Directory of Lost Companies

Identified in this new Appendix are more than 200 companies whose name, ownership, or product line has changed significantly over the period from 1990 to 2005. Find the company you're looking for here.

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Search our wikiBy Walt Boyes, Editor in Chief, with S. Edvi

BETWEEN 1990 and 2005, the instrumentation, systems and automation industries were the subject of significant, not to say massive, change. Not only was this change of a technical nature, with significant advances in many product areas, but also this period has been one of consolidation among supplier companies who furnish instruments and control systems. It appears that this consolidation will continue for the foreseeable future.

Identified in this Appendix are more than 200 companies whose name, ownership, or product line changed significantly over the period from 1990 to 2005. This list is not complete, and the authors believe that there are perhaps as many as 50 more companies, most outside North America, whose names have also changed in the same fashion.

This turmoil among suppliers has had a significant effect on the ability of Instrument Engineers to find familiar products, and locate companies for service of existing installed equipment. For example, the Fischer & Porter Company, a well-known name in 1990, had ceased to exist as a marque in 2002. The company, itself, was purchased by Elsag BV, and merged with Bailey Controls to form Bailey-Fischer-Porter. Later, Elsag sold the combined companies to ABB, who elected to drop both trade names in favor of ABB Process Instrumentation. So, an Instrument Engineer whose company installed Fischer & Porter instrumentation or control systems in the early 1990s may now find it impossible to easily find information, manuals, and source spare parts and service for Fischer & Porter systems. Fischer & Porter, as you will see in the table below, is far from the only example of this problem. The Authors therefore provide this information as a public service to the profession.

Published in the Instrument Engineers’ Handbook, Fourth Edition, and re-printed with permission. The IEH4 is available from www.isa.org and www.amazon.com. Please send additions or corrections to this list to wboyes@putman.net.

Directory of Lost Companies

Prior Name

Intermediate, if any

2005

ACCO Bristol

Bristol Babcock Inc.

Bristol Babcock div. of FKI Energy and Technology Group

Advanced Pollution Instrumentation Inc.

Teledyne Instruments - API

AEG Automation Systems

Cegelec

AEG Schneider Automation

Groupe Schneider/Schneider Electric

Schneider Automation

AGEMA Infrared Systems

FLIR Systems Inc.

Altek Calibrators

Transmation

American Sigma

American Sigma div. of Danaher

Ametek McCrometer

Ketema-McCrometer

McCrometer div. of Danaher

Amscor

Fluid Data; ThermoONIX

ThermoElectron Measurement and Control

Anatel

Anatel Div. of Danaher

Pacific Scientific Instruments div. of Danaher

Anchor Darling

Flowserve Corp

Applied Automation Inc

Elsag-Bailey

ABB Process Automation (much of AAI was sold to Siemens)

Applied Automation/Hartmann and Braun (systems division)

Johnson Yokogawa

Yokogawa Corp.

ARCOM Control Systems

Spectris PLC

Arthur Technology

Respirometry Plus

ASAP Software

Xycom Automation/Pro-face America div of Digital-Japan

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