ABB celebrates 50 years of factory at the forefront of gas analyzer technology

  • Established in 1973, today the ABB factory in Quebec, Canada manufactures market leading products for industrial analytical measurement
  • The facility is behind innovations such as ABB’s Sensi+™ which monitors H2S, H2O and CO2 in natural gas in a single device
  • Optical sensors built by ABB in Quebec play a vital role in detecting methane and other greenhouse gas emissions from space

ABB is marking the 50th anniversary of its Quebec factory which today manufactures market leading products for industrial analytical measurement and is one of the largest suppliers of optical sensors for detecting greenhouse gas emissions from space.

What began as a local enterprise, Bomem Inc., founded in 1973 by visionaries Dr. Henry Buijs, Gary Vail and Jean-Noel Bérubé, has grown into a flagship facility with over 400 employees. In 1999, Bomem entered a new era when it was acquired by ABB, allowing the factory to tap into ABB’s resources and global reach, further extending its impact.

Furthermore, today the factory houses ABB’s largest Measurement & Analytics research and development group, consisting of 150 engineers and scientists.

“In its 50-year journey, ABB’s Quebec factory has both pushed the boundaries of industrial analytical measurement, and also reached for the stars, literally,” said Jean-René Roy, Global Business Line Manager, ABB Measurement & Analytics. “Through pioneering gas analysis technology, ABB continues to support global climate change initiatives, delivering advanced solutions that monitor our planet and protect its future. This milestone is a testament to the power of innovation, dedication, and commitment to a greener, safer world.”

Revolutionizing gas analysis through innovation

Manufactured in Quebec, ABB’s Sensi+™ analyzer monitors natural gas quality through a single device for continuous and simultaneous measurements of  H2S, H2O and CO2, eliminating the need for multiple analyzers, multiple maintenance schedules, and reducing hours of operator training and services.

At the same time, the ABB suite of natural gas leak detection solutions uses an innovative approach to gas detection, with sensitivity 1000 times greater and speed 10 times faster than traditional equipment.

Also out of Quebec, ABB designs and manufactures one of the largest portfolios in the world of laboratory, at-line and process FT-IR/FT-NIR analyzers. Used for quality control, these solutions increase productivity while lowering environmental impact in industries such as oil and gas, chemicals, and metals.

In recent years, optical sensors built by ABB in Quebec have played a vital role in detecting greenhouse gas emissions from space. Space-based gas analysis enables unbiased reporting across jurisdictions, crucial to verifying climate commitments. The ABB-built optical sensors offer 100 times higher resolution than comparable technologies, identifying emissions sources precisely.

ABB’s Process Automation business automates, electrifies and digitalizes industrial operations that address a wide range of essential needs – from supplying energy, water and materials, to producing goods and transporting them to market. With its ~20,000 employees, leading technology and service expertise, ABB Process Automation helps customers in process, hybrid and maritime industries improve performance and safety of operations, enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future.

ABB is a technology leader in electrification and automation, enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future. The company’s solutions connect engineering know-how and software to optimize how things are manufactured, moved, powered and operated. Building on more than 140 years of excellence, ABB’s ~105,000 employees are committed to driving innovations that accelerate industrial transformation.

For more information please contact:
Media RelationsOlga ApostolovaEmail: [email protected] ABB LtdAffolternstrasse 448050 ZurichSwitzerland
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