AKL'10 focuses on practical laser use

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AKL'10, the International Laser Technology Congress, will take place from 5-7 May in Aachen, Germany. Attracting more than 500 participants, around 60 speakers and more than 30 exhibitors, the event will discuss practical applications of lasers.

AKL'10 is organised by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT. Supporting organisations include the European Commission, the Association of German Engineers (VDI), the Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik, and the European Laser Institute, as well as the following industrial associations: the European Federation of Precision Mechanical and Optical Industries (EUROM), the German Industrial Association for Optical, Medical and Mechatronical Technologies (Spectaris), the German Association of the Automobile Industry (VDA) and the German Association of Machine and Plant Construction (VDMA).

The wide range of lectures are delivered in complete German and English simultaneous translations. From newcomers via system providers all the way to laser users, the AKL'10 will offer something relevant for every target group.

The technological symposium will inform users and manufacturers about the latest developments and practical experience with laser production processes such as laser welding, cutting, drilling and removal. The conference will also emphasise new laser sources, like ultra-short pulse lasers or the next generation of diode, fibre and solid-state lasers. Within the framework of the sponsor's exhibition, around 30 companies will present practical laser-based solutions to the professional public for a whole range of branches from the manufacturing industry.

The climax of the congress will be the presentation of the Innovation Award Laser Technology, endowed with €10,000 on 5 May. It will be awarded by the Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik and the European Laser Institute. The application documents can be downloaded from www.innovation-award-laser.org. In addition, the AKL’10 will offer laser users and manufacturers the opportunity to network and exchange experience during the entire event.