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24-25 October 2023
EPIC Meeting on Laser Applications along Battery Manufacturing Process at ARENA2036
Stuttgart, Germany

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The increasing demand for modern electric vehicles has led to the need for more efficient batteries with enhanced performances. Different innovative designs and constructions promise to deliver several benefits to consumers (such as greater range, more power, faster charging times, longer lifetime or better operation in cold weather) and manufacturers (a more streamlined production and reduced costs). These new constructions also require new production concepts. During the last years, laser processing of battery materials has established itself as one of the best processing tools for improving manufacturing flexibility and product reliability. Laser cutting and welding reached a high level of maturity, and they are already implemented in battery production lines. Laser cutting can be applied to different components of the batteries, including separators and electrodes. Laser welding has evolved to cover the need for a minimal heat affected zone, accurate penetration depth control, high process speed and welding of dissimilar metals, with the development of new laser sources with the right parameters. Other laser processes, as laser texturing of electrode materials, laser structuring and modification of batteries components or laser ablation to remove the coatings on the busbars, are also emerging with a high potential to enhance batteries performances.

In this meeting, we will discuss with the whole supply chain the latest developments, new applications and the trends in this market. We will also cover the upcoming needs and challenges from the end users regarding new tools and components.

Participants biographies, photos and companies descriptions are available HERE



23 October 2023, Monday

18:30 – 22:00 Optional pre-event dinner @ Kitchen Bio Restaurant Böblingen (Charles-Lindbergh-Straße 7, 71034 Böblingen)

24 October 2023, Tuesday

11:30 Bus transfer from V8 Hotel, Charles-Lindbergh-Platz 1, 71034 Böblingen to ARENA2036

12:00 – 13:00 Registration & light lunch
13:00 – 13:05 Welcome words by EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium
13:05 – 13:10 Welcome words by the Hosts (Precitec, IFSW, Arena)
13:15 – 13:30 ARENA2036The ARENA2036 Concept – Clemens Ackermann, Research Coordinator & Deputy Managing Director (Germany)
13:30 – 14:00 KEYNOTE: Audi – Flexible Use of Laser Beam Technology for E-mobility – Jan-Philipp Weberpals, Subject Specialist Laser Beam Processes for Car Body Construction and Electromobility (Germany)
14:00 – 14:15 Carrs Welding TechnologiesSoniLaser – Ultrasonic Assisted Laser Welding for High Volume Assembly of Automotive Battery Packs – Phil Carr, Director (United Kingdom)

14:15 – 15:00 SESSION 1: Photonics Applications in Cathode/Anode Manufacturing
14:15 – 14:30 ALPhANOVLaserstructuring of Foils – Rainer Kling, Business Unit Manager Laser Processes (France)
14:30 – 14:45 Precitec Photonical Quality Systems for Foil Manufacturing – Jens Reiser, Sales & Innovation E-Mobility (Germany)
14:45 – 15:00 TRUMPF Laser Cutting of Battery Foils – Günter Ambrosy, Industry Manager Mobility (Germany)

15:00 – 15:45 Networking coffee break

15:45 – 17:45 SESSION 2: Photonic Applications in Battery Cell Manufacturing
15:45 – 16:15 KEYNOTE: ACC – Automotive Cells CompanyOn the road to Gigascale Cell Manufacturing – Christoph Weber, R&D Manager (Germany)
16:15 – 16:30 BBW LasertechnikContacting of Battery Cells – Eric Punzel, Head of R&D (Germany)
16:30 – 16:45 EnovasenseLaser Thickness Measurement Systems – Geoffrey Bruno, Founder (France)
16:45 – 17:00 SCANLAB – Next Generation Laser Scanners – Holger Schlueter, Head of Business Development (Germany)
17:00 – 17:15 Civan LasersDynamic Laser Beam Welding of High-strength Aluminum Battery Enclosures – Robert Bernhard, Application Lab and Branch Manager (Germany)
17:15 – 17:30 LaVa-X – Christian Otten, Managing Partner (Germany)

17:30 – 17:40 Review of the day by EPIC

17:50 Departure by bus transfer to the dinner location

18:30 – 19:15 Guided tour through Motorworld 

19:15 – 22:00 Networking dinner @ Wichtel Hausbrauerei Böblingen (Graf-Zeppelin-Platz
71034 Böblingen)

25 October 2023, Wednesday

08:00 Bus transfer from V8 Hotel, Charles-Lindbergh-Platz 1, 71034 Böblingen to ARENA2036
08:30 – 09:00 Welcome coffee

09:00 – 11:00 SESSION 3: Photonic Applications in Battery Module Manufacturing
09:00 – 09:30 KEYNOTE: 4C-Consolutions Insights in 1st Generation of EVs – Future Concepts Product & ProductionStefan Kienzle, Owner/Founder (Germany)
09:30 – 09:45 PilzPhotonic Sensors and Radar Sensors for Innovative Control of the Safety Area in Battery Production – Matthias Holzäpfel, Vice President Advanced Development (Germany)
09:45 – 10:00 CailabsTailored Beam-shaping Solutions for E-mobility based on Multi-Plane Light Conversion Technology – Gwenn Pallier, Product Line Manager (France)
10:00 – 10:15 PrecitecIntelligent Laserwelding Systems for Yield Improvement – Alexis Donke, Teamleader Global Account Management Laser Welding (Germany)
10:15 – 10:30 VON ARDENNERequirements for Precision Optical Coating Systems for the Production of Optics for Laser Machining – Michael Schneider, Industry Manager Optics (Germany)
10:30 – 10:45 PRIMES Laser Beam Diagnostics in Battery Manufacturing Processes – Thomas Umschlag, General Manager (Germany)

10:45 – 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 – 13:00 SESSION 4: Photonic Applications in Fuel Cell Manufacturing
11:45 – 12:15 KEYNOTE: IFSW – Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge – AI-empowered Flexible Laser Production – Andreas Michalowski, Professor (Germany)
12:15 – 12:30 Weil Technology The Challenging Process: Series Production of Laser-welded Bipolar Plates – Florian Weil, Head of Development & Innovation (Germany)
12:30 – 12:45 IFSW – Institut für StrahlwerkzeugeHigh-speed X-Ray Imaging of Pore and Spatter Formation during Welding of Copper PinsEveline Reinheimer, Research Associate (Germany)

12:45 – 15:45 Visit IFSW / ARENA2036 including Lunch at IFSW


We recommend you to book your room at the V8 Hotel (address: Charles-Lindbergh-Platz 1, 71034 Böblingen) directly on their website or or any other hotel nearby.

The bus transfers will be organized from / to ARENA2036/ dinner place to / from V8 hotel only.


ARENA2036 (address: Pfaffenwaldring 19/2. OG, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany)

Deputy Managing Director & Research Coordination at ARENA2036
Subject Specialist Laser Beam Processes for Car Body Construction and Electromobility at Audi
Business Unit Manager at Alphanov
Sales & Innovation E-Mobility at Precitec
Head of R&D at BBW Lasertechnik
Head Of Business Development at ScanLab
Vice President Advanced Development at Pilz
Product Line Manager at Cailabs
Teamleader Laser Welding at Precitec
Industry Manager Optics at Von Ardenne
Head of Development & Innovation at Weil Technology
General Manager at PRIMES
Application Lab and Branch Manager at Civan Lasers
Eveline Reinheimer
Research Associate at IFSW - Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge
Managing Partner at LaVa-X
Industry Manager Mobility at TRUMPF
Owner/Founder at 4C-Consolutions

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