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John McBain

Chief of Forging at Advanced Forming Research Centre

John McBain is the Chief of Forging at the AFRC. John has over 40 years Manufacturing Engineering experience in forging aerospace components, starting as an apprentice with Rolls-Royce in 1973 and working his way up through the company to become the Manufacturing Engineer responsible for acquiring new capability in forging for Rolls-Royce at their compressors manufacturing facility in Inchinnan near Glasgow.

During his time with Rolls-Royce he obtained an HNC and a BEng (Hons) in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and become a Chartered Engineer and also a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Whilst at Rolls-Royce he was responsible for the technical aspects of the design and installation of a fully automated forging cell capable of automatically forging up to 360,000 parts per annum. He has created a number of innovative design solutions for forging tooling and has 7 Patent Applications for forging related applications.

John was the AFRC Project lead for the £13.7m Rolls-Royce-led MAMOTH PGB project (Materials, Manufacturing and Oils Technologies for High Power GearBox systems) which was funded by Innovate UK, through the Aerospace Technology Institute and aims to develop lightweight gearbox components for gas turbine engines, using novel manufacturing processes. He and his team at the AFRC recently completed a project which reduced the number of forging steps for an aerofoil component from eight operations to five and, allowing the parts to be made on one multiforge, rather than using a multiforge and a screw press. This has resulted in a saving of £550k per Annum across this product range.


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