Under the agreement, LAI received awards for processing first-stage nozzles for the product launch of an upgraded gas turbine for a major power generation OEM. LAI is contracted to complete more than 40 of the sub-systems by September.
"We are reviewing our capacity needs for multiple-year production based on the customer's projections," John Rogers, vice president of operations for LAI, said.
LAI uses a combination of its design for manufacturability systems, process-centric approach and advanced five-axis machining methods to develop the advanced turbine nozzles. The new nozzle design enhancements eliminate thermal distortion, and improve output, efficiency and reliability.
"LAI's ability to compress production cycles with our advanced Drill-to-Flow Technology helps facilitate this rapid product launch," Darcy Dodge, director of power generation products for LAI, said. "This project also enables LAI to continue penetrating the power generation market, leveraging our manufacturing technologies, Six Sigma processes and advanced inspection methods."
LAI has longstanding and strategic relationships with all leading global players in every area of their operations, including Boeing, Eaton, GE, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Timken, and more than 70 percent of Fortune 500 global manufacturers.
LAI operates five manufacturing facilities, dispersed in key manufacturing regions across North America, with locations in Minneapolis, Phoenix, Tucson, Westminster, Md., and Scarborough, Maine--all of which are ISO 9001:2000 and AS9100 certified. The company also offers NADCAP certified non-conventional machining processes.
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