LSP Technologies, Inc. Delivers Diode-Pumped YAG Laser System for Laser Glass Damage Testing

Laser processing services and equipment provider LSP Technologies delivers a custom laser system to SCHOTT North America.

Laser Glass Damage Testing System - Red and black enclosure in manufacturing facilityDublin, Ohio, February 6, 2018 – LSP Technologies, Inc. (LSPT) has built and delivered a state-of-the-art Laser Glass Damage Testing (LGDT) system to SCHOTT North America, Inc. in Duryea, PA. SCHOTT will use this system to inspect their phosphate laser glass for platinum inclusions.

A leading manufacturer of laser and optical glass, SCHOTT required a new glass inspection system late in 2015. SCHOTT contracted with LSPT who provided contract inspection services while LSPT built them a new integrated inspection system.

“We are excited that SCHOTT chose to rely upon LSPT’s experience with high-energy laser systems to supply their new inspection laser,” said David Lahrman, Vice President of Business Development for LSP Technologies, Inc. “Our successful delivery of this cutting-edge system further enhances the 21-year relationship between SCHOTT and LSPT, and we look forward to a continued partnership with them, now both as a customer and a supplier.”

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Air Force Research Laboratory Touts Laser Bond Inspection

Laser Bond Inspection (LBI) is a nondestructive inspection method for evaluating bonded composite structures. The U.S. Air Force and The Boeing Company are currently using LBI to develop composite airframe designs and manufacturing processes. The Air Force Research Laboratory, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in southwest Ohio, recently published an article highlighting the capabilities of LBI, and the industry impact of reliable composite manufacturing.

A highlight from the piece:

LBI is the only reliable and mature method capable of assessing the integrity of adhesive bonds in composite structures and detecting kissing bonds, a bond line defect where two surfaces are in intimate contact but are not properly bonded.

You can read the original article here. Full text by Donna Lindner of the Air Force Research Laboratory below:

Air Force Collaboration Could Increase Use of Composites in Aerospace Manufacturing

Technician holding LBI inspection head to inspect aerospace structure

A researcher uses Laser Bond Inspection on a large structure at the Boeing Laser Bond Inspection Laboratory in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Donna Lindner, AFRL

Bonded composite airframe structures offer a potential to achieve more affordable manufacturing and more efficient structures, ultimately meeting the goals of the Air Force for increased range and reduced fuel consumption.

Laser Bond Inspection (LBI) in conjunction with bond process control is an enabling technology to transition primary bonded composite structures and realize these goals.

Composite structures, when joined using adhesive bonding rather than traditional rivets or fasteners, require a new inspection process to verify the strength and safety of the composite bonds.

LBI is a stress test to ensure that adhesively fastened structures are joined correctly using a bond’s response to a high-energy pulsed laser generated stress wave to detect structurally substandard bonds.

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LSP Technologies Enhancing Nondestructive Bond Inspection System

Laser Bond Inspection is a nondestructive method for proof-testing localized bond strength in adhesively bonded composite structures.

Two laser technicians operatenondestructive Laser Bond Inspection System

LSP Technologies’ Laser Bond Inspection System

Dublin, Ohio, December 5, 2017 – LSP Technologies, Inc. (LSPT) has been awarded a U.S. Air Force Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Technology Transition Program to enhance its Laser Bond Inspection (LBI) system used to evaluate bond strength in adhesively bonded composite structures.  The program is aimed at developing a fiber optic delivery system that will increase the flexibility and capability of current LBI technology.

The program is a two-year effort, funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s ManTech Division, the Air Force SBIR Program Office, and the Office of Naval Research.  Successful maturation of a fiber optic laser beam delivery system will enable LSPT’s LBI system to access a greater percentage of an adhesively bonded structure and will facilitate the inspection of partially closed out structures.

“This is an important advancement for LBI technology,” said David Lahrman, VP of Business Development for LSP Technologies, Inc.  “The Air Force has long supported LSPT in our efforts to mature LBI to commercial readiness, and this transition builds upon previous projects funded by the Air Force SBIR program.  Nondestructive bond inspection technology has been a goal of aerospace manufacturers for many years in anticipation of the industry’s transition to implementing adhesively bonded composite airframes.” Continue reading

High-Energy Laser Solutions at DMC 2017

Defense Manufacturing Conference logo, December 4-7, 2017, Tampa, FloridaLSP Technologies has pioneered several innovative material processing solutions for the defense manufacturing industry, including Laser Shock Peening for metal fatigue enhancement, and Laser Bond Inspection for nondestructive bond strength evaluation.

LSP Technologies, Inc. (LSPT) will be attending the Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC) from December 4-6 in Tampa, Florida. LSPT Vice President David Lahrman and Director of Sales Doug Eberhart will host industry professionals at booth 806 on the DMC exhibit hall floor.

“The Defense Manufacturing Conference is a great forum for LSPT to showcase our innovative products and services for the defense industry,” said David Lahrman, VP of Business Development for LSP Technologies. “We’ve been regular attendees for years, and we look forward to sharing recent advances in our Laser Shock Peening and Laser Bond Inspection technologies at DMC 2017.” Doug Eberhart welcomes visitors with questions about LSPT’s new high-throughput Procudo® Laser Peening System and increased production processing capacity.

LSP Technologies will be operating booth 806 near the exhibit hall entrance. If you are interested in arranging a private meeting to discuss Laser Peening Production Processing, Laser Peening Equipment, or Laser Bond Inspection, please contact David or Doug through LSPT’s website.

Laser Shock Peening (LSP) is a powerful metal enhancement method proven to extend component service lifetimes as much as 20X. Laser Peening utilizes a high-energy pulsed laser to generate compressive residual stresses up to 12 mm beneath a part surface, providing superior protection against metal fatigue cracking and failure.

Laser Peen Forming is a powerful method of shaping metal components by tailoring applied residual stress enhancement to produce compound curvatures and complex geometries. Laser peen forming can shape parts to specific configurations while enhancing material resistance to corrosion, cracking, and fatigue.

Laser Bond Inspection (LBI) is a nondestructive method for evaluating adhesive bond strength using a laser-generated stress wave. The LBI method can determine localized bond strength in bonded composite structures, and identify weak, substandard, or even kissing bonds.

LSP Technologies is a leading provider of high-energy pulsed laser material processing solutions including Laser Shock Peening services and equipment. The company processes thousands of parts annually for clients in the aviation, power generation, automotive, tooling, and manufacturing industries, enhancing metal fatigue strength and damage tolerance of critical components.

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Industrial Laser Peening Research at ZAL TechCenter

LSP Technologies (LSPT) is offering laser peening research and application development at the ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research in Hamburg, Germany. Machine time on LSPT’s state-of-the-art laser peening equipment at ZAL will be available to manufacturers seeking industry-leading metal fatigue enhancement.

LSP Technologies (LSPT) is now filling its schedule for laser peening application development in Europe. This landmark opportunity coincides with the impending delivery of LSPT’s Procudo® 200 Laser Peening System to the ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research (ZAL Zentrum für Angewandte Luftfahrtforschung) in Hamburg, Germany. Beginning in 2018, LSPT is making the Procudo® System available to European manufacturers for laser peening research and application development.

Key features of the Procudo® 200 Laser Peening System:

  • Production-quality system engineered for high-volume laser peening
  • Diode-pumped, pulsed YLF laser delivers high beam quality for consistent processing
  • Fastest (20 Hz) and most powerful (200 W) pulsed laser peening equipment available in the world
  • Real-time diagnostics and selectable beam parameters for comprehensive process control
Procudo® 200 Laser Peening System exterior and optical table

Procudo® 200 Laser Peening System

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