Today in Lab History highlights famous inventors, companies and discoveries on representative days for their important

Today in Lab History highlights famous inventors, companies and discoveries on representative days for their important contributions to the world of laboratory equipment. An ordinance was passed on June 19, 1816 to allow the Gas Light Company of Baltimore to lay pipes in the city of Baltimore for gas-powered streetlights. Baltimore was the first city to allow it so broadly. London had some gaslights but not the systemic, city-wide version Baltimore was embracing. The first public gas street light was lit on February 7, 1817.  It is possible that the city was inspired by the artist Rembrandt Peale’s museum. The museum was lit with elaborate gaslights. The lighting was as much part of the exhibition as the paintings he created. Peale owned a patent on gaslights and was one of the founders of the Gas Light Company of Baltimore, the first gas company in America. In 1820, Jacob Cohen Jr.’s house was fitted with gas lights, becoming the first privately owned house in the city to have it. However, after many years of operating, in 1846, the company had still only four gasometers, capable of holding one hundred and forty thousand cubic feet of gas. But, later that year, they erected one...

Airtac to see profit decline as trade war weighs sales

Pneumatic components supplier Airtac International Group (亞德客) might see a double-digit percentage drop in annual profit this year, as the US-China trade war started to weigh on the firm’s sales in the third quarter, Jih Sun Securities Investment Consulting Co (日盛投顧) said on Wednesday last week. Airtac posted consolidated revenue of NT$3.85 billion (US $124.6 million) for the third quarter, slipping 0.26 percent annually and 15.63 percent from the previous quarter. “The company’s sales are expected to continue to slide in the fourth quarter of 2018 and in the first quarter of 2019, as its order visibility faces international political and economic headwinds, as well as potential disruptions from the Lunar New Year holiday” in February, Jih Sun analyst Wayne Chen (陳有裕) said in a research note. “We project Airtac’s 2018 sales to climb 13.22 percent year-on-year to NT$15.53 billion, but net profit is forecast to decrease by 16.8 percent to NT$2.75 billion, with earnings per share [EPS] of NT$14.52,” Chen said. Airtac is the second-largest pneumatic components supplier in China, with a market share of about 20 percent, trailing Japan’s SMC Corp, which has a market share o...