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History
Jul. 1947
The company started.
Gakan Nishimura and his associate started the design and test manufacture of a camera.
Dec. 1950
“Konan 16” was perfected. The development of a variety of amateur use cameras and a special camera for data collection, establishes the company's strength in the compact camera field.
Dec. 1951
Konan Camera Research Institute Inc. established with capital of ¥250,000.
Aug. 1958
“Hand-held type compact eye fundus camera” developed. Entered into the field of medical equipment. Build to order manufacturing started of the data processing equipment for medical use including “Medical-use Binocular Operation Microscope”, “Electrocardiographic system”, “Coaxial Headlight”, etc.
Nov. 1959
The magazine developed for “Single-8 System”, cinecamera using 8mm size film, which made filmmaking become popular.
Dec. 1961
“50x Projector for Shipbuilding” developed. This opened up the possibility for photographic technology to be used toward industrial applications. As a result, a development project covering a variety of different industries, such as photography and shipbuilding, was formed to initiate research for “EPM system. “
Sep. 1962
“EPM System” was perfected allowing the company to become a pioneer in the combined-industry joint development project.
Dec. 1971
Marked the 20th Anniversary and the Research Building completed.
Mar. 1972
Automatic monitoring, judgment/ recognition and recording completed through the use of optoelectronics that were designed to develop the automated inspection/ measuring system. “Automatic Scanner for Checking Scratches in Steel Material” developed.
Sep. 1973
4 companies jointly established Techno Bank, a technology transfer service company, for the purpose of promoting technical exchange between different industries.
Nov. 1974
An inspection system for use in iron mills was perfected making use of TV and computerized graphics processing technologies.
Jul. 1975
Production and marketing of the medical equipment started. Marketing of the operation microscope “K Series” started.
Mar. 1977
Maintenance-free “Marking System” developed.
Sep. 1979
“Specular Microscope” for observation of endothelium developed.
Aug. 1980
New office building completed.
Jul. 1981
Production and marketing of color scanner/ setter "CORACER" started.
Aug.
A joint corporation Konan Keeler Ltd. established with Keeler Limited of U.K. to begin marketing medical equipment in Western Japan.
Sep. 1983
Hydromicroscope developed.  The state of particles(microorganisms) can be observed with the external monitoring TV.
Aug. 1984
Marketing of Operation Microscope “CLM” started.
Sep. 1985
Konan Common Co., Ltd., a maintenance servicing company for medical equipment established. (Merged to Konan Medical, Inc. in Oct. 2008)
Oct. 1985
Marketing of “Konan Clinical Specular Microscope 580” started.
Dec. 1986
Konan Keeler Ltd., Tokyo Main office opened to begin marketing medical equipment in all over Japan.
Apr. 1987
Marketing of corneal endothelial cell analysis equipment “Cell Analysis System” started.
Marketing of “Konan Portable Operation Microscope POM-50” started.
Jul. 1988
Marketing of “Konan Operation Microscope 700m 700S Series” started.
Mar. 1989
Marketing of “Specular Microscope 385” started.
May Marketing of “Specular Microscope 3300”started.
Sep. “IR Video ENG System” for eye movement analyzation using infrared light and video system developed.
May 1990
Marketing of “Specular Microscope 5500” started.
Jun.
Marketing of operation microscope for ophthalmic use ”Ophthalight” started.
Dec. New Building the Medical House completed.
Mar. 1991
Konan Medical, Inc. a company for import and marketing medical equipment established.
Jan. 1992 Company name was changed to Konan, Inc.
Marketing of Konan Full Automatic Cell Analysis System “KC-2001 Series” started.
Apr. Konan Medical, Inc. Tokyo Main Office Opened. Marketing medical equipment in all of Japan started.
Aug. 1993
The marketing of “Heat Resistant Marking System” started.
Oct. Marketing of Non Contact Specular Microscope “Noncon ROBO”, “Noncon ROBO CA” started.
Aug. 1994
Konan Medical Corporation for marketing medical equipment in North America established in New Jersey. (Dissolved in Sept. 2002)
Jul. 1995
Marketing of “Konan Operation Microscope 300 Series” started.
Jun.1996
Marketing of Konan full Automatic Cell Analysis System KC-2300 Series started, which reduced the time to 20 seconds to automatically analyze the corneal endothelial cells.
Apr. 1997
Marketing of Specular Microscope “Noncon ROBO PACHY” started, which enabled to measure the corneal thickness.
Oct.
Marketing of “Donor Analyzer” started, which examines the status of cornea for transplantation.
May. 1998 Marketing of Konan Full Automatic Cell Analysis System “KC-3000 Series” started.
Jul.
Marketing of “Essilor α・γ” of Essilor International, France started.
Aug.
Marketing of Eye Bank Specular Microscope “KeratoAnalyzer EKA-98” started.  Any corneal viewing chamber or glass storage vial can be used for observation.
Feb. 1999
Import and marketing of laser photocoagulator “Viridis of Quantel Medical, France started.
Jul.
Import and Marketing of Auto Non Contact Tonometer “Auto-Keratometer/Refractor KR450” and “Auto-Refractor AR350”of Reichert, Inc., U.S.A. started.
Apr. 2000
Import and Marketing of Auto Non Contact Tonometer “AT550” of Reichert, Inc., U.S.A. started.
Nov.
Import and marketing of Surgical Instruments of Rhein Medical, Inc., U.S.A. started.
Apr. 2001
Merged with Konan Medical, Inc.
Changed the company name to “Konan Medical, Inc.”
The marketing of Specular Microscope “CA-Ⅱ SP-8800/SP-6600” started.
Jul. Marketing of Specular Microscope “Cell Chek Series CC-5000CA/5000” started.
Oct. Import and marketing of Lensmeter “Lens Mapping System VL3000” of Visionix Ltd., Israel started.
Jan. 2003
“Quality Control Center” started in Matsushitacho Nishinomiya Hyogo Japan.
Mar.
Import and marketing of Lensmeter  “Lens Mapping System VL3100” of Visionix Ltd., Israel started.
Apr.
Import and marketing of Portable Non-Contact Tonometer “PT100” of Reichert, Inc., U.S.A. started.
Aug.
Certified according to ISO9001 (the standard of quality management system certification) and ISO13485 (Medical devices -- Quality management systems -- Requirements for regulatory purposes.)
Jun. 2004
Import and Marketing of Auto Non Contact Tonometer “AT555” of Reichert, Inc.,  U.S.A. started.
M arketing of Specular Microscope “Noncon ROBO Series FA-3509” started.Filing system and automatic analyzing system mounted.
Jan. 2006
Marketing of Zoom Slit Lamp “RS-1000” of RIGHT MFG. CO. LTD., Japan started.
Nov.
KONAN MEDICAL USA, the branch in Los Angeles U.S.A., established.
Mar. 2007
Marketing of Portable Operation Microscope “LOM Series” started.
Aug. Marketing of Specular Microscope “Noncon ROBO Series NSP-7700/9900” started.
Apr. 2008
KONAN MEDICAL USA, Inc., the overseas subsidiary in Los Angeles U.S.A., established.
Jun. Import and marketing of Autorefractor/Keratometer “L80 wave+” of Luneau, France started.
Jul. Marketing of Anterior Camera “KATS-1000” started.
Oct. 2010
Eye Bank Specular Microscope “KeratoAnalyzer EKA-10” was launched.
Jun. 2011
Import and marketing of Non-Contact Tonometer “7CR” of Reichert, Inc., U.S.A. started.
Import and marketing of Ophthalmic ultrasound imaging device “AVISO” of Quantel Medical, France started.
Import and marketing of Ophthalmic ultrasound imaging device “Compact touch” of Quantel Medical, France started.
Import and marketing of Ophthalmic ultrasound imaging device “Compact touch STS” of Quantel Medical, France started.
Oct. 2012
Marketing of Specular Microscope“CellChek plus” started.
Import and marketing of Expanded Pupil Diagnostics “RAPDx” of Konan Medical USA, Inc.,U.S.A. started.
Dec. 2013
Import and marketing of Ocular Surface Interferometer “LipiView” of TearScience, Inc.,U.S.A. started.
Import and marketing of Meibomian Gland Evaluator“MGE-1000” of TearScience, Inc.,U.S.A. started.
Feb. 2014
Import and marketing of Lensmeter“Lens Mapping System VX40” of Luneau sas, France started.
Sep.
Marketing of Specular Microscope“CellChek SL” started.
Nov.2015
Marketing of Specular Microscope for Donor Cornea “CellChek D", "CellChek D PLUS” started.
Feb.2017
Marketing of Specular Microscope“CellChek C” started.
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