LSP Technologies gained early recognition for its patented LaserPeen™ process. Laser peening produces deep, residual compressive stresses in the surfaces of metal parts, delivering increased fatigue life and damage tolerance. The LaserPeen™ process saw its first production application in 1997 at General Electric Aircraft Engines on a United States military aircraft gas turbine engine blade.
LSPT has since introduced its RapidPeen™ process and associated RapidCoater™ equipment as part of on-going efforts to make laser peening more efficient and cost-effective.
Although laser peening represents the bulk of its business, LSPT is expanding laser technology into exciting, new uses.
- Laser bond inspection technology (LBI) has been developed to test and verify the strength of adhesives used to bond composite structures within aircraft – a process that will further assure the safety and reliability of airplanes.
- LBI technology will also be adapted for use with other bonded surfaces, including metals and ceramics.
- LSPT plans to expand the use of LaserPeen™ processing to extend the service life of many parts and components in airplanes, helicopters, automobiles, heavy transport equipment, orthopedic implants, and a broad range of industrial equipment and machinery. LSPT continues to modify and expand its facilities for production processing of parts and development of new applications.
To date, LSP Technologies has been awarded more than 60 patents for its laser peening technology and equipment. It has also received numerous prestigious awards for its groundbreaking technologies from such organizations as the United States Department of Defense, Ohio Department of Development, and various aerospace industry publications.