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Endress+Hauser acquires Blue Ocean Nova

Nov. 8, 2017
Intelligent inline spectrometers strengthen E+H's process analytical instrumentation portfolio

Endress+Hauser is expanding its portfolio of products, solutions and services in the field of process analytical measurement through its acquisition of Blue Ocean Nova, a manufacturer of inline spectrometers for monitoring quality-relevant process parameters. The company’s 15 employees located in Aalen, Germany will be retained.

Blue Ocean Nova will operate under the umbrella of Endress+Hauser’s center of competence for liquid analysis headquartered in Gerlingen, Germany. "The intelligent process sensors developed by Blue Ocean Nova will enhance our offering in the field of process analytical measurement, adding a strategic building block,” said Manfred Jagiella, managing director of Endress+Hauser Conducta.

The process sensors developed by Blue Ocean Nova cover the relevant optical spectroscopy regions of UV-VIS, NIR and MIR to analyze liquids, gases and solids inline. The technology allows the spectrometer to be directly integrated into the measurement probe, even in explosion-hazardous areas. The sensors can be automatically cleaned and are readily integrated into process control systems.

The systems from Blue Ocean Nova are used in the food & beverage, oil & gas, chemicals and life sciences industries for applications such as concentration and moisture measurements and for measuring relevant quality parameters. The technology enhances E+H's portfolio, which already encompasses Raman spectroscopy, tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) and process photometers.

Blue Ocean Nova was founded by Joachim Mannhardt and Stefan Beck in 2015, bringing product development experience in the field of industrial spectroscopy and process analytical measurements to the company. "Endress+Hauser opens the door to international markets and customers for us,” said Beck.

"We’re convinced that our technology will be an ideal enhancement to Endress+Hauser’s optical portfolio," said Mannhardt .

Both parties agreed not to disclose the details of the transaction. Mannhardt and Beck will remain on the management team of the company.

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