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ABB acquires Los Gatos Research, adding novel gas analytical measurement solutions


May 5, 2013
By Anthony Capkun

May 4, 2013 – ABB—a global player in electric power and automation—is acquiring Los Gatos Research (LGR) of Mountain View, Calif., to add a new line of gas analyzers to its measurement business.

“LGR fills a gap in our technology portfolio and brings a host of new solutions that are vital to industrial customers, such as oil & gas production and transportation, combustion, emissions, power generation and environmental monitoring,” said Kishore Sundararajan, global business unit manager in Measurement Products. “This technology has tremendous promise, and we look forward to combining it with our product development and channels to market.”

LGR’s laser-based measurement strategies allow for non-destructive analysis of gases and liquids. The company’s analyzer technology is based on Off-Axis Integrated Cavity Output Spectroscopy (OA-ICOS) that boasts, says ABB, a substantially higher sensitivity, precision and accuracy than other traditional sampling and laser-based technologies.

LGR’s employees will join the global Measurement Products business unit in ABB’s Process Automation Division. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, which is expected to close in Q3 2013 (subject to customary regulatory approvals).