LSP Technologies optimises integration of laser peening into factory workflow

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LSP Technologies has enhanced its Procudo Laser Peening System, enabling it to be integrated more easily and effectively into factory workflow and operations.

“Streamlined HMI screens will ease training and make laser peening more manageable on the factory floor,” said Eric Collet, LSP Technologies Chief Operating Officer. “Meanwhile, secure remote monitoring provides two things every business wants: actionable data and high-level operational control. We’re extremely proud of the Procudo System upgrades.”

 

 

The Procudo Laser Peening System upgrades include:

  • Secure remote monitoring worldwide for customers and LSPT Technical Services.
  • AI-based alerts for system conditions, maintenance, and supplies.
  • A more user-friendly human machine interface (HMI) with a clearer graphic workflow.
  • Optional Offline Programming with 3D models to speed development of laser peening metal treatment patterns for complex geometric shapes.

What is laser peening, and how does it work?

Laser peening involves the direction of short pulses of laser energy to metal surfaces, causing a shock wave that penetrates deep below the surface. This pressure creates compressive residual stress, which counteracts corrosion, cracking, and many other symptoms of metal fatigue.

“Laser peening requires precision and some specialized knowledge, but we can now provide equipment that is much more intuitive for a novice user to operate,” said Michael Yao, LSP Technologies Head of Controls Engineering. “The HMI takes more of a linear path, devoid of clutter, matched to the sequence of tasks in the laser peening cycle.”

The Procudo Laser Peening Systems are designed for rapid integration into a process and can be integrated with a wide variety of automated part-handling robots and CNC machines. 

“We’ve also deployed a cloud-based monitoring system that allows us to monitor what’s happening across multiple laser peening systems, and that has enhanced our Technical Services for all customers,” said Mark Bloomberg, VP Engineering for LSP Technologies. The remote system follows international ISA99 cyber-security standards. Many software updates can now occur remotely for units in both domestic and international locations.

Machine learning for AI alerts and diagnostics

Procudo Systems have always included self-diagnostic and self-adjusting technologies to monitor power levels, assure laser beam quality, and deliver accurate spot size, as well as monitoring for chillers, water flow, hydraulics, and air flow intrinsic to the laser peening process.

Now, these systems feed data to artificial intelligence software to monitor supplies and all component functions by learning how they match up against typical operations patterns, Yao said.

Saving operational time with offline programming

The Procudo System upgrades put Offline Programming into the hands of customer operations on the shop floor, a powerful technology no other laser peening provider can match.

“These offline programming tools streamline and standardize the process of laser peening a number of common metal component shapes, using 3D FEA models of the components and how they will interact with our equipment,” explained Mark Bloomberg, LSP Technologies Vice President of Engineering.

“That saves customers time in planning laser peening, and it also eliminates imprecise experiments with samples. It’s like having our 25 years of laser peening experience with shapes, alloys, and thicknesses, already in a time-saving toolkit,” Bloomberg said.

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