June 5-7, 2017 | The Inn at St. John’s | Plymouth, MI

Lasers: Lighting the Way for the Future of Transportation

Mark your calendar for June 5-7, 2017 as ALAW returns this spring for its 24th annual event in Michigan. Join FMA and the Conference Co-Chairs, Craig Bratt, Fraunhofer CLA, Matt Sidlinger, Genesis Systems Group, and Justin Wolsker, General Motors Corp, 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

nLIGHT Corporation

Monday, June 5 – 4-6 pm
We welcome you to join nLIGHT, a US laser manufacturing company, for live welding demonstrations featuring our next generation high-power CW fiber laser technology. In collaboration with Precitec’s WeldMaster, we will demonstrate 6000-series aluminum fillet welds without filler wire. Demonstrations will include seam tracking and quality control during laser welding of variable joint positions. The event will run from 4–6 pm on Monday, June 5th and will include food and refreshments.  Join us afterwards at the Inn at St. John’s for a dinner reception.

Precitec USA
28043 Center Oaks Ct.
Wixom, MI 48393

Contact: Heather James


Tuesday, June 6 — 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 6 and includes food and refreshments.

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

Contact to register:

Fraunhofer USA

Wednesday, June 7 — 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



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 15, 2017 to get FMA’s discounted room rate of $155 per night.  Call the main number (734) 414-0600, ask for reservations, and mention the ALAW conference to receive the discounted rate.


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 2017 endorsed by:

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  • Trumpf Logo
  • nLight Sponsor Logo
  • Precitec Logo
  • Laser Mech
  • Kuka Logo
  • EWI Logo
  • Center for Automotive Research
  • SME
  • claim-logo
  • Michigan Engineering
  • Steel Market Development Institute
  • genesis-logo
  • AWS Detroit
  • Highyag Logo
  • Coherent Logo
  • Blackbird Robotics Logo
  • Plasmo Logo
  • abicor-binzel
  • Dinse
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ALAW 2017 Committee Roster


Peter Busuttil, KUKA Welding Systems
David Havrilla, TRUMPF USA
Elizabeth Kautzmann, Ophir Laser Measurement Group
Rob Martinsen, nLIGHT Corp
John McCauley, Praxair
Robert Ruokolainen, FCA US, LLC
Mike Sharpe, FANUC America
Matt Sidlinger, Genesis Systems Group, LLC
Shawn Streeby, nLIGHT Corp.


Craig Bratt, Fraunhofer CLA
Matt Sidlinger, Genesis Systems Group
Justin Wolsker, General Motors Corp.

Chairman Emeritus:

Frank DiPietro

Committee Member Emeritus:

Mariana Forrest, LASAP, Inc.


Jen Christian, FMA
Jim Warren, FMA

Event Producer

fma-logoThe 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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