Profile: Brooks Automation Inc (BRKS.O)
5 Dec 2013
Brooks Automation, Inc. (Brooks), incorporated on November 14, 1994, is a global provider of automation, vacuum and instrumentation solutions for multiple markets, including semiconductor manufacturing, technology device manufacturing and life sciences. The Company operates in four segments: Brooks Product Solutions, Brooks Global Services and Brooks Life Science Systems. On December 30, 2011, the Company acquired the Celigo automated Cell Cytometer product line (Celigo) from Cyntellect, Inc. On January 6, 2012, the Company acquired intangible assets from Intevac, Inc. On October 29, 2012, it acquired Crossing Automation Inc. (Crossing), a United States based provider of automation solutions for the global semiconductor front-end markets.
The Company specializes in developing and building the handling system, as well as the vacuum technology used in these tools. The Company's products can be utilized as an individual component or as a completely integrated handling system. Automation products are provided to support both atmospheric and vacuum based processes while the Company's focus remains on improving performance and productivity. The Company's product revenue is derived from sales to orginal equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and semiconductor device manufacturers. The Company provides vacuum pumps and instrumentation, which is required in certain process steps to create and to optimize the process environment by maintaining pressure consistency of the known process gas. The Company provides pressure measurement instruments, which form part of this pressure control loop on production processing equipment. For the life science markets the Company provides automated sample management platforms, which store samples (for example Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), blood, drug compounds, biologics) in a controlled environment and automate the process of the subsequent extractions of specifically selected samples from those racks or plates. The Company also provides systems for automated blood fractionation, sealing and de-sealing equipment for samples stored on plates and automated cappers and de-cappers for samples stored in tubes. The Company also provides consumables in the form of sample plates, micro-plates and tubes. In the Cytometry application, the Company offers whole well cell counting systems using brightfield imaging technology.
The Brooks Product Solutions segment provides a range of products critical to technology equipment productivity and availability. Those products include atmospheric and vacuum tool automation systems, atmospheric and vacuum robots and robotic modules and cryogenic vacuum pumping, thermal management and vacuum measurement solutions, which are used to create, measure and control critical process vacuum applications. The Brooks Global Services segment provides a range of support services, including on and off-site repair services, on and off-site diagnostic support services, and installation services to enable the Company's customers to maximize process tool uptime and productivity. This segment also provides end-user customers with spare parts support services to maximize customer tool productivity. The Brooks Life Science Systems segment provides automated sample management systems for automated cold sample storage, automated blood fractionation equipment, sample preparation and handling equipment, cellular imaging, consumables, and parts and support services to a range of life science customers, including pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, biobanks, national laboratories, research institutes and research universities.
The Company competes with Daihen, Daikin, Rorze, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Genesis, Telemark, MKS Instruments, Inficon, Hirata, Kawasaki, Genmark, Rorze, Sankyo, TDK, Symphonia, Celestica, Flextronics, Hamilton, Matrical, HighRes Biosolutions, Liconic and TTP LabTech.
Brooks Automation Inc
15 Elizabeth Drive
CHELMSFORD MA 01824