Main Features of LaserBee
LaserBee laser safety software is written in Java and hence can run on any platform supporting the Java runtime environment – Windows, Mac, Linux etc. It is compatible with all recent versions of Windows – XP, Vista, 7 and 8.
LaserBee’s main functionalities are:
- it complies with current EN 60825-1, EN 60825-2, EN 60825-14, EN 207, EN 208 and IEC or BS equivalents N.B. 60825-1 was revised in May 2014;
- it deals with CW, single pulse or repetitively pulsed freespace laser or fibre-optic sources over the complete range of wavelengths and times specified in the above standards;
- it calculates Accessible Emission Limits (AEL), Maximum Permissible Exposures (MPE), Nominal Ocular Hazard Distance (NOHD); Extended Nominal Ocular Hazard Distance (ENOHD) and performs laser classification;
- it determines the scale number required for Eye Protectors (EN 207) and Alignment Goggles (EN 208) according to the latest (2009) standards and also performs MPE based optical density calculations;
- it can perform extended source calculations of AELs, MPEs and NOHDs;
- Click here for a short video showing LaserBee’s capabilities.
In addition to the standard Laser Safety calculations listed above LaserBee has a wide range of useful tools such as:
- Gaussian Beam calculations.
- Aperture Calculations.
- Geometric calculations
- Flight zones calculations.
- Diffuse reflectance calculations.
- Conversions Lumens⇔Watts, dBloss⇔% Power, Watts⇔dBm etc..
The graphical interface keeps your laser parameters clearly in view while you navigate between your different tasks using the intuitive tabbed-pane interface and on-line help is incorporated at three different levels:
- the familiar ‘honeycomb’ gives the background information required for a good understanding of laser safety issues
- the main laser safety tabs have a task-specific help panel explaining how to perform the task in hand
- input boxes, radio buttons etc. have ‘tool tips’ giving specific help for that component. Demonstration of GUI and help.
Documenting and exploring your calculations is now made easy with:
- A one-click report generator producing on-screen printable reports which can be saved and loaded into a word processing program if required. Calculation summaries can also be viewed and saved. Demonstration of instant report and tab reports.
- An easy-to-use laser database facility which uses a comma separated values format (.csv) file compatible with most database programs such as Access or Excel etc.
- ‘Explanation’ panels which give specific details of calculations with parameters such as CF5, T1 etc. clearly listed for comparison with the standard documentation. Calculation summaries can be viewed separately for printing or inclusion in reports etc.
The Adaptive Computation Entry method (ACE) used by many of the tools significantly enhance the usability and flexibility of LaserBee. With ACE, there are no set inputs or outputs, fields can be either inputs or outputs depending upon what the user chooses to enter. For example, on the early LaserBee Pulse tab the pulse energy and pulse rate were user inputs and the average power was a calculated output. Now, with ACE, any two of these parameters can be given and the third will the be calculated. This is a simple example but the aperture calculations tab is so powerful that it has to be seen to be fully appreciated. Click here to request a demonstration copy of LaserBee.
News – LaserBee 6 incorporating 60825-1:2014 now available
LaserBee 6 is the new version of LaserBee which incorporates the latest version of the 60825-1 standard, IEC 60825-1 ed 3.0 (BS EN 60825-1:2014)
- Click here to request a demonstration copy of LaserBee 6.
Why should I buy LaserBee?
LaserBee has been purchased by many prestigious laser laboratories and high-technology clients, and is fast becoming the market leader in laser safety software. Its interface is friendly and approachable to new users and experts alike.
LaserBee has established an enviable track record as being a laser safety software package that is not only user friendly, but can also be relied upon. Extensive testing throughout its development and careful attention to detail have resulted in a reputation for reliability that we believe is second-to-none. Where standards are unclear or lacking, the standards setters have been consulted and LaserBee clearly states its interpretation and approach.
I already have LaserBee. Should I upgrade?
LaserBee is continually evolving with added functionality and ease of
use enhancements. To see how the latest version compares with your current version why not request a demo copy? Alternatively, read a summary of the capabilities of the different versions.
What makes LaserBee so good?
Many factors, but chief amongst them must be the graphical user interface that is intuitive to use, and the illustrations and graphs that help to explain, and guide the user through, the laser safety process.
Laser safety experts like LaserBee because it can be asked to ‘explain’ its calculations. Explanations are given with reference to standards documentation saying what has been done and why. Values of calculation parameters such as C6, T1 etc. are shown so that the laser safety expert who has previously done a calculation by hand can see where he has gone wrong when things don’t agree and calculations can be summarised in a separate pane for printing or inclusion in reports etc.
Novices like LaserBee because informative advice is always on hand and
helpful warnings are given when situations arise where particular care
and attention is needed.
Keeping the best of the old
We hope that we have retained the best of the earlier versions of LaserBee. This is illustrated by the ‘Laser Product Classifier’ feature that was developed for LaserBee Pro. This allows the user to adjust beam divergence and laser power or pulse energy by way of slide controls, and see graphically, in real-time, how the adjustment affects the product classification. The possible classes and boundaries between them are changed in real-time too, so that user can see exactly what combination of parameters will achieve a desired classification.
This feature proved popular with others not involved with the development of laser products, as it is helpful in explaining the classification system. It is also a very useful feature for training and one we use in our own laser safety training courses.
Where can I buy LaserBee ?
We would encourage you to buy through our distributors, they will be happy to help with a demo in person, local support, and any further laser related requirements.
UK distributor: Laser Physics (UK) Ltd.
Netherlands distributor: Te Lintelo Systems BV
Switzerland: GMP SA Laser & Photonics in Switzerland
Australia: Please contact us.
Alternatively, and for customers from the rest of the world, you can buy a copy for download online direct from Lucid – click here.
If you are based outside of UK and would like to sell or represent LaserBee in your area, then please contact us at Lucid. LaserBee is a world-class product. We are very proud of LaserBee and are looking for enthusiastic sales people to help us reach a wider market with this exciting software product.
LaserBee is based on the IEC 60825 series of standards. In Europe the
equivalent European versions of these international standards are known
as EN 60825, with the British versions, for example, coming under the BS
EN 60825 banner. More on laser safety standards.
The above standards are the International standards used by the majority of countries except for the USA. We do not have a US version of LaserBee, but we can supply LaserBee in the USA for companies exporting to Europe or other countries outside the USA. There is now a US directive that enables some lasers imported into the USA to be classified and labelled according to the international (IEC 60825) laser safety standard. Information on the US requirements for laser classification and labelling can be found under the CDRH FDA laser notice 50 document which details conformance with IEC 60825 and can be downloaded from http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/comp/guidance/1346.pdf .