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Jay Catral

Jay Catral


Sales Manager and Chief Technical Adviser

Jay Catral attended De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines where he majored in Electronics Engineering with a minor in Communications. He began his career with Konica Minolta in 1992 with Minolta’s photographic division and in 2002 moved to what was then Minolta’s Instrument Systems Division as a Master Technician for the Service Dept. In 2007 he joined the Sales team where he handles the Radiometric Products portfolio. Currently, Jay is the Technical Sales and Applications Manager for the South Eastern United States in addition to holding the position of Chief Technical Adviser for Radiometric Products.

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The Science Behind Lighting’s Next Big Thing

The Science Behind Lighting’s Next Big Thing

There’s been a tremendous amount of discussion in the lighting systems industry about OLED or Organic Light Emitting Diode technology. OLED technology for mainstream consumers started in Japan in 2011 and has made its way to ...


New Thermal Cameras May Help Detect Ebola

New Thermal Cameras May Help Detect Ebola

The entire world has been buzzing with concern over the recent Ebola epidemic in Western Africa as well as the two officially confirmed cases stateside. As airports are still accepting flights in and out of the contaminated are...


Pulse Light Research Helps Create Hypoallergenic Peanuts

Pulse Light Research Helps Create Hypoallergenic Peanuts

More than 3 million people struggle with allergies to peanuts with reactions ranging from skin rash to anaphylaxis and even death. As peanuts and peanut oils are found in a number of common products, researchers have been searc...


Looking Forward to the Year of Light

Looking Forward to the Year of Light

As 2014 slowly comes to a close 2015 promises to be a big one in light and optical technologies. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has enacted a global initiative to highlight the key...


Spectrometer Selection for LED Measurement

Spectrometer Selection for LED Measurement

Since not every spectrometer is suitable for LED measurements, you should make your selection based on stringent criteria. Spectrometers from Instrument Systems are designed to meet and exceed these criteria, and provide you wi...


Using Light Exposure to Combat the Post-Lunch Dip

Using Light Exposure to Combat the Post-Lunch Dip

Using Light Exposure to Combat the Post-Lunch Dip 

Researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Lighting Research Center have discovered a way to combat the drowsy feeling often experienced in...


Chemical Spectroscopy to Help Detect Mercury

Chemical Spectroscopy to Help Detect Mercury

It has been known for many years that mercury exists in small doses in many different species of fish that humans consume regularly. Generally, it is safe to eat mercury-containing fish in moderate amounts but it is extremely p...


Could Crocuses Lead to the Next Big Innovation in Cancer Treatments?

Could Crocuses Lead to the Next Big Innovation in Cancer Treatments?

Cancer researchers have discovered a surprising new possibility for treating cancerous tumors, the Autumn Crocus (also known as Meadow Saffron). Many of us are familiar with the Crocus. It's a bright purple, yellow or white, fl...


Spectrophotometry and Melamine Detection in Milk

Spectrophotometry and Melamine Detection in Milk

Got Milk? For most, drinking milk is something we do for our health. It's high in calcium which strengthens bones, and a warm cup before bed helps us sleep. It's something wholesome, safe, and part of many family recipes and ou...


New Coating Shows NASA That Nano is the New Black

New Coating Shows NASA That Nano is the New Black

Space exploration is about to take a quantum leap forward. How? Through innovations in nanotechnology. The new super-black nanotechnology that has got the astrophysical world talking is a thin exceptionally uniform coating of ...


Spectrophotometry and the Science of Sunglasses

Spectrophotometry and the Science of Sunglasses

We all know what happens to our skin when we fall asleep at the beach or go for a long walk on a sunny summer day but what about our eyes? Sun damage is not something that can only happen to our skin. Studies have shown that ou...


Got an Extra Sweet Tooth Lately? LEDs May Be Why

Got an Extra Sweet Tooth Lately? LEDs May Be Why

Can’t resist that last minute candy bar? The next time you find yourself buying some extra candy at your local food or convenience store it may be because of LED lighting. In a study conducted by Envirosell in 2012, it became...


LEDs Lead the Way for Smarter Cars

LEDs Lead the Way for Smarter Cars

Intelligent cars may seem to be a step in the direction of science fiction, but with advances in LED technology, it’s only a matter of time before these innovations become more fact than fantasy. With so many recent innovati...


Rise and Shine! LED Lights Make Mornings Manageable

Rise and Shine! LED Lights Make Mornings Manageable

We all have a love hate relationship with our alarm clock. Love it because it wakes us up on time; hate it...for pretty much the same reason. What if you could take the groaning and slapping the snooze button completely out of ...


Light Up the Skyline: LEDs Transform City Landscapes

Light Up the Skyline: LEDs Transform City Landscapes

LEDs are truly transforming many industries as information and applications for them continue to grow. One transformation that is probably the most notable is the effect LEDs lights are having on urban landscapes across the cou...


Up and Coming Display Technology Innovations

Up and Coming Display Technology Innovations

2014 has been a major year for display technologies. Since retina display was released in 2010, improving screen resolution and display quality for electronics like TVs, smartphones, tablets and even the new wearable displays h...


Preserving Photomicrography Image Accuracy Through Color Calibration

Preserving Photomicrography Image Accuracy Through Color Calibration

Creating clearly defined specimens and easily reproducible results are two of the most important aspects of laboratory research. Unfortunately, for many researchers using imaging microscopes, trying to maintain a specimen’s t...


Spectrophotometry Measures Reflectance Capabilities in Telescopes

Spectrophotometry Measures Reflectance Capabilities in Telescopes

Space has both intrigued and mystified mankind for centuries. Ancient cultures charted the night sky and tracked planets by sight until Galileo Galilei first used the telescope to get a deeper look into the night sky. Since th...


4K TV's: What You Should Know

4K TV's: What You Should Know

LED, LCD, OLED, Plasma, 3D, UHD… every year there are more and more options for tech lovers looking for the crisper more vibrant picture on their home television. Now brand new HDTV technology known as 4K is slowly trickling ...


LED Luminaries Thriving In High Temperature Environments

LED Luminaries Thriving In High Temperature Environments

As Solid State Lighting (SSL) LED lighting fixtures have become more common in municipal and urban planning, the federal government has started to take notice of the benefits of LED lighting as well. Recently the Department of...


Light Meets Innovation: The Future of the Modern Light Bulb

Light Meets Innovation: The Future of the Modern Light Bulb

The push to simplify technology and increase both efficiency and practical application has led to a number of fantastic innovations in home lighting. Last year we saw LED bulbs controlled via Wi-Fi and smartphones apps, giving...


Then and Now: The History of Display and LED Technology

Then and Now: The History of Display and LED Technology

With all of the advancements being made in display technology, it’s hard to believe that the knowledge used to create and develop this technology is over a hundred years old. In fact, the first baby steps into the field of di...


Living Light: Is There a Future For Bioluminescence Technology?

Living Light: Is There a Future For Bioluminescence Technology?

From fireflies to deep sea creatures bioluminescence has intrigued, confused and delighted us. Bioluminescence is the natural ability of certain plants and animals to create light via chemical interaction. Many have felt that ...


Laser Headlights Have Drivers Seeing the Road in a Whole New Light

Laser Headlights Have Drivers Seeing the Road in a Whole New Light

There’s been a considerable buzz about advancements in LED technology lately, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only area where light technology is developing. Laser has long been the stuff of sci-fi ray guns, reading CDs a...


LED Virtual Reality Room Brings Video Game World to Life

LED Virtual Reality Room Brings Video Game World to Life

Video games have been progressively moving towards fully engaging the player since Playstation 2’s Eyetoy first transformed home television screens into interactive gaming displays that would respond to players’ movements. ...


New Shade of Blue Release for Commercial Use

New Shade of Blue Release for Commercial Use

Since Ancient Egyptian times, making a blue pigment that does not fade and is not toxic was something color makers have had trouble with. Currently, most blue shades are created by crushing lapis lazuli, although there are toxi...


Speeding Diabetes Diagnosis By Detecting Autofluorescence

Speeding Diabetes Diagnosis By Detecting Autofluorescence

They say that the eyes are the window to the soul, but in truth they are the window into so much more. In the medical field, the eyes often hold key clues to diagnosing and treating a host of other illnesses. Most recently a n...


Why More than 70% of all the World's Light Meters are Made by Konica Minolta

Why More than 70% of all the World's Light Meters are Made by Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta stays ahead of the competition in the color measuring and light measuring products industries because of an absolute commitment to engineering the highest quality, most accurate measuring instruments on the marke...


How to Measure Luminance with Light Meters

How to Measure Luminance with Light Meters

There seems to be a never-ending list of ways light meters are used in a wide range of industries. These powerful luminance meters give technicians an accurate appraisal of the characteristics of any number of light sources and...


Measuring the Brightness and Quality of Light with the T-10A Series Illuminance Meters

Measuring the Brightness and Quality of Light with the T-10A Series Illuminance Meters

Back in March, we introduced our T-10A series illuminance meters that we created to allow the measurement of the brightness of light falli...


Are Digital Billboards too Bright?

Are Digital Billboards too Bright?

With outdoor advertising there is often the need to make advertisements brighter in order to grab the reader's attention while they are on the go. However, there is a line between attention-getting and distracting that must not...


How TVs Are Tested

How TVs Are Tested

Testing television display quality is a technically challenging process. Because so much of what we think of as quality is really a matter of perception, and because everybody sees things slightly differently, the tel...


Explaining the Color Rendering Index (CRI) and LEDs

Explaining the Color Rendering Index (CRI) and LEDs

The Color Rendering Index, or CRI, is a quantitative attempt at measuring the ability of a light source to render known colors of objects and materials. The process involves measuring the light from a test source and seeing how...


Obtaining Accurate Measurements with the CL-500A Illuminance Spectrophotometer

Obtaining Accurate Measurements with the CL-500A Illuminance Spectrophotometer

The Konica Minolta CL-500A illuminance spectrophotometer is a device which can measure the general color rendering index (CRI), as well as individual color rendering indexes R1-R15 and the Scoptopic-Photopic (S/P) ratio. The CL...


Evaluating HDTV displays with the CS-2000 Spectroradiometer light measurement instrument

Evaluating HDTV displays with the CS-2000 Spectroradiometer light measurement instrument

Unlike in years past, the choices consumers have in what kind of television to buy are enormous. They can choose among many screen sizes, aspect ratios, various features and technologies and prices. Picture quality is what it a...


Complete Solution for the Automotive Industry

Complete Solution for the Automotive Industry

The CL-500A Illuminance Spectrophotometer's compact and lightweight design makes it easy to carry or hold in your hand for portable measurements. It can be used for the evaluation of high-class, next-generation lamps such as LE...


Konica Minolta acquires Instrument Systems, focuses on enlarging its illuminance meter and other measurement-technology markets

Konica Minolta acquires Instrument Systems, focuses on enlarging its illuminance meter and other measurement-technology markets

In order to stay competitive in our markets and continue to provide the most advanced light meter technology available, the Konica Minolta Group must make wise and timely investments. Konica Minolta Optics (KMOP), part of our b...


Blood Alcohol Content Is Measured Using NIR Spectroscopy

Blood Alcohol Content Is Measured Using NIR Spectroscopy

Breathalyzer tests are the most common devices used for detecting Blood Alcohol Content. They work by estimating BAC from a breath sample and are utilized mostly by law enforcement in conjunction with a field sobriety test. Pol...


Glow Baby Glow: Biofluorescence vs. Bioluminescence

Glow Baby Glow: Biofluorescence vs. Bioluminescence

Bioluminescence and Biofluorescence are two different naturally occurring phenomenon seen within certain organisms and generally involve the production or emission of light. Even though they are very similar, bioluminescence an...


Germs, Germs, Go Away!

Germs, Germs, Go Away!

There's an old saying about prevention being the best medicine. Even when taking the greatest possible care, hand hygiene and hospital cleaners are still not controlling the number of patients contracting secondary infections w...


Does Daylight Savings Affect Crime Rates?

Does Daylight Savings Affect Crime Rates?

We all enjoy the extra hour of sunlight now that Daylight Savings has been implemented for the start of the spring season. Just think how much more you'll love that extra hour of sunlight when you hear how it's helping your ne...


Discovering The Secrets of the Deep Earth

Discovering The Secrets of the Deep Earth

The Earth still has many mysteries. Even though we have hundreds of years of technological innovation and scientific discovery that enabled us to chart stars and put a man on the moon, what lies directly beneath our feet is sti...


Diagnosing Fungus Infection in Tobacco Crops with Spectrophotometry

Diagnosing Fungus Infection in Tobacco Crops with Spectrophotometry

Despite the controversy surrounding tobacco and tobacco products, it still remains a very important crop in Northwest Argentina. For many, it provides a source of income and creates an industry that supports many families. Main...


Skylights Get a Second Chance at Practicality with New Nanotechnology

Skylights Get a Second Chance at Practicality with New Nanotechnology

Natural lighting is a highly desirable feature in homes and commercial construction. A popular way of incorporating natural lighting into a construction design is by installing skylights. Even though aesthetically skylights are...


The Incredible Infrared Science Behind Night Vision Displays

The Incredible Infrared Science Behind Night Vision Displays

A night vision imaging system (NVIS) uses image intensifier tubes to produce an enhanced image of a scene in light conditions too low for normal navigation. Similar to night-vision optics used for military applications, new au...


Can Your Smart Phone Be Causing Your Insomnia?

Can Your Smart Phone Be Causing Your Insomnia?

Looking for a good night’s sleep? If you don’t want to spend your nights counting sheep you may want to think twice before checking your phone regularly before bed. With the increasing popularity of hand-held digital devic...


Lettuce in Space? LED Research May Help Grow Food On Other Planets

Lettuce in Space? LED Research May Help Grow Food On Other Planets

Farming on other planets? Thirty years ago ideas like that were the stuff of B-movies, and science fiction novels. Today it is something that is seriously being considered as agricultural technology continues to develop. Mike ...


Flexible Screens Just Around the Bend Due to OLED Technology

Flexible Screens Just Around the Bend Due to OLED Technology

While most of us don’t intend to abuse our smartphones on a regular basis, human error and unfortunate accidents have been smashing and cracking the screens on our phones since they were first manufactured. Thankfully, this p...


LED Headlights Revolutionize Car Lighting

LED Headlights Revolutionize Car Lighting

With major LED technology advances in nearly every industry, it’s not surprising that they are having a massive impact on a variety of applications for the automotive industry. Car manufacturers are looking to standardize LED...


Deck the Halls with LED Lights!

Deck the Halls with LED Lights!

‘Tis the season for trimming the tree and putting up those holiday lights, but if your holiday bonus goes towards paying your electric bill you don’t have to say bah-humbug to holiday decorating. Now you can take the extra ...


Emergency Lighting:  How To Measure It With The LS-110

Emergency Lighting: How To Measure It With The LS-110

Emergency Lighting is an essential backup source used when a building or structure experiences a power outage. They are installed in virtually every commercial or high occupancy residential building. The light often consists ...


LED Lighting Shows Sports Venues a Better Way to Play Ball

LED Lighting Shows Sports Venues a Better Way to Play Ball

The next time you’re taking your seventh inning stretch take a glance at the bright lights making the game possible. Considering how essential good lighting is for athletes and officials it’s surprising that sports venues a...


The Future of LED Light Is Looking Bright

The Future of LED Light Is Looking Bright

Much of the lighting innovations in the last two years have been in the LED industry. The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to the three scientists who invented the efficient blue LED. Now 2015 has been designated as the ...


And the Award Goes to…the HP DreamColor Display!

And the Award Goes to…the HP DreamColor Display!

The Oscars are always an exciting time of the year. While most viewers tune in for the glitz, the glamour and to cheer on their favorite films, they may not think about how many of those nominated films came to be. In modern fi...


How Light Meters are Used and a Look at Several Models

How Light Meters are Used and a Look at Several Models

Konica Minolta light meters come in several styles and provide users with the ability to accurately measure light across many applications. An example of these applications include in laboratories, where engineers developing LE...


Why spectrophotometers are useful in quantitative color analysis in biochemistry

Why spectrophotometers are useful in quantitative color analysis in biochemistry

Since the beginning, Konica Minolta has made state-of-the art measuring instruments that are used across a wide range of industries from manufacturing and food to engineering and medical. Looking specifically at our spectrophot...


Ouch-B-Gone! Light Based Pain Management Therapy Has Arrived!

Ouch-B-Gone! Light Based Pain Management Therapy Has Arrived!

We all know that pain is usually the immediate body response to injury and illness. Whether it’s a simple paper cut or a chronic nerve pain, its appearance alerts us that our body is in distress. Unfortunately, for those who ...


The Inside Scoop On In-Flight Lights

The Inside Scoop On In-Flight Lights

Have you ever thought about the lighting on your flight? Between stuffing your luggage in an overhead bin, fidgeting with the air vents, and making sure that your seat is in a full upright position, lighting definitely does not...


Phototherapy is Killing Superbugs

Phototherapy is Killing Superbugs

Professors Prashant Nagpal and Anushree Chatterjee, cofounders of Praan Biosciences Inc., have been studying light-activated quantum dots (QDs) and their use as a technique to kill drug-resistant superbugs. Quantum dots are sem...


Light Ergonomics has the Answer for Workspace Lighting

Light Ergonomics has the Answer for Workspace Lighting

We've all experienced moments when we wished we had more or less light. From squinting through a dimly lit room to shielding our eyes from bright glare caused by too much light, the amount of light we have can affect our abilit...


Laser Lights may be the End of Diabetic Finger Pricks

Laser Lights may be the End of Diabetic Finger Pricks

Diabetes, a disease that causes difficulty with blood sugar regulation, requires patients to measure their blood glucose levels multiple times a day. Until recently, the only way to obtain this measurement was through a painful...


Near-Infrared Light Assists Phlebotomists In Finding Veins

Near-Infrared Light Assists Phlebotomists In Finding Veins

Getting bloodwork can be a painful experience for both the patient and the professional drawing the blood. If you have difficult veins it can be an even tougher process. Christie Medical set out to change the perception of phle...


LEDs Light Up the Night at Events Around the World

LEDs Light Up the Night at Events Around the World

Attend a modern concert, event or festival and you may see that there is light in the darkness: not just flashes of color, but synchronized rhythms coordinated with the music. This wonderful display of color is all thanks to ra...


The Growing Grow Light Market

The Growing Grow Light Market

Plants are not the only things growing these days. The market for special horticulture lights, called “grow lights,” is expected to grow to $4.19 Billion by 2022! These light sources are designed to emit a glow that stimula...


How Does Lighting Affect a Museum's Artwork?

How Does Lighting Affect a Museum's Artwork?

It is believed that a museum is the safest place to exhibit valuable artwork, but is it really? You may think you see Van Gogh’s artwork exactly the way he painted it, but many paintings experience fading and other signs of d...


New Advances in Jaundice Light Treatment

New Advances in Jaundice Light Treatment

Jaundice develops when the body cannot excrete bilirubin, a chemical that naturally occurs as red blood cells come apart. The more the chemical builds up, the yellower someone’s skin becomes. In newborns who haven’t yet dev...


Rainbow Meteors Could Color the Sky

Rainbow Meteors Could Color the Sky

When thinking about shooting stars, “colorful” or “rainbow” are generally not words that come to mind. That all may change soon, though, thanks to a Japanese startup company. They plan to make artificial meteors which, ...


Infrared Cameras in Biking Competitions

Infrared Cameras in Biking Competitions

After years of trying to catch dopers in cycling competitions, a new method of cheating has risen. “Mechanical doping” involves hiding a piece of technology, like a motor, on the bike, usually in either the frame or in the ...


New Atlas Shines Spotlight on Light Pollution

New Atlas Shines Spotlight on Light Pollution

The “New World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky Brightness,” originally published in 2001, has recently been updated and re-released. Differences between the two editions are not solely due to increased light pollution during ...


Illumination Can Fix Flaws in Solar Cells

Illumination Can Fix Flaws in Solar Cells

Solar cells have been around for decades but still seem to run into efficiency problems. To compensate, scientists have been experimenting with a new material to put in them, such as perovskite. Perovskites are compounds that c...