Gems Sensors & Controls Announces The Aquisition of Precision Dynamics Inc.

Plainville, CT.—March 13, 2006—Gems™ Sensors announces the acquisition of Precision Dynamics, Inc. (PreDyne®), a leading manufacturer of custom miniature solenoid valves, manifold assemblies, and fluidic systems. Gems Sensors will become Gems Sensors & Controls. PreDyne valves and manifold assemblies will continue to be manufactured at the New Britain, CT facility, and PreDyne’s sales and engineering staff will join Gems to support the product line.

With Gems current leadership position in level, flow and pressure sensors, this acquisition gives OEMs a major new source for custom miniature solenoid valves. Moreover, this new option brings together the 30 years of valve experience and the depth of Gems product development and manufacturing process. OEMs can now select one company with extensive design and manufacturing capabilities to build complete custom gas and liquid handling systems.

“More and more our OEM customers and the marketplace are asking for custom pre-assembled solutions that integrate sensors and other components of a fluidic system such as valves and manifold assemblies,” said Evan Berns, Vice President, Gems Sensors & Controls. “Before the acquisition, both Gems and PreDyne customers had to go through numerous vendors, quality inspections, testing, and even design changes, which put sensitive lead times and cost control at risk. The combination of Gems and PreDyne allows us to fulfill our customers’ needs with complete pre-assembled and tested fluidic systems, designed specifically to their application requirements.”

Mr. Berns continued, “The merger is a natural fit. Both companies similarly meet OEM needs by providing, innovative tailor-made solutions driven by years of application experience and knowledge, and the personal attention that assures each customer’s critical requirements are completely and accurately understood. Our combined manufacturing facilities and lean methodologies will reduce lead times and deliver cost effective, made-to-order systems for OEMs around the world exactly when they’re needed.”

Gems Sensors & Controls will unveil the acquisition at this year’s Pittcon Expo, in Orlando, Florida, at a press conference on Tuesday March 14th, at 12:30 PM, in room 309AB. At the press conference Mr. Berns will further describe the benefits to OEMs—of combining the companies’ capabilities to develop and deliver fluidic solutions with products like the miniature inert Chem-S™ solenoid valve, and the ExOsense level sensor that senses liquid level through the wall of plastic containers.

About PreDyne
Based in New Britain, Connecticut, PreDyne has over 30 years experience in designing and manufacturing two- and three-way direct acting miniature solenoid valves, manifold assemblies and integrated fluidic systems. PreDyne gives customers immediate access to superior company-wide support and cost effective systems across numerous industries—ranging from medical and biotech to automotive and industrial equipment. Each fluidic system and direct acting valve is individually designed for a specific application—from pneumatic to liquid, cryogenic to high temperature, or vacuum to high-pressure systems.

For more information, link to the PreDyne Valve Web site at

About Gems Sensors & Controls
Founded in 1955, Gems is a preferred supplier to thousands of OEM companies across a broad range of industries due to its innovative sensor designs and customer centric approach to application and problem solving that meet customer-specific needs. Gems Sensors & Controls is a leading global manufacturer of liquid level, flow, and pressure sensors and solid-state relays and barriers. Gems Sensors & Controls is ISO 9000, UL, and CE certified.