Press releases from ILDA Members
PRLog (Press Release) - Apr. 11, 2013 - FRANKFURT, Hesse, Germany -- Frankfurt, Germany - Pangolin Laser Systems, the world’s leading provider of laser control software and hardware for the entertainment industry, announced today that their company has acquired the intellectual property of Phoenix Showcontroller of Germany, another well-known manufacturer of laser show control products. Pangolin and Phoenix came together to structure the terms of this agreement, with a shared vision in mind to help continue to grow the laser light show industry as a whole.
“We look forward to welcoming Phoenix clients from around the world into the Pangolin family”, said William R. Benner Jr., President and CTO of Pangolin Laser Systems. “This acquisition, and the ability to incorporate the best parts of the Phoenix software into our product line, will be a great compliment to our award-winning line of laser controllers, and will also help us to better serve our global client base and the laser industry as a whole. We also look forward to working with members of the Phoenix team to see how we can incorporate Pangolin technologies into the Phoenix platform, to fulfill our overall vision and continue to grow the laser entertainment industry.”
"Over the years, Phoenix Showcontroller has put a heavy emphasis on providing clients with quality products, and great support”, said Boris Bollinger, President of BocaTec Sales and Rent GmbH (parent company of Phoenix Showcontroller). “This has been one of the guiding principles behind our company philosophy. This new cooperation with Pangolin Laser Systems will help to further this initiative, as Pangolin also shares the same values and long term goals. It was a great pleasure to work with the Pangolin Team to structure this agreement, and I believe that they will do a great job in continuing to provide clients around the world with high quality laser control systems and fantastic support to back them up."
During the announcement,
the Pangolin team also mentioned that support of the Phoenix platform
would continue for the foreseeable future, and that the central support
location for Phoenix would remain in Hamburg, Germany. In the same
light, sales of Phoenix products would also continue to be exclusively
distributed by Laserworld AG, a well known manufacturer of laser show
systems used across a wide variety of entertainment applications.
(Added to this page April 15 2013. The full press release is
Lightline receives sales award from Coherent
Lightline Lasertechnik of Osnabrück, Germany, received an award from Coherent for the 400th Taipan laser sold. The certificate was presented to Marco Stümpel at the ILDA Conference in Moscow, by Peter Vogt and Andreas Zuck of Coherent.
New "Beyond" laser show software from Pangolin; to be released July 16 2011
ORLANDO, Fla - April 14, 2011 – At the recent Prolight + Sound tradeshow in Frankfurt, Germany, Pangolin Laser Systems President and CTO William Benner Jr. announced a release date for BEYOND, the company's all new laser show software for professionals: July 16th, 2011, which is the 42nd anniversary of the launch of the Saturn V rocket, which took astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon for the very first time. William R. Benner, Jr. choose this date to honor his father William R. Benner, Sr. who worked on NASA's Mission Control computers, and directly contributed to the success of the Apollo 11 flight.
The new BEYOND software will run on the existing
QM2000 hardware (which currently runs the LD2000 software) and also on
the Flashback 3 hardware (which currently runs the QuickShow software).
All existing LD2000 shows will run on BEYOND. Pangolin is working on new
network hardware for BEYOND, based on a recently-developed technology
called "distributed computing". No official pricing has been released,
but the company did comment that anyone who purchases an LD2000 system
between April 7th (the start of the Prolight + Sound tradeshow) and July
16th will receive the new BEYOND software for free.
(Added to this page April 25 2011. The full Beyond press release is
ILDA Member William Benner signs deal to co-author "Win!" business strategy book
Orlando, Fla. – April 11, 2011 – Hardware and software development expert William R. Benner, Jr., recently joined a select group of leading experts on a broad array of subjects, from around the world to co-write the forthcoming book "Win!: Winning Strategies From Today’s Leading Experts." Celebrity Press recently signed a publishing deal with each of these authors to contribute their expertise to the book. It will feature top advice from some of the most successful experts from around the world.
Benner’s most recent book, "Game Changers: The World’s Leading Entrepreneurs – How They’re Changing The Game & You Can Too!" recently reached #1 on Amazon’s best seller list in the Direct Marketing category.
Coherent celebrates 1000th Taipan European entertainment laser; LaserAnimation Sollinger sells almost 300
Coherent celebrated the occasion of the shipment of the 1000th Taipan laser into Europe for entertainment uses, by awarding the best selling integrators with a special Taipan unit. LaserAnimation Sollinger GmbH sold almost 300 Taipan lasers and received the " 250+units " award.
Peter Vogt and Arnaud Lepert of Coherent handed the award to Mr. Sollinger on the first day of Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt.
Taipan is the tradename for Coherent's OPSL (optically pumped semiconductor laser), which provides excellent wavelength selection, output power and beam quality in a compact package. Taipan entertainment lasers are only available through Coherent System Integrators such as LaserAnimation Sollinger. (Added to this page April 25 2011.)
Manick Sorcar Laser Animation Laboratory established at Calcutta university
Award-Winner Manick Sorcar of LaserLight Magic has donated Rs 5,000,000
(USD $112,000) to establish a laser animation lab at Jadavpur University
in Calcutta, India. Sorcar is a multi-talented engineer and artist from
the United States, who often performs in India, and whose art is based
on Indian themes.
ILDA Member William Benner Hits Amazon Best-Seller List As Part of New Book, “Game Changers”
William Benner, President and CTO of ILDA Member Pangolin Laser Systems, recently hit Amazon.com’s Best-Seller List with the new book, "Game Changers: The World’s Leading Entrepreneurs – How They’re Changing The Game & You Can Too!". The book was released on Thursday, November 18th and reached best-seller status in three Amazon.com categories: Communications, Direct Marketing and Entrepreneurship. The book reached #1 in the Direct Marketing category.
Benner and a select group of America’s leading entrepreneurs and businesspeople co-wrote the book, which was published by Nick Nanton, Esq., and business partner JW Dicks, Esq. under their Celebrity Press® imprint. It features anecdotes, business strategies and real-life solutions to many of the challenges faced by small and large businesses across the country, in a rapidly changing economy.
Benner authored a chapter in the book titled, “From Idea…To Product…To Market.”
Pangolin is a multi-national organization with offices in the United States, Central Europe and China. Benner sets the general strategic direction for the company and oversees all company operations, including hardware and software development as well as research and development on new products, which tend to strongly influence the future direction of the laser display and text message software industries.
In addition to having received more than 20 international awards for technical achievement, Benner’s products are used by some of the best-known companies in the world, including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, DreamWorks, Boeing, Samsung, and Lawrence Livermore Labs.
The book is
available at Amazon.com. For more
Celebrity Press. The original press release, in Microsoft
Word .docx format, can be downloaded
(Added to this page December 10 2010.)
LOBO launches a new multimedia tourist attraction with a "sparks" laser system in the ancient Persian city of Hamedan.
With roughly 5000 years
of history as the capital of the Meder empire, Hamedan ranks among the
oldest cities in the world. It is said that the three Magi set forth for
their long journey to Jerusalem from this city which is located 2000
meters above sea level in the Zagros foothills.
LOBO‘s Creative director
Alexander Hennig: "The venue is really impressive and offers perfect
conditions for a show. The project team of this project has done a
perfect job regarding the size and orientation of the lake and the
optimal position of the seating gallery towards the projection surface."
LOBO's press release page, with additional photos and project details,
(Added to this page December 3 2010.)
ILDA Member AixiZ is pleased to announce that their lasers, laser modules, optics and other related products are now on the General Services Administration schedule.
This is an open, 5-year contract listing the prices the U.S. federal government has agreed to pay for products and services. GSA schedules are the main way in which the federal government buys commercial goods in over 60 categories covering everything from industrial products, vehicles, and office supplies, to most categories of professional services.
To be an approved supplier under a GSA schedule, AixiZ went through an arduous application process. Negotiating fair and reasonable prices for the products or services to be delivered is the most important aspect of the application process.
According to Chuck
Maricle, Ph.D., president of AixiZ, the company appears to be "the only
pure laser component supplier" on the GSA schedule. AixiZ products are
now available to federal government purchasers under GSA Contract
#GS-07F-0144X. (Added to this page December 3
Laser Visions for BMW: LOBO‘s ultra-bright "sparks" lasers stage BMW‘s latest eco sports car in Leipzig
A droning heartbeat breaks the silence. All of a sudden, a lightning strikes the air. With every further heartbeat, lasers flash through the darkness in hall no. 1 of the Leipzig Exhibition Center. Accompanied by spherical sounds, two pulsating, dazzling and endlessly appearing planes of pure light spread up. At first, it is not more than an unreal shadow. But then you recognize BMW‘s new revolutionary sports car study "Vision Efficient Dynamics" rushing silently towards the audience.
This press event was a bombshell for BMW, which even for the German Chancellor Angela Merkel was worth attending. From this day on, it is clear that this technically innovative study with its dynamic exterior design, which caused a lot of sensation during the last IAA motor show, is about to become reality. 328 horsepower and the silent acceleration of a classy sports car at stunning 33 g of CO2/km only are the incredible benchmarks of this eco-car whose fully functioning prototype the press could experience now for the first time.
On behalf of the technical solution provider "Neumann & Müller", LOBO staged the presentation of the vehicle with two of the multi-awarded "sparks" laser systems – probably the world‘s brightest multi-color laser systems today.
LOBO president Mr. Bopp: "The decisive criteria for applying the new "sparks" laser technology was its incredible efficiency and eco-friendliness which can indeed match the ecological aspects of the presented product. Thanks to our innovative optical system, we do achieve an extreme brightness at a maximum power consumption of not more than 600 Watts. This corresponds to roughly 1 % of the power consumption of large-frame lasers just two years ago. So, in fact we turned lasers from electricity hogs to one of the most eco-friendly solutions in the entertainment industry." (Added to this page November 11 2010)
LaserAnimation Sollinger/RTI is first to sell over 200 Coherent Taipan high-power lasers
The LaserAnimation Sollinger GmbH / Ray Technologies International GmbH group (LA/RTI) was recognized as the first company to sell more than 200 of Coherent's Taipan high-power (>3W) laser modules. This was achieved just four months after reaching the 100-unit mark. The photo below shows P. Vogt, Coherent sales manager for Europe, congratulating Michael Sollinger for this February 2010 achievement.
All Taipan laser heads have been integrated into PHAENON, NANO or BLITZ projectors.
Together with the history of more than 500 Jenoptik 5W/8W modules sold, LaserAnimation Sollinger GmbH / Ray Technologies International GmbH is the company with the broadest experience in high power solid state lasers.
The legendary field proven quality of the LA / RTI products, the unbeaten after sales service and the reasonable prices make LaserAnimation Sollinger GmbH / Ray Technologies International GmbH the prime choice for high power, high quality solid state laser projectors. (Added to this page March 10 2010)
ILDA notable receives honor for encyclopedia article
Career Achievement Award recipient
L. Michael Roberts was awarded an Honorable
Mention for an article on the "Google Knol" online encyclopedia. Google
Knol is similar to Wikipedia except that entries are written by
authorities in their field, are verified by Google, and can only be
edited by the author.
From December 1 2008 to January 10 2009, Pangolin Laser Systems is offering special prices on system upgrades and selected software. Products include Lasershow Designer 2000, LivePRO, and SMS Text Messaging for Video and Laser. To see the complete list and the special prices, visit this page at Pangolin's website. (Added to this page Dec. 10 2008)
Phoenix Showcontroller adds MediaLas as a distributor
To the occasion of this year's
international Prolight & Sound 2008 in Frankfurt, Phoenix
Showcontroller GmbH & Co. KG gladly welcomes ILDA Member
GmbH from Balingen/Germany to their team of distributors.
Job opening at Cambridge's Lexel Laser division
Cambridge Lasers Laboratories Inc (CLLinc) has a
job opening for a Technical Laser Sales /
Engineering position. The position requires excellent
communication skills, both written and verbal. It also requires a good
understanding of ion lasers and electronics. The scope of the position
is both varied and rewarding. The position is salaried and offers
standard benefits such as health care, paid vacation and sick pay.
U.K. safety-professional association holds first meeting
A U.K.-based group, the Association of Laser Safety Professionals, held its first general meeting earlier this year at the Institute of Physics in London. The Association was founded in January 2005 by a group of nine leading experts in laser safety. Membership of the Association is open to experienced, practising laser safety professionals -- including those in laser display/entertainment -- who can demonstrate a sufficiently high level of knowledge of, and competence in, laser safety. The ALSP aims to:
New Method Laser president Bob Ash retires
Bob Ash, president of former ILDA member New Method Lasers, "has
retired from the laser light show business, to focus on his medical
software company" according to a Nov. 8 posting on the Laserist List.
The announcement noted "Just a few of his many accomplishments in the
laser light show industry over the last decade are: The first
commercially available laser light show controller to run under
Microsoft Windows (X29). The first controller to offer true 3D
digitizing input via the MicroScribe 3D digitizing arm (FullAuto). The
first demonstration of an electronically modulatable all solid state RGB
LaserNet announces that their CEO, Tom Harman, celebrated 30 years in the laser light show business at this year’s Lighting Dimensions International Trade show in Las Vegas.
In 1976, Mr. Harman left the broadcast television industry and joined a traveling light show troupe doing light shows in planetariums. The company, Eye See The Light Show, grew to five simultaneous planetarium shows running across the United States in 1980. In 1983, the company moved to Miami, FL and changed its name to Laser Productions. As the company phased out of planetarium shows and expanded into corporate shows, the name became Laser Production Network in 1992.
Laser Production’s “Network” now has extends around the globe with expansion happening every time a system is sold. LaserNet now imports systems, as well as designing and building custom installations world wide.
As a founding member of the International Laser Display Association (ILDA) and still active in the organization, Harman supports the safe use of lasers and adheres to the principles set forth by ILDA. To learn more about Tom Harman and LaserNet, go to www.lasernet.com. (Added to this page October 28 2006.)
Systems will be holding a Pangolin User
Meeting in Amsterdam on October 11-12, 2006. It will include
presentations with "tricks and tips"; sessions demonstrating advanced
techniques with Lasershow Designer 2000, Showtime, and Lasershow
Converter; and detailed instructions on the use of LivePro from Glenn
Turner and Hugo Bunk.
announces laser show subscriptions for the Pangolin LD2000 system.
They are available in Trial, Annual and XXL versions which run for 6, 12
or 24 months.
Image Engineering Inc. has been named a finalist for the Event Solutions "Spotlight Award", for Technical Support Company of the Year. This is the second year in a row that the company has been nominated for this prestigious honor. Voting closes July 23 2006; winners will be announced August 23.
Bernd Steinert, the entrepreneur from Oberschleißheim
has officially opened the doors to his
laser show software online shop
on the internet,
www.spectrabeam.de, on March 1st, 2006. Under this
address, he provides potential users such as discotheques and laser
show operators with shows from various manufacturers and programmers
on a single website....
On May 29 2006, ILDA was featured in a brief story in the Orlando Sentinel, about new laser technology. Details are here.