LSPT welcomed visitors from Germany this week in advance of our next laser peening equipment installation. Representatives from the ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research and Airbus (one of the major ZAL shareholders) traveled from Hamburg, Germany to Dublin, Ohio for a firsthand look at their Procudo® 200 Laser Peening System.
The visit was structured around a system performance test at LSPT’s facility, and it represents a key milestone in the manufacture and delivery of the state-of-the-art laser peening equipment.
ZAL (Zentrum für Angewandte Luftfahrtforschung) is a unique innovation hub located within the world-renowned Hamburg Aviation Cluster. The ZAL TechCenter hosts cutting-edge aerospace research infrastructure, providing an open innovation environment to develop emerging technologies.
Laser peening is a powerful metal improvement method with numerous applications in aerospace manufacturing and design. The process is widely applied to aircraft engine blades to improve fatigue life and damage tolerance, and researchers at ZAL will use LSPT’s Procudo® Laser Peening System to develop metal improvement applications for the next generation of aircraft.
This week’s visitors include:
Robby Technow – Head of Technology at ZAL
Thorsten Scharowsky – Project Manager at ZAL
Domenico Furfari – Development Engineer Research and Technology at Airbus
The Procudo® 200 Laser Peening System is the world’s only commercially available laser peening equipment. The system is designed for high-volume production processing with integrated CNC robotics, and each Procudo® Laser Peening System comes equipped with custom advanced diagnostic tools. The system will be installed at the ZAL TechCenter in Q4 of 2017, and LSPT is inviting manufacturers from Europe and beyond to visit Hamburg to develop superior surface enhancement applications.