Monthly Archives: November 2013

Advanced Laser Technology Cuts Time & Cost for many Industries

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Scientists in the UK will receive a £10m Czech contract enabling them to develop innovative laser technologies, which will benefit business and science. The HiLASE contract was awarded to the Central Laser Facility [CLF], based at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Advanced technologies play a major part in assisting the economic recovery of a country, in addition to building long term international relationships and allowing many advantages and opportunities for science and business in the UK.

HiLASE, is a new project under construction near Prague costing £30m, and its aim is to produce advanced laser technologies that will break the mould in power, stability and efficiency. They will also prove much easier to maintain than the present European laser system technologies. Many industries are expected to gain from these new applications.

David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science stated “The £10 million contract will provide the HiLASE project with the very best of British technology. It is further proof that investment in science is vital to growth and international collaboration. It is also recognition of the UK’s world-class research base, with particular strengths in laser science at the leading edge Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.”

DiPOLE – or Diode Pumped Optical Laser for Experiments is the CLF technology chosen by the HiLASE project. This has been developed by the CLF’s Centre for Advanced Laser Technology and Applications (CALTA), based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.


Unicorn are high precision, sheet metal laser cutting and fabrication specialists, and services offered by us include, automotive engine fan assemblies, Complete automotive engine fan assemblies, seating clips and feet and engine carrier and components. Parts for armour plated vehicles, aluminium vents for shipping, track components for heavy plant, transport stillage components, tool making components, carpet weaving machinery parts and signs and lettering for retail application etc make up a significant proportion of services we offer.

Read about some of our successful projects involving processes within marine engineering, automotive and offshore welding, ductwork, platforms and acoustic units.

Lasers are far superior to other production means, and are also much more inexpensive, reducing most costs by about 50%. To contact us at Unicorn Sheet Metal Works call 0191 262 2882

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