Our History

50 years of continuous innovation and technical leadership in civil engineering and construction materials testing.

Building a Legacy

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1968

Foundation in Milan of CONTROLS S.a.S and launch of the first series of Compression Machine for Concrete.

1973

Transfer of the company to Cernusco sul Naviglio. Completion of the product range. Important increase of export.

1979

Design and production of the first robot machine "C45 Automatic Testing Unit for the measurement, weighing and compression of Concrete specimens".

1982

Open the new Modern Factory in Cernusco sul Naviglio.

1983

Establishment of CONTROLS UK, to follow the English and Commonwealth markets.

1986

Design and production of the first T 700, DYNAMIC TRIAXIAL APPARATUS for geotechnical tests.

1988

Design and production of the new Data Acquisition and processing system for geotechnical tests. Installed at the University of Pavia the 12000 kN cap. testing machine for in-plane behavior of structures. (Rilem publication)

1989

Foundation of Equipe de Ensayo CONTROLS, Sesena (Toledo), Spain.

1993

Foundation of CONTROLS S.à r.l , Walheim, France to follow the French and African French speaking countries.

1994

CONTROLS S.R.L. is certified to ISO 9001.

1995

Foundation of Equipo de Ensaye S.A. de C.V., Mexico.

1997

Integration of the Road Testing Systems with GYRATORY COMPACTORS and DYNAMIC range.

1998

Launch SERCOMP and MCC, a new range of Compression and Flexural Tester to perform automatically the Elastic Modulus of Concrete.

2002

Launch of AUTOMAX System, Automatic Control Console and compression machine for concrete specimens.

2004

CONTROLS incorporate Wykeham Farrance, the well-known English company, founded in 1941, specialist in Geotechnical Testing Systems.

2004

Foundation of CONTROLS Polska Sp. Z o.o. Design and production of ADVANTEST, Servo-hydraulic testing System to perform automatically tests under control of Load/Stress, Displacement and Strain rate.

2006

Design and production of AUTOTRIAX, the first Automatic Triaxial Testing System for Geotechnical tests ; launch the new models of DynaComp and DynaTrack, Dynamic Testing System for Road.

2008

Design and production of DYNATRIAX, Dynamic Triaxial System for Geotechnical tests.

2009

Design and production of PILOT 4 System, Automatic compression tester for concrete and cement specimens.

2011

Design and production of the DYNAPAVE, Servo-pneumatic and Servo-hydraulic Dynamic Testing Systems for Road testing.

2012

Launch of the COMPACT and SMART Line, the new range of compression machines.

2012

Birth of PAVELAB®SYSTEMS, the new asphalt division of CONTROLS

2014

Acquisition of IPC Global® LTD, Australia’s global leader in dynamic pavement testing.

2015

Foundation of CONTROLS GROUP USA Inc, United States.

2015

CONTROLS moved to a new premises of over 8000 m2 in Liscate, Milan.

2016

After the acquisition from Di Iorio family, Emdin family and the shareholders Wise SGR, CONTROLS SRL becomes CONTROLS SPA changing its legal form.

2017

Launch of CONTROLS Group’s Advanced Pavements Testing Systems Division, the only one-stop supplier of all advanced, static and dynamic Asphalt / Pavements Testing Systems.

2019

CONTROLS Group has been acquired by Nova Measurements LLC.

CONTROLS was established in 1968 as a manufacturer of concrete testing equipment amid the boom in the construction of the Italian Motorway system leading to an increasing demand for ready-mix concrete.

1980s, a period of rapid expansion

From the time CONTROLS launched its first range of compression machines, the company quickly expanded its operations by adding an extensive worldwide distribution network, including in the 1980s, the set-up of several international branch offices.

1990s, a complete overhaul

The mid-90s saw an overhaul of the business, in line with CONTROLS’ ambition to become the world leader in the field materials construction testing equipment. This included extending its range of products and introducing new technologies.

With global markets demanding higher standards of quality, CONTROLS Group became ISO 9000 registered and an accredited SIT (now ACCREDIA) Center for the force calibration of testing equipment in the early 1990s.

 

2000s: CONTROLS expand its capabilities to include advanced geomechanics and advanced pavements testing systems

In 2004, CONTROLS expanded its manufacturing capabilities with the incorporation of Wykeham Farrance — one of the longest established manufacturing business in Geotechnical Testing Systems — and in 2014, IPC Global, the researcher’s choice for advanced asphalt testing equipment.

Being part of CONTROLS Group presented a unique opportunity to combine each company’s specialist knowledge and created great synergy between each Division resulting in shared technology and innovations for the benefits of all our customers.

 

2019/2020: a new start

In December 2019, CONTROLS Group (“CONTROLS”) was acquired by Nova Measurements LLC (“Nova Measurements”). By joining Nova Measurements’ specialized investment group, CONTROLS will now move into the future using a proven value-creation strategy, with additional resources, synergies, and capabilities available to further enhance value for its customers and employees around the world.

 

CONTROLS' future is now brighter and more exciting than ever.