Keithley is a well known name in both test and measurement and GPETE. Some of Keithley's product lines include DMMs, current sources, high speed power supplies, and switch products. For more information on Keithley click here. Danaher has reported that they plan to add Keithley to their Tektronix business. It will be interesting to see what Danaher does with Keithley product lines that overlap with their current product lines, such as 6 1/2 digit bench top DMMs. If I were to speculate I would say in the coming years we will see one of three things happen to Keithley product lines:
- Product lines that Keithley is well known for such as SMUs and Parametric test equipment will live on with the Keithley name.
- Switching and GPETE product lines that Danaher does not have will probably take on the Tektronix name since it seems Danaher is really trying to extend the Tek name beyond scopes and arbs.
- Product lines that Danaher already has and that Keithley OEMs will go away.
Of course all that is pure speculation on my part. Feel free to comment with your thoughts. Below is a link to an LA Times article on the acquisition.