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About Teledyne RD Instruments

Teledyne RDI's new location at 14020 Stowe Drive, Poway, CA 92064
Teledyne RD Instruments, Inc., located in San Diego, CA, specializes in the design and manufacture of underwater acoustic Doppler products for a wide array of current profiling and precision navigation applications.

Originally founded as RD Instruments, the company was formed in 1982 by Fran Rowe and Kent Deines as a result of their development of the industry’s first Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP), a revolutionary device capable of profiling currents at up to 128 individual points in the water column.

Through the years, RD Instruments experienced steady growth and remained dominant in the industry by providing an unwavering commitment to new product development, superior data quality, and the highest level of customer service and support.

In August 2005, RD Instruments was purchased by Teledyne Technologies, and now operates as a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies, Inc. Upon acquisition, the company’s name was changed to Teledyne RD Instruments.

The company currently employs over 200 multi-disciplined scientists, engineers, technicians, sales, and support personnel; and resides in an 80,000 square foot ISO-9001:2008 facility that includes state-of-the art engineering, laboratory, manufacturing, and test areas.

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Teledyne RDI is an ISO9001:2008 certified company. For more information click here.

Through market growth and product diversification, the company is now comprised of three distinct Product Lines:

Marine Measurements:
Acoustic Doppler current profiling, wave measurement, and Conductivity, Temperature and Depth (CTD) products for coastal and deep water oceanographic environments.

Navigation:
Precision navigation products for the marine environment.

Water Resources:
Discharge and flow-measurement products for inland environments.

Teledyne RDI continues to lead the industry by providing our customers with innovative Doppler technology backed by unparalleled customer service and support.

Teledyne RD Instruments Worldwide Presence

As Teledyne RDI has grown, so has their customers’ need for global service and support. Recognizing this need, Teledyne RDI has taken several steps to provide the highest level of worldwide service and support:

Our Commitment to you...
At Teledyne RD Instruments, we aspire to maintain leadership in our marketplace, enlisting customers as partners to work together in enduring relationships built on mutual trust and mutual benefit. From this foundation, we will continually evolve our products and services to meet our customers' needs.

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Company Milestones:

1982 - RD Instruments is founded by Fran Rowe and Kent Deines in San Diego, CA

1994 - RDI applies its acoustic Doppler technology to the world of navigation and develops the industry's first Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) for precision underwater navigation

1995 - Through an ONR (Office of Naval Research) sponsored Phase II contract, RDI develops and commercializes its now world-renowned BroadBand family of Workhorse ADCPs.

1997 - RDI opens RDI Europe to support its European representatives and its growing world wide customer base.

1999 - RDI releases its new patented Waves Array product and introduces the industry to a superior way to measure multi-directional waves. >>more information

2000 - RDI opens RD Technology in China as a new product development center.

2000 - To provide greater market and customer focus, RDI divides its organization into (3) Product Lines: Water Resources, Marine Measurements, and Navigation

2003 - RDI receives its first government build to print contract for diver navigation products

2004 - RDI reaches $40M in annual sales

2005 - RDI is purchased and becomes a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies. The company changes its name to Teledyne RD Instruments. >>more information

2006 - Teledyne Technologies purchases Benthos, Inc., and the Teledyne Marine Instruments Group is born. This new group includes Teledyne Geophysical, Teledyne Benthos, and Teledyne RD Instruments. New joint product developments and other initiatives are now underway...

2008 – Teledyne RD Instruments delivers its 10,000th Workhorse ADCP

2009 – Teledyne RD Instruments adds the Citadel line of Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth (CTD) products to its offerings

2011 - Teledyne RD Instruments launches its next-gen V ADCP product line