Company

Solving critical process-analysis and measurement problems for customers worldwide

Galvanic Applied Sciences Inc. solves critical process-analysis and measurement problems for customers worldwide with our full line of rugged, fit-for-purpose gas- and liquid-measurement systems. We engineer all of our systems and components to deliver uncompromising accuracy, reliability, and long-term value to users, even in the most-challenging process environments. That’s why multinationals and small companies alike turn to us again and again – they count on our attention to detail, applications know-how, and exacting quality standards. We work with customers to tailor each system to meet their site-specific process requirements and to provide unparalleled support through installation, training, and long-term product maintenance. A private company headquartered in Calgary, AB, Canada, with a facility in Lowell, MA, USA, Galvanic supports a global network of dedicated sales and service engineers, as well as value-added distributors to serve the needs of customers.

History & Milestones

Today, Galvanic is a vibrant, growing company solving process-optimization challenges for customers in more than 40 countries and a wide variety of industries. Our employees and specially trained representatives worldwide deliver the personalized attention that customers require, working hand-in-hand to meet each customer’s site-specific analysis needs.

Galvanic’s roots were established in 1975, when predecessor company, Galvanic Analytical Systems Ltd., began as a distributor of hydrogen-sulfide analyzers in the Western Canada gas market – and in 1989, with the founding of Galvanic Manufacturing as the company’s R&D arm. Since then and throughout the years of company evolution, Galvanic has maintained a strong product-development focus, as you can see from clicking on the chronology below. 

  • New logo, product names, literature, and website

    Galvanic launches its new logo, product names, literature, and website – designed to better reflect the company’s commitment to excellence in meeting each customer’s site-specific applications requirements.

    New trade names

    In addition to Galvanic’s well-known Sentinel, Brimstone, Monitek, Nametre, and GasMicro names, new trade names for Galvanic product lines include:

    • ProTech™ – the 903 family of tape-based analyzers
    • AccuChrome™ GC – Btu and hydrocarbon analyzers
    • SulfurChrome™ – gas chromatographs for sulfur content determination 
  • Timeline

    April 2014

    Gerard Abraham joins Galvanic as chief executive officer 

  • September 2013

    Galvanic introduces its third-generation gas chromatograph, the AccuChrome™ GC Btu and Hydrocarbon Analyzer.

    August 2013

    A group of private equity firms, Right Lane Capital, 2SV Capital and Tuckerman Capital takes the company private, acquiring all of Galvanic’s outstanding shares.

    The company’s new investors, led by New Hampshire-based Tuckerman, now own 69.7% of issued and outstanding common shares. Robert J. Rosenthal, PhD., becomes chairman of the Board of Directors.

    January 2013

    Galvanic introduces the Brimstone™ Sulfur-Recovery Analyzer, which incorporated a new electronic architecture with feature sets that would form the core of all future products.

  • Fall 2012

    Galvanic introduces the new ProTech 903W Tape Analyzer.

    May 2012

    Galvanic receives ATEX certification for the ProTech 903 D1 analyzer to permit its use in potential explosive atmospheres.

  • 2011

    Galvanic discontinues its legacy 800 series tape analyzer and standardizes on the more fully featured ProTech 903 series.

  • January 2010

    Galvanic launches a new Sentinel UV-Vis single-component, multi-stream analyzer for the water and industrial wastewater market. Product enhancements include advanced communications capability and the ability to separate the photonic module and control units, increasing reliability and accuracy in sample measurement.

  • April 2008

    Galvanic launches the first-generation of its 903 tape analyzer, incorporating new and improved features based on patented algorithm and advanced digital-sensor technology.

  • 2007

    Galvanic releases the model 802 tape analyzer with improved accuracy, configurable Modbus and dual-stream capability, easier-to-read graphic display, and auto calibration and reference.

    2007

    Galvanic expands service capabilities in the U.S.

  • 2006

    Galvanic combines technologies from its U.S.-based Sentinel product line and Calgary-based lead-acetate analyzer to introduce a cost-effective, high-performance process-optimization system for amine analysis.

  • May 2005

    Galvanic expands its production capabilities and relocates to its current location on Fisher Road in Calgary.

    May 2005

    Brimstone Instrumentation is fully integrated into Galvanic Applied Sciences

  • October 2004

    Galvanic completes acquisition of Brimstone Instrumentation Ltd, which operates as a wholly owned subsidiary.

    2004

    Galvanic acquires 941 TGX, 961, and 991 analyzers.

  • January 2003

    Galvanic introduces its second-generation gas chromatograph instrument, the PLGC 2, which incorporates Galvanic’s newly developed DIMAC (distributed intelligent measurement and control) Windows®-based graphical interface software for configuration and monitoring of Galvanic analyzers in process-measurement applications.

    Galvanic developed the DIMAC software specifically to meet the needs of industrial gas quality and flow-measurement applications, with unparalleled ease-of-use, communications speed, and flexibility with regard to custom-configurability and data archiving. The development goal was to design a universal electronic platform that would ultimately enhance and integrate all of Galvanic’s analytical and flow-measurement products into a seamless system that can be linked together to provide a single string of data and actions. At its genesis, this DIMAC platform differed from existing analytical and measurement instrumentation in that Galvanic designed it as a completely open-architecture system. The PLGC and 842 chemiluminescence analyzers were the first products to incorporate this platform.

    July 2003

    Galvanic completes purchase of the assets and business of Lowell-Massachusetts-based Metrisa, Inc., a manufacturer of liquid-analysis instruments, which begins operations as Galvanic Applied Sciences U.S.A.

    The Metrisa acquisition adds three established product lines as well as IP for fluid analysis based on patented technology to measure chemical concentrations, viscosity, turbidity, and suspended solids, including:

    • Tytronics on-line chemical analysis products, primarily sold to the water and chemical industries
    • Monitek in-line turbidity, suspended solids, and oil-in-water measurement systems, which use optical technologies including photometrics, acoustics, and fluorescence
    • Nametre in-line viscometers based on torsion-resonance oscillation technology, primarily used in the polymer industry
  • June 2002

    Galvanic completes public-equity offering, realizing gross proceeds of $4.25 million.

    2002

    Galvanic achieves ISO 9001-2000 certification.

    2002

    Product-development team completes enhancements to Gas Micro electronic volume corrector, adding more flexibility and configurability with the release of 3 iMaCS (intelligent measurement and control system) that replaced up to six different models by competitors, as well as integration of 2.5 G wireless solution.

  • Spring 2001

    Galvanic ships first units of the GasMicro electronic volume corrector, and launched its first-generation PLGC gas chromatograph for the gas-processing market

    September 2001

    Galvanic acquires the complete technology rights to the GasMicro electronic volume corrector.

    2001

    Galvanic introduces an infrared analyzer built for CO2 measurement and other industrial applications requiring CO and CH4 measurement

  • 2000

    GasMicro and PLGC receive measurement Canada approval, enabling the instruments to be installed in custody-transfer applications.

    2000

    Galvanic develops its own manufacturing process for gas chromatograph columns to decrease cost and delivery times and improve repeatability. Product-development team designs new columns for a wide range of applications, including measurement of H2, H2S1, O2 and CO2, ethylene in ethane, and propane and butane product quality.

  • 1999

    • Galvanic broadens application base beyond the pipeline-process market into local distribution with its acquisition of a worldwide exclusive license to Sigmacor Inc.’s Flo-Correct, which Galvanic improves and markets as the Gas Micro electronic volume corrector.
    • Galvanic begins direct distribution of its products into Western Canada, incorporates Galvanic Applied Sciences U.S.A. Inc, adding technical sales support personnel in the U.S.
    • ISO 900 quality assurance program initiated in the previous year is completed with company upgrading to ISO 9001.

    1998

    • Galvanic expands product offering, making its first foray toward an integrated approach in sulfur and Btu measurement systems for the pipeline-process market – adding a wall-mounted sulfur analyzer as well as a new product, a small gas chromatograph designed to measure Btu heating content in gas streams.
    • Galvanic develops a proprietary method for development of its consumables and begins manufacturing its own tapes.
    • As part of its ongoing commitment to quality, the company formalized the quality control process through the implementation of the ISO program.

    1997

    • Galvanic opens a branch office in the U.S. providing technical and sales support to customers in the Gulf Coast area, a key market region.
    • Galvanic launches a redesign process to expand the capabilities of and markets for all of its analyzer product lines.
      • Galvanic introduces the Model 902 total sulfur tape analyzer and the 801 H2S analyzer, a microprocessor-based analyzer ideal for portable or laboratory-based applications. Galvanic also introduces its second-generation chemiluminescence analyzers, enabling measurement of sulfur in gasoline and diesel fuel. The 840 family includes two lab analyzers (the 840 for total sulfur measurement in liquids and gases, and the 843 to measure sulfur components in vapor), as well as two process instruments (841 total sulfur for continuous process measurement and the 842 for unattended sulfur and component measurement in vapor samples).
    • September 1997 – Galvanic enters into an agreement with Sigmacor Inc. for the software, electronic development, and manufacture of Sigmacor’s Micro-Flo corrector. This technology, in conjunction with Galvanic’s electronics and instrumentation expertise, is used to develop a prototype of the Gas Micro electronic volume corrector.

    1996

    • February 23, 1996 – Galvanic Applied Sciences Inc. completes a public offering via a junior capital pool prospectus.
    • March 1996 – Galvanic is established as a public company traded on The Alberta Stock Exchange under the symbol GAV.
    • September 1996 – Galvanic completes its acquisition of the manufacturing division of Galvanic Analytical Systems Ltd. The company has approximately 15 employees.
      • Acquired assets include the IP related to the company’s lead-acetate tape analyzers to measure H2S and total sulfur; the chemiluminescence analyzers for measurement of sulfur compounds in liquid or vapor-phase streams; and SCADA automation products (supervisory control and data acquisition) for remote monitoring and data collection to enable remote operation of facilities. As part of the transaction, the company enters into a distribution agreement with Galvanic Analytical Systems Ltd. for distribution of Galvanic Applied Science’s product lines in Western Canada; the new company would be responsible for establishing a distribution network outside of the Western Canada region.
    • Galvanic Analytical Systems subsequently became GAS Analytical, which still operates as a distribution company.

    1995

    September 27, 1995 – Galvanic Applied Sciences Inc. is incorporated in Alberta.

    1989

    • Galvanic Manufacturing is established as the design and manufacturing operations of Galvanic Analytical Systems and begins designing and building the 900A H2S/TS analyzer, which is its first product.  During this time, the company operated as both a distributor/representative and a manufacturer.
    • December 1989 – Galvanic ships its first 900A hydrogen sulfide analyzer to Cabre Exploration Ltd, a Calgary-based oil- and natural-gas-production company .

    1975

    Doug Fraser founds Galvanic Analytical Systems Ltd. setting up shop in Calgary as a distributor/ manufacturers’ representative in Western Canada for Balston (filters), Houston Atlas (H2S analyzers), Ametek (combustion-process analyzers and gas detection), and a few other companies.

Board of Directors

  • Chairman of the Board

    Robert J. Rosenthal, PhD

    Chief Executive Officer, Taconic Biosciences

    Bob Rosenthal has more than 30 years’ experience fostering product innovation and building value for customers, shareholders, and employees in scientific and technical companies. He is currently CEO of Hudson, New York-based Taconic Biosciences, a leading supplier of research models for pharmaceutical and biotech organizations. Previously, Bob served as chairman and CEO at Intelligent Medical Implants (IMI), a developer of technologies designed to restore vision to individuals blinded by diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa. Prior to IMI, he was president and CEO of Magellan Biosciences, where he helped build the company from a start-up to more than $100 million in revenues. Previously, he was president and CEO of Boston Life Sciences, an R&D development-phase biopharmaceutical company, president of PerkinElmer’s Instruments division, where he managed the acquisition and integration of the Analytical Instruments group from PE Corporation, and president and CEO of Thermo Optek, (now part of Thermo Fisher Scientific). He began his management career at Wisconsin-based Nicolet Instrument Corporation, ultimately becoming its president after Thermo Instrument Systems acquired the company. In addition to serving on Galvanic’s board, he is also a board member of Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. He holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in chemistry from the University of Maryland, The State University of New York, and Emory University respectively, as well as an AEA Executive MBA from Stanford University.

  • Director

    Timothy Briglin

    Partner, Tuckerman Capital

    Prior to co-founding Tuckerman Capital in 2001, Tim was a partner at Green Mountain Partners. While at Green Mountain, Tim was directly involved in 21 investments with a total of $200 million invested. Previously, he was a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy covering economic, tax, and banking issues. Early in his financial career, Tim was an associate at Morgan Stanley in corporate finance and was an analyst at Marine Midland Bank in corporate lending. In 2013, Tim was appointed by Governor Shumlin to serve on the Vermont Economic Progress Council, and also serves on the Governor’s advisory council on health care financing. Tim is a founding board member of Vermont Parks Forever, a member of Vital Communities Corporate Council, and a director of Mascoma Savings Bank. He is also on the executive Committee and is the treasurer of the Vermont Democratic Party. He graduated from Cornell University and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

  • Director

    Eric J. Mara

    Managing Member, Right Lane Capital LLC

    Eric Mara founded Right Lane Capital, a private investment firm, in 2012. Prior to that, he was a junior partner at Pavis Capital LLC, a research-driven hedge fund formed to deploy private equity-like due diligence to public markets investing. Eric began his career as a member of the private equity deal team at Audax Group, an investment firm with more than $5.0 billion of committed equity capital focused on acquiring and growing middle-market companies. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where he received a bachelor’s degree in finance.

  • Director

    Helen Cornett, CA

    Former CEO, Galvanic

    Helen Cornett was one of the founding shareholders of Galvanic Applied Sciences Inc., and assisted with the company’s formation in 1995. Since that time she served in several key roles, first as Galvanic’s chief financial officer and executive vice president, and from August 2010 through March 2014, as the company’s chief executive officer. Previously, she held senior positions in both public and private oil and gas companies. Helen earned her chartered accountant designation with Price Waterhouse. She also holds a bachelor of commerce – honours business administration degree from the University of Windsor, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Alberta.

  • Member/Advisor

    Drew T. Sawyer

    Co-Founder and Managing Partner, 2SV Capital

    Prior to founding 2SV Capital, Drew Sawyer was one of the founders of Parthenon Capital, a private equity firm that grew from start-up to more than $1.1 billion under management in four years. Drew has extensive experience in the supply chain, distribution, consumer and tech-services sectors. He serves on several boards of directors in in addition to Galvanic’s, including: Apache Industrial Services, Canongate Golf, Interline Brands (NYSE: IBI), Johnson Precision, Worcester Air, and GoodSports, a nonprofit children’s charity. Drew has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Williams College and an MBA from Harvard Business School, graduating with First Year Honors. He also attended Exeter College, Oxford University.

  • Member/Advisor

    Gerard Abraham

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Galvanic

    A seasoned executive with more than 25 years of experience in the global analytical-instrument industry, Gerard Abraham joined Galvanic as its CEO in early 2014. Gerard is building on the company’s strong legacy of engineering prowess and applications expertise to foster a culture of operational excellence, customer focus, and continuous quality improvement. Before coming to Galvanic, Gerard was vice president of business development at FEI, a manufacturer of high-performance microscopy workflow solutions for a variety of industries – from electronics and material sciences to life sciences and natural resource markets. Previously, he was a consultant with SFW Capital Partners and division president of SYMYX, a combinatorial chemistry and materials-science company. For 18 years prior to that, he served in a series of high-profile positions at what is now Thermo Fisher Scientific, starting as general manager and operations manager of the company’s Applied Research Labs, and culminating as president of its Process Systems and Process Instruments division. Gerard has also held senior operations and engineering positions at IBM and HP. He has a bachelor’s of arts in business and general management from the Université Paris Dauphine in France, and an engineering degree in non-linear optics from the Institut d’Optique in Paris.