|Sutter Instrument Company,
a privately held corporation, was founded in 1974 as a manufacturer
of biomedical research instrumentation. The company was built on strong
links with the University of California at San Francisco, and collaborations
with research scientists in a number of university departments. The
company objective was to develop and manufacture precision electromechanical
devices that could be used to overcome technical barriers associated
with electrophysiology experimental techniques. Micropipette fabrication
devices, including a micropipette puller and micropipette beveler
were the first products introduced by the company. These devices are
used to produce the fundamental tools necessary to perform biological
research at a cellular level. Based upon the success of these products,
the company developed a complementary product line of micropositioning
devices. Most recently, the advent of fluorescence microscopy imaging
techniques in physiological research has catalyzed Sutter's entrance
into imaging hardware manufacturing with the introduction of a line
of optical filter wheels.
Today, Sutter's instrumentation can be found in virtually every major
scientific research organization in the world. Sutter's expertise
in micropipette fabrication technology has allowed the company to
capitalize on the accelerated pace of biomedical research and emerging
analytical techniques that utilize submicron probes and pipettes.
The tremendous growth in nanofabrication methods, optical research
and imaging techniques has allowed Sutter to expand market focus beyond
the boundaries of the biological research sciences. The company's
instrumentation is now being used in a broad range of applications
including but not limited to optical probe manufacturing, semiconductor
research, electronics manufacturing, atmospheric research, astronomical
imaging, fusion research and material analysis.
Since it's inception, Sutter has grown from a modest "garage"
operation to an integrated engineering and manufacturing facility
which occupies over 50,000 square feet. Sutter's machine shop is one
of the finest precision machining facilities in Northern California,
employing state-of-the-art CNC machining and turning centers for volume
production of precision mechanical components. All research and development
functions are performed in-house, including electronic design and
circuit board layout. To maintain our technological edge, a significant
proportion of company resources are directed into research and development
Sutter products are sold worldwide through direct sales and international
distribution channels. To insure our position as a worldwide leader
in the manufacture of precision instrumentation, compliance with domestic
and international safety standards has been a priority for the company.
These regulatory standards are a key factor throughout the design
and manufacturing process. Quality control of our finished products
is assured by a dedicated quality control staff and a rigorous testing
regimen for every instrument shipped.
Sutter has the ability to provide timely, cost-effective engineering
and manufacturing solutions to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM).
The proven performance and reliability of the optical filter wheel
systems has made them a desirable choice for a range of OEM applications.
Sutter currently has several potentially significant OEM contracts
and will continue to establish new OEM relationships. The micropositioning
and imaging hardware lines are particularly well suited for customization
and application specific solutions.