Partner Newsletter May 2014


Shirakawa-Go, Gifu(The world helitage)   PHOTOGRAPH by K. Shinguu

Dear Valuable Partners:

Hope this May issue of Kimmon Partner Newsletter finds all of you well. This fall in October, we
will begin accepting orders for the under development fiber laser. We are already selling a few
prototype units here in Japan in exchange for customer feed back. In order to prepare our team
ready for the full launch, Kimmon will host a training session in Tokyo. This 3-day training session
will be combined with participation in Interopto ( as well as
partners meeting. Of course, we are not forgetting “some fun.” A participation in this session is a
prerequisite for handling the new fiber laser. Details will be announced later, but please do leave
you calendar open for the week of October 12. This is going to be an exciting event, and we hope
to see many of you here at Tokyo. In the mean time, Happy Selling!!

Campaign Information

We offer free power meter KPM-1000 for your purchase
over JPY2,000,000(net price).
Please list in your PO "Free power meter".

Offer valid until June 30, 2014.
Looking forward to your P.O.

Product Information

We have launched new power supply “KP2014C” from the beginning of April 2014.
Refer to as below link.

The main features of KP2014C are;
1. Universal Voltage
2. Digital Display
3. New Color

KP2014C is compatible with KR1801C.
We keep the same price for KP2014C as KR1801C.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate contact us.



KIMMON KOHA exhibited at Yokohama last manth.

OPIE'14 (Optics & Photonics International Exhibition)
Yokohama, Japan April 23 – April 25


As informed in many previous Newsletter, Kimmon is investing in market communication.
Staring May Issue of Photonics Spectra, you will see Kimmon advertisements from time to
time. Please click the following link for a view of the advertisement.

You will also see a banner advertisement starting June issue of Digital Photonics Spectra.
As you can see, we are enforcing He-Cd laser position at its market place and and also
strenthen Kimmon brand name for future products.

Application Note

【Automatic Defect Detecting System】

Lately, more manufacturers of various sheet materials use automatic defect detecting
system for their inspection process. Especially, the demand is increasing for visual
inspection process which requires finding minute defects as thoroughly and quickly as
possible. There are two kinds of defects detecting method: one is transmission method
and the other is reflection method. Which method to taken is decided by the kind of material
subject to the inspection. Various types of configuration are used to meet the
requirements of specific purpose of inspection. Figure 1 shows an example of application.

(1) Laser beam is condensed on the sheet by the optics. Then the beam scans the
sheet from edge to edge by means of the multiple faceted mirror.
(2) Transmitted (or reflected) laser beam is defected by the detector. Photomultiplier is
used for the detector.
(3) The laser beam is photo-converted into the electric signal corresponding to the
volume of the light incident and outputted. The signal from defective part is smaller
(or none) than the signal from normal part in case of a reflection method, and it is larger in
case of a transmission method.


On December 4, 2013, traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese was registered in the
UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. In this year’s newsletter, we will introduce some
popular Japanese food.


O-nigiri also known as o-musubi nigirimeshi or rice ball, is a Japanese food made from
white rice formed into triangular or oval shapes and often wrapped in nori (seaweed).
Traditionally, an onigiri is filled with pickled ume (umeboshi), salted salmon, katsuobushi,
kombu, tarako, or any other salty or sour ingredient as a natural preservative. Because of
the popularity of onigiri in Japan, most convenience stores stock their onigiri with various
fillings and flavors. There are even specialized shops which only sell onigiri to take out.

History of O-nigiri

In Lady Murasaki's 11th-century diary Murasaki Shikibu Nikki, she writes of people eating
rice balls. At that time, onigiri were called tonjiki and often consumed at outdoor picnic
lunches. Other writings, dating back as far as the seventeenth century, state that many
samurai stored rice balls wrapped in bamboo sheath as a quick lunchtime meal during war,
but the origins of onigiri are much earlier even than Lady Murasaki. Before the use of
chopsticks became widespread, in the Nara period, rice was often rolled into a small ball so
that it could be easily picked up. In the Heian period, rice was also made into small
rectangular shapes known as tonjiki so that they could be piled onto a plate and easily
eaten. From the Kamakura period to the early Edo period, onigiri was used as a quick meal.
This made sense as cooks simply had to think about making enough onigiri and did not
have to concern themselves with serving. These onigiri were simply balls of rice flavored
with salt. Nori did not become widely available until the Genroku era in the mid-Edo period,
when the farming of nori and fashioning it into sheets became widespread.

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