SEPTEMBER 4--Fluke Corporation (Everett, WA; www.fluke.com), a manufacturer of electronic test tools, has acquired through its parent corporation, Danaher, Santa Cruz, CA-based Raytek Corporation (www.raytek.com), a leader in noncontact infrared (IR) temperature-measurement instrumentation. Founded in 1963, Raytek designs, manufactures, markets, and services a complete line of IR noncontact temperature-measurement instruments used by industrial, process control, and maintenance professionals.
Infrared thermometry is used for quality assurance and troubleshooting. It offers many advantages over contact thermometry by providing accurate measurements of moving targets; hazardous or inaccessible objects (high-voltage parts, objects at a distance); and high temperatures (greater than 1300°C). Infrared thermometry measurements can be made without risk of contamination and mechanical effect on the object being measured.
Raytek, whose products are sold in more than 60 countries around the world, had revenues in excess of $50 million in 2001. Raytek's European headquarters are in Berlin, Germany, South American headquarters in Sorocaba, Brazil, and Central American headquarters in Puebla, Mexico. Raytek has also established strategic business units in the United Kingdom, Japan, China and France. Fluke will retain the Raytek brand name as well as its locations and staff around the world. There are no immediate plans to change the company's sales structure.
Fluke Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Danaher Corporation, develops and manufactures compact, professional electronic test tools. Fluke products are used by technicians and engineers in service, installation, maintenance, manufacturing test and quality functions in a variety of industries throughout the world. The company's European sales and service headquarters is located in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.