Kaiser Optical Systems: Endress+Hauser Completes Acquisition

Authorities have approved a takeover by Swiss process automation group Endress+Hauser to acquire US company Kaiser Optical Systems.

US regulatory authorities have approved the former parent company, Rockwell Collins, to complete the transaction already announced in August. The acquisition was effective from 22 November 2013.

Kaiser Optical Systems is a world leader in spectrographic instrumentation and applied holographic technology. Principal products include Raman sensors and instrumentation, advanced holographic components for spectroscopy, telecommunications, astronomy and ultra-fast sciences, and display systems for aircraft.

The company employs a staff of 76 in its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Seven employees in an office in Lyon, France, coordinate European sales activities. Rockwell Collins and Endress+Hauser agreed to not disclose the terms of the transaction.

Technology with high-value

Kaiser Optical Systems’ core competencies are in the field of Raman spectroscopy. This technology is based on the interaction of an inclined beam of light with the material analyzed: single photons transmit energy on molecules, and reciprocally also molecules transfer energy on single photons.

The resulting light diffusion creates a specific pattern for every material, comparable to a fingerprint, and provides information on composition and consistency.

Kaiser Optical Systems’ analysers work fast, reliably and precisely and can also be used on inline processes.

"That’s the big potential of advanced analytics," said Klaus Endress, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group. "Raman technology can replace laborious sample-taking and consequent laboratory analysis, enabling customers to continuously control quality and optimise their processes."

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