Coldwater Machine Company (CMC), a leading engineering solutions company that manufactures and integrates assembly automation and special machines for the automotive, appliance, energy and aerospace industries, announced that it has entered into an exclusive manufacturing agreement with LSP Technologies (LSPT) to integrate the Procudo® 200 Laser Peening System into CMC fabricated laser peening cells. LSP Technologies, a laser processing services and equipment supplier in Dublin, OH, is the only company in the world selling, installing, and integrating fully licensed state-of-the-art laser peening equipment into the facilities of its customers.
“With Coldwater’s experience in both design and build of various laser systems and workcells, the addition of laser peening solutions is a natural extension of our capabilities,” commented Coldwater President Tim McCaughey. “We’re honored to be chosen by LSPT and confident that this partnership will expand market opportunity and benefit both companies.”
Laser Peening is a surface enhancement process that imparts superior reliability and performance into metal parts through improved fatigue life and damage tolerance. A high-energy laser beam is pulsed upon a workpiece to produce a controlled shockwave whose propagation yields a predictable plastic deformation within the material. The plastic deformation generates compressive residual stresses to a much greater depth than conventional shot peening, and in a more controlled pattern. The compressive stresses result in improved fatigue strength of the workpiece, along with increased resistance to foreign object damage. Laser peening has proven to extend the service lifetime of critical metal parts by over 10 times that of an untreated workpiece.
Coldwater Machine will build the equipment based upon the LSPT laser peening system designs. These systems can then be integrated directly into a customer production line. The laser peening systems include an IP license to LSP Technologies' intellectual property, which allows infringement free laser peening, customer training, ongoing equipment service, long-term technical support, and many other process advantages.
Laser Peening Process Video
LSP Technologies (LSPT) Procudo® 200 Laser Peening System, Photo Courtesy of LSPT
Our core business over the years has evolved from precision machining to providing dies, fixtures, and gages, and to providing turnkey automated systems for the Aerospace, Appliance and Automotive industries that include a wide range of flexible and agile metal forming and fabricating solutions.