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1921

Gebhard Balluff founds his mechanical repair shop for bicycles, motorcycles and sewing machines in Neuhausen, which develops into a company for precision turned and milled parts.

1940

Gebhard Balluff hands over the management of the company to his son-in-law Eduard Hermle.

Factory for precision mechanical products

1947

Balluff becomes a factory for precision mechanical products and produces, among other items. DIN L 85 turnbuckles as well as spring winders.

Balluff spaetzle press

1952

Balluff brings the Spaetzle press into its production line.

Balluff produces rocker arms, stub axles and shift levers

1954/55

Balluff produces rocker arms, stub axles, shift levers and engine parts for the automotive industry.

1956

Cam switch

The Gebrüder Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH company in Nürtingen is looking for a partner to manufacture small components. The resulting cam switch is the company's first own sensor on its way to becoming a solution provider in industrial automation.

1968

Inductive proximity switch

From mechanical to electronic: development of the non-contact, electronic proximity sensor.

First international subsidiary: Balluff Austria

1971

Creation of the first international subsidiary, Balluff Austria in Vienna – the first step towards expansion of the international distribution network.

New factory built in Neuhausen

1976

New factory built in Neuhausen on the Filder: Modern, spacious buildings created for development, production and management.

1978

Beginning of production for BOS optoelectronic sensors: Balluff sensors can now detect objects even at greater distances and made of materials other than metal.

1978

Brothers Klaus and Rolf Hermle assumed leadership as the third generation of the family-owned company. Until the death of Klaus in 1987, the brothers worked together to grow the company internationally and expand the product portfolio.

1980

Creation of the subsidiary Nihon Balluff Japan as the first branch in Asia for local production and sales.

1981/83

Creation of presences in North America and Brazil for better on-site customer support and strategic marketing.

1983

Beginning of production for BIS industrial RFID systems: The identification systems are a combination of data carrier, read/write head and processor unit.

1984

Magnetostrictive displacement sensor

Non-contact, wear-free and robust position measurement. Position determination is based on the innovative principle of sound propagation time measurement of a waveguide.

1987

Beginning of production for Trans-sonar displacement sensors: A further development of the BTL Micropulse displacement sensor.

1987

BAW inductive analog sensor

1989

Creation of Balluff Electronika KFT in Hungary. The global production network grows.

1990

Magnetic field sensor

Safe and wear-free position detection on all pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders. Production start of BMF magnetic field sensors: competence expansion in the field of magnetic field sensors.

1995

Rotary encoder

Incremental rotary encoder BDG series

1996

75 years of Balluff. The company grows internationally - with subsidiaries in Switzerland, Italy and the Czech Republic as well as sales offices in Singapore and China.

2000

Balluff opens a new logistics center and a modernized manufacturing facility in Neuhausen. Beginning of production for BES Super Shorties: Expansion of expertise in the field of mini-sensor systems.

2001

vision sensor

Balluff develops its first own vision sensor together with a partner company.

2004

Magnetically encoded displacement encoder

Linear and rotary displacement measurement - absolute and incremental - with resolutions down to 1 μm and measuring ranges up to 48 m.

2005

Flexible mounting system

BMS universal mounting system for mounting and precise positioning of Balluff sensors and devices.

2006

Networking with IO-Link

Introduction of IO-Link as the first standardized digital interface at the sensor/actuator level and as an enabler for the Industrial Internet of Things.

2007

With the new production site in China, Balluff further expands its market position in Asia with a focus on China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

2007

IO-Link Sensor Actuator Hubs

Introduction of the first IO-Link hubs as a link between the existing discrete sensor technology and the advantages of the new IO-Link technology.

2007

Balluff SIE Sensors

Balluff expands its own portfolio in the area of capacitive sensors by integrating SIE Sensorik Industrie Elektronik in Viernheim.

2008

RFID read/write head with IO-Link interface

First RFID read/write heads with IO-Link interface on the market

2008

Networking Ethernet Switch

Market revolution of the first IP67 unmanaged Ethernet switches with Profinet and Ethernet/IP

2008

Networking Master with display unit

Market revolution with the first integrated display unit in an Ethernet networking module for setting and diagnosis of the device.

2009

Inductive coupler

Inductive coupler for contactless power and data transmission

2010

Generation change: Rolf Hermle hands over the management of the company to his children Katrin Stegmaier-Hermle and Florian Hermle as well as the technical managing director Michael Unger.

2010

IO-Link Converter

Introduction of the first IO-Link converters with the aim of adapting existing analog or discrete systems to IO-Link.

2012

BIS V Controller

1 Controller for 4 RFID Technologies

2013

IO-Link Smart Lights

Market launch of the first signal lights fully configurable via IO-Link for machine condition monitoring and for visualization of sensor signals including additional functions such as running light or signal horn

2013

Matrix Vision

Development partnership with image processing specialist Matrix Vision

2014

Portfolio expansion through STM

Strengthening of miniaturization competence for very small optical sensors

2015

Own distribution in Australia and New Zealand. With its overall portfolio, Balluff has become a pacesetter for Industry 4.0.

2016

Establishment of the new subsidiaries in Turkey, Korea and Thailand.

2016

Further development of the brand identity. The company slogan "sensors worldwide" becomes "innovating automation".

2016

Safety over IO-Link HUB

Balluff enters the market as a new player with the Safety Hub. The approach is based on software instead of hardware.

2016

VU Antenna

UHF Antenna for BIS V Family

2016

Magnetic Encoded Displacement Encoder

Magnetic Encoded Absolute Displacement Encoder with IO-Link Interface BML SL1

2016

Entry into Machine Vision Solutions with BVS Cockpit and SmartCamera - Combination

2017

Matrix Vision

Portfolio expansion through the integration of Matrix Vision

2017

Softwarehouse

Balluff bundles its own software expertise in the Balluff Softwarehouse.

2017

iss innovative software services

Balluff integrates the software company iss innovative software services into the Group, thus strengthening its own software expertise.

2018

Vision System

Vision Controller with BVS Cockpit: vision system with customer-friendly operability and multiple, high-resolution cameras

2018

Introduction of Easy Tool-ID with RFID

2019

Condition Monitoring Sensor

The multifunctional sensor provides condition data on vibration, temperature, humidity and ambient pressure

2019

Magnetic Position Sensor

Compact and accurate displacement measurement system for cylinder applications BMP01

2019

Subsidiary India established

2020

Managing director Michael Unger moves to the advisory board. His successor will be Frank Nonnenmann. With his many years of experience in the supply chain management of global industrial companies, he will from now on be responsible for the Supply Chain and Machine & Plant Engineering divisions. Katrin Stegmaier-Hermle becomes Spokeswoman of the Management Board.

2020

Strategic Incubation Programs

Small project teams develop new business models according to the Lean Startup method with a focus on value-added combinations of software and hardware.

2020

Fieldbus Variance

Balluff offers the most comprehensive networking portfolio on the market with its total of eight different fieldbus variants (PNT/EIP/ECT/CCL/CIE/CIB/PBS/DNT).

2020

Foundation of the subsidiary Malaysia

2021

IO-Link Wireless

After many years of specification and development work, Balluff presents the first standardized IO-Link wireless system on the market.

2021

Balluff Engineering Tool

The first pure software product from Balluff is launched. The Balluff Engineering Tool supports the manufacturer-independent commissioning and configuration of IO-Link devices.

2021

BVS Cockpit

Software function expansion through license sale

2021

Digital Position Display

Next generation digital position display: Intuitive. Washdown-capable. With extended IO-Link functionality.

2021

Introduction of embedded vision platform under the Matrix Vision brand.

2021

Balluff celebrates 100th anniversary

2021

Introduction of condition monitoring solution CMTK

2021

First UHF read/write head with IO-Link interface on the market

2022

Introduction of 3D stereo camera - innovative, powerful and smart

2022

Foundation of the production site in Aguascalientes, Mexico

2022

Introduction of BVS Ident Sensor

2023

BNI Next Generation Hub and Master

2023

Brand Change Matrix Vision: Transfer of Matrix Vision brand to Balluff brand

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Balluff Turkey Limited

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Sahrayıcedid Mah. Halk Sokak No:40 Kat:6
Kadıköy/ 34734 İSTANBUL

Telephone:
+90 216 265 12 00

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