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Endress+Hauser Acquires Moisture Measurement Technology Manufacturer

September 25, 2017

The Endress+Hauser Group is enhancing its quality measurement portfolio through the acquisition of IMKO Micromodultechnik GmbH, a manufacturer of moisture measurement systems.

IMKO’s headquarters will remain in Ettlingen, Germany; the company’s 19 employees have been retained.

“The area of moisture measurement developed by IMKO further enhances our existing offering for process instrumentation with an additional key quality parameter,” said Dr. Andreas Mayr, managing director of Endress+Hauser GmbH+Co KG, whose portfolio will be complemented by the new company. “Additionally, the technology that IMKO employs is very similar to technologies we use for level measurement.”

The IMKO systems measure moisture with time domain reflectrometry (TDR), a technology based on the time of flight of reflected radar waves. This provides information regarding the dielectric constant of a material which in turn relates directly to the material’s moisture. “This innovative technology offers major advantages over other technologies,” said Mayr. “The measurement is not influenced by the material’s conductivity. IMKO’s systems are precise, reliable, and cost-efficient.”

Today, IMKO’s systems are used to measure moisture in buildings and soil, for environmental monitoring, and also in process engineering applications for the food & beverage, chemical, and life sciences industries. “With this acquisition, we are pursuing our strategy to support customers in future from the laboratory to the process,” said Mayr, who is also responsible for technology and marketing within the executive board of the Endress+Hauser Group.

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