Joining Technologies, an innovator in laser cladding, electron beam and laser welding applications, announces that it will showcase its laser additive manufacturing capabilities and its new Joining Technologies Research Center (JTRC) partnership with laser development and contract research institute Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) and its USA affiliate Fraunhofer CLT (Center for Laser Technology) at the 6th Annual Symposium for Advanced Laser Applications (SALA).
SALA, sponsored by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), will be held in the Hilton Hotel in Hartford, Connecticut on April 13 and 14, 2011. This two-day conference and exhibition, is the Northeast's premiere laser conference focusing on end-user and manufacturing applications.
As part of JTRC, Fraunhofer will be providing laser additive manufacturing research and development services, as well as system design and integration and accessory sales, including nozzles and cladding heads, all from its new facility in East Granby, CT.
"Our new partnership with Fraunhofer ILT and Fraunhofer CLT will provide numerous benefits to customers," said Scott Poeppel, Joining Technologies' manager of additive processes. "Combining the precision and reliability of Joining Technologies' laser cladding processes with ILT's cutting edge laser additive research and development capabilities offers customers enhanced information on using laser additive manufacturing for repair or restoration in aerospace, power generation, valve, and OEM-supplied component applications."
Tailor-made laser additive manufacturing solutions are being developed for direct photonic production from CAD data to a part made from serial materials; maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of high value components; and wear and corrosion protection.
Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology is an internationally known laser development and contract research institute with more than 250 employees and 10,000m² of usable floor space, fitted out with the latest technical and scientific infrastructure and equipment. It focuses on the development of new laser beam sources and components, the use of modern laser measurement and testing technology, and laser-supported manufacturing. It is also working in the area of laser plant technology and process control.
Fraunhofer USA Center for Laser Technology is a non-profit organization providing applied research to foster the use of laser technology. Located in Plymouth, Michigan, the facility houses a state-of-the-art development center with a variety of the leading edge equipment designed to provide world-class-technology solution for its customers.