Nortek AS is a scientific instrumentation company that develops and distributes water velocity instruments. Our products are based on the acoustic Doppler principle and span from single point turbulence sensors to long range current profilers. Our customers are scientists, research institutions, and consulting engineers, all with demanding applications requiring state-of-the-art instrumentation that is reliable and easy to use.

About Us

Nortek AS is a scientific instrumentation company that develops and distributes water velocity instruments. Our products are based on the acoustic Doppler principle and span from single point turbulence sensors to long range current profilers. Our customers are scientists, research institutions, and consulting engineers, all with demanding applications requiring state-of-the-art instrumentation that is reliable and easy to use.

Our main office is about 15 km south of Oslo, Norway and this is where we do  development, product assembly and testing. In addition, we have subsidiaries in the US, UK, China, and the Netherlands, each with technical staff.  In other areas, our products are distributed by regional representatives. 

We currently ship close to 1000 instruments per year and our instruments are in use in more than 75 countries around the world.

Our History

During the period 1996-1999, Nortek and SonTek operated under a mutual agreement whereby Nortek did business primarily in Europe and Asia and SonTek did business primarily in North and South America. Today, there is no formal or informal relationship between the two companies, nor are there any common elements in the respective hardware and software. Nortek operates in all countries but development and manufacturing is still based in Norway.

These provide sales, support, and services. The organization has about 60 full time employees and more than 15 have advanced degrees.

The hardware, firmware, and software that forms the basis for the various product lines have been developed by engineers still employed by the company. We expect this situation to continue, although we see an increasing trend also in development to outsource development tasks that are better and faster done by external consultants.

Since the start, Nortek has enjoyed an annual revenue growth of 20-25% per year. The annual revenue of Nortek AS for the first time hit US$ 10 mill in 2006.

FEATURED PRODUCTS

AWAC

With the Nortek AWAC, you get a current profiler and a wave directional system in one unit. You can measure the current speed and direction in 1-meter thick layers from the bottom to the surface. Waves of all varieties are measureable; this includes long waves, storm waves, short wind waves, or transient waves generated by local ship traffic. The AWAC is designed as a coastal monitoring system. It is small, rugged, and suitable for multi-year operation ...

Online Systems

Most Nortek products can be used either in stand-alone or online mode. In stand-alone mode, data are collected to the internal recorder, and the power comes from internal or external batteries. For online system, data is transmitted to shore in such a way that the measurements are continuously available. There are many types of online data collection but all share two fundamental characteristics: The data must be transferred to shore. The instrument must ...

FEATURED SERVICES

Leasing Services

Here you will find a listing of different leasing and services companies around the world. If you do not find one for your specific region then contact Nortek for alternative possibilities.

Data Analysis Services

If you are new to evaluating and analyzing oceanographic data we encourage you to contact your local NortekUSA regional manager. They can provide guidance in connecting you with an organization familiar with how to properly interpret this kind of data. If you are having difficulties identifying someone to provide this service then NortekUSA has this skill in-house and can offer this service as well. Contact us to see what we can do for ...

FEATURED SOFTWARE

Storm

Storm is Nortek's graphical, wave and current profile data processing software. It accepts raw data files from the Nortek series of Aquadopp Profilers, the AWAC, and the Continental. Nortek Storm gives you a quick and precise insight into the current profiler data and wave data you have collected. Supported instruments are the Nortek series of Aquadopp Profilers and the AWAC. The Continental is also supported, but there will be no wave analysis ...

QuickWave

QuickWave is Nortek's non-graphical, wave processing software. The software accepts raw data files from the Aquadopp current meter, Aquadopp Profiler, Vector, and The AWAC, and produces standard wave estimates of height, period, and direction. The QuickWave software (formerly known under the name of WaveExtract) takes your Aquadopp, Vector, Aquadopp Profiler, or AWAC data and calculates the standard wave estimates as well as energy spectra and ...

FEATURED TRAINING

Training

Nortek provides short courses and seminars for a variety of Doppler instruments, and any upcoming courses or seminars will be posted here. Typical topics which are covered during training are: Introduction to Doppler instruments. Velocimeters. Wave measurements. Instrument maintenance. Online application. Special arrangements can be made for short courses; this is particluar true for vessel mounted systems. Contact Nortek to discuss what we can do to ...

Company details

Business Type:
Manufacturer

Industry Type:
Monitoring and Testing

Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

Year Founded:
1996

Office Locations:

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