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FCI Founders Bob Deane and Mac McQueen named to MCAA Industry Hall of Fame

FCI Founders Bob Deane and Mac McQueen named to MCAA Industry Hall of Fame

May 23, 2017 —Fluid Components International (FCI) founders Bob Deane and Mac McQueen after more than 50 years in business together have been recognized for their lifetime achievements in thermal mass flow sensing technology as members of the industry’s Hall of Fame, Class of 2017, by the Measurement, Control and Automation Association (MCAA).

Bob and Mac began their partnership in 1964 with the development of a thermal flow switch designed to provide service in the the oil/gas industry.  Starting in Mac’s home garage, the two engineers improvised with a kitchen candy thermometer, soldering iron, and a bowl of water to prove the validity of their initial sensor concept design and then began manufacturing the devices for a major U.S. oil company.

In the 1970s, Bob and Mac next developed FCI’s first thermal mass flow meter.  It gained rapid acceptance in the chemical, electric power, solid waste and water industries.  Then in 1978, they qualified their flow switch and other products for the nuclear power industry.  In the 1980-90s they achieved successes on the Rockwell B1 Bomber and other military and commercial programs, forming an aerospace division.

Bob retired from active service at FCI in 1995 and then returned to FCI in 2010 to work on research and development projects. He frequently offers his guidance to company engineers on product development tasks and specialized applications. He also consults on process development and holds three patents.

Mac retired from FCI in December 1995. He came back in 1998 as a consultant to FCI and its subsidiary, the Vortab Company, which specializes in flow conditioning devices. He has been Chairman Emeritus at FCI since 2000 and continues to be active as a designer, developer and “imagineer” for FCI, and is the holder of 19 patents.

With their thermal dispersion mass flow sensors, FCI’s flow meters combine mass flow measurement accuracy with a design that is compatible with caustic, corrosive, humid and high temperature environments. 

About FCI

Fluid Components International is a global company committed to meeting the needs of its customers through innovative solutions to the most challenging requirements for sensing, measuring and controlling flow, level and temperature of air, gases, and liquids.

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