We are very excited about the launch of our new website and hope you find it a vast improvement on our previous site. The goal of our website is to articulate how our laser perforating capabilities can assist you and your engineering projects, answer any questions you may have or just explain a little about what we do.
I recently ran across a treasure trove of beautiful slides taken in the “start-up” phase of our company. This discovery and the fact that our new website allows us to “blog”, may be an appropriate time to pause and reflect on our past 21 years.
Whilst we accept that laser devices are commonplace today and found in many domestic and industrial applications, this was not the case in the 1980’s. Dr. Ken Crane, a physicist with CSIRO is acknowledged as a world leader in laser technology. He and his CSIRO team discovered a process using low wattage lasers to drill [or as we say “perforate”] small holes or slots into very thin metal. The process was patented by CSIRO who then auctioned the commercialisation rights to the market. Dr. Crane together with a group of investors was successful in securing the commercialisation rights and so began our company, ActionLaser.
From the early days of the company Dr. Crane built a strong relationship with the Australian sugar industry who sought his advice on how to make a superior sugar centrifugal screen that would improve sugar recovery whilst providing long screen life. ActionLaser stainless steel LaserScreens were the answer and today we have over 90% share of the Australian sugar centrifugal market. However, what we are really proud about is that the increased sugar yields from LaserScreens increase the profitability of the Australian sugar mills by approximately two million dollars per annum.
Dave Kells, a former technical colleague of Dr. Crane at CSIRO joined ActionLaser as the company’s first employee. One of the first challenges he faced was to work out a scientific methodology to measure the OPEN AREA of a LaserScreen. Seen in this photograph is a very young Dave building a new open area light tower. This has proven so successful and effective that it is still in operation today.
We have seen many other process innovations over the past 21 years, however none have been captured so elegantly as by the CSIRO staff photographer as noted above.
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