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13th “AKL – International Laser Technology Congress”: May 4 to 6, 2022 in Aachen – Laser Technology Live already this year!

Owing to the progressing coronavirus pandemic, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has decided to cancel the International Laser Technology Congress AKL in 2020. The safety and health of our attendees, partners and employees has top priority for us. The next AKL will take place from May 4 to 6, 2022, thus maintaining its regular biennial rhythm. However, so that interested parties do not have to wait another two years for the live demonstrations in Europe's largest laser system park, which are firmly anchored in the AKL, Fraunhofer ILT intends to open its doors as early as this autumn and in 2021 for various planned symposia in Aachen – provided that the general conditions allow it again.

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The International Laser Technology Congress AKL'20 will not take place from May 6-8, 2020 in Aachen!

Due to the developing situation with respect to Covid-19, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has decided not to move forward with the International Laser Technology Congress AKL'20 on May 6-8, 2020 in Aachen.

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Gezielt verstärkt: Laserauftragschweißen optimiert den Leichtbau

Eine neue Anwendung für das additive Laserauftragschweißen wollen die Automotive Center Südwestfalen GmbH (acs) aus Attendorn und das Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT aus Aachen im Verbundprojekt LAVAL angehen. Im Mittelpunkt steht die Validierung eines Verfahrens, mit dem sich Stahl- und Aluminiumbleche mit Hilfe des Laserauftragschweißens lokal verstärken lassen. In Grundlagenstudien wurde eine Erhöhung der Lastaufnahme fast um das Dreifache nachgewiesen – bei minimaler Gewichtszunahme. Für LAVAL werden nun Industriepartner mit Problemstellungen aus dem Leichtbau mit Blechwerkstoffen gesucht, für die im Verbundprojekt Lösungen erarbeitet werden sollen.

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“Laser Technology Live” at AKL’20 in Aachen and inauguration of new Battery Lab

AKL’20, the 13th edition of the “AKL – International Laser Technology Congress”, will take place in Aachen from May 6–8, 2020. It addresses the entire laser community: from laser manufacturers to experienced users and laser novices. A total of 87 speakers will present examples of innovative solutions from industrial practice and the latest research results, covering all target groups. As an added attraction, the 600-plus participants will be invited to experience “Laser Technology Live” in more than 90 presentations at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, which holds Europe’s largest laser park. The highlight of this year’s event is the inauguration of the institute’s new Battery Lab, which will showcase the use of lasers in the manufacture of battery cells and modules.

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AKL’20: Improving productivity through digitization in the laser industry

From May 6 to 8, 2020, laser manufacturers and users from various branches will meet at the AKL’20 for the 13th time. Featuring over 600 participants, 87 speakers and over 50 sponsors and exhibitors, the “AKL – International Laser Technology Congress” has established itself as the leading forum for applied laser technology in Europe. The program of events is already available at www.lasercongress.org – where you can also register now for AKL’20.

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Putting quantum bits into the fiber optic network: Launching the QFC-4-1QID project

Transporting quantum information over long distances with glass fibers and paving the way for the quantum Internet: With this goal in mind, the Dutch research center QuTech and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT launched the ICON project QFC-4-1QID on September 1, 2019. In this long-term strategic partnership between the research institutions, the scientists will be developing quantum frequency converters that will connect quantum processors to fiber optic networks. The new technology will be used in the world's first quantum Internet demonstrator in 2022.

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Open call for applications for the Innovation Award Laser Technology 2020 – closing date January 15, 2020

Press Release AKL e. V / ELI e. V

The Innovation Award Laser Technology is a European research and technology prize provided with 10.000 Euro prize money and awarded at 2-yearly intervals jointly by the associations Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V. and the European Laser Institute ELI in recognition of outstandingly innovative work in the field of laser technology. The call for proposals is open. Closing date for applications is January 15, 2020. Application instructions and information for online-submission can be downloaded at www.innovation-award-laser.org.

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Save the Date! AKL’20 from May 6–8, 2020

With over 600 international participants, more than 80 speakers and more than 50 companies at the Sponsors‘ Exhibition accompanying the conference, the “AKL – International Laser Technology Congress” has established itself in Europe as the leading forum for applied laser technology in production: In May 2020, laser manufacturers and users from various industries will meet for the 13th time at the AKL’20, organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT.

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AKL’18: Lasers Conquer Large-Scale Manufacturing

Visitors to this year’s AKL – International Laser Technology Congress in Aachen, Germany, had the unique chance to see where industrial laser technology stands today and where it will be tomorrow. The congress delivered the full picture of current technologies, from advanced laser sources and new process technologies to a wide range of applications such as Additive Manufacturing or even Quantum Sensing. To research such future topics, several projects have been started, and a whole new “I³ – Integrated Interdisciplinary Institute” has been inaugurated.

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Dr. Axel Luft, Laserline GmbH: Prize Winner of the Innovation Award Laser Technology 2018

The Innovation Award Laser Technology 2018, initiated by the associations Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V. and the European Laser Institute ELI and provided with 10 000 € prize money, has been conferred to Dr. Axel Luft, Sales Manager Global Automotive at Laserline GmbH on 2nd May 2018 in Aachen´s town hall. Dr. Axel Luft and his team have got the first place in the open prize competition with the innovation Multi Spot Modules to Improve Joining Processes due to Tailored Spot Geometries. The jury composed by eight international experts has selected 3 outstanding finalists among the various submitted applications. In the historical ambience of the “Coronation Hall” around 370 guests attended the awarding ceremony.

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