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Laser Technology

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. 

LMP develops laser-based industrial techniques for SA industries

By: Schalk Burger     25th February 2011 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Laser Materials Processing (LMP) laboratory and workshop tests laser-based manufacturing processes and uses for industrial applications, as well as advises industry on the best methods of implementing laser-based systems, says LMP... 

SA atmospheric and pollution measurements with Lidar system

By: Schalk Burger     25th February 2011 The Council for Industrial and Scientific Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) has developed a light detection and ranging (Lidar) system to study aerosols and cloud interactions as part of atmospheric studies, says CSIR NLC principal researcher Professor Sivakumar Venkataraman. 

Laser mapping eases infrastructure development 

By: Schalk Burger     25th February 2011 Aerial mapping company Southern Mapping Company and its South African subsidiary Southern Mapping Geospatial use near-infrared lasers in aircraft to map large areas in high detail specifically for the agriculture, mining and infrastructure development sectors, as well as for disaster management... 

African laser centre focused on developing key programmes

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     26th February 2010 The African Laser Centre (ALC) is focusing on further developing two of its five key programmes, namely the equipment and research infrastructure programme and the technology transfer programme. 

Laser scanner meets workplace safety requirements

26th February 2010 Control experts Counterpulse Controls reports that safety components used to protect people in the workplace must offer flexibility without compromising on performance. The company says that its RotoScan RS4 safety laser scanner meets all international organisational health and safety... 

Femtosecond lasers for medical, biological application fields

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     26th February 2010 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has started working on programmes to investigate the use of ultrafast (femtosecond) lasers in the medical and biological application fields. One of these programmes is the study of the deactivation of viruses. 

Laser research for early detection of cancer

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     26th February 2010 South Africa has the highest risk of skin cancer in the world after Australia and the Counsel for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) biophotonics (BG) group is focusing on skin and skin cancer research and, at a later stage, will include other forms cancers. 

Laser technology subsidiary stakes claim in international market

By: Liam Morrison     27th February 2009 Laser technology research and development company Laser Measurement has adopted the name of its owner, level detection innovator K-TEK Corporation, after having been a subsidiary of the US corporation for a decade, and is now known as K-TEK Instruments. 

Multidisciplinary group aids laser-tissue research

By: Liam Morrison     27th February 2009 Research into the interaction between biological tissue and laser light is advancing thanks to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Biophotonics Group (BG). 

Electricity from nuclear fusion still science fiction

By: Liam Morrison     27th February 2009 The use of laser technology to achieve nuclear fusion may prove to be a purely academic exercise unless a method is found to convert the substantial amount of energy that is released into a usable form, reports North-West University School of Mechanical Engineering’s Peet van Schalkwyk. 

CSIR appoints manager for laser centre

By: Liam Morrison     27th February 2009 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has appointed Dr Ndumiso Cingo as manager of the National Laser Centre, succeeding Dr Thulani Dlamini, who was appointed to the CSIR executive. 

The stars illuminated with lasers

27th February 2009 Astronomy has become a more sociable past time with the help of laser technology. 

3-D laser scanning assists upgrade projects

By: Fatima Gabru     29th February 2008 Consulting and engineering firm Pöyry, part of the global Pöyry group, offers its clients three-dimensional (3D) modeling of existing process plants, structures and equipment, to be used as an as-built model for retrofit and upgrade projects, effectively and efficiently. 

Demand inspires equipment investment for gas supplier

By: Fatima Gabru     29th February 2008 Substantial growth in the demand for laser equipment and laser metal cutting equipment over the last five years, has spurred supplier of high quality and precision gases to the laser industry, Air Liquide, to invest in more equipment and on-site storage facilities to keep up with the demand. 

Mobile Lidar unit to aid collaborative African atmospheric research

By: Fatima Gabru     29th February 2008 Researchers from South Africa, France, Ethiopia and Reunion are collaborating to establish the details of a plan to use light detection and ranging (Lidar) technology in an African atmospheric research project. The project is aimed at better understanding the atmosphere and aspects of atmospheric... 

New laser technology may lead to painless dentistry

By: Fatima Gabru     29th February 2008 Thanks to new developments in laser technology, photonics expert Dr Johan Burger and his team of researchers from Stellenbosch University's Department of Physics hope to ultimately take the pain out of dentistry. 

Laser technology collaboration boosts cancer therapies research 

29th February 2008 Rhodes University (RU) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) are collaborating in a bid to take promising cancer treatment research to preclinical tests. 

Mapping company goes hyperspectral

29th February 2008 Independently owned light detection and ranging (Lidar) and aerial surveying company, Southern Mapping Company, has invested in hyperspectral equipment in addition to the conventional laser equipment and cameras it already has. 

Aerial mapping could be valuable security tool in run-up to 2010

By: Dennis Ndaba     29th June 2007 Privately owned light detection and ranging (lidar) aerial surveying company Southern Mapping Company (SMC) believes that its state-of-the-art aerial surveying, equipment, which is used extensively by the mining and infrastructure sectors, can add value in the preparation for the 2010 soccer... 

Laser centre promotes collaborative research across Africa

By: Christy van der Merwe     2nd March 2007 The African Laser Centre (ALC) aims to be a virtualcentre of excellence, consisting of member researchinstitutes and key nodes situatedstrategically on the African continent. The ALC was set up with a view to “make an impact on the socioeconomic welfare of thepeople of Africa and improve... 

Laser alignment system prevents premature chain wear

2nd March 2007 The power transmission chain division of Bearing Man distributes a laser alignment system that defeats system misalignment, which is a major cause of premature chain wear on the mines. 

New lidar aerial survey company takes to the skies

By: Christy van der Merwe     2nd March 2007 Newly opened company, Southern Mapping Company (SMC), based at Lanseria, has taken to the skies and started its first job for Mining Consultancy in Musina. 

New machine to meet laser-cutting demand

2nd March 2007 Laser cutting company General Profiling has ordered its sixth laser-cutting machine. 

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