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McBain Systems

A company that started fast


Originally named McBain Instruments, the company was founded in 1965 by Carl McBain, an executive from Perkin Elmer who in his earlier years had been a world-famous track star at UCLA. In 1940, he won the National AAU 400-meter hurdles title with a time of 51.6 seconds, the world's fastest that year. In the same year, McBain also won the 400 hurdles in the U.S. Olympic trials and was voted by sportswriters as most likely to win the gold medal at the Olympic Games, which were canceled because of World War II. In 1989, Carl McBain was named to the UCLA Hall of Fame.


McBain Instruments began as a scientific instrument service company with three employees in the Los Angeles San Fernando Valley and soon added microscopes as their first product line. By the late 1970's, the company had grown to be one of the country's largest microscope distributors, for Olympus and Leitz. At the same time, the company developed a custom engineering and manufacturing business serving the optical inspection needs of the California aerospace, microelectronics and defense contracting industries and by the late 1980's had expanded the company significantly.


In 2000, Michael Crump succeeded Carl McBain as President/CEO and refocused the organization to take advantage of growing industrial market opportunities. McBain Instruments is now the exclusive regional dealer for Leica Microsystems in Southern California and Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana — and also one of the country's leading providers of laboratory and inspection microscopes and systems as well as advanced integrated imaging solutions.


In 2008, as the company moved from Chatsworth to Simi Valley, California, McBain Instruments changed its name to McBain Systems to reflect its expanded business charter. Today, the company's products and services include microscopes for a broad spectrum of applications with a focus on; life sciences, clinical, histology, educational and industrial microscopy. Microscopy components include; visible and non-visible digital cameras and detection devices, application-based software packages, precision X-Y-Z stages, infrared inspection and measurement tools, defect review, wafer inspection and other systems for semiconductor manufacturing, metrology tools, application-specific ergonomic measuring and assembly stations. Today McBain Systems is at the forefront of the microscope business with its custom engineering and manufacturing division and especially with its world-class, factory-trained microscope repair and service department.


Today more than ever, McBain Systems is committed to providing its customers with premium quality products, integrated solutions and best-of-class technical expertise — all focused precisely on you, our customer.


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