Based in Palmer, Massachusetts, USA, Adaptas has facilities in the U.S. and Australia. In addition to its contract manufacturing services, the company sells proprietary products under the DeTech, Scientific Instrument Services, and ETP Ion Direct brand names.
Founded in 1983 as Detector Technology, Inc., DeTech developed core technology for manufacturing continuous dynode electron multipliers for the mass spectrometry market. It expanded its business in 1988, adding a Glass Division to include specialty glass extrusions and glass-coated wire for the fiber optic community. In 1996, DeTech split its two divisions into separate companies to better serve its customer base and fuel further growth. DeTech maintained its focus on the multiplier product line and the Glass Division was renamed Pegasus Glassworks.
DeTech expanded its reach into contract manufacturing, lab automation, and liquid handling to continue to support its strong position in the laboratory instrument market.
In 2018, Ampersand Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm that specializes in healthcare investments, made a growth equity investment in DeTech. Later in the year, DeTech acquired Scientific Instrument Services (SIS) of Ringoes, New Jersey, a manufacturer of precision mass spectrometry filaments and ion optic assemblies. SIS also distributes an extensive line of laboratory supplies for mass spectrometers, gas chromatographs, and related scientific laboratory equipment. In late 2018, DeTech acquired ETP Ion Detect of Sydney, Australia, a market leader producing electron multipliers for all major industry mass spectrometers.
In 2019, the combined DeTech, SIS, and ETP organizations were renamed Adaptas. The new brand recognizes the company’s capabilities to provide flexible, vertically integrated product development and manufacturing that range from components to high-level assembly (HLA) to total-level assembly (TLA) solutions that seamlessly integrate with the customer’s design/production processes.