We will be showcasing these updates at the upcoming Prolight+Sound Exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany. And both updates will be available for FREE download, following the exhibition (in mid-April). You will be able to download and access directly from the Software Update section of our website, which you can access by Clicking Here.
You can find detailed information about the new features in QuickShow 3.0, by Clicking Here.
You can find detailed information about the new features in BEYOND 3.0, by Clicking Here.
Why did my laser projector fail? Why is my laser projector less bright?
Why are my laser projector’s colors different?
If you have asked yourself questions like these, don’t feel bad – You are not alone! Every day people around the world experience this very same issue, and have the unpleasant experience of having to deal with a broken or unusable laser show projector, that is the result of premature laser diode failure. And premature laser diode failure is caused in many cases, by electro-static discharge (ESD) and power surges. Thankfully, there is a solution, and it’s called LASORB!
THE PROBLEM WITH LASER DIODES Nearly all laser show projectors, have laser modules inside. And inside most laser modules, are laser diodes. A laser diode is a small semiconductor device that produces coherent radiation. A diagram is shown below, illustrating what a standard professional laser show projector looks like. The picture next to this, shows you inside of the laser projector, so you can see what a typical laser module looks like. And next to that, you see inside the laser module, where the sensitive laser diodes live.
Laser diodes are very fast devices that react rapidly to changing voltage and current. And scientific evidence suggests that many laser diodes fail long before their life expectancy, in many cases, because of ESD and power surges that are generated during power on/off cycles. Voltage spikes are often produced at these times, and their cumulative effect on laser diodes is highly detrimental. Even a small ESD event or power surge, can substantially harm a laser diode to the point where it is noticeably less powerful, or in a worse case scenario, entirely unusable. So if you have ever wondered “Why did my laser projector fail?, Why is my laser projector less bright? or Why are my laser projector’s colors different? … Chances are, an ESD related event or power surge, was the culprit.
WHAT IS NEEDED TO PROTECT A LASER DIODE Based on our extensive testing and evaluation, we developed and patented a new method of protecting laser diodes — a hybrid component called LASORB, that keeps ESD and power surge spikes from exceeding the diode’s normal operating voltage. LASORB also absorbs high energy in the circuit until ESD and power surges subside, as current is shunted away from the diode. Thus, protecting your sensitive laser diodes, and ultimately, your valuable laser show projector.
HOW LASORB PROECTS LASER DIODES
LASORB’s primary means of protection is a slew-rate detector that monitors the voltage across the pins of the laser diode. If there is a fast change-of-voltage condition detected, this triggers LASORB to aggressively conduct the voltage (and thus current) away from the laser diode. The conduction is initiated very rapidly – in some cases less than one nanosecond. The conduction can last from several microseconds, to tens of microseconds.
Next time you go to purchase a laser show projector, make sure to ask the manufacturer if LASORB is installed, on the laser diodes used within the unit. This is a sure-fire way, to get an idea of the quality of the system. LASORB is very inexpensive, and can cost as little as $2 for manufacturers to integrate. So if your provider is not using LASORB, ask them why! Think of it as an insurance policy for your laser projector, which will protect it from ESD and power surges. You can also integrate LASORB into your existing system, or you can browse Pangolin’s line of professional laser projectors, all of which feature the LASORB component, on each and every singe laser diode used. You can see our complete lineup of systems, at http://www.getalaser.com.
SEEING IS BELIEVING
Below you can watch a live video (shot with an iPhone, and not fancy editing) that shows LASORB in action, protecting the popular 520nm GREEN laser diodes, so commonly used across the laser show industry.
Time and time again we hear clients asking, "how can I show my client my show, without having to setup my rig"… Well, we took this statement to heart, and as such, we've parterned with the great team at Capture Sweden, to incoroprate full-scal laser show visualization inside of BEYOND, using the Capture Polar software.
Now you can use Capture Polar together with BEYOND, for visualization of your complete laser show. The Capture Polar software is incredibly easy to use and allows you to import rederings of your show setup, and place your laser projectors and other lighting and fixtures inside of the redering, for visualization. Capture Polar work together with BEYOND, taking commands from the BEYOND software, and then ouputing them inside of Capture. Using this setup, you can visualize complete laser show, inclduing beam shows, graphic shows, and laser mapping effects.
To show clients how this works, and to illustrate the possiblities of this software combination, we've partnered with the team at Capture, to create the following tutorial video.
In this tutorial, Lars from Capture Sweden shows you the basics of using lasers inside of Capture Polar, and Aaron McDonald from Pangolin shows you how to visualize a complete show, using BEYOND.
For quesiton on using Capture Polar together with BEYOND, email us (email@example.com) for more information.
The BRITS 2014 was the biggest BRITS to date so it also needed the largest of Laser Rigs! ER Productions supplied 23 high-powered OPSL systems totaling 497watts.
3 artists requested lasers for their performances and ER Production’s worked closely with the shows LD Dave Davey to ensure all effects required were executed correctly and safely. It was the quality of the ops diodes, Pangolin Systems and advanced laser show knowledge that ER Production's brings to the table that helped ER Production’s produce the TV white looks along with the vibrant colours required.
Arctic Monkey’s who opened the show used 3 x 21w RGBB ops lasers systems up-stage center, just behind the band. The laser accompanied the track ‘ R U MINE ‘ and used white and yellow colours.
Next was Katy Perry who’s neon Cleopatra theme suited the laser looks incredibly well. It was important to achieve different styles from the 3 laser rigs so for Katy it was decided to concentrate the majority on the power on-stage. It was also a great opportunity to utilize the large matt white BRIT Statue with some laser mapping effects. This came from 2 x 25w RGBYC OPS systems with high-speed 60k scanners located at FOH. This was a truly unique effect and one ER Production’s has never delivered for a live TV show. The neon theme also allowed them to use really bright greens, magentas and cyan’s which show up on camera really well. The end result looked great and added an effective layer to the laser display.
To top this up, ER rigged 6 x 21w RGBB OPS systems onto the curve truss’s, stage left and right with 2 x 24w Greens hung centrally on a mid-truss. The focus for these was the pit cameras, which shot up through the performance catching all the laser effects. The final performance was for Ellie Goulding who used 12 x 21w RGBB OPS systems and diffracted burst effects. The lasers accompanied the track burn with white and yellow effects throughout with the final verse using the red diffracted effects. ER Production’s metered the audience exposure effects on-site to ensure they all were below MPE. All together this made for a huge laser installation and we are very happy with the end result.
The show was run on 2 separate PANGOLIN.net networks, and a PANGOLIN Beyond system for the mapping. In total 26 PANGOLINS were networked and worked perfectly throughout. More information on Pangolin, and how their systems are used in the field is available online at www.pangolin.com, and on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PangolinSystems.
Atmospherics were supplied by 4 Look Solutions Viper Delux ‘s and as with all our shows we used our ER E-STOP interface for quick shutdown. Its not often we have to link 3 of them together but the with 4 inputs and 10 outputs we were able to easily adapt the system to just the one E-STOP button at FOH. More information on ER Productions (and ILDA Member company) is available on their website: www.er-productions.com.
The 2013 International Laser Display Association Awards Ceremony has finally come to a close. Pangolin clients dominated this year, taking home awards across a wide vareity of categories including beam and atmospheric laser shows, live laser shows, multimedia laser shows, laser shows for festivals, atomostpheric laser shows, laser shows for television, planetarium laser shows and many more.
We at Pangolin are incredibly proud of this year's awards winners, and are amazed to see the work they are creating in the field, using Pangolin products.
The 2013 Zurich Street Parade in Zurich, Switzerland has grown to be one of the largest outdoor festivals in the country. This year, an estimated 950,000 people attended the event, and lined the streets to see the amazing laser show performance given by Laserworld AG. On Saturday August 10, 2013, top name performers like Bob Sinclair, Fedde Le Grand, Nicky Romero, Westbarn, and NERVO entertained and excited the crowds on the parade's eight large outdoor stages.
Nicky Romero and NERVO performed their acts on the main stage next to the Mythenquai, which were accompanied by a large laser light spectacle and live laser show. On the other stages (the Burkliplatz and concert hall) laser shows were also performed by Laserworld. All together, over 200watts of laser power was used for this event.
The schedule for the 2013 Pangolin EU Tour is now officially released! Check out the open house dates at the following link. To register, simply email us (firstname.lastname@example.org), and let us know what open house event you would like to attend. We hope to see you there!
Pangolin Laser Systems Inc. was proud to partner with the University of Central Florida's CREOL College of Optics and Photonics, to put on a presentation about how laser technology is being used in the entertainment field.
In addition to the presentation, Pangolin Team members partnered with long time friend Greg Makhov at Lighting Systems Design International (LSDI), to put on a stunning graphical laser show for both UCF students and Faculty to enjoy.
The event was all apart of UCF's 50th Year Anniversary Celebration, honoring them as one of the nation's leading educational Universitites.