History

Tested through history

As the name suggests, Digatron Firing Circuits results from the fusion of two companies: the German Digatron Industrie-Elektronik GmbH and the American Firing Circuits, Inc..
The merger was completed in 1988.

Firing Circuits Norwalk building until 2000, today home to Firing Circuits Studios, a group of professional artists
Norwalk building until 2000
Aachen building in 1983
Aachen building in 1983
Aachen building today
Aachen building today
Aachen production plant since 1997
Aachen production plant since 1997
Shelton plant since 2001
Shelton plant since 2001
Qingdao plant until 2007
Qingdao plant until 2007
Qingdao plant since 2008
Qingdao plant since 2008

Firing Circuits – 1965

Firing Circuits was founded 1965 in the United States. The original line-up of products was large inverters for galvanics and powertrains and the necessary (and eponymous) firing circuits.

Firing Circuits – 1970

Since the 1970s, the company has concentrated on battery charging technology; both in chopper technology for the traction market (Life Plus Charger) as well as in thyristor technology for battery manufacturers' formation processes. Until the end of the 1990s, DC-drives and soft starters (Watt-Stop) were manufactured in great numbers, too.

Firing Circuits – 1982

With the introduction of computer-controlled formation in 1982 the company specialised to become a system solution provider for formation systems. MicroForm, MP5500 Controller and the Formation Supervisor software are product lines that where conceived back then and which are maintained in their fourth generation today.

Digatron – 1968

Digatron was founded 1968 in Aachen, Germany. From the beginning, the company specialised in electronic purely hardware-based products quickly emerged as the accepted international de facto standard for battery testing.

Digatron – 1971

In 1971, the first solid state High Rate Discharge Tester HEW rated 600 Amps came to market and in 1975 the first Universal Battery Tester (UBT). These product lines served as benchmarks for the competition and (unfortunately) also for Far Eastern imitations.

Digatron – 1982

In 1982, the first computer-controlled test system was developed, the model BTS-200. The product line still exists today in its fourth generation, and the fifth is being developed now.

Merger – 1988

The merger of Digatron and Firing Circuits in 1988 created the world's largest supplier of battery test and formation systems. Synergy effects where obtained especially in the field of software development.

Qingdao – 1995

In 1995 production facilities where erected in Qingdao, China, initially as Joint Venture company.

Qingdao – 2000

In 2000, Digatron Qingdao became a wholly owned subsidiary. Today, the company manufactures formation rectifiers and laboratory equipment for the Chinese market. Likewise, the sales and customer service of all other Digatron/Firing Circuits products have been transferred to Digatron Qingdao.

Qingdao – 2008

By the end of 2007 the Qingdao facility had utilised all floor space to its full extent. So in 2008 the company moved to a new larger location.