Branson Ultrasonics Corporation, a subsidiary of Emerson Electric Company, designs, develops and manufactures plastics joining and metal welding equipment. The company develops solutions for precision cleaning, degreasing and processing. It also has expertise in ultrasonic tooling and magnetostrictive and piezoelectric technology. Branson Ultrasonics Corporation manufactures the Sonifier brand of cell disrupters for laboratory experiments and research studies. The company operates manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Slovakia, China, Hong Kong and Japan. It is ISO 14001 certified for its environmental efforts. The company was founded in 1946 by Norman G. Branson to harness ultrasonic energy for industrial products. Branson Ultrasonics Corporation maintains a location in Fremont, Calif.