13 September 2017

Laser Cleaning

  • Sector: Laser Cleaning
  • Location: FANUC, Ansty Park, Coventry
  • Attendees: All welcome





AILU workshop on Laser Cleaning

13th SEPTEMBER 2017



Workshop Chair

Tony Jones (Cyan Tec Systems)

Laser cleaning opens up an innovative and effective method of non-contact cleaning which allows removal of dirt, rust, coatings or paints from a whole range of materials. Of interest to the automotive, aerospace, electronics and transportation sectors, this technology is starting to become of increasing interest owing to the availability of more powerful and more efficient fibre lasers which can achieve greater material removal rates than previously possible.  Having much less environmental impact that shot blasting or chemical cleaning, the process has many advantages over the alternatives.  This workshop is for anyone interested in applying the technology or improving the capabilities through directed research.

This full day workshop will include presentations by laser system manufacturers, automation integrators, end users and academics researching this application.  Alongside the presentations will be networking opportunities and a small exhibition of suppliers.  At the close of the workshop will be an opportunity to tour the new FANUC UK facility which opened in 2017, to see the machinery and robots that FANUC can supply.



08:45  Registration, refreshments, exhibition 

09:30  Introduction

09:40 - 11:00  Session 1

Laser cleaning  - from university laboratory to industry production floor
Lin Li, University of Manchester

Cleaning of composite made moulds in the aerospace industry
Daishu Qian, ALT Lasers

Laser clean - the light way
Stan Wilford, IPG Photonics

​Clean surfaces - a need for further production steps
Peter Kallage, Coherent Rofin, Germany​

11:00 - 11.30  Refreshments & exhibition

11:30 - 12:50  Session 2

Laser cleaning of aerospace components
Paul Williams, Rolls Royce Aerospace

Laser cleaning of industrial components
Leo Sexton, Laser Age

​Faster removal of corrosion and coatings
Ioannis Metsios, Andritz Powerlase

Laser cleaning with ns pulsed fiber lasers – the effect of beam mode and power
Louise Partridge, SPI Lasers

12:50 - 13:50  Lunch & exhibition

13:50 - 15:10  Session 3

High-speed paint stripping in the railway industry
Zheng Kuang, ALT Lasers

Laser cleaning as an alternative to media blasting in building maintenance
David Gillen, Blueacre Technology

Safety implications of laser cleaning
David Lawton, Lasermet

Robotics and Automation for use in laser cleaning applications​
Andrew Armstrong, FANUC

15:10 - 15:40 Refreshments

15:40 Tour

16:40 Departure



  AILU member Non-member Concessions Students
Delegate only £160 £195 £65 £45
Exhibitor only £155 £195    
Delegate and Exhibitor* £265 £340    

 * Includes £50 discount from combined delegate + exhibitor cost

Prices exclude VAT @ 20%

For online registration click here

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 please email or telephone the AILU office (+44 (0)1235 539595).


Information for Exhibitors

  • 6ft trestle table provided – please bring your own table cloth.
  • Space behind the table for one pull-up banner (800mm width) and the stand will come with a chair.
  • Power will be available (standard socket for laptop etc).
  • Set up from 08:00 on the day of the workshop. Pull down will be after the final refreshment break, which ends at 15:20.



FANUC UK Ltd      
Sapphire Way,








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Coombe Abbey  

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