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No. 354, March 1999

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PRECISION AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

With the United States at the forefront of biochemistry research, YOKOGAWA ELECTRIC CORP. sees this market as the major source of sales growth for its real-time confocal microscopes. YEC has arranged to supply its new CSU10 confocal scanner for fluorescence microscopy on an original equipment manufacturer basis to MCBAIN INSTRUMENTS of Chatsworth, California and VAYTEK, INC. of Fairfield, Iowa. They will integrate the CSU10 with their own microscopes. The fast scanning and high resolution capabilities of the CSU10 enable direct viewing of clear- cut confocal images of fluorescent specimens in real time. The captured images can be recorded either as live images by a video camera or as real- color photographs by a film camera. Among other uses, the CSU10 can be used to track the movement and the reactions of living cells in real time or blood circulation. Yokogawa Electric expects to ship anywhere from 20 to 50 confocal scanners to both McBain Instruments and Vaytek annually.

With sales stalled at home and exports to Asia still off, electric measuring instrument manufacturer HIOKI E.E. CORP. is counting on the U.S. market to keep its business on the upswing. Its Cranbury, New Jersey marketing subsidiary has added two products to help achieve this goal. One is the lightweight, compact 8835 Memory HiCorder, a waveform recorder with a color LCD panel for better visibility and a Type III PC Card slot and floppy disk drive to facilitate the transfer of data to a PC for further processing. Four analog waveforms and 16 logic waveforms can be monitored and recorded simultaneously at a rate of 1 million samples per second, with 12-bit analog/digital conversion for each sample. The other product, the slim, lightweight 3280 Clamp On HiTester, is designed to meet the challenges of measuring current in the increasingly dense and complex internal wiring of today's electrical equipment.

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