Schneider Electric, the global energy management and automation company, has acquired Applied Instrument Technologies, Inc. (AIT), a provider of online process analyzers for the hydrocarbon, petrochemical, chemical, pharmaceutical and steel-making industries. The acquisition adds to Schneider Electric’s process automation portfolio that already includes Foxboro plant instrumentation, Foxboro and PlantStruxure PES process automation systems, Modicon PAC systems and Triconex safety systems.
“AIT enhances our portfolio and strengthens our position,” said Gary Freburger, president, Schneider Electric’s Process Automation business. “Growing our capabilities is a critical part of our strategy to help our customers transform their businesses, improve their operational profitability and realize the future of automation.”
Based in Upland, California, AIT has an installed base of more than 1,000 systems and a breadth of spectroscopy and chromatography solutions, including a portfolio of process analyzers and associated implementation services. Its technology improves process optimization, asset protection and compliance with environmental regulations, allowing customers to better manage and improve their operational profitability.
“As a trusted partner, AIT enabled us to offer one integrated solution for enhanced process analysis, control and asset protection, improving efficiencies and adding significant value for our customers,” said Chris Lyden, senior vice president, Process Automation, Schneider Electric. “Formally adding them to our business not only increases the value we are able to provide to existing strategic accounts, it fortifies us in new markets.”
AIT and its offerings will be fully integrated into Schneider Electric’s process automation business and will continue to be managed by its existing executive team. The integration will be finalized in late 2017.