The international photonics industry will meet at the world’s leading trade fair LASER World of PHOTONICS in Munich from April 26 to 29, 2022. The role that photonics plays today as a key technology in many new products is highlighted in both the exhibition area and the extensive supporting program, which centers on expert discussions and knowledge transfer.
“Today there is hardly any industry that does not benefit from photonics. At LASER World of PHOTONICS, we are showcasing the wide range of applications not only in the exhibition area, but also in the supporting program with expert forums and guided tours, a special show and the Innovation Award,” says Anke Odouli, LASER World of PHOTONICS exhibition director. There is a special focus on quantum technology: With the World of QUANTUM, the fair introduces a separate platform dedicated to possibly the most exciting future field of photonics today and featuring presentations and plenty of space to network.
Three additional forums with application panels and exhibitor presentations will highlight other current areas of photonics application: The Laser and Optics forum will provide an overview of the current status of laser systems for industrial use, among other things. The Biophotonics, Medical Applications, Optical Metrology and Imaging forum will provide insight into photonic solutions for medicine and biotechnology. The Laser Materials Processing forum will showcase the progress made in materials processing with lasers.
Two guided tours with a presentation and related Q&A session will give participants a concise overview of current trends in selected areas: In one tour, experts from the Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management (iwb) and the Bavarian Laser Center (blz) will cover process control in laser material processing and laser applications for electromobility. In another tour, the “Ultrashort pulse laser” network will show how ultrashort laser pulses enable new processing methods. The guided tours are free of charge but advance registration is required.
Visitors can learn about the latest trends and research results in the field of laser materials processing at the “Photons in Production” special show. Over more than 300 square meters of exhibition space, experts from the scientific community will present information on the laser-based manufacturing of battery cells, beam formation for process stabilization, intelligent processes and additive manufacturing. New this year: Scientists will be on hand in a Solution Center to provide independent and free advice on questions and component demonstrators related to lasers in production.
One highlight of the trade fair is the Innovation Award, which is being presented for the second time to recognize the three top innovations in the major photonics categories. The Innovation Award and its €5,000 prize money are awarded in cooperation with the British trade publisher Europa Science.
In response to the shortage of skilled workers in the industry, LASER World of PHOTONICS will bring together potential employers and job candidates at the Career Center. As part of the career counseling service, professionals will also be on hand to offer tips for starting a career in the industry or for professional development.