The Association of Laser Users (AILU) was established in 1995 as an independent, non-profit making organisation run by and for laser users involved in activities including manufacturing, healthcare, academic and industrial research; as well as suppliers of laser-related products and services. Our current corporate members include leading players in the UK laser materials community.
The aims and objectives of the association are set out in its Memorandum and Articles of Association.
They include, in particular, the fostering of co-operation and collaboration and the dissemination of information, experience and expertise relating to industrial laser technology, laser materials processing; its applications and related technologies.
The President's Message
This is my final President's Message before my 2-year term as the AILU President ends.
Outreach has been one of the key aims during my presidency period. AILU has actively engaged in international collaboration and successfully delivered, jointly with the Japan Laser Processing Society and Heriot-Watt University, the Laser Precision Microfabrication (LPM) Symposium in Edinburgh, in 2018. The 6th ILAS (Industrial Laser Applications Symposium) run by AILU this year has also attracted the highest number of attendees (over 230) in the event's history.
Our Early Career Researchers committee, set up during this period, has played an important role for young engineers and scientists to actively participate in AILU activities, and the running of AILU.
End-user engagement is another area that we actively pursued, not only to allow our members to engage with their potential customers but also to allow the wider industrial community to be aware of the new laser technologies available for their applications and businesses. AILU will run, jointly with Cumbria University and Institute of Mechanical Engineers, a workshop on “Applications of Lasers in the Nuclear Industry” on 6 June 2019, in Cumbria, bringing together the laser technology providers from the laser community and the potential end-users from the nuclear industry.
AILU has played an important role in the launch of UK’s Laser Based Manufacturing National Strategy, in April 2018, with the active participation of AILU members in various workshops and providing information for the development of the strategy document.
The introduction of bulk academic membership has enabled rapid increase of AILU academic membership and participation of academic researchers in the AILU activities.
Finally, initial discussions have been made to establish an “AILU Laser Innovation Executive Group”, a lasers “Dragon’s Den” group that is focused on “Laser Innovations”, reviews innovative laser business ideas and plans, and gives advices and funding opportunities for university spinout companies and growth of existing laser businesses. Anyone who is interested in becoming a member of this group, please contact Dave MacLellan.
The organisation of AILU is under the direction of an elected standing committee made up of representatives from the UK industrial laser community. Elections are held annually at the Annual General Meeting. (See Joining the AILU committee and Officers and Committee)
AILU provides a wide range of general services to laser users and suppliers and hosts a number of special interest groups (SIGs) to better support members who have particular interests in common. These include a Job Shop SIG (established in 1995, with 86 members*) for subcontract laser-based engineering companies; a Market Development SIG (established in 2005, with 240 members*) for suppliers of laser-related products and services; a Medical SIG (established in 2007, with 55 members*) for clinicians, manufacturers using lasers for manufacture of medical devices and suppliers of laser-related products and services; and the Micro:Nano SIG, AILU’s newest, launched in mid 2008 at AILU's 10th microprocessing workshop.”
The current activities of AILU include:
Application for membership of AILU is open to the industrial laser community worldwide, and those with an interest in this community and its activities. We currently have approximately 300 members, made up of mainly manufacturing industry including laser job shops (40%), suppliers of laser-related products and services (30%) and research and consultancy organisations (25%).
To find out more about AILU membership click here.
See member benefits to review how membership could benefit you.
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