Our production & design department reached equipment serial number 10,000 last week. We started making gas analyzers back in 1976. Our serial numbering system started at 1,000. That means we have built and sold at least 9,000 pieces of gas analysis equipment over the years. (We also built numerous pieces of equipment before we implemented the serial system.) Many of the early instruments are still in service, and no doubt many are not. Nova gas analyzers have found their way around the world over the years.
There are some instrumentation companies out there that have a much longer history and higher equipment output than we do. But for us, 10K is a big deal.
The actual unit with S/N 10,000 happened to be for an O2 / CO / CO2 analyzer from the 870 Series to be shipped to a large North American steel company.
We have an archive of some old black & white photos of Nova analyzers from the 1970's. Here are a few photos from the collection:
|Possibly a PPM O2 process analyzer.|
Similar to this current Model - 415N4
|Portable Dew Point analyzer.|
Similar to the current Model - 207
|Wall mount Ex-proof analyzer.|
We still produce analyzers with
these types of cabinets - link
|This appears to be an ex-proof LEL monitor.|
We don't manufacture these any more.
However, a portable LEL monitor
is still available - 600 Series
|This may be an early version of|
Nova's generator atmosphere
analyzer. Still available here.
|This is an early version of our portable|
ambient air monitor with a
chlorine channel - 600 Series.
|This is also an early version of the 600 Series.|
This one has O2 / CO / CO2 capability.
|This looks like an early version of our|
water-wash sample preparation system.
Discussed on this page.
|An early version of our EAF analyzer.|
This is part of our EAF optimization
system discussed here and here.
|An early version of our flue gas analyzer system|
equipped with auto-calibration and cabinet climate control.
Still available, but in a smaller footprint - link.
We have made substantial technical progress since these units were built. Our customer base is quite a bit bigger now too. Hopefully we won't have to wait as long to sell the next 10K.