Heavy Equipment

Laser Peening Ensures Your Earth-Moving Equipment Will Last

Heavy-duty equipment requires heavy-duty components. We know repair costs and extended downtime hurt production, so it’s our goal to help extend the life of your high-cyclic components performing the tough work.

  • High-Cyclic Fatigue

  • Safety

  • Stress Corrosion
    Cracking

  • Improve Aging
    Heavy Equipment Parts

  • Brittle Fractures

  • High Reliability

Heavy Equipment Applications

Heavy-equipment contains a variety of different components that experience high-cycles of work and heavy workloads. It's important those parts are reinforced with laser peening.

  • Camshaft
  • Crankshafts
  • Welded Components
  • Connecting Rods
  • Engine Components
  • Pumps
  • Cylinders
  • Valves
  • Bearings
Camshaft
Engine Components

Figure 1: Camshaft

Laser peening can demonstrate material improvements in a variety of metals including: titanium alloys, steel alloys, stainless steels, nickel alloys, aluminum alloys, carburized and nitrided steels.

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Advantages of Laser Peening in Heavy Equipment

Heavy equipment is responsible for helping streamline some of the toughest jobs across the globe. Thanks to laser peening, protecting metal parts and extending the lifetime of critical components isn’t tough. The results speak for themselves:

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  • Up to 10x Component Life Improvement
  • Prevents Costly Failures
  • Precisely Controlled and Localized Process
  • Decreases Downtime
  • Enables the Design of Lighter Weight Components
  • Reaches a Depth 10x Deeper Than Other Surface Enhancement Technologies

IMPROVE PERFORMANCE AND RELIABILITY

As manufacturing costs increase and new designs become more expensive, service life extentions are a cost-effective method to maximize the value and efficiency of available materials. LSP Technologies has a legacy of enhancing critical components through collaborative partnerships across many industries. These partnerships have led to decreased costs for customers along with safer and more reliable components.

Improving the Fatigue Performance of Rotating Engine Components

How did laser peening prevent costly failures by improving the fatigue life of critical components?

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Heavy equipment is essential for industrial construction and production. Due to the high-volume of work and stress put on heavy equipment, ensuring components are protected for the long run gives you the durability you need to complete any job effectively and efficiently.

Powerful equipment requires powerful solutions. Laser peening is the most powerful metal fatigue solution available. Let us show you how laser peening can extend the operating life of your part by 3-10 times.

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Heavy Equipment FAQs on Laser Peening

  • The time to process a part depends on the number of pulses required to cover the area to be treated. This may range from a few seconds to a few hours depending upon the complexity of the part and the size of the treatment area.

  • Laser peening does not appreciably alter the part surface finish. Laser peening is a mechanical hardening process (not a thermal one) and the opaque overlay prevents surface melting and other heat effects. The treated surface may develop a slight wavy appearance from the pulsed laser spots, although the depressions are typically only a few microns deep. Any visible indications of laser peening can be removed post processing without affecting the compressive residual surface stresses.

  • Yes, laser peening can be applied to fielded parts to extend their operational service life. Laser peening around existing cracks inhibits further propagation, and can return the fatigue tolerance of damaged parts to like-new condition.