Yokogawa buys Analytical Specialties, real-time laser analyzers

Yokogowa Corporation of America purchased Analytical Specialties and its TruePeak Tunable Diode Laser Spectroscopy (TDLS) Gas Analyzers, said to be highly accurate, repeatable, and real-time. Yokogawa also established a Laser Analytical Division within its U.S. subsidiary as a core unit for the industrial automation environmental and measurement business.

04/08/2008


Houston, TX

TruePeak Tunable Diode Laser Spectroscopy (TDLS) Gas Analyzers

are available from Yokogowa, widening the company’s offering of analyzer technologies.

Yokogowa Corporation of America

liked the highly accurate, real-time TDLS technology enough to purchase all stock of

Analytical Specialties Inc. (ASI)

, in an April 3, 2008, transaction. Terms were not disclosed; ASI’s 15 employees now work for Yokogawa.

With their hands on the TruePeak Tunable Diode Laser Spectroscopy (TDLS) Gas Analyzer, Yokogawa Corporation of America’s Jon Pecchia (left) and Trevor Knittel look forward to selling analyzers.


Jon Pecchia, general manager, analytical business unit, North America, made the announcement with former ASI founder and president, Trevor Knittel, on April 8, 2008, at a press conference at Yokogawa User Conference & Technology Fair. Knittel, grinning widely, had to check his new business card for his latest affiliation: general manager, laser technology, analytical business unit, Yokogawa Corporation of America. The ASI name goes away, Houston office remains, and the Yokogawa logo now goes on ASI products. And Yokogawa now has a Laser Analytical Division within its U.S. subsidiary as a core unit for the industrial automation environmental and measurement business.
Numbers of ASI analyzers installed are in the triple digits, Knittel said, declining to be more specific. They’re $20,000 to $35,000 each, depending on application and accessories; pricing under Yokogawa is “to be determined,” says Knittel. ASI, founded in 1994, secured the www.analyzer.com URL. (The site offers a tutorial on analyzers and lists its products.)
Pecchia says he expect large market growth for these analyzers because of the accuracy and inline measurement capability. TDLS market will grow to $150 million by 2013 (Yokogawa says it will have the largest share, then, at $30 million), as there’s more demand for energy savings, carbon dioxide reductions, and more optimized combustion. Pecchia says he expects faster growth for TDLS than near-infrared or even process gas chromatograph technologies.


Yokogawa bought Analytical Specialties Inc., manufacturer of the TruePeak analyzer.

“TDLS enables direct high-speed measurement of many important process gases, including combustion byproducts, impurities, and oxygen in many chemical and refining operations” and moisture in natural gas pipelines, Knittel explains. TruePeak TDLS uses a proprietary peak area integration method, enabling higher accuracy and repeatability than other products, he says; it's the “first tunable diode laser analyzer designed specifically for process analysis.” In the device, a laser illuminates gases and analyzes the absorbed wavelength in the spectrum of transmitted light, measuring oxygen, carbon monoxide, ammonia, hydrochloric acid, and moisture. It takes 5 seconds, compared to minutes or longer for other methods that may use complex sampling methods,
Satoru Kurosu, Yokogawa senior vice president of the Industrial Automation Business headquarters, said in a statement that he expects more acquisitions to “expand our lineup of sensors used in the analytical processes” over the plants lifecycle, addressing the need for energy saving and environmental conservation.
ASI’s most recent product introduction was the Icos Laser Gas Analyzer, which uses mirrors to provide up to thousands of meters of path length for measurement, resulting in ultra-low detection limits for trace level, part per billion/million (ppb-ppm) measurements, including C2H2, CO, CO2, NH3, H2O, H2S, O2 and other gases.
–  Mark T. Hoske , editor in chief
Control Engineering News Desk
Register here and scroll down to select your choice of eNewsletters free .





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners.
Control Engineering Leaders Under 40 identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Learn more about methods used to ensure that the integration between the safety system and the process control...
Adding industrial toughness and reliability to Ethernet eGuide
Technological advances like multiple-in-multiple-out (MIMO) transmitting and receiving
Virtualization advice: 4 ways splitting servers can help manufacturing; Efficient motion controls; Fill the brain drain; Learn from the HART Plant of the Year
Two sides to process safety: Combining human and technical factors in your program; Preparing HMI graphics for migrations; Mechatronics and safety; Engineers' Choice Awards
Detecting security breaches: Forensic invenstigations depend on knowing your networks inside and out; Wireless workers; Opening robotic control; Product exclusive: Robust encoders
The Ask Control Engineering blog covers all aspects of automation, including motors, drives, sensors, motion control, machine control, and embedded systems.
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
News and comments from Control Engineering process industries editor, Peter Welander.
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
This is a blog from the trenches – written by engineers who are implementing and upgrading control systems every day across every industry.
Anthony Baker is a fictitious aggregation of experts from Callisto Integration, providing manufacturing consulting and systems integration.
Integrator Guide

Integrator Guide

Search the online Automation Integrator Guide
 

Create New Listing

Visit the System Integrators page to view past winners of Control Engineering's System Integrator of the Year Award and learn how to enter the competition. You will also find more information on system integrators and Control System Integrators Association.

Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Control Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.