22 September 2015

Successful industrial welding techniques and applications with laser and electron beam

  • Location: TWI Conference Centre, Abington, Cambridge, CB21 6AL
  • Attendees: All welcome

About this workshop

Laser and electron beam welding are widely accepted manufacturing techniques for a wide range of industrial applications. Both technologies have their advantages and disadvantages, and traditionally these have defined the applications which they are most suitable for. However, on-going developments in both laser and electron beam technology are increasing the overlap between the technologies. As such, there are an increasing number of applications which are considered suitable for both laser and electron beam welding.

This workshop will compare and contrast laser and electron beam welding techniques, with the objectives of providing attendees with an increased appreciation of both techniques and an understanding of how current users down-select between the processes. Presentations will be given from end-users, equipment suppliers and researchers, covering the following themes:

  • Current industrial applications of laser and electron beam welding
  • Industrial end-user perspectives, from leading aerospace, automotive and defence companies
  • Contract manufacturing perspectives on laser and electron beam welding
  • Process monitoring and quality assurance
  • New opportunities and research in laser and electron beam welding

The day will include lots of opportunities for discussion and questioning and will end with a tour of TWI.

The new AILU Power Beam Processing Special Interest Group will be formally launched at this event


Chair: Jon Blackburn (TWI)

Jon Blackburn is a Group Manager at TWI, where his responsibilities include managing TWI’s laser welding activities. He joined TWI in 2006 as a Research Engineer, and since then has been working in the development and application of laser welding processes for TWI’s Industrial Members in primarily the aerospace, automotive, defence and rail sectors. Within TWI’s Joining Group, he also has close interaction with TWI’s electron beam welding activities.

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08:45-09:30 Registration and refreshments

09:30-09:35   Introduction - Jon Blackburn (TWI)

09:35-10:45  SESSION 1

Advances in laser and electron beam welding
Chris Punshon (TWI)

Laser welding research in the Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser Based Production Processes
Stewart Williams (Cranfield University)

Laser and electron beam – a comparison from a welding engineers perspective
Nick Longfield (Rolls Royce)

10:45-11:15 Refreshments & Exhibition

11:15- 13:05  SESSION 2

Laser and electron beam welding at GKN
Jan Lundgren (GKN)

Lasers in stainless steel – fabrication
Ian Bannister (Graham Engineering) 

Comparison of electron beam & laser welding of turbocharger shaft-wheels
Didier Horlaville (Honeywell)

Nd:YAG micro-laser welding, practical applications and opportunities
Jim Fife (Attica)

13:05-14:05  Lunch & Exhibition

14:05-15:30  SESSION 3

A perspective on opportunities for power beam welding in the nuclear industry
John Francis (University of Manchester)

Approaches to electron beam welding quality assurance
Mike Nunn (TWI)

Using laser beam analysis as process control tool for laser welding in production
Otto Märten (PRIMES)

One step closer to real-time control of the laser welding process - low coherence sensors heading for industrial applications
Markus Kogel-Hollacher (Precitec)  

15:30-16:00  Refreshments and introduction to new Power Beam Process SIG

16:00-16:30  Tour of TWI


The tour will include:

  • TWI’s high-power laser welding and cutting facilities
  • TWI’s electron beam processing facilities
  • TWI’s weld integrity and performance assessment facilities



* AILU and supporting organisation members: £160 + VAT

* Non members: £195 GBP + VAT

* Concessions: £65 GBP + VAT (retired, unemployed); £45 GBP+  VAT (full time students)

* Exhibitor (AILU and supporting orgiansation member): £155 GBP + VAT

* Exhibitor (non-member): £195 + VAT

* Exhibitor plus delegate discount off total: £50 GBP + VAT

Fee includes a delegate pack, access to PDFs of key slides, lunch and refreshments.

Cancellations will be accepted up to 1 week before the event; otherwise the full fee may be charged.

For more information or to register for the event please email or telephone (T: 01235 539595) the AILU office.




Granta Park
Great Abington
CB21 6AL
United Kingdom

Tel: +44(0)1223 899000


Limited accommodation is available at the Granta Centre which is part of TWI. The Granta Centre provides bed, breakfast and evening meal in en-suite 'study rooms' for those wishing to stay overnight. The Centre has kindly reserved 7 rooms for workshop delegates; if you would like to book one of these rooms please quote 'AILU' when you do so.

Contact the Granta Centre:
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 899391

Nearby accommodation is also available at the Cambridge Fourwentways Travelodge

Hotels in Cambridge recommended by TWI are the Cambridge City Hotel and the Royal Cambridge Hotel


By Road and Rail

Please click here for detailed travel arrangements and maps (two-page document)

By Air
London Stansted 21 miles/34 km
London Luton 39 miles/63km
London City 49 miles/79km
London Heathrow 80 miles/130 km
London Gatwick 95 miles/150 km

London Stansted is highly recommended to visitors from Europe. It is 30 minutes by car from TWI and has direct connections with many European cities.

Please contact the TWI reception (01223 899000) for a recommendation of an appropriate taxi service for you.

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