LAI International to feature advanced hole drilling technology at SALA

LAI International, Inc., a strategic supplier of precision components and subassemblies for original equipment manufacturers, announced it will feature its advanced hole-drilling technology at the SALA laser technology event, Hartford, Conn., April 13-14.

LAI International has pioneered development of processing shaped cooling holes for aerospace and power generation industries using advanced laser, electrical-discharge machining (EDM) and an enhanced abrasive waterjet milling technology that eliminates thermal distortion, re-cast layers and the need for secondary operations. LAI recently has expanded its Advanced Hole-Drilling Production Center to process turbine components for power generation and aerospace applications.

LAI’s Strategic Products Group will spotlight precision components processed using advanced hole-drilling technologies — including laser, waterjet and EDM machining — at its exhibit at the SALA event. LAI will also promote its partnership with Flow Systems, flow measurement specialists in Berthoud, Colo., to develop Single-Hole Flow Technology.

“This is a further development of our innovative precision hole-drilling processes, which provide a number of advantages over non-traditional machining methods, such as reducing cycle-times, producing superior hole quality and allowing greater design freedom,” Darcy Dodge, Vice President of Strategic Markets and Products, LAI International, said.

Flow Systems will show the results of testing of LAI’s precision 0.020-inch diameter holes drilled normal to the surface using three different drilling technologies — EDM, laser and waterjet drilling.

“Having worked with Darcy Dodge at LAI International and the rest of the LAI International team for a number of years, we’ve come to appreciate and share their passion to be at the forefront of precision drilling for aerospace and power generation industies,” Mike Carter, COO, Flow Systems, said.

The Sixth-Annual Symposium for Advanced Laser Applications is a leading laser conference focusing on end-user and manufacturing applications. The event is sponsored by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology and takes place at the Hilton Hartford, Hartford, Conn.

For more information on LAI’s laser-drilling technology, see: Details of LAI’s Advanced Waterjet Drill-to-Flow Machining process are featured at

Quick Facts about LAI International
- Five U.S. manufacturing facilities: Phoenix, Tucson, Minneapolis, Westminster, Md., and Scarborough, Maine
- Corporate headquarters located in Scottsdale, Ariz.
- Founded in 1979
- ISO 9001 | AS9100 | Nadcap certified
- ACE Corporate Excellence Award winner, 2008-10
- Boeing Performance Excellence Award, 2010
- GE Customer Impact of the Year Award winner
- Lockheed Martin Corporate STAR Supplier
- Northrop Grumman Platinum Source Preferred Supplier
- Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private U.S. company, four-time award winner, 2007-10

LAI International, Inc. is a leading contract manufacturer of make-complete precision-engineered components and assemblies for aerospace, power generation, defense, medical and other advanced technology industries. The company’s technology, engineering and manufacturing solutions are used to build components for airframes, aircraft engines, power generators, defense systems, medical devices and other industrial applications.

LAI has developed strategic relationships with leading global OEMs and operates five U.S. manufacturing facilities, with locations in Minneapolis, Phoenix, Tucson, Westminster, Md., and Scarborough, Maine — all of which are IS0 9001:2008 and AS9100 certified. The company also offers Nadcap-certified conventional and non-conventional machining processes.

LAI has developed innovative applications in advanced machining processes, including waterjet cutting and drilling, laser cutting, drilling, welding and heat-treating, EDM drilling, CNC EDM, high-speed EDM, conventional CNC machining, five-axis CNC machining and precision five-axis grinding. The company also provides gage calibration, tooling production, air-flow inspection and additional manufacturing services.

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