Coltraco Ultrasonics is a British Ultrasonics technology manufacturer.
Since 1987 we have designed and manufactured our range of ultrasonic products and systems in the UK. Our ultrasonic technology focusses on liquid level indication and seal integrity testing, supported by condition monitoring technology and after sales servicing.
Our mission is to be the global market leader in designing and manufacturing our Safesite® and Safeship® product range - in the monitoring of gaseous systems and watertight/compartment monitoring – across the marine and land domains - to develop mutually supporting systems, software and technical support 24/7, generate world-leading research and be faster, cheaper, better – globally - in our 109 countries overseas & into which 89% of our output is exported.
Integrity – at our foundation from design to after sales support
Valuing people – respecting our team and our customers worldwide
Commitment to Innovation - extensive Research & Development with science and mathematics at our core
Commitment to Excellence – Producing accurate, ergonomic, high quality, reliable, advanced technology
Commitment to Safety - To improve safety, for personnel, assets and infrastructure on land and at sea
For full details: http://www.coltraco.com/our-values-philosophy/
Coltraco is a family company, with 3 generations of the family working for the business alongside an extremely talented group of individuals, all who share our values and commitment to science and commercial integrity. The company was founded in 1987 by Mr. E C Hunter, a Royal Naval (RN) Submariner 27 years at sea & his son Mr. Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter, the current CEO.
Below pictured our Director of Sales George Hunter (left) pictured with his Grandfather Mr EC Hunter (right) who invented the Portalevel® and started the company with his son Mr CSP Hunter.
Mr. E C Hunter spent 5 years working for the Admiralty Research Laboratories, specialising in sonar technologies. It became clear to him that marine CO2 suppression systems could benefit from a portable ultrasonic device, able to monitor the contents. Methods at the time involved either weighing cylinders, or using testing devices that included a radioactive source. Identifying a significant market opportunity, with large commercial vessels typically holding up to 600 x 45KG cylinders on-board, Mr. E C Hunter retired and set to work. By 1987 he had produced the world’s first dedicated marine portable liquid level indicator, able to monitor multi-banked rows of cylinders aboard commercial vessels. Whilst the original monitoring device was complex to use, its accuracy was unparalleled, able to read cylinders to within 1/8th of an inch or +/- 1.5 mm. It took another 3-4 years until 1990 to develop a unit which was more user-friendly.
Below is a submarine Mr EC Hunter served on; centre picture is the world’s first ever portable ultrasonic liquid level indicator – Portalevel® 1st generation made by Mr EC Hunter; Admiralty Research Laboratories pictured on the right.
In January 2016 our CEO Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the Durham University, UK for his contribution to Physics and Business, innovative ‘research & development, and for providing continued professional development to the students he worked with.
Below are a few photos from the special occasion, with Carl on the left, Carl, his family and some of the Coltraco Team (centre) and the Vice-Chancellor and Professor Paula Chadwick on the right.