The Laser Institute of America (LIA) will hold its inaugural Lasers for Manufacturing Event (LME) on 27-28 September 2011 in Chicago.
In order to help US manufacturers to modernise and upgrade their technology and be competitive in the global economy, LME is designed to fill a gap by providing designers and manufacturers everything they need to understand lasers and laser systems and how to employ them effectively and profitably.
LME will provide basic training on lasers and systems, courses on laser processes including welding and laser additive manufacturing, videos on laser processing and examples of parts made by lasers.
The world's leading laser and system manufacturers, such as IPG, Trumpf and many others will exhibit at the event and will have laser manufactured parts on their booths, and experts there to explain the features to attendees. A special feature of the event will be presentations by exhibitors on the advantages of their technology in a theatre directly on the show floor.
'This will be focused, optimised event for current and potential laser users in the manufacturing community,' said LIA's executive director Peter Baker. 'No longer will manufacturing technologists seeking laser knowledge and technology have to comb through a large, traditional machining show searching for laser manufacturing. At LME, all exhibitors will be laser and system manufacturers, all attendees will be manufacturing people who want to use and learn to use lasers, and all educational content is customised to the needs of those attendees. LME will provide an optimum interaction between users and suppliers in a compact, focused event.'
'LME will be the show for laser applications,' added LIA's marketing director Jim Naugle. 'If you want to learn what a laser can do, how much it costs, how to justify the purchase, then this is the go-to source. We want the novice user and the experience user to learn the practical applications made possible by lasers. Our intention is that the event satisfies a need for exhibitors to have a laser application/manufacturing exhibit for lasers and related equipment only. And it satisfies a need for attendees to learn how to make money with lasers.'