Karl Senghaas, Founder of Electrolab
Electrolab was founded in 1976 in San Antonio, Texas, by Karl Senghaas, a German-born electrical engineer and NASA scientist.
Mr. Senghaas (1922 – 2012) was a long-standing contributor to the engineering and technology industry in San Antonio and held numerous patents for his designs. Mr. Senghaas’ design contributions included engineering patents that involved UTSA, an institution near and dear to his heart. Mr. Senghaas led the design and implementation of the first solid state interconnection of 500 dental offices at University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) in the seventies. Later, Mr. Senghaas played a key role as lead in electronics design, working together with UTHSC’s design team, to patent the first “Tomerex” X-Ray machine used for full-mouth X-Ray scans.
Mr. Senghaas’ engineering contributions spanned many industries, including beverage and food service, aviation, oil & gas, and water management. Mr. Senghaas also worked with NASA teams on the development of the Photomultiplier used in space-exploration. With companies calling on Electrolab to design electronics technologies that others would not attempt, Karl Senghaas was often lovingly named “The Einstein of San Antonio”. International firms recognized his unique approach to electronics design and his unrelenting desire to find creative solutions to problems that initially appeared unsolvable. Throughout his career, Mr. Senghaas never forgot to train young engineers, providing countless opportunities for growth and achievement right here in San Antonio.
In 2013, Electrolab established the the Karl Senghaas Engineering Scholarship at UTSA, which is awarded each year to a student of Electrical Engineering.
Model 1000 Level Sensor
Circa 2008, Electrolab Facility with new logo signage, San Antonio, TX
Grouping of Stainless Steel, Fiberglass and Flexible Level Sensors
R&D for Surface Protection Chemistry Begins (Precursor to e9 Treatments)
Initial Planning for New Facility in Boerne Begins
Digital Level Sensor – Model 2100 Digital Level Sensor Released
Land Acquired for New Facility in Boerne, Texas
Initial Surface Protection Chemistry (Anti-Paraffin Treatment) Developed – Field Testing Begins
Siemens Private Label Agreement Ends (Not Renewed by Electrolab)
Groundbreaking Event for New Manufacturing Facility in Boerne Occurs in May
New Facility Construction Begins (32,500 s.f.)
Digital Level Sensor – DLS Guide Tool Released
First product application of anti-paraffin treatment.
Digital Level Sensor – Flexible Level Sensor R&D Begins
Construction of new facility in Boerne, TX completed
Grand Opening Event Held for New Facility in Fall – 300+ Attend
Digital Level Sensor – RU Flex (Flexible) Digital Level Sensor Released for Field Trial
e9 Treatments, Inc. is Incorporated
Digital Level Sensor – Stainless Steel Sensor with High-Level Shut-In Released
Digital Level Sensor – New Intrinsically Safe Barrier Devices Released
All Electrolab Digital Level Sensors Meet API 18.2 Compliance
Patent# 9688926 Issued
Digital Level Sensor – Fiberglass Sensor with High-Level Shut-In (HLS) Released
Digital Level Sensor – Explosion Proof Housing Packages for Digital Devices Released
Digital Level Sensor – RU Flex Model 2100 (Flexible Level Sensor) Released
All Level Sensors Released with High-Level Shut-In (HLS) Option
Patent# 10059892 Issued
Patent# 10150924 Issued
Expanded manufacturing facility with addition of Building 2 (3750 s.f.)
IoT Product Family Initial Development – Energy Monitoring and Control (IRIS Family)
Explosion Proof Housing Packages for Both Digital and Analog Devices
Patent Assignments for Surface Treatment Products Transferred to e9 Treatments, Inc.
Patent#’s 10822559 and 10844299 Issued.
Digital Level Sensor – Separator Package Released
Patent# 10934497 Issued
TempSens™ Released for Rail Cars
Digital Level Sensor – Explosion Proof Housing Packages for Analog Devices Released