LSP Technologies, Airbus sign contract for laser peening equipment

Substantial equipment innovation and tooling is under development at LSPT for use in new applications for aircraft parts.

LSP Technologies (LSPT; Dublin, OH) has won a multiyear contract to supply laser peening systems to aircraft manufacturer Airbus (Leiden, Netherlands). Substantial equipment innovation and tooling is under development at LSPT for use in new applications for aircraft parts.

The two companies are working in a close collaboration in which LSPT will supply a portable laser peening system, complete with laser, beam delivery, tooling, and automation controls, for use at Airbus facilities.

Laser peening involves focusing a narrow laser beam on the surface of metal in short patterned bursts. The resulting stress waves modify the stress profile of the metal to prevent cracking, corrosion, foreign object damage, and other forms of metal fatigue and failure.

Laser peening systems can extend the fatigue life of many parts by 10 to 20X, far beyond the useful life of untreated metal. The aviation, power generation, automotive, and heavy equipment industries have all adopted laser peening by LSPT for some of their most mission-critical metal parts to enhance metal fatigue life, lower costs, and minimize downtime.

For more information, please visit www.lsptechnologies.com.

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