June 6-8,  2016  | The Inn at St. John’s |  Plymouth, MI

Lasers: Navigating an advanced multi-material world

Mark your calendar for June 6-8, 2016 as ALAW returns this spring for its 23rd annual event in Michigan. Join FMA and the Conference Co-Chairs, Robert Ruokolainen, Chrysler and Mariana Forrest, LASAP, Inc., at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth for a world-class industry event encompassing state-of-the-art laser processes for manufacturers, job shops, and suppliers.

As the use of lasers become more widespread, designers and product engineers alike need to gain familiarity with not only the properties, advantages and applicability of the laser welding process, but also with how to design components, assemblies and systems for successful laser welding. The choice of laser type, component material selection, weld joint design, component part preparation, and part fixturing are all critical to successful implementation of the laser welding process. These topics are presented along with numerous practical examples and case studies, with the intent of building the foundation for sound laser welding design and process implementation.

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Who Should Attend

ALAW benefits manufacturing, production, product design, and research and development engineers; and anyone interested in using and/or developing flexible applications for laser material processing systems to reduce costs, improve quality, and provide flexible laser manufacturing. Owners, managers, and supervisors of fabrication job shops, as well as new end-users who want to learn more about the benefits of using laser technology for new or different applications to expand their businesses, should also attend.

What Attendees Are Saying

Image“Lasers are leading U.S. manufacturing out of the recession. Laser manufacturers and laser system integrators are experiencing 25% growth after the worst economic downturn in decades. ALAW will showcase a variety of laser materials processing technologies that are contributing to this growth over a range of industry sectors.”Stan Ream, ALAW 2011 Conference Co-Chair
EWI Laser Technology Leader

Image“As a fabricator, ALAW was invaluable to my company. In two days, we were able to get a good start on evaluating opportunities in laser tailored blank welding; body-in-white prototype cutting; laser-cut tubular products, and other prototype and pre-production fabricated metal products (automotive and other markets). We now have product offerings in each of these segments thanks in part to the information and networking provided at ALAW! Great and productive conference — thank you!”Gregg Simpson President, Ohio Laser, LLC

Open Houses


Tuesday, June 2 — 5:45-9 pm
A consistent and loyal supporter of ALAW, TRUMPF Inc. once again opens its doors to our attendees for a spectacular open house and showcase of new laser products. The event runs from 5:45-9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2 and includes food and refreshments.

Laser Technology Center
47711 Clipper St.
Plymouth Township, MI 48170

To Register:

Fraunhofer USA

Wednesday, June 3 — 12:30 – 4:00 pm
Is high power laser technology right for my industrial application? Come and visit the experts, with live welding application demos featuring state of the art lasers from IPG, Laserline, Rofin Sinar, and TRUMPF.

Fraunhofer, USA
Center for Laser Applications (CLA)
46025 Port St.
Plymouth, MI 48170
Contact: Nancy Mehner
Office: 734-738-0520
Fax: 888-871-5107

Conference Venue

The Inn at St. John’s

44045 Five Mile Road
Plymouth, MI 48170

The Inn at St. John’s Plymouth, MI has been etched in Southeast Michigan history and tradition for more than half a century. Located in the upscale Metro Detroit suburb of Plymouth, MI.  This breathtaking landmark is the premier location for luxury hotel accomodations, gourmet restaurant dining, corporate meetings & events, weddings, receptions, executive meetings, charity galas, special events and golf outings.

Discounted Room Rates
Reserve by May 18, 2015 to get FMA’s discounted room rate of $149 per night.  Call the main number (734) 414-0600, ask for reservations, and mention the ALAW conference to receive the discounted rate.

Map & Directions | Accommodations | Dining | Golf Course & Driving Range


Conference Fees

FMA/TPA/EWI Members Best Value! Non-Members
Standard $595 $795
Speakers $195
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Group Discount

If you are planning to register 3 or more people, they will be eligible for the group discount ($50 off per person). However, to receive the group discount, they must all be registered at the same time.

Questions? Speak with an FMA customer service representative at 815-399-8700, or via email.


ALAW 2015 endorsed by:

  • Fraunhofer Logo
  • Trumpf Logo
  • abicor-binzel
  • Laserline
  • Laser Mech
  • IPG Logo
  • Blackbird Robotics
  • Kuka Logo
  • Dinse
  • Precitec Logo
  • Plasmo Logo
  • EWI Logo
  • Center for Automotive Research
  • SME
  • claim-logo
  • Michigan Engineering
  • Steel Market Development Institute
  • Weil Technology
  • genesis-logo
  • Lincoln automation solutions

Become a Sponsor

ALAW 2015 Committee Roster


Craig Bratt, Fraunhofer USA- Center for Laser Applications (CLA)
Peter Busuttil, KUKA Welding Systems
Ralton Emory, SME
David Havrilla, TRUMPF USA
Masoud Harooni, Keihin North America
Elizabeth Kautzmann, FANUC America
John McCauley, Ophir Laser Measurement Group
Nancy Mehner, Fraunhofer USA- Center for Laser Applications (CLA)
Rick Neff, Cincinnati, Inc.
Stan Ream, EWI
Dan Robinson, Weil Engineering N.A.
Thom Shelow, Superior Joining Technologies, Inc.
Mark Williamson, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Justin Wolsker, General Motors


Mariana Forrest, LASAP, Inc.
Robert Ruokolainen, Chrysler

Chairman Emeritus:

Frank DiPietro


Jen Christian, FMA
Jim Warren, FMA

Event Producer

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.® (FMA) is the leading educational association for the metal processing, forming and fabricating industry. FMA offers products and services that keep professionals in the industry informed about the latest trends and technology.

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