Bacharach: Making the Measurable Difference since 1909

Bacharach Inc. began operations in 1909 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a family-owned manufacturing business chartered by Hermann Bacharach. The Company’s initial focus was on the development and production of instruments that measure air flow and gas sensing for combustion analysis.

Today, the business has expanded to include a complete line of products that detect, measure and monitor gases with portable and fixed (stationary) instruments. Bacharach’s history is rich with inventions, education, R&D initiatives, patented technologies and corporate acquisitions that have contributed to its current position as a respected industry leader. The timeline below shows the forward progress of the Bacharach history.

1909

Hermann Bacharach starts Business

Hermann Bacharach starts his own business as a provider of air flow meters and gas measuring instruments imported from Germany for local Pittsburgh mines.

1915

Manufacturing Facility in Downtown Pittsburgh

Bacharach Industrial Instrument Company is incorporated and the Company establishes its first manufacturing facility in downtown Pittsburgh.

1920’s

Rapid Growth &  Expansion

Rapid growth continues. Bacharach expands its manufacturing capabilities to include temperature measuring and gas analysis instruments.

1935

Company Sold to Employees

Hermann Bacharach retires and sells the Company to four employees. Diesel test stands were launched.

1939

CO2 Gas Analyzer Developed

Bacharach develops the CO2 Fyrite® Orsat Gas Analyzer which replaces the lab-based Orsat for evaluating combustion efficiency. The Fyrite® “Classic” is still used today by many customers.

1940’s

Products Added to Diesel and Heating Service Lines

A number of products are added to both diesel and heating service lines establishing Bacharach as a world leader in measurement instruments..

1947

Smoke Tester Developed with Shell Oil

In conjunction with Shell Oil Co., the True Spot® smoke tester is developed

1962

Bacharach Becomes Publicly Traded Company

Bacharach was first traded on the stock exchange

1965

Bacharach Acquires Johnson-Williams

As a complement to its respected diesel and heating service lines, Bacharach acquires Johnson-Williams, a leading manufacturer of both portable instruments and continuous monitoring systems for combustible and toxic gases.

1966

Bacharach Purchased by AMBAC Industries, Inc.

Bacharach was purchased by AMBAC Industries, Inc., a diversified, technically oriented company involved in diesel fuel systems and industrial safety.

1969

Bacharach Develops Gas Detectors for Mining Industry

Bacharach developed one of the first portable gas detectors for the mining industry – the “Canary” as well as fixed gas detectors, indicators and alarms, marketed as the “Sentinel.”

1978

Leadership Shift to United Technologies Automotive Group

Leadership shifts to United Technologies Automotive Group. Bacharach’s broad range of products serves many markets including industrial, automotive, chemical and mining.

1980

Bacharach Develop Portable Electronic Combustion Analyzers

Bacharach engineers develop the CA1, one of the first portable electronic combustion analyzers.

1986

Former Executive from United Technologies Purchases Bacharach

Bacharach was purchased by Paul Zito, a former Vice President from United Technologies.

1989

Bacharach Acquires GMD Systems

Bacharach acquires GMD Systems, a leading producer of paper tape technology for the detection of acutely toxic gases.

1990's

Muliple Patents Assigned to Bacharach

Patents are assigned to Bacharach for multiple gas detection instruments, including a selectable gas detector – sold as the Sniffer® 514M, a dual sensor leak detector – marketed as the Informant® and halogen sensor technology used in the Tru Point® handheld leak detector.

1996

Joint Venture Projects Launched

Bacharach partnered with Scott Safety (a Tyco company) and GRI on joint venture projects.

2000

Heated Diode Technology Aquired

Bacharach purchased heated diode technology from Yokogawa Corporation of America. and developed sensors for combustible gases

2002

Optics Technology Patented

Bacharach acquired Janos Technology, patented optics technology used in Bacharach NDIR-based products, and launched HGM-300 refrigerant leak monitor (fixed).

2007

PNC Equity Acquires Bacharach

PNC Equity acquires Bacharach under Incline Equity management.

2008

Sensor Exchange Program Introduced

Bacharach introduced industry-unique B-Smart® sensor exchange program for the new INSIGHT® combustion analyzer.

2011

Bacharach Acquires Murco Ltd.

Bacharach acquired Murco Ltd., adding extensive fixed gas detection line to the Bacharach line.

2012

New Residential & Commercial Combustion Analyzers Launched

Bacharach launched new residential / commercial combustion analyzers – INSIGHT® Plus and InTech®.

2013

IR-based Fixed Gas Detection Line Launched

Bacharach launched a new proprietary IR-based fixed gas detection line, MGS-250.

2014

Bacharach Launches Tune-Rite Troubleshooting Software (Patent Pending)

Bacharach launches Tune-Rite® troubleshooting software for the INSIGHT® Plus combustion analyzer, making it one of the industry’s most popular contractor tools.