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  • Ametek Acquires Imago
Apr 2010
PAOLI, Pa., April 21, 2010 — Ametek Inc. has acquired Imago Scientific Instruments, a privately held manufacturer of 3-D atom probes, for an undisclosed amount.

"Imago Scientific Instruments significantly broadens our technical capabilities in differentiated, high-end analytical instrumentation and is an excellent addition to our Cameca advanced elemental analysis business," said Frank S. Hermance, Ametek’s chairman and CEO. Ametek makes electronic instruments and electromechanical devices and has annual sales of $2.1 billion.

"Imago is a pioneer in the development of 3-D atom probe technology, which is used in advanced materials science to conduct atomic-level imaging and analysis. Imago provides us with additional technical capabilities, significantly broadens our customer base and strengthens our global leadership in this high-end technology," Hermance said. Imago's customers include academic, government and industrial facilities engaged in nanotechnology and other materials science research.

Based in Madison, Wis., Imago joins Cameca as part of Ametek's Materials Analysis Div., which provides a wide range of complementary imaging and analysis technologies, including secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), low-energy x-ray emission spectrometry (LEXES), electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) instruments, and optical emission and x-ray fluorescence spectrometers for the metals, environmental, R&D, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, electronics and forensic science markets.

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electron probe microanalysis
An analytical technique used to determine the nature of extremely small samples by forming the x-ray spectrum of the samples through excitation by a finely focused electron beam.
That branch of science involved in the study and utilization of the motion, emissions and behaviors of currents of electrical energy flowing through gases, vacuums, semiconductors and conductors, not to be confused with electrics, which deals primarily with the conduction of large currents of electricity through metals.
The science of measurement, particularly of lengths and angles.
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