spindle, specifically designed for IC substrate and microvia mechnical drilling for hole diameters down to 50 microns.  The D1733 micro-drilling spindle is capable of drilling holes in excess of 3mm diameter. Complete with all the latest upgrades, including improved collet torque and improved motor power, the D1733 is now available in volume.

Tony Ko, Sales Manager Taiwan, Westwind Air Bearings, said: “We are excited to be exhibiting at the TPCA Show.  The Storm is the latest innovation in our line of high speed precision spindles and I look forward to speaking with anyone who is interested in finding out more.”

Westwind Air Bearings, a division of GSI Group, is universally recognised as a world leader in the design and manufacture of air bearing spindle systems, with offices in the UK, USA, People’s Republic of China, Japan and Taiwan.  GSI Group Inc. develops and delivers the enabling technology solutions that bring advanced manufacturing applications to life.  Our leading brands include precision motion products, lasers, and laser systems, and are used to increase efficiency and productivity in the global medical, semiconductor, electronics, and industrial markets.  The company’s common shares are listed on Nasdaq (GSIG) and The Toronto Stock Exchange (GSI).  For more information on GSI Group, please visit www.gsig.com or www.westwind-airbearings.com.

For more information, please contact:

Maria Whitlock
Marketing Officer
Westwind Air Bearings
Holton Road, Holton Heath
Poole, Dorset.  BH16 6LN. UK 
Tel: +44 01202 627259
Fax: +44 01202 627208
Email:mwhitlock@gsig.com