What We Do
WipWare designs and manufactures industry leading photoanalysis software and hardware that offers real-time analysis of materials in the field, laboratory, on-line production settings for underground and surface mining, quarries, aggregate production, forestry, coal industries and many more. WipWare offers stationary and mobile systems for conveyors, haulage trucks and site-specific locations. Our Photoanalysis systems have helped companies world-wide save millions of dollars by preventing equipment down-time, improving productivity, enhancing personnel health and safety and optimizing processes.
Industry Leader in optical granulometry
Who We Are
WipWare invented optical granulometry at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada more than 30 years ago with the creation of WIEP (Waterloo Image Enhancement Process), later renamed WipFrag. The commercial introduction of WipFrag in 1986 positioned the company as the industry leader in optical granulometry of fragmented material.
From DOS to iOS
Originally developed in 1986 at the University of Waterloo, WipFrag pioneered image-based particle size analysis software. Like other long-standing, industry-standard software packages, the WipFrag of today bears little resemblance to its primitive ancestor. The original WipFrag was a command-line application that ran on DOS from floppy discs at a time when even importing a small image into a computer was a challenge. The latest version runs on iOS, Android and Windows to analyze images taken with an iPad, iPhone, Android device or imported from another camera device.
Because you can’t manage what you can’t measure
How We Do It
WipWare developed its proprietary photoanalysis software back in 1986 and has continued to utilize advances in technology to deliver cutting edge photoanalysis products and results to our customers. We listen to our customers and our products are designed to meet your industry requirements. WipWare has consistently enhanced our proprietary technology for over 30 years. WipWare is the world’s largest supplier of photoanalysis equipment and photoanalysis technology.
President & CEO
President & CEO
Tom C. Palangio is an explosive application specialist and former explosives consultant (Topex Inc.). He is also president and owner of WipWare Incorporated Photoanalysis Systems.
Tom's career spans more than 40 years in the explosives industry starting with DuPont Canada Explosives Products Division in 1974, joining Explosives Technologies International in 1988, and forming Topex and WipWare in 1995. He has worked with various organizations and research groups throughout the world and has extensive experience in explosives manufacturing, application and performance testing.
Tom pioneered the use of new technology as a means of improving blasting efficiency. He has published over 86 papers and presented lectures and workshops at various conferences and universities covering such diverse topics as high-speed photography, mechanical loading techniques, seismic vibration analysis, wall control methods and fragmentation assessment.
He chaired the Blue Sky mining cluster in North Bay, served on the Ontario Mining Industry Cluster Council and is a past chair of the Northern Gateway branch of the CIM. He is currently president and a director for SAMSSA and chair of the NORCAT board of directors in Sudbury. He is a past chair of the Canadore College board of governors and presently serves on the Nipissing University board of governors and is chair of the audit and finance committee.
Tom lives in northern Ontario and has won various awards and recognition for innovation and business including the Northern Ontario Business, Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2003; export development awards in 2001 and 2002; the Ontario leadership award in the Provincial Global Traders Award category in 2003; the OACETT Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in 2009; was recognized by PROFIT 500 as being in the top third of growth companies in Canada in 2013; and received the Northern Ontario Business Award for Innovation in 2015.
Robert has more than thirty-five years experience in bookkeeping, management and administration in the retail, property rental and development, manufacturing and not-for-profit sectors. His career began as purchasing agent and later personnel manager & payroll officerfor Nordfibre Company before assuming business administration duties at the Pro Cathedral of the Assumption and North Bay Roman Catholic Cemeteries. He launched his current bookkeeping service business in 2004 and joined WipWare in 2007. Rob is treasurer of the Eastview Group and has also served as treasurer for the North Bay Symphony Society and 2nd vice president of the Capitol Centre, North Bay’s home for arts and entertainment. He holds memberships with the Canadian Bookkeepers Association, Royal Canadian College of Organists, and College of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians.
Thomas joined WipWare in 2000 following completion of his Mining Engineering studies at Michigan Technological University and Haileybury School of Mines. He has worked as a Longhole Blast Designer with Falconbridge, Mining Technologist with Placer Dome, and Metallurgical Technologist with Sabin Metal Corporation. Prior to his engineering studies, he served with the Canadian Armed Forces. Thomas facilitates all product research, development and production; he is also the director of WipWare Technical Services.
The statement, “Because you can’t manage what you can’t measure!” sums up our critical belief that if you don’t know your existing process performance, it is difficult to know how to improve it. WipWare’s photoanalysis systems offer companies in any industry the opportunity to collect detailed measurement of materials and make informed decisions.