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Milestones: The history of Baumüller

Baumüller MeilensteineOver 90 years ago, Heinrich Baumüller founded a repair shop for electrical machines in 1930. The company soon began manufacturing its own three-phase motors. In the company’s second generation, Günter Baumüller took over the management, entered into new markets and regions, and expanded Baumüller to become a global player. At present, the Baumüller Group is managed by Andreas Baumüller. As a response to current megatrends, intelligent system solutions and digital services for industrial automation and drive technology as well as e-mobility have now become an integral part of Baumüller’s portfolio.

Come with us into the future

Change and improve – that’s been our goal since 1930. Tradition and a pioneering spirit have been the pillars of our family-run company from the beginning. This spirit comes to life in each of our products, making us a sustainably stable and reliable system partner for modular and flexible automation solutions.

Our motto, “be in motion,” stands for the standard we have set ourselves of always being one step ahead of current technology trends. It also stands for a strong partnership, in which we support our customers quickly and flexibly – with first-class products and services in all phases of a machine life cycle. For us, it’s a given. Because we benchmark ourselves against your satisfaction.

Overview Milestones: The history of Baumüller

1930 - 1970

1930: Founded as a repair company for direct current and three-phase motors
1945: Start of in-house motor production with the construction of three-phase motors
1960: Production of direct current motors
1970: Start of electronics manufacturing with the construction of converters

1983 - 1991

1983: Start of production of disc motors
1985: New three-phase current servo motors and transistor converters
1987: First branch on the American continent opened in Hartford, USA
1991: Baumüller becomes a pioneer in direct drive technology

1993 - 1996

1993: Programmable control system omega combines fast control engineering with a fast control unit (PLC)
1995: Development and production of brushless, linear three-phase drives for heavy loads
1995: Baumüller makes drives intelligent
1996: Baumüller establishes joint venture in India

1998 - 2000

1998: Inauguration of new electronics production facility at Nuremberg site
2000: Omega Drive Line II – the world’s fastest PLC for use in drives

2001 - 2002

2001: b maXX, the new controller and converter generation, stands for modularity, scalability, and openness
2002: New synchronous motor series DST extends motor range in the field of direct drive technology

2003 - 2004

2003: Entry into electromobility: development of the powerMELA drive concept for mobile applications
2004: Inauguration of new training center at Nuremberg site
2004: Fieldbus solution based on real-time Ethernet for b maXX 4400 converter series
2004: Andreas Baumüller joins Baumüller Nürnberg GmbH as Managing Director of Technology

2005 - 2006

2005: Nürmont integrated into the Baumüller Group
2006: Nürmont expands into the USA and Asia
2006: sizemaXX software developed for drive dimensioning

2007 - 2010

2007: Baumüller develops the highly efficient, easy-to-use b maXX 1000 frequency converter
2008: Baumüller safety control b maXX-safePLC wins the red dot design award
2008: The joint venture in India becomes 100% part of the Baumüller Group2009 Nürmont opens assembly hall at Freiberg site
2010: Hybrid concept for mobile drives in commercial vehicles in the powerMELA project

2011 - 2014

2011: Baumüller DS servo motors used in the first trip around the world in a solar-powered catamaran
2012: Start of production in Wujiang, China
2012: The 1,000,000th GDM disc motor leaves the factory
2013: Baumüller becomes a partner of the VDMA Blue Competence sustainability initiative
2014: Branch opened in Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico
2014: Expansion of Brno and Kitzingen plants

2015 - 2023

2015: DST2 size 315 and 400 motors are certified for shipbuilding by Lloyd’s Register
2016: IEMTEC becomes a partner company – expansion of digital expertise in the Group
2018: Shaft height record of the DST2-560 torque motor
2019: Expansion of sites in Slovenia and China
2020: The Baumüller Group celebrates its 90th anniversary
2023: 30th anniversary of the motor plant in Skalice nad Svitavou, Czech Republic