Photonics in Industrial Production

Mittwoch/Wednesday, 28.11.2018, BUAS


Photonics in Industrial Production:
- How light is making us rethink industrial processes
- How the photon is giving a second youth to the electron

Photonic technologies with the Laser as their most significant representative are dramatically changing and improving many industrial processes. Light, and hence photonics, has become an essential part of almost any mechanical or electrical system.

The innumerable applications and products based on optics all rely on being able to control light and its properties from the tiny single photon level to the petawatt range and to interface it to mechanical and electrical engineering products.

However, to be able to fully exploit its potential, photonic techniques need to sustainably enter the industrial production halls in an effective and enduring way. To that end education has to adequately prepare the next generation of students and future actors in industry; research has to pay more attention to these emerging opportunities and has to gain access to appropriate dedicated support; industry, as a result, has to show a high dynamism, creativity and innovativeness.

Congratulations to Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland on their Nobel prize in physics 2018 for their work in the field of laser applications. It best testifies the importance of light in our society.
Illustration: Niklas Elmehed

This life cycle of photonics: education research development of innovative applications and products is the topic of this workshop.

In the first part, examples of laser based processes with large application areas – cutting and white metal coating – are reported and the implications on teaching and researching at university level are discussed. In the second part of the workshop the Digitalisation Impulse Program of the Swiss Confederation, which now includes also photonics, as well as a White Paper on photonics, are presented.

In this second part, it is envisaged to discuss in groups possible consortial themes leading to research activities in the field of photonics.

This workshop is part of the General Assembly of Swissphotonics NTN 2018

28. November 2018

10:30 Registration GA
11:00 GA
12:00 Lunch

13:30 Photonics in Industrial Production
15:15 Networking Break
15:45 From the White Paper, to the Digitalisation Impulse Program
16:25 Elaboration of project proposal ideas
17:15 Discussion
17:30 Apéro riche sponsoring Swissphotonics NTN

french Version of the White Paper

BUAS Burgdorf
Bern University of Applied Sciences
Berner Fachhochschule BFH-TI
Pestalozzistrasse 20
3400 Burgdorf BE


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Registration compulsory
This Workshop is free of charge, but registration is required. The link is on top of the page. If you would like to register more than one participant, please fill for each an individual form.
Deadline for registration 18. November 2018

This workshop is free of charge

Contact BUAS
Prof. Dr. Valerio Romano
Institute for Applied Laser, Photonics and Surface Technologies ALPS
+41 34 426 42 54

Contact Swissphotonics
Dr. Christoph S. Harder
President Swissphotonics NTN
+41 79 219 90 51

16. Januar 2019, Beni Muller + Iris Bollinger
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Icon FAQ Impulsprogram (e) (PDF) (119 KB)
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Dr. Christoph S. Harder; President Swissphotonics NTN, 8832 Wollerau SZ Moderation Icon (56 KB) 
Peter Brunner; Head of Technology Transfer, Bern University of Applied Sciences BUAS, 2501 Biel / Bienne BE Welcome address Icon (56 KB) 
Prof. Dr. Valerio Romano; Professor for photonics; head of Appl. Fiber Technology Lab, Institute for Applied Laser, Photonics and Surface Technologies ALPS, BUAS, 3400 Burgdorf BE Photonics: the discipline that is making manufacturing smart Icon Romano (1.76 MB) 
Dr. Gilbert Schiltges; Head Development Cutting, Bystronic Laser AG, 3362 Niederoenz BE Lasers for cutting: old challenges – modern solutions Icon Schiltges (1.28 MB) 
Prof. Roland Hungerbühler; Head Mechanical Engineering, BUAS, 3400 Burgdorf BE Der Laser in der Maschinentechnik (german) Icon Hungerbuehler (443 KB) 
Thorsten Kramer; Additive Manufacturing ALPS
Dr. Hossein Najafi; R&D Project Manager, ALPS, BUAS, 3400 Burgdorf BE
In situ metal alloying by Direct Metal Deposition Icon Kramer (1.82 MB) 
Fouad Cheaitani; SVSXASS Quality & Inspection / Consultant, Consultant welding Engineering and Laser Technology, expert in Laser Cladding and Surface Technology, Stellba AG, 5605 Dottikon AG Lasers in high performance coating technology: a success story Icon Cheaitani (313 KB) 
Werner Krüsi; President Swissmem Photonics Industry Division, 8005 Zürich; US Managing Director of FISBA US, Tucson, Arizona, USA White Paper Photonics Switzerland – Background, Intentions – Action Items Icon Krüsi (585 KB) 
Dr. Christoph S. Harder; President Swissphotonics NTN Innosuisse Digitalisation Impulse Program Icon Harder (246 KB) 
4 parallel sections; Project applications for the Digitalisation Impulse Program 2019-2020 Elaboration of project proposal ideas Icon Ettenmeyer (1.27 MB) 
Prof. Dr. Andreas Ettemeyer; Prorektor Interstaatliche Hochschule für Technik Buchs FHO NTB, 9471 Buchs SG A: Advanced Manufacturing of Photonic Components and Systems Icon (56 KB) 
Dr. Valerio Romano; Prof. for photonics, Head of the Fiber Technology Lab, Inst. ALPS, BUAS, 3400 Burgdorf BE B: Digital Photonics for Fire-and-Forget Laser Processing Icon (56 KB) 
Dr. Rolando Ferrini; Coordinator of the Swissphotonics SSSL; Section Head Micro-Nano Optics and Photonics of CSEM SA, 4132 Muttenz BL C: Photonics 4.0: Digitalization for photonics & Photonics for digitalization Icon (56 KB) 
Prof. Dr. Patrik Hoffmann; Head Laboratory Advanced Materials Processing, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology EMPA, 3602 Thun BE D: Additive Manufacturing Icon (56 KB) 
Prof. Dr. Beat Neuenschwander; Expert Innosuisse; Laser Surface Engineering, ALPS, BUAS, 3400 Burgdorf BE Discussion Digitalisation Impulse Program Icon (56 KB) 
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