new with ILDA and the website
In addition to the news items listed below, you may also want to check out the following webpages for news from ILDA Members:
The ILDA Conference was held 4-7
November in Aalen, Germany, hosted by LOBO. A
summary of the key events is on the 2013 ILDA
Conference report page. A list of all 2013 ILDA Award winners is on
the 2013 ILDA Awards page.
ILDA will be presenting laser safety classes at the 2013 LDI exhibition in Las Vegas, in November. Both Members and non-members may take these classes. In addition, ILDA will be hosting a free reception for Members and interested persons on Friday, Nov. 22 at LDI. Details are on the ILDA at LDI 2013 page.
Voting is open from 8 July through 29 July for the ILDA Career Achievement Award. The following persons are 2013 CAA nominees:
Voting is done by sending ILDA an email with your name, ILDA company name, and your desired CAA nominee. A full description of the CAA, how to vote, and nominee biographies are on the 2013 CAA voting page.
ILDA Members can vote for the Laser Photography ILDA
Award. This is the first time ever that this Award will be judged by
Members. To see the entries and submit your votes, visit
voting period is Wed., June 12 through Wed., June 26, 2013.
(Note: After the voting is conducted, this
website may go back to a different purpose so the photos may only be
visible during the voting period.)
A floor diagram with the latest updates is at LOBO's ILDA Trade Show page.
Listing up-to-date as of 7 May 2013.
Come to LOBO's hometown of Aalen, Germany for the 2013 ILDA Conference, 4-7 November. We have posted complete information, including travel, hotel reservations and Conference registration. LOBO is also hosting the Laserfreak.net meeting just before ILDA, so for one week Aalen will be the world center of lasershows!
The PLASA trade association has made its technical documents free to anyone. For laserists, the topics of primary interest would relate to theatrical fog effects (6 documents) and possibly to lighting control systems. (Note: ILDA's technical standards are also free to anyone.)
Pangolin Laser Systems Inc. acquired the intellectual property of the
Phoenix Showcontroller system. The acquisition was announced
April 11 at the Frankfurt Prolight show, by Pangolin president and CTO
William R. Benner Jr. and BocaTec Sales and Rent president Boris
Bollinger. More information is at the
ILDA press releases page.
ILDA staff and Members gave presentations at the every-two-years International Laser Safety Conference, held March 18-21 in Orlando. These included:
A list of selected ILSC papers, of interest to ILDA Members and laserists, is at LaserPointerSafety.com.
ILDA participated in the spring 2013 meeting of the ANSI Z136 committee on March 17. Z136 is one of the major laser safety standards, along with IEC 60825. ILDA is a voting member of the main committee, plus the Z136.1, .6 and .10 subcommittees. These deal with general laser safety, outdoor laser safety, and entertainment/tradeshow safety. Work proceeded on the Z136.10 standard, with draft editing by ILDA Members Greg Makhov (LSDI), Robert McHatton (Thought Development Inc.), and Alan Lee (Blisslights Inc.) along with Executive Director Patrick Murphy and other laser safety experts.
A rule in the ILDA Awards has been
clarified. Entries for
Beams/Atmospherics Show for a Single X-Y Scanner Pair can use
passive effects such as bounce mirrors or diffraction gratings that are
hit by the scanned beams. However, the only active (powered) device
allowed in this category is one set of X-Y scanners. If any other
scanners, actuators, motors or other active devices are used in the
show, the entry must be submitted to Beams/Atmospherics Show for
Multiple-Scanner Projectors. The downloadable 2013 ILDA Awards Guide
was updated to include this clarification.
Due to increased costs, shipping is no longer included when a Member orders duplicate ILDA Awards. (Duplicate Awards are popular for employees, clients and others involved with an ILDA Award-winning show.) We will ask for a FedEx, UPS or similar account number to ship on the Member's account, or the Member will be billed once the shipping charges are known.
The ILDA Awards Committee had extensive online discussions regarding proposed changes for 2013. Some of the major changes that were approved:
The 2013 ILDA Award
Guide is available. Entry
forms for the artistic and technical awards have been
posted. Note that for 2013, a new Entry Spreadsheet is
also required to be filled out for the artistic
awards. Deadline for submission is Friday, 5 April
2013. Complete rules and forms are on the
2013 Awards entry page.
Executive Director Patrick Murphy represented ILDA at the winter meeting of the SAE G-10T Laser Hazards Subcommittee, in Melbourne FL. Murphy gave two presentations:
Both presentations are available to ILDA Members upon
ILDA Regulatory Committee chair Dan Goldsmith notified ILDA Members about "significant changes to the organizational structure of the FDA, which we expect will have a significant impact on U.S. laser light show compliance and regulatory enforcement ... Put together these two changes -- a dramatic increase in the number of inspectors with a renewed focus on ensuring laser compliance -- and the U.S. laser display industry almost surely will face greater regulatory scrutiny in the future." Details of the changes are on this page, which is in the Members-Only section (username & password required).
At the November 2012 San Antonio ILDA business meeting, the Members in attendance voted to re-purpose the Laserist List. Therefore, starting in January 2013, the List will be one-way, containing messages from ILDA that are of interest to non-member laserists. Due to this re-purposing, it is no longer possible for Laserist List subscribers to post messages to the list -- it has now become a "read-only" list. More information on subscribing and unsubscribing is on the ILDA mailing list page.
The 2012 Awards first-place winning videos
have been posted to ILDA's YouTube account.
The videos can be viewed via the
2012 ILDA Artistic Awards playlist.
To see a list of what videos won, visit the
2012 ILDA Awards page on