The Capital Region is home to a number of companies that got their start here and expanded globally. That includes a Schenectady-based company that now sells its products to more than 60 countries worldwide. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Jon Dougherty introduces us to that company in this week's Capital Region Business Beat.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- It may not feel like it but construction season is right around the corner.
One person who knows a lot about construction is David Apkarian.
For the last 20 years, his company TransTech Systems, Inc. has built two types of measuring machines. A Pavement Quality Indicator (P.Q.I.) and a Soil Density Gauge.
"It's going to measure the density of the asphalt or the soil," said Apkarian, the CEO of TransTech. "Those are two of the most important factors in building anything. If you build a road, you build it on soil or a sub-base/soil-base. If that soil-base is not densified correctly, your road is going to fall apart no matter how good you build the road on top."
From start to finish TransTech manufactures, assembles, and sells them out of their Schenectady headquarters. Their product is sold in 68 countries worldwide.
"Our big markets are Asia, India, Russia. These are big developing markets that need huge infrastructure projects," Apkarian said.
TransTech's machines have helped in the repaving of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and likely for projects surrounding the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Russia is their third largest market.
The measuring machines are mainly used on construction sites, but TransTech said the technology can be used for much more.
TransTech is working on technology that will help in the aviation, nautical, and bio-medical industries. Apkarian added the company is on the verge of a medical breakthrough.
"For example, with diabetes you have to prick a finger and take blood. We're in the process of developing a sensor that would be like a Band-Aid that you can basically put on your skin and it would truly, non-invasively give you a glucose reading," Apkarian said.
The project just completed an animal testing phase and is ready for the next steps which include human testing. The University of Albany has signed on to be a part of the testing and TransTech is reaching out to potential investors.
Apkarian said the sky's the limit for the future of the company.
"If we know what we need to measure and we can get an electrical signature off that measurement, we can measure it. That's a very simplistic view, but it's the truth."
TransTech is currently looking to grow its company and move its 20 employees to a bigger site in the Capital Region.
For more information go to www.transtechsys.com .
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