Manufacturing Awards 2013: Agilent builds out testing infrastructure

SANTA ROSA -- Despite its thriving factory in Malaysia, Agilent Technologies in Santa Rosa is still very much a manufacturing company.

About one-third of the 1,200-employees of the Electronic Measurement group headquartered here, plus many temporary contractors, are engaged in building and testing products -- more than 1,000 different instruments, models and sub assemblies -- according to Patrick Harper, manager of technology order fulfillment.

[caption id="attachment_76709" align="alignleft" width="315"] Agilent employees working in the company's Santa Rosa integrated circuit fabrication area[/caption]

“That should lay to rest any worries about Agilent abandoning manufacturing in Santa Rosa,” said Mr. Harper.

Indeed, Agilent would be hard-pressed to abandon the seven separate manufacturing lines it operates on every level of the four main buildings at its sprawling Fountaingrove Parkway campus.

On the top level a multi-million dollar integrated circuit fabrication operation turns out the wafers that go into the complex circuitry of the company’s test and measurement instruments. Thin film circuits, an important component of radio frequency and microwave circuits, are manufactured in clean rooms nearby.

“These are operations that can’t be outsourced because we do things no one else can do,” said Mr. Harper.  Because Agilent uses its own equipment to test its own products, the company has achieved a level of quality and innovation that’s unmatched anywhere in the world, he said.

[caption id="attachment_76710" align="alignright" width="314"] Agilent employees[/caption]

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