Member Spotlight: Meet the PTC Membership

The Pittsburgh Technology Council has more than 1,300 member companies, all based in SWPA. We’ve got some of the most innovative tech ventures here in our backyard. We thought it would be most excellent to put a small spotlight on a handful of our members each and every week, so you can see the great diversity and talent that we have out there.  We encourage you to learn more about these technology companies:

Insight Rising - Insight Rising is a corporate services and consulting firm that works with companies and non-profit organizations to create more sustainable enterprises. Insight Rising uses a unique approach in our work with clients that increases profits, competitive advantage, and enterprise valuation through developing sustainable practices and socially responsibility activities using decision guidelines consistent with the client’s normal decision processes.

MECCO – MECCO offers the latest innovations in direct part marking for traceability, verification, and part identification in manufacturing, assembly, and other harsh environments. MECCO features a full range of marking technology, including MeccoMark fiber lasers, as well as CO2, diode-pumped, and flash lamp lasers as well as a complete line of dot-peen indent markers with portable, benchtop, integrated, and custom systems available.

New Perspective Productions – New Perspective is a full-service provider of corporate video, broadcast TV and radio spots and interactive multimedia solutions, including CD and DVD authoring and specialized Internet applications.

Pennatronics Corporation – Pennatronics Corporation provides electronic manufacturing services on a contract basis to original equipment manufacturers. We have a state-of-the-art facility in western Pennsylvania capable of assembling leading-edge component and design technology used in the printed circuit industry.

Reclamere – Established in 2001, Reclamere is a leader in Data Security and IT Asset Management specializing in the following services: Deployment of new IT equipment, data recovery,  computer forensics and e-Forensics litigation support, IT Audits & Assessments, on and off-site data destruction, redeployment of older and/or obsolete IT equipment and compliant recycling of IT equipment. Reclamere’s reputation is built on quality, value, and integrity.

SCA Technologies, LLC – SCA Technologies is the leading provider of Intelligent Cost Management solutions. Our methodologies focus clients’ enterprise processes on anticipating changes and taking timely action. Our solutions predict the impact of changes in demand and operations on revenue, cost and profits that drive decision making to improve results in anticipation of changes.

Sustainable Pittsburgh – Sustainable Pittsburgh affects decision-making in the Pittsburgh region to integrate economic prosperity, social equity, and environmental quality bringing sustainable solutions to communities and businesses.

Thar Technologies – Thar Technologies, Inc., is a global leader in supercritical fluid technology whose single-point-of-access platform delivers supercritical fluid process and equipment technologies to the food, chemical, electronics and pharmaceutical industries.

True Commerce, Inc. – TrueCommerce is a Pittsburgh-based EDI solutions provider founded in 1995. From the beginning, the company vision has been to provide small to mid-tier companies with a comprehensive, end-to-end EDI solution that is easy to implement and fully integrates with their accounting software.

Upper Cut Studios – Upper Cut Studios Inc.  is a production company that provides a full spectrum of motion graphics, animations, special effects and on-camera talent and a competitive edge that has Pittsburgh advertising agencies looking. Working with the largest regional advertising agencies, Upper Cut offers spacious editorial suites;  RED One Digital Camera in 4K resolution to create a master archive that can be used in SD, or HD;  a full multimedia studio for on-camera  talent and production shoots, plus video conferencing technology for casting talent.

Waters Acquires Thar Instruments; Establishes “Green” Separation Science Leadership and Expands Chromatography Application Range

One of Pittsburgh’s most innovative technology companies, Thar Technologies, made a huge announcement yesterday. Thar’s Instruments division, Thar Instruments, Inc., was bought by global laboratory solutions giant, Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT). Check out the press release from Waters below and look for an upcoming feature article in the TechV!be eNewsletter.

Waters Corporation today announced it has acquired all of the remaining outstanding capital stock of privately held Pittsburgh-based Thar Instruments, Inc., the world’s largest supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) manufacturer, for an undisclosed amount. Waters(R) had previously made an equity investment in Thar in June 2007. Current annual revenues of Thar are approximately $18 million and the acquisition is estimated to be neutral to Waters 2009 earnings.

Considered a leading ‘green’ analytical and purification technology, Thar’s SFC and extraction systems are used to separate, isolate and quantify chemical compounds. The principles of SFC are similar to those of liquid chromatography; however SFC typically uses carbon dioxide as the main mobile phase. Carbon dioxide offers environmental and cost benefits compared to liquid chromatography solvents.

“By combining Thar’s advanced SFC instrumentation with Waters chromatography expertise, Waters is committed to bringing the benefits of SFC to more laboratories for analytical and purification applications worldwide,” said Dr. Rohit Khanna, Vice President, Worldwide Marketing for Waters Division.

About Thar Instruments (

Thar Instruments, formerly a division of Thar Technologies, is solely focused on advancement and applications of supercritical fluid technologies (SFC). Thar Instruments, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is the world leader in design, development and manufacturing of analytical and preparative SFC instrumentation for pharmaceutical and fine chemical industry. Thar Instruments’ customers include top pharmaceutical, universities and government research organizations worldwide.

About Waters Corporation (

Waters Corporation creates business advantage for laboratory-dependent organizations by delivering practical and sustainable innovation to enable significant advancements in such areas as healthcare delivery, environmental management, food safety, and water quality worldwide.

Pioneering a connected portfolio of separations science, laboratory information management, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis, Waters technology breakthroughs and laboratory solutions provide an enduring platform for customer success.

With revenue of $1.58 billion in 2008 and 5,000 employees, Waters is driving scientific discovery and operational excellence for customers worldwide.

Waters is a trademark of Waters Corporation.


SOURCE: Waters Corporation