€15m Project to Boost European Laser Industry Competitiveness
December 10, 2013
A four-year project costing EUR15 million aims to increase the competitiveness of the laser industry in Europe by supporting small and medium-size enterprises and improving the speed of technology transfer. The LASHARE project will be led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology and will also involve another five research institutes from around Europe.
Small and mid-size businesses often encounter problems related to making available to the industrial sector new manufacturing processes designed to make production more efficient. This is one of the areas where the project will help them. The program will aim to accelerate the process of preparing laser-based manufacturing equipment for commercial adoption in the production industry.
The project was officially launched at the end of September, when 38 participants from the research and industry sectors gathered to discuss the targets of the program, relevant metrics and procedures to be employed. LASHARE has started 14 Laser-based Equipment Assessments - to be increased to a maximum of 26 - that will serve to define the industrial requirements regarding the use of laser-based technology in a wide range of industrial applications, from welding ship components to nanostructuring of surface with ultrashort-pulse lasers. The LEAs will consist of users identifying the industrial requirements for the equipment and then evaluating them in industrial settings. All stakeholders will devise an assessment framework that will determine which is the best technical solution as per the identified requirements. The framework will then be used by laser technology suppliers to best satisfy the clients' needs.