History of Innovation and Growth
The Gems Sensors & Controls (Gems) story began over 50 years ago in 1955 when the company founder, Edward H. Moore, developed a level indicator in his basement. It was patented in 1959. Along with an associate, Gordon Seigle, he established the Gems Company (GS for Gordon Seigle, EM for Ed Moore).
Gems' first commercial success was a bilge switch for the small boating industry. Rapid acceptance of Gems' products for marine and industrial applications led to continual expansion of facilities and staff - from a 6,500 sq. ft. building to a facility of 60,000 sq. ft. in Plainville, Connecticut, USA.
Today, Gems designs and manufactures a broad portfolio of liquid level, flow and pressure sensors, miniature solenoid valves, and pre-assembled fluidic systems. Gems is a division of Danaher Corporation, a fortune 500 company with a presence around the globe. Gems Sensors & Controls has manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia and supports sales, engineering and service offices around the world. Gems has the resources to support your design and manufacturing requirements anywhere you call home.
The Gems Sensors & Controls Advantage
Gems delivers personal attention, engineering expertise, and technical support to reduce development risks, improve the understanding of design issues, and quickly identify the right solutions. Decades of application engineering provides the perspective and experience to quickly prototype, build, and deliver components, sub-assemblies or systems exactly to your critical requirements.
Research and development teams simulate actual application environments and perform rigourous environmental testing. Each fluidic component and sub-assembly is individually designed and 100% pre-tested for specific applications from liquid to pneumatic, cryogenic to high temperature or vacuum to high-pressure systems. Experience has taught us which technologies and product characteristics provide effective solutions to customers' problems.
There's a good chance we've already dealt with the design criteria you're working on and will probably have a product solution available right off the shelf. That saves you both time and money! And if your application calls for a more customised solution, Gems will meet your requirements by modifying an existing product or designing something completely new. Our lean manufacturing facilities around the world reduce lead times and provide cost effective made-to-order systems exactly when needed.
With innovative and proven design solutions, engineers and project managers count on Gems to help keep projects ahead of schedule - often decreasing overall time to market - and be their leading resource for fluidic systems.
Our Manufacturing Philosophy
With a dedication to lean manufacturing and ISO certification we've become a preferred partner for OEMs because we always strive to exceed our customers' expectations. We do this by:
- Understanding our customers' needs and goals. We employ a process we call 'Voice of the Customer' (VOC) to get to the heart of the important issues, so your unique perspectives and requirements are fully understood early on. Only then do we launch design and manufacturing work.
- Using a comprehensive methodology to ensure all critical parameters are achieved. Our New Product Introduction Process identifies and resolves potential issues up-front, eliminates product and process variation, and ensures that you receive a high-quality product every time with:
- Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)
- Process Capability Studies
- Gauge Capability Studies
- Six Sigma
Staffing our facility with dedicated experts. Our experience allows us to: Run a lean manufacturing operation. Each of our nearly 100 finely tuned manufacturing cells is designed to get you the finest product available with the shortest lead times in the industry. Use cutting-edge manufacturing principles-including 5S , Visual Management , Standard Work and Kanban. Implement quality control at every stage. All Gems associates are encouraged to stop their process if they believe a potential quality problem exists. And we implement an aggressive & continued training program to ensure our associates are well versed in the latest technologies, equipment and problem-solving applications.