Imaging to be focus area at Laser World of Photonics
One of the focus areas for the Laser World of Photonics trade fair, due to take place in Munich, 22-25 June 2015, will be imaging, the show organiser Messe München has announced.
The biennial event for optical technologies will run in the rest year of the Vision trade fair in Stuttgart, now that this has switched to a two-year cycle. Laser World of Photonics could therefore become more important for machine vision companies looking to exhibit new products in the years when there’s no Vision show.
In 2013, when Laser World of Photonics last took place, 161 imaging companies exhibited at the trade fair, and 24 per cent of participants were from the imaging sector. This year’s show will have a machine vision pavilion in Hall A2, the first time this has been organised. There will also be a conference on optical metrology, organised by SPIE, during the World of Photonics Congress, which is collocated with Laser World of Photonics running from 21-25 June.
The 2015 event has expanded to five halls at Messe München, with 1,150 exhibitors and 27,000 visitors expected to attend. The show will also have focus areas on lasers and laser systems for production engineering and biophotonics and medical engineering.
Other highlights include an automotive exhibition illustrating the important of photonics in the automotive sector, with machine vision for automated production being a big part of the display. There will also be an optical metrology and imaging application panel in Hall A2, where end-user oriented presentations will be made on topics ranging from contact-free measurement methods, terahertz spectroscopy and inspection in industrial applications, and high coherence metrology.
A special startup area for companies with innovative technology that are less than five years’ old will also be part of the event for the first time. The startup exhibition will be accompanied by a Photonics Masters award presented to young companies with new technology.
The show will support the International Year of Light initiative, and Flavia Schlegel, assistant director general for natural sciences at UNESCO, will speak at the welcoming address on 22 June. Four Nobel laureates will give keynote addresses during the congress, including two of the winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Professors Stefan Hell and Eric Betzig.
The format of the show is proving successful in China and India, with the 10th Laser World of Photonics China due to take place next week in Shanghai from 17-19 March, and the Indian equivalent organised for 9-11 September in New Delhi. The China event has 16 per cent more exhibitors than last year and expects 37,000 visitors.