Advanced Laser Fabrication in the Transportation Sector

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Northern Ireland Technology Centre

Queen's University Belfast

Cloreen Park

Malone Road

BT9 5HN

United Kingdom

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During the past 10 years, the fibre laser has become increasingly dominant in laser engraving, high power laser cutting and thick section laser welding. Taking the place of the CO2 laser, and offering high wall-plug efficiency, the fibre laser is making many markets re-assess the viability of laser solutions – and in many cases the laser is now the best and right tool for the job. Laser cutting is now possible and economically viable for cutting thick section steel as well as metals like aluminium, copper alloys, titanium and other exotic alloys. Where edge quality and automation are paramount, the laser is often the best solution. In welding, the laser is now capable of single pass keyhole welding of more than 50 mm thick material and with multiple passes, even thicker sections can be welded.

The Northern Ireland Technology Centre in Belfast is hosting the event and there will be an opportunity to see the systems they have in place for welding and cutting, and to discuss the services they can offer particularly in TRL stages 7-9 where expert know-how can enable automation and innovative manufacturing solutions to make industry more competitive.

Targeting the off-highway, rail and shipbuilding industries – as well as those organisations making trucks and trailers for transporting goods or material - this workshop is for design and manufacturing engineers and managers in manufacturing organisations in Northern Ireland. Special rates are available for SMEs in the region who are involved in manufacturing and could implement laser manufacturing in their production.

Programme

09:00 - 09:30 Registration

09:30 - 09:40
Mark Thompson, IPG Photonics (Chair)
Welcome

09:40 - 10:00
Colm Higgins, NITC, Queens University Belfast
Introduction to NITC and Belf ast City Deal background

10:00 - 11:00
Chris Allen, TWI, Cambridge UK
Introduction to current capabilities in high power laser cutting & welding

Jan Pitzer, Cloos, Germany
Different applications of laser beam and laser-GMAW hybrid process an an alternative manufacturing technology

11:00 - 11:30

Refreshments

11:30 - 13:00
Wojciech Suder, Cranfield University UK
Hybrid laser welding - flexible process for high integrity joints

Mark Thompson, IPG Photonics
Adjustable Mode Beam (AMB) laser sources for improved materials processing

Leo Sexton, LaserAge
Lasers for cleaning

Fergus Dunne, Lister Machine Tools
Thicker plate cutting

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch and exhibition

14:00 - 14:30
Dave MacLellan, AILU
ReshoringUK - an initiative to map & localise UK manufacturing supply chains

Discussion Forum - what does the sector need from the laser manufacturers and sub-contractors?

14:30 - 15:00 Optional tour of NITC

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Northern Ireland Technology Centre

Queen's University Belfast

Cloreen Park

Malone Road

BT9 5HN

United Kingdom

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