Palintest has a long history in chemical and water analysis, with origins dating back to the 1800s. Originally as Wilkinson and Simpson, the business was involved in chemical manufacturing and the pharmaceutical wholesale business until the 1950s.
The breakthrough for the company as we know it today came in the mid-1900s when Dr Thomas Palin joined the business. A water scientist and chemist, Dr Palin pioneered the work of breakpoint chlorination for water and the invention of the DPD method for determination of chlorine.
Groundbreaking at the time of its inception, Dr Palin’s method was adopted worldwide and continues to be the standard method of chlorine determination throughout the world.
Following this work, Dr Palin continued to work within the business, working with the team to develop a range of tests to make water analysis simple and accessible for everyone. Palintest now manufactures hundreds of reagent test methods, testing for the full range of water quality parameters.
In 1983, Wilkinson and Simpson was acquired by Halma plc, who recognised the impact of their technologies for improving water safety standards for people around the world. Then in 1989, Wilkinson and Simpson was renamed Palintest in honour of Dr Palin’s groundbreaking work.
This year celebrating 30 years of being known as Palintest, the company continues to go from strength to strength, continually working on water analysis technologies which help to safeguard water for everyone, every day.
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6th March 2023
Palintest exists with a simple but crucial purpose; to safeguard water for everyone, every day. It is this purpose that guides us in all we do. After an extensive review and realignment to this purpose, Palintest has decided to withdraw our soil testing range of products from the market. Our Soil Test range has enjoyed many years of success and we are proud of the positive impact it has had on agricultural communities globally. However, in order to focus on our core water analysis technologies, our Soil Test range will be retired.
23rd February 2023
Lead exposure, through the contamination of drinking water, can have major health implications. It is vital that municipal authorities can employ accurate testing methods to identify sources of lead contamination. Multiple techniques including Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS) and Anodic Stripping Voltammetry (ASV) can be used to detect lead in water – in this article we review these methods in more detail.
8th February 2023
The human body needs small quantities of copper to function. But as well as being a nutrient, copper can also be harmful if consumed in large quantities. Palintest’s patented single use copper sensor, which can be used in our Kemio™ product range, can allow water utilities organisations to easily carry out testing for copper in-situ at consumers’ taps.