Labsphere Adds Goniophotometers to Illumination Test Range

Partnership with UL Verification Services completes product range
North Sutton, New Hampshire (October 12, 2011) – Labsphere, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of goniophotometers to its light measurement product line.  As part of a cooperative agreement with UL Verification Services Inc. of Northbrook IL, Labsphere will now promote and sell high quality Type C goniophotometers, a product which completes the company’s full range of IES (Illuminating Engineering Society) LM-79 test and measurement solutions.

Labsphere Integrating Sphere

Labsphere Integrating Sphere

In conjunction with this agreement, UL now will be promoting and selling Labsphere integrating spheres systems with proprietary Spectraflect® 99% diffuse reflectance coating.  The combination of Labsphere’s sphere-based systems and UL’s goniophotometers gives customers worldwide the ability to equip their labs with one-stop shopping for best-in-class products.

“The addition of the UL high-end goniophotometers to our extensive product line allows us to further extend our total solutions mission and better service companies in the rapidly expanding Solid State Lighting markets”, said Greg McKee, Vice President of Engineering at Labsphere.  “The lighting industry is undergoing a technology transformation toward LED-based energy efficient lighting products, and once again, Labsphere proves it is a leading provider of world class light measurement systems and standards to help our customers develop their innovative lighting products to meet global lighting test  specifications.”

 

UL Goniophotometer

UL Goniophotometer

UL Verification Services Inc. acquired Lighting Sciences Inc. (LSI) of Scottsdale, Arizona in March 2011. The UL LSI Moving Mirror Goniophotometer Series 6400T was awarded the Illuminating Engineering Society Progress Report honor for 2010, as a “unique and significant advancement to the art and science of lighting.” (IESNA, 2010) This award-winning test equipment will now form the cornerstone of the complete LM-79 laboratory solution from Labsphere and UL.

“UL is pleased to announce the collaboration with Labsphere,” said Todd Straka, Business Development Director for UL, “We believe we can now provide our lighting manufacturing customers with the highest quality in-house photometric test laboratories available.  This relationship couples the speed and accuracy of the UL Lighting Sciences goniophotometers with high-quality Labsphere integrating spheres, spectral management accessories, and highly advanced software for a turn-key photometric testing solution.”

UL (www.ul.com) is a global independent safety science company offering expertise across five key strategic businesses: Product Safety, Environment, Life & Health, University and Verification Services. UL has tested and certified lighting products in the global marketplace for over one hundred years.  UL provides testing and certification services to industry standards including UL, ANSI, IEC, NEMA, FCC, and IESNA.  Additionally, UL is a leading provider of photometric performance testing and test equipment in support of well-known lighting programs such as ENERGY STAR®, Lighting Facts, and Design Lights Consortium.

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Labsphere 2M Integrating Sphere System at Aurora Light Lab

Pro-Lite supplies light measurement system for state-of-the-art facility
North Sutton, New Hampshire (September 29, 2011) – Labsphere, through its exclusive UK distributor Pro-Lite Technology, has supplied a custom two-meter integrating sphere system to lighting manufacturer Aurora Lighting for use in its new light lab.

A Labsphere 2 meter integrating sphere at Aurora's Light Lab A.L.E.X. 2.0 .

A Labsphere 2 meter integrating sphere at Aurora's Light Lab A.L.E.X. 2.0 .

Aurora focuses on energy efficient LED lighting solutions. Pro-Lite and Labsphere provided a two meter integrating sphere equipped with a Labsphere spectroradiometer to provide precise LED measurement data. This system was custom designed to fit Aurora’s specifications. More accurate than a traditional photometer, it reports lumen output, color temperature, color rendering index, chromaticity, and binning accuracy. The precision of the data provided allows complex lighting projects to be designed and tested with confidence in the final results.

Aurora has installed the Labsphere testing system in its state-of-the-art Light Lab A.L.E.X. 2.0 in Apex Park, Welwyn Garden City, England. This facility features an environment in which visitors can experience the differences between halogen, CFL, and LED light sources, including the color temperature of the different sources.

A video of the Labsphere system in use at the A.L.E.X. 2.0 Light Lab can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/62g3ugu.

Aurora (www.aurora.eu.com) is an international manufacturer of a number of lighting solutions under the ‘Aurora’, ‘A2’, ‘Luna’, ‘Sola’, and ‘Aura’ brands. Additionally, the company develops and manufactures power, control, luminaires and lamps on an OEM basis for customers in more than 36 countries.

Pro-Lite (www.pro-lite.uk.com) provides test solutions for the UK lighting industry, offering manufacturers the opportunity to verify the efficiency of luminaires, helping to ensure products going to market are trusted and reliable.

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Labsphere Appoints New Executives

Jack Kelly joins company as President; Peter Weitzman promoted to Senior Vice President
North Sutton, New Hampshire (September 7, 2011) – Light metrology equipment maker Labsphere (a subsidiary of Halma p.l.c.) has made two senior executive appointments, following the move of company President Kevin Chittim to sister company Ocean Optics. Jack Kelly has joined the company to replace Chittim as President and Vice President of Sales Peter Weitzman Ph.D. has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Labsphere.

Jack Kelly, President of Labsphere

Jack Kelly, President of Labsphere

Kelly comes to Labsphere from another Halma company, Fiberguide, where he has served as President since 2009. During his time with the manufacturer of high optical transmission fibers, OEM assemblies and arrays, he successfully transitioned the company, a new acquisition at the time, into a strong performer as part of Halma’s Photonics division. Prior to joining Fiberguide, Kelly held President positions with Emerson Electric, Bristol Babcock, Axsys Technologies and PMT. Kelly holds a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pa.) and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.).

“Jack brings significant international experience in operations and business strategy to Labsphere at a time when the photonics marketplace is rapidly changing,” says Robert Randelman, Divisional Chief Executive for Halma p.l.c. “Jack’s talents will enable him to expand Labsphere’s global market reach, both as a preferred supplier and as the world-respected expert in light metrology solutions.”

Peter Weitzman Ph.D.,  Senior Vice President of Labsphere

Peter Weitzman Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Labsphere

Weitzman has led Labsphere’s sales and marketing since 2008, guiding the company’s growth by developing applications engineering aligned with customer needs. Prior to that, he held senior positions with DEM Solutions and Concept NREC. Weitzman earned a doctoral degree in non-linear optics from Dartmouth College (Hanover, N.H.), a Master of Science degree electrical engineering from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts University (Medford, Mass.).

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Labsphere Signs Cooperative Agreement for LED Measurement Collaboration

Finalizes arrangement with Chinese National Lighting Test Centre and Shanghai Alpha Lighting
North Sutton, New Hampshire (August 15, 2011) – Labsphere, Inc. has signed a cooperation agreement with National Lighting Test Centre (Shanghai). The partnership, facilitated by Labsphere distributor, Shanghai Alpha Lighting Equipment Testing Ltd., is centered on Labsphere’s TOCS LED Measurement System.

Labsphere, Chinese National Lighting Test Centre and Shanghai Alpha Lighting representatives finalize agreement with signing ceremony.

Labsphere, Chinese National Lighting Test Centre and Shanghai Alpha Lighting representatives finalize agreement with signing ceremony.

The National Lighting Test Centre’s National Luminaries Quality Supervision Testing Centre is the first professional international laboratory for lighting equipment in China. Under this agreement, Labsphere supplied the center with its Thermal/Optical/Electrical LED Measurement Systems (TOCS), to which the center will apply its patent (Measurement Devices for LED Forward Voltage Drop and Junction Temperature Curve, Patent No.: ZL2009 2 0212653.0) to correlate voltage drop with junction temperature. Additionally, the companies have agreed to actively share information pertaining to developing lighting trends and to cooperate in the launch of academic communications and activities.

The Labsphere LED TOCS enables measurement of optical properties as a function of temperature and operating current using a single instrument, complying with international standards and regulations. TOCS adheres to the IESNA (Illuminating Engineering Society of North America) LM-79 standard to produce accurate and repeatable LED measurement results. TOCS systems are based on integrating sphere technology and can be used for 2pi and 4pi measurements. The basic TOCS system consists of an integrating sphere (50cm to 300cm in size), high resolution CCD spectrometer, light source, power supply and proprietary Labsphere TOCS software.

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Labsphere Sunscreen UV Transmittance Analyzer Ready for New FDA Guidelines

Hardware and software meets measurement criteria unveiled in June
North Sutton, New Hampshire (July 29, 2011) – Labsphere’s UV-2000S Transmittance Analyzer for sunscreens is immediately available to assist manufacturers in complying with new guidelines for the labeling of sunscreen products. Issued in June by the United States Food and Drug Administration, the new rules allow US manufacturers for the first time to label products as effective protection against skin cancer and early skin aging.

Labsphere’s UV-2000S benchtop system and software comply with newly released FDA testing criteria.

Labsphere’s UV-2000S benchtop system and software comply with newly released FDA testing criteria.

The change follows standards already in place globally. Products must first meet stringent UVA and UVB broad spectrum measurement protocols. UVB rays are the major cause of sunburn, while UVA rays contribute not only to skin aging but to deeper damage to skin cells which could result in cancer.

The new guidelines are designed “to reduce consumer confusion,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Labsphere’s UV-2000S instrument is an easy-to-use and accurate solution for manufacturers to perform in vitro measurements in compliance with the new FDA labeling criteria.

Labsphere’s UV-2000S Transmittance Analyzer benchtop R&D system rapidly measures the diffuse transmittance of sunscreen samples in the ultraviolet wavelength region from 250 – 450 nm. Labsphere’s Spectralon® integrating sphere incorporates a re-optimized xenon flash lamp to provide exceptional diffuse illumination of the product sample and minimize data integration time. High performance diode array spectrometers coupled by new, advanced fiber optics are optimized at the system level for low stray light with superior wavelength stability and flash-to-flash repeatability.

UV-2000S application software includes an integrated Performance Validation Routine that allows for on-site validation and re-validation to ensure optimum instrument performance. The platform allows users to view, archive, retrieve and export data and supports evolving regional methods. A set of calibrated standards, including a wavelength standard that captures six relevant spectral bands, is included with each UV Transmittance Analyzer.

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Labsphere Takes Halma Company of the Year Prize

Parent company recognizes Labsphere’s success
North Sutton, New Hampshire (May 31, 2011) – Labsphere, Inc. has been named Company of the Year by its parent company, UK-based Halma p.l.c. The annual award recognizes the company with the best all around performance of the 40 Halma group companies worldwide.  While one of the criteria is significant growth in sales and profits, the award also takes into account good governance and overall management of engineering and manufacturing.

Pictured from left to right:  Corporate Quality Director Richard Corbyn, General Manager Systems Business Unit Dr. Dan Scharpf, VP-Finance and CFO Dr. Gail Devoid, VP-Sales/Marketing and Interim President Dr. Peter Weitzman, HR Manager Carol Ryder, President Kevin Chittim, VP-Sales Chris Durell, VP-Engineering Greg McKee, VP-Operations Dave McManus (absent from photo Vice Chairman Rob Claflin, General Manager OEM Business Unit John Johansen)

Pictured from left to right: Corporate Quality Director Richard Corbyn, General Manager Systems Business Unit Dr. Dan Scharpf, VP-Finance and CFO Dr. Gail Devoid, VP-Sales/Marketing and Interim President Dr. Peter Weitzman, HR Manager Carol Ryder, President Kevin Chittim, VP-Sales Chris Durell, VP-Engineering Greg McKee, VP-Operations Dave McManus (absent from photo Vice Chairman Rob Claflin, General Manager OEM Business Unit John Johansen)

Labsphere is a world leader in integrating sphere system technology with global customers seeking quality solutions for light measurement, remote sensing, reflectance spectroscopy, and optical coatings and materials. Founded in 1979, the company has grown annually and received numerous awards for innovation and technological advancements in the field of photonics.

“Since being acquired by Halma in 2007, Labsphere has made great strides in overcoming global economic turmoil to achieve record sales and earnings during the last two years,” noted Kevin Chittim, President of Labsphere for the past four years.  “More important are the substantial investments in automation, process improvement, and people development (for which we also received the top corporate award).  It is both a humbling and uplifting occasion to be singled out as the best-of-the-best in the Halma family of companies.”

Chittim accepted the award alongside Dr. Peter Weitzman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Labsphere for the past three years and current interim President.  In addition to the Company of the Year Award, Halma recognized Labsphere for two other achievements:  Organic Sales Growth and People Development.  The company has demonstrated a continuous investment in personnel development and innovation, resulting in improvements to its manufacturing operations and world class customer service.

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Labsphere Makes Engineering Appointments

Promotes Greg McKee to Vice President Engineering; Dan Scharpf to General Manager, Systems Business Unit
North Sutton, New Hampshire (May 25, 2011) – Positioning the company for future growth, Labsphere has made two new appointments in its engineering department. Greg McKee has been promoted to Vice President of Engineering, while Dr. Dan Scharpf assumes McKee’s previous position as General Manager of the company’s Systems Business Unit.

In his new role, McKee will be responsible for all aspects of engineering and technical development at Labsphere, which includes direction of new product development for software, light measurement and uniform source systems, and custom solutions for customer-specific applications. As a member of the Labsphere Board of Directors, McKee will collaborate on the strategic plans for future growth as the company grows its reputation as the world leader in light measurement solutions and provider of optical coatings, materials, and components.

Greg Mckee, Vice President of Engineering

Greg Mckee, Vice President of Engineering

Throughout his 23 year career at Labsphere, McKee has held a number of technical and marketing management positions. He frequently represents the company in international standards setting bodies, serving at various times as a director of the Council for Optical Radiation Measurements (CORM), and chairing the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) Testing Procedures Committees and the Lamp Testing Engineers Council. He has written many papers and given numerous presentations and is well-known in the light measurement scientific community.

Following McKee’s promotion, Scharpf was appointed the new General Manager of the company’s Systems Business Unit.  He will manage all aspects of sales and production of custom systems, overseeing a group of engineers who focus on identifying and designing custom solutions for light measurement and remote sensing applications.

Dr. Dan Scharpf, General Manager Systems Business Unit

Dr. Dan Scharpf, General Manager Systems Business Unit

Scharpf joined Labsphere two years ago as the Sales Manager for the Systems Business Unit. Prior to that, he accumulated over 20 years experience in laboratory testing, data analysis, simulation, and analytical modeling in areas of thermal analysis, acoustics, aerodynamics, and light measurement. Scharpf has authored many technical publications and given several technical presentations at industry events.

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Labsphere Unveils Redesigned Website

Multi-media content, improved search capability
North Sutton, New Hampshire (December 20, 2010) – Labsphere has revamped its website, www.labsphere.com, to better serve customers of its light measurement and calibration products. Improved content organization by both product type and application, as well as a new search engine, allow visitors to quickly navigate the site. 

The newly designed www.labsphere.com.

The newly designed www.labsphere.com.

At the new www.labsphere.com, users can access information on the company’s full range of photonics products with application specific technical content on its integrating spheres, light measurement tools, uniform light sources, and diffuse reflectance standards and targets.  A new Technical section provides detailed practical information on the use of products and applications with FAQs, Test Standards, Industry Links, Literature and Videos.  A mobile site is also available for smart phone users, providing the same information in a format optimized for those devices.  Quick links to Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In enable visitors to stay up to date with a constant stream of info on light measurement, products and related technologies.

Customers in North America ready to make purchasing decisions can link through the site to Labsphere’s secure online store, featuring a broad inventory of Labsphere’s stock systems, modular components, targets and standards.

Labsphere, a Halma company, is a world leading designer and manufacturer of precision radiometric and photometric test and measurement products addressing the specific needs of the aerospace, electronic imaging, LED, lighting, medical imaging and optics industries. The company offers a broad line of integrating sphere systems, uniform calibration sources, spectroscopy accessories and diffuse reflectance materials and coatings.

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New FDA Testing Method for Labsphere Sunscreen UV Transmittance Analyzer

Partnership with Q-Lab brings customer savings
North Sutton, New Hampshire (December 9, 2010) – Labsphere, maker of the UV-2000S Transmittance Analyzer for Sunscreens, has developed a new software routine allowing sunscreens to be characterized per the latest global in-vitro testing standards.  This addition, available immediately, to the analyzer’s software anticipates the release by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of its final rule for in-vitro sunscreen testing.

Labsphere’s UV-2000S software has been upgraded for the new FDA testing method.

Labsphere’s UV-2000S software has been upgraded for the new FDA testing method.

Labsphere’s UV-2000S Transmittance Analyzer benchtop R&D system is designed to rapidly measure the spectral transmittance of sunscreen products, especially those with very high sun protection factors (SPF 50+), as well as UVA/UVB protection factor.  Its application software automatically converts measurement data to provide the Sun Protective Factor (SPF), UVA to UVB ratio, critical wavelength (COLIPA 2009), Boot Star Rating, UVA I/UV ratio (FDA proposed rule) and UVA-PF (COLIPA Method).

The platform allows users to view, archive, retrieve and export data for measurements on both bare substrates and product substrates and supports evolving regional methods.  Labsphere also plans to incorporate proposed changes to Euro-commission (COLIPA) guidelines, the FDA monograph and to add new ISO guidelines to future software releases, as these tests are issued by the relevant regulatory bodies. The most recent software is supplied with new purchases of the UV-2000S and current users can upgrade with subscription-based updates.

The FDA’s proposed rule and the new emerging ISO and COLIPA standards will also require the use of a device for exposing sunscreens to a specified solar irradiance photostability testing.  Labsphere has arranged a marketing partnership with a world leader in weathering and solar aging testing equipment, Q-Lab Corporation (www.q-lab.com).  Any customer that acquires a Labsphere UV2000S and Q-Lab Q-Sun Xenon Light Stability Tester within six months of each other will be eligible for special pricing on both products.

To speak to an experienced applications engineer, or to learn more about pricing incentives, send an e-mail to labsphere@labsphere.com, or phone +1 (603) 927-4266.

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Labsphere Launches High Speed LED Characterization Spectrometers

CDS-5400 and -9800 deliver spectroradiometric and photometric measurement for solid state lighting
North Sutton, New Hampshire (December 1, 2010) – Designed for a full range of LED characterization measurements, Labsphere has introduced the CDS-5400 and CDS-9800 High Speed LED Spectrometers.  Both models offer reliability, speed and accuracy with a choice of spectral range to suit specification application needs.

 

Labsphere’s CDS-5400 spectrometer.

Labsphere’s CDS-5400 spectrometer.

The CDS spectrometers, when integrated into Labsphere’s systems, measure critical spectral characteristics of LEDs including flux; intensity; chromaticity coordinates; dominant, peak, and centroid wavelengths; color temperature and rendering properties; and purity.  To capture and organize data, DLL drivers are available to connect the spectrometers to proprietary QA, calibration and production software.

With a spectral range of 305-930 nm, the CDS-5400 is well suited for production line testing of high brightness LEDs. With a 2ms integration time, the CDS-5400 delivers the high speed required by these environments. For more high precision applications including fixed quantity UV and quantum efficiency measurement, the CDS-9800 has a wide dynamic range and four models covering the spectral range of 240-1100 nm.  With low stray light, the highly accurate CDS-9800 is intended for demanding R&D environments where precision is critical and a wide variety of devices need to be tested.

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