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AlpHa Measurement Solutions | History

A story of vision, innovation and
unmatched technical skill.

AlpHa is a vertically integrated development and manufacturing company offering solutions to turnkey manage or augment your projects through enhancing your innovation and offering superior outcomes.  We have over 60 years of proven subject matter expertise and deep industry experience.
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1961

Van London Company, Inc. is founded in Houston, Texas by Greg Van London and Dale Merriman as a distributor of industrial liquid analytical equipment, primarily serving chemical and petrochemical processing plants on the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast.

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1974

Van London Company, Inc. expands to facilities on Glenmont Drive in Houston, Texas.

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1981

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pHoenix Electrode Company is founded in Houston, Texas by Greg Van London, Dale Merriman and Ray Burchette as a sister company and supplier to Van London Company, manufacturing electrochemical sensors and accessories.

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1984

pHoenix Electrode Company expands with an addition to the existing building on Glenmont Drive.

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1989

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Analytical Sensors, Inc. is founded in Houston at Texas by Peter and Yuxian Cai as a manufacturer of electrochemical sensors.

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1994

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Aurora Scientific Instruments (Shanghai) Co. Ltd is founded in Shanghai, China, by Peter and Yuxian Cai as a wholly owned subsidiary of Analytical Sensors, Inc. and complementary manufacturer of electrodes and analytical instrumentation.

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1998

Analytical Sensors, Inc. is awarded its first major open-ended OEM contract, and expands to new manufacturing facility in Sugar Land, Texas.

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2003

Analytical Sensors, Inc. changes its name to Analytical Sensors & Instruments, Ltd.

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2005

pHoenix Electrode Company introduces GX5 pH glass formulation with low resistance and pH 0-14 range.

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2007

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Sister companies Van London Company, Inc. and pHoenix Electrode Company formally merge to create Van London-pHoenix Company, a manufacturer and distributor of electrochemical sensors and analytical instrumentation.

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2012

Analytical Sensors & Instruments launches its first optical sensor line, expanding its product portfolio outside of traditional electrochemistry by introducing its in-house designed and manufactured optical dissolved oxygen sensors.

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2015

Van London-pHoenix Company expands into new manufacturing facility on Rockley Road in Houston, Texas.

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2015

With integration complete, Van London-pHoenix Company became Van London Co.

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2018

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CEO Drew Hall partners with Prairie Capital to acquire Analytical Sensors & Instruments, Ltd. and Aurora Scientific Instruments (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. with the vision of building a leading liquid sensor technology platform.

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2019

Van London’s Chemist Peter Boyle develops the world’s first Magnesium Ion Selective Electrode.

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2019

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Analytical Sensors & Instruments acquires Van London Co. under new parent company AlpHa Measurement Solutions, paying homage to the storied companies that laid the foundation for this new platform: ASI, Van London, pHoenix, and Aurora.

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2020

Legacy Analytical Sensors & Instruments and Van London operations are merged onto the newly renovated and expanded campus on Rockley Road in Houston, Texas, becoming AlpHa Measurement Solutions’ global headquarters.

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2021

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AlpHa acquires ANDalyze, an innovative DNA-enzyme based sensor technology used to detect trace metals as well as other target inorganics, organics, and biologics in water.

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2022

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AlpHa acquires Fluorometrics Instruments (FMI), a designer and manufacturer of optical chemical sensor systems and fiber-optic chemical sensors, expanding AlpHa’s optical dissolved oxygen sensor portfolio and adding optical pH and other highly differentiated solutions.

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2022

AlpHa partners with UK-based ANB Sensors to exclusively license and commercialize the iRef technology, a patented method for measuring and automatically compensating for reference electrode drift, enabling the manufacture of highly intelligent, calibration-free electrochemistry sensors.

1961
Van London Company is founded in Houston, Texas by Greg Van London and Dale Merriman as a distributor of industrial liquid analytical equipment, primarily serving chemical and petrochemical processing plants on the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast.
1974
Van London Company expands to new facilities on Glenmont Dr. in Houston, Texas.
1981
pHoenix Electrode Company is founded in Houston, Texas by Greg Van London, Dale Merriman and Ray Burchette as a sister company and supplier to Van London Company, manufacturing electrochemical sensors and accessories.
1984

pHoenix Electrode Company expands with an addition to the existing building on Glenmont Drive.

1989
Analytical Sensors & Instruments, Inc is founded in Houston, Texas by Peter and Yuxian Cai as a manufacturer of electrochemical sensors.
1994
Aurora Scientific Instruments (Shanghai) Co. Ltd is founded in Shanghai, China, by Peter and Yuxian Cai as a wholly owned subsidiary of Analytical Sensors, Inc. and complementary manufacturer of electrodes and analytical instrumentation.
1998
Analytical Sensors, Inc. is awarded its first major open-ended OEM contract, and expands to a new manufacturing facility in Sugar Land, Texas.
2003

Analytical Sensors, Inc. changes its name to Analytical Sensors & Instruments, Ltd.

2005

pHoenix Electrode Company introduces GX5 pH glass formulation with low resistance and pH 0-14 range.

2007
Sister companies Van London Co. and pHoenix Electrode Company formally merge to create Van London – pHoenix Electrode Company, a manufacturer and distributor of electrochemical sensors and analytical instrumentation.
2012
Analytical Sensors & Instruments launches its first optical sensor line, expanding its product portfolio outside of traditional electrochemistry by introducing its in-house designed and manufactured optical dissolved oxygen sensors.
2014
Van London – pHoenix Company expands into a new manufacturing facility on Rockley Road in Houston, Texas.
2015

With integration complete, Van London-pHoenix Company became Van London Co.

2018
CEO Drew Hall partners with Prairie Capital to acquire Analytical Sensors & Instruments, Ltd. and Aurora Scientific Instruments (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. with the vision of building a leading liquid sensor technology platform.
2019

Van London’s Chemist Peter Boyle develops the world’s first Magnesium Ion Selective Electrode.

2019
Analytical Sensors & Instruments acquires Van London Co. under new parent company
AlpHa Measurement Solutions, paying homage to the storied companies that laid the foundation for this new platform: ASI, Van London, pHoenix, and Aurora.
2020
Legacy Analytical Sensors & Instruments and Van London operations are merged onto the newly renovated and expanded campus on Rockley Road in Houston, Texas, becoming AlpHa Measurement Solutions’ global headquarters.
2021
AlpHa acquires ANDalyze, an innovative DNA-enzyme based sensor technology used to detect trace metals as well as other target inorganics, organics, and biologics in water.
2022
AlpHa acquires Fluorometrics Instruments (FMI), a designer and manufacturer of optical chemical sensor systems and fiber-optic chemical sensors, expanding AlpHa’s optical dissolved oxygen sensor portfolio and adding optical pH and other highly differentiated
solutions.
2022
AlpHa partners with UK-based ANB Sensors to exclusively license and commercialize the iRef technology, a patented method for measuring
and automatically compensating for reference electrode drift, enabling the manufacture of highly intelligent, calibration-free electrochemistry sensors.