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The Valley of Death in Laser Manufacturing & Automation

A strategic guide to navigate the tricky terrain of laser technology
Thursday, March 23, 2023
8:30 – 11:30 AM
Owens Design • 47427 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA

Laser manufacturing is gaining popularity in manufacturing for its unique advantages: quality, reliability and longevity just to name a few. Manufacturers are becoming highly interested in utilizing laser in their process. However, unaware of the tricky nature of laser automation, unsuspecting manufacturers often fall into what we call the Valley of Death which jeopardizes their entire program, leading them to detrimental outcome.

In this seminar, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of critical mistakes and assumptions made by product developers and manufacturers when venturing into laser automation.

  • Learn step-by-step on how to strategica­lly approach laser manufacturing to minimize risk, maximize ROI and avoid costly shortcuts that can cause your program to plummet into the Valley of Death.

  • Receive a copy of the presentation for future reference.

  • Have the opportunity to ask laser experts any questions you have in mind.

  • Learn about laser contract manufacturers (CM), when it's a good time to work with a CM and how to choose a good laser CM.

  • Learn about cutting edge laser manufacturing in glass and key applications.

  • VPs, directors or managers who are responsible for the strategic integration of manufacturing technologies

  • Equipment & Automation teams who architect manufacturing equipment based on laser processes

  • Process Teams who develop laser-based processes to be used for manufacturing

  • Anyone in manufacturing who is looking for partners that can be your guide from R&D all the way to high volume manufacturing


8:30 - 9:00 AM    Complimentary continental breakfast and facility tour
9:00 - 11:30 AM   Presentations + Q&A

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Event Co-hosts: 



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Mark Turner

CEO, Turner Laser Systems

Mark Turner created the 360-Mastery Methodology that has enabled many new products developers and manufacturers launch with manufacturing success. Mark strongly believes in a holistic and collaborative approach to the laser manufacturing business and cultivating relationships with a focus on core values.

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Tony Smith, PE

VP of Engineering, Owens Design

Tony Smith has over 27 years of experience in automation design in the semiconductor, consumer electronics, disk drive and solar industries among others. Tony has been with Owens Design for almost 25 years with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an MS from Santa Clara University.


Abbas Hooseini, Ph.D.

CEO, Citrogene

Abbass Hooseini is a pioneer in the field of novel glass micro-fabrication technologies. Dr. Hosseini and his team developed The Citrogene Solution™ which includes several advanced key manufacturing techniques that they utilize to produce highly complex features in glass with extreme precision, enabling many success stories in a wide range of industries.

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