26 October 2011

Sierra Instruments, a flow measurement and control instrumentation and automotive test systems company, announced an agreement to acquire CP Engineering, a privately-held company headquartered in Malvern, England. As part of the purchase, Sierra has also acquired CP India located in Pune, India and is in the process of forming a joint venture company in Beijing, China. The financial terms were not disclosed.

For the last 30 years, CP has designed and manufactured engine and vehicle testing technology with hardware and software solutions for automotive test applications. As a crucial member of the design team that developed Sierra’s BG®3 engine emissions sampling system, CP has worked closely with Sierra for over a decade.

Sierra’s BG3 partial flow sampling system was approved by the US EPA—as the first system of its kind—for transient PM emissions testing. With the acquisition of CP, Sierra will be able to offer comprehensive test cell automation and will benefit from CP’s CADET V14 test automation technology, which combines multi-channel control with high-speed data acquisition.

With this acquisition, Sierra will also provide a lineup of eddy-current and AC dynamometers, in-cell equipment like robot drivers, and an instrumentation suite ranging from fuel flow measurement to combustion analysis and vehicle simulation solutions. The acquisition of CP’s CAHU technology (Combustion Air Handling Units) enables Sierra customers to replicate standardized atmospheric conditions. This is essential for regulatory testing, or to simulate varying ambient conditions such as temperature, humidity and pressure for product development testing.

Source: Sierra Instruments