Microscan To Purchase Siemens’ Machine Vision Business

26 September 2008

Microscan announced it will purchase Siemens’ Machine Vision business, formerly Acuity CiMatrix, headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire USA. The company expects the acquisition to further enhance its technology leadership position in traceability solutions by expanding further into machine vision imaging and inspection.

Siemens machine vision
Siemens machine vision

Microscan, located in the Seattle suburb of Renton, Washington, designs and manufactures precision data acquisition and controls. The company focuses on solutions for electronics, life sciences, and automotive industries. The company plans to keep the Nashua location open and retain the majority of the workforce. For customers and distribution partners the transition of ownership is expected to be seamless.

“The purchase of Siemens Machine Vision Business allows Microscan to expand our vision and smart camera portfolio to the benefit of our customers and partners worldwide,“ said Jeff Timms, president of Microscan. Timms left an executive position with Siemens to relocate to Seattle to head Microscan in late 2007.

"Vision products for identification and inspection are a growing aspect of the precision data acquisition and control market. The acquisition of the Siemens Machine Vision Business brings with it a depth of expertise in data matrix and vision product design that is second to none. Combined with Microscan’s deep experience in data acquisition solutions, the purchase of this business tremendously augments our product portfolio and brings with it a unique and complementary offering to our customers. This acquisition will nicely position us against our competitors in our targeted markets.”

"Since acquiring the company in 2005, Siemens has made considerable investments in the portfolio, facilities, infrastructure, and employees of its machine vision business,” said Dennis Sadlowski, president and CEO of US-based Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. “I’m confident that the combination of these investments and Microscan’s ability to engage a focused sales force, will ensure the continued success of this business. Siemens will continue to focus on the industrial identification (Auto ID) segment and strengthen its innovative RFID and 1D/2D code reading systems portfolio.”

Siemens completed the acquisition of RVSI Acuity CiMatrix, a division of Robotic Visions Systems (RVSI), Inc. in October 2005. At that time the company employed approximately 100 people. Siemens A&D said at the time it planned to make the Nashua location "a global center of competence for machine vision sensors."

Microscan Systems Inc. is a member of London-based Spectris plc, a specialist instrumentation and electronic controls company that includes in its industrial controls portfolio both Microscan and Red Lion Controls. Spectris reported that the two combined for a annual turnover of £38.3m (48.3 euro) in 2007, contributing 6 per cent of the company’s total turnover of £668.4m (843.6 euro)

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