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    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 Automation 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.

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    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. +44 161 456 909
    E. north.uk@bft-automation.com

    BFT AUTOMATION SOUTH
    Enterprise House, Murdock Road,

    Dorcan, Swindon, SN3 5HY
    T. +44 1488 674 750
    F. +44 1488 674 790
    E. south.uk@bft-automation.com

    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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