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A peek behind the scenes at Metrolab Technology

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About us

Metrolab is the global market leader for precision magnetometers, used to very precisely measure strong magnetic fields. Over the past 30 years, we have won the trust of MRI manufacturers and physics laboratories across the world.

Our offer incorporates mastery of precision magnetic field measurement, understanding of magnet systems applications, a passion for industrial quality, and the responsiveness of a small company.

Metrolab

Our approach

Metrolab invests approximately 18% of turnover and 41% of labor hours in R&D, double the rate of other mature high-tech industries. We master the entire value chain, from product conception to fabrication, to worldwide distribution and after-sales support.

Most of all, we think “beyond the product”: our experts are available to help you to find the high-precision, easy-to-use and productive magnetic measurement solution that best corresponds to your application and requirements. We bring to this discussion an understanding of your environment, your needs as a scientist, and your industrial constraints.

To respond to very particular needs, we are prepared to join forces with you to – once again – create an innovative new product.

our team

Our management team

Pascal Sommer

Technical and R&D Manager

Before co-founding Metrolab in 1985, Pascal was project manager for a polarized ion source and experimental controls engineer at the CERN. He holds a Master in electrical engineering.

Philip Keller

Marketing & Product Manager

Before joining Metrolab in 2003, Philip worked as senior manager in Ascom, as a researcher in ultrasound medical imaging, and for Microsoft, Boeing, and several start-up companies. He holds Master degrees in Physics and International Management.

Claude Thabuis

Sales & Production Manager

After several temporary assignments with Metrolab, Claude joined the staff on a permanent basis in 2003. He holds Master degrees in Applied Physics and Instrumentation as well as Business Administration.

David Overnay

Manufacturing Manager

Before becoming production manager in 2001, David worked in electronic production at Metrolab, LEM and LeCroy. He holds a degree in electronics technology.

Jacques Tinembart

Senior Engineer

Before joining Metrolab in 2007, Jacques was professor at the Geneva School of Engineering, where he taught hardware design. He holds a Master degree in Electrical Engineering from the EPF Lausanne.

Sébastien Benz

Senior Engineer

Before Joining Metrolab in 2017, Sébastien held various positions in hardware R&D and project management. He also co-founded Swiss Audio Design. He holds a Master degree in Electrical Engineering from the EPF Lausanne.

Simon Tellier

R&D Engineer

Simon joined Metrolab in 2012 after completing an internship in the R&D department. He holds a Master degree in Digital Electronics and Embedded Systems from Polytech’ Nantes.

Antoine Daridon, PhD

Business Development & Marketing Manager

Antoine  joined Metrolab in 2019, he has held various positions in R&D, product management marketing and business development in start-ups and as well as large corporations. Antoine earned his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Uni Bern.

Our product range

The needs of several thousand different clients have resulted in a product catalogue that since our founding in 1985 has grown to include over a hundred items. We offer a range of single-point magnetometers, differentiated by field strength, precision, and other features. Our catalogue also includes multi-point magnetic field mapping systems – in fact, Metrolab is a pioneer of high-precision magnetic field mapping. Finally, we offer a line of reference-quality permanent magnets.

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Our expertise

We develop and maintain our unique expertise through an international network of scientific consultants and academic collaborations, for example with the Swiss Polytechnic University in Lausanne (EPFL), the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

History

Our history

Metrolab’s rich history can barely be summarised with a few dates.
We’ll try anyway:

1985

Foundation of Metrolab Instruments SA. Introduction of the continuous-wave NMR Precision Teslameter PT2020

1987

Launch of the NMR Precision Teslameter PT2025, an evolution of the PT2020

1990

Introduction of a legendary fluxmeter: the Precision Digital Integrator PDI5025

1993

First step in the world of precision field mapping, with our first NMR Magnetic Field Camera MFC3035

1995

Introduction of our first Three-axis Hall Magnetometer THM7025: a third measurement technology enters our portfolio

1998

The NMR Magnetic Field Camera MFC3045 replaces the MFC3035

2008

Introduction of a new generation of Three-axis Hall Magnetometers: the THM1176 family

2009

Launch of Fast Digital Integrator FDI2056, 100 times faster and more precise, but with backwards compatibility with the PDI5025

2012

Transfer of ownership to new management team, as Metrolab Technology SA

2014

Launch of PT2026, a new generation of pulsed-mode NMR magnetometers with unprecedented resolution and field measurement range

2015

Exclusive distribution of MagVector™ MV2, “magnetometer on a chip”

2017

Launch of HMC9076, the world’s first multi-point magnetic field mapping system based on 3-axis Hall sensors

2018

Launch of MFC2046, the latest generation of Metrolab’s NMR Magnetic Field Cameras