MRO Magazine

Emerson marks 75 years in precision cleaning and welding technologies


Photo: Emerson Industrial Automation.

Emerson celebrates the 75th anniversary of its Branson brand, which specializes in ultrasonic technologies for plastics and metal welding, and precision cleaning.

The Branson portfolio includes offerings beyond ultrasonics; developing nine other materials joining technologies including laser, vibration and infrared welding.

Emerson marked the anniversary at its new $49 million global headquarters for welding and precision cleaning technologies that opened in January.

“We are extremely proud of our history and how we revolutionized the use of ultrasonics in so many remarkable ways,” said Vernon Murray, President, Emerson. “Our goal has always been to deliver proven performance, unequaled expertise, and the broadest technology portfolio for material joining and precision cleaning applications. We look forward to continuing our stewardship in the field as we make advancements that benefit everyone.”

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“The Branson brand traces its history to Norman G. Branson, a research engineer who founded a company in Danbury, Connecticut, in 1946 to harness the power of high-frequency ultrasonic energy for cleaning and degreasing applications as well as non-destructive testing and gauging. But it was ultrasonic welding — developed in 1963 at Branson Sonics and Materials, which was acquired by Emerson Electric Co. (Emerson) in 1984 — that represented the real breakthrough for the company and for manufacturing. It set in motion a monumental change in the way plastics, and later metals, were joined.”