Setra Systems, Inc. was founded in 1967 by brothers Dr.Y.T. Li and Dr. S.Y. Lee who were both professors of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-developers of the variable capacitance transduction principle.
Building on this heritage of innovation, we have designed and developed the most comprehensive line of sensing devices in the world, innovating solutions for HVAC & building automation, industrial OEM, test & measurement, and critical environments.
Setra is part of the Fortive group of companies, a diversified industrial growth organization based in Everett, Washington with 24,000 employees worldwide. The Fortive Business System (FBS) is the cornerstone of our culture and our ultimate competitive advantage. It drives every aspect of our work, our strategy and our performance. We use FBS to guide our decisions, measure how well we execute and develop innovative ways to do even better.
1967: Founded by brothers Dr. Y.T. Li and Dr. S.Y. Lee, professors of engineering at MIT.
1977: First ultra-high purity (UHP) product produced (Model 212).
1978: First industrial product produced (Model 205-3).
1979: First wet-to-wet transducer produced (Model 228).
1981: First barometric product produced (Model 270).
1983: First HVAC product produced (Model 261).
1995: Revolutionary “squashed” sensor developed.
1996: Boxborough, MA facility opened.
2002: Acquired Dolan Jenner Industries, producer of fiber optic illuminators.
2005: First low pressure calibrator produced (Model 869).
2008: First room pressure monitor produced (RPM)
2014: First power meters produced (Power Patrol & Power Squad 24).
2016: Became a member of the Fortive family.
2017: Celebrated 50th anniversary.