Davidson Instruments was founded in 1995 with a vision of becoming the world leader in the design, development, and manufacture of fiber optic sensing systems for use in harsh industrial applications.
In 1995, fiber optics showed enormous potential for revolutionizing industrial instrumentation the same way it revolutionized had telecommunications. Fiber optic sensing was viewed as a technology that could overcome the three fundamental limitations of conventional electronic sensing systems, i.e. reliable measurements at high temperatures, in rich electromagnetic interference (EMI) environments, and safely in Class1, Division I explosion hazardous areas.
The enormous potential for the use of fiber optic instrumentation has been realized by Davidson. Today, Davidson's rugged fiber optic sensing systems are being used in demanding oil & gas and power generation applications where the adopters of Davidson's products are realizing significant economic and technical advantages. Davidson's combustion dynamics monitoring system is considered by industry experts as the most accurate, stable, and reliable system available in the world for monitoring combustion activity in dry low NOx combustion turbines. Davidson's downhole instrumentation has made it possible to measure pressure at elevated temperatures, a measurement that was not possible with conventional technology.
The development of robust fiber optic instrumentation required the dedicated efforts of a multi-disciplined team of engineers and scientists and substantial funding by Davidson's investors, its industrial customers, and by the U.S. government. Through the development process, Davidson has secured a significant competitive advantage in the field of fiber optic sensing through its extensive patent portfolio.
Davidson Instruments has become the leader in the design, development, and manufacture of fiber optic sensing systems for harsh industrial applications and has targeted the development of instrumentation in the following fields of use:
- Power Generation: Combustion Turbines, Clean Coal, and Nuclear Power
- Advanced Reciprocating Engines and Compressors
- Industrial Process Control: Subsea, Offshore, Drill Ships, Refining, and Chemical Processing
- Laboratory Test and Measurement
- Aerospace and Defense
Davidson is committed to its mission of being the world leader in the design and development of fiber optic sensing systems for harsh industrial environments and to providing its customers with the safest, most reliable, and most cost effective instrumentation.