WE HAVE A PASSION FOR SOLVING PROBLEMS Tim Sallai CALIBRATIONS MELBOURNE In the process of creating Ecotech, Robert Dal Sasso has created livelihoods for hundreds of people and generated careers for hundreds of people – like me! because of a desire to get back to a more hands-on role. I was happy to work for him again and do my best because of what he did for me. Four challenging and rewarding years were spent in the Blackburn premises involved in production, testing and Research & Development of the EC9800 range of gas analysers and early model nephelometers. A former Telstra colleague urged me to try my hand at teaching. So I went off for four years to teach electronics and passing on industry experience to students at RMIT. This was an enjoyable, but demanding, job. Once again, I could not resist the chance to return to Ecotech, this time to operate and maintain its wind tunnel facility at the new Knoxfield headquarters. That’s where I still am today. 2015 Ecotech launches Serinus Gas Calibrator range _ Ecotech spreads global reach through 53 distributors across 80 countries _ Ecotech begins water sampling and monitoring services with NATA accredited laboratory in Western Australia _ Ecotech Monitoring Solutions is acquired in Hyderabad, India SERINUS Image by: Tim Sallai I started my journey into electronics in 1974, when Robert gave me the opportunity to assemble video imaging and data logging instruments for Arlunya Pty Ltd, a company he partnered. Soon after, Robert realised the need and potential market for environmental monitoring equipment and started Ecotech. After 10 years with Arlunya, I worked for Telstra for almost two decades in the field of telecommunications and network data and traffic, being heavily involved in the digitisation of the national carrier’s network in the 1990s. When the opportunity came up to work for Robert again, this time at Ecotech, I grabbed it with both hands. Kind of repaying him, but also Ecotech bought the wind tunnel from CSIRO who built and commissioned it in the mid- 1960s, and used it extensively in research into climate change and the environment. We learnt a lot about the wind tunnel from the CSIRO, and since we had taken it apart and put it back together over a period of six months, we had to reaccredit it from scratch. It has been very challenging for me. I am privileged to be only the fifth caretaker in the history of the wind tunnel, and to continue to use it for commercial anemometer calibrations. All these things I have been able to do because of the chance given to me in 1974, and for that I will always be grateful. Ecotech has been an integral part of my working life – a family company, interesting, challenging, innovative and caring. ” Image by: Tim Sallai ECOTECH : TOGETHER
OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE GLOBE 2016 Opsis SWEDEN In the early days of Opsis, we needed to find sales channels for our new open path monitoring system. Someone came up with the bright idea to try the distributors of Monitor Labs analysers. Most of them thought this new technique was interesting, and with Ecotech at that time being a Monitor Labs distributor, Robert Dal Sasso and I signed the contract in 1990. One of the first projects was to monitor SO 2 after the converters at Mount Isa Mines. With temperatures ranging from 100 to 1100 °C, corrosive and dusty environment and concentrations up to 1 % (vol), it was a challenge. But, it worked, and was soon followed by many Opsis systems to industries throughout Australia. We have had the pleasure of knowing the Dal Sasso’s for more than 25 years. In 2015, Opsis celebrated 30 years with a meeting in London, with both Robert and Judy Dal Sasso present, which we appreciated a lot. We wish Ecotech a really happy 40 years “birthday” and look forward to many more years of excellent cooperation and relationship. Representaciones Techlab PERU Air Monitors UNITED KINGDOM Back in 1992/93 as a newly formed company (at the time ETI Ltd) we sold our very first Ecotech products. They were a couple of high volume air samplers for a power station in Ireland and we recall that even though this was our first ever field installation, the samplers were working perfectly within an hour or two after arriving on site. The technical support back then was as good as it is today and that is one of the reasons we have valued our relationship with Ecotech over the years. Our company too has changed and grown just as Ecotech has and although we are now involved with a wide range of products and technologies these days, we still remember and appreciate the relationship and support we have enjoyed from our friends “Down Under” for more than 20 years and look forward to an even closer relationship in future. Ecotech celebrates 40 years. What milestones lie ahead as we continue to grow and strive for the greater good, together. Ecotech Vision 2025, we’re on our way... Image by: Stephen Fraser 59
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