Brüel & Kjær celebrates 75th years by looking to the future
From the world's first charge accelerometer in 1943 through to ground-breaking solutions for 21st century satellites, Brüel & Kjær has been at the heart of innovation for the global sound and vibration industry.
By: Bruel & Kjaer
The past 75 years have been a period of great change and achievement at Brüel & Kjær. Not only has this resulted in many 'world's firsts' that have proved integral in accelerating product development for businesses worldwide, it has also provided a means to improve the quality of life for all.
Founded in 1942, Brüel & Kjær quickly became known for a series of innovations that revolutionized sound and vibration measurement and analysis. Amongst the most famous were a charge accelerometer that helped to monitor a machine's health and a level recorder that, for the first time ever, visualized the results it measured, enabling users to record and work with the data. Such instruments – and others – drastically broadened the possibilities in acoustical science and were the enablers that many businesses needed to improve their product development processes.
Over the decades that followed, Brüel & Kjær developed ever-more sophisticated ways to manage sound and vibration issues. As the world's understanding of technology changed, becoming increasingly more accurate and able to process larger amounts of data, so did the systems and solutions the company could engineer. Today, Brüel & Kjær solutions have evolved into comprehensive, flexible suites of software and hardware that are vital for the development, production and testing of thousands of products integral to our modern way of life.
The celebration of anniversaries is often an occasion to look back at history and reflect on it. However, we have chosen to focus on the future, specifically the future of product development, to highlight and discuss the role of sound and vibration in 2030. How will cloud computing, IoT and Big Data change the way products are developed? Will artificial intelligence (AI) give development engineers new possibilities or will it take over their job functions? What role will tech giants play in 2030?
To this end, Brüel & Kjær has initiated the Beyond Tomorrow project in collaboration with Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies.
Beyond Tomorrow is a response to a constantly changing world. The project recognizes the importance of identifying and analyzing key trends that will influence the way organizations operate in the future. By developing realistic business scenarios for 2030, the insights of the project will help organizations prepare for and – crucially - influence future product development, as well as better understand the roles that sound and vibration will play.
This will not only be extremely useful in helping businesses across every industry to form more comprehensive, better-informed product-development strategies, but enable them to manage sound and vibration even more effectively, ensuring better quality of life worldwide.
While no one knows what tomorrow will bring, it will certainly belong to businesses with the right skill sets and competencies, the right understanding of market developments, the right set of technologies and the right mindset in an accelerating and complex world.
As Brüel & Kjær looks towards the next 75 years, the Beyond Tomorrow project will kick-start the journey, and drive a fresh wave of innovation, creativity and partnership that is sure to benefit everyone within the global sound and vibration industry, and beyond.
Read more about the Beyond Tomorrow project and download "Scenarios 2030" at: www.beyondtomorrow.dk
About Brüel & Kjær
Brüel & Kjær is a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of sound and vibration measurement systems.
We help customers measure and manage the quality of sound and vibration in their products and in the environment. Focus areas are aerospace, space, defence, automotive, ground transportation, airport environment, urban environment, telecom and audio.
Brüel & Kjær has an unparalleled portfolio of sound and vibration equipment and is a long-established designer and manufacturer of innovative instrumentation including sound level meters, microphones, accelerometers, conditioning amplifiers, calibrators, noise and vibration analysers, and PULSE software.
We also design and manufacture the LDS range of vibration test systems, as well as complete airport and environmental monitoring systems: WebTrak, ANOMS, NoiseOffice and Sentinel.
To see the full range of solutions, systems and products, please visit www.bksv.com
Brüel & Kjær runs a variety of training courses - from basic introductions to noise and its effects to more specialised classes teaching customers how to get the most out of their equipment. Free online training courses, conducted by our expert engineers, run throughout the year too.
Brüel & Kjær is a subsidiary of UK-based Spectris plc which has annual sales of £1.3bn and employs around 8,300 people worldwide across its four business segments.
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