Ultrasonics makes its debut: In 1952, ultrasonic cleaning was taken out of the laboratory and first used in production by Bendix Corporation in Davenport, Iowa; making the midwestern Mississippi river town the cradle of the ultrasonic cleaning industry. Through the 1950’s, the newly formed Ultrasonics division of the Bendix Corporation experimented with several possibilities of ultrasonic applications but found ultrasonic cleaning to be the most profitable. The focus of Bendix was to pioneer Ultrasonic Cleaning applications in industrial environments. Ultrasonic cleaning was highly effective and popularity radically grew in the manufacturing industries including medical equipment, electronics, aircraft, missile manufacturing and automakers.
Gaining the attention of the world, Time Magazine published the article called ‘Ultrasonics: Unheard Progress’ in March of 1959. The article focuses on Bendix research and applications for ultrasonics as well as a few other fast-growing companies that were building ultrasonic tanks to clean anything from electric shavers to ball-point pens to entire cash registers. In fact, it was quoted that “Someday we’ll be cleaning clothes with ultrasonic equipment.”
The possibilities seemed endless.
Over the next two decades the extensive work of the Bendix Corporation and other successful ultrasonic cleaning companies made ultrasonics a worldwide necessity. While other companies successfully developed less expensive and less durable ultrasonic cleaners in order to reach new markets, Bendix decided to satisfy the demands of its prominent clients in the industrial environment by utilizing the most proven and reliable method to generate ultrasonic power. This decision ultimately divided the ultrasonic cleaning systems into two categories: Ultrasonic cleaners that could handle industrial applications and those that could not. Realizing their niche, Bendix continued to pursue high volume, large-scale manufacturing applications for companies that recognized the critical need for the most durable and reliable ultrasonic cleaners on the market.
Swen Sonic is formed: In April of 1980, a group of Bendix executives purchased the ultrasonic cleaning division from Bendix and named the newly formed company Swen Sonic Corporation. The name ‘Swen’ was chosen because it was derived from the Norwegian word meaning ‘sound’. Within one year, growing sales required the company to expand into a new location with 50% more space for research, development and manufacturing. In June of 1981, Swen Sonic moved into its current headquarters at 960 South Rolff Street in Davenport Iowa. As electronics evolved in the 1980’s, Swen Sonic refined the ultrasonic energy systems and introduced electronic control systems which greatly improved the operating efficiency of ultrasonic cleaning. Factors such as cleaning cycles, solution temperature, and automation were now guided by the push button control units. These new and improved 30kHz cleaners were given the brand name BLUE WAVE, foreshadowing the future of the company.
Swen Sonic becomes Blue Wave Ultrasonics: In July of 1990, a group of Swen Sonic executives purchased the company and renamed it Blue Wave Ultrasonics. The new management focused on expanding into new industrial markets by doing what it had always done; providing the best products, providing the most extensive knowledge and providing the best customer service in the industry.
Today, Blue Wave continues to use the same proven industrial strength technology that is designed for continuous, heavy-duty cleaning in manufacturing processes where failures can be extremely costly. With continuous improvements to every process in our entire business, Blue Wave remains competitive in price and unparalleled in quality. Blue Wave equipment represents an uncompromising approach to both performance and reliability. The superiority in the design of Blue Wave’s ultrasonic cleaners is reflected in shorter cleaning cycles, more effective cleaning, lower energy consumption and remarkable reliability. Savings in labor, time, energy, maintenance costs, and downtime over the life of the cleaning equipment have justified the investment for thousands of satisfied Blue Wave customers.