Danaher Corp originally DMG Inc was organized in 1969 as a Massachusetts real estate investment trust. The Company adopted the name Danaher in 1984 and was reincorporated as a Delaware corporation following the 1986 annual meeting of shareholders. Danaher Corporation designs, manufactures and markets professional, medical, industrial and commercial products and services. Its business consists of five segments: Test & Measurement; Environmental; Life Sciences & Diagnostics; Dental; and Industrial Technologies. Its Test & Measurement segment is a provider of electronic measurement instruments and monitoring, management and optimization tools for communications and enterprise networks and related services. The segment's products are used in the design, development, manufacture, installation, deployment and operation of electronics equipment and communications networks and services. Its Environmental segment provides products that help protect its water supply and air quality and serves two primary markets: water quality and retail/commercial petroleum. Danaher Corporation diagnostics businesses offer a broad range of analytical instruments, reagents, consumables, software and services that hospitals, physician's offices, reference laboratories and other critical care settings use to diagnose disease and make treatment decisions. Its Dental segment is a provider of consumables, equipment and services for the dental market, which encompasses the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and ailments of the teeth, gums and supporting bone. The market it serve encompasses the whole working environment of an oral health professional and the company is dedicated to driving technological innovations that help dental professionals improve clinical outcomes and enhance productivity and Industrial Technologies segment designs and manufactures components and systems that are typically incorporated by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and systems integrators for sale into a diverse set of applications and end-markets. The businesses in this segment also provide service and support, including helping customers with integration and installation and providing services to ensure performance and up-time. The Company competes with various competitors, including well-established regional competitors, competitors who are more specialized than the company is in particular markets, as well as larger companies or divisions of larger companies with substantial sales, marketing, research, and financial capabilities.
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