LPKF Laser & Electronics AG (GERMANY)

LPKF Laser & Electronics AG is a public limited company with the headquarters in Garbsen in the northern region of Germany. Eight subsidiary companies and commercial representations around the world make the company with 359 employees to a global partner for innovative high-tech products. Founded in 1976, the company is active in the areas of electronics, motion & control, laser plastics welding and photovoltaic. LPKF also tailors leading edge systems for precision drives and measurement solutions.
Starting first with mechanical processing of printed circuits boards, since 1989 laser technology is employed for a wide variety of material processing applications. 
By founding the subsidiary LPKF SolarQuipment the company started producing laser based machines in the field of renewable energies especially in photovoltaic. The company produces processing machines for thin film solar cells and distributes them worldwide.

Role in the project:

The main task for LPKF is the WP5. With a wide experience in building laser machining systems for a variety of uses LPKF can build up an interesting prototype of a solar panel scribing system meeting the specifications gathered with the project partners in the other work packages. The integration of system components and building up a complete machine with different adaptation solutions is the profession of LPKF Laser & Electronics AG.
In WP1 the support of the development of an extra-cavity frequency shifting unit is intended and the integration in an in-line process is done in WP6.

Key personal to be involved in the project activity includes:

Edgar Roddewig completed in 2004 his degree as Master of Science in Optical Engineering. Till then he developed mode locked short pulse laser with Dr. K. Stankov and was in charge of the material processing laboratories at the university of applied sciences in Göttingen. Since 2004 he took care of projects in the field of laser material processing machines at LPKF until he changed in 2008 within the company to the innovation management.

Andreas Boenke, Manager Process Development Department of LPKF Laser & Electronics AG, degreed physicist, studied optical properties of semiconductors by means of femtosecond laser pulses at the IV. Physikalisches Institut of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. He joined LPKF in the beginning of 1994 and was engaged in the development of various laser systems and laser material processing technologies. He also gained wide experience in the simulation of optical beam shaping and beam guiding set ups .

Michael Schmit, Draughtsman apprenticeship (1982-86), design engineer night school study (1986-90); 1986 – 1994:    involved in development and design of high precision tool systems; 1994 – 1997:    engineering of automatic bus- and train-door-systems for international transport companies; 1997 – 2005:    engineering and project managing for the planning and installation of packing machines in international food industry; from 2006    development and engineering of laser supported machines for cutting and structuring.