From a workshop for bicycles and sewing machines in 1921 to a sensor and automation specialist for the Industrial Internet of Things: Balluff distinguishes itself by constantly developing and not being satisfied with the status quo. Over the past 100 years, Balluff has developed many technical innovations – a chronological overview.
One year later, Balluff launches the cam switch on the market.
With it, Balluff succeeded in moving away from being a pure manufacturer
of mechanical precision parts towards automation technology.
Up until then, there were still no electromechanical switching devices
for electrical control systems that had worked under the harsh
industrial environments of a machine tool.
From mechanical to electronic: Balluff made the actual breakthrough in sensor technology at the end of the 1960s when the company started to produce a self-developed inductive proximity switch. BES sensors are now still an integral part of the product portfolio of the automation specialist.
Non-contact, wear-free and rugged displacement measurement. Position determination is based on the innovative principle of sound propagation time on a waveguide.
BIP inductive positioning systems are up to the task even in tight installation conditions: Perfectly suitable for integration, they measure the position of metallic objects with maximum precision in a non-contacting, and, therefore, wear-free manner.
Balluff is establishing a new product series for the food industry that is made entirely of stainless steel and can therefore withstand the tough requirements of this industry.
Balluff is expanding its own portfolio in the field of machine vision and industrial image processing by integrating the machine vision specialist Matrix Vision from Oppenweiler.
The first pure software product from Balluff is launched on the market. The Balluff Engineering Tool supports the manufacturer-independent commissioning and configuration of IO-Link devices.