Our History

Caspar Weinberger and Klaus Kobold
Caspar Weinberger and Klaus Kobold on the occasion of the TV program World-Business-Review, April 1999.

KOBOLD Messring GmbH, a world-leading instrumentation engineering business, was founded in Germany in 1980 by Klaus J. Kobold. His engineering expertise quickly established the company in the global marketplace with patented technology, high quality products and superior service. The KOBOLD brand name soon became synonymous with superior quality and technological advancement in sensor and control instrumentation. In the following years, independent KOBOLD companies were established in numerous countries worldwide, including KOBOLD Instruments Inc. in the United States in 1989. The international group of KOBOLD companies is still led today by its president and sole proprietor Klaus Kobold.

In the United States, KOBOLD Instruments Inc. combines the quality craftsmanship and reliability of German design with the cost-effectiveness and quick turn-around of a North American manufacturing facility. This unique combination enables KOBOLD to offer customers the best instrument value in the industry. Rely on our engineers and customer service professionals to help you find the ideal solution — whether standard or customized — for your most demanding flow, pressure, level or temperature measurement and control applications.


KOBOLD develops, manufactures and sells instruments for monitoring, measuring and regulating flow, pressure, level and temperature, offering one of the broadest lines of sensors, switches and transmitters in the industry. These instruments are used in countless OEM and industrial applications. Companies of all types use KOBOLD sensors and controls to measure or control flow, pressure, level and temperature. The process medium may be a liquid, such as water, oil or acid, or a gas, such as air, nitrogen or helium. Some customers need monitoring and measurement in difficult situations where they have high pressures, high temperatures or aggressive chemicals. KOBOLD engineers routinely help these customers select the right solution for their application. Most of our products can be customized to meet specific application requirements.

Research and Development

The KOBOLD development team specializes in solving the most difficult measurement problems. Our experienced engineers often develop products while working closely with the customers who need them, meeting market needs directly.

All KOBOLD instruments are developed, manufactured and tested in our own laboratories, manufacturing plants and test facilities. The company holds numerous patents on designs developed by our own engineers.

Manufacturing and Quality Control

All KOBOLD products are manufactured in our own production plants in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and in Hofheim and Sindelfingen, Germany. As a result, KOBOLD can provide sensors and controls to meet either North American or European requirements with exceptionally fast delivery. Our efficient manufacturing operations ensure our customers cost-effective products offering superior reliability and value.

Engineering and Customer Service

Our goal is to provide you, our customer, with an optimal solution for your application and the best instrument value in the industry. With our professional engineering and customer service team, we offer the highest quality support for your flow, pressure, level or temperature measurement and control needs.

KOBOLD engineers can guide you through the most difficult instrumentation application and can work with you to customize our products if needed to meet your requirements. Our friendly customer service staff works hard to process your orders quickly and accurately. If you need rush delivery, they can arrange for expedited shipment on many of our products.

Product Warranty and Returns, Certifications

KOBOLD provides excellence in customer service and product performance. However, should an issue arise, please see the following policies regarding our product warranty and product returns. Please also feel free to contact our customer service department regarding any concerns or questions.