A History of Taking on Challenges

Founded as a small venture company by Toru Kobayashi and three associates in 1979, OPTEX GROUP began with a focus on far-infrared technology. Researching applications for military and space development, the Company was convinced that this technology had many possibilities. Determined to play a role in creating a safe, secure and comfortable society and industry, OPTEX GROUP went on to develop sensing, lighting and fundamental technologies. Over the years, it has steadily inreased the range of products and services it offers to customers.
This page describes OPTEX GROUP's history of developing products that were in some cases world, Japan or industry firsts.

A History of Rising to Challenges Starting from an Idea
  • 1979

    Optex Co., Ltd., currently Optex Group Co., Ltd., is founded.

  • 1980

    Optex Co., Ltd. develops and releases the world’s first automatic door sensor using far infrared rays.

    Image of automatic door sensor
  • 1985

    Optex Co., Ltd. develops and releases Japan’s first wireless security sensor equipped with a solar panel.

    Image of wireless security sensor equipped
  • 1986

    Optex Co., Ltd. develops and releases Japan’s first lighting system with a built-in motion sensor.

    Image of lighting system
  • 1994

    Optex Co., Ltd. develops and releases the industrial first sensor for plastic sheet shutters.

    Image of sensor for plastic sheet shutters
  • 1994

    CCS Inc. releases the industrial first flat LED lights and ring LED lights branded as the LFL Series and the LDR Series respectively.

    Image of flat LED lights
  • 1995

    Optex Co., Ltd. develops and releases the world’s first water transparency measuring system.

    Image of transparency measuring system
  • 2001

    CCS Inc. develops and releases the industrial first high intensity LED spotlights branded as the HLV Series.

    Image of high intensity LED spotlights branded as the HLV Series
  • 2003

    Optex FA Co., Ltd. develops and releases the industrial first all-in-one vision sensors branded as the CVS1 Series.
    It wins many different prizes chiefly in the food industry.

    Image of  the CVS1 Series
  • 2005

    CCS Inc. develops and releases the industrial first flat dome lights with light guide and diffusion plates, branded as the LFX Series.

    Image of flat dome lights with light guide
  • 2007

    Optex Co., Ltd. develops and releases Japan’s first sensor system that performs image recognition to prevent entry of any unauthorized intruder following an authorized person.

    Image of performs image recognition to prevent entry of any unauthorized intruder following an authorized person
  • 2009

    Optex Co., Ltd. develops and releases a security laser scan sensor that identifies the size, speed and distance of an object from the sensor.
    It wins numerous overseas awards.

    Image of security laser scan sensor
  • 2010

    Optex FA Co., Ltd. develops and releases the industrial first sensing LED lighting, which monitors lighting intensity to automatically keep the brightness at a constant level. Subsequently, the company expands the lineup.

    Image of sensing LED lighting
  • 2015

    Optex Co., Ltd. begins offering a series of services, from simplified water quality measurement to cloud data management to embark on a cloud-based solution business.

    Image of water quality measuremen
  • 2016

    Optex Co., Ltd. develops and releases vehicle detection sensors for coin-operated parking facilities which do not require work for burring loop coils.

    Image of sensors for coin-operated parking facilities
  • 2017

    Optex Co., Ltd. develops and releases an automatic door sensor that takes advantage of image technologies to accurately identify the speed and direction of human movements.
    It wins the highest prize of the Director-General of the Manufacturing Industries Bureau in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in the KENTEN Award.

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  • 2017

    Optex FA Co., Ltd. develops and releases the CDX Series of laser displacement sensors boasting the world’s highest accuracy based on the best of its expertise in displacement sensors.

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  • 2019

    Optex Co., Ltd. develops and releases OAM-EXPLORER,a shutter sensor which can be easily configured and checked using a smartphone app. It gains entry to the European and North American markets by applying technology developed in Japan.

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  • 2021

    OPTEX launches OMNICITY, the industry's first sharing service that uses automatic door sensors with our beacon-equipped sensors to match automatic door owners with smartphone app-using service providers.

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