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Orion Instruments® achieves operational efficiency, safety and high performance

In 2001, Magnetrol International, a staple in the level instrumentation industry, launched Orion Instruments® in the heart of the industry-rich U.S. Gulf coast.  Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Orion has quickly become a globally recognized and respected manufacturer of high quality magnetic-based instrumentation.

From a humble beginning as a start-up, to becoming a leading global brand, to our current location in our 50,000+ sq ft state-of-the-art facility, Orion Instruments® is an amazing success story.  The pride and joy of this company is the employees. We couldn't have achieved half of what we have without the people inside this building.  With passionate employees, a determination to win, and a commitment to excellence, Orion Instruments® will always be looking forward to turning the page to the next great chapter in an amazing story.


After years of envisioning a company that focused solely on Magnetic Level Indicators (MLIs), Magnetrol International turned that vision into a reality by forming Orion Instruments. Orion opened its doors for business on September 11, 2001, with a few key concepts:


Over fifteen years later, these key tenants still ring true and form the basis for how we approach our business. Based out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Orion Instruments is an acknowledged leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of magnetic level technologies. From 5 employees in 2001 to over 120 today, Orion encompasses a diverse, multi-national team of talented associates who are committed to serving our partners; following through on the original vision and direction which were the building blocks of Orion Instruments. It is our commitment to excellence which has led many key players in a wide variety of industries to honor us with their business...and trust.

Orion's MLIs are custom designed and manufactured to solve some of the industry's most difficult applications and withstand the world's toughest conditions. With thousands of installations ranging from Arctic settings to steaming jungles, harsh marine environments to searing deserts in over 32 countries around the world, we have proven our mettle. Orion believes in continuous improvement in products and processes so the customer is guaranteed a quality engineered product that best suits their application needs. Our product line has also been designed to offer customers the broadest range of options ranging from special designs, materials of construction, dimensions and accessories.

With over 200 global representatives, multiple offices around the world and remarkable products and service, Orion Instruments is committed to your success. Give us a call and see how we can partner with you to use our magnetic level technologies to solve your most challenging level needs.


Since the inception of the company, the culture of Orion Instruments has been at the forefront of how we do business. Passion, energy, commitment to excellence, these are just a few of the many attributes we look for in our associates and they in turn feed back into the company. Our goal is to create a work environment which provides all of our associates the opportunity to develop, to be challenged, to grow, and to excel through both internal and external programs. Orion believes a team environment, where inclusion is the rule not the exception, fosters an atmosphere which supports, engages and fulfills.

Orion Instruments is also proud to have a culture which engages our global team of associates which is rich in diverse people, skills and views. We see diversity as more than just protocols and procedures. It is an essential part of who we are as a company, how we operate and do business and how it impacts our future. We believe the more diverse we are, the better in tune we can be with, not only our associates, but our partners around the world. We understand and appreciate that one of the keys to our long term sustainability, as a global company, is operating successfully in a multi-cultural world. This means not just going through the motions, but truly understanding and embracing diversity both in the workplace and in the marketplace.

An example is the number of native speakers who can communicate in Mandarin, Malaysian, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Hindi or Vietnamese. Our multi-national team can interface with our global client base to minimize language and cultural issues as well as provide a level of comfort when communicating in one's natural dialect. Having a presence in markets across the globe has taught us to recognize and appreciate the culture that we have developed within this organization. A fusion of personalities, a mix of nationalities and a blend of languages all come together to form Orion Instruments- the global leader in magnetic level technologies.


Orion Instruments takes pride in its efforts to have a strong, engaged and committed presence in our community. From volunteering, to donations and charitable contributions, we believe it is important to give back to our community, as well as to help out with organizations that are focused on a great cause. These are just a few of the organizations that we have supported:

  • Junior Achievement
    Inspiring young people to succeed in a global economy

    Junior Achievement maintains an active vision, front and center, on how we can have a positive impact on the lives of more students- guided by their 6 core values.
  • Dreams Come True of Louisiana
    Providing dreams to children with life-threatening illnesses

    Dreams Come True was founded for the sole purpose of providing dreams to children with life-threatening illnesses.
  • Junior Diabetes Research Foundation
    Improving lives. Curing type 1 diabetes.

    JDRF is the leader of the type 1 diabetes community- unifying the global efforts to cure, treat, and prevent type 1 diabetes.
  • The Arc
    For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

    The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. 
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    Finding Cures. Saving Children.

    The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. 
  • Folds of Honor
    Honoring Their Sacrifice. Educating Their Legacy.

    The Folds of Honor Foundation is rallying a nation to ensure no family is left behind in the fight to preserve American freedom. Through scholarships and other assistance, we give back to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country.


One of the guiding principles at Orion, from the very first day, has been the belief that we want to be "easy to do business with," but what does that entail?

It means we pride ourselves on finding solutions to our customers' needs; not simply providing a product. It means as a custom manufacturer, we understand our partners will come to us with "out of the box" requests. Instead of turning these away, it means instead that we engage, we embrace and we relish the opportunity associated with solving some of the industries most daunting level measurement challenges. With complementary skills, a shared vision, equal commitment and steady support, we believe we have the keys to a successful and prosperous partnership.

It means we are flexible. It means adapting, adjusting and accommodating to the needs of our partners because no two are the same and all have unique requirements. Have special requirements with testing? No problem. Special requirements with materials? With thousands of installations worldwide, Orion most likely already has the procedures to handle your request. Want something out of the ordinary in terms of invoicing, documentation or other non-product areas? Let us know. From determining your needs, to the production schedule, we collaborate with our customers throughout the entire process to ensure all of the requirements, specifications, materials, dimensions and special requests have been met before any product arrives at your facility.

"Easy to do business with" isn't just a statement; It is a belief system and Orion Instruments makes a daily commitment to deliver on this promise to our partners. The confidence and trust our partners have placed with Orion Instruments is evidenced not only by our growth, but by the many awards Orion has won from industry groups. Come see exactly what being "easy to do business with” is all about at Orion Instruments.