LAI International Newsletter – June 2018

LAI International Has Been Recognized As A 2018 Manufacturing Leadership Awards Winner!

LAI International, Inc has been recognized by 14th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Awards for its outstanding achievement in the following categories:

§  Collaborative Innovation Leadership

§  Engineering and Production Technology Leadership

§  Enterprise Integration Technology Leadership

The 3 winning teams above enabled us to strengthen our processes and tools to expand the capabilities that allow our Customers to reach their objectives for growth through the use of their strategic supplier partners.

LAI International was recognized at the 14th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala, which was held on the last day of the Manufacturing Leadership Summit, June 11-13, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, CA.

Michael Koesling

Vice President of Engineering & Sales

Machine Qualification

By Caitlin Oswald, Additive Manufacturing Director


How do you qualify an additive manufacturing machine?



It is very important that suppliers and OEM’s take the steps to qualify their additive manufacturing machines in order to establish baseline performance and ensure the quality of the material. 


Companies have varying levels of machine qualification depending on the industry, part criticality, as well as machine/process combination. I’ll layout a few high-level considerations when identifying the right way to qualify your machine. 

What does it take to grow in today’s aerospace environment?

You may think it’s technology, or the Customers and projects that drive change and advancement. While those are certainly necessary components, they are not the most essential pieces of the puzzle.  


It’s our Associates. Our LAI Associates are more important than our Customers. It’s our collective knowledge, experience and skillset that keep the LAI machine running, and on an upward trajectory.

Earlier this year, Sandvick Coromant, a metal cutting tool manufacturer, reached out to LAI International for an interview with Caitlin Oswald. They were looking to develop an article on additive manufacturing, to inspire the younger generation reading Metalworking World, particularly women seeking a career within engineering. The article was published this May and was translated in 19 languages.

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About LAI International

LAI International is a premier provider of highly-engineered, mission-critical components since 1937.  We help OEMs meet production goals by delivering high quality complex components on time, every time, at the right value.

We specialize in serving top-tier Customers from the most demanding industries, such as:

  • Aerospace and defense
  • Medical device
  • Energy/Power/Water
  • Industrial

Through decades of delivery performance fueled by our culture of innovation and exceptional engineering, LAI specializes in the core phases of the product lifecycle, from R&D (Research & Development) to NPI (New Product Introduction), LRIP (Low Rate Initial Production) and FRP (Full Rate Production). In addition, we are experts in cutting edge technologies, as demonstrated by becoming the first ever NADCAP certified Additive Manufacturer in the world.