HBM celebrates 60th anniversary

HBM, the world leader in test and measurement celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. For six decades, test and measurement solutions from HBM have contributed to increased safety and efficiency in millions of applications – such as cars, airplanes, buildings and wind turbines along with product development and production. The company has consistently set standards for test and measurement. This anniversary year looks to bring further increases in innovation and growth.

HBM started out small: the German engineer, Karl Hottinger, founded his company with only ten employees in 1950. Today, HBM (Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik) is a global industrial leader providing products and services for the complete measuring chain. These range from transducers and electronic data acquisition systems through to complex evaluation and analysis software, all complemented by professional back-up services.

Increasing safety
Today, HBM’s products ensure extremely precise and reliable test results contributing towards increased safety and efficiency. Test results acquired with HBM technology are used in tens of thousands of applications to gather detailed information about the load capacity and functionality of products. Additionally, HBM weighing technology ensures that weight is always measured accurately. HBM also supplies industrial process control solutions to improve the efficiency of manufacturing processes.

The bedrock for HBM’s success is the constant focus on innovation and quality with its customers relying on the excellent workmanship and superior technology of HBM products.

Groundbreaking patents underline HBM's consistent drive for innovation. In the 1950s, HBM pioneered the then revolutionary strain gage technology. This technology remains essential to many products, such as transducers and load cells. Measuring amplifiers like the DMP39 high-precision measuring instrument and the MGCplus universal measuring system, which is used in tens of thousands of applications, have set standards throughout industry. In 1986, HBM was the first German company to be certified to ISO 9001 international quality management standard.

Focus on the future
As it reaches its 60th anniversary, HBM continues to focus on innovation and progress. Over the past several years, HBM has substantially enhanced its portfolio both through in-house development and through acquiring complementary companies.

The HBM nCode trademark, for example, provides highly professional software solutions for virtual testing. Genesis HighSpeed supplies users with data acquisition systems featuring extremely high sampling rates, while HBM SoMat is the ideal solution in extremely harsh testing conditions. HBM's new, universal and ultra-compact QuantumX data acquisition system has already opened up new horizons for next generation measurement.

Shorter innovation cycles
HBM's world beating test and measurement technology is set to become increasingly important in future as ever shorter innovation cycles in the globalized industry demand reliable test and measurement solutions. Thanks to its comprehensive know-how and international network of sales representatives and experts and – after 60 years of experience, know-how, consistency and innovation – HBM is well prepared to meet these challenges successfully.

About HBM:
HBM (www.hbm.com) is a globally operating company specializing in test and measurement. HBM provides complete measurement solutions - from sensor to software - based on high quality products as strain gages, load cells, tranducers, signal conditioning and data acquisition electronics and software.

With development and manufacturing operations in Europe, America and Asia, HBM provides measurement solutions to a wide variety of companies in the automotive, aerospace, marine, rail transport, medical equipment, packaging, appliance, automation, and scale industries.

With a 50 year history of quality and precision products, the HBM name has become synonymous with "Measurement with Confidence.

For further information please contact:

1 Churchill Court, 58 Station Road, North Harrow, Middlesex, HA2 7SA UK
Tel: +44(0) 20 8515 6100
Fax: +44(0) 20 8515 6149
Web: www.hbm.com

January 2010

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