Hamamatsu opens new factory buildings for X-ray imaging

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Hamamatsu Photonics has been constructing a new Building No. 5 at the Toyooka Factory site (Shimokanzo, Iwata City, Japan), and now announces the completion of the new building. This new building will start operations in September this year to boost the R&D activities and customer service in the electron tube market. The completion ceremony for this new building took place Wednesday, August 19.

Hamamatsu Photonics has been selling advanced electron tube products including photomultiplier tubes and light sources for a wide variety of fields such as medical diagnostics, analytical, industrial and scientific measurements, and academic research. We expect a further increase in sales of electron tube products with an emphasis on light sources and X-ray sources for industrial application fields.

In the new building, along with consolidating our design & development departments, which are currently dispersed in different locations at the Toyooka factory site, we will expand our laboratory space to support development of new products for industrial applications. These include microfocus X-ray sources used for X-ray non-destructive inspection of electronic components and circuit boards, and supercontinuum light sources used for measurement of semiconductor microstructures. This will also help us promote development of elemental or underlying technologies essential for electron tube products. Moreover, the reception space at the new building will be around 1.5 times that of the current Building No. 5, allowing us to respond to increasing numbers of customers, guests and visitors from both Japan and abroad. At the same time, we will consolidate our sales and quality control departments in order to efficiently share information so that we can respond to customer inquiries and requests more promptly.

Construction of the new building will help us consolidate our design & development departments and administrative departments to enhance R&D work and customer service. We will prepare a system capable of responding to future sales increases by expanding production space for X-ray sources, photomultiplier tubes for in vitro diagnostics and their related products, as well as shipment space for electron tube products, since free space will become available in existing buildings after clustering departments together in the new building.

New factory

Hamamatsu Photonics has also been constructing a new factory building at the Shingai Factory (Shingai-cho, Minami-ku, Hamamatsu City, Japan) to cope with increasing sales demand for opto-semiconductors, X-ray image sensors and X-ray flat panel sensors. This new factory will start operations in October this year. The completion ceremony for the new factory building took place Friday, August 7.

Hamamatsu Photonics has been supplying opto-semiconductor products for a wide range of applications and fields such as medical diagnosis and treatment, industrial instrumentation, automotive, and scientific measurement. Recently, there has been an increasing demand for plastic-molded opto-semiconductors mass-producible in large quantities, as well as for X-ray image sensors and X-ray flat panel sensors used in radiation inspection devices. We expect a further increase in sales of these products over a diverse spectrum of fields.

Construction of this new factory building will help us build up our production system for opto-semiconductors, X-ray image sensors, and X-ray flat panel sensors. This will also consolidate our opto-semiconductor production processes that are currently located separately from each other at the Shingai Factory and associated companies. These production processes will now all take place in the new factory building where we can streamline production efficiency and create a more robust supply system through labor-saving and automation. To boost X-ray image sensor and X-ray flat panel sensor production, we will speed up product development by consolidating design, development and evaluation into a single area and will also streamline our supply system by way of production processes located on the same floor to respond to growing demand.

To ensure business continuity against natural disasters, which have increased in recent years, we have made our anti-disaster measures more robust by incorporating earthquake and flood control measures into the building structure of the new factory. At the same time, the new factory building is designed to actively incorporate eco-friendly measures such as LED lighting, heat-insulated walls, solar power plant, and rainwater reuse systems.