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Laser Technology

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 

Laser surveying system flying high

By: System Author     10th March 2000 Laser Technology 

Factory Pin-up

By: System Author     12th November 1999 Factory 

Advances with laser-welding techniques

By: System Author     29th October 1999 Hitech Briefs 

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... 

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