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.


See Greg Karst at SAMPE 2019 Conference in Charlotte, May 20-23

Greg Karst

Greg Karst

Ask Greg about Laser Bond Inspection for adhesive bonding of composite materials

Greg Karst, Product Line Manager for LSP Technologies, Inc.’s composites business, is attending SAMPE 2019 May 20-23 in Charlotte, North Carolina. SAMPE 2019 attracts more than 3,000 materials and process engineers, as well as exhibits of more than 250 suppliers, manufacturers and service providers.

This is the 75th anniversary of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE®), a global professional member society that provides enhanced educational opportunities by delivering information on new and advanced materials and processing technology. For more information, see https://www.sampeamerica.org.

Karst manages and promotes commercial business opportunities for the Laser Bond Inspection (LBI) technologies patented by LSP Technologies. LBI is a non-destructive testing method for assessing the integrity of adhesively bonded composite materials.

The LBI method is based upon stresswave dynamics in bonded materials. LBI uses a pulsed laser system to generate a compressive stress wave on the material surface. The stresswave propagates through the material, and is reflected off the back free surface as a tensile wave. The reflected tensile wave passes through the bondline and stresses the adhesive bond at a selected strength value.

For more information, please contact Greg Karst at gkarst@lspt.com.


LSP Technologies CEO a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year

Jeff Dulaney Regional finalist for Prestigious EY Award,

Dublin, Ohio, May 9, 2019 – EY has announced that Jeff Dulaney, President and CEO of LSP Technologies, Inc., is a finalist for the Entrepreneur of The Year® 2019 Award in EY’s East Central program.

Widely considered one of the most prestigious business awards programs in the U.S., the EY award program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities, while also transforming our world.

Dulaney, the founder of LSP Technologies, was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a black-tie gala on June 13 at the Cincinnati Music Hall in Cincinnati, and the winner among 20 finalists will go on to compete for recognition at EY’s national level.

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Laser Bond Inspection power levels pinpoint adhesive bond integrity levels

LSP Technologies’ David Sokol explains non-destructive LBI process

David Sokol, LSP Technologies Director of Research

David Sokol, Director of Research

In a recent webinar, LSP Technologies Director of Research David Sokol explains how the company’s non-destructive Laser Bond Inspection (LBI) technology can detect faulty bonds, including kissing bonds where the materials are in contact with each other but have no structural integrity.

Adhesive seals for composite materials pose a subtle challenge for quality control and safety, and that is how to detect problematic adhesive bonding without damaging materials or the adhesive bond itself.

A key step in the LBI process is to gradually increase the fluence, or power density, measured as Joules per square centimeter, for laser beams used to measure the integrity of composite adhesive bonds.

LBI readings show shock wave shapes that either reveal integrity in composite adhesive bonds or indicate clear failure in the bonds.  The LBI process, at controlled levels, do not damage materials or compromise the integrity of healthily bonded composites.

 

 

 


Laser Peening to Enhance Additive Manufacturing

Laser peening to treat cracks and voids in additive manufacturing

Laser peening might be one of the key next steps for additive manufacturing.

3-D printing, or additive manufacturing (AM), started as a popular modeling and prototyping tool. Today, Airbus has more than 1,000 3-D printed parts on its A-350 XWB jets, while Lockheed Martin and Boeing are aggressively incorporating the technology as well.

“From simple geometry parts with lots of cracks and voids that you risk breaking in your hand, they’ve come a long way toward robust parts that are actually being used in different industries,” said Micheal Kattoura, a Materials Sciences Engineer at LSP Technologies.

Mission-Critical AM Components

Can AM parts serve in mission-critical functions, facing high pressures, cracking and corrosion? Right now, that depends on the development of strategies for strengthening AM-manufactured parts to compensate for their weaknesses.

Kattoura worked on AM parts and laser peening during his postgraduate work at the University of Cincinnati, and he recently explored the potential of laser peening for improving metal alloys at the 2019 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas, one of the largest annual material science conferences with 4,000 attendees.

The conference featured a symposium on Additive Manufacturing of Metals, or 3-D printing using powdered metals. Kattoura presented his own academic research, entitled, “Effect of Laser Shock Peening Processing Parameters on the Microstructure, Residual Stress, and Fatigue Behavior of Additive Manufactured CoCr Alloy.”

Laser peening has a great deal of promise for enhancing the performance of parts created in additive manufacturing (AM), Kattoura concluded. Manufacturers should soon explore laser peening to provide parts with higher performance and safety, he believes.

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Customizing Laser Peening for Your Parts

Here’s how we work with you and your metal components

Every manufactured metal component is different, performing its functions under widely varying operating conditions. At LSP Technologies, we study the precise nature of threats to metal integrity. Then we design a program of laser peening with tightly designed parameters. The result: improved component reliability, endurance, and safety.

We’ve recently added two pages to the website to help customers know what to expect as we develop customized solutions for parts:

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  • Precise Laser Peening Parameters Protect Your Metal Parts
    The goal of laser peening is to produce deep residual compressive stresses from the surface of metals. To achieve the desired stress, we manipulate the laser beam’s energy level, spot size, and pulse width. We can also change the angle of attack on the beam, how frequently we deliver laser peening pulses, and how many layers of spots we apply to the part.

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  • The LSP Technologies Application Development Process
    We simplify the laser peening solutions process so customers know exactly what to expect. We walk through the steps from initial discussions about your parts through quote, modeling, and solution design. We’ll test to verify results. Ultimately, we’ll find the laser peening services or laser peening equipment solution that fits. We believe the LSP Technologies difference is our experience, engineering, flexibility, and focus on customer satisfaction.

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Laser peening prevents and arrests cracking, corrosion, and other types of metal failure. The deeper these stresses penetrate through laser peening, the better we can improve fatigue life and fatigue strength for metal parts.

Laser peening can typically create these beneficial stress patterns 1-2 mm deep from the surface, 10 times deeper than conventional treatments, such as shot peening.

To learn more and set up a conversation with our materials engineering experts, contact us today.


Benefits of Laser Peening – March 2019 Webinar

Laser Peening already prevents damage to metal components, leading to lighter, less expensive, high performance parts

Laser peening can counteract metal fatigue, cracking, corrosion, fretting, erosion, cavitation, and other surface damages. Not only does laser peening prevent costly failures, but it also extends component lifetimes. The long-term benefits of laser peening will be even more dramatic in the future.

With added metal fatigue strength, engineers and designers can opt for lighter and less expensive parts, increasing the return on investment for the technology. This brings a secondary advantage to laser peening.

Why add cost to a part? Instead of relying on more expensive alloys or complicated designs, laser peening can increase your return while providing you with much more flexibility and an improvement in performance. “We are improving the fatigue life of these parts by 2, 5, to 10 times – meaning rather than using 2, 5, to 10 parts – you are only using 1. That’s when you start understanding how much the cost of applying this process is minor compared to the savings you are receiving,” Dr. Micheal Kattoura, highlights.

That’s a key message of the March 2019 webinar presentation by Dr. Kattoura, a materials scientist with LSP Technologies, in this short excerpt from his webinar presentation. To view the PowerPoint presentation, please download the file below the video.

Download a PDF file of the March 2019 Webinar PowerPoint slides.  

For any questions you may have regarding the benefits experienced from laser peening, or the future ROI you can expect, please reach out to us via our contact form and we will provide further detail and examples.

Stay tuned for our next webinar presentation!


Webinar March 20 – Laser Peening to Extend Metal Fatigue Life

You’ve got metal performance issues on mission-critical parts.
We have solutions!

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The March webinar in our 2019 series is “The Laser Peening Prescription,” an overview of what laser peening is, how LSP Technologies delivers laser peening, and the benefits for metal components.

From LSP Technologies, you’ll hear from Stan Bovid, Director of Materials Research, and Micheal Kattoura, Materials Scientist, discussing a range of laser peening strategies for improving the fatigue life of metal components.

Register for the March 20 webinar now

Laser peening solutions typically extend the fatigue life of parts by five to 10 times their normal useful life, and some parts can last as much as 20 times longer.

We’ll discuss:

  • How the laser peening process works
  • How LSP Technologies develops custom solutions for parts
  • How to prevent, mitigate, or arrest cracking and corrosion
  • What kind of life extension is possible
  • Return on Investment

Register for the March 20 webinar now