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Laser Technology

Two world firsts for laser-scanning company

By: Amy Heydenrych     3rd March 2006 South Australia-based company I-Site has developed the world’s first dedicated software product for forensic-scene recording and investigation using laser-scan data. The I-Site Forensic software is the first of two premier technologies the company has in the pipeline. The release of the... 

World-first hybrid laser in South Africa

By: Amy Heydenrych     3rd March 2006 Local company Rubber Stamp and Engraving Co, celebrating 70 years in South Africa, is offering customers access to premium hybrid laser technology through itsTrotec range of laser-engraving machines.? 

Laser surveying takes flight in Africa

By: Amy Heydenrych     3rd March 2006 After a year of significant aerial surveying projects throughout the African continent, Airborne Laser Solutions (ALS) is expecting to export its specialist services more than ever. 

New scanner to boost firm’s profits 

By: Amy Heydenrych     3rd March 2006 In its biggest project to date, Laser Measurement will be launching its Lasermeter scanner. 

Leading the market in supplying laser gases

3rd March 2006 Local company Air Products’ strategy for success in the laser industry has been focused on replacing conventional gas supply modes with technical innovations that bring real benefits to industry in terms of reduced labour, minimal handling, enhanced quality and fewer production interruptions 

Mapping surveys completed

By: Mariaan Webb     10th February 2006 Specialist laser-surveying company Airborne Laser Solutions (ALS), a member of the Eskom group, is supporting the Department of Minerals and Energy’s drive to electrify all areas of South Africa and has been contracted by Eskom to carry out several mapping surveys in various rural areas. 

New chair for African Laser Centre

31st May 2005 The African Laser Centre (ALC) has appointed Dr Phil Mjwara as the chairperson of its Board of Directors. 

Spoornet asset-capture project completed

By: Nelendhre Moodley     4th March 2005 A multimillion-rand project for rail utility Spoornet that spanned three years was completed recently by laser-surveying specialist Airborne Laser Solutions (ALS). 

Cape Town firm buys SA's first medium-range laser scanner

By: Nelendhre Moodley     4th March 2005 The first medium-range laser scanner in South Africa, has been bought by Cape Town-based engineering and hydrographic surveying company Tritan Survey. 

Multimillion-rand machine enhances Joburg firm's services

By: Nelendhre Moodley     4th March 2005 In the latest upgrade and expansion programme, Johannesburg-based General Profiling has bought a new multimillion-rand laser machine. 

IT system takes sheet-metal firm to new heights

By: Nelendhre Moodley     4th March 2005 Implementation of a new information technology system called Syspro is set to further enhance customer relations for Cape Town-based company, Fabrinox. 

Laser centre's high-power materials-processing drive advances

By: Nelendhre Moodley     4th March 2005 Following the highly successful introduction of the 5 axis Trumpf Lasercell as the first phase of the national laser centre’s (NLC) high power materials processing drive in November 2002, the NLC has just completed the second phase with the installation of a high power Nd:YAG laser facility. 

Local firm enters US market with inventory optimisation

By: Nelendhre Moodley     4th March 2005 Following the recent opening of its office in Chicago, US, Barloworld Logistics has successfully concluded a deal with photonics and laser specialist company Melles Griot for an inventory-optimisation project to be implemented at its Rochester, New York, offices. 

Are visible laser beams an aviation security issue?

By: Nelendhre Moodley     4th March 2005 Recent reports of aviator crews being “blinded” by visible green laser beams have led to speculation in the media of a possible security issue. 

Communication on a beam of light

By: elizabeth rebelo     17th September 2004 “Free space optics (FSO) can be described as an unregulated light spectrum (medium communications system) to communicate between buildings, using light that is not visible to the natural eye,” says Netshield director Inus Dreckmeyr. 

Diode-based laser clinical trials advance

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     10th September 2004 A diode-based laser system developed for the treatment of glaucoma by a Pretoria high-tech company is now in the eighth month of clinical trials, but whether the results are satisfactory will only be known at the end of the 12 months to 18 months trial period. 

The alpha and the omega of blue laser beams

By: Karel Smrcka     9th July 2004 The future of DVD is blue. New, low-cost optical laser technology generates short-wavelength light. At the other end of the beam are detector heads that will soon contain arrays of up to 25 sensors. 

Geotech engineers in slew of projects

16th April 2004 Drennan Maud and Partners of Kwazulu Natal has contributed to several top projects in the province including uShaka Marine World, Riverhorse Valley Business Estate, Sibaya Casino, Liberty Midlands Mall and Arrup road projects. 

Company aims to produce affordable high-tech products

By: Helene Le Roux     5th March 2004 The pace at which the laser industry is developing is second only to that of the computer industry. 

Automotive centre in operation by April

By: Helene Le Roux     5th March 2004 The National Laser Centre (NLC) is in the process of introducing a new laser technology to South Africa that will put the country’s automotive industry on par with developments elsewhere in the world. 

Lasers are popular with aerospace firms

By: Helene Le Roux     5th March 2004 Tshwane-based high-tech company Scientific Development and Integration (SDI) believes that it manufactures one of the best transversely excited atmosphere (TEA) carbon-dioxide (CO2) lasers used in the non-destructive testing (NDT) of composite materials worldwide. 

90% of survey costs can be saved

By: Helene Le Roux     5th March 2004 Laser-based grade control has significant scope for growth in the South African construction industry. 

Laser inscription included on stones

By: Helene Le Roux     5th March 2004 Laser technology is growing in popularity among gemstone users that use it to inscribe stones with important security information. 

Laser technology a high-growth industry in SA

6th January 2004 The application of laser technology, particularly in cutting and welding, is a high-growth industry worldwide and South Africa is no exception, having achieved a laser installation growth rate of almost 27% during 2003. 

India, SA to cooperate for oil and gas

20th October 2003 India and South Africa have agreed to cooperate in the oil and gas sector including exploration, refining, storage, trading and transportation, a government statement said at the weekend. 

Upgraded steel inspection line to feature laser welding

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 The upgrade of steel producer Iscor’s inspection line, due for final commissioning this month, incorporates synthetic single-crystal yttrium aluminium garnet (Yag) 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. 

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