OptoSense Earns International Certificate for Quality Management

11 April 2011

St. Petersburg-based OptoSense has earned certification as meeting international standard ISO 9001:2008, confirming the high quality of the company’s products and boosting the company’s competitive standing in the international market. OptoSense manufactures miniature sensors of explosive gases.

In December 2010, after receiving co-investment from RUSNANO and others, the company began small-batch production of sensors that surpass competing products on a number of parameters—reaction speed, service life, straightforwardness of operation, and low power consumption. The sensors owe their advantages to semiconducting polycrystalline nanolayers of radiation sources and photovoltaic elements in the company’s patented manufacturing technology. The sensors can be used in stationary and portable gas analyzers.

“International certification will help us capture a significant niche in the global market for toxic and explosive gas detectors. Industrial safety is a problem worldwide, especially in countries where oil and gas and coal mining are well-developed industries,” explained Alexander Maksyutenko, general director of OptoSense. “We expect to obtain product certification for compliance with other international standards for protection from explosion—the IECEx (International Electrotechnical Commission), the European Union’s ATEX Directive, and the ETL.”

“The sensors in this project work under virtually all conditions, even where oxygen is absent or the particulate content and moisture are high. Their energy consumption is only one-tenth that of competitors and their cost is lower,” said RUSNANO managing director Dmitry Lisenkov. “I think that ISO 9001:2008 certification is an important step in the company’s strategy for claiming its place in the international market for explosive gas detectors.”


RUSNANO Joint-Stock Company was founded in March 2011 through reorganization of state corporation Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies. JSC RUSNANO contributes to implementation of the state policy on the development of the nanotechnology industry by investing directly and through investment funds of nanotechnology in financially effective high-technology projects providing the development of new production facilities in the Russian Federation. Its primary investment focus is in electronics, optoelectronics and telecommunications, healthcare and biotechnology, metallurgy and metalwork, energy, mechanical engineering and instrument making, construction and industrial materials, chemicals and petrochemicals. 100 percent of RUSNANO’s shares are state owned. Thanks to RUSNANO’s investments, there are currently 95 factories and R&D Centers opened in 37 regions in Russia. JSC RUSNANO has profit for the last 4 years.

Management of assets of RUSNANO JSC is carried out by Limited Liability Company established in December 2013, RUSNANO Management Company. Anatoly Chubais is the Chairman of its Executive Board.

Work to establish nanotechnology infrastructure and carry out educational programs is fulfilled by RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, which was also established during the reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.

* * *

OptoSense was established in 2009 to organize production in Russia of miniature sensors of explosive gases. EMI, ICO, RECS, and RUSNANO are shareholders in the company. Products manufactured by OptoSense are certified as complying with GOST R standards for safety from explosion.

For more information,  please visit www.optosense.ru/en/