LSP Technologies wins SBIR grant to refine laser peen modeling

LSP Technologies partners with VEXTEC to enhance fatigue and performance predictions

LSP Technologies Inc. and VEXTEC of Brentwood, Tenn., have won a $150,000 Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to focus on expanding the understanding and prediction of shockwave effects in materials during laser shock peening.

“The grant will help us accelerate the development of more refined modeling, not only for defense applications, but ultimately for civilian applications as well,” said Stan Bovid, LSP Technologies Director of Materials Research.

“We’re going to greatly enhance our capabilities to predict laser shockwave effects in materials by combining experimental measurements with modeling and simulation tools. Ultimately, our research will help tie all the shockwave physics together to predict residual stress fields in geometries and the corresponding service life benefits,” Bovid said.

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LSP Technologies Joins the Inc. 5000 for 2019

176% Sales Growth, 2015-2018, Earns LSPT a Rank of 2278 in Nation’s  5000 Fastest-Growing Companies

NEW YORK, August 14, 2019 – Inc. magazine today announced that LSP Technologies, Inc., of Dublin, Ohio, is No. 2278 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

LSP Technologies is the world’s only supplier of commercial-grade laser peening equipment for sale or lease, and the company has pioneered laser peening services since 1995. It also offers Laser Bond Inspection, using laser technology to test the integrity of adhesive bonding for composite parts in aviation, ground transportation, and other applications.

LSPT Technologies’ patented laser peening process improves the useful life and safe operation of a wide range of metal alloy components for aerospace, power generation, automotive, heavy equipment, and medical applications.

LSP Technologies sales grew 176% from $3.98 million in 2015 to $11.0 million in 2018. During that time the company’s employment grew from less than 25 to 60 team members today. The Inc. 5000 rankings are a function of the highest three-year compound sales growth rates, and the company entered the top half of the list the first time it appeared.

“I like to think we’re the best 24-year-old startup company around!” said Jeff Dulaney, founder, President and CEO of LSP Technologies. “We have invested long-term – in technology, in customer relationships, and in opportunity for our team members. We have launchpads for growth in Europe and China. And it is our humble hope that the long-term dividends of that research, product development, teamwork, and customer service have only just begun.”

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LSP Technologies transforms laser peening – cover story for Metal Finishing News

Head of Mechanical Engineering Gary Grossenbacher reviews a custom laser peening tool design with Mechanical Engineer Devin Hilty. LSP Technologies now develops specialized laser beam delivery tools for addressing large stationary components, complex geometries and hard-to-reach surfaces.

Head of Mechanical Engineering Gary Grossenbacher reviews a custom laser peening tool design with Mechanical Engineer Devin Hilty.

LSP Technologies shares the secrets of rapid growth in custom laser peening solutions

LSP Technologies Inc. has nearly tripled in size and sales due to a fundamental shift in its business strategy. In addition to its robust laser peening services business, LSPT now provides laser peening equipment and custom-engineered laser peening solutions. But perhaps the real secret to its success is a high-performance team culture.

Just three years ago, LSPT became the only company in the world to offer a turnkey laser peening system. Today, LSPT offers custom solutions that allow customers to deal with large stationary parts, hidden surfaces, complex geometries, and hazardous environments.

The proliferation of laser peening technology took a giant step forward in 2015 with the introduction of the Procudo® Laser Peening System, the world’s first and only commercial, high power, diode-pumped laser peening system. The first three Procudo® Laser Peening Systems were installed on three different continents: at LSP Technologies’ facility in Dublin Ohio, at Guangdong University of Technology in Guangzhou, China, and at the Center of Applied Aeronautical Research in Hamburg, Germany (See MFN International, July 2018 cover story).

This year, a Chinese auto components manufacturer signed a joint venture agreement with LSP Technologies for the purpose of providing laser peening services in China utilizing Procudo® Laser Peening Systems. That joint venture, Shandong Maitelaisi Metal Surface Technology Co., Ltd. (MTLS), is now a reality. MTLS has a 100,000sqft facility, now in final stages of construction, which will open this fall in Weifang, China.

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Expanding LSP Technologies’ mechanical engineering capabilities to speed problem-solving

Gary Grossenbacher huddles daily with mechanical engineers to plan, prioritize and problem-solve. A lot of deep listening goes on all around.

Mechanical Engineering Chief Gary Grossenbacher, second from left, huddles daily with mechanical engineers to plan, prioritize and problem-solve. Deep, attentive listening keeps first-of-a-kind projects on track.

Motorsports veteran Gary Grossenbacher leads LSPT mechanical engineering team with “Never say never” motto and an always-listening style

Customer-centered innovation drives the LSP Technologies Mechanical Engineering Team, and the group is one of the prime examples of how LSPT’s culture empowers high-speed prototyping, design, and problem-solving.

It’s an unending business transformation. In their work to develop new custom laser peening solutions, mechanical engineers engage in constant conversation, walking around, proactively identifying problems, and applying relentless energy in solving them.

Gary Grossenbacher, a veteran of 37 years in competitive motorsports racing, is LSPT’s chief mechanical engineer, and he relishes the chance to work with enthusiastic problem-solvers with a wide variety of skill sets. “That’s really what I appreciate, to walk around in groups that are efficient and nimble, quick-witted and think on their feet so that they can solve issues and change design.”

Enough challenges for everyone

The open floor plan at the new LSPT headquarters epitomizes the approach. Managers and engineers work elbow-to-elbow and across work tables and huddle spaces, overhearing each other’s conversations, looking over each other’s shoulders, and arriving at solutions together.

It’s an approach that gives new team members the opportunity to try new approaches, as well as the requisite confidence and courage.

“We bring people in and give them very challenging, very complex problems, and they’ve been very successful in short order, contributing significantly to our business and solving very challenging customer problems,” said Mark Bloomberg, VP – Engineering.

Addressing laser peening challenges

Although much of the ME team is young and new to LSPT, they have intense experiences behind them. Together, they’ve taken on cutting-edge assignments since they joined LSPT, most of them less than 18 months ago:
• Advanced tooling to deliver laser beams to hard-to-reach areas.
• New tooling to accommodate portable, lower-power laser delivery via fiber optics.
• Improved design for chiller, water and vacuum systems.
• Modular cell design to accommodate laser peening systems and robotic controls
• Understanding laser peening requirements for nuclear containment or environments with hazardous fuels and chemicals.

The art of project management for laser peening projects involves proving out concepts, refining them, selecting components and materials, integrating the technologies, and of course integrating the ME work with optics, controls, robotics, and adhering to required laser peening parameters – power levels, spot size, pulse rate, and pulse width.

For dedicated problem solvers, just add time and money

There are plenty of off-road racers, mountain bikers, classic car aficionados, motorcyclists, and garage tinkerers at LSP Technologies. But clearly Grossenbacher is a standout with decades of high-speed racing experience. “I grew up racing, was around racing, and when I graduated college (Arizona State University) it was what I wanted to do,” he said.

Nowadays, laser peening technology holds a strong appeal for Gary G, as he’s known. Lasers and auto engines have more in common than you might think. Both challenge you to learn something new every day.

Both fields also prove an engineering maxim that almost anything is possible, given enough time, resources, and dedicated thinkers. In developing first-of-a-kind laser projects the engineering staff often draws inspiration from other firsts, like the moon landing 50 years ago, breaking the sound barrier, or uncovering mysteries of the ocean depths.

“In auto racing, where I spent so many years, you never say you can’t do something,” Grossenbacher said. “It’s really a case of time and money. I think being blessed, being educated, and having a career in America, you recognize that we can pretty much do whatever we need to do or want to do if somebody’s willing to spend the time and the money to accomplish it.”

Laser peening now a solid return on investment

Fortunately, the core components of laser peening systems have improved in reliability and speed while coming down in cost, too. “In the past few years, laser peening systems have become more economically feasible to design, build, and operate. It’s much more in line to move from defense and aerospace to mainstream manufacturing,” Grossenbacher said.

Mechanical engineers on the team typically have been successful at one specialty, but then face challenges in another. “We have an electrical engineer who has made a rapid shift into mechanical work. We have experts in fluid management. And some mechanical engineers work in our controls or automation areas,” Grossenbacher said. “The cross-training activities are important, as well as the opportunity to learn new things and grow.”


Webinar Explains Laser Peen Forming

How LSP Technologies controls lasers to shape metal alloys

Stan Bovid, LSPT Director of Materials Research hosted a webinar on laser peen forming on June 26, 2019. Laser peen forming can produce a unique curvatures and metal shapes, and finite element analysis modeling can predict the precise power levels and peening patterns to transform metal alloys.

The technology can be applied to aviation, maritime (including repairs), and other industries where precise metal shaping is required. In this excerpt of the webinar, Bovid explains how LSP Technologies models different modes of laser peen forming and uses a variety of laser peening parameters to achieve the desired shape.

Download a PDF file of the Laser Peen Forming Power Point slides.

Contact Stan Bovid at LSPT for more information about laser peen forming and how it might fit your particular application.


Adding X-Ray Diffraction to LSP Technologies’ toolkit

X-Ray Diffraction Adds Speed and Precision to Laser Peening Application Development

LSP Technologies (LSPT) has enhanced its in-house measurement of compressive residual stress in metals, installing a new X-ray Diffraction (XRD) instrument. New XRD measurements will help LSPT to develop laser peening prescriptions for customer needs more quickly and accurately for complicated geometries and parts.

“Customers are increasingly asking for the kind of precision which XRD measurements can yield,” said Dr. Micheal Kattoura, a Materials Research Engineer for LSPT. “Now we can prove out the benefits of laser peening on even the most complicated geometries efficiently with XRD measurements.”

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June 26 webinar on laser peen forming

 

Features laser peen forming case studies in maritime and automotive industries

Imagine the ability to shape metal parts to precise geometric curves and configurations. That’s the power of Laser Peen Forming, the process of focusing high-powered laser peening to form and shape components.

LSP Technologies will host a free webinar on Laser Peen Forming technology and applications on Wednesday, June 26, at 11 a.m. EDT.  Click here to register for the webinar today.

Stan Bovid

Stan Bovid, LSPT Director of Materials Research will share details on laser peen forming benefits, including
• Case study – aluminum hull repair for the maritime industry
• Case study – straightening engine crank shafts for life improvement and distortion correction
• Finite element modeling to apply laser peening for precisely shaped parts
• Effective laser peen forming for an increasingly wide range of metals

Laser peen forming maximizes the material benefits of LSP, while attuning the inherent relationship between stress and strain within the metal to create complex, stable shapes.

Because these distributions are readily responsive to today’s analytical modeling tools, we can use Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to simulate the imparted plastic strain along with the elastic response of the surrounding material. This allows accurate, scalable predictions that translate into a vast array of unique curvatures and shapes.

Our speaker, Stan Bovid, is a Ph.D. candidate in materials science at The Ohio State University. He is an expert in metallurgy and computer modeling of industrial metals for aerospace, automotive, heavy equipment, medical, and power generation applications. At LSPT, Bovid manages application development engineering for customers and the company’s materials science testing laboratory and center of excellence.

To register for the webinar today, please click here.

Laser peen forming produced this variety of curved shapes.

Laser peen forming produced this variety of curved shapes.

 


LSP Technologies CEO Recognized as Innovative Entrepreneur

Tanya Wisniewski, an EY partner and EOY  of the Year  Market Director for Northeast Ohio, left, and Craig Glazier, an EY partner and the East Central EOY Program Director, right, join in congratulating Dr. Dulaney on the honor.

Tanya Wisniewski, an EY partner and EOY  of the Year  Market Director for Northeast Ohio, left, and Craig Glazier, an EY partner and the East Central EOY Program Director, right, join in congratulating Dr. Dulaney.

Jeff Dulaney founded LSP Technologies in 1995

LSP Technologies President and CEO Jeff Dulaney, center, became a regional finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) Award.  “This is a great honor not only for me, but also for the 59 team members of LSP Technologies,” Dr. Dulaney said. “Together, we are working every day to build a hungry, humble, and smart culture. The way we work together is just as important as our leadership in laser peening technology.”

LSP Technologies recently moved to a new headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, that more than tripled its footprint. The engineering staff has tripled, and sales to aerospace, power generation, and manufacturing customers are accelerating.

“We adopted a new business model with an emphasis on rapid innovation to proliferate our laser peening technology. To do that, we make laser peening equipment, including custom solutions, that puts our valuable processes into the customer’s own manufacturing and maintenance processes,” Dr. Dulaney said.

“We recruited new engineers and technicians, and then we challenged them with some of the most formidable problems — hazardous environments, huge immovable parts, hard-to-reach surfaces, and complex geometries. Every day these new team members join with our veterans to find new solutions for customers,” he added.

“That combination of sophisticated laser technology, smart innovation, and a humble, hungry, and smart business culture have worked together to unlock the growth potential of LSP Technologies,” he said.