- AILU Publicity
Coherent Deurschland Gmbh
Press and Publications
Here you'll find interesting European publications about laser technology, our products and our company. For further articles please visit the publication library on our US-Website.
Business Link - supply2.gov.uk - supplier route to government
Supply2.gov.uk is the only official Government lower-value (typically below £100,000) contract opportunity portal, created by the Government to provide small businesses with access to lower-value public sector contracts ? a huge potential market expected to exceed £175 Billion* this year within the UK alone. (*Source www.hm-treasury.gov.uk)
The Supply2.gov.uk portal unites buyers and suppliers together for the first time and is cited as a best practice means of advertising lower-value contract opportunities by HM Treasury and the European Commission.
Business Start Up and Strategy Information
This Business Link (UK) site give practical advice for business about startin up, finance and grants, taxes, employing people, health and safety how to explout your ideas IT and e-commerrce and much more.
Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
BERR is the voice for business across Government.
This website provides information about BERR?s priorities and policies. BERR and its delivery partners also provide a range of practical assistance to business:
Better Regulation Executive - find out what Government is doing to cut red tape. A new report states that cuts in red tape are saving UK businesses and third sector organisations more than £800m per year.
www.betterregulation.gov.uk - to submit ideas for improving or simplifying regulation.
Business Link - for advice on how to start, run or grow a business.
UK Trade & Investment - for help with expanding your business overseas, or with locating in the UK.
Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS)
The Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) is responsible for the development, funding and performance management of the science and research base across the UK, so that the UK continues to develop a world-class research base responsive to users and the economy, with sustainable and financially strong universities and public laboratories and a strong supply of scientists, engineers and technologists. DIUS funds the seven Research Councils, which allocate public funds to support research projects and teams.
Engineering Solutions International
Enineering Solutions specialise in the permanent and temporary placements of jobs in a wide selection of jobs worldwide.
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Our mission is to make Europe's workplaces safer, healthier and more productive. We do this by bringing together and sharing knowledge and information, to promote a culture of risk prevention.
Located in Bilbao, Spain, we have a dedicated staff of occupational safety and health (OSH), communication and administrative specialists. At the national level, we are represented through a network of focal points, which are usually the lead OSH bodies in the individual Member States.
The Agency is a tripartite organisation, this means that we work with governments, employers and workers representatives. We are a single reference point for OSH information. We commission, collect and publish new scientific research and statistics on OSH risks.
Global Sources Industrial Links
Metra Martech is a specialist marketing and IT consultancy. Based in London, the company has been established for over forty years and is the result of a management buy-out in 1989 from the SEMA/SOFRES Group.
Our clients range from smaller high tech specialists to world class industrial and governmental organisations. Ask us for a list.
GoIndustry DoveBid is a leading provider of asset management, auction, and valuation services. We provide solutions that help our customers to sell, internally re-deploy, or value a wide variety of assets.
Our full service offering falls into five categories: Corporate Services: Valuations: Dispositions and Disposals: Fulfilment: Real Estate
Laser Cutting Services
Find laser cutting including plastic laser cutting, laser cutting job shops, CNC laser cutting and more. From laser cutters and acrylic laser cutting to laser drilling, you will find the laser cutting you need. Use the time-saving Request for Quote tool to submit your inquiry to all the laser cutting services and companies you select.
Machine 4 Sale
Find new and used CNC lathes, milling, EDM, laser and fabrication machinery
The Better Payment Practice Campaign
Helping to effect positive change in the UK payment culture.
The Better Payment Practice Group and its individual members have taken reasonable care in sourcing and presenting the information
contained on this web site, but no responsibility is accepted for any financial or other loss or damage that may result from its use.
The Institute of Physics Consultancy Group Network
The Network of the Consultancy Group of the Institute of Physics comprises active, independent consultant physicists who fall into all of these categories. Between us we cover most of modern physics, though it is fair to say that we tend to concentrate on those areas of maximum relevance to modern industry. Our members include optical designers, programmers, project managers, general managers, translators, technical financial experts, electronic engineers, and those with many other skills.
Thomas Regional Directory
Search ThomasNet, industry's most trusted brand, built on the 100+ year legacy of Thomas Register. Get supplier information on everything from Actuators to Zirconium and all the parts, components, materials, equipment, composites and services in between.
- General Associations
Applied Industrial Research Trading Organisations
Association of Independent Research and Technology Organisations: increasing profitability by the application of science, engineering and technology in industry.
airto's mission is to influence industry, universities and government to work together nurturing infrastructure which will drive forward the UK economy.
BERR Manufacturing Advisory Service
MAS South East provides hands-on practical support delivered by manufacturers for manufacturers - the result is real bottom line benefits. The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) is an initiative originally set up by the Department for Trade & Industry (DTI) but is now the responsibility of the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR). The Manufacturing Advisory Service South East (MAS South East) provides straightforward and practical advice and support to improve and encourage manufacturing competitiveness in today's global market.
Department of Innovation , Universities & Skills
This new Department brings together functions from two former departments. Science and innovation responsibilities from the Department of Trade and Industry. Skills, further and higher education from the Department for Education and Skills.
To build a dynamic, knowledge based economy the new Department will draw together the nation's strengths in colleges, research, science and universities.
To ensure the wider personal, community and cultural benefits of education and science are supported, the Department will work closely with other departments (including the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR), Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF), Department for Central and Local Government (CLG) and Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and others).
Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network
The UK has over 700 small companies developing specialist photonics applications, ranging from laser technologies to operating systems. This number further increases when related sectors such as displays are included. There is an opportunity to change the fragmented nature of the photonics industry to achieve wide-scale success. The Photonics KTN will tap into the wealth of knowledge in UK universities and other government-funded research centres, attract more large companies, and identity technology partnering opportunities to meet the requirements of the industry.
Photonics21 is a voluntary association of industrial enterprises and other stakeholders in the field of photonics in Europe. It unites the majority of the leading Photonics industries and relevant R&D stakeholders along the whole economic value chain throughout Europe. Presently, we can count as members more than 700 stakeholders who come from 32 countries.
P21 undertakes to establish Europe as a leader in the development and deployment of Photonics in five industrial areas (Information and Communication, Lighting and Displays, Manufacturing, Life Science and Security) as well as in Education and Training.
Its mission is the coordination of the research and development activities in Europe among all the contributing partners from education, basic research, applied research and development to manufacturing and all relevant applications.
The Centre of Excellence in Metrology for Micro and Nano Technologies (CEMMNT)
The Centre of Excellence in Metrology for Micro and Nano Technologies (CEMMNT) offers a convenient, single point access for clients to outsource their materials and processing challenges through a unique partnership of world class technology organisations. From R&D problem solving projects to accelerating a development or manufacturing stage, CEMMNT offers measurement and characterisation solutions across all industry sectors from medical technologies to transport. However large or small the challenge may be, clients benefit from the use of a comprehensive range of the latest, high-specification metrology equipment run by 250 inter-disciplinary specialists with industry leading expertise.
The Institute of Engineering Designers
The Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), established in 1945, is the UK's most prestigious professional body for designers operating in the many fields of engineering design - product design, architecture, the marine, automotive and aircraft industries and many more. It is licensed by the Engineering Council UK to assess candidates for inclusion on ECUK's Register of Professional Engineers and Technicians and accredits courses for their training. Once members have achieved the appropriate academic and competence standards they are rewarded with Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer or Engineering Technician status, as appropriate.
The Knowledge House
You need some help
Taking the next step can be difficult. Where do you find world-class help to get that idea off the drawing board and into production, to develop that process that will open new markets, to up-skill your people for the challenges ahead? And how are you going to fund it?
We can provide it
As a group, the universities of the North East represent a huge store of skills, expertise and resources. There are thousands of academic staff and research students available for consultancy work. So who will analyse your problem, help you access this network, find the appropriate experts to assist you and manage your project?
The Solar Energy Society (UK-ISES)
The Solar Energy Society (UK-ISES) - UK National Section of the International Solar Energy Society. The SOLAR ENERGY Society is a non-profit organisation. It is a forum for all those interested in the advancement of the utilisation of the sun's energy.
Members of the Society are drawn from industry, government, academic institutions, architectural and engineering practices, as well as the general public. Academic qualifications are not a pre-requisite for membership.
During the past 30 years solar energy research and application has come a long way. We are proud to have played an important part in this. Our membership has been supportive and active throughout.
The SOLAR ENERGY Society represents the UK national section of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). ISES has launched a world-wide information system for renewable energy, WIRE. This is a resource website for fast, comprehensive and up-to-date information on renewable energy.
- Interesting Links
History of Lasers
... when the first lasers were operated, I and other scientists close to the research were surprised at how easy it turned out to be. We had assumed that, since lasers had never been made, it must be very difficult. But once you knew how, it was not at all difficult. Mostly what had been lacking were ideas and concepts.
- Arthur L Schawlow, 1981 Nobel Prize for Laser Spectroscopy (Talbot)
Schawlow and Townes Invent the Laser
The invention of the laser, which stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation, can be dated to 1958 with the publication of the scientific paper, Infrared and Optical Masers, by Arthur L. Schawlow, then a Bell Labs researcher, and Charles H. Townes, a consultant to Bell Labs.
- Laser Associations and Networks
CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) Laser Association LAS
Laser Association (LAS) was established in Moscow in April of 1990 as a non-governmental and non-profit organization.
LAS promotes the information exchange in the laser field by publishing special bulletins, reference-books, catalogues, by organizing laser exhibitions and workshops, etc.; helps in establishing of mutually useful and beneficial contacts between LAS members and with LAS members, acts as an independent expert and consultant on lasers and laser applications in Russia and other former USSR countries.
Club Laser et Procédés
The Association for the development and promotion of applications for lasers in industry in France.
The Club Laser et Procédés provides for its Members practical and innovative services to satisfy industry. The Club also provides information by the active participation of a network of experts in industrial laser techniques.
Electronics, Sensors and Photonics KTN
Electronics, Sensors, Photonics ? plastic electronics, embedded systems, displays, lighting, instrumentation, control systems ? it?s all here.
ESP KTN groups all these underpinning technologies together and more, to make a single entity focused on knowledge sharing for growth.
We support our technology communities: and we reach out to bring together people that wouldn?t usually meet, because sometimes the people you need to reach are not other technical people.
European Laser Applications Network
The European Laser Applications Network (ELAN) is a newly formed organisation for 'the promotion of laser technology in industrial sectors in Europe by co-operative actions'. We intend to keep ELAN a loosely structured network.
European Laser Institute
ELI, the European Laser Institute provides a strong platform bringing together the competence and knowledge on optical technologies. Combining industry and research institutions ELI appears as a unified voice influencing R&D policy. ELI aims to enhance the internationally leading position of European industry and research in the field of laser technology and photonics.
NORLAS is a collaboration between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden to support the Nordic industry in the field of laser materials processing.
Opto-electronics Technology and Incubation Centre - St Asaph, North Wales, UK
Give your opto-electronics business the best start in life.
OpTIC gives start-ups everything they need the best possible start on the route to long-term success. This Incubation Centre can host up to 24 young technology businesses start-ups in units of up to 150 sq m.
Technium OpTIC enables business growth in opto-electronics and related technologies.
Plataforma Tecnológica Española de Fotónica
The Spanish Photonics Technology Platform, Fotónica21, encompasses the main of industrial enterprises and other stakeholders in the field of photonics in Spain. Born with the support of the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade to coordinate activities at the national level in the same manner to those carried out at the European Technology Platform Photonics21. As in other European technology platforms, the basic objective of Fotónica21 is the backbone of an efficient process of industrial innovation in the photonics technology and its applications in four economic sectors identified as key technologies: Information and Communications, Industrial Manufacturing Processes, Life Sciences, Lighting and Displays. In addition, three cross-cutting activities: Security and Sensors, Optical components and systems, and Basic Research and Training.
Scottish Optoelectronics Association
The Scottish Optoelectronics Association (SOA) was launched in October 1994 with the objective of "stimulating economic growth in Scotland through the knowledge, manufacture and application of Optoelectronics."
SOA was a founder member of both the UKCPO (www.ukcpo.org) and IOA (www.ioassociation.org). The UK Consortium of Photonics and Optics is an umbrella organization for UK regional and technology optoelectronics associations. The International Optoelectronics Association (formally ICOIA) is a voluntary informal coalition of national optoelectronics associations.
Swiss Laser Net
The Swiss Laser Network is a consortium between Swiss laser manufacturers and users. It works with many additional partners, see their website for further details.
The Laser Institute of America
The Laser Institute of America (LIA) is the international society for laser applications and safety.
Welsh Optoelectronics Forum
The Forum is a consortium of Welsh companies, University research groups, users and support organisations, formed following the impetus of activities in North Wales, and is dedicated to the development and profitability of the opto-electronics sector in Wales and internationally. Opto-electronics is all around and part of everyones daily life, and probably those who will gain most from the Forum are the people and companies for whom the technology currently forms a small part of their work.
- Medical Sector
Association of British Healthcare Industries Limited
The Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) is the lead, and largest, industry association for the medical technology sector in the UK. We represent companies whose output makes up for around eighty percent of the industry?s total. Our membership includes some of the leading businesses in the sector in the UK right the way through to small independent companies. Our members produce essential products for the NHS - everything from life support machines through to latex gloves.
BERR - Healthcare Technology
The Healthcare Technology sector, sometimes referred to as the medical technology sector, covers manufacturers of a diverse range of medical devices and diagnostics ranging from sticking plasters to high-tech hospital equipment such as CT scanners, and from diagnostic test kits (e.g. blood glucose monitors) to devices implanted in patients (e.g. pacemakers). It is estimated that 38 million people have contact with a medical device every day.
The UK-based healthcare technology industry plays a significant role in contributing to patient care, public healthcare and the national economy. The UK medical devices industry is highly innovative, with hundreds of start-up companies and strong links with an exceptional engineering and science base. It is highly diversified and innovative, capturing a wide range of technological advances for application in the medical field. There is considerable potential for growth in this knowledge-intensive sector.
British Healthcare Trades Association
Representing assistive technologies in healthcare -
The British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) is the UK's oldest and largest healthcare association (founded in 1917).
Its membership - of some 380 companies employing over 17,000 people - comprises both large and small businesses across the many non-pharmaceutical sectors of the healthcare industry, manufacturing, supplying and serving those with special physical needs and specialist healthcare areas, too.
The BHTA represents large and small companies, organised in one or more sections covering most sectors of the industry. This unique sectional structure provides a platform for all companies to have an effective voice within BHTA and, through the Association, to influence the development of healthcare policies in the UK.
At the heart of our association is the Code of Practice, which sets out the standards that all members must meet to demonstrate best practice in their business dealings. The Code has achieved Stage One of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) Consumer Codes Approval Scheme and we are providing evidence that the Code is working in practice to achieve their Stage Two approval.
British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA)
The British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA) is the national trade association for companies with major involvement and interest in the In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) industry. BIVDA represents both manufacturers and distributors who are active in the UK. It is not just an association of UK diagnostic companies, all IVD companies, irrespective of their national origin, are eligible to become members of BIVDA. As well as providing a range of support services for its members, BIVDA pursues a strategy of raising the awareness of the clinical and cost utility of diagnostics in the provision of effective healthcare in the UK.
Healthcare Technologies KTN
The Healthcare Technologies KTN is a Knowledge Transfer Network funded by the UK Government, dedicated to accelerating innovation and technology exploitation in the broad health industries sector. They provide unique offerings to their members, with benefits arising from one-on-one consultations on specific needs to the national and international development of technology strategy that influences future finance. The vision is to be recognised as a world class initiator, translator and disseminator of research and knowledge that contributes to excellence in UK science and leads to rapid exploitation for UK economic and clinical benefit
Medilink Medical Resources
MEDILINK is a non-profit making organisation which brings together on a regional basis, medical manufacturing and distribution companies, hospitals and universities to stimulate innovation and drive forward profitable developments in the healthcare technology and systems sector. A flourishing UK network of regional MEDILINKS now exists (Medilink UK) consisting of similar regional groups who are interested in co-operation, promoting innovation and developing commercial opportunities for their members.
Laser Systems Europe
A magazine and web resource for OEMs, integrators and users of laser systems. Sign up (for free) to receive the quarterly magazine and/or email newsletter, to keep up to speed with the latest laser technology, applications and market opportunities.
New Journal of Physics
Co-owned by the Institute of Physics and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, New Journal of Physics (NJP) is an open-access, electronic-only journal publishing original research across the whole of physics. The journal's Editorial Board and staff are committed to building NJP into the leading scientific journal in its field by publishing articles of outstanding scientific quality that merit the attention and interest of the whole physics community. NJP is available free to readers around the world and is funded by article publication charges.
A Community website from the Institute of Physics
Photonics Publishing and Physics News
With 4.8 million page views annually, Photonics.com is clearly the first place industry professionals turn to when they need an authoritative, comprehensive source of photonics information.
Photonics.com reports on what's timely and of interest to the photonics community: news, technology advances, research, company changes and profiles, new products, feature articles and major industry events. The site also features the electronic editions (and archives) of the award-winning Photonics Spectra magazine; online versions of the Photonics Corporate and Buyers' Guides, the Photonics Handbook and the Photonics Dictionary; and trade show coverage along with a calendar of courses and events.
In 2007, we launched two new resources on the site: Biophotonics.com, a section devoted to the latest photonics news and research in the medical and biotechnology fields, including highlights from Biophotonics International magazine; and PhotonicsPays.com, with job postings, résumés and career tools to help you grow your company and maximize your earning potential.
Photonics.com also distributes four e-newsletters to keep industry professionals current on the latest news and product information.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
As the voice of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) empowers its members and constituents to strengthen the U.S. marketplace position in the global economy while helping to assure the safety and health of consumers and the protection of the environment.
The Institute oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector: from acoustical devices to construction equipment, from dairy and livestock production to energy distribution, and many more. ANSI is also actively engaged in accrediting programs that assess conformance to standards ? including globally-recognized cross-sector programs such as the ISO 9000 (quality) and ISO 14000 (environmental) management systems
British Standard Institution (BSI)
BSI provide organizations from all sectors with best practice solutions and standards that represent and support the needs of business and society in the UK and worldwide.
BSI are providers of training and conferences, information and knowledge on standards, management systems, business improvement and regulatory approval.
BSI also have the resources and expertise to devise and institute a testing regime that will meet virtually any international standard or manufacturer?s specification.
CEN - European Committee for Standardisation
CEN, the European Committee for Standardization, was founded in 1961 by the national standards bodies in the European Economic Community and EFTA countries.
Now CEN is contributing to the objectives of the European Union and European Economic Area with voluntary technical standards which promote free trade, the safety of workers and consumers, interoperability of networks, environmental protection, exploitation of research and development programmes, and public procurement.
CENELEC - European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization
CENELEC, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, was created in 1973 as a result of the merger of two previous European organizations: CENELCOM and CENEL. Nowadays, CENELEC is a non-profit technical organization set up under Belgian law and composed of the National Electrotechnical Committees of 30 European countries. In addition, 8 National Committees from neighbouring countries are participating in CENELEC work with an Affiliate status.
FDA/CDRH - Food & Drug Administration
The Center for Devices and Radiological Health is part of the US Food and Drugs Administration. The Administration providers Regulation, standards and guidance to Consumers, Patients, Professionals, Industry and other Enforcement Agencies within the USA.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
The HEalth and Safety Executive's is the Enforvcement Agency in the UK and its mission is to protect people's health and safety by ensuring risks in the changing workplace are properly controlled.
HSE look after health and safety in nuclear installations and mines, factories, farms, hospitals and schools, offshore gas and oil installations, the safety of the gas grid and the movement of dangerous goods and substances, and many other aspects of the protection both of workers and the public. Local authorities are responsible to HSC for enforcement in offices, shops and other parts of the services sector.
The Healthcare Commission is the independent inspection body in the UK for both the NHS and independent healthcare
International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection
The Main Commission consists of a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and up to 12 members. Commission members are individual experts representing neither their countries nor their institution.
The duties of the Main Commission include:
? Formulating and implementing the policy of the Commission in accordance with the Commission?s Charter and resources available.
? Specifying, prioritising and directing the Commission?s work programme.
? Providing Chairmanship and scientific expertise to the Standing Committees and coordinating their activities according to the needs of the Commission.
? Reviewing and approving proposed Commission publications.
? Fostering cooperation with other partner organizations in the field of non-ionizing radiation protection
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
Founded in 1906 with British scientist Lord Kelvin as its first president, the IEC has a long history of service to the market. THe "About Us" section explains in comprehensive terms our role, our goals, some of the more interesting parts of our history, who the IEC work with and what all the acronyms stand for, plus more.
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world's largest developer and publisher of International Standards.
ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 157 countries, one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system.
ISO is a non-governmental organization that forms a bridge between the public and private sectors. On the one hand, many of its member institutes are part of the governmental structure of their countries, or are mandated by their government. On the other hand, other members have their roots uniquely in the private sector, having been set up by national partnerships of industry associations.
Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V - laser safety internet database, giving quantitative information on
On June 20, 1986 the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) was founded under the patronage of the German State Ministry of Trade, Industry, Technology, and Transportation in Lower Saxony. The institution?s legal form is that of a registered association.
The association?s main task is to support applied research in laser technology on a non-profit basis. The LZH is involved in:
R&D projects in the field of laser development and laser applications
Technical and scientific consulting to link research and practice
Industry-oriented training of experts for applying and operating laser systems
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