METTLER TOLEDO (NYSE: MTD) is a multinational manufacturer of
scales and analytical instruments. It is the largest provider of
weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial, and food
retailing applications. The company also provides various analytical
instruments, process analytics instruments, and end-of-line inspection
systems. The company operates worldwide; 70% of net sales are derived
in equal part from
Europe and from the Americas; Asian business is
included in the remaining 30%.
1 Formation and history
1.1 Toledo Scale Company
1.2 Mettler Instruments AG
1.3 Mettler Toledo
2 Operational structure
2.1 Laboratory Instruments
2.1.1 RAININ Instrument
2.2 Industrial Instruments
2.3 Retail Weighing Solutions
3 Charitable contributions
5 External links
Formation and history
Toledo Scale Company
Toledo counter-top fan scale
Toledo dial scale
A Toledo scale used in a hospital cafeteria
Allen DeVilbiss, Jr. (1873-1911) was an inventor who lived in Toledo,
Ohio, USA. He became interested in the concept of weighing machines
and conceived the idea of an automatic computing pendulum scale. He
was able to prove his concept with a local butcher, who realized that
customers appreciated the automatic computation which eliminated the
risk of overcharging. While his invention gained in popularity,
DeVilbiss was not interested in making it a viable
In 1900, Henry Theobald (1868-1924) was fired from his job at the
National Cash Register Company. He decided to start his own business,
and was convinced that selling the automatic computing scales could be
a good business. He solicited additional financial investors and
purchased the company from DeVilbiss. On July 10, 1901, the Toledo
Computing Scale and Cash Register Company was incorporated.
By May 1902, Theobald's company was selling more than 100 cash
registers with scales per month. By that time, John H. Patterson,
Theobald's boss from NCR, threatened to sue the new company for patent
infringements. As an alternative, Patterson offered to purchase all
cash register patents and property, along with the stipulation that
Theobald would no longer engage in the cash register business. The
investors, who worried about the costs of patent infringement
litigation, agreed to the sale in June 1902. Since cash registers were
no longer part of Theobald's business, he changed the name to Toledo
Computing Scale Company. Theobald later coined the phrase "No Springs,
Honest Weight" as a slogan for the new company.
In the years that followed, Theobald realized that the weighing scale
was the most important part of the retail transaction between the
merchant and the customer. He felt that many of his competitors who
used spring scale technology, especially Dayton Scale Company, were
allowing merchants to cheat their customers by incorrectly calculating
the total price of a measured good. He campaigned for more government
regulation of weights and measures to eliminate dishonest weighing
systems. On October 1, 1907,
Massachusetts adopted the first weights
and measures laws in the United States.
In 1912, the company name changed once again, to Toledo Scale
Company. Additionally, a new scale line featuring a double pedulum
mechanism and a dial face was introduced and was most suited for
Mettler Instruments AG
In 1945, Dr. Erhard Mettler, a Swiss engineer, started a precision
mechanics company in Küsnacht, Switzerland. He invented the
substitution principle with a single-pan balance, capable of being
produced in series. Analytical balances with a single weighing pan
gradually replaced conventional two-pan balances in the laboratory.
Mettler diversified its product line in 1970 with the introduction of
its automated titration systems, and the acquisition of balance
manufacturer Microwa AG. Mettler acquired its 500-employee competitor
August Sauter KG, of Albstadt-Ebingen, Germany, in 1971, for its
specialized industrial and retail scales.
In 1980, Dr. Mettler sold his business to Ciba-Geigy AG. A third
pillar - after laboratory and industrial - was created: the retail
business. Technological progress had made it possible to advance
retail scales to instruments for the management of perishable goods.
In 1989, Reliance Electric sold the Toledo Scale division to
Ciba-Geigy AG. The division was then merged with Mettler Instruments.
The merger vastly increased the global scope of the company, which, as
a result, operated in 18 countries. Mettler acquired another
Ohaus Corp., in 1990. In 1992, the company was
incorporated as Mettler Toledo, Inc.
In 1996/97, Mettler Toledo, Inc. was sold by Ciba-Geigy AG to the New
York-based AEA Investors Inc., in preparation for a subsequent initial
public offering. The initial public offering was completed and began
trading on the New York Stock Exchange, under the ticker symbol
The resultant company is currently headquartered in Greifensee,
Switzerland, with offices for its many brands based around the world.
Mettler-Toledo is a global manufacturer and marketer of precision
instruments for use in laboratory, industrial and food retailing
applications. They are geographically diversified with sales in 2012
derived 34% from Europe, 34% from the Americas, and 32% from
other countries. The Company has an extensive global sales and service
organization with approximately 6,000, or approximately one-half, of
the employees providing sales and service in 36 countries. The Company
has a manufacturing presence in Europe, the United States and
1952, the measurement of up to one ten-millionth of a gram became
possible with the laboratory balance products. "The Mettler Balance"
proved to be a catchphrase in the laboratory.
Consequently, with the advancement of microprocessor technology over
the years, a wide range of products for the laboratory were invented,
like automated titrators and thermal analyzers. Mettler-Toledo
laboratory products and technology were able to improve processes in
research and development, drug discovery and quality control.
Application-specific software for balances provides data analysis
opportunities to enhance accuracy, productivity and compliance.
In 2001, Mettler-Toledo purchased Rainin Instrument, LLC, which is now
a wholly owned subsidiary of Mettler-Toledo. Rainin supplies
precision instruments and services worldwide. Rainin pipettes provides
automated chemistry systems used in drug and chemical compound
discovery and development. The company also manufacturers and markets
metal detection and other end-of-line inspection systems used in
production and packaging.
The Mettler-Toledo AutoChem Inc. develops process analytical
technology (PAT), automated reactors, and in situ sampling for use in
the chemical, pharmaceutical, and academia industries. Specifically,
in situ spectroscopy and automated sampling provides continuous
analysis of chemical reactions; inline particle size analysis enables
crystallization, suspension, and emulsion development with real-time
particle size and shape measurements; and automated reactors and
reaction calorimetry provides process knowledge to eliminate scale-up
and safety incidents. As METTLER TOLEDO built the franchise from a
startup operation in the early 1990s, several companies were acquired.
These acquisitions included ASI Applied System Inc., Lasentec®, and
the Virtual Lab software business from Avantium to assemble the
technology platforms required to develop and maintain its market
Thornton, Inc. Process Analytics Division  founded in 1964
develops, manufactures, markets, and supplies instrumentation and
sensors used for liquid process measurement and control
applications.The instrumentation provides pure water treatment
measurement & control for the pharmaceutical industry; and
parameters of conductivity/resistivity, TOC, pH, DO, dissolved ozone
and flow for the semiconductor and power industries.
Founded in 1948, INGOLD specializes in solutions for pH, DO,
conductivity, turbidity and CO2 for process analytics applications in
chemical, pharmaceutical and food & beverage industries.
The Company manufactures numerous industrial weighing instruments and
related terminals and offer software for the pharmaceutical, chemical,
food and other industries. In addition, it manufactures metal
detection and other end-of-line product inspection systems used in
production and packaging. The Company supplies automatic
identification and data capture solutions, which integrate in-motion
weighing, dimensioning and identification technologies for transport,
shipping and logistics customers. The Company also offers heavy
industrial scales and related software.
Mettler-Toledo Cargoscan Dimensioning solutions are used by
international transport companies, small carriers, warehouses and
distribution centres around the world. Systems are all approved
according to international weights and measures standards, ensuring
high instrument performance. It has been shown that laser range finder
technology provides high accuracy in the industry making an impact on
a production's revenue.
Hi-Speed division joined Mettler-Toledo in 1981 to provide weighing
solutions for laboratory, industrial, and food retailing applications.
The Product Inspection Team provides the checkweighers, metal
detection devices, and other end-of-line inspection systems for local
and multinational companies worldwide
Safeline was developed in 1989 at METTLER TOLEDO. The Safeline product
was an advanced metal detector the used digital technology for
increased sensitivity and accuracy.
To expand the detection solutions, METTLER TOLEDO acquired AVS Raytech
and AVS Metrology in 2000. AVS Raytech manufactured x-ray inspection
equipment. The x-ray inspection equipment combined with the detection
products allowed companies to identify multiple contaminants as well
as verifying product integrity and portion control.
Mettler-Toledo CI-Vision is a wholly owned subsidiary of
Mettler-Toledo Inc. The Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection Group,
consisting of CI-Vision, Hi-Speed and Safeline, is a superior supplier
of in-line checkweighers, metal detectors, machine vision systems and
x-ray inspection systems.
Retail Weighing Solutions
Mettler-Toledo actively participates in the United Way
organization.The company offers employees opportunities to contribute
financially or by supporting volunteer activity during paid company
^ a b c d e f "
Mettler Toledo 2016 Annual Report". Retrieved 28 June
^ a b c d Terry, Robert. Honest Weight. Xlibris Corporation.
^ "1907 Chap. 0535. An Act To Provide For The Testing And Sealing Of
Weights, Measures And Balances Having A Device For Indicating The
Price As Well As The Weight Of Commodities Offered For Sale" (PDF).
State Library of Massachusetts. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
^ "A Century of Toledo Scale". Toledo's Attic. Retrieved 9 August
^ a b "The Toledo Scale Collection, 1900-1980". Retrieved 31 October
^ a b "History of Mettler-Toledo International Inc.," International
Directory of Company Histories, Vol. 30, St. James Press, 2000.
^ "New Portable Dissolved Oxygen Measurement System From
Mettler-Toledo Ingold". Bloomberg.
Business data for Mettler Toledo: Google Finance