Preview: AKL’18

Laser experts from a remarkably broad spectrum of sectors will convene in Aachen May 2 to 4, 2018, at the International Laser Technology Congress AKL’18. 77 laser experts in research and industry will present cutting-edge methods and beam sources as well as the latest developments and trends in laser technology. The AKL gives technology suppliers and customers plenty of opportunities to swap stories and expertise. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT oversees this event, which is once more expected to draw more than 600 attendees.

Technology Conference at AKL’16. The main topic at AKL’18 is digitalization in the laser industry. (Source: Fh-ILT)

For the 12th time now, users, manufacturers and developers can take advantage of the international platform provided by the AKL Congress to exchange experiences and know-how about laser technology today and opportunities for tomorrow. The primary questions in 2018: How can players in the laser technology industry integrate digital solutions into their design and production processes? How can they continuously improve productivity, process reliability and quality? And how can these players do so in order to add significant value compared to processes lacking digital connectivity? What new business models and forms of cooperation – between designers, manufacturing experts and customers, for instance – will emerge when production and the digital world are interconnected?

AKL’18 will kick off on May 2, 2018 with two specialist forums held concurrently: “Process Control” and “Laser Additive Manufacturing”. At the latter event, attendees can delve into AM technologies all day. Topics include the use of AM in the production of industrial tools for the automotive industry, AM repair methods for trains, lightweight aluminum construction and software solutions for digital AM process chains. Alternatively, people can learn more about process control. At the “Process Control” specialist forum, experts from companies such as Scansonic MI, Robert Bosch and Porsche Leipzig will talk about the state of the art. They will also share their experiences with monitoring various laser processes.

Laser markets – Edge in knowledge for decision-makers

At the Technology Business Day event on May 2, managing directors, marketing decision-makers and sales managers will get an overview of the laser markets in Europe, Asia and the Americas. The event will focus on the automotive industry, microelectronics, aviation technology and energy technology. Klaus Löffler from Trumpf will share his views on the laser market in Europe and trends in the worldwide laser market.

In addition, Fraunhofer ILT will offer newcomers its “Laser Technology ABC’s” seminar on May 2. This event provides companies with little awareness of laser technology a structured, real-world overview. Topics include selecting suitable beam sources and handling systems for various applications as well as the legal requirements that apply to industrial laser technology.

Leading international laser manufacturers peer into the future

The Gerd Herziger session will kick off the laser technology conference on May 3, 2018. Session speakers will include Peter Leibinger (Trumpf), Qitao Lue (Han’s Laser), Eugene Shcherbakov (IPG Laser) and Mark Sobey (Coherent). They will outline what they consider to be five significant opportunities and challenges in the laser industry of tomorrow – with a special look at the role of big data. These experts will also share their opinions on which conventional technologies will one day compete with laser technology. AKL’18 attendees can also learn which laser applications are likely to significantly influence technologica advancements in the next three years.

On May 3 and 4, more than forty speakers from industry and research will examine the state of the art in the macro processing and micro processing of laser materials. They will also talk about developments in laser beam sources.

2018 Innovation Award Laser Technology

As part of AKL’18, the “Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V.” and the European Laser Institute (ELI) will present the Innovation Award Laser Technology on the evening of May 2. Endowed with 10,000 euros, this award recognizes outstanding innovations in the development and application of lasers in manufacturing technology. This accolade is aimed at applicants from European companies, universities and R&D centers. Once again, the April issue (2-2018) of Laser Technik Journal is exclusively dedicated to the AKL Congress, featuring the annotated congress program and invited speakers’ articles. (Source: Fh. ILT)

Link: International Laser Technology Congress AKL’18,

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