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OLYMPUS TECHNOZONE Vol.52 2001-12

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BX50: The First Microscope with a Y-Shape Design

Sumio Kawai Takeshi Asaka
Sumio Kawai
Takeshi Asaka
Sumio Kawai
----The Y-shape has come to characterize the BX50 microscope series, hasn't it?

Asaka: 
Quality is the most important consideration in manufacturing, and we have also made efforts to attain good design quality. It is hard to measure design quality, but one standard is recognition by an outside organization such as the G-mark, for instance. The BX41 and BX51 that were recently awarded the G-mark are still based on the basic Y-shape design of the first generation BX series launched in 1993, but the design of the newer models has been much improved and refined.

Osa: 
The launch of the BX50 was rather impressive.

Asaka: 
In a sense, the BX50 was a real winner. We created a core product and after that, it was a matter of expanding the lineup. Almost all the microscopes that were released after the BX50 were awarded the G-Mark. This fact confirms BX50's excellent design quality.
Sumio Kawai BX51
Sumio Kawai
BX51, one of the four microscopes awarded the G-Mark, inherits the Y-shaped design.
(2001, design by Takeshi Asaka)
Sumio Kawai

Osa: 
But, attaching a G-Mark to a microscope does not necessarily mean that its sales will suddenly increase.

Asaka: 
But, being awarded the G-Mark does make the hardware developers happy, too. It gives them a great sense of satisfaction that they were part of a great job done. Even if the first generation of a product receives the G-mark early on, backed by a lot of enthusiasm, it becomes difficult from the second time around. We were happy that we received the G-Mark without compromising our potential in the second round.
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