Fatigue Life Enhancement Process
A new, patented process for improving the fatigue lives of holes in metal structures has been developed. The process, known as StressWaveTM, produces residual compressive stresses and fatigue performance comparable to, or better than, those produced by legacy cold working methods and is designed primarily for automated manufacturing, fastening and assembly environments. Eliminating the need for close-tolerance starting holes, consumable sleeves, liquid lubricant cleanup and off-line processing increases speed of operation. These process benefits and associated cost savings satisfy many aspects of lean and continuous improvement program initiatives.