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Laser Technology

New laser source expands possibilities

     14th April 2017 International laser systems provider Trotec Laser has expanded the product portfolio of the Galvo marking lasers with a new laser source MOPA. The new laser source allows expanded possibilities for users when marking metals and plastics. With the MOPA laser, users are able to also mark plastics... 

Innovative projects making strides in laser industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The Laser Research Institute (LRI), part of the Physics Department at Stellenbosch University, has achieved notable research outputs during the past three years, which has resulted in several innovative projects such as ultrafast laser spectroscopy, as well as infrared spectroscopy and laser... 

Innovative projects making strides in laser industry
SIZEABLE DEVELOPMENT A robust miniature carbon dioxide laser test system for commercialisation and a large, high-pressure carbon dioxide laser to provide infrared light with Terawatt peak power are being developed

Laser-coding guide dispels misconceptions, enhances technology

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 Global coding and marking specialist solutions provider Markem-Imaje, represented in Southern Africa by product identification solutions provider Pyrotec, has produced a guide focusing on laser-coding technology that aims to help manufacturers meet the technical challenges commonly encountered on... 

Laser-coding guide dispels misconceptions, enhances technology
CODING SOLUTION SmartLase is a laser-coding technology engineered by Markem-Imaje, designed to specifically meet the challenge faced on the fastest production lines

R&D capitalises on global growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The National Laser Centre (NLC), part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is undertaking a Photonics Prototyping Facility (PPF) programme and is exploring advance manufacturing technologies, leveraging on the strong global growth of the laser technology sector. NLC PPF... 

R&D capitalises on global growth
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ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING Laser-based three-dimensional technology is mostly focused on industrial application, and presents a specific area for significant growth in the future

Growth in laser gas noted by company

     14th April 2017 Laser application technology has seen substantial progress and development since the invention of the laser in the 1960s and gases and welding products supplier African Oxygen (Afrox) has experienced market growth over the years owing to its development of laser gases for different applications... 

Growth in laser gas  noted by company
CUTTING EDGE Afrox started penetrating the laser cutting market around 2005 and its growth in this field and of the market share for laser cutting has dramatically increased since then

New lasers increase ouput

By: Malusi Mkhize     11th March 2016 Precision laser-cutting solutions provider Cutting Edge Technologies is benefiting from increased outputs owing to a range of German manufactured lasers. The company, based in KwaZulu-Natal, is using three 5 kW L5030 Trumpf lasers at its Westmead factory, allowing for the cutting of mild steel... 

New lasers increase ouput
WORTH IT Laser technology provides added shortcuts for customers and can help increase their manufacturing process

Manufacturer offers fiber laser cutting machines

By: Malusi Mkhize     11th March 2016 Laser manufacturer and sheet-cutting solutions provider Amada is offering its fiber laser cutting machines, designed from a combination of the Co2 series and the company’s in-house fiber laser technology to the global market. “The fiber laser cutting machines not only set a new standard in terms... 

Manufacturer offers fiber laser cutting machines
FAST, PRECISE AND EFFICIENT The Amada range of fiber laser cutting technology is the most economical machine solution available in the midrange segment

Gas producer to market titanium powders for 3D printing

     11th March 2016 Industrial gas supplier Praxair announced it would begin marketing its fine, spherical titanium powder for use in three-dimensional (3D) printing by additive manufacturers serving the aerospace, automotive, industrial and medical industries.  3D metal printing with titanium in which components... 

Gas producer to market titanium powders  for 3D printing
OPEN SUPPLY Praxair ends limited supply of fine, titanium powder after moving into full-scale production in 2015

High-precision laser used in crane runway maintenance

     11th March 2016 Materials handling and port solutions (MHPS) company Terex has employed an internationally patented high-precision laser measuring system (LMS) to conduct thorough surveys on its crane runways. The crane runways require continued inspection in order to avoid unscheduled downtime, fatal incidents... 

High-precision laser used in crane runway maintenance
PREVENTION IS KEY Laser measuring technology a key tool in preventing unscheduled downtime on crane runway systems

3D solutions provider advances mobile mapping systems

     11th March 2016 Laser scanning specialist 3D Laser Mapping is continuing to advance its mobile mapping systems (MMS) and recently launched the latest system at the 2015 InterGEO Trade Fair and Conference for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management held in September in Stuttgart, in Germany. Having been in... 

3D solutions provider advances mobile mapping systems
LASER MOBILITY 3D Laser Mapping’s new mobile mapping systems features increased mobile laser capabilities

Laser scanning technology vital in construction projects

By: Malusi Mkhize     11th March 2016 Using laser scanning technology, from the preliminary phase of a construction project to the detailed design construction as well as the back-end phase, is indispensable, says professional services firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa transportation and infrastructure regional director Douglas... 

Laser scanning technology vital in construction projects
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INVALUABLE ACCURACY Laser technology provides irrefutable accuracy to either dispute or approve what has been built by a contractor

Laser industry shifts to fibre laser-cutting systems

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th March 2015 The laser-cutting industry has transitioned in recent years from using carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers to fibre laser-cutting systems, notes Switzerland-based sheet metal cutting and bending equipment supplier Bystronic. The light source of a fibre-optic laser-cutting system, commonly known as fibre... 

Laser industry shifts to  fibre laser-cutting systems
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IMPROVED PROFICIENCY The speed of a fibre laser is several times higher than that of a CO2 laser

High-speed laser to produce first components in 2016

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th March 2015 South African research institute the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) has confirmed that its large-area high-speed selective laser melting (SLM) system, also known as the Aeroswift project, is on track to produce the system’s first industrial... 

High-speed laser to produce first components in 2016
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INDUSTRY PURSUIT Project Aeroswift will be able to produce components with various metals, including titanium and stainless steel alloys

Company delivers first order of new laser-cutting range

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th March 2015 Local machine tools distributor Retecon has received its first order for the high-powered 8 kW Trumpf TruLaser 5060 (TL 5060), which should be delivered to its Gauteng-based customer by the end of next month. Retecon is the official sole distributor for Germany-based laser manufacturer Trumpf,... 

Company delivers first order of new  laser-cutting range
PRODIGIOUS REQUIREMENT The manufacturing industry's need for increased laser power can be mitigated by the TL 5000 series

Local laser specialist launches enhanced product offering

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th March 2015 To provide end-users with state-of-the-art metal-cutting capabilities, local industrial laser-cutting machine designer, manufacturer, importer and distributor Beyond Laser South Africa (SA) will launch its new flatbed fibre-optic laser-cutting machines, manufactured by China-based laser power... 

Local laser specialist launches enhanced  product offering
MARKING ALTERNATIVE The Electrox Scorpion Rapide allows for complete control of the laser beam parameters to mark different materials

TWR Steel Service Centre

     13th March 2015 With a focus on high-quality service, prompt delivery and a stable pricing structure for clients, South Africa-based steel components manufacturer TWR Steel Service Centre offers an on-time cut-to-size service for customers across several industries, including the mining, construction,... 

TWR Steel  Service Centre

High-speed laser first of its kind

By: Jonathan Rodin     14th March 2014 Laser identification and traceability technology manufacturer Telesis reports that its EV40 diode-pumped solid-state laser, which was launched last year, is exceeding efficiency expectations, as its capabilities are being used in the fast-moving consumer goods industry, says laser engraving and... 

Aerial survey of power lines captured

     14th March 2014 Data capturing and mapping company GeoM has completed an aerial survey project of overhead power lines in Angola using a helicopter-mounted high-speed laser scanner, says GeoM CEO Dean Polley. Using a complete advanced navigation and positioning system, GeoM captured around 1 500 km of detailed... 

New image processing improves on speed and accuracy

By: Jonathan Rodin     14th March 2014 Electronics company Omron launched its new Shape Search III image-processing technology last year, which is ten times faster than its predecessors, says Omron vision manager Philip Potgieter. He explains that the Shape Search III software is used on the FH/FZ5 series controller, which is the... 

Laser technology used to aid kidneys

     14th March 2014 According to a technical insight study conducted by consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan, in January, supplier of urology and incontinence treatments Bard Medical Division in Georgia, in the US, which is a division of healthcare provider C.R.Bard has seen success in the use of its laser-based... 

Company releases first-of-its-kind laser technology

     14th March 2014 The first ever 1 000 Hz transversely excited atmospheric pressure (TEA) pulsed carbon dioxide laser, built for commercial applications was launched in January by laser manufacturer PaR Systems’ Center of Excellence (CoE) for sdilasers, based in Pretoria. 

Company develops alternative to using pure helium for laser welding

By: Jonathan Rodin     14th March 2014 Industrial gases and engineering company the Linde Group launched its Lasgon series in central Europe in the 1990s as an alternative to using pure helium for laser welding that conserves the gas and has an increased adaptability to welding, says welding, cutting and gas products supplier Afrox... 

New resonator increases laser cutting capacity by 100%

By: Samantha Herbst     1st March 2013 German-based laser manufacturer Trumpf’s new TruLaser 5000 series, comprising two-dimensional (2D) flatbed laser cutting machines, is now available in South Africa through local distributor Retecon.                TruLaser 5000 can be equipped with an 8 kW resonator, called TruFlow 8000, which... 

Global photonics industry demonstrates dynamic growth

     1st March 2013 Trade fair organiser and host of the upcoming Laser World of Photonics, the Munich Trade Fair Centre, known as the Messe München, has identified photonics as a key technology for several application sectors, and one of the more important, rapidly growing industries of the future. “Laser World of... 

Remanufacturer commissions advanced laser measurement and alignment system

     1st March 2013 Local diesel engine and component remanufacturer Metric Automotive Engineering has commissioned an advanced laser measurement and alignment system, which aims to simplify bore and bearing journal alignment for the automotive sector. “The new-generation heavy diesel engines are now moving from 16... 

Mobile laser cladding unit in final design stages

By: Samantha Herbst     1st March 2013 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) is developing a mobile laser cladding system which, if all goes well, should be ready by the end of the year to service various industries, including the aerospace, defence, automotive and mining industries,... 

Laser manufacturer launches ceramic CO2 laser

By: Samantha Herbst     1st March 2013 Austria-based laser machines manufacturer Trotec has introduced a new line of carbon dioxide (CO2) laser sources from US-based manufacturer Iradion Laser, which is now available in South Africa from Trotec’s local branch in Johannesburg. Iradion’s CeramiCore technology uses a resonator body made... 

NLC to start production on LENS additive manufacturing system ‘asap’ 

By: Samantha Herbst     1st March 2013 As part of its additive manufacturing programme launched last year, the National Laser Centre (NLC) hopes to start production work on its Laser Engineered Net-Shaping (LENS) technology system as soon as possible, says NLC laser-enabled manufacturing (LEM) manager Hansie Pretorius. The LENS... 

NLC introduces array of laser additive-manufacturing technologies

By: Leandi Kolver     2nd March 2012 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) has introduced several new additive-manufacturing laser technologies including the Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) technology. 

Lidar mapping becoming the specified mapping method

By: Leandi Kolver     2nd March 2012 An increasing number of customers are now specifying that light detection and ranging (Lidar) mapping technology be used on their projects, reports aerial survey company Southern Mapping CEO Norman Banks. 

Company acquires faster laser marking abilities

By: Leandi Kolver     2nd March 2012 Tracking and tracing equipment supplier Traceability Solutions has acquired a new EV-40 laser from US-based traceability company Telesis. 

Equipment acquisition to improve processing speed

By: Leandi Kolver     2nd March 2012 An investment in new laser-cutting equipment will enable sheet-metal components and subassemblies manufacturer Fabrinox to achieve a higher processing speed on thin metals. 

Laser technology used in military aircraft inspections

By: Leandi Kolver     2nd March 2012 Laser ultrasonic testing (UT) systems provider PaR Systems’ LaserUT product has been used to perform nondestructive inspections (NDI’s) on over 35 000 parts produced by Joint Strike Fighter military aircraft vendors and suppliers, including US aerospace and defence company Lockheed Martin,... 

Laser refurbishment, additive manufacturing offer new opportunities for industry

By: Schalk Burger     25th February 2011 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Laser Materials Processing (LMP) application development facility has developed and proven the use of laser based refurbishment processes that are able to extend the service life of industrial components that are currently being... 

Globally competitive lasers and photonics possible through focused research

By: Schalk Burger     25th February 2011 The South African laser and photonics industry can become globally competitive by focusing on certain select areas of research and development that would be of benefit to the economy, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research National Laser Centre (CSIR NLC) Centre Manager Dr Ndumiso... 

Biomedical uses of laser light could reduce costs, boost research

By: Schalk Burger     25th February 2011 The use of lasers to optically trap, sort, guide and transfect individual mammalian cells, can reduce the cost of diagnostic processes and research. These chemical-free optical processes can increase the ease and speed with which research is conducted, says the Council for Scientific and... 

CSIR to conduct laser cooling of trapped ions

By: Schalk Burger     25th February 2011 Scientists from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) will soon be trapping ionised atoms of ytterbium (Yb) in a so-called radio-frequency Paul trap, cooling the atoms with lasers and using them to measure tiny effects, such as the force exerted... 

Vanadate laser marking assists in tracing of vehicle parts, weapons

By: Schalk Burger     25th February 2011 Permanent vanadate laser marking can assist the military or the police in tracing vehicle parts or weapons, improving individual accountability, says laser marking specialist company Traceability Solutions MD Kyle Parker. 

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