LAI International is First to pass Additive Manufacturing audit en route to NADCAP Accreditation

April, 2017

TEMPE, AZ—LAI International, Inc, a world-class provider of manufacturing solutions to the aerospace, military, energy and medical industries, today announced completion of the audits as a first step to become certified by NADCAP in the Additive Manufacturing process. Next step is for PRI NADCAP to present its audit results before the accreditation board for approval prior to issuance of a certificate. “Our team has been instrumental in advancing AM capabilities around the world and now being the first company ever to have this EBM NADCAP certification validates all of our team’s hard work has paid off,” stated Patrick J. (PJ) Gruetzmacher, CEO & President, LAI International, Inc.

“The LAI Southwest team is the first company in the WORLD to be audited by PRI NADCAP Welding Additive Manufacturing EBM and passed with FLYING colors!! LAI will be a point of discussion in the NADCAP June meeting. PRI NADCAP is attended by all the Primes in Aerospace and created the checklist that was used to validate the work performed by the LAI team. The auditor was very thorough and verified every checklist item with objective evidence.” This was the message communicated throughout LAI International by our Quality Director Joe Beauchemin.

Late last year Ed Carey, the Site Leader of the Tempe Site, expressed a desire for his team to attain the certification of NADCAP for his Additive Manufacturing cell which comprises 2 Electron Beam printers and a Powder Removal System.

The technology insertion has been led by Adam Rivard and Caitlin Oswald along with the site manufacturing engineer, Mathew Lewis over the last 18 months. They have been developing all process steps from receipt of material and how it is managed through the life cycle to the digital processing of Customer requirements through post processing and inspection of finished goods. The hard work by the team to develop robust processes and then refining the process over the last year has been in preparation for ensuring Customer confidence when LAI International produces product in this technology space that the products have just as much integrity as any other subtractive process we use at LAI International.

LAI International is a leading provider of machined components, sub-assemblies and contract manufacturing services, serving Aerospace, Defense, Energy, and Medical markets. LAI is certified in ISO9000 and AS9100 at all 4 sites and has recently been certified in ISO13485 for Medical products manufacturing.

CONTACT: Kaley Enright,
LAI International, Inc 708 W. 22nd St. Tempe, AZ 85282

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