Timeline

History of innovation

Bft Automation has a proud history of invention, innovation and product development including some world-first products. From the birth of Bft Automtion in 1981 to the becoming part of Somfy in 2004, we have a rich history.

Timeline

1981

BFT is established in Thiene

Francesco Bonollo founds the company in Thiene, using his initials and the name of the town where the business was started to form the name 'BFT'.

1981

1982

E5 - electromechanical operator with articulated arm

The first articulated arm small size electromechanical actuator

1984

The first commercial kit

Bft sells products in kit form for the first time.

1984

1992

SUB - single unit hydraulic operator

The first mono-block hydraulic underground operator.

1996

Move to new premises in Schio

Bft moves to larger premises in Schio in the province of Vicenza, Northern Italy.

1996

1997

Introduction of 24 volt technology

24V technology provides optimum performance with a precise adjustment of slowdown in closing and opening.

2000

Control panels with an LCD display

The first onboard display for automation which allows simple and direct programming expanding the available options for parameter control

2000

2001

Ee Link – programmer for control boards

EELINK is a system developed by BFT which makes it possible to transfer data from automatic systems to PCs and vice versa with handheld programmers (Unipro, Uniradio and Proxima).

2002

Remote controls with Rolling Code

An encoding system that manages remote control transmissions safely.

2002

2003

Fast Net

Two wire bus system between operators and control boards

2004

Bft becomes a part of the SOMFY GROUP

We became part of the Somfy Group a multinational and world leader in the field of automation.

2004

2004

Bft opens the first UK branch

Bft acquires a business in the North of England and creates the first office in the UK.

2005

Er-ready

New electronic systems to clone remote controls

2005

2006

Bft acquires SACS

Bft acquires SACS a company specialising in parking systems.

2007

Bft opens second UK branch

Bft acquires a second automation business in the South of England and opens another UK office.

2007

2008

Bft acquires O&O

Bft acquires O&O a long established Italian firm manufacturing barriers and bollards.

2010

ECOSOL - Solar power

Development of ECOSOL a device which allows the conversion of any low-voltage installation to solar power

2010

2010

D-Track intelligent torque management system

Development of Dynamic Track an intelligent torque management system with obstacle detection.

2010

Bft opens Ireland branch

Bft acquires Dublin based automation business and opens the first branch in Ireland.

2010

2011

Integrated photocell flashing lights

Development of photocells with integrated flashing LED lights.

2013

U-link - connectivity platform

Universal Link is an exclusive Bft platform for creating wireless interconnected systems for control
units and receivers

2013

2014

Crash rated bollard certification

Independent certification (IWA14-1:2013 V/7200(N3C)/80/90) antiterrorism certification for the X-Pass B 330/1200 bollard

2017

B-EBA connectivity launched

Bft Automation releases B-EBA connectivity so operators can connect directly to the router without a control unit.

2017

2019

Maxima Ultra 36 barrier

Bft Automation releases the Maxima Ultra 36 barrier a high usage barrier with integrated light crown.

Find out more

Bft Automation is one of the leading companies in the automation industry. Discover more about us, our products and services.

BFT AUTOMATION NORTH
Units C2-C3 The Embankment Business Park,
Vale Road, Heaton Mersey, Stockport SK4 3GL
T. +44 161 456 0456
F. +44 161 456 9090

BFT AUTOMATION SOUTH
Enterprise House, Murdock Road,

Dorcan, Swindon, SN3 5HY
T. +44 1488 674 750
F. +44 1488 674 790

BFT IRELAND
Unit D3 City Link Business Park, Old Naas Road

Dublin 12, Ireland
T. +353 1 456 4711
F. +353 1 450 8337

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