Field strength meters for TV, Cable and Satellite
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PROMAX presented the MD-375, the first television signal generator. In 1956 Televisión Española started television broadcast in Spain. During the first few years, the short broadcasting schedule, combined with the low quality of the transmissions and television sets, created a proliferation of technical services and the need for an instrument which could provide a master signal.
Among our laboratory instruments, we would like to mention this first oscilloscope, the SO-13. Years later, our range of oscilloscopes included a wide range of models for a variety of applications, creating one of the strongest options in Europe. In the early 80s, we designed a range of digital oscilloscopes.
Television gradually became established throughout the country. At first, VHF transmissions were restricted to a radius of 60 km around Madrid, taking a further 3 years to reach Barcelona. During the 60s, it was spread throughout the country. Televisión Española's second channel started broadcasting in the UHF band in 1965. The need for an instrument that could be used for the installation and verification of aerials and reception systems was arising. PROMAX launched the SF-721.
In only eleven years PROMAX had created an important catalogue containing a variety of instruments for multiple applications. This helped to open out to the export market in 1974. Germany became the main market for our products, where they were marketed under a private brand name and redistributed around the world. This formula worked well for the first few years, as German technology was easily marketed in those years.
Educational instruments division was the result of our close commercial relationships with universities and technical schools. Work here was closely tied to the study plans of universities and technical schools in order to provide the educational material required by a variety of disciplines. Design work was begun on the MI-650B Microprocessor Trainer, based on the 6502 which appeared in 1975.
Employing a staff of 50 people, the Company moved to the Barcelona industrial belt.
Microprocessor applications began to spread throughout industry in the early eighties. At PROMAX we were well aware of the need to use microprocessors as control units in processes and devices, and the need to create an instrument which would aid in the design of these systems. The AL-1610 logic analyser was the first result of this foresight. The use of microprocessors as control units soon spread to other instruments and was applied to impedance meters, digital oscilloscopes, etc., marking a very important turning point in instrument design. PROMAX created a digital electronics department.
Just at the start of the first commercial satellite television broadcasts, PROMAX launched the MS-850 which became the first level meter for these systems.
In the face of the increased use of telecommunications on various fronts, the need for a low-cost, portable spectrum analyser became evident. The first inexpensive, 1 GHz analyser was presented, the AE-476.
The Company invested in new automatic assembly machines and all the new designs were created in this technology, thereby optimising instrument size and weight.
The first prize for technological research awarded in Spain.
Presentation of the first modular field meter, the PROLINK-7, designed to support the transfer of analogue television to the new digital television standards. This idea was subsequently imitated by the competition.
The creation of PROMAX Deutschland GmbH for the marketing in the German market.
The result of joint research with various work groups, including the Spanish TDT implementation project, saw the launch of the PROLINK-3 analyser, the first instrument capable of taking measurements in these types of systems.
Presentation of the first European development project led by PROMAX for the creation of fibre optics meters, leading to the PROLITE range.
Riding on the information technology boom, PROMAX inaugurated new installations, tripling the floor-space devoted to research and development.
The quality certification was obtained thereby confirming the high standards of Company processes.
Two new patents augmented the Company's intellectual capital.