After a humble beginning with a single instrument – a pressure gauge – Ashcroft Inc., Stratford, Conn., has reached its 160th year with a complete line of electronic and modern mechanical instruments under several brands.

In 1852, the burgeoning use of steam power led Edward Ashcroft to produce his first "Bourdon tube" pressure gauge. With the growing need for more accurate and reliable instrumentation, Ashcroft gauges soon were used on board steamships and railroad locomotives, and in industry.Visit to learn more about the company's pressure and temperature instruments.