1985 – First rented offices: Southampton
The company was born out of a simple idea to harness the power of open architecture PC clone building block components to create cost-effective, high-performance computing systems for engineering and scientific applications. Initially founded as Integrated Measurement Systems Ltd (IMS), based out of unit 306 of the Solent Business Centre in Southampton, the company steadily gained a reputation for delivering bespoke systems tailored to specialised application needs. The business model used cost-effective PC-based computing technologies, specialist plug-in cards, and IEEE-488 instruments to integrate bespoke systems with custom-developed software for engineering and scientific applications. Considered a niche market, it presented an opportunity where applications were now able to be performed at a price point not previously possible. PC-based systems could now implement automated measurement, control, data acquisition, testing, and many more applications.
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