Schneider Electric announced today that it has acquired Dinel, a French company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets a wide array of optoelectronic products.
Founded in 1980 and based in Gournay-en-Bray, France, Dinel generates roughly 3.4 million Euros in annual sales, of which 42% are from outside France.
The Dinel product line-up includes optoelectronic amplifiers and sensors, glass and plastic fibre optic sensors, transparent product sensors, laser sensors and contrast sensors. They are used in a variety of industrial applications, such as packaging, labelling, handling and storage.
Schneider said in a statement that Dinel has recognised expertise in integrating microcontrollers into product architecture in ways that improve ease of use. Recent products include the world’s first colour sensor, a new type of laser sensor for worldwide distribution, a line of miniature sensors, and an imaging system used for final quality control on production and packaging lines.
Schneider added that the acquisition of Dinel would allow it to extend its current range of electromechanical, photoelectric, inductive, capacitive and ultrasonic sensors, with the goal of better serving customer needs for innovative, high value-added products.