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Laser Technology

New era dawning in surveying industry

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Eskom Enterprises 

South Africa to send laser to the moon

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 SOUTH African engineers and scientists are working together to construct a laser system by the end of the year that will be able to measure the distance from the earth to the moon at an accuracy of within 10 mm. A consortium of 13 companies, led by laser technology company LaserM of Midrand,... 

Scientists to make diamonds from light

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 THE cultivation of extremely pure diamonds, not for use in jewellery but to be employed in the ever-growing computer industry, might become a reality in a few years with the help of locally-developed laser technology. South Africans could witness the local construction in the next five years of a... 

New products unveiled

By: System Author     9th July 1999 A new range of products has been launched by GE Fanuc Automation, of Isando, Gauteng, at an exhibition in Paris. “The technology involved is extremely advanced and of the highest standard,” GE Fanuc computer numeric control (CNC) sales and application engineer Norbert Barnard tells... 

Lasers throw light on pollution

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Ultraviolet lasers are being used to determine levels of pollution in English rivers and to monitor discharges from chemical works and sewage into the country’s waterways. The laser technique, which has so far been successfully tested in river trials, has been developed by Dr Rafi Ahmad of... 

South African laser device is a world first

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Taking science fiction laser technology and making it accessible to the average engineer in the process industry is the main aim of Midrand-based international laser-technology development company Laser M. “We will be launching two revolutionary new products at the upcoming Engineering... 

End-suction pumps

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The SFH end-suction centrifugal pump supplied by Hypower Pumps has been redesigned and revamped by Lowara using new laser-welding technology. Laser technology is used to weld parts of the pump together as this is more accurate, cleaner and quicker than spot-welding. It also prevents distortion of... 

Laser device sniffs out explosives

By: System Author     16th April 1999 UK scientists have developed a laser device which can detect minute amounts of explosives and can offer airline passengers increased protection from terrorists. Physicists at Leeds University, in northern England, say the instrument is so sensitive it can detect explosives the size of a pin- head... 

Lasers for process control

By: System Author     26th March 1999 In the industrial environment, new technology is constantly in demand and, as a result, the laser was designed, bearing in mind the harsh conditions under which instrumentation has to work. The Lasermeter range manufactured by Laser Measurement has proved itself over the past number of years in... 

National facility to focus SA laser sector

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The proposed national laser facility being considered by the government at present will be able to combine the laser forces of South Africa, Optical Energy Systems (OES) business unit manager Bultie Nel tells Engineering News. “Such a laser centre will support industry and promote the... 

SA vehicles to get laser IDs in R2,7m project

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A R2,7-million grant has been awarded to CSIR from the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology’s innovation fund to apply multiple-parts marking to the national car park using laser-marking technology for crime prevention. The project is being undertaken in conjunction with the... 

Funding a dying light

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The level of funding for laser research at South African universities is now at a crisis point, reports University of Natal Department of Physics Professor Max Michaelis. “We can only just afford to keep our laboratories running, and there is no opportunity of doing anything... 

New laser mapping system

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A new laser mapping system (LMS), which is on the leading-edge of technology in the field of surveying and modelling, has been introduced by Intens Digital & Laser Imaging, a newly-founded division of FJ Intens International Engineering. It has the backing of original laser-equipment manufacturer... 

Laser rangefinder is an eyeful in Europe

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Electro-optical company Eloptro, of Kempton Park, Gauteng – a division of Denel – has introduced an eye-safe handheld laser rangefinder (LRF) known as the LH-40, which will be aimed mainly at the advanced European military market, regional marketing manager Roberto Bruzzaniti tells... 

300 laser-based alignment instruments in SA

By: System Author     12th March 1999 At present there are at least 300 laser-based instruments for the alignment of rotating shafts installed in South Africa, and most of them are used on a daily basis, reports John Crane Flexibox sales and marketing manager Gordon Stuart. This type of laser instrument is constantly reducing in... 

Medical-laser industry is alive and kicking

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The medical-laser industry is alive and well, and expected to continue growing as more and more doctors become familiar with the enormous benefits that lasers can offer, Hitech Lasers MD Wicus Olivier tells Engineering News. However, he cautions that the government needs to become more aware of... 

Local firm sets sights on global laser industry

By: System Author     12th March 1999 South African laser and electro-optic systems company Scientific Development & Integration (SDI), of Pretoria, is set to become an international participant in the laser industry with the announcement of a strategic alliance with global laser company Edinburgh Instruments, of Scotland. “SDI... 

Cutting-edge features

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The advanced technical features of the Mazak computer numerically controlled (CNC) laser cutting machines have made this equipment the best-selling system in the world, maintains Skok Machine Tools MD Bobby Skok. The integration of advanced electronic and mechanical technologies delivers a... 

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