The energy and excitement surrounding the 2014 Prolight+Sound Exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany is now coming to close. This is a huge exhibition for the laser entertainment industry, with more media attention surrounding lasers at the show than ever before. In addition, nearly all exhibiting laser companies where showcasing new products, which will help to grow the laser entertainment industry at large.
Pangolin Laser Systems, an award-winning manufacturing of laser control software and hardware was proud to take part in the exhibition this year, as technologies manufactured by the company appeared to dominate the show in all areas. In many regards you could not turn a corner without seeing a laser entertainment system utilizing one of their technologies. Nearly all exhibiting laser companies were incorporating Pangolin products, from their laser control software, to their patented laser safety products, and also their all-new lineup of galvanometer-based optical scanning systems.
At the Pangolin booth, a variety of new technologies from the company were on display. Demonstrations were given on new features inside of their BEYOND laser control software, such as the advanced multimedia timeline which allows you to easily combine laser effects together with video, for true multimedia shows. Pangolin also had a variety of laser safety products on display, including the Safety Scan lenses which help make laser shows safer and more enjoyable to watch, and also their PASS system (Professional Audience Safety System) which helps to guarantee the safety of an audience scanning laser light show, where laser beams are actually projected into an audience.
While there were lot of interesting new technologies shown at the Pangolin booth, perhaps the most exciting was their all-new galvanometer-based optical scanners including Compact-506 and Saturn 1 models. Optical scanners are used inside of almost all entertainment laser projectors. Scanners are essentially two small motors, that move a beam on an X/Y axis, and allow the projector to create various laser effects, including atmospheric effects as well as laser graphics.
For many years, show producers in the laser industry have faced challenges with optical scanners made in a conventional way. Present scanning solutions can not perform at speeds fast enough to create the types of effects desired, and they are not reliable enough to withstand the rigorous applications laser show operators use them in.
Pangolin formed a new company division of the company called ScannerMAX, which has been developing galvanometer-based optical scanners for both laser show and industrial laser applications for the past two years. Their scanners have been proven to overcome the problems of conventional scanners, allowing laser show and lighting designers to create the types of laser effects they have always dreamed about.
During the show, Pangolin displayed two separate scanning systems. The first, which they call the “Compact-506” is ideal for applications where clients needs a reliable, high performance scanning solution, at an affordable price. The second optical scanning system, called the “Saturn 1”, really stole the show, and was considered by many to be the most innovative new laser show technology at Prolight+Sound 2014.
Pangolin integrated the Saturn 1 into one of their laser projectors, and projected three graphical laser shows (which are known to be very hard on optical scanners), all from one laser projector, all at the same time, and at a 30° scan angle, running at 90kpps. This is something the laser show industry has never witnessed before, and the market response to Pangolin’s new development was overwhelming.
In a recent interview taken during the Prolight+Sound Frankfurt exhibition, William R. Benner Jr., Pangolin’s President and CTO was quoted saying… “Innovation is the driving force behind everything we do here at Pangolin. Our goal is to create products that help benefit the laser and entertainment industries as a whole, so our colleagues in the field can create events which leave people in awe. It is such an amazing feeling to know that a product you’ve worked to develop has helped contribute to another person’s joy. When you create products for an industry you love, it’s not work… It’s fun, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.”