History

History

In 1946 Prof. Dr. Lothar Cremer received a permit to practice a trade as a consulting sound technology engineer in Munich. In 1954 Prof. Dr. Lothar Cremer joined the faculty at the University of Berlin and handed over his "Prof. Dr. Cremer Sound Technology Laboratory" to his student and employee, Helmut A. Müller, who has run the firm in his own name since 1958.

 

  • 1962 Helmut A. Müller formed Müller-BBN GmbH as a "vibration-technological consulting firm" owned by five shareholders: Prof. Dr. Lothar Cremer, Dr. Manfred Heckl, Dr. Ludwig Schreiber, and Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc. (BBN).
    In the year it was founded, the Company employed 10 personnel members. It will soon add industrial noise abatement, noise control in urban planning and shipbuilding to its original main areas of operation, room and construction acoustics. The Company will soon gain worldwide renown by steadily expanding its client base.
  • 1972 After Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc. sold their shares, the Company was renamed Müller-BBM. It was during this period that the first measuring systems based on FFT analyzers were developed and the corresponding applications realized.
  • 1975 Software development for special data capture and FFT-based analysis projects became important.
  • 1976 In spring, Müller-BBM GmbH moved into its current headquarters: a new office building in Planegg near Munich. During the year the Company expanded into new fields: vibration and shock protection, machine acoustics, and "software and measuring systems" – now the domain of Müller-BBM VibroAkustik Systeme GmbH.
  • 1986 Based on Hewlett-Packard technology, the first commercial products were developed in the "Software and Measuring Systems" area; additional innovative products with great potential in the market were also developed in other areas.
  • 1992 A solution developed in the field of "Software and Measuring Systems," the testbench acoustic measurement system PAK, was launched successfully. The system was run on Unix workstations and used modular mainframe Paragon HP 3565 as a measuring front-end. PAK`s subsequent 3.x versions supported VXI systems and digital audio interfaces. PAK`s 4.x versions were distinguished by their updated modern display of graphics and numerous new functionalities. From 1995, user meetings ("PAK Days") have been held once a year.
  • 1996 Müller-BBM joined the ASAM (Association for Standardization of Automation and Measuring Systems) research group and contributed to the ODS workgroup (now called Open Data Service). Müller-BBM was the first company to become involved in the field of NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness).
  • 1997 To accommodate the strong growth in software and measuring technology, Müller-BBM VibroAkustik Systeme GmbH was founded in Planegg, along with a French subsidiary, Müller-BBM VibroAkustik Systeme S.A.R.L., in Trappes near Paris.
  • 1998 To expand U.S. sales, Müller-BBM VibroAkustik Systeme formed an American subsidiary with headquarters in Ann Arbor near Detroit, Michigan. In Planegg, another Müller-BBM complex of buildings was erected. Müller-BBM VibroAkustik Systeme GmbH is one of the 25 founding members of the ASAM e.V. registered association.
  • 1999 Müller-BBM VibroAkustik Systeme GmbH moved into the newly constructed building, which became its headquarters. This new structure housed additional office space as well as more testing space, training facilities, and a semi-anechoic room.
  • 2001 The PAK MKII measuring frontend, a modular, mobile and, in view of the possible number of channels, very compact hardware system, was launched successfully. PAK software’s version 5.0 marked a complete switch from Unix to the Microsoft® Windows® platform. More than 70 users were hosted at the PAK Day.
  • 2003 Based on Windows®, PAK`s main 5.2 version offered numerous enhancements and supported the PAK MKII, VXI Systems, Sony EX Series, Heim Systems, and Digital Audio Interfaces frontends.
  • 2004 Müller-BBM VibroAkustik Systeme GmbH continued to intensify its international activities, founding a branch in Beijing, China – while the headcount kept increasing: in this year, Müller-BBM VibroAkustik Systeme GmbH and its subsidiaries employed more than 50 personnel. Over 100 participants attended the 10th PAK Day.
  • 2005 In South Korea another subsidiary was founded: Müller-BBM VibroAkustik Systeme Korea Ltd.
  • 2008 Another subsidiary was founded: the Müller-BBM VibroAkustik Systeme B. V. in the Netherlands.
  • 2010 Müller-BBM VibroAkustik systems joined the openMDM® community. When it becam time to expand, Müller-BBM VibroAkustik Systeme moved to a brand new, bigger office building of the Müller-BBM group. Agile working was further encouraged by the new facilities.
  • 2012 Müller-BBM Group has for more than 50 years guaranteed the greatest know-how in acoustics and vibration for various disciplines. The close cooperation with industries and academic bodies represents a perfect combination of innovation, experience and competence.
    In 2012, the second generation of the established PAK MKII hardware was also introduced to the market. Users benefitted in particular from new functionality, higher performance, and improved signal integrity.
  • 2013 The PAK family was extended by the PAK capture suite. Smart devices in combination with intelligent hardware made the recording of calibrated measurement data easy, quick and extremely robust. Furthermore, the new major versions PAK 5.8 and edp 1.3 have become available. The number of our employees has grown to 90 worldwide.
  • 2014 The cooperation with HRM Engineering supports the further growth in the Scandinavian market. Müller-BBM VibroAkustik Systeme became a driver member of the openMDM® working group.
  • 2016 The PAK family grows continuously. Smart testing solutions address new, intelligent workflows.

 

 

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