Profile: Mesa Laboratories Inc (MLAB.O)
16 Mar 2018
Mesa Laboratories, Inc., incorporated on March 26, 1982, is focused primarily on quality control products and services. The Company operates through four segments: Instruments, Continuous Monitoring, Biological Indicators and Cold Chain. The Instruments Division designs, manufactures and markets quality control instruments and disposable products utilized in connection with the healthcare, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, medical device, industrial hygiene, environmental air sampling and semiconductor industries. Its Biological Indicators Division provides testing services, along with the manufacturing and marketing of biological indicators and distribution of chemical indicators used to assess the effectiveness of sterilization processes, including steam, hydrogen peroxide, ethylene oxide and radiation, in the hospital, dental, medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Its Continuous Monitoring Division designs, develops and markets systems, which are used to monitor various environmental parameters, such as temperature, humidity and differential pressure in hospitals, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, blood banks, pharmacies and various other laboratory and industrial environments. Its Cold Chain Division provides parameter (primarily temperature) monitoring of products in a cold chain, consulting services, such as compliance monitoring, packaging development and validation or mapping of transport and storage containers, and thermal packaging products, such as coolers, boxes, insulation materials and phase-change products to control temperature during transport.
The Company's Lakewood, Colorado, and Butler, New Jersey, facilities manufacture its Instruments Division products, which include the DataTrace, DialyGuard, DryCal, Torqo, SureTorque and BGI brands. Its Omaha, Nebraska, and Bozeman, Montana locations manufacture its Biological Indicators Division products, which include the Mesa, PCD and Apex brands, while its Lakewood, Colorado, facility also manufactures its Continuous Monitoring Division products, which include CheckPoint and AmegaView brands. Its Markham, Ontario facility manufactures its Mesa brand real time monitoring solutions and outsources the manufacture of its TempTrust brand of packaging materials.
The Company's instrument products are used for testing, quality control, safety, validation and regulatory compliance. The Company's Instruments Division products include Data loggers, which are used in critical manufacturing and quality control processes in the food, pharmaceutical and medical device industries; Medical meters and calibration solutions, which are used for quality control in dialysis clinics and dialysis machine manufacturing operations; Gas flow calibration and air sampling equipment, which are used for industrial hygiene assessments, calibration of gas metering equipment and environmental air monitoring by a range of organizations, including metrology labs, manufacturing companies and government agencies, and torque testing systems, which are used to measure bottle cap tightness in the beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Its data logger products are self-contained, wireless, high precision instruments that are used in critical manufacturing, quality control and validation applications. The products consist of individual data loggers, a personal computer (PC) interface, software and various accessories.
The Company's medical meters are used to test various parameters of the dialysis fluid (dialysate), and the calibration and operation of the dialysis machine. Each measures some combination of temperature, pressure, potential of Hydrogen (Ph) and conductivity to ensure that the dialysate has the proper composition to promote the transfer of waste products from the blood to the dialysate. The meters provide a digital readout that the patient, physician or technician uses to verify that the dialysis machine is working within prescribed limits and delivering prepared dialysate. The Company manufactures over two styles of medical meters, including those designed for use by dialysis machine manufacturers and biomedical technicians, and those used primarily by dialysis nurses. The Company manufactures a range of instruments and equipment for gas flow calibration and environmental air sampling. The primary products include air samplers, particle separators and pumps.
The Company also manufactures gas flow calibration instruments to support the use of its air sampling equipment, and for industrial applications. Its gas flow calibration instruments provide the standards required by laboratories and industry in the design, development, manufacture, installation and calibration of various gas flow meters and air sampling devices. Its automated torque testing systems are motorized cap torque analyzers used throughout the packaging industry. Its torque systems provide the information that helps the packaging operation track events, and potential problems during the manufacturing process so that corrections can be performed in a timely fashion. Industries utilizing these instruments include food processors, beverage companies, pharmaceutical, and consumer product manufacturers.
Biological Indicators Division
The Biological indicators Division consists of resistant spores of certain microorganisms that are applied on a substrate, such as a small piece of filter paper. In use, the biological indicator is exposed to a sterilization process and then tested to determine the presence of surviving organisms. Its biological indicators include spore strips, which require post-processing transfer to a growth media; self-contained products, which have the growth media already pre-packaged in crushable ampoules; culture media, and process challenge devices (PCDs). Chemical indicators are similar to biological indicators, except that a chemical change (generally determined by color) is used to assess the exposure to sterilization conditions. Biological indicators are used to validate equipment and monitor the effectiveness of a process in any industrial or healthcare setting, which uses sterilization. Its markets include healthcare, such as dental offices and hospitals, and industrial, such as medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Continuous Monitoring Division
The Continuous monitoring systems are used in controlled environments, such as refrigerators, freezers, warehouses, laboratory incubators, clean rooms and various other settings. The continuous monitoring systems consist of wireless sensors that are placed in controlled environments, hardware modules to receive the wireless data, and various software programs to collect, store and process the data. Its systems are designed to operate continuously, providing data around the clock. A critical function of its systems is the ability to provide local alarms and notifications via e-mail, text or telephone, in the case where established environmental conditions are exceeded.
Cold Chain Division
The Company provides a suite of products and services to help its customers meet the requirements of their Good Distribution Practices (GDP) regulations. The Cold Chain Division includes packaging materials that control temperatures for approximately 170 hours during transport; package development and testing capability to help in the design and validation of custom packaging solutions, and Web-based monitoring products that allow for measurement of parameters (primarily temperature) throughout a cold chain, from point of manufacture or collection, all the way to point of use.
The Company competes with Myron L Company, IBP Medical GmbH, Amphenol Corporation, Ellab, TMI Orion, Danaher, Inc., Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Mecmesin, Steinfurth, Met One Instruments, Inc., Tisch Environmental, 3M, Terragene, Crosstex, Steris, Rees Scientific Corporation, Amphenol Corporation, Cooper-Atkins, Sonoco Thermosafe, Cold Chain Technologies, Inc., Pelican Biothermal LLC and Cryopak.
Mesa Laboratories Inc
12100 W 6th Ave
LAKEWOOD CO 80228-1252