Tech Sonic constructs new state–of–the–art manufacturing facility, expected to open in the Fall of 2017.
The first system for South America, a Model 7700, is delivered to a Braskem plant in Northern Brazil. This is the most powerful system ever built.
Started off-site facility pilot projects to determine demand in three locations; Sarnia, Ontario, Canada; Reserve, Louisiana, USA; and Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Based on the success of the pilots, Tech Sonic will be constructing the first two full scale off-site cleaning facilities located in the USA and Europe. Expected completion is Spring of 2018.
The first three new systems are constructed. Two model 3300’s were sold and delivered to operating partners who will help grow the business in Europe and the USA.
Darrell Stang joins Tech Sonic as President & CEO. All Tech Sonic Cleaning Systems are redesigned to provide 50% more cleaning power for manufacturing in Canada, roles and responsibilities are redefined within the expanded organization and a new strategy for global growth is developed.
At the end of 2014, the intellectual property and trademark rights for Tech Sonic were purchased from ACDEN by the Aligned Ventures Innovative Fund, and a new company, called Tech Sonic LP was formed as a part of the AVIF group.
ACDEN continues to operate ACDEN Tech Sonic in Northern Alberta, under license from Tech Sonic LP.
The first Tech Sonic equipment is delivered to clients in the Middle East (9.8m and 6m systems) and to Asia (6m system).
The first major turnaround in Europe is conducted with great success at the Shell Moerdijk Petrochemical plant.
Todd Jardine joined Tech Sonic as the Director of Operations, bringing much needed operational management experience to the group.
The first Tech Sonic Equipment arrives in Europe and is used during a turnaround at the Bayern oil refinery in Germany. Additional interest was generated with test work at the Shell Moerdijk petrochemical plant.
A 9.8m system and a new 6m design are delivered in the fall to Mourik Services B.V., the industrial services provider at Shell Moerdijk in The Netherlands.
In March 2010, Tech Sonic signed a $12M agreement with Clean Harbors. The agreement included the purchase of new and existing cleaning equipment.
Byron Kieser joined Tech Sonic as Director of Research and Product Development in April 2010.
The first major North American turnaround is conducted using Tech Sonic cleaning at the Shell Scotford Upgrader in Alberta, and the first Compabloc exchangers are cleaned at Shell Sarnia in Ontario.
Tech Sonic builds the world’s first cleaning bath designed specifically for heat exchangers and deploys this unit at Suncor for testing with excellent results.
A provisional patent application was led in 2009 to protect aspects of the heat exchanger cleaning system design. Two larger, 9.8m systems were built to accommodate even larger heat exchangers and these systems were used at Suncor and other sites.
With the new company name “Tech Sonic Services LP”, the company expanded its services to a more varied menu of parts, including things like valves, pumps, and other even larger components.
Shawn Smith joins Tech Sonic in the leadership role. Operations are expanded in the Oil Sands region along with the plans to grow the company outside of the Oil Sands region.
Cleaning system numbers are increased and capacities expanded, with the focus on cleaning larger components, such as heat exchangers. Tests were run on small heat exchangers and showed the same success as seen with other smaller parts.
With the support of the Alberta Research Council, CAJ built and deployed the first ultrasonic cleaning systems designed specifically for cleaning bitumen fouled parts. An on-site cleaning facility was established at Suncor, and an off-site facility was opened in Fort McMurray.
Over the next few years, CAJ expanded its operations, cleaning increasing volumes of scaffolding and filters for area clients like Suncor and Syncrude.
The company, under the leadership of John Knox, began to investigate using ultrasonic baths for cleaning heavily fouled scaffolding and filter components from the oil sands extraction operations at Suncor.
The company files three patent applications relating to cleaning bitumen fouled parts.
Canadian Aqua Jetters (CAJ), the predecessor of Tech Sonic, is a small hydroblasting company formed in Fort McMurray, as part of the ACFN (Athabaskan Chipewyan First Nations) group of companies (today called ACDEN).