Today Nikon is a world-renowned brand, firmly established as a market leader in optical instrumentation and the only microscope company to manufacture its own glass, ensuring the very finest quality assurance throughout production.
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Owning a Nikon Microscope is not just about making a purchase it is about joining a growing family and becoming part of the future. Nikon provides you with the opportunity to enter a new world that you can help shape and define. We want to assure you that our products and services will enhance your experience of imaging and help deliver the results you want to achieve. Every aspect of our business from product development to customer service is constantly reviewed and adapted to an ever changing market to ensure that your needs are met and expectations exceeded. Trustworthiness and Creativity are our corporate philosophy and we constantly strive to achieve these goals. With optics at the heart of every imaging system, it’s essential to choose the leading brand and with over 90 years expertise in the field, Nikon has achieved a level of optical excellence unrivalled by any other. Combined with innovative technology and intuitive software you can be reassured that your Nikon equipment is second to none.
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Andor Technology Ltd. is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and operates at the high-value end of the global scientific digital camera market. Andor was setup in 1989 out of Queen’s University in Belfast, and now employs over 400 people in 16 offices worldwide and distributes its products to 10,000 customers in 55 countries.
The founders of Andor, working in the Physics department of Queen’s University, Belfast, found that the cameras then available were inadequate for their demanding applications, so developed their own. After using them in various imaging and spectroscopic applications they found they were being requested by researchers in other departments in Queen’s and other universities. Andor was formed in 1989 to take advantage of these requirements.
The company has grown organically and is today the fastest growing company manufacturing high performance digital cameras. Along the way they have pioneered the development of high performance cameras.
Andor, acquired Bitplane AG, Zurich, Switzerland, in 2009. Bitplane is the world’s leading interactive microscopy image analysis software company specialising in Medical and Life Sciences. Bitplane’s focus on 3D and 4D imaging complements Andor’s existing business, especially the rapidly growing systems division.
To strengthen the microscopy division further Andor acquired Photonic Instruments, USA, in 2010. Photonic Instruments developed the revolutionary Mosaic and Micropoint products and are the market leaders in fluorescence imaging and laser ablation for Confocal and widefield microscopy.
In January 2014, Oxford Instruments, a leading provider of high-technology tools for industry and research, announced the acquisition of Andor Technology. As a result of this acquisition, Andor will continue to focus on growing their existing core markets and will spearhead Oxford Instruments strategic expansion into the Nano-Bio arena.
1st Non-controller based scientific camera – 1989
1st Permanent Vacuum Sealed Spectroscopy Camera – 1991
1st fully integrated ICCD (Intensified Charged Coupled Device) – 1994
1st EMCCD (Electron Multiplying Charged Coupled Device) – 2001
Scientific CMOS Technology Launch – 2009
Andor product range includes the world’s most advanced and versatile CCD and ICCD detectors, and in recent years we have pushed the boundaries of working in low light by pioneering Electron Multiplying CCD (EMCCD) technology. Our most recent technological advancement has been Scientific CMOS (sCMOS) technology launched in June 2009.
The PicoQuant group was founded in 1996 to develop robust, compact, and easy to use time-resolved instrumentation and systems. Since April 2008 sales and support in North America is handled by PicoQuant Photonics North America Inc. In January 2010, the PicoQuant group was extended by PicoQuant Innovations, which was founded to support the increasing activities in the field of teaching, customer support, and event organization.Today, PicoQuant is known as a company leading in the field of pulsed diode lasers, time-resolved data acquisition, single photon counting, and fluorescence instrumentation. In 2002, we developed the first commercial ultrasensitive fluorescence microscope that permits measurements on the single molecule level. Our instruments are used all over the world. They help to prepare papers in high-ranking journals as well as carrying out routine quality control and production processes of global industrial players. Starting from traditional time-resolved fluorescence detection in bioanalytics, the range of applications is continuously increasing and includes semiconductor quality control, diffuse optical tomography, quantum information processing, optical detector testing, and telecommunications. Due to our easy to use products, researchers can now focus on their problems in biology, medicine, environmental science, or chemistry without needing a large background in physics, electronics, or optics.
Avantes is the leading innovator in the development and application of fiber optic spectroscopy instruments and systems with over two decades of experience developing customer-defined spectrometer configurations. With a long history of consulting with clients across diverse industries and applications, Avantes is an experienced partner, equipped to guide customers who want a solution tailored to their application and research needs. By building best in class, spectrometers and providing second-to-none customer service, Avantes offers customers the peace of mind that the Avantes solutions they purchase will meet, and exceed, their expectations.
Avantes spectroscopy solutions facilitate measurements in the ultra-violet, visible and near-infrared wavelengths ranging from chemical composition and quantification to color measurement and radiometry. With an installed base of over 20,000 systems throughout the world and over 22 years of experience in fiber optic spectroscopy, Avantes is equipped to meet the challenges presented by applications facing our customers. Avantes spectrometers, light sources and fiber optic sampling accessories provide the enabling technology for spectroscopy and material characterizations in these and many other industries:
- > Agriculture and Food
- >(Bio)medical Technologies
- >Glass & Coating
TECHNOSPEX focuses on transforming our technical know-how and decades of practical experience in optics, microscopy and spectroscopy to produce high performing yet cost effective optical systems.
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Tomocube’s is dedicated to delivering products that can enhance biological and medical research via novel optical solutions that can assist Tomocube in understanding, diagnosing, and treating human diseases.
Current optical microscopes only provide users with a 2D view of their sample. To get a 3D view, users must use expensive and invasive electron or confocal microscopes, which require extensive pre-preparation of samples and are not amenable to dynamic samples such as live cells. Our platform enables researchers to measure nanoscale, real-time, dynamic images of individual living cells without the need for sample preparation.
Our product, the HT-1, measures 3D refractive index tomograms of live cells and tissues, which will enable researchers and clinicians to:
(1) non-invasively observe label-free 3D dynamics of live cells and tissues (2) retrieve unique cell properties including cell volume, shapes of sub-cellular organelles, cytoplasmic density, surface area, and deformability and (3) quantitatively study cell pathophysiology and efficacy of drugs.
HT-1 uses states-of-the-art digital holographic techniques, quantitative phase imaging techniques and 3D reconstruction & cell analysis algorithms in order to display high-resolution 3D refractive index tomograms of cells.
BRISTOL INSTRUMENTS, INC., located near Rochester, NY, was founded in 2005 by three technical and marketing leaders of the now-defunct Burleigh Instruments. Together, this group has over 80 years of combined experience in the design, manufacture, and marketing of lasers and precision test instruments used in basic and applied research, engineering, and production test applications.
The company currently focuses on the scientific, fiber communications, and optical metrology markets. The scientific market consists of researchers at universities, government laboratories, and industry who are involved in fields such as chemistry, physics, and optics. The fiber communications market consists of R&D and manufacturing engineers who need to accurately test WDM components and transmission systems with respect to absolute wavelength. And, the optical metrology market consists of manufacturers that need to precisely measure critical physical dimensions of materials such as specialty plastic films, medical tubing, and ophthalmic products.
The primary technology utilized by Bristol Instruments is optical interferometry. Detailed analysis of interference phenomena, a consequence of the wave properties of light, can result in a variety of precise measurements. In particular, Michelson and Fizeau interferometer-based technologies are employed to develop instruments that provide the reliable accuracy for which Bristol Instruments has become known.
CytoViva® is a leading provider of advanced optical microscopy and hyperspectral imaging technologies. These technologies have been specifically designed for nanomaterials, nanomedicine and life science related research.
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Prior Scientific produces a wide range of products for many different microscopes and applications
Prior Scientific designs and manufactures a wide range of scientific instrumentation, specializing in microscope automation and optical microscopy. This has been the core of Prior’s business since 1919. Prior’s experience is unrivalled and our commitment to engineering excellence is reflected in the performance and quality of our broad product portfolio. Although they offer a range of standard products, Prior also offers OEM and customized solutions tailored to your individual requirements. Many of the world’s leading scientific instrumentation companies already benefit from Prior’s expertise.