Land Instruments International

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Land Instruments International
Industry Manufacturer
Founded Sheffield, United Kingdom (1947 (1947))
Founder Tom Land
Headquarters Dronfield, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Area served
Key people
Justin Smith
Products Infrared Thermometer
Thermal Imagers
Infrared Linescanners
Combustion Efficiency Monitors
Environmental Emissions Analysers
Parent AMETEK, Inc.

AMETEK Land are specialists in the design and manufacture of monitors and analysers for industrial infrared non-contact temperature measurement, combustion efficiency and environmental pollutant emissions with headquarters in the United Kingdom and offices and distributors worldwide.[1]

Early History[edit]

[2]The origins of the company go back to approximately 1845 in Sheffield, the cutlery capital of England, where 100 years working within the electroplate trade began. In c. 1860 Harriss & Land were manufacturers of Britannia Metal and forks and spoons – the Land in this case being Henry Land who died in c. 1895 and is buried in the Sheffield General Cemetery. Tom Land took over the business from his father which had by then become Henry Land & Co dealing with silver plate & gilding. In 1890 under the name of Land & Oxley, the company became very successful as a manufacturer of EPBM, spoons & forks & table knives. By 1906 the company had become T. Land & Son after Frank Land joined his father in the business which moved to a new factory in Queens Road, Sheffield in 1908. From 1914 – 18 the factory was turned over to war work.

In 1946 Tom Land joined the firm and developed a new department within it which focused on industrial instruments. As both areas of the business continued to perform well it was decided to split them and Land Pyrometers Ltd. was born. 1947 is given as the founding date for when Tom transformed the Company into a hi-tech business developing products for industrial temperature measurement. In 1963 Land Pyrometers sold their Queens Road factory in Sheffield and moved to a new purpose-built factory in Dronfield.

Current Day[edit]

In June 2006 Land Instruments became part of the Process & Analytical Instruments Division of AMETEK, Inc., a global supplier of high-end analytical instrumentation, with headquarters in Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA. AMETEK has approximately 11,000 employees, with over 80 manufacturing sites worldwide.[3]

Land has provided a number of innovative solutions to temperature measurement for a variety of industries, including flu screening at airports during the recent avian flu[4] and swine flu[5] epidemics. Land also developed one of the first portable thermal imagers which was successfully used for real time analysis of the jet engines on the Thrust SSC Land Speed Record breaking car.[6]

Awards & Recognition[edit]

In October 2013, Land Instruments International was selected as the runner up for the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs) 2013 under the Design Team of the Year category for the design of the Spot Thermometer.[7][8]

The latest product which LAND launched is the Spot Thermometer.[9] It is a stand-alone infrared pyrometer design with advanced integrated processing capabilities. Combining Ethernet, Modbus TCP, Video, Analog and Alarm Outputs.

Infrared Temperature Measurement[edit]

Its products are used in applications as diverse as steel, glass, electronics, mineral processing, power generation, utility and aircraft gas turbines, and a range of other industries.

Infrared temperature measurement product range includes:

  • Fixed, on-line thermometers and systems – for process control and product quality
  • Portable infrared thermometers – for spot measurements
  • Process thermal imagers – for asset management and process control
  • High Resolution, infrared scanners for fast moving materials
  • Calibration Furnaces

Combustion & Environmental Monitoring[edit]

Combustion & Environmental section specializes in the design, manufacture and marketing of combustion and environmental monitoring instrumentation. Pioneered by an initial interest in the efficiency of coal fired combustion processes, serious development of CO monitors soon established Land Instruments International in this field.

With the recent increase in environmental concerns, the company has continued to develop and produce a range of high quality environmental gas analysers for monitoring and complying with worldwide legislation. Most LAND products for environmental emissions applications carry both European certifications in the form of MCerts and TÜV approval. Their products are designed to meet the requirements of the latest European standards such as EN-12567 parts 1, 2 and 3 plus QAL-1 compliance.

Combustion and environmental monitoring product range includes:

  • Combustion efficiency monitors – for industrial boiler efficiency and control
  • Stack Gas Emissions Analyzers – to meet environmental regulations in the UK
  • Dust and Particulate Monitors – to meet compliance and non-compliance environmental applications
  • Portable Gas Analyzers – spot checks of efficiency and pollutant emissions
  • Coal fire detection systems – for grinding mills, silos, stockyards and conveyors
  • Gas Turbine Blade Temperature Monitors – for preventative maintenance applications

Customer support and sales are handled by LAND offices throughout the world. LAND Distributors and Representatives offer sales and support advice in most countries of the world.

Product Range[edit]

A LAND Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera
A LAND Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera
A LAND Cyclops hand held camera
A LAND Cyclops hand held camera

Temperature Measurement Products[edit]

  • Fixed Spot Thermometers
  • Process Imaging
  • Portable Thermometers
  • Calibration Sources

Combustion Monitoring Products[edit]

  • Combustion Efficiency Monitors
  • Portable Gas Analyzers
  • Stack Gas Emissions
  • Dust Emissions Monitors
  • Coal Fire Detection
  • Turbine Blade Monitoring Systems


  • Glass
  • Iron and Steel
  • Metals and Metal Processing
  • Mineral Processing
  • Other Industries


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