Four Days of Pho­tonic Tech­nol­ogies

Accompanying exhibition during the coffee break of LANE 2018. (Source: Wiley VCH; A. Gutberlet)

From September 3 until 6, 344 participants from 24 countries – more than ever before – came to Fürth, Germany, to discuss the potentials of light for production processes and celebrate the first big birthday of the LANE conference series. Following its tradition, LANE 2018 was characterized by high quality standards and a familiar atmosphere.

For the 10th time, LANE, which was accepted as a CIRP conference by The International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) in the beginning of 2018, offered a platform for the international exchange of perspectives, results and solutions concerning photonic technologies. In 204 talks, especially recent developments in the field of laser material processing were addressed. The lectures of the six international top-class keynote speakers were for sure special highlights of this year’s conference.

Again, the ceremony for the Award of the Scientific Society for Laser Technology, WLT eV, took place during the plenary session on the first conference day. The laureate was Dr. Robert Geitner from Utrecht University, The Netherlands, who received the award for his scientific works in the field of self-healing materials.

During the closing plenary session, conference chair Prof. Michael Schmidt announced the winner of the “LANE Best Presentation Award”. This award honors the most inspiring submission presented by the most professional speaker of the conference. For his talk on “Numerical simulation of the weld pool dynamics during pulsed laser welding using adapted heat source models” Antoni Artinov from the Federal Institute for Material Research and Testing (BAM) in Berlin won a prize money of € 1,000 and is allowed to give a keynote talk at next LANE’s plenary session.

Prof. Craig Arnold from Princeton University, Knight of Laser Technology 2018, at the Conference Banquet in the Orangerie of Schloß Seehof near Bamberg. (Source: BLZ; K. Cvecek)

During the coffee and lunch breaks, participants had the chance to catch up on the work as well as the innovative products and services of 26 companies and institutes at the accompanying exhibition – a perfect addition to the talks.

In the tradition of LANE, the conference was embedded in a diverse social program: Besides the casual reception & bavarian evening and the lab tour & cocktail session, the conference banquet with the ennoblement of Prof. Craig Arnold from Princeton University, New Jersey, as a new Knight of Laser Technology gave the participants a lot of opportunities for networking.

The 11th CIRP Conference on Photonic Technologies [LANE 2020] will take part in Fürth from September 7 – 10, 2018. The Call for Papers will start in October 2019 and last until January 2020. (Source: BLZ)

Link: LANE 2018 Conference Office, Bayerisches Laserzentrum GmbH, Erlangen, Germany

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