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Reach Production Moving to Larger Facility

Thanks to your business, we continue to grow. To make room for production, we are moving to a larger, state-of-the-art facility in April 2017. We will share space with NDS Surgical Imaging, also a Novanta company, in San Jose, CA. Our new address will be 5750 Hellyer Ave, San Jose, CA 95138. For a period, our main phone number 510-770-1417 will forward to our new number 408-754-4176. Our email addresses will remain the same. Our Fremont, CA office will be closed Thursday, April 6th, and Friday, April 7th. Orders will begin shipping from San Jose, CA the following week. We will work with you to schedule your orders around these transition dates. Please contact Reach Sales with any questions.

QML Idea Blog

To give customers a head start, our lead Qt/QML software engineer created the QML Guy Blog with QML component examples built using Qt Creator. Have another example in mind? If so, please contact our engineering team and let us know.

 

QML Guy Blog

Novanta to Acquire Reach Technology, Inc.

We are pleased to announce Reach Technology, Inc. is being acquired by Novanta, a leading global supplier of industrial and healthcare technology solutions. See official release below.

Reach will continue to provide you with the highest quality products and customer support that continue to be the hallmarks of our business. Novanta shares our standards of service and operations. Our customers will benefit as we leverage their global resources.

Answers to common questions:

  1. Why did Reach sell to Novanta? Reach has grown to the point where additional resources are needed to provide our high level of service to an expanding customer base. Reach management saw the opportunity to join forces with a company that shares the same customer-focused values.
  2. How do I place orders? Your ordering process won’t change. We still support phone, email, web shopping cart, and fax orders. All phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.
  3. Will my sales contact change? No, we are not making any changes; you will continue to contact Janis to place orders.
  4. Will support change? No, Technical and Software Support will continue to be handled from our Oregon office.
  5. Are we still going to be able to get my product? Yes. No changes are being made to the Reach product line, or to our commitment to product longevity.
  6. Will lead times change? No. 
  7. Will you still have the same long term support/availability? Yes. 
  8. Will products change? All current products will continue to be produced, with new ones as they finish development.

We welcome any questions, comments, and suggestions about this change. Please contact us with questions or to discuss further.

Novanta to Acquire Reach Technology, Inc.

Novanta acquires leading provider of embedded touch screen technology solutions serving OEM equipment suppliers across the medical and advanced industrial markets

BEDFORD, Mass. — Novanta Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVT) (the “Company”, “we”, “our”, or “Novanta”), a global leader and supplier of laser, precision motion, and vision technologies to original equipment manufacturers in the medical and advanced industrial markets, today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Reach Technology, a Fremont, California-based provider of embedded touch screen technology solutions for Original Equipment Manufacturers (“OEMs”) in the medical and advanced industrial markets.  The transaction is expected to close later this month.

Reach Technology specializes in embedded display panel technologies that deliver high-performance touch screen solutions for OEMs with a focus on medical applications. The business will be combined into Novanta’s NDS Surgical Imaging business, which is located in San Jose, California.  Reach Technology’s family of high performance embedded touch screen technology will complement NDS’s broad portfolio of medical grade displays.

“The combination of Reach Technology with NDS Surgical Imaging expands the range of medical display solutions to enhance our value proposition with medical OEM customers.  We expect the combination of their customer breadth, technology leadership, and supply chain management will further increase our opportunities with leading medical OEM customers,” said John Roush, Chief Executive Officer of Novanta.

“As a leader in high quality visualization solutions, offering the broadest portfolio of medical grade displays, the acquisition of Reach expands our addressable market by offering more application solutions to our customers,” added Karim Khadr, President of NDS Surgical Imaging. “We are excited to have Reach Technology employees as part of our team, to further strengthen our engineering expertise in critical and demanding healthcare applications.”

NDS Surgical Imaging is a leader in integrated Operating Room technologies for more than 20 years and provides clinical and technical expertise to OEM partners to deliver high performance visualization, image processing and wireless solutions to the healthcare market.

Reach Technology has been developing and manufacturing embedded touch screen solutions for more than 20 years and offers world class customer service and support to its customers.  Reach Technology’s products can be found across medical and advanced industrial applications.

About Novanta

Novanta is a leading global supplier of core technology solutions that give advanced industrial and healthcare OEMs a competitive advantage. We combine deep expertise at the intersection of photonics and motion with a proven ability to solve complex technical challenges. This enables Novanta to engineer core components and sub-systems that deliver extreme precision and performance, tailored to our customers’ demanding applications. We deliver highly engineered laser, vision and precision motion solutions to customers around the world. The driving force behind our growth is the team of innovative professionals who share a commitment to innovation and customer success. Novanta’s common shares are quoted on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “NOVT”.

Safe Harbor and Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements in this release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. All statements contained in this news release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements, and are generally identified by words such as “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “believe,” “future,” “could,” “should,” “plan,” “aim,” and other similar expressions. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our ability to generate profitable growth; the acquisition of Reach Technology enhancing our value proposition with medical OEM customers, increasing our opportunities with leading medical OEM customers and expanding our addressable market; and other statements that are not historical facts. 

These forward-looking statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements for many reasons, including, but not limited to, the following: economic and political conditions and the effects of these conditions on our customers’ businesses and level of business activity; our significant dependence upon our customers’ capital expenditures, which are subject to cyclical market fluctuations; our dependence upon our ability to respond to fluctuations in product demand; our ability to continually innovate and successfully commercialize our innovations; failure to introduce new products in a timely manner; customer order timing and other similar factors beyond our control; disruptions or breaches in security of our information technology systems; changes in interest rates, credit ratings or foreign currency exchange rates; risk associated with our operations in foreign countries; our increased use of outsourcing in foreign countries; our failure to comply with local import and export regulations in the jurisdictions in which we operate; our reliance on third party distribution channels; violations of our intellectual property rights and our ability to protect our intellectual property against infringement by third parties; risk of losing our competitive advantage; our failure to successfully integrate recent and future acquisitions into our business; our ability to make divestitures that provide business benefits; our ability to attract and retain key personnel; our restructuring and realignment activities and disruptions to our operations as a result of consolidation of our operations; product defects or problems integrating our products with other vendors’ products; disruptions in the supply of certain key components or other goods from our suppliers; production difficulties and product delivery delays or disruptions; our compliance, or our failure to comply, with various federal, state and foreign regulations; changes in governmental regulation of our business or products; effects of conflict minerals regulations; our failure to comply with environmental regulations; our failure to implement new information technology systems and software successfully; our failure to realize the full value of our intangible assets; our exposure to the credit risk of some of our customers and in weakened markets; changes in tax laws, and fluctuations in our effective tax rates; being subject to U.S. federal income taxation even though we are a non-U.S. corporation; any need for additional capital to adequately respond to business challenges or opportunities and repay or refinance our existing indebtedness, which may not be available on acceptable terms or at all; volatility in the market price for our common shares; our ability to access cash and other assets of our subsidiaries; the influence over our business of certain significant shareholders; provisions of our articles of incorporation may delay or prevent a change in control; our significant existing indebtedness may limit our ability to engage in certain activities; and our failure to maintain appropriate internal controls in the future.

Other important risk factors that could affect the outcome of the events set forth in these statements and that could affect the Company’s operating results and financial condition are discussed in Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, our subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), and in our future filings with the SEC.

Forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to the Company. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this document except as required by law.

More information about Novanta is available on the Company’s website at www.novanta.com.  For additional information, please contact Novanta Inc. Investor Relations at (781) 266-5137 or InvestorRelations@novanta.com.

Novanta Inc.
Investor Relations Contact:
Robert J. Buckley
(781) 266-5137

 

Reach Launches 5.7” Touchscreen Display Modules

Products give engineers a way to quickly add an interface to medical or industrial products that demand long term availability. New off-the-shelf modules offer proven hardware and full software support to speed development and reduce production risk.

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Fremont, CA  May 5, 2016 — Reach Technology, Inc. today announced two new Linux Touchscreen (www.linuxtouchscreen.com) 5.7” modules that help engineers add user interfaces with scrolling, sliding, transparencies, 3D graphics, and animations. Like all Reach products, these modules are designed for long-term availability with a 10+ year processor life and a multisourced, industry standard LCD form factor.

The  5.7” Standard Resistive Display Module (Product Part: 51-0406-181) and 5.7″ Standard PCAP Display Module (Product Part: 51-0406-191ES) use VGA (640×480) LCDs with LED backlight and come with integrated touch. Both use the G2H2 controller which is powered by a Freescale i.MX 6 Industrial ARM9, 1.0 Ghz Processor with a hardware video decoder and 3D graphics engine and offer a wealth of I/O interfaces to connect to medical or industrial products: a 10/100/1000 Mbps Base-T Ethernet which features a low profile Molex Pico-SPOX connector, one RS232 serial port, one USB 2.0 host port, one USB 2.0 on-the-go host/device Port, and an 8-bit GPIO port. Modules come with a dedicated Linux console port, 512 MB DDR3 DRAM onboard, 512 MB NAND Flash / 16 MB NOR Flash, microSD Flash card socket, backlight brightness control, and audio codec with onboard beeper. It can be powered with an input 5V DC.

5.7” Standard Resistive Display Module (Product Part: 51-0406-181)
Product Specifications | Development Kit

5.7″ Standard PCAP Display Module (Product Part: 51-0406-191ES)
Product Specifications | Contact us for engineering sample.

Development Options:
QT Creator (drag-and-drop), GTK/X11, and others. More

Quick Start: Development kits, tools, and documentation all provided. More

Full Support: Get over prototype hurdles and move smoothly into production. ESD and EMC test results are provided to ease regulatory compliance testing More

About Reach
Reach gives a jump start to companies adding a touchscreen or display to their product. The company offers display modules to get touch screen displays up-and-running fast in prototypes and smoothly in production, offering products with 5-7 years availability as a minimum. Learn more at www.reachtech.com. The company’s new Linux Touchscreen modules with advanced capabilities can be found at linuxtouchscreen.com.

Contact:
Sarah Harrington
Reach Technology
503-274-7335 direct

 

Reach Launches 10.1” Touchscreen Display Modules

Products give engineers a way to quickly add an interface to medical or industrial products that demand long term availability. New off-the-shelf modules offer proven hardware and full software support to speed development and reduce production risk.

Fremont, CA April 19, 2016 — Reach Technology, Inc. today announced two new Linux Touchscreen (www.linuxtouchscreen.com) 10.1” modules that help engineers add user interfaces with scrolling, sliding, transparencies, 3D graphics, and animations. Like all Reach products, these modules are designed for long-term availability with a 10+ year processor life and a multi-sourced, industry standard LCD form factor.

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The 10.1″ Standard PCAP Display Module (Product Part: 51-0406-051) and 10.1″ Standard Resistive Display Module (Product Part: 51-0406-042) use WXVGA (1280×800) LCDs with LED backlight and come with integrated touch. Both use the G2H2 controller which is powered by a Freescale i.MX 6 Industrial ARM9, 1.0 Ghz Processor with a hardware video decoder and 3D graphics engine and offer a wealth of I/O interfaces to connect to medical or industrial products: a 10/100/1000 Mbps Base-T Ethernet which features a low profile Molex Pico-SPOX connector, one RS232 and one 3.3V CMOS serial port, one RS485, one USB 2.0 host port, one USB 2.0 on-the-go host/device Port, one I2C port, one CAN bus with onboard transceiver, and an 8-bit GPIO port. Modules come with a dedicated Linux console port, 512 MB DDR3 DRAM onboard, 512 MB NAND Flash / 16 MB NOR Flash, microSD Flash card socket, backlight brightness control, and audio codec with 1 Watt audio amplifier and onboard speaker. It can be powered with an input 12V DC.

51-0406-042

10.1” Standard Projected Capacitive Modules (G2H2-10P)
Product Specifications | Development Kit

10.1” Standard Resistive Modules (G2H2-10R)
Product Specifications | Development Kit

Development Options:
QT Creator (drag-and-drop), GTK/X11, and others. More
Quick Start: Development kits, tools, and documentation all provided. More

Full Support: Get over prototype hurdles and move smoothly into production. ESD and EMC test results are provided to ease regulatory compliance testing More

About Reach
Reach gives a jump start to companies adding a touchscreen or display to their product. The company offers display modules to get touch screen displays up-and-running fast in prototypes and smoothly in production, offering products with 5-7 years availability as a minimum. Learn more at www.reachtech.com. The company’s new Linux Touchscreen modules with advanced capabilities can be found at linuxtouchscreen.com.
Contact:
Sarah Harrington
Reach Technology
503-274-7335 direct

NEW: LCD Touch Screen Display 7 Inch Module

New off-the-shelf modules offer proven hardware and full software support to speed development and reduce production risk. Products give engineers a way to add a touchscreen with a high-end look, in terms of animated controls and glossy indicators, to their products.

Reach Technology, Inc. a leader in Linux Touchscreen Display Modules, today launched a new  LCD Touch Screen Display 7 Inch Module (Model: G2H2-7P) helps engineers add user interfaces that look like an iPad® or iPhone® (scrolling, sliding, transparencies, 3D graphics, and animations) to medical or industrial products. These modules:

  • Separate GUI design and real time processing to simplify and speed development.
  • Offer good price/performance.
  • Provide full connectivity options: RS-232, CAN bus, Ethernet, USB host, USB device, I2C, GPIO.
  • Include High level Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with drag-and-drop visual design tools.
  • Offer proven hardware and full software support.

Powered by the G2H2 controller, this general-purpose LCD Touch Screen Display 7 Inch module incorporates an industrial panel with an integrated touch screen designed for applications that demand long term availability. With a Freescale i.MX 6Solo ARM Cortex-A9 core processor, the module offers a wealth of I/O interfaces for connecting to other sections of a medical or industrial product. It can be powered with an input of 5V to 12V DC. Specifications at https://www.linuxtouchscreen.com/support/product-specific-documentation/g2h2-7p/.

This module runs Embedded Linux for stability, reliability, and long term support. Unlike other hardware products that require specialized Linux expertise to use, Reach offers kits suited for developers’ existing tool knowledge. Quick Start Guides at https://www.linuxtouchscreen.com/support/getting-started-with-a-development-kit/.

Specialized hardware/software available to volume customers.

LCD Touch Screen Display 7 Inch Development Kits
Engineers can get started with a development kit for $499 which includes all the hardware, software, and support needed to create a prototype in days, not months. Customers can move smoothly into production with off-the-shelf display modules offering 5-7 years availability as a minimum.

Touch Screen Device Company Named 44th Fastest Growing

touch-screen-deviceLast night it was announced that Reach Technology, a touch screen device company, was named the 44th Fastest Growing Private Company by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

San Francisco Business Times says, “Reach Technology hasn’t lost its touch.” Thanks to our customers, Reach has shown 66 percent growth from 2012 to 2015 and continues to ride the wave of new touch technologies. Read the full article.

Reach Technology hasn’t lost its touch

san-francisco-business-times-and-jmSan Francisco Business Times says, “Reach Technology hasn’t lost its touch.” Thanks to our customers, Reach has shown 66 percent growth from 2012 to 2015 and continues to ride the wave of new touch technologies. Read the full article.

Long Term Availability

Prospect Question:

My biggest concern is longevity.. my products need to remain viable for a good 10 years (nature of our market). Having designed in displays before I know that about the time I release to production the display is at end of life…I was hoping that the industry had changed a bit…I am concerned that it is difficult to guarantee the longevity I require…that is where my discomfort lies…My other choice is to use more standard buttons and a much less sophisticated these tend to hang around longer. That being said.. is there a display size that tend to remain active the longest?

Reach Answer:

Your longevity concerns are shared by many of our customers. They make products for the medical industry, and changes are painful for them because of the regulatory issues. They require that products do not change over time, or change as little as possible. They also require product availability for 10 years.

The LCD manufacturers are somewhat sensitive to this, and they make “industry standard” sizes (4.3″, 5.7″, 7″, 10.1″, etc.), and they usually try to offer form/fit/function replacements when possible. A current trend among manufacturers is to discontinue their CCFL backlight panels in favor of panels with LED backlight. As they discontinue the CCFL panels, we roll in the replacement LED backlight panel and associated cable and driver board.

Some display module vendors use LCD panels in odd sizes, usually piggy-backing on sizes used by a large manufacturer’s high-volume product, such as a GPS display. This allows the display module vendor to offer inexpensive products, but once the high-volume product changes to a different LCD panel, the display manufacturer is hosed (as are their customers).

Because we only offer industry-standard LCD sizes, we are able to substitute LCD panels into our display modules with little to no impact on our customers. We strive to build any given hardware/software configuration as long as components are available. We have display modules that have been in production over 10 years. This allows customers to design their products without having to worry about unexpected changes in our products.

Regarding which size would remain active the longest, since we only use industry-standard sizes, they are not prone to going obsolete (from a size perspective). The main concern is a technology going obsolete (as in the CCFL issue described above), or with a specific vendor having supply or quality problems. In these cases, we are able to source an alternative panel and keep our display module the same.

Let us know if you would like to talk about the longevity issue in detail. We would be happy to get on the phone and discuss it further.

New 7″ Standard Resistive Linux Touchscreen Display Modules

7" Standard Resistive Linux Touchscreen Display Module (Model: G2H2-7R)

7″ Standard Resistive Linux Touchscreen Display Module (Model: G2H2-7R)

New 7″ Standard Resistive Linux Touchscreen Module

7″ Standard Resistive Linux Touchscreen Display Module (Model: G2H2-7R) is now available. Powered by the G2H2 controller, this general-purpose Linux touchscreen module incorporates an industrial panel with an integrated touch screen designed for applications that demand long term availability. With a Freescale i.MX 6Solo ARM Cortex-A9 core processor, the module offers a wealth of I/O interfaces for connecting to other sections of a medical or industrial product. It can be powered with an input of 5V to 12V DC. See Linux Touchscreen Product Documentation for more details.

Complete Linux Touchscreen Development Kits Available

Engineers can get started with a 7” Resistive Development Kit for $449 and include all the hardware, software, and support they need to create a prototype in days, not months. When they are ready, development kit customers can move smoothly into production with Reach’s off-the-shelf Display Modules that offer 5-7 years availability as a minimum.

Drag-and-Drop Editing Linux Touchscreen

Use drag-and-drop visual editing to create an interface using the Qt Creator IDE and the Reach supplied library of buttons, indicators, soft keyboard, and much more.

This module runs Embedded Linux for stability, reliability, and long term support. Unlike other off-the-shelf hardware products that require specialized Linux expertise to use, Reach offers two Development Kits best suited for developers’ existing tool knowledge. See how to get started using Linux Touchscreen Quick Start Guides.

Development Kits can be purchased online or by contacting Reach Sales (510-770-1417 x112, sales@reachtech.com).