MEAS Company History

1983

Company founded as engineering consulting firm. Develops silicon glass/gaging process for low-cost, low power piezoresistive bridge.

1985 – 1995

Company develops low cost load cell, which leads to entry into digital bathroom scale market; leading provider to OEMs and retailers. IPO on AMEX in 1988.

1998 – 2000

Company embarks on series of acquisitions designed to increase size/breadth of sensor division; acquires piezo film sensors from AMP, ICSensors from P+E, Schaevitz Sensors from TRW.

2002 – 2003

Rapid growth leads to financial missteps; company is restructured under Guidone. Post-restructuring, board makes strategic decision to migrate to pure-play sensor company and divest consumer business. Moves to NASDAQ under ticker MEAS.

2004 – 2007

Company invests ~$155 million in 12 transactions, significantly expanding product offering and geographic reach. Completely divests consumer business in Dec 2005. 45% CAGR over period (organic + acquisitions).

2008 – 2011

Company acquires Intersema in 2008; Atexis and FGP in 2009; Pressure Systems in 2010; Celesco and Gentech in 2011. In January 2009, the Company opens new 25,000 square meter facility in ShenZhen, China to serve as the Asia/Pacific Regional Manufacturing and R&D Headquarters.  

2012 – Today

Company acquires Cosense and The RTD Company in 2012; Spectrum Sensors & Controls and Sensotherm in 2013; Wema Systems AS in 2014.  Today, MEAS is a leading, global sensor supplier to OEMs and end-users, with sales in excess of $400 million to 65 countries worldwide. All sales under one brand: MEAS.

 

Piezofilm Sensors 

Piezo film sensors was purchased from AMP Inc. in August 1998. Piezo film (poled PVDF) is a thin flexible fluoropolymer film that is very sensitive to stress or strain. Piezo film converts dynamic strain into an electrical signal, and vice versa. Easily customized, Piezo film can be used to form a very wide range of sensor configurations including, among others, accelerometers, contact microphones, vibration sensors, musical instrument pick-ups and high frequency ultrasonic transducers.
 

 ICSensors 

ICSensors line of products was purchased February 16, 2000 from PerkinElmer, Inc. The ICSensors brand brings knowledge and expertise in the areas of design and manufacturing of micromachine silicon pressure sensors, accelerometers and microstructures. A world recognized pioneer in microsensor technology, ICSensors serves industrial, medical and aerospace customers.

 Schaevitz 

Schaevitz Sensors was acquired by Measurement Specialties in August 2000 from TRW Industries. Schaevitz is a widely recognized and respected sensor brand name with over 60 years of design, manufacturing and expertise for low to medium volume, rugged industrial sensors using strain gage, linear differential transformers (LVDT), reluctive displacement, tilt, fluid level, pressure and many other lines of sensor-based products.

 Elekon 

Elekon Industries USA, Inc was purchased by Measurement Specialties in June 2004. Their primary products include pulse oximetry sensors for use in hospitals and other primary/secondary care environments. These non-invasive sensors are used to measure pulse rate and blood oxygen content. Elekon designs and manufactures sensors and optical components on an OEM basis for a variety of customers including Tyco, Philips and GE, among others.

 EncoderDevices 

Encoder Devices, based in Plainfield, Illinois was purchased by Measurement Specialties in July 2004. Encoder Devices is a designer and manufacturer of rotational sensors (encoders) utilizing magnetic encoding technology. Magnetic encoding is an emerging technology that has many cost and performance advantages over traditional optical encoders.

 Entran 

Entran Devices, a New Jersey and Les Clayes-sous-Bois, France based company was purchased by Measurement Specialties in July 2004. Entran is a designer and manufacturer of acceleration, pressure, and force sensors which are primarily sold to the automotive crash test and motorsport racing markets. Their primary products include piezo-resistive accelerometers sold to various customers for use in destructive automotive crash testing, both on crash dummies and on the car.

 Humirel 

Humirel, SA was acquired by Measurement Specialties in December 2004. Humirel is a Toulouse, France based company that designs and manufactures humidity sensors and assemblies for automotive, heavy truck, HVAC and consumer product markets. The company’s products are used in OEM applications such as automotive windshield defogging, diesel engine performance and emissions management and control, and consumer durable goods for humidity measurement, among others. End customers include several major European, US and Asian automakers, most major diesel engine companies and leading consumer HVAC and durable goods manufacturers.

HLPlanar 

HL Planartechnik GmbH located in Dortmund, Germany was purchased by Measurement Specialties in November 2005. HL Planar has a production and development facility with a Silicon MEMS fab in the heart of Germany’s technology corridor. HL Planar specializes in thin-film metallization processes, producing sensors in four main categories: (1) infrared thermopiles used in appliance, automobile, medical and other applications for non-contacting temperature measurement; (2) magneto-resistive sensors that measure changes in magnetic fields to determine position, angle, rotation or current; (3) mass air flow (MAF) sensors to measure the changes in air flow and other gases for use in automotive, medical and industrial applications; (4) MEMS-based inclination sensors for the precise measurement of level, angle or tilt in construction equipment, automobile and aerospace applications.

Atex 

ATEX Motorsport Sensors Specialists, founded outside Paris, France in 2000 was purchased by Measurement Specialties in January 2006. ATEX specializes in providing vibration sensors to the Formula One racing market. ATEX specializes in specifying aerodynamics, strain gauge, technical design and stress analysis.

    BetaTherm 

BetaTHERM Sensors, established in 1983 in Galway, Ireland was purchased by Measurement Specialties in April 2006. BetaTHERM designs and manufactures precision thermistors and customer probes used for temperature sensing in aerospace, biomedical, automotive, industrial and consumer goods applications.

    YSI 

YSI Temperature was purchased by Measurement Specialties from YSI Incorporated (Ohio, USA) in April 2006. YSI manufactures thermistors and custom temperature probes and is a leader in the high-precision temperature market, focusing on engineered solutions for medical/healthcare, aerospace and industrial applications.

Visyx 

Visyx was purchased by Measurement Specialties in November 2007. Visyx has developed sensors that can measure fluid properties, including density, viscosity and dielectric constant. Visyx fluid property sensors are based on a unique tuning fork technology originally developed by Psychopathologies. This technology will allow OEMs to incorporate fluid property measurement such as oil condition in their next generation equipment. Target markets include heavy on and off road equipment engines and transmissions, compressors/turbines and refrigeration/air conditioning.

Intersema 

Intersema Sensoric SA, located in Bevaix, Switzerland was purchased by Measurement Specialties in January 2008. Intersema designs and manufactures high precision MEMS-based pressure sensors for consumer goods, automotive, and aircraft industries, as well as various medical and industrial applications. Intersema has over 30 million sensors in the field and is a recognized leader in the field of low energy sensor applications.

Atexis 

Atexis SAS, located in Fontenay, France as well as Chengdu, China was acquired by Measurement Specialties in January 2009.  Atexis is a leading designer/manufacturer of temperature sensors and probes with operating ranges from -200C to 2000C.  Atexis utilizes NTC, Pt, and thermocouple technologies to provide its customers a broad range of temperature sensing solutions across most major end markets.

FGP 

FGP Sensors, located in Les Clayes sous Bois and Vernouillet, France was purchased by Measurement Specialties in January 2009.  FGP was established in 1975 and is a leader in demanding pressure, acceleration, and force sensor applications within the end-user test & measurement market, as well as custom force applications within the aerospace market.

PSI 

Pressure Systems, Inc. (PSI), located in Hampton, Virginia, USA, was purchased by Measurement Specialties from Esterline Technologies (Seattle, WA, USA) in September 2010. PSI is the recognized world leader in pressure and temperature scanning instrumentation for aerospace vehicle and propulsion research as well as a dominant supplier of water level transducers for municipal water usage and environmental water resource management.

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Celesco Transducer Products Inc, located in Chatsworth, California, USA, was purchased by Measurement Specialties in September 2011. Celesco is a leader in the design and manufacture of cable extension transducers and rotary encoders.  Celesco is the leading provider of cable extension 'string pots' to the mobile hydraulic/off-road, medical and test & measurement markets.  

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Gentech International Ltd, located in Girvan, Scotland, was purchased by Measurement Specialties in October, 2011. Gentech is a  designer and manufacturer of position sensors used largely for tank liquid level measurement, including urea tank level in heavy truck SCR systems.  

 Cosense 
Cosense Inc., located in Hauppauge, New York, USA, was purchased by Measurement Specialties in April, 2012. Cosense is a technological leader in the design and manufacture of engineered ultrasonic sensors and switches used in semiconductor, medical, aerospace and industrial applications.  
 
RTD Company 

The RTD Company was acquired by Measurement Specialties in October 2012. They are a manufacturer of custom temperature sensors and assemblies. RTD services and designs for all major OEM’s. This includes but not limited to motor/generators, medical, flow and factory automation.  In addition RTD offers CDM – concept/design/manufacturer services.

Spectrum Sensors and Controls 

Measurement Specialties acquired the capital stock of Spectrum Sensors and Controls, Inc. on April 17, 2013 from API Technologies Corp.  Spectrum Sensors and Controls designs and manufactures custom temperature probes, high reliability encoders and inertial sensors. Spectrum Sensors is the combination of three prior acquisitions: Advanced Thermal Products located in St Mary’s, PA, primarily producing HVAC and refrigeration temperature probes and assemblies, JDK Controls located in Grass Valley, CA, producing high-reliability encoders for aerospace and military applications, and Summit Instruments located in Akron, OH, producing inertial test systems for aerospace and military markets.

  Sensotherm 
On August 30, 2013, Measurement Specialties (MEAS) completed the acquisition of Sensotherm, located in Nuremburg, Germany and Hungary. Sensotherm designs and manufactures thin film platinum (Pt) temperature sensors (Pt RTDs). 

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On June 2, 2014 Measurement Specialties acquired the capital stock of Wema Systems AS (Norway).  Wema designs and manufacture state-of-the-art products for the automotive, marine, agriculture & Construction equipment markets.  Wema’s core business activities are focused upon  level sensor solutions for fuel, water, waste, AdBlue and black water tanks.  They also  offer a wide range of temperature sensors, pressure sensors, gauges as well as alarms and smoke detectors.

 

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