Cool Stuff Being Made: Industrial Scientific Corp.

By January 5, 2008Cool Stuff Being Made

This week’s “Cool Stuff Being Made” video visits Industrial Scientific Corp. of Oakdale, Penn., a company devoted to employee health and safety — not just for its own workers but for the industrial customers it serves. As the company’s website — — explains,

Industrial Scientific Corporation is a global leader in designing, manufacturing, selling and servicing gas monitoring instruments, systems and related products. With continuous improvements in engineering and R&D, lean manufacturing operations and expanded service capabilities, Industrial Scientific is widely known for providing rugged, dependable products that excel in monitoring hazardous gases in the most demanding work environments in the world. Employing over 700 people, Industrial Scientific has manufacturing operations based in Pittsburgh (USA), Arras (France), Dortmund (Germany) and Shanghai (China), provides technical services to customers from local service centers around the world, and has additional subsidiaries in Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Dubai, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

In this week’s video, the company’s chairman and CEO, Justin McElhattan, walks us through the operations, explaining how fixed-point (stationary) and handheld detection devices are used to ensure workplace safety by identifying the presence of one or more hazardous gases (e.g., combustible gases, such as methane, propane and pentane). High-tech doesn’t begin to describe it.

BTW, Mr. McElhattan was recently elected to the National Safety Council’s Board of Directors.

To watch this week’s Cool Stuff Being Made mini-documentary — thanks to our friends at Pennsylvania Cable Network for the original film — please click on the embedded video or head over to the NAM’s YouTube page at and click here.

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