In 1994 – Michael Walt, owner of LM3 Technologies, Inc. co-founded LMS-Walt, Inc. with a focus on car seat manufacturing equipment as its chief technology officer. Based in Dekalb Illinois, LMS-Walt, Inc. strove to break into the function tester market with new technology and expertise. After two years in business manufacturing assembly equipment, LMS designed its first PLC based function tester for JCI’s Mexican Confortseat plant. This first tester, developed in 1996, was capable of heater pad and lift motor testing. In 1999, under contract of the Lear St Louis Ford plant, LMS designed and manufactured a side impact air bag (SIAB) tester capable of measuring the resistance of the squib using Kelvin (4-wire) test circuit, while also regulating the power supply to prevent accidental discharges. This design continues to be used in multifunction conditioning boards even today and LM3 test systems have tested an estimated 100 million air bags. Later that year, under contract from Faurecia’s Troy, MI R&D center, LMS designed and manufactured a PC based configurable universal function tester using NI’s Labview development system, utilizing the capability of NI LabVIEW versus more complex and fragmented automation packages by Rockwell or Microsoft.
Between 2000 and 2007, LMS produced over 100 end of line function testers for JCI, Lear, Intier, and Faurecia. It simultaneously serviced countless of satisfied customers through production in North America and Asia, while also continuously improving the designs and options of its products to stay ahead of advancements in car seat safety. LM3 was founded in 2010, with a more refined and specified focus on function tester for the automotive JIT industry.
LM3’s strengths have been developed and hardened through their involvement with 100s of product launches in the automotive industry over the past 20 years. LM3 blends years of experience with a youthful staff, focusing on completing projects using an engineering method which ensures projects are managed for maximum efficiency and a minimum time to launch readiness.