Company: IDEX Health & Science, LLC
Address: 600 Park Court, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Products: Rheodyne, Systec and Innovadyne products
ROHNERT PARK -- IDEX Health & Science LLC, produces a variety of precision fluidic components and sub-systems for the analytical chemistry and clinical diagnostics markets, including rotary shear valves and liquid-line degassers manufactured in its Rohnert Park facility.
Parent IDEX Corporation has three major divisions and a total of 120 manufacturing facilities around the globe. The firm as a whole has annual revenues of $2 billion. Some 50 percent of company revenues are from outside the U.S.
The IDEX Health & Sciences division is responsible for over one-third of this total with $700 million in sales per year.
Some of the most commonly known IDEX brands and recognizable products are the Jaws of Life and paint mixing equipment often seen at local home improvement centers. However, most of the firm’s products are embedded in literally thousands of OEM applications.
The Rohnert Park facility has over 75,000 square feet of space and stocks 5,000 parts used in the assembly of a wide range of final products.
IDEX Health & Science has 140 employees, including 20 temporary or part time workers, supporting separate product lines destined for Original Equipment Manufacturers from three previously acquired companies, including the Rheodyne, Systec and Innovadyne brands.
[caption id="attachment_57774" align="alignleft" width="400" caption="IDEX Health & Science Assembly Technicians Augustine Galvan (left) and Zewdi Kahassai assemble rotary sheer valves at the company's 75,000 square foot manufacturing plant at 600 Park Court in Rohnert Park."][/caption]
The firm also employs a team of workers with special needs, obtained through the North Bay Industries, also known as North Bay Rehabilitation Services, to assist with assembly and packaging.
he local IDEX division is doubling its existing engineering laboratory to 3,500 square feet and plans to bring five additional engineers to this facility when the new lab is completed later this year.
The company also operates a machine shop were prototypes of new products are made for customer review and approval prior to volume manufacture.
“We serve the global life science market but some sectors are more active than others. For example, the biotechnology market is expanding rapidly. Our products are used in DNA sequencers (a market growing at 15 percent annually), as well as for in-vitro diagnostics, analytical instruments and laboratory automation,” said Gregory R. Orr, General Manager.
“The DNA space is rapidly evolving. At some point I expect you will be able to go into a doctor’s office, provide a sample and have your DNA mapped on site. Not long ago this procedure was only possible in university settings or at large, central laboratories. This trend will likely start within group practices where the number of patients and physician resources will make it economically feasible.”
Mr. Orr said his firm makes a concerted effort to keep most of its production capacity and back office operations here in the U.S., from R&D and product development through final assembly and testing.
“Saving a few bucks by going offshore often does not equal the cost of transportation, handling and the reduction in delivery time we can achieve by keeping a majority of functions onshore.”
However, the company sources some components offshore to enable it to be cost-competitive, but strives to use local suppliers whenever possible.