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Our Story

Micronor Inc. was first established in 2003 in a modest business unit on Old Conejo Road in Newbury Park, California.

In addition to providing sales and service for Micronor AG products in the North America, Micronor Inc. brought together a group of ambitious fiberoptic engineers who spent the next 15 years creating innovative fiber optic sensors. We branded them ZapFREE® because of their immunity to EMI, RFI and lightning.

2004  –  World’s First Commercial FO Incremental Encoder (MR310)

2007  –  US Patent 7,196,320 awarded for FO Incremental Encoder

2010  –  World’s First Commercial MRI-compatible FO Encoder (MR318)

2011  –  World’s First 13-bit FO Position Sensor (MR330)

2011  – 2nd Generation FO Incremental Encoders, MR320 series launched

2012  – World’s First Commercial MRI Safe FO Position Sensor (MR338)

2013  – US Patent 8,461,514 awarded for FO Absolute Position Sensor

2014  – Multimode FO Emergency Stop Sensor System with Functional Safety Qualification (MR387)

2015  – Innovative Single Mode FO Emergency Stop Sensor System (MR387)

2016  – World’s First V-series compatible Fiber Optic Microswitch (MR386)

2017  – Innovative Fiber Optic Burst Panel Sensor

2017  – Innovative POF E-Stop (TD5412)

2018  – World’s First Size 11 Rotary Position Sensor using Plastic Optical Fiber (POF)

2018  – 3rd Generation FO Incremental Encoders, MR340 Series launched

2020  – Acquired by Photon Control Inc.

Since its founding in 1968, Micronor has been global “go-to” manufacturer for rotation sensor solutions, including geared limit switches, encoders, resolvers, motorized potentiometers and other components for the automation industry. Our extremely modular systems help us to conceive designs, prototypes and production units in record time. Our technology portfolio offers the broadest range of products from electromechanical to electronic to optical to fiber optics. Our commitment to quality and precision are exemplified by our ISO 9001:2015 certification.