Onda Corporation

Onda Corporation

Onda Corporation was originally founded in 1990 as Intec Research, an R&D firm focused on developing ultrasonic technologies for clients. Much of the creativity drew on the company’s experience in medical ultrasound. In 2002, Intec acquired Specialty Engineering Associates (SEA), an innovator of ultrasonic devices and measurement instruments. The company was renamed Onda, which translates to “wave” in Latin, representating the focus on ultrasound technologies. In 2005, Onda vertically integrated a core capability by building a best-in-class calibration laboratory to offer in-house acoustic calibrations of hydrophone and other instruments. Over 3,000 hydrophones have been used around the world to support a broad range of applications including medical imaging, therapeutic ultrasound, ultrasonic cleaning, and non-destructive testing.

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1290 Hammerwood Avenue , Sunnyvale , California 94089 USA
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Laboratory Equipment
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Globally (various continents)

Onda established a partnership with NTR Systems in 2003. A family of ultrasonic measurement instruments was added to broaden the product portfolio. Onda began to reach its vision of becoming a one-stop shop for ultrasound measurements.

By 2010, Onda celebrated a milestone by shipping its 2,000th hydrophone. Onda hydrophones have served various applications in medical and industrial applications in over 30 countries.

In 2014, Onda and National Physical Laboratory (NPL) partnered to introduce the CaviMeterTM, the first commercially available instrument that quantifies the level of cavitation and direct field pressure.

Today, Onda has established itself as the global leader in ultrasound measurement instrumentation and services. Their products are used to characterize acoustic intensity and power in the medical ultrasonic and industrial megasonic fields. Onda also offers services to design, develop, and manufacture the most complex medical devices for therapeutic, diagnostic, and physiotherapy applications.  Through its broad range of offerings, Onda has served over 1,000 unique clients by accelerating their research and development and by guiding clients towards regulatory compliance.

Onda has served over 1,000 unique customers in over 35 countries representing Fortune 10 companies, government research centers, and the most prominent universities.

The company was originally founded in 1990, as Intec Research, by Dr. Claudio Zanelli as a consulting, research and development organization dedicated to helping companies develop new products, solve difficult technical problems and achieve business success. Intec has worked in partnership with its clients to provide ultrasound and optics design, sensors and product testing, manufacturing and related consulting services.

As a technical capital provider for startups in ultrasound related applications, Intec grew alongside its clients and is being recognized for its ultrasonic expertise, system prototyping, and innovation in ultrasonic testing such as its schlieren testing systems.

Specialty Engineering Associates (SEA) was brought to prominence in the field of ultrasonics by the late Dr. Alan Selfridge, a highly prolific and creative mind, who gave the world many innovative devices. Under Dr. Selfridge's leadership and Peter Goetz' direction, S.E.A. has been acclaimed for its capabilities in design & customized manufacturing of piezoceramics and transducers.

In August 2002, Intec purchased the assets of Specialty Engineering Associates and changed the name of the joint group to Onda Corporation. In Spanish, Onda means “wave”. The strength of this company is built off a deep understanding of wave physics.

Onda's goals include providing clients with a one stop solution for their product development needs by offering a most complete line of measurement instruments, test services, customer development, and contract manufacturing.