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Laser Technology

Weartech

27th August 2021 Founded in 1984, Weartech has established a highly-respected reputation as a trusted specialist supplier of welding, thermal spray and other specialty products.  Weartech offers a comprehensive range of products for the use in wear, corrosion and hard-facing applications as well as maintenance... 

Company offers laser cladding services

27th August 2021 High-technology coatings specialist Thermaspray is the only ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 3834-2 certified company offering laser cladding services to industry in Southern Africa.  

Picture of laser cladding in progress
CLADDING AWAY The lasers used for laser cladding exhibit a more uniform distribution of energy in the melt pool

Laser tech benefits medical implant industry

27th August 2021 The use of laser manufacturing solutions provider LPKF Laser & Electronics’ laser technology ushers in new era in the medical implant industry. A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted, electronic medical device that provides the sense of sound to people with hearing loss. In use for a few... 

Picture of the inside of the laser system
LASER OPPORTUNITIES The laser structuring process is also destined for manufacturing for microwave applications, flexible electronics, and glass

Weartech

28th August 2020 Founded in 1984, Weartech has established a highly-respected reputation as a trusted specialist supplier of welding, thermal spray and other specialty products.  Weartech offers a comprehensive range of products for the use in wear, corrosion and hard-facing applications as well as maintenance... 

Weartech

Laser tech key to developing economy

By: Tracy Hancock     28th August 2020 It is vital that South Africa has an in-depth understanding of the impact photonics-based technologies will have on its economic development, as they underpin the communication systems and sensors needed to drive the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The country also needs to ensure that it can... 

LASER FOCUS The present focus of the Rental Pool Programme is to improve the commercialisation of research done by research groups
LASER FOCUS The present focus of the Rental Pool Programme is to improve the commercialisation of research done by research groups

More local laser R&D needed

By: Tracy Hancock     28th August 2020 South Africa is not placing enough focus on laser research and development (R&D), especially in the private sector, but there is hope, says the director of the Laser Research Institute (LRI) within the Physics Department at Stellenbosch University Dr Pieter Neethling. “Laser and photonics R&D is... 

PRIVATE PARTICIPATION
Getting private-sector companies to fund laser research and development at local universities is expected to change the landscape dramatically
PRIVATE PARTICIPATION Getting private-sector companies to fund laser research and development at local universities is expected to change the landscape dramatically

Increased demand for laser marking

By: Tracy Hancock     28th August 2020 Identification and traceability company Traceability Solutions has seen an increase in enquiries for laser-marking systems despite the national lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19, says MD Kelby Parker. “Many sectors, such as fast-moving consumer goods, did not have a loss of production from... 

iZONIT VISION SYSTEM 
The product enables the user to establish view mark positioning accurately and easily before firing a laser
iZONIT VISION SYSTEM The product enables the user to establish view mark positioning accurately and easily before firing a laser

CSIR calls for proposals from the public to use its photonics facility

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     13th September 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is calling for proposals from anyone who wishes to turn a demonstrated idea into a working prototype using the photonics prototyping facility at the CSIR, in Pretoria. 

PHOTONIC TECHNOLOGY
The photonic prototyping facility was designed for individuals or organisations who wish to design photonics products
PHOTONIC TECHNOLOGY The photonic prototyping facility was designed for individuals or organisations who wish to design photonics products

Acquisition benefits cutting equipment supplier company

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     13th September 2019 Taking over plasma and large format laser equipment supplier Messer Cutting Systems’ South African operations has enabled local capital equipment and consumables supplier First Cut to access new products and expand its offering. 

HIGH-QUALITY ELECTRODES 
First Cut ensures that South African fabricators can buy high-quality Messer electrodes at a very reasonable price
HIGH-QUALITY ELECTRODES First Cut ensures that South African fabricators can buy high-quality Messer electrodes at a very reasonable price

Innovations lead to versatile marking solutions for warehouse applications

13th September 2019 Identification and traceability company Traceability Solutions is the distributor of laser marking systems Telesis Technologies laser and Dot Meen Marking solutions in South Africa. 

UV/ONE LASER
The all-in-one laser can be used for the traceability and identification of products and is designed to mark challenging materials
UV/ONE LASER The all-in-one laser can be used for the traceability and identification of products and is designed to mark challenging materials

Laser technology expands company’s service offerings

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     13th September 2019 Coating technology specialist Thermaspray has recently launched and installed its new laser cladding system, which has broadened the scope of the industries it serves. 

LASER PRECISION 
Thermaspray’s laser cladding system was launched at its Olifantsfontien facility
LASER PRECISION Thermaspray’s laser cladding system was launched at its Olifantsfontien facility

Partnership provides value to fabrication industry

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     13th September 2019 Local nitrogen generator manufacturer NitraLife’s partnership with Swiss steel processing original-equipment manufacturer Bystronic is adding significant value to end-user customers in the fabrication sector. 

NITROGEN GENERATION
The NitraCut system was specifically designed for the laser cutting market
NITROGEN GENERATION The NitraCut system was specifically designed for the laser cutting market

CSIR NLC to develop local photonics industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th September 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) National Laser Centre (NLC), in Pretoria, aims to contribute to the development of the South African photonics industry, says NLC head Delon Mudaly. “In relation to the global environment and the number of companies that exist worldwide,... 

PHOTONICS DEVELOPMENT
The Photonics Prototyping Facility will officially be launched during the 2018/19 financial year
PHOTONICS DEVELOPMENT The Photonics Prototyping Facility will officially be launched during the 2018/19 financial year

First Xeno 1 laser installation complete

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th September 2018 Product identification equipment manufacturer Cab Technology South Africa has completed the installation of a Xeno 1 laser marking system at cable and connector solutions supplier Hiconnex Industrial’s new facility, in Centurion, in Gauteng, says Cab Technology South Africa technical sales... 

XENO 1 LASER SYSTEM
The Xeno 1 is a desktop system that meets all the requirements for a cyber-physical system
XENO 1 LASER SYSTEM The Xeno 1 is a desktop system that meets all the requirements for a cyber-physical system

Laser leaving mark on product identification

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th September 2018 Various industries are becoming increasingly aware of product identification solutions, owing to the upsurge of counterfeit products entering the local market from the Far East, says identification and traceability company Traceability Solutions MD Kelby Parker. This has resulted in a growing... 

KELBY PARKER
Traceability Solutions provides custom and standard solutions for all industries
KELBY PARKER Traceability Solutions provides custom and standard solutions for all industries

Laser scanning awareness increased in industries

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th September 2018 Local engineering and architecture clients are becoming increasingly aware of the concept of laser scanning and the benefits of using it to capture and define real-world spaces into accurate three-dimensional (3D) models, says laser scanning company ArchiScan director Anthony Keyter. “Laser... 

LASER SCANNING
Laser scanning delivers exceptionally accurate measurements and it is a nondestructive, noninvasive and safe method of mapping out structures
LASER SCANNING Laser scanning delivers exceptionally accurate measurements and it is a nondestructive, noninvasive and safe method of mapping out structures

Safety laser scanner sets new navigation standards

14th September 2018 The Leuze RSL 400 safety laser scanner with measurement value output is setting new standards in the reliable navigation of automated guided vehicles (AGVs). Available from sensor solutions provider Countapulse Controls, the new Leuze RSL 400 safety laser scanner is the result of many years of... 

LEUZE RSL 400 The Leuze RSL 400 offers extremely detailed scanning of the environment across the entire measurement range of up to 50 m
LEUZE RSL 400 The Leuze RSL 400 offers extremely detailed scanning of the environment across the entire measurement range of up to 50 m

In situ measurement of hydrogen made possible

14th September 2018 The reliable in situ measurement of hydrogen in multiple gas process streams is something that refinery and petrochemical plant process control engineers would like to have been able to do previously, but have never had the capability to, until this year. In a global first, Norwegian laser-based... 

HYDROGEN ANALYSER
Neo Monitors has developed a method of measuring hydrogen in situ – the LaserGas II SP H2
HYDROGEN ANALYSER Neo Monitors has developed a method of measuring hydrogen in situ – the LaserGas II SP H2

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... 

MAKING A MARK
Trotec’s MOPA laser source is especially suitable for dark plastics, as its shorter pulses often produce “vivid”, lighter markings, which results in a higher contrast
MAKING A MARK Trotec’s MOPA laser source is especially suitable for dark plastics, as its shorter pulses often produce “vivid”, lighter markings, which results in a higher contrast

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... 

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
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... 

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

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... 

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
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

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... 

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING 
Laser-based three-dimensional technology is mostly focused on industrial application, and presents a specific area for significant growth in the future
Photo by Bloomberg
ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING Laser-based three-dimensional technology is mostly focused on industrial application, and presents a specific area for significant growth in the future

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... 

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

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

OPEN SUPPLY
Praxair ends limited supply of fine, titanium powder after moving into full-scale production in 2015
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... 

PREVENTION IS KEY
Laser measuring technology a key tool in preventing unscheduled downtime on crane runway systems
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... 

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

INVALUABLE ACCURACY
Laser technology provides irrefutable accuracy to either dispute or approve what has been built by a contractor
Photo by Bloomberg
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... 

IMPROVED PROFICIENCY The speed of a fibre laser is several times higher than that of a CO2 laser
Photo by Bloomberg
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... 

INDUSTRY PURSUIT Project Aeroswift will be able to produce components with various metals, including titanium and stainless steel alloys
Photo by Bloomberg
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,... 

PRODIGIOUS REQUIREMENT The manufacturing industry's need for increased laser power can be mitigated by the TL 5000 series
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... 

MARKING ALTERNATIVE
The Electrox Scorpion Rapide allows for complete control of the laser beam parameters to mark different materials
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... 

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