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Established in 1922 Dukane is a diversified global manufacturer of advanced technology products. A privately held corporation for more than 95 years, Dukane's principal manufacturing and distribution facility is located in the Chicago western suburb of St. Charles, Illinois.

Early Operadio Printed Flyer

Company was established as Operadio

1922

J. Mc William Stone, Sr., “Mac”, founded the company in September, 1922. Stone chose the name “Operadio” for it connotations of quality music and fine tone. Upon discovering that the Chicago music firm Lyon and Healy had registered the trademark “Radiopera” the month before, Stone bought it from them to avoid conflict. Lyon and Healy became a distributor.

Chicago World's Fair poster

World Fair Chicago

1933

Operadio displays at World Fair Chicago and builds a talking robot for Sear’s Roebuck.

Turntable with vinyl record

The Explainette

1936

The first Audio-Visual product designed, sold 5,500 units. It was a “talking” filmstrip projector used for sales training and as a sales tool.

Micromatic Film Projector

Micromatic II

1938

Sold over 1 million, you can still find one on ebay.

Military personnel

Military & Naval Equipment

1940-45

Operadio temporarily sets aside its efforts to produce its own products and focuses on producing military and naval equipment. After Pearl Harbor the company produces nothing but equipment to support the war effort-mostly paging systems, for everything from defensive plants to warships.

Comiskey Park Exterior

Comiskey Park

1950

Dukane installs sound system at the world famous Comiskey Park in Chicago, IL.

Early DuKane logo

Operadio Becomes Dukane

1951
Print Ad for Grand Prix game machine

Dukane Game Division

1955

Dukane Opens Ionavac® Division

1961

Dukane opened Ionavac® Division and enters the High Fidelity Stereo Speaker Market.  The technology is based on Dukane’s Patented Inertialess Transducer which produces amazingly clear high frequency response. The IONOVAC® offered an entirely new concept of sound reproduction. It was new and different because an ionic cloud replaced the diaphragm used in ordinary speakers. Sound was generated and transmitted inside a tiny quartz cell no larger than a dime. 

Rocket launch

Dukane Goes to Space with NASA

1969

NASA requests Dukane to assist them in writing the specs for a similar underwater locating device for use on commercial aircraft with flight data recorders in anticipation of Federal Regulations (FAA). Dukane then developed and produced the product for sale to major commercial airlines.

Ultrasonic System

Dukane Ultrasonics

1970

First Ultrasonic System developed based on the Ultrasonic Pinger Technology Start of a new division “Dukane Ultrasonics”

Ultrasonic Patent

Developed Multiple Patented Ultrasonic Technologies

1972-1981

Center Bolt Type Acoustic Transducer Ultrasonic Rigid Horn Assembly Dove Tail Slide Fluid Flow Sonic Energy Reactor Ultra-Sonic Horn Ultrasonic Metal Welding Apparatus Control Circuit for Piezoelectric Ultrasonic Generators  

Kodak Equipment

Invented Weld by Distance

1985

Project with Kodak Invented “Weld by Distance” technology

Dukane Canada logo

Dukane Canada

1989

Dukane started their global expansion by establishing Dukane Canada.

ISO logo

ISO Certification

1996

Dukane receives ISO 9001 Certification

Jack Stone

Jack Stone Completes 50 Years

2001

Jack Stone, son of company founder celebrates 50 years at Dukane.

Czech Flag

Dukane Czech

2003

Dukane opens Technical Applications and Service Center in Prague (Czech Republic) and Shanghai (China).

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Dukane France

2006

Dukane opens Technical Applications and Service Center in Lyon, France.

iQ Servo

First Servo Controlled Ultrasonic Welding System

2008

Dukane Launched iQ Servo, the first servo driven ultrasonic welding system and filed patent for Melt-Match® technology. Melt-Match® technology, a unique method that precisely controls the collapse speed profile during the weld.

Dukane Coroporate Headquarters

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2900 Dukane Drive St. Charles IL 60174

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630-797-4900

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ussales@dukane.com