The Yorkshire-based business, Pulsar Instruments plc (UK) has announced that this week they’re celebrating their 50th anniversary. It first began as an engineer-led concern in Silicon Valley, California in 1969, which then moved to Yorkshire 42 years ago and has significantly contributed to a change in the way noise, in particular, noise at work, is currently monitored and help protect worker’s hearing and improving the quality of their environment in companies around the world.
The original design group was responsible for a number of world firsts and key innovations in the field of noise measurement including being one of the first company to display the maximum sound exposure time allowed on a coloured scale as well as the actual sound level – which was a revolutionary idea at the time but now relied upon by Health and Safety professionals around the world and since replicated by all of their competitors. Not only that, but it pioneered the use of integrated circuitry in place of discrete transistors and fitted it all into a beautiful moulded case. It was one of the first companies to include a quasirms circuit to meet the then standard ICE 123 and the original Pulsar Acoustic Calibrator was the most copied instrument in the field.
It became clear to the company in the 1970s that Silicon Valley wasn’t the best place to set up such a specialised company, especially as Asia and Europe were its largest markets, which then led to the full operation being moved to the UK. The company now sells its products in more than 50 countries and has forged relationships with some of the largest brands in the industrial, entertainment, transport and construction industries.
“Our innovative technology and strong desire to expand our business globally have certainly been key factors but the real foundation of our success lies in the long-term relationships we have established with Health and Safety professionals, Safety Consultants and Company owners”, said Simon Rehill, General Manager for Pulsar Instruments plc. “We have always existed not only as a vendor of noise measurement products but as a company with a strong commitment towards continuous research and development to benefit the industries we serve”.
“It’s great to look back and see how far Pulsar Instruments has come from our early days”, added Simon. “We have introduced many new products in the last 50 years from the very basic to the highly innovative. They have all contributed to a change in the way noise at work is now being monitored.”
“From the start, we have always worked closely with customers and listened to their needs. And, to this day, we have remained faithful to our original commitment to them which was to produce easy to use, durable and reliable instrumentation”.
“We are proud to be a UK company with a very strong global presence, the key drivers to our success have been our customer loyalty and our in-house team of highly skilled and talented individuals who are committed and hard-working”. He added further: “The fact that Pulsar Instruments is a manufacturing company with 50 years of successful history speaks for itself. We are stronger than ever – still growing, innovating and capturing market shares around the world despite the current uncertainty. There are many good reasons to be excited about the future and we are looking forward to the next 50 years!”
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