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Laser Technology

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. 

Fusion technology improves critical information communication

2nd March 2007 To communicate critical information, infrared images only are no longer enough. 

Engineering company installs R3-million plasma cutting machine

2nd March 2007 Producer of welding consumables and equipment Arc Engineering has installed and commissioned an ESAB Eagle precision plasma-cutting system valued at R3-million at Laser Sprint in Alrode, Johannesburg. 

Laser cutting machine to meet limited parts spectrum requirements

2nd March 2007 Market research into parts manufacturing conducted by laser-cutting engineering firm Bystronic revealed that in practice some 80% of manufactured parts are no larger than 500 by 500 by 8 mm. 

SA company secures US laser technology

By: Neal Goldwyer     2nd March 2007 Systems and machines in all industries require regular alignment to function smoothly. 

Local laser cutting company set to expand in 2007

By: Christy van der Merwe     2nd March 2007 Local laser cutting company Laser Sprint is set to further expand its operations this year with the purchase of a third laser cutting machine. 

South African/German joint R&D project delivers leading-edge technology

By: Keith Campbell     24th November 2006 A ten-year joint South African/German defence research and development (R&D) programme has resulted in the successful completion and testing of a technology demonstration directable infrared (IR) countermeasures (DIRCM) system in a South African Air Force (SAAF) Denel Oryx helicopter. 

Photonics potential should be exploited

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2006 The cutting-edge science & technology of photonics is an area in which SA has the opportunity, the expertise, & the infrastructure to make globally-significant contributions. 

Ongoing technology investment gives Joburg firm the edge

By: Amy Heydenrych     3rd March 2006 After a major upgrade and expansion last year that included the puchasing of a multimillion-rand laser machine, Johanesburg-based General Profiling has more plans in the pipeline to maintain its competitive edge. 

Laser centre strives for greater awareness

By: Amy Heydenrych     3rd March 2006 Applying a critical core of laser technology and expertise in the research, development and implementation of laser-based technologies and application, the National Laser Centre of the CSIR is striving to create awareness among students, the general public and in the industry itself. 

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