Fluke Networks

Fluke Corporation

Fluke Corporation, a subsidiary of the Danaher Corporation, is a world-wide industrial company that mostly focuses on industrial testing equipment including electronic test equipment. It was started in 1948 by John Fluke, Sr. in the then technologically-unproven northwest. John Fluke was a friend of David Packard, and they were roommates when both were employed at General Electric. Their experiences led both to leave and to the founding of two prominent test and measurement firms: Hewlett-Packard and Fluke, respectively.

Fluke's worldwide headquarters is now located in Everett, Washington, U.S., but has facilities on every major continent.


Fluke has a number of divisions of their company. Some of these include:

  • Fluke Industrial
  • Fluke Networks
  • Fluke Biomedical
  • Hart Scientific, a Fluke Company
  • Raytek, a Fluke Company
  • DH Instruments, a Fluke Company

Fluke Networks

Wanting to expand into new markets, Fluke started the Networks Division in 1992 to enter the network test tools business. In those early days some products were outsourced, with the rest designed in-house in Everett, WA. A primary OEM was a company called Fortè Networks, formed in Colorado Springs, CO in the early '90s by employees from Hewlett-Packard. They provided the early Enterprise products, and as this is one of the core businesses of Fluke Networks, Fluke bought Fortè in 1996.

In 2000, the Fluke parent Company, Danaher, decided to spin off the Networks Division into its own company. At the present day, Fluke Networks retains a separate management structure, including having its own President, and no longer exists as a separate incorporated body. Product development now occurs primarily in Everett, WA and Colorado Springs, CO, but there are several smaller development groups around the United States and the World.


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