Labsphere and Otsuka Electronics Announce Partnership for Next Generation Spectral Flux Measurements

Customers to benefit from HalfMoon light test systems for Solid State Lighting and Display testing
North Sutton, New Hampshire (October 27, 2008) Labsphere, Inc and Otsuka Electronics Co., Ltd. have partnered to develop the next generation of total spectral light measurement systems, based on Otsuka’s patented HalfMoon hemispherical design.  By incorporating traditional diffuse reflectance technology with specular imaging technology, the new systems provide a far more efficient and practical means for testing forward emitting light engines.

Takashi Maruyama, President of Otsuka (Left) and Labsphere President Kevin Chittim (Right). 

For 30 years Labsphere has been a knowledge leader in light metrology, with a portfolio of unique, reliable solutions designed to test or integrate with a wide variety of photonics products. Otsuka provides the gold standard in measurement equipment to R&D and production organizations in the display industry.  The company uses its expertise in optical metrology technologies to assist manufacturers in maintaining the highest quality and performance of displays and constituent materials. Combining time-tested experience in reflectance technology, Labsphere and Otsuka will introduce a series of high quality spectral flux test systems that are both user-friendly and meet the ever-changing needs of the light test industry.

“Otsuka Electronics, an expert in spectroscopy measurement in east Asia, the center of the world’s display industry, developed this innovative new technology to bring performance evaluation to the light source/lighting industry,” said Takashi Maruyama, President of Otsuka Electronics Co., Ltd. “This is an opportunity for Labsphere to answer the demand from its worldwide customer base for this specific solution and take advantage of Otsuka’s strong distribution network in east Asia.”

Labsphere President Kevin Chittim commented, ”Until now, the integrating sphere was the simplest and fastest method for testing the total light and color of omni-directional light sources.  Over the years we have continued to stay at the forefront of innovation in the diffuse reflectance technologies, light test and sensor calibration industries.  Aligning with Otsuka brings us the latest imaging technology and expertise to continue meeting changing industry demands.“

Otsuka will be responsible for sales of all Labsphere products in Korea and sales of the HalfMoon product family in east Asia.  Labsphere will distribute HalfMoon products throughout the rest of the world.
 
About Labsphere
Established in 1979, Labsphere is an internationally recognized photonics industry leader with a network of worldwide dealers specializing in light measurement, sensor calibration, spectroscopy accessories, and materials and coatings.  Labsphere’s culture is based on delivering innovative, high-quality standard, custom and OEM solutions of a diverse array of test and measurements applications to governments, scientific institutes and industry.  A member of the global Halma group, Labsphere has its U.S. offices in North Sutton, New Hampshire.  For information on the company’s full range of products, go to www.Labsphere.com or call 603-927-4266. 

About Otsuka Electronics
Established in 1970, Otsuka Electronics is a manufacturer of industrial and scientific measurement, analytical and medical equipment with optical technology as its base.  It has a broad customer base of electronics and its material supply makers in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China with products for the recently expanding FPD industry.  As a subsidiary of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company, it supplies clinical diagnosis equipment.  Otsuka Electronics has its headquarters in Hirakata, Osaka, Japan with subsidiary companies in Korea, Taiwan and China.  For information about the company and its full range of products, go to www.photal.co.jp/global, or call 81-72-855-8550.

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