EPIC Meeting on High Power Laser Systems at PBF

10-11 October 2019

Almelo, The Netherlands

Hosted at: PBF


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OptoSigma (1)

The EPIC Meeting on High Power Laser System aims to bring together the main drivers of laser applications that require KW+ power or high fluence in an optical beam. The purpose of this meeting is to identify user needs and find suitable innovative solutions, for the applications that are driving this market. The main topics that will be addressed include: Beam shaping for high fluence lasers: “Gaussian” vs “Top Hat”; Beam Propagation Ratio (M2) measurement;  Cooling or power dissipation. Challenges of the power supply and power electronics such as current ripple, dimming, pulse width modulation (PWM) interfacing, pulse reproducibility and stability will be addressed. The companies in charge of the manufacturing Laser pumps, diodes, fibers, laser head and other components will present their state-of-the-art technology.


10 October 2019 Thursday

12:00 – 13:00 Registration & Lunch @ Theaterhotel Almelo
13:00 – 13:05 Welcoming words by Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium
13:05 – 13:15 Welcoming words by Hans Pol, CEO, PBF 

13:15 – 13:45 KEYNOTE: Challenges for Power Supplies in the Lasermarket  
Rene Dingshoff, BD Manager, PBF (THE NETHERLANDS)

13:45 – 15:15 SESSION 1: Setting up the scene

13:45 – 14:15 KEYNOTE: Improved technology high power fiber lasers for increased productivity
Mark Richmond, Product Manager, SPI Lasers (UNITED KINGDOM)
14:15 – 14:45 KEYNOTE: kW femtosecond lasers – potentialities and challenges 
Clemens Hoenninger, Vice President, Head of R&D, Amplitude Laser (FRANCE)
14:45 – 15:00 High-throughput laser processing using direct laser interference patterning
Nikolai Schroeder, Research Associate, Technical University Dresden (GERMANY)
15:00 – 15:15 kW-level femtosecond laser system for large-scale surface functionalization and its applications
Gedvinas Nemickas, FemtoSurf Technology Coordinator, Femtika (LITHUANIA)

15:15 – 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 – 17:15  SESSION 2: High power and fluence beam shaping solutions

16:00 – 16:15 Robust beam shaping solutions for high power laser systems
Sabrina Matthias, Product Manager, Asphericon (GERMANY)
16:15 – 16:30 Low stress ion beam sputtered coatings for high energy laser applications
Joseph Spilman, Director of Sales & Marketing, Optimax (USA)
16:30 – 16:45 Transmissive optical components for multi-kW laser systems
Laurynas Satas, CTO, Altechna (LITHUANIA)
16:45 – 17:00 Fully reflective versatile beam shaping enabling industrial laser material processing up to 20kW
Pu Jian, VP of Product Management & Partnerships, Cailabs (FRANCE)
17:00 – 17:15 Design and ultraprecision diamond machining of beam shaping components for high-power CO2 lasers in additive manufacturing applications
Gebirie Yizengaw Belay, Postdoc, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BELGIUM)
17:15 – 17:30 Ceramik liquid cooler for high power laser systems
Harald Kress, Business Development Manager, CeramTec (GERMANY)

17:45 Bus transfer to a dinner venue
18:00 – 22:00 Dinner @ Kir Royal
22:00 Bus transfer from a dinner venue to hotel (Kir Royal – Theaterhotel Almelo)

11 October 2019 Friday

09:00 – 09:20 Morning coffee @Theaterhotel Almelo
09:20 – 09:30 Recap by Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium

09:30 – 11:00 SESSION 3: High power laser-based solutions and needs

09:30 – 10:00 KEYNOTE: High power diodes and related components for high power laser systems
Rene Engel, Sr. Manager of Component Sales, Coherent (DENMARK)
10:00 – 10:15 High-power thin-disk lasers for scientific and industrial applications
Michal Chyla, Senior Researcher, HiLASE (CZECH REPUBLIC)
10:15 – 10:30 Piezo based beam shaping for high dynamic laser material processing in 3D
Lukas Rau, Product Marketing Manager for Piezo Systems, Physik Instrumente (GERMANY)
10:30 – 10:45 Mobile and stationary high power laser processing – processes and equipment 
Oliver Meier, Managing Director, LASER on demand (GERMANY)
10:45 – 11:00  Robust optical systems for high power lasers in the multi-kW regime
Martin Traub, Optics Design and Diode Lasers, Fraunhofer ILT (GERMANY)

11:00 – 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 – 12:45 SESSION 4: The high power laser supply chain

11:45 – 12:00 Opto-mechanical products for high power lasers 
Laurent Ropert, Export Account Manager, ISP System (FRANCE)
12:00 – 12:15 Non-contact focus spot and focus shift measurement of high power lasers in manufacturing processes
Christian Dini, Director Global Business Development, MKS Instruments – Ophir Brand (GERMANY)
12:15 – 12:30 Power in nothing without pulse to pulse control
Sergio Pellegrino, R&D Director, Laserpoint (ITALY)
12:30 – 12:45 Burn-in and life test of optoelectronic devices
Martin Collins, VP Sales and Marketing, Yelo (UNITED KINGDOM)

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch @Theaterhotel Almelo

14:00 – 14:15 Bus transfer from Theaterhotel Almelo to PBF
14:15 – 16:00 Company visit @PBF
16:00 End and optional bus transfer back to Theaterhotel Almelo


The meeting venue for 10-11 October is Theaterhotel Almelo located Schouwburgplein 1 7607 AE Almelo, The Netherlands.

The dinner venue for 10 October is Kir Royal, Prins Bernhardlaan 148, Borne, The Netherlands.

The company visit on 11 October will be at PBF located Twentepoort oost 54 7609 RG Almelo, The Netherlands.


We highly recommend to book your accommodation at the Theaterhotel Almelo located Schouwburgplein 1 7607 AE Almelo, The Netherlands – the same hotel where the meeting will be held. Bookings can be made using this link until 15 September 2019 for 113 EUR for a standard room including breakfast. After this date the rooms with a special rate are subject to availability. Transfers will be organised to / from this hotel only.


Ticket price for EPIC members and invited companies: 250 EUR (excluding VAT); non-members: 450 EUR (excluding VAT). By filling in the registration form below you agree your email to be used to keep you updated about the event. EPIC will also share the participants list with the other participants or interested parties. Attendance is limited to 1 person per company, decision maker. Participation is confirmed only when received a confirmation email from the EPIC staff.

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For any questions please contact EPIC Events Manager Helena Jelinkova by email: helena.jelinkova@epic-assoc.com or mobile: +420 606526252.