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      Advanced Laser Fabrication in the Transportation Sector in Belfast

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      September 19, 2019

      Thursday   8:30 AM

      Queen's University Belfast , Cloreen Park
      Belfast, Belfast

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      Advanced Laser Fabrication in the Transportation Sector

      Introduction 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 - 10:00Colm Higgins, NITC, Queens University BelfastIntroduction to NITC and Belf ast City Deal background 10:00 - 11:00Chris Allen, TWI, Cambridge UKIntroduction to current capabilities in high power laser cutting & welding Jan Pitzer, Cloos, GermanyDifferent applications of laser beam and laser-GMAW hybrid process an an alternative manufacturing technology 11:00 - 11:30Refreshments 11:30 - 13:00Wojciech Suder, Cranfield University UKHybrid laser welding - flexible process for high integrity joints Mark Thompson, IPG PhotonicsAdjustable Mode Beam (AMB) laser sources for improved materials processing Leo Sexton, LaserAgeLasers for cleaning Fergus Dunne, Lister Machine ToolsThicker plate cutting 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and exhibition 14:00 - 14:30Dave MacLellan, AILUReshoringUK - 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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