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Laser Technology

New laser tech instrument on the SA market

5th September 2003 New advanced laser technology for level control in crushers, bins and silos, called Lasermeter Pixie+, has been launched in the local process control industry. 

Laser-based metrology widens its scope

By: Karel Smrcka     11th July 2003 Between now and 2005, a laser centre is to be built in Freiburg, Germany, which will focus on a new technology, the quantum cascade laser (QCL), and its wide range of applications, from industrial manufacturing to medicine. 

Lasers keep trains on the right track

By: Karel Smrcka     18th April 2003 Intercity express trains (ICE) in Europe travel at speeds of up to 300 km/h, subjecting the wheels to considerable load. To detect possible damage at an early stage, German researchers have developed new ultrasound and laser-testing systems. 

Laser-treatment for cancer being developed 

By: nkolola halwindi     7th March 2003 Through its ongoing research and development (R&D) in the field of laser-application technology, the National Laser Centre (NLC) is participating in a project to develop laser-based treatment systems for cancer. 

US military deal one of many abroad for firm

By: nkolola halwindi     7th March 2003 High-pulse repetition-rate pulsed carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers for non-destructive testing on aircraft have been developed by the Scientific Development and Integration (SDI) company. 

Laser system developed for underground mining

By: nkolola halwindi     7th March 2003 Through its close relationship with the mining industry, specialist supplier of laser and survey products Afgen has developed the Gradeline laser system for use in the development of boxholes and travellingway raises in underground mining. 

Firm diversifies to include water-jet cutting

7th March 2003 One of the most sophisticated and powerful water-jet cutting machines in the country has been commissioned by engineering company General Profiling. 

Hi-tech survey system integrated locally

By: Keith Campbell     29th November 2002 THE revolutionary new airborne surveying system which has recently been introduced by Airborne Laser Solutions (ALS), a subsidiary company of Eskom Enterprises, although it makes use of foreign hardware, was integrated in South Africa largely using local expertise. 

Nasa buys SA-developed laser

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     29th November 2002 A Pretoria-based high-tech company has started exporting a pulsed carbon dioxide laser developed locally to the US’s technology-savvy National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) and several aircraft manufacturers. 

Tube-manufacturing facility commissioned

18th October 2002 A state of the art tube manufacturing plant was commissioned in the middle of this year by fisher E C, one of the three companies that make up fischer SA. 

Yag laser system to be introduced to SA

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 Ever since government began to intensify the development of the automotive component industry, the potential for laser technology has been identified by tooling technology company Retecon. 

New developments in the world of lasers

By: Karel Smrcka     2nd August 2002 The laser industry is going through an excellent period of double-figure growth. The Optoelectronics Industrial Development Association estimates that the worldwide market will be worth about $500-billion by 2013. 

SA lags in laser investments

By: Keith Campbell     10th May 2002 There is considerable scope for investing in laser machines in South Africa. 

World laser market worth $500bn by 2013

By: Karel Smrcka     3rd May 2002 The euphoric terms used to describe optical technologies, such as, ‘technology of the future’, ‘driver of innovation’, or ‘pacemaker technology’ show how much hope is being placed in them. 

Europe's first violet laser diode

By: Karel Smrcka     12th April 2002 Research laboratories around the world never cease their efforts to produce bigger, faster and lower-cost digital storage devices. One of the key components in this quest is the blue or violet laser. 

Laser-cutting capacity grows

8th March 2002 Hi-tech sheet-metal fabrication and engineering services firm World Power Products (WPP), of Johannesburg, has bought two new state-of-the-art laser-cutting machines, a move which is expected to facilitate its provision of value-added service to its clients. 

South Africa leads world race for carbon-isotope laser-separation plant

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th March 2002 South Africa could soon be home to the first carbon-isotope laser-separation plant in the world. 

SA aerial-surveying firm's Chilean coup

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th March 2002 South African high-speed aerial-surveying company Airborne Laser Solutions has surveyed the world’s three largest copper mines in the Atacama desert in Chile. 

Lasers shine underground

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th March 2002 Visible laser systems for alignment purposes have made significant inroads into the South African mining industry, with benefits that include increasing accuracy and efficiency of operations as well as decreasing labour requirements and increasing safety underground, says laser systems... 

First in commercial laser-cleaning for SA

8th March 2002 t3t ?1?4ng months will see South Africa’s National Laser Centre (NLC) construct an industrial laser cleaning demonstration facility, that will be used to clean components for customers, reports thrust area leader for surface modification Wouter Klopper. 

Laser used to combat atmospheric pollution

8th March 2002 South African laser researchers, atmospheric scientists and industry are combining efforts in a project aimed at providing a tool to combat atmospheric pollution. 

International market for laser-based level sensors

8th March 2002 South African laser manufacturer Laser Measurement has found a large international market for its laser based level sensors. 

Laser printing is being made easy

8th March 2002 The new diode-pumped marking laser (DPL) Magic Marker by Germany’s laser and label printing manufacturer Cab, and distributed in South Africa by Dynamic Identification Systems, is more like a printer for Windows than a traditional laser, says technical consultant David Power. 

Laser designators for attack helicopter's sighting system

8th March 2002 The past three years have been marked with hectic activity at Eloptro as the Kempton Park-based electro-optical company worked to deliver 12 laser designator’s for integration into the sighting systems of the South African Airforce’s Rooivalk Attack Helicopters. 

US partnership key to export surge

By: Deborah Spicer     1st March 2002 While Laser Measurement’s performance for the two years up until the end of 2000 won it the President’s small- and medium-enterprises’ export award last year, its subsequent export successes are even more noteworthy. 

Lasers - the universal workhorses

By: Karel Smrcka     1st March 2002 Lasers – universal workhorses In the mid 1990s, the number of computers overtook the number of cars for the first time. 

More laser tech leaps

By: Karel Smrcka     22nd February 2002 US company Melles Griot Laser and Electro-optics group, from Carlsbad, California, has developed two new families of continuous wave diode-pumped solid state (DPSS) microlasers that produce up to three watts of output at 532 nm. 

The stuff life will be made of

By: Karel Smrcka     22nd February 2002 In the previous Developments Column, published on February 8, we spoke about developments in the field of total communication and global virtuality. 

Plans to boost Africa's laser skills

By: Laura Franz     16th November 2001 Laser researchers and developers on the African continent are currently exploring the idea of putting African lasers and optics research on the map by coordinating their efforts through the establishment of a virtual African laser centre (ALC). 

Laser applications keep growing

By: Karel Smrcka     9th November 2001 The comprehensive display at the Hanover Fair in Germany earlier this year included innovative solutions for applications ranging from materials processing to automation, laser development, and measuring technology. 

Latest from the field of lasers

By: Karel Smrcka     28th September 2001 The laser is up and coming. Laser tools are being employed in an ever-increasing number of industrial manufacturing – cutting, welding and labelling all types of materials. 

SA auto firms in laser deal

By: Irma Venter     28th September 2001 South Africa’s automotive industry will have access to state-of-the-art high-power laser machining facilities in Pretoria by the end of October. 

Laser products changing at lightning speed

7th September 2001 The manipulation of a light pulse has become such a sophisticated issue over such a short period of time, that changes in laser technology take place quicker than the speed of a travelling light pulse itself. 

Laser tech secures non-slip floors

6th July 2001 To prevent people slipping, the natural stone floors of public buildings need to have a non-slip finish. A laser technology has been developed to give glossy floors a suitable surface, while maintaining the gloss. 

The latest in lasers

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Hitech Briefs 

Laser technology on the increase in welding and cutting applications

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Welding & cutting 

Laser centre given the go-ahead

By: System Author     10th March 2000 Laser Technology 

SA laser industry proving its mettle

By: System Author     10th March 2000 Laser Technology 

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