OLYMPUS TECHNOZONE Vol.52 2001-12
The First Microscope with a Y-Shape Design
----The Y-shape has come to characterize the BX50 microscope
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.
The launch of the BX50 was rather impressive.
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.
|BX51, one of the four microscopes awarded the
G-Mark, inherits the Y-shaped design.
(2001, design by Takeshi Asaka)
But, attaching a G-Mark to a microscope does
not necessarily mean that its sales will suddenly increase.
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