Labsphere and Orb Optronix forge light measurement partnership

June 5, 2009--Light measurement companies Labsphere (North Sutton, NH) and Orb Optronix (Kirkland, WA) announced a far-reaching collaboration to encompass product development, manufacturing and distribution. Under the agreement, select Orb Optronix light-emitting diode (LED) test instrumentation will be manufactured at Labsphere's New Hampshire facility and the two companies will cooperate on the development of new LED, display, and light metrology products.

Jun 5th, 2009

June 5, 2009--Light measurement companies Labsphere (North Sutton, NH) and Orb Optronix (Kirkland, WA) announced a far-reaching collaboration to encompass product development, manufacturing and distribution. Under the agreement, select Orb Optronix light-emitting diode (LED) test instrumentation will be manufactured at Labsphere's New Hampshire facility and the two companies will cooperate on the development of new LED, display, and light metrology products (see also "Labsphere and Otsuka partner on spectral light measurement systems").

Orb Optronix also plans to expand its thriving LED measurement services laboratory with the addition of several Labsphere systems. In addition, the companies will now share sales channels. Orb Optronix's LED characterization systems and software will be sold through Labsphere's worldwide sales organization while Labsphere products will be available through Orb Optronix's U.S. distribution network.

Orb Optronix president Dave Jenkins said, "We've developed strong product design relationships with a number of high profile companies through our Engineering Services Group and LED Measurement Laboratory. Now that we are ready to release hardware and software targeted at the LED test and measurement markets, we've partnered with the premier light metrology organization and look forward to a long and fulfilling distribution and product development relationship with Labsphere."

"Dave Jenkins and his partners and associates at Orb Optronix have built a world-class product development organization in an incredibly short time," adds Labsphere president Kevin Chittim. "We believe the partnership between Orb and Labsphere will offer our customers incredible benefits in terms of innovation, customer service and value. In addition, Orb's Washington location will allow us to provide expanded measurement services capability in the Western United States."

Part of the global Halma group of technology companies, Labsphere (www.labsphere.com) is a world leader in light testing and measurement and diffuse optical coatings. The company's products include LED, laser and traditional light source light measurement systems; uniform light sources for imaging device calibration; spectroscopy accessories; and high diffuse reflectance materials and coatings for applications in backlit panel displays, computed radiography, and system calibration. The company's expertise has resulted in multiple patents in areas such as methods for testing LEDs on a wafer and UV transmittance.

Orb Optronix (www.orboptronix.com), founded in 2006, provides engineering services and products for the illumination, optical and opto-electronic industries through its LED Technology Center, Engineering Services Group and Product Development Group.

--Posted by Gail Overton, gailo@pennwell.com; www.laserfocusworld.com.

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