Strategic acquisition for IRISS


IRISS, best known in Europe as manufacturer of the only industrial-grade infrared windows, has announced a strategic acquisition. It has bought the US company Delta-T Engineering, with the express purpose of broadening its scope in the electrical maintenance safety device market (EMSD).

EMSD products are vitally important to condition-based monitoring systems. They allow the health of energised electrical systems to be monitored, protecting equipment and profits without compromising the safety of the maintenance team. IRISS is seeking to provide its customers with a comprehensive, single source for these devices.

The current IRISS range includes ports for airborne ultrasound and voltage detection, as well as its unique polymer thermal imaging windows. The purchase of Delta-T Engineering enables the company to add wireless temperature monitoring to this growing list.

Delta-T technology effectively tracks electrical system temperatures and sends that data to a computer hub for analysis and trending. It is another means of detecting electrical faults before they become expensive failures.

Initially established in the UK, IRISS is now headquartered in the USA. Delta-T is being moved to this growing manufacturing site in Florida and a parallel recruitment campaign is underway for both engineers and assemblers.

“This acquisition plays into our overall company strategy of becoming a leader in the EMSD market,” explained Martin Robinson, CEO of the IRISS Group. He continued: “EMSDs provide a cost effective way for companies to comply with all of the established and changing standards for maximum inspection safety while minimising commercial risk.”

The Delta-T online system will be available to EMEA customers from IRISS UK, in Chelmsford, from early spring 2014 and will be shown for the first time in Europe at the forthcoming Maintec Exhibition at the NEC.