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3D Instruments LP began with a unique Bourdon Tube—technology developed for the demanding needs of the Aerospace Industry. A talented Engineer developed this Bourdon Tube working within an aerospace hydraulics company. The gauge was developed specifically to overcome the weaknesses inherent in the older technology “C” Bourdon Tube gauges that are still commonly used today.
The new technology utilized a helically wound Bourdon Tube manufactured from a new space-age alloy called “Inconel X-750”. This material has advantages that include good corrosion resistance in a wide variety of pressure mediums, and excellent spring characteristics for use as a pressure sensor. All other materials in the gauge were Stainless Steel or better.
The new gauges proved such a success that within a short time the company was specifying that they be used in all high-stress applications. Word of this continuing success soon spread to other companies within the same industry and they began to enquire about purchasing similar gauges.
The first generations were all Test Gauges at 0.25% of accuracy full scale. These gauges were typically applied in situations where this level of accuracy was necessary. Once again however a wider audience became aware of the strength of the “Direct Drive” gauge and further enquiries were received about gauges suitable for wider application.
In 2010, 3D became part of the the world wide Instrumentation Provider WIKA, a Germany based manufacturer of Pressure, Temperature, Flow, and many other process measurement instruments. WIKA and its over 70 year history brought a tremendous amount of new technology, processes and culture to 3D. Since then, 3D has started its Lean Manufacturing program.
The WIKA U.S. team is headed by President Michael Gerster. Gerster’s vision for WIKA is to be part of your business. He believes we can do this if we simplify the process of doing business, offer a broad product base, and create quality products. He believes in listening to customers and recalibrating to identify with their needs and wants. The 3D team in Anaheim, California is led by Vice President Felix Brockmeyer. He is responsible for 3D through direction and delegation of activities such as administration, sales, operations, and continuous improvement.
Today 3D Instruments LP continues the tradition begun with the first generation of pressure gauges - providing rugged, reliable, pressure and temperature measurement instrumentation that is used in virtually every industry around the world. With new strengths the company can engineer quality OEM applications as well as provide standard gauges that contain “The Direct Drive Difference”!
After a thorough audit and review of all QA systems, 3D Instruments has been certified to ISO 9001:2008 by DQS and the UL-registered firm, IAF.
View 3D Instruments' ISO 9001:2008 certificate.