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Innovation & Technology
Innovation is central to ESCO Technologies’ continued ability to serve as a market leader. We seek to remain highly competitive on quality, customer service and technological capabilities. We strive to anticipate market needs and continually expand our knowledge of new discoveries and advancements in the field.
Investing in Research & Development

ESCO’s business depends on the development of new technologies to meet the evolving needs of our markets. Our subsidiaries thrive on creating innovative new products and increasing the capabilities of existing ones. In FY16, we invested $12.9 million in company-sponsored research and development. Customer-sponsored research and development expenses totaled $7.0 million. As ESCO pursues future growth opportunities, our commitment to innovation will be an enduring piece of our business model.


Product Innovation in Diverse Markets

Our business serves diverse customers across aerospace, electronics, electric utilities, healthcare, military, and industrial markets. Each of our subsidiaries has unique programs for research and innovation. Our subsidiaries share a focus on developing highly-engineered products and solutions that improve our customers’ capabilities.

  • Filtration/Fluid Flow: Our teams at Crissair, PTI, Westland and VACCO drive innovation in fluid control products for aerospace, space, military, and industrial markets. In early Fiscal Year 2017, we acquired Mayday Manufacturing Co. and Hi-Tech Metals, Inc. We look forward to integrating our new acquisitions into our sustainability initiatives and reporting in the future.
  • RF Shielding & Test: ETS-Lindgren provides components, chambers and test and measurement systems to ensure products meet regulatory and industry-defined standards. As the demand for wireless communications expands, ETS-Lindgren continues to serve the growing needs for new product testing.
  • Utility Solutions: At Doble, our team supports the electric utility industry’s transition to data consolidation and intelligent analytics. Customers are turning to Doble’s Field Force Automation Solution to prepare for upcoming regulatory deadlines. Doble’s solutions provide transient cyber assets, associated software programs and best practices for diagnostic testing.
  • Technical Packaging: Our subsidiaries TEQ and Plastique develop innovative packaging solutions for medical, retail and electronic applications. Our teams focus on exceeding industry standards and offering unique designs that fit customer needs. Plastique’s Fibrepak products provide the highest quality packaging while reducing our customers’ carbon footprints.

Detailed information about our subsidiaries’ research and development activities can be found in our 2016 Annual Report & Form 10-K.


Intellectual Property

ESCO’s business is driven by our technological advancements. We are careful to protect our intellectual property to maintain a competitive market position. Our subsidiaries pursue patent protection for new products and processes that differentiate ESCO from our peers. For example: 

  • Our Test segment holds a number of patents on products for wireless device testing. This segment has also sought protection for inventions such as window designs, unique antennas and improved acoustic techniques for sound isolation.
  • VACCO patents protect its proprietary quieting technology used by U.S. Navy submarine fleets.
  • Doble is pursuing patent protection on improvements to its line of diagnostic equipment.
  • Our Technical Packaging segment has a number of proprietary products and trade secrets including technology for producing high-quality thin-wall packaging from sustainable virgin crop fibers and pulp.

Advancing Industry Standards

Representatives from our subsidiaries participate on industry standards boards to help influence industry trends and technological developments. Many subsidiaries also engage with customers to collaborate on product enhancements and solutions. Doble, for instance, hosts its annual International Conference of Doble Clients, which boasts approximately 1,400 attendees each year. Conference presentations include research on new topics such as aging infrastructure in the utility industry. This type of interactive approach allows Doble to stay focused on product improvements that benefit our customers.


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