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Laser Safety in Entertainment Applications

  • June 23rd, 2017

By James Stewart, CLSO

High power lasers are routinely used in entertainment environments as a special lighting effect. Historically such lasers could only be used in situations where the budget, infrastructure, (namely power supply and cooling), and space permitted.
In recent years, however, these barriers have disappeared with the proliferation of low-cost solid-state laser light sources that now dominate this sector. This has created new opportunities in how the effects are being used, as well as who is able to now use them.

Business is healthy for the specialist laser effects providers that typically supply lasers for events and music performance tours, […]

Setting Up a Laser Lab? Avoid the Pitfalls

  • June 14th, 2017

By Jamie J. King, CLSO

The design of a laser laboratory is not only critical to its overall functionality, but more importantly to the safety of those who work in and around it.  The safe planning of a laboratory is no accident.  From conception to commissioning of the laser, safety must be involved in every step of the process.

Each situation presents unique challenges with equally differing solutions.  It is up to, and the responsibility of, the Laser Safety Officer (LSO) to ensure that each Laser Controlled Area (LCA) is fashioned in the safest way possible.  American National Standards Institute (ANSI) […]

FDA’s Proposed Change to the Regulation of Laser Pointers

  • June 14th, 2017

By Patrick Murphy

In October 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) put forth a preliminary proposal to declare green, blue, yellow and violet laser pointers as “defective.” Only orange-red and red laser pointers would be allowed to be manufactured, imported or sold in the U.S.

This proposal was in response to the thousands of illegal and unsafe laser pointers aimed at aircraft in the U.S. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), pilots reported 7,442 laser incidents in 2016 — more than 20 every night. 91% of the incidents involved green laser light.

Laser Illuminations reported to U.S. FAA, annual […]

Meet LASEA – June’s Featured Corporate Member

  • June 14th, 2017

Known worldwide for its ultra-speed and accuracy, LASEA is a precision laser solution provider that manufactures highly efficient and reliable laser machines for the industry.

Headquartered in Liege, Belgium, LASEA was founded in 1999 by Axel Kupisiewicz. Well-acquainted with the space industry, the founder created the company to respond to the growing needs of precision laser processes. Right from the start, LASEA specialized in automatic and high-precision machines that operate using short and ultrashort pulsed lasers.

The company provides laser systems and industrial production lines for coating removal on glass and plastic using these short-pulsed lasers. As its most popular product, […]

Laser Institute of America Announces 2018 Event Dates & Location for LAM® & LME®

  • June 13th, 2017

Lasers for Manufacturing Event (LME®) & Laser Additive Manufacturing Conference (LAM®) to Take Place in Schaumburg, IL for 2018

Laser Institute of America (LIA), the professional society for lasers, laser applications, and laser safety worldwide, is thrilled to announce the dates and location for the 2018 Lasers for Manufacturing Event (LME®) & Laser Additive Manufacturing Conference (LAM®). LAM® will take place March 27–28, 2018. LME® will commence March 28–29, 2018. Both will be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL, USA.

Celebrating its tenth consecutive year, the Laser Additive Manufacturing Conference (LAM®) features […]

Laser Safety Focus: The Value of Becoming a Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer

  • June 12th, 2017

As part of our continued celebration of National Safety Month, we are raising awareness on the value of becoming a Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer (CMLSO) with this next blog in the June Laser Safety series. Click here to read about becoming a Certified Laser Safety Officer (CLSO).
Oftentimes the position of medical laser safety officer (MLSO) goes unrewarded, overlooked as long as the individual with that responsibility does the job correctly – after all, done right nothing happens.

Elevate your status by proving your knowledge of laser safety protocols and requirements through certification by the Board of Laser Safety. […]

Laser Institute of America’s Executive Director Peter Baker Retires After Decades in the Industry

  • June 12th, 2017

Retirement comes after more than 28 years of leadership at LIA

Laser Institute of America (LIA) Executive Director Peter Baker officially retired from his position on May 1 after decades at the organization’s helm.

Baker’s initial experience with LIA was as a speaker at its very first conference for materials processing in 1980. He was elected as LIA’s executive director at the 5th ICALEO® in 1988. Baker and his wife, Sunny, opened the Orlando office in April of 1989.
Noting that Baker served LIA for more than half of its existence, LIA’s 2017 President Paul Denney wrote […]

Lasers in Manufacturing AM: Trends in North America—What You Need to Know About the New Conference Session

  • June 7th, 2017

The Laser Institute of America (LIA) will present a new 1.5-hour session called Lasers in Manufacturing AM: Trends in North America on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, from 2:00-3:30 PM local time at the International Congress Center in Munich, Germany.

As part of the Additive Manufacturing subconference of Lasers in Manufacturing (LiM) 2017, LIA will add to the body of knowledge that LiM provides as a platform to share innovative insights within the laser world. Like LIA, LiM is dedicated to scientific presentations that provide the latest results in research. The larger World of Photonics Congress LiM event runs from June 26-29 […]

Laser Safety Focus – The Value of Becoming a Certified Laser Safety Officer

  • May 23rd, 2017

As we prepare to celebrate National Safety Month in June, we want to highlight the importance of laser safety with a series of laser safety focused blogs starting this month. One of LIA’s missions includes fostering laser safety worldwide. We do so by offering online, classroom & in-house laser safety courses. To learn more, click here.
Are you looking for ways to show your commitment to a higher standard of laser safety?
Do you want to prove to your current or future employer that you possess the knowledge to lead a laser safety program?


If this sounds like you, read on to […]

Laser Institute of America Announces Session on North American Additive Manufacturing as Part of Lasers in Manufacturing 2017 Event

  • May 23rd, 2017

LIA will hold a session at LiM 2017 in Munich, Germany to offer unique perspective on how North American laser companies are successfully using additive manufacturing technology.
The Laser Institute of America (LIA) will organize for the first time a 1.5 hour Additive Manufacturing (AM) session called AM: Trends in North America as part of the World of PhotonicsCongress LiM 2017 event.
Held on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, from 2:00-3:30 PM local time at the International Congress Center in Munich, Germany, the event runs as a session of a subconference of the larger LiM […]

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