In this 2012 photo, Ocean Optics employees past and present gathered at Ocean's original headquarters to mark the company's 20th anniversary.
Building the Foundation
Ocean Optics started in the late ‘80s, seeded by a federal grant for a marine pH sensor. As part of their work, the Ocean team needed a compact spectrometer to fit into a small, underwater housing, and were surprised to discover none existed. So, they made their own.
By 1992, the “world’s first miniature spectrometer” ushered in a new way of utilizing spectroscopy. Today, under the parent brand of Ocean Insight, we now provide optical sensing solutions through three industry-leading brands: Ocean Optics, which continues to deliver innovative spectral sensing solutions to researchers, OEMs and industrial customers; International Light, which supplies light measurement solutions and calibration services; and Ocean Applied, which designs and builds spectral systems for industries from consumer electronics to waste recycling.
1989: Ocean Optics, Inc. founded by university researchers in Florida, USA
1992: Commercial release of “world’s first miniature spectrometer”
1999: Precision optics division established
2000: Opened first office in Europe
2004: Acquired by Halma plc, a global group of life-saving technology companies
2006: Acquired Mikropack GmbH, a developer and supplier of spectroscopy accessories
2006: Opened first office in People’s Republic of China
2016: Consolidated the multispectral imaging products of PIXELTEQ into the Ocean portfolio
2016: Established sales and support presence in India
2018: Launched Lab Services, offering basic feasibility studies, experimental design, machine learning and consultancy
2019: Consolidated the color and imaging offerings of FluxData, Inc. into the Ocean portfolio
2019: Rebranded Ocean Optics as Ocean Insight, the applied spectral knowledge company
2020: Developed the Ocean 150 Strategic Plan
2021: Opened new 52,000-square-foot facility in high-tech corridor of Orlando, Florida
2021: Established sales support in Southeast Asia
2022: Acquired International Light Technologies, Inc., a technical lighting and light measurement company
2022: Acquired handheld LIBS technology from Rigaku Analytical Devices for the purpose of assessing scrap aluminum for recycling
2023: Under the lead brand of Ocean Insight, announced restoration of the iconic Ocean Optics spectrometer brand and introduced Ocean Applied (industrial-grade photonics systems) and International Light (light assemblies and calibration) as separate sub-brands.
2023: In Memoriam: Roy Walters, Ph.D. - one of the founders of Ocean Optics and a key contributor to the development of the company’s pioneering compact spectrometers died on March 30, 2023.
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Under the master brand of Ocean Insight, the company will now provide optical sensing solutions through three industry-leading brands: Ocean Optics, Ocean Applied, and International Light.