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Company Profile

OpTest Equipment Inc. manufactures and markets state-of-the-art equipment used for measuring the quality of pulp, paper, board and tissue. Our products include both laboratory and on-line analyzers for quantifying the quality of pulp and paper. Our customers range from pulp, paper and tissue mills to the R&D Centres in the pulp, paper, tissue and allied industries in over 34 countries.


Company Goals

Since the founding of OpTest our goals have remained:
  • To achieve a genuine and lasting standard of excellence. This is achieved by the Total Quality effort of each person within our organization.
  • To work closely with our customers and operate according to ISO 9001.
  • To be a world class manufacturer of state-of-the-art NDT equipment for the pulp, paper and allied industries.
  • To be the technology and service leader within our product line.
  • To maintain controlled growth and profitability.


1998 University-Industry Synergy R&D Partnership Award Winner - OpTest

Synergy Award - OpTest

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada - Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en genie du Canada

November, 1998 Release

OpTest Equipment Inc., together with Paprican (now called FP Innovations) and the University of British Columbia, was chosen as the "1998 University-Industry Synergy R&D Partnership Award Winner". This prestigious award is presented jointly by the Conference Board of Canada and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

In 1991 UBC's Pulp & Paper Centre and Paprican began looking for ways to automate the measurement of wood pulp fibres. This complex procedure had traditionally been carried out manually. The technology that would allow the researchers to image fibres for ‘on-line' analysis was available but the research team had first to develop a method for aligning the fibres so that they could be analysed. After extensive experimentation, they developed a novel ‘flow cell', a patented device for channeling and aligning fibres between two streams of water without causing fibre deformation. Paprican later licensed the flowcell technology to OpTest. After further enhancements, the development of advanced optic and image analysis technology, the first Fiber Quality Analyzer units were supplied as three beta sites in Canadian mills; Domtar, Irving Pulp & Paper and Weyerhaeuser, together with Paprican. Since then, the commercialization has been an enormous success with over 200 units sold around the world as of 2018.

1993 Award - OpTest

1993: Best New Business


1995 Award - OpTest

1995: Best Small Business



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900 Tupper St. - Hawkesbury - ON - K6A 3S3 - Canada
Phone: 613-632-5169 Fax: 613-632-3744