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A Virtual Visit to MediaLas
Located in the small and charming German
town of Hechingen, complete with an old castle perched atop the mountain
overlooking the town, is MediaLas Laserproducts GmbH a manufacturer of laser
components and complete laser systems.
MediaLas offers an extensive line of laser hardware and
software for the professional laserst. Perhaps their best-known
product is the Catweazle
scanners which were born out of a desire to create a low cost, yet high
quality scanning system. The scanners were initially introduced as 18K
PPS but with further research and development we soon doing the ILDA 30K
standard scanning speed. This innovation in scanning systems won
MediaLas the 1997 and 1998 technical award for outstanding laser technology.
Another of MediaLas technical achievements is the CatSafe
board. This is the first commercially available safety board designed
to continuously monitor the position of the scanners in real time and shut
off the signals to the PCAOM in the event of a scan failure. The board
even offers an adjustable "window" so that static beams can be scanned
into safe areas for targeting mirrors and effects. The new CatSafePro
model comes with connectors on the board that easily allow it to integrate
with Cambridge scanners and popular PCAOMs.
I was given a guided tour of the spacious facilities. They include a large showroom with MediaLas products and equipment on display next to the administrative offices in the front of the building.
Located around the corner on the ground floor is a large multi-level storage area that holds an impressive inventory of equipment and parts ready for shipment. One of the shelves also holds a number of dead 168 lasers that have served their time in shows and displays and are now beyond repair but which make a great source for spare parts. Next to the storage area is a prototyping mechanical shop where projector and optical hardware is developed before being sent out for fabrication.
The large electronics workshop area has a complete scientific type optical table, a fully instrumented test station and two assembly benches where the products they manufacture are assembled and tested.
The laser theater on the ground floor is equipped with a
Cambridge Laser Labs SP168 while light laser and MVM PCAOM that is fiber fed
into the room. The MVM PCAOM uses drive linearity circuits developed
by MediaLas to give better performance than the factory standard units and
allowing it to meet the stringent German TÜV standard for beam blanking.
In the laser theater, clients can see the products in action with impressive
graphics and beam shows run from both Pangolin systems and MediaLas's own
"LaserPainter" software. The LaserPainter has proved popular for
smaller installations or where the focus is on beam shows.
After a brief but enjoyable visit, we had to make a run for the station to catch a train to Frankfurt in time for the flight back to Canada. We would like to thank Dirk and his staff for taking the time out of their busy schedule to give our subscribers and us the tour of the MediaLas facilities.
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