Charity bike ride for Cancer Research

Our Managing Director, Nick Clark cycled more than 300 miles for Cancer Research UK during June 2024 and raised over £600. Nick said ” having lost both my mum and my mother-in-law to cancer it’s a cause close to my heart. The scenery around this area of Scotland is beautiful and you get to appreciate it on the bike but…there are a few hills !”

Well done Nick

Cancer research UK

new ERP system online



Alban Laser Systems have just implemented a new ERP system with full MRP, Quoting and CRM. This will further enhance our efficiency, improve productivity and keep costs to a minimum.

Alban are busy with new design prototypes

Alban Laser Systems have 3 ranges of products plus accessories. Each can be optimised specifically for your application. We are pleased to offer an in house design service. So far this year we have shipped 2 new design prototypes and have 3 more in manufacture, these 5 are all distinct designs using all 3 ranges and for a diverse range of application for customers across the globe.

laser articulates arms

Alban Laser Systems sponsors the Scottish Conference In Optical Technologies


Alban Laser Systems are pleased to be a  sponsor of the SCOT optical technologies conference  in the nearby and very beautiful city of St Andrews. We will be attending at various times and would be happy to meet any person or company potentially interested in working with us. Please get in touch.

Inverkeithing High School STEM club take up the Lego League Challenge

The STEM club at our Local High School took part in the Lego League Challenge sponsored by the IET. Practice started in November 2023 and it was great to see the group grow as a team, work out priorities, plan their time and divide the workload. It was all their own work but Alban were happy to provide a little coaching and equipment.

Alban staff take time out for a sporting challenge

Crazy Golf Leisure time




Despite the busy schedule it’s always worth a little time out. Crazy golf with a few of the team in the City Of Dunfermline (7 Scottish kings are buried here including Robert The Bruce). Despite this being a fun event it became quite competitive. 

Alban Laser Systems are attending Laser World of Photonics in Munich




Alban Laser Systems will be attending Laser World of Photonics in Munich. If you would like to discuss your new laser articulating arm project, or outsourcing an existing design then please make contact


new 30mm clear aperture laser articulating arm

Laser articulated arm

Alban are very pleased to announce they have developed a Laser Articulated Arm with a 30mm clear aperture. This is much larger than the industry standard 16 or 19mm. It opens up applications for (galvo) scanned input beams, for sophisticated computer controlled beam profiles on the output. Alternatively it allows substantially larger beam diameter and divergence angles without clipping for industrial applications. Suitable for CO2, Nd:YAG, Laser Diode, Ruby, HeNe for Mid IR , through visible to UV. From mW to 500W


Alban Laser Systems Ltd. is pleased to announce the appointment/promotion of Nick Clark to Managing Director.
Founding director, majority owner and former Managing Director, Ray Todhunter, will remain as CEO and Director but in a less involved day-to-day role

gravity balanced articulating laser arms

Articulating arms deliver Laser Energy for surgical procedures including Dentistry, Aesthetic etc.

The arm may have a mass between 1 and 3kgs, for a surgeon to operate accurately and precisely the mass of the arm must be balanced.

There are 2 methods to achieve this mass balanced and spring balanced.

Which is best….. Let’s consider

Mass balanced, the counter torque will have the same formula and therefore it is possible to almost perfectly balance the arm

For spring balanced (red line) the spring rate is linear, unless a very complex mechanism is employed, therefore the arm will only balance in one or 2 positions. If the arm is balanced say horizontally then the arm Torque will reduce as it travels beyond horizontal but the spring force will continue to rise and the Force  pulling the arm back to horizontal back will increase giving a poor operator feel.

laser articulated arm torque v's deflection angle, mass balanced

STEM work experience student joins us for the day

STEM Science Technology Engineering and Maths student

Always great to have a work experience student in. A little basic laser physics and optics theory with some hands on experimentation. Then helping out in manufacturing, alignment and inspection/dispatch. He did a fantastic job and we were pleased to have him join us.

advanced aerospace carbon fibre for optimal performance

Carbon Fibre laser arms support shafts with

Laser articulated arms are designed with the laser beam well aligned in position and angle while the arm is moved “articulated”. The arm lengths may have unsupported spans of up to 3m. They are also required to carry the mass of the distal fitting handpiece and internal optics.

During operation, movement by a surgeon for example, they will be force loaded in shear. This will cause the tubes to bend and dynamically misalign the output laser beam. Designing high stiffness tubes is important but it is essential that the tubes remain well within their elastic limits. As spans and loads increase metal tubes must be thicker walled or have additional support pieces. These metal tubes then become increasingly heavy and at risk of permanent deformation in use. There is also a risk of degradation in performance during repetitive operation, “fatigue” and they will take on a permanent deformation “bend”.

With advanced aerospace carbon fibre tubes the properties, such as modulus of elasticity can be manipulated to optimise the performance while still keeping them light. Alban use custom designed carbon fibre tubes for all their laser articulating arms

celebrate success

3000th arm manufactured in the UK

On the 30th of May 2022, Alban light Systems Ltd celebrated its success on the production of its 3000th laser articulating arm. Thanks to our guests Alison McLeod of Technology Scotland, Douglas Chapman MP and Paul Sykes of Fife Chamber of Commerce.

technology scotland

Technology Scotland Photonics Scotland

On May 10th 2022, Alban Light Systems joined Technology Scotland which includes Photonics Scotland

laser world of photonics

Laser World of Photonics Munich

Alban were present at the huge laser world of Photonics conference and exhibition in Munich  April 26-29 2022