Fatigue enhancement specialist LSP Technologies – the original laser peening services and equipment provider – is enjoying record revenues and substantial growth as the company evolves to meet increasing demand.
Defining an Industry
The future is bright, and LSP Technologies’ lasers shine brighter. With demand for laser peening services and equipment at an all-time high, LSPT is enjoying its strongest year ever as manufacturers around the world seek superior fatigue enhancement and component service life extension. Over the last eighteen months, LSPT has founded multiple manufacturing partnerships, launched a state-of-the-art equipment line, inked deals for two international facilities, and brought in record revenue.
CEO Jeff Dulaney and one of LSPT’s production laser peening systems
LSPT uses high-energy laser pulses to enhance metal, making critical parts safer, stronger, and more reliable. Laser peening delivers material benefits up to twenty times more effective than other surface treatments, and the technology is quickly transitioning from niche application to mainstream solution.
LSPT Business Development VP David Lahrman explains: “We founded LSP Technologies twenty-two years ago, and came to market with this revolutionary product that nobody had ever heard of. For a while, our marketing mission was mostly about educating our customers and building trust. By opening dialogues with OEMs and being transparent in our message, we’ve been able to build familiarity with our process and our brand.”
Experienced pilot and father of three David Black was killed when his M18 Dromader crashed while waterbombing a bushfire in New South Wales in October 2013. The Australian pilot was carrying a load of fire retardant to combat blazes along the country’s southeast coast when the left wing detached from his aircraft and sent the plane into an uncontrollable descent.
After an investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) and an inquest by the Coroner’s Court of New South Wales, the cause of the tragic accident has been ascribed to corrosion pitting in the metal lugs that attached the wing to the fuselage.
From the coroner’s report: “Inspection of the separated pieces of the lug revealed that fatigue cracks had formed in the lug at locations corresponding to the location of the corrosion pitting. Fatigue cracks form when a metal is subject to repeated varying stresses. Each time a tensile stress is applied the crack grows larger on a microscopic scale. When the crack reaches a critical size the remaining material is unable to withstand the applied stress and the remaining material rapidly fractures.” Continue reading →
THE AIR FORCE STUDY THAT GAVE RISE TO LASER PEENING FOR FOD
Mitigating foreign object damage (FOD) in turbine engine blades was one of the first commercial applications of laser peening. In the early 1990s, the U.S. Air Force needed a powerful surface enhancement solution to address fatigue cracking in the F101 engines on the B-1 bomber.