About Us

Background

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
Prof Lin Li, University of Manchester

February 2019

The 6th Industrial Laser Applications Symposium (ILAS 2019), organised by AILU, is just on the horizon (21-22 March 2019 in Crewe, UK). We will have 90 oral presentations and 10 poster presentations with over 200 delegates from at least 9 countries. I encourage our AILU members to attend this conference, it is a great opportunity to find out the latest developments in advanced laser processing research and innovations. 

Two more workshops are planned before the middle of the year and these will both be aimed at end-users – though very different markets. The first one will be held in London on 22 May and will focus on “lasers for makers” – the creative use of laser cutting systems which are of the low cost “plotter” style. Although these lasers are surely the most widely used (by number of units) owing to their compact size and low cost, AILU recognised that this market is in need of support, training and networking to improve safety and know-how in this market which is traditionally unaware of AILU. 

A second workshop is planned to take place with the National College for Nuclear in Cumbria, where we hope to attract the end-users in the nuclear industry who may not be aware of the impact that laser processing can have on nuclear manufacturing, maintenance and decommissioning. This will be held on 6 June and follows on from a talk I gave in December, at an event co-hosted by IMechE. A number of AILU members are active in the nuclear sector, and if you are interested in suggesting speaker recommendations or topic suggestions, please get in touch. 

Finally, we will be holding the AILU AGM soon (date to be announced shortly) – if anyone is interested in joining the Steering Committee please put your name forward. 

Organisation

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.”

Activities

The current activities of AILU include:

AILU’s Membership

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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