Laser materials processing has seen steady and rapidly increasing acceptance and application in industrial production world wide as well as in the Nordic countries. Once considered a tool for research and large high-tech companies, the laser is now being used efficiently in a great number of small and medium sized companies in a variety of industrial branches. In addition to increasing productivity and quality, the use of laser processing has also had a significant impact on product development and design.
Recent technological developments have improved the flexibility and power of industrial lasers and relaxed the once strict requirements on work piece tolerance and fit-up. As a result the use of laser processing is no longer restricted to costly high precision mass produced products. Laser cutting and welding are now rapidly moving into rougher environments, such as ship building.
The first NOLAMP conference was held in Oslo in 1987. Since then these biannual conferences have proved a useful meeting ground for research and industry involved in laser technology in the Nordic countries. As always, participants from all nations are cordially invited to participate.
The date of the conference, 27-29 June 2011, may coincide with the start of summer holidays of some. Keep in mind that Trondheim and the Trøndelag region, in addition to being the technological centre of Norway, also are known for its natural and cultural attractions as well as never ending daylight.
It is with great pleasure that we herby invite you to the 13th NOLAMP Conference in Trondheim on the campus of NTNU, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Einar Halmøy, NTNU
Hans Fostervoll, SINTEF
Bjarne Bjørnbakk, Vitec