The world's largest metrology company was founded in 1934 by Yehan Numata with one product -- the micrometer. Mitutoyo's philosophy at that time was to make the best mechanical micrometer in the world, and produce them in quantities that made them affordable and available to all of manufacturing to improve the quality of the products they manufactured. This philosophy was expanded in the next several decades to include a wider product offering focused on mechanical, dimensional gaging products. Mitutoyo focused its R&D and production efforts on creating the most advanced micrometers, calipers, indicators and such in the world.
As electronic technology became more widespread in the 70s, Mitutoyo applied electronics to its line of dimensional gaging equipment and expanded it to include electronic, or digital, measuring tools. During this time it also began to offer larger, more complex and more sensitive measuring instruments, including optical comparators, form measuring equipment, and coordinate measuring machines. As statistical process control (SPC) came into vogue, Mitutoyo led the world in the development of output gages, interfaces, data collectors and analysis software to take advantage of this new metrology science.
Now that the computer has made its way into the field of metrology, Mitutoyo has again shifted its focus to include this technology into its product offering and push measuring accuracies into the sub-micron range. Today, Mitutoyo presents its 5,000+ products as integrated, computer-based metrology systems, where they can be interconnected to form closed-loop measuring networks.
Mitutoyo America Corporation was formed in 1963 as the marketing arm of Mitutoyo in the United States. Mitutoyo America Corporation has combined the full product line of Mitutoyo with a distribution network, training and education classes, software development, and service support to provide a comprehensive metrology organization.