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Company history

Peter Huber Kältemaschinenbau was established in 1968 by Peter Huber as one of the first of the master enterprises in the chiller construction trade and has been a GmbH in family ownership since 1984. We employ about 250 people at our headquarters in Offenburg, in the Tango Factory. Up to now more than 150,000 Huber temperature control machines have been sold to operate in the fields of science, research and industry all over the world.

Thermodynamic and microelectronics takes two to tango

Huber temperature control machines have revolutionised the world of temperature control technology. We are the technology leader with our Unistats and inspire users all over the world. The developments coming out of the Tango Factory are ecologically and economically an optimal solution for a number of temperature control applications.

The mist important milestones and innovations in the company's history:

1968   Founding of the company by Peter Huber
1976   Ministat®
The smallest cooling circulator in the world is presented. The Ministate developed over the years that followed into a bestseller in the Huber product range.
1976   Plug & Play controller
Introduction of mutually exchangeable digital controllers with the most up-to-date Plug & Play technology for all Huber laboratory thermostats.
1986   Innovation prize from the State of Baden-Württemberg
Peter Huber is awarded the Dr.-Rudolf-Eberle prize (innovation prize of the State of Baden-Württemberg) for development of the Rotostat®. The Rotostat is a workplace for rotary evaporators which manages without putting a load onto the waste water system and without wasting water thanks to its new type of energy concept.
1989   Unistat® Tango®
The Unistat® Tango is a totally new and highly dynamic temperature controlling system which has conquered the world market. It is a completely new machine concept with an hydraulically sealed temperature controlling circuit and a very low own volume. New dimensions in temperature controlling speed, reaction time and process stability have been reached with this technology.
1994   Founding of the Tango Club
The legendary "Tango Club" was founded in Switzerland by more than 40 users. This customer forum supports further development of Huber temperature control technology with experience gained in practise, pilot projects and active exchange of opinions. Inspired customers and an innovative development team: "It takes two to tango".
1994   Plug & Play controller "Compatible Control"
Introduction of new, dialogue-compatible Plug & Play controllers with the designation "Compatible Control". The controllers are microprocessors, programmers and cascade controllers incorporating the latest state-of-the-art technology and are backward compatible with all Huber laboratory thermostats.
2000   Unistat® HT high temperature thermostats
Introduction of the new Unistat HT model range for high temperatures up to +400°C.
2001   Wireless Communication
Wireless communication over the internet and intranet using a RS232 interface and commercial available accessories. Huber temperature control machines can be remotely maintained and controlled all over the world.
2003   Pressure Regulation VPC
Introduction of thermostats with integral pressure regulation VPC (Variable Pressure Control).
2005   Tango® Nuevo
Further development of the successful Unistat® Tango is setting new standards with its TAC control (True Adaptive Control), TFT colour touchscreen operation and many additional functions.
2008   CC Pilot Controller
Introduction of a highly modern controller with Plug & Play technology, a TFT display and innovative E-Grade function for chillers and thermostats.
2009   TOP 100 - Innovator
In this year Peter Huber Kältemaschinenbau GmbH is counted amongst the 100 most innovative companies which are German medium-sized businesses. The award is based on the current investigation as part of the German federal "TOP 100" comparison of companies which covers all branches.
    Petite Fleur®
Introduction of a new entry level model for the dynamic temperature control systems. The Petite Fleur, the small Tango, extends the Unistat range downwards and now allows professional scale-up from the smallest quantities as used in the research laboratory through to production plant.
    MPC® Heating and Cooling Circulators
Introduction of a new model range with economicably priced heating and cooling circulators with a basic functions and simple operation.
2010   TOP 100 - Innovator
Peter Huber Kältemaschinenbau GmbH was selected a second time as part of the TOP 100 competition amongst the 100 most innovative companies which are German medium-sized businesses.
    Unistat Hybrid
The new Unistat Hybrid technology offers even more powerful temperature control solutions for very large reaction vessels. To do this Unistats are combined with additional energy sources such as steam, cooling water or liquid nitrogen. Heating and cooling plant used as chemical production plant can be modernised and improved economically in this way.
2011   TOP 100 - Innovator and category winner
Peter Huber Kältemaschinenbau GmbH belongs for a third time amongst the 100 most innovative companies which are German medium-sized businesses. Furthermore it achieved 1st place in the competition category "Innovative climate". The jurors at the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien certify an "impressively innovation promoting company culture with a high degree of self-motivation and creativity on the part of the employees“.
2012   TOP 100 - Innovator of the Year
For the fourth year running Huber have been presented with the Top 100 award for being one of the hundred most innovative small and medium sized companies in Germany. In 2012 we are the 'Innovator of the year' in the category for companies with up to 250 employees.
    Pilot ONE® - One for all and all for one!
The new Pilot ONE® is a further milestone in the history of Huber’s innovative temperature control systems. This new generation controller, with pioneering technology and advanced control functions, brings numerous advantages to routine work.
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