Founded in 2017, ASDevices is based in Thetford Mines, Québec, Canada and has its roots in a long history of innovation for the gas chromatography and gas analysis world. ASDevices is proud to be the only entirely own Canadian company to design and manufacture this type of technology. This history dates back to 1992, when Yves Gamache, the CEO, developed the K2000, the first digital trace nitrogen analyser for the air separation industry. The analyzer was not affected by moisture in the sample or calibration cylinder, a common problem at this time. Thanks to a novel method invented by Gamache, the use of a permeation tube to add a specific level of water to the plasma in order to reach an operating plateau, combined with the use of a molecular sieve 3A trap, reduced substantially H2O interference. Later on, this method was refined and a patent filed for. This first revolution in terms of performance and reliability brought Yves Gamache and André Fortier, his long-term associate, to start Contrôle Analytique. This company developed between 1995 to 2007, the K2001, a nitrogen analyser that became an instant world success and is still considered a standard for the air separation industry.
It also developed the K2002, an improved design of the K2001, for the semiconductor industry and the K3000, which was the first reliable crude argon analyser. Finally, a complete process GC R&D programmled by André Lamontagne, now president of ASDevices, has given birth to the K4000. The K4000 was the first plasma emission detector-based process gas chromatograph offering a complete graphic interface and parallel real-time chromatography with built-in industrial I/Os, built-in sampling system, and remote Ethernet connectivity. Almost two decades of innovation later, the team pursued their goal to revolutionise the industry by founding Analytical Flow Products in 2007. This company developed the most reliable and the most efficient chromatographic valves on the market. From 2007 to 2017, AFP has become the leading brand of GC valves. All those decades of experience have provided a whole lot of new ideas, know-how and experience to start ASDevices, which will have once more a disruptive effect in the industry.