J.P.Instruments was founded in 1986 in Huntington Beach, California, USA. Its founder, Joseph Polizzotto, is now the current CEO. Joe was educated at Villanova University as a mechanical engineer, who started his career in the 1960's at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford Connecticut. There, he worked as a test engineer, measuring temperatures and pressures on jet aircraft engines. With the experience gained in thermocouple technology at Pratt and Whitney, he designed the Scanner™ in 1979, for his personal Cessna 172, which he purchased from Matatuck aviation.