Honeywell Analytics supplies gas detection equipment for safety applications and recently celebrated its 60th anniversary.
It began in Poole, Dorset in the United Kingdom where it still has a base today, starting as EIC-Sieger in 1959 and rebranded to J&S Sieger Ltd in 1961. The founder was Joshua Sieger who invented the first low-power catalytic bead sensor immune to cross-sensitivity and named it Mark 9, designed for use on boats. At the time, few companies offered gas detection solutions and those that did mainly targeted mining.
The company pioneered Chemcassette technology in 1971, which provided proof of gas presence. Using colourimetric paper tape, that changed in colour when exposed to the target gas, a technique which is still used today.
Innovative and growing operations attracted the attention of the Zellweger Luwa Group, who in 1979 acquired J&S Sieger Ltd and rebranded it to Zellweger Analytics. Two years later the company acquired MDA Scientific who specialised in gas detection products for semiconductor fabrications and laboratories. The result was a comprehensive range of Chemcassettes and detection solutions for a variety of exotic gases. While also serving the traditional customer base of mining, oil, gas and petrochemical sectors.
The 1980s saw many developments; Siegestor 7 (SG7) the first poison resistant catalytic bead sensor, fixed gas transmitters with one-person set up/calibration functionality and remote sensor capability (1050 & 1053 ranges). Gas controllers were also offered, which combined with detectors formed a complete gas detection solution.
During 1985 optical gas detection technology was used to develop the 5050, an infrared point flammable gas detector. Working with Shell during 1987, Searchline was developed, the first hazardous area certified Open Path detector which is still available in an updated form today.
Series 2000 transmitters were introduced during the 90s, providing easy sensor replacement in hazardous areas without needing a hot work permit, now superseded by the 3000 range. 1996 marked the acquisition Neotronics, a portable gas monitor manufacturer; this facilitated the launch of the now obsolete Impact gas detector in 2001 that used cartridge-based sensors and offered the first automatic calibration device the Enforcer.
2005 was a milestone year when Zellweger Analytics was acquired by Honeywell and rebranded Honeywell Analytics and incorporated into their Life Safety division. Further synergy and expansion occurred in 2007 when MST technology a German company was purchased, offering gas detection specialism in semiconductor and laboratory settings, resulting in the introduction of the Satellite into the Honeywell Analytics portfolio. The Zareba range was also launched offering low-cost fixed gas instruments for customers.
On March 24, 2006, BW Technologies was bought offering Honeywell a significant foothold into the portable gas detection market, with the world-renowned BW brand still used today, recently released models include the BW Solo and the BW Ultra. In the same year, UK based First Technology PLC was acquired, which included City Technology a sensor manufacturer that produces the Sensoric range.
The acquisition of RAE Systems Inc was completed in June 2013, an expert manufacturer of portable and fixed gas detection instruments along with radiation and photo-ionisation sensing devices.
Deploying the latest technology to offer wired or wireless gas detection, the Honeywell Analytics range includes fixed and portable instruments along with control systems supplied to a multitude of industries across the world. Combining 200 years of experience in the design, manufacture and technology of gas detection.