About Us

Instrumar is a Canadian, employee-owned company based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on the eastern edge of North America. For 40 years, we have been harnessing the technical and creative skills of our team of brilliant engineers, software developers and hardware production specialists to build world-leading solutions to many industrial challenges. Until a successful divestiture in 2018, Instrumar was the world’s largest manufacturer of emergency location beacon systems for commercial aircraft. Our patented sensor solutions have more than 20 years of commercial success in synthetic fiber production.



Instrumar formed as a spinoff from Memorial University’s Centre for Cold Ocean Resources Engineering (C-CORE) focused on specialized ice instrumentation for the Arctic


Developed world’s first handheld spectrophotometer


Signed Joint Development Agreement with Allied Signal Aerospace Canada to develop a clean wing detection system for on-ground icing on aircraft

Developed and commercialized an ice-monitoring system for electrical transmission towers


Earned ISO Designation  


Delivered a first-oil simulator for the Hibernia platform


Started development of a sensor for the real time monitoring of synthetic fiber production

Developed and received Federal Aviation Administration Supplemental Type Certification for an on-ground de-icing fluid monitoring system


Developed a multi-phase flow meter for the oil and gas industry

Signed a joint development agreement with AlliedSignal/ Honeywell to design, develop and certify a fixed emergency locator transmitter (ELT) beacon for large commercial aircraft.


First commercial sale of Instrumar Fiber Sensors to Dupont Canada


Executed an agreement with Honeywell that gave Instumar exclusive manufacturing rights for jointly developed fixed ELT beacons


Started development for an in-air ice detection system for aerospace markets to detect supercooled large droplet (SLD) icing (Appendix O icing conditions)


Developed an oil leak sensor system designed to mitigate the impact of a pipeline breach


Jointly developed with Honeywell a new generation of fixed and portable ELTs that met the new FAA and EASA regulatory standards for non-rechargeable lithium batteries on-board aircraft


In-air SLD ice detection system achieves technology readiness level (TRL) 9 after successful in-flight testing with National Research Council (NRC)



The Intrumar Fiber System is both ISO 9001:2015 and AS9001D certified.

ISO 9001:2015


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The future of fiber production will be leaner and more sustainable, with less margin for defects. Contact us today to learn how the Instrumar Fiber System can give your fiber production the competitive edge.