History of Taylor Instruments Part 2

posted June 20, 2012

As previously posted in the first part of this series, Taylor instruments had a heavy influence in both of the world wars by providing the tools necessary for a wide range of military equipment. Most notoriously Taylor was the key process instrumentation contractor for the gaseous diffusion plant of the Manhattan Project.

Company mergers and continued advancements in technology were the hallmarks of Taylor’s years post WWII. Merging with Ritter Pfaudler Corp in 1968, Taylor found an even more spacious home to develop its products. Pfaudler Corp was a Rochester based manufacturer making medical, dental, and water processing equipment and supplies. This merged company would create the holding company Sybron Corp.

Taylor was acquired from Sybron in 1983 by Combustion Engineering, this was followed shortly thereafter in 1987 by Taylor integrating with AccuRay, a flat-sheet measurement and control company that had been acquired by Combustion Engineering.

In 1990 an agreement was finalized where Combustion Engineering was acquired by ABB. This incorporated Taylor even more into the day to day of its now parent company. It would go through several name changes including ABB Kent-Taylor and ABB Instrumentation. Taylor would continue to innovate parts during this time, eventually introducing the first batch-oriented historical data application known as the Production Data Log.

Today Taylor Instruments and its people have fully integrated with ABB. Its US headquarters can be found in Wickliffe, OH.

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