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Historical Achievements

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Within a year of Kingfisher International's establishment in 1986, newly married couple Bruce & Rosmin introduced the world's first handheld laser light source, developed, produced and exported from their garage in Melbourne, Australia. Kingfisher has remained an industry leading provider of handheld fiber test solutions to this day.

Milestones and Achievements

  • 1986 Kingfisher Founded
  • 1987 Created World's First Handheld Laser source & Exported to USA, Japan, New Zealand
  • 1987 Long-range, multi-party Fiber Talk Set created, Won major contracts worldwide
  • 1988 World's First Fully Intergrated Return Loss Meter, Won major contracts worldwide
  • 1989 World's First No warm-up Light Sources, Won major contracts worldwide
  • 1991 Moved out of garage, into a small factory based in Rowville
  • 1992 World's first handheld solid state VFL KI8000 series, using our own laser pigtailing
  • 1993 Asia's first commercial inhouse traceable Optical Calibration Laboratory
  • 1994 ISO 9001 Certification
  • 1994 Introduced 7xxx Series product framework
  • 1994 World's first fully automated handheld Attenuator (still the world's most accurate!)
  • 1995 Introduced 76xx Power Meters, offering the world's best accuracy (3%)
  • 1996 Industry's first 3-7 Year Warranty, 3 year calibration cycle
  • 1996 Handheld Instrument control software KITS™ Introduced
  • 1996 World's first Cold Clamp™ (Patented)
  • 1997 Kingfisher Website Launched
  • 1997 Introduced Inexpensive Interchangable Connectors (Patented)
  • 2000 OEM Alliance with Hewlett Packard/Agilent Technologies
  • 2001 Moved into custom-built factory based in Scoresby
  • 2002 Implemented demand forcasting & ex-stock delivery capability
  • 2003 Survived .com bust!
  • 2003 Introduced KI3xxx Series product framework with world's best battery life
  • 2003 Introduced KI3xxx Power Meter and Light Source
  • 2003 Simple Loss Test Set series Introduced
  • 2004 World's Fastest Real-time Two-Way Fiber Tester introduced
  • 2005 Added plastic fiber capability to Two-Way Fiber Tester
  • 2005 Traceable Loss & Power Calibration at CWDM wavelegnths, offering the world's best accuracy (1%)
  • 2005 G2 Connector Introduced (Patented)
  • 2006 World's first Real-time Two-Way 4 Wavelength Fiber Tester
  • 2006 World's first .NET (XML) compliant reporting software KITS™ 3.03
  • 2006 Sprint-Nextel Supply (now known as Embarq Logistics) contract signed
  • 2008 Launched KI 9000 range of budget, highly portable handheld optical testers
  • 2008 World's first light sources with (what later proved to be) Encircled Flux compliance
  • 2010 Launched FiberSafe Microscope with improved eye safety
  • 2011 World's first test kits optimised for MPO ribbon fiber connectors
  • 2011 Launched KI 2600 range of premium handheld optical power meters
  • 2012 Launched Launched KI 2800 / 2400 range of premium handheld optical power meters
  • 2012 Launched Launched KI 2700 / 2300 range of optical loss test sets