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JASCO Through History

JASCO Corporation was founded in 1958 to provide the scientific community with optical spectroscopy products.

In the mid-1950's a group of researchers in the Institute of Optics of what is now Tsukuba University needed an Infrared Spectrophotometer for their research. Since a commercially available instrument was not yet available at the time, they undertook the challenge to develop their own. The result was quite a success - a reliable instrument with excellent optical performance.


As a second result, other research groups asked them to replicate the instrument for use within their laboratories. With the increased demand for more instruments JASCO Corporation was founded in 1958 in order to provide the scientific community with optical spectroscopy products. Founding members included World famous physicist Yoshio Fujioka and Nobel Prize winner Shinichiro Tomonaga.


Over the last 46 years JASCO Corporation has continued to attain the highest standards in terms of optical performance, ease of use, and reliability. JASCO has grown to become a strong global company with sales and support worldwide. JASCO Incorporated was founded in Maryland in 1972 to handle operations throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Over the years the JASCO product line has grown to cover instruments used, not only in research but also for routine analysis applications in areas such as quality control, environmental analysis, and process control. The current spectroscopy product line encompasses instrumentation for the following methods:

UV/Visible and Near Infrared Spectrophotometers
Fluorescence Spectrophotometers
Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometers (FTIR)
FT-Raman Spectrophotometers
Dispersive Raman Spectrometers and Raman Microprobes
Circular Dichroism Spectrometers
Polarimeters Near Field Optical Micro-Spectrometers

With the introduction of HPLC in the mid-1970's JASCO's experience in highly sensitive and accurate optical systems led to the development of a series of chromatographic detection systems. Fixed and variable wavelength UV/Visible and Fluorescence detectors were introduced featuring excellent sensitivity and reliability in compact modules. In order to offer complete HPLC systems JASCO developed a variety of novel solvent delivery systems as well as other accessories such as column ovens, autosamplers, and PC based control and analysis software. The current LC-900 series includes:

Variable Wavelength/Scanning UV/Visible Detectors
Multiple Wavelength UV Detector
Diode-array UV/Visible Detector
Variable Wavelength/Scanning Fluorescence Detector
Refractive Index Detector
Chiral Detectors
Isocratic and Gradient Solvent Delivery with Analytical to Preparative Flow Rates
Column Ovens
WindowsR based Instrument Control and Data Acquisition Software

Specialized Components for Supercritical Fluid Extraction and Chromatography

JASCO has been an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) for a number of companies over the years supplying instrumentation to Waters, Varian, Bio-Rad, LDC, Gilson, Dionex, Beckman, and IBM Instruments.

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