28 January 2009

Lasermet?s new test and calibration laboratories ready to meet latest standards

Lasermet, world experts in laser safety solutions, have recently expanded into new totally-refurbished premises. Founded over 20 years ago, the company has seen spectacular growth in the last few years and this move allows expansion for the next phase in its continuing development.
The new state-of-the-art calibration laboratories are the only test house in the UK (other than the NPL) to be accredited by UKAS for the testing of laser and LED products to the laser safety standards.

Also on the same site are purpose-built design workshops which will allow Lasermet’s engineers to add to their widely-respected range of in-house products, which already include Laser Safety Interlock Systems, Laser Power Meters, Laser Screens and Warning Signs.

Paul Tozer, Lasermet’s Managing Director said “We wanted an environment where our technical specialists could have first-rate facilities within which to continue to provide our customers with innovative products and the most cost-effective accredited testing service in the country. I am delighted with the result and confident that we will be able to meet all the laser safety needs of our customers in years to come.”

For many years Lasermet have provided laser and LED manufacturers and scientists with a certification service, backed by UKAS accreditation for testing, to EN / IEC 60825-1, 60825-2, 60825-12 and 60601-2-22. Their expertise has also helped customers meet their requirements for CE marking in Europe or FDA registration in the US.

This high level of expertise, traceability and rigorous practice has now been extended by achieving UKAS accreditation for the testing of all non-laser optical sources to EN 62471 in order to be ready to help manufacturers and system integrators comply with new EU Physical Agents Directive.. Plans are also well underway to include Lasermet’s calibration service for laser power meters within the scope of UKAS accreditation.

Technical Director Robert Wells, who has managed the Lasermet test and calibration laboratories since 2003, explains: “The next few months will see many changes as organisations gear up to meet the EU requirements given in the Physical Agents Directive (Artificial Optical Radiation), which is due to come into force in April 2010. Our new facilities will be available to meet the demand for additional testing services in this area.”

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