LAI International Newsletter – March 2018

Investing in Our Associates and Benefitting Our Customers!

As we announced our facility expansion in last month’s newsletter, LAI International has also invested in our Associates to ensure they can perform at their peak as we continue to grow our company in technology, Associates, Customer experience and revenue.

We have embraced the Integrity Selling program for our Business Development team and Site Leaders in an effort to be more effective in finding solutions for our Customers complex problems. In the last half of the 2017 we watched opportunities grow nearly 100% in our pipeline!  

Customers have recognized our teams as being more effective in meeting the challenges we accept from them, to create a better experience from job statement through new product introduction and on time delivery in shorter span times than our peers.

We have also invested in our execution teams within operations at each site with a similar commitment that focuses on Customer Service, brainstorming how we make the experience within our factories more satisfying for the Customer teams that visit and buy off product and audit our processes throughout the year.  We are looking forward to our Customers’ feedback on how much our teams have improved in executing the commitments we have accepted with each order received.

LAI International is poised for another record breaking year of growth due to our teams’ hard work and our Customer confidence and we plan to execute on those opportunities with these tools and processes we have put into standard work within LAI International.

Michael Koesling

Vice President of Engineering & Sales

Additive Team Establishes Process Control Advancement

By Caitlin Oswald, Additive Manufacturing Director

As LAI International continues to focus on growing our Additive Manufacturing (AM) business, the IPT continues to push the bounds of process control by not only evaluating what’s going on in the machine, but also outside the machine as well.

A recent example of this occurred when the AM team identified a non-conformance inside a few parts in an evaluation build when it was removed from the machine. They were able to correlate the build height of internal and external indications to the time of plant maintenance outside the room where a scissor lift was being used. This sparked many questions on electric motors and the influence on a calibrated Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion machine.

Within a few days, our technical team was able to successfully analyze, duplicate, and correct the issue, and now not only has a deeper understanding of the process, but also identified controls to eliminate the occurrence in the future. This is a great example of LAI Associate’s attention to detail, and drive to push the limits of the technology to the next generation, production environment that the industry needs.

To learn more about LAI’s additive manufacturing capability, and the controls put in place to eliminate electronic influence, come visit us at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) meeting in St. Louis.  Our Associate Mat Lewis will be presenting the project, “Environmental Effects on EB-PBF” on Thursday, April 12th at 11:30 am.

Intelligent Manufacturing Requires Constructive Collaboration

LAI International will be proudly exhibiting at AeroDef Manufacturing 2018, March 27 and 28, at the Long Beach Convention Center in California. 

AeroDef Manufacturing is the leading exposition and technical conference for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry. Produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), in partnership with industry Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), their mission is to foster innovation across the extended enterprise to reduce costs, expedite production times, and maintain manufacturing competitiveness in the global economy.

AeroDef showcases the industry's most advanced technologies across an innovative floor plan designed to facilitate interaction and business relationships between exhibitors and buyers looking for integrated solutions. Keynote speakers and panelists come from the highest level of government and business, and they will share their vision of the potential of technology, collaboration and public 

actually experience on the exposition floor and in the in-depth conference sessions. It's the one event that brings together high-concept, integrated solutions and real-world applications.

If you have a stake in aerospace and defense manufacturing, you can't afford to miss AeroDef Manufacturing, and you owe it to yourself to visit the LAI booth!

Additive Manufacturing (AM) Design: Considerations for The Full Value Stream

By Caitlin Oswald Additive Manufacturing Director at LAI International

As the Additive Manufacturing industry moves more towards end part production, especially of critical parts, the question of how to guarantee consistent quality while maintaining a positive business case becomes more relevant.  The answer to that question can be found by learning from the hundreds of years of manufacturing experience behind us and applying that to this new technology.

The first element of a controlled process is locking down the variables as much as possible using process controls and documentation (PCD).  This can be challenging with a technology that is changing and improving every day, but at some point, a line needs to be drawn and no changes will be implemented after that. 

When designers are urged to be creative and innovative, the design space box which meets fit, form, and function requirements expands exponentially. This new idea of starting from nothing instead of starting from a block of material, while overwhelming for some, becomes limitless for students and young design engineers - without decades of strict rules and guidelines hanging in the midst.

LAI Is Recognized as a Manufacturing Leadership Awards Winner

Recently, LAI International was recognized as a Manufacturing Leadership Awards winner for its outstanding achievement in the following categories:  

§  Collaborative Innovation Leadership

§  Engineering and Production Technology Leadership

§  Enterprise Integration Technology Leadership

LAI International will be recognized at the 14th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala, which is to be 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.

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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.