Keithley Instruments

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Keithley Instruments, Inc.
Industry Electronic Test Equipment
Founded Cleveland, Ohio (1946)
Headquarters Flag of the United States.svg Solon, Ohio USA
Area served
Key people
Joseph P. Keithley CEO , Linda C. Rae COO , Mark J. Plush CFO
Revenue Decrease US$ 102.53 million (2009)[1]
$19,617 million
$50,504 million
Number of employees
Parent Danaher

Keithley Instruments is a measurement and instrument company headquartered in Solon, Ohio, that develops, manufactures, markets, and sells data acquisition products, as well as complete system solutions for high-volume production and assembly testing. In September, 2010, the company agreed to sell itself to the Danaher Corporation, a Washington, D.C.-based conglomerate, for $21.60 per share.


The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets electronic instruments and systems geared to the specialized needs of electronics manufacturers for high-performance production testing, process monitoring, product development, and research.

The Company has approximately 500 products used to source, measure, connect, control or communicate direct current (DC), radio frequency (RF), or optical signals. Product offerings include integrated systems solutions, instruments, and personal computer (PC) plug-in boards that can be used as system components or as stand-alone solutions.

The Company's markets are engineers, technicians, and scientists in manufacturing, product development, and research functions. Keithley operates throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. It develops new solutions for the broader electronics industry, as well as Electronic Manufacturing Production Test, Semiconductor, Telecommunications/Wireless and Research/Education.


Keithley Instruments's major product lines include Test & Measurement products such as electrometers, voltmeters, signal generators, data acquisition, and production and benchtop parameteric testers and analyzers.

Historical highlights[edit]

  • 1946 - Founded in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., by Joseph F. Keithley
  • 1950 - First employee hired
  • 1964 - Moved headquarters to Solon, OH
  • 1966 - German office opened
  • 1967 - UK office opened
  • 1991 - Joseph P. Keithley becomes chairman
  • 1995 - Listed on New York Stock Exchange
  • 1998 - Taiwan office opened
  • 2000 - Korea office opened
  • 2003 - Santa Rosa, California RF Design center opened (sold to Agilent Technologies 2009)
  • 2005 - Singapore office opened
  • 2009 - S600 Series parametric test product line discontinued
  • 2010 - Agreed to sell itself to the Danaher Corporation, many operations merged with Tektronix
  • 2011 - Announcement that most manufacturing will shift from Ohio to China[2]


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