(April 20) BEVERLY, Mass. — Sensitech Inc., has acquired most of the assets of Cox Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of temperature and humidity monitoring equipment based in Belmont, N.C.

This is the first such acquisition for Sensitech since it bought out Ryan Instruments in 2000.

The deal, which was originally announced in December, is valued at about $10.5 million and includes all of Cox’s assets except for its Vitsab temperature-sensitive food label product line, which has been sold to another company. That company is now producing the labels as Vitsab Inc. in Belmont.

Sensitech said Cox will continue to manufacture products for Sensitech through a transition period ending June 1. After that, Cox will cease operations, liquidate its assets and distribute all remaining cash to its shareholders. Cox said it expects to pay between 16 and 18 cents per share.

Sensitech will then move all of Cox’s production to a Sensitech facility in Atlanta.

Jim Cox, founder, chairman of the board, and chief technology officer for Cox, will serve as a consultant for Sensitech for two years. Cox personnel will continue to work for Sensitech as well.

Cox offers a full-line of temperature monitoring equipment including Datasource temperature loggers for in-transit monitoring and handheld digital and infrared thermometers. It has long been one of Sensitech’s biggest competitors.

Eric Schultz, chairman and chief executive officer of Sensitech, said in a news release that the move will allow Sensitech to broaden its services as well as its customer base.

“The cold chain monitoring market is expanding rapidly,” he said. “New technologies and new players require us to continuously invest in research and development and to maintain a competitive edge.