Photo Research merges with Jadak to offer spectroscopy imaging solutions

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Photo Research, a provider of light and colour measurement solutions for multiple industries, has merged with its Novanta-owned sister company Jadak, a manufacturer of machine vision, radio-frequency identification and barcode products.

As of 13 June, Photo Research has relocated its production, service, calibration and customer service operations from Chatsworth, California to Jadak headquarters in Syracuse, New York.

The merger has allowed Jadak to expand its offerings to include a new line of spectroscopy products. It also means there will be a strengthened investment in product innovation for Photo Research customers. 

‘Photo Research has been a worldwide, trusted brand for more than 70 years, and the company will only be enhanced by joining forces with Jadak,’ said Janie Goddard, president of Jadak. ‘By combining to create what we call the "Vision Technology Center of Excellence", we will be able to leverage a large and diverse set of engineering and technology expertise across our various product lines to bring new, innovative solutions to our customers.’

‘The move to Upstate New York provides our team with the opportunity to capitalise on the larger operational and engineering resources available within the Jadak family to continue to push the company forward and offer new solutions while still retaining our name and history,’ said Bill Polinsky, managing director of Photo Research. ‘We’re excited to offer our customers improved levels of product quality, value and customer service, and continued performance improvements at an accelerated rate.’

As the first of many new innovations to come from the merger, Photo Research announced its newest product, the Tru-Image 2D imager. The device offers high resolution (8 megapixels), high speed (colour measurements as fast as 3.5 seconds) and high sensitivity (0.005cd/m2). It has the ability to measure several locations of a display, avionic panel or keypad simultaneously. It speeds up tedious measurements by automatically finding characters within the entire image or defined fields and then calculating the average luminance of only the illuminated characters of interest. There is no need to make an individual measurement of each character.

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