The Nova Ventures Group management team successfully created two instrumentation divisions, Nova Analytics Corporation and Nova Technologies Corporation. Nova Analytics Corporation ("NAC" or "Nova Analytics") was formed in 2003 and became a global leader in analytical instrumentation technology addressing a broad spectrum of markets, applications and industries.
NAC's evolution into one of the world leaders in a multi-billion dollar electrochemistry and water quality instrumentation market began with Nova's acquisition of Corning's electrochemistry product line, re-branded as the 'Pinnacle' line upon acquisition. NAC grew further by acquiring two other leaders in the premium analytical instrumentation market in 2003: WTW Wissenschaftliche-Technische Werkstätten GmbH (WTW), Germany's leading manufacturer of laboratory and water & wastewater instrumentation; and Schott Geräte GmbH (initially rebranded 'Schott Instruments' then ultimately 'SI Analytics'), Germany's premier manufacturer of electrochemistry instrumentation.
With three well-respected brands anchoring NAC's portfolio, 2004 marked a year of integration and operational improvements for NAC. In February 2005, NAC bought Secomam SA (Secomam) a spectrophotometer business in France. NAC remained active in 2006 by acquiring two highly reputable German businesses, each boasting leading product technology in their respective industries. First, in June 2006 NAC acquired Sensortechnik Meinsberg GmbH (STM), an electrochemistry business developing electrodes. Second, in November 2006, NAC purchased Ebro Electronics GmbH & Co. KG (Ebro), a German supplier of temperature meters, electrodes and accessories for the food, clinical, pharmaceutical and industrial markets.
In 2007, NAC acquired UK-based Bellingham + Stanley Ltd. (B+S), and US-based Global Water Instrumentation, Inc. (GWI). B+S manufactures a range of digital refractometers and polarimeters and GWI supplies instrumentation for measuring ground and surface-water parameters such as quality, level and flow. NAC's final acquisition occurred in December of 2009, when it purchased Aanderaa Data Instruments AS (Aanderaa). Aanderaa, a Norwegian business, that designs, manufactures and sells sensors, instruments, and systems for measuring and monitoring in the most demanding environments.
As of January 2010, Nova Analytics owned nine (9) operating companies with over 750 employees in 8 different countries worldwide, all recognized for superior quality and industry leading products; ranging from electrochemistry, optical measurement, temperature measurement, respirometry, and viscometry.
On February 17, 2010 ITT Corporation announced the purchase of Nova Analytics, further strengthening ITT's core business and increasing their global leadership position in the 6 billion dollar analytical instrumentation market, as well as improving position within water, wastewater and industrial process, food & beverage industries.
Nova Brands & Core Competencies
WTW offers the world's most complete line of pH/ORP, D.O./BOD/Respirometry and Conductivity Instruments, Turbidity Meters and Photometers including reagents. WTW systems range from rugged waterproof, portable field meters to an integrated line of laboratory instruments and accessories, as well as completely new multiparameter instruments with state-of-the-art technology.
SI Analytics offers high-performance pH glasses, innovative electrodes and electrochemical measuring instruments such as pH meters, conductometers, oxygen measuring instruments, piston burettes and titrators, the business ensures that electrochemical measurement is an indispensable, trouble-free and reliable procedure all over the world.
SECOMAM is a leading innovator in the design of Visible and UV-Visible spectrophotometers, and a world-wide supplier of instruments for clinical biology, environmental and analytical labs for use in research, industry and education. The company is environmentally conscious with its design of new and innovative products for soil and water quality analysis, using rapid detection technology with UV spectrophotometry. SECOMAM offers one of the broadest ranges of spectrophotometers and analyzerson the market for laboratory, field or on-line analysis.
SensortechnikMeinsberg STM is a manufacturer of high-quality electrochemical sensors and analytical instruments, and particularly known for its pH sensor design and manufacturing expertise. STM is the industry leader in low-cost electrode manufacturing and a drinking water application specialist. STM boasts strong brand recognition for online electrochemistry analysis and a recognized premier player in eastern-Germany drinking water analysis, with additional success in other markets, such as South Korea. STM is also an OEM supplier of instrumentation and sensors for the drinking water, swimming pool and aquarium markets.
Ebro produces data loggers for most measuring situations. Ebro designs and manufactures high-accuracy temperature data loggers for use in the food industry, laboratories, medicine. It also produces high-quality chemistry cool house loggers, temperature/humidity loggers, and pressure loggers for industrial use, temperature/pressure data loggers for monitoring steam sterilizers in hospitals, fast-measuring NiCr-Ni data loggers, U/I data loggers for monitoring current signals, low-cost temperature loggers to accompany goods during transport, complex BUS-systems, and data loggers for monitoring trucks or store houses via mobile phone or satellite.
Bellingham + Stanley (B+S) is the world's leading manufacturer of refractometers and polarimeters.
Global Water is a manufacturer, distributor, and systems-integrator of water instrumentation, serving the water, wastewater, and environmental markets. Global Water designs and manufactures proprietary products and distributes products manufactured by other organizations. Global Waters core competency is the manner in which it integrates products into systems that meet customer's requirements. Global Water's monitoring solutions are cost-effective, accurate, rugged, and reliable.
Aanderaa Data Instruments AS (AADI) designs, manufactures and sells sensors, instruments and systems for measuring and monitoring demanding applications within the Marine Transportation, Oil & Gas, Aquaculture, Environmental Research and Road & Traffic Construction markets. AADI is known for product development breakthroughs and its ability to develop state-of-the-art instrumentation for long term marine environment observations.
The Pinnacle series is based upon a product line acquired from Corning Electrochemistry and includes pH, I.S.E., Dissolved Oxygen and Conductivity instrumentation. The Pinnacle series is the result of that initial investment followed by a substantial additional investment into product redesign and technology advances. The resulting instruments are feature-packed meters applicable to any lab application, ranging from education to the most demanding research or production needs.
Company HistoryNova Technologies Corporation ("NTC" or "Nova Technologies") was formed in June 2006. At its peak in 2008, Nova Technologies had 300 employees and was leading developer and supplier of technology-based products for the water, wastewater and hydroelectric markets. NTC operated four (4) independent businesses: ADS Environmental Services, Accusonic Technologies, Hydra-Stop and DWC Technologies. NTC's brands developed, manufactured, and integrated specialized instrumentation and proprietary software solutions that enabled municipalities, industry and government agencies measure and analyze the capacity, quality and integrity of wastewater collection systems infrastructure. NTC augmented its products with a comprehensive suite of professional integration, flow inspection, flow monitoring, sewer collection system analysis, and other services. NTC and its associated brands have completed over 5,000 flow measurement projects and provided equipment and services to customers in over 40 countries.
On January 3, 2008, Nova Technologies Corporation was sold to IDEX Corporation.
Nova Brands & Core Competencies
ADS Environmental Services (ES) designs, engineers, markets and services a wide range of flow monitoring equipment, software, and integrated flow monitoring systems. ES' hardware equipment includes remotely-managed sensing devices that monitor the physical characteristics, velocity, and pressure of water and wastewater flowing through the collection and distribution system infrastructure. Its software products include large-scale, multi-user systems that enable monitoring, data collection and analysis, and remote management of water and wastewater networks. ES also provides a complementary offering of professional integration, field inspection and field services for the water and wastewater collection systems. ES' solutions are sold directly to municipal agencies and municipal authorities or indirectly through engineering consulting firms.
Hydra-Stop manufactures a full line of pipe maintenance equipment used for inserting, changing or repairing valves or hydrants, tying in new lines or services, changing large meters or backflow preventers, abandoning wells, or storage. In addition, Hydra-Stop provides contract services for line stopping, line tapping, and valve insertion services using Hydra-Stop products. Hydra-Stop is the world's only manufacturer of a completely modular set of pipe maintenance equipment designed to stop boil orders, stop system shutdown, stop costly 'pump around' fees, and stop revenue losses.
Accusonicis the market leader in high-accuracy ultrasonic transit-time flow measurement systems. Accusonic's meters are considered the world's most accurate for large pipe and open channel applications. In addition, thousands of Accusonic flow meters are in use at hydroelectric plants, water and wastewater treatment facilities, thermal power plants, sewage collection systems and other types of water flow conveyance pipelines and channels around the world. Accusonichas installed over 2,500 systems on the pen stocks of some of the largest hydroelectric and water distribution projects, including the Hoover Dam and the Grand Coulee Dam. Accusonic also offers a full-range of services including installation, system integration, turbine performance testing services and field training.
DWC Technologies is a technical service firm specializing in flow monitoring, sewer system evaluation surveys and utility location/mapping. DWC develops methodology, equipment and software, much of which have become the industry standard.