Applicable Electronics was established in 1984. The corporate mission is to design, develop and market computer-controlled, rapid, non-invasive, scanning microelectrode measurement systems to detect ionic currents in conductive solutions. The major fields of application for these NDT techniques are biology and corrosion.
Applicable Electronics works together with Science Wares, Inc. Falmouth, MA to continue systems development. Applicable Electronics designs and manufactures system hardware. Eric Karplus, owner of Science Wares, Inc. is the owner and software engineer of the ASET (Automated Scanning Electrode Techniques) software package as well as the mechanical designer and manufacturer of some of the system components.
Both Alan Shipley and Eric Karplus were employed at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA at the National Vibrating Probe Facility (NVPF), which, since 1995, is called the Bio-Currents Research Center. The NIH Division of Research Resources in 1981 established the NVPF and continues funding under its new name, BRC. Shipley and Karplus worked together to build the NVPF by assisting Dr. Carl Scheffey and Dr. Lionel Jaffe in the development of the scanning microelectrode techniques. Since 1994, they are both full-time business professionals dedicated to the development and marketing of these techniques to the world.
Both companies work closely with the laboratory of Dr. Hugh Isaacs of Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY to continue systems development as they are applied to corrosion studies. Applicable Electronics was awarded a Phase I SBIR grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, September, 2001. Alan Shipley was PI and Brookhaven National Labs and Science Wares were contractors on the grant. Project title: "Non-Invasive Techniques to Study Local Passivity Breakdown of Metal Alloys in Aqueous Media". Phase II award, May 30, 2002. The project was a success and produced the DVIT (Differential Video Imaging Technique) which is now available for sale. This is a rapid NDT system for detecting initial corrosion. A patent is pending.
Applicable Electronics has donated the necessary equipment and expertise to help create the University of Massachusetts Vibrating Probe Facility, in Amherst, MA under the direction of Professor Joseph G. Kunkel. The purpose is to continue development of the equipment in a working laboratory for use in biological studies. Applicable Electronics also provides student fellowships at the facility. Science Wares, Inc. donates software, machining and technical support to this facility.