History

1978
CMZ was established as a technical design office for microprocessor systems. It was the era of paper tape and Teletype. The Rockwell PPS8 microprocessor was used in PMOS technology. The field of applications was very wide, ranging from industry to medicine to management.
 
1982
Microprocessor technology was geared towards NMOS and CMZ chose the Rockwell 6502. It continued its hardware and software design and small lot production of systems.
 
1984
The first standard product (i.e. not commissioned directly by a customer) was designed. It was a modular system, called NF0, with proprietary bus based on the 6502 microprocessor. The system was made programmable in FORTH language, although the programming was still carried out by CMZ. This system found many applications in the automation of local industrial machines, which were starting to increase rapidly.
 
1988
A card for the NF0 system was designed, based on the MC68000 microprocessor, and the opportunity was taken of implementing a multitasking real-time operating system. The FORTH language was extended to 32 bit. The design and construction of custom-made systems with various microcontrollers also continued.
 
1991
It was decided to aim for system programmability by the end user and an AWL compiler was consequently set up to make the system work like a PLC.
 
1992
CMZ adopts the microprocessors based on Motorola CPU32, 68000 evolution. Compact controllers are joined to the modular system of the NF0 series. System controllers are projected also for other companies that market them.
 
1992
CMZ became a Research Laboratory, officially recognised by the Ministry for Scientific Research. Customers using its design service could benefit from financing provided under Italian Law 297 (transfer of technology).
 
1993
CMZ recognised the need to implement software libraries to facilitate customers’ work in setting up their machines. The first library was the Fying shear library followed by all the others.
 
1994
CMZ decided to implement a field bus for its systems and chose the CAN bus. It consequently fabricated various remote modules and inserted the network master in the produced systems. The application level of the protocol was proprietary, since the various standards came out at a later date.
 
1996
CMZ continued to increase the performance of its systems in terms of both hardware and software. New systems, new libraries and programming tools were designed. The design and production of dedicated system also continued. The organisation of an international sales network was defined, also to offer engineering and technical support.
 
1997
The CMZ integrators were widely distributed. High specialisation in packaging and robotic applications with the creation of relative libraries.
 
1999
Adoption of the CAN open as standard communication protocol for remote units.
 
2001
Inauguration of the new facilities and enlargement of the production and R&D departments.
 
2002
Official presentation of the new series TS1002: Terminal/controller touch screen 10,5" colour TFT with CANOpen standard interface versus axes motion control and remote I/O's.
 
2003
Design and market launch of the new stepper drives generation series SDS: pulse/direction, RS232 and CANopen version.
 
2004
CMZ definitively enter into the world of drives and brushless motors: presentation of the new Full Digital System (motion control+dives+motor). New drives series CD1 and salient poles motors series SMB.
 
2005
Afterward AWL programmability, CMZ decides to pass to the standard IEC61131 programmability to keeb always up with market requests and to make easy the work of own customers: constitution of FCT line with the first FCT241 controller based on PowerPC processor
 
2006
Constitution of ISD line, closed loop integrated system composed by 2 phases high torque synchronous motor, full digital servodrive, encoder and field bus communication.
 
2006
Distribution network became bigger abroad and in Italy.
 
2007
FCT line makes rich with another model: FCT200, cheaper solution for applications up to 8 axis.
 
2008
ISD line makes rich with another system: SVM, stand-alone version of the ISD servo drive.
 
2009
Introduction of the HMI family that complement the range of CMZ products, from the cheaper versions but equipped with all the necessary basic functions, to more sophisticated versions.
 
2010
Additional model for the line FCT: FCT300 that controls up to 99 axes both in CANopen and EtherCAT
 
2011
Introduction of the new series of brushless drives stand alone called LBD
 
2012
Introduction of the new line of brushless motors with integrated drive called IBD, Integrated Drive Brushless
 
2013
New sizes for the IBD series
 
2014
Software and applications libraries: Introduction of CODESYS as a development environment alongside the consolidated 4CONTROL and formalized licenses for multihead weighers, Linear, horizontal, vertical APPS.
 
2015
Still news for the series of brushless motors and drives, NEAR BY comes, drive IP65 for rotary and linear brushless motors.
New distributor in Mexico, for the development of applications with CMZ products, service and sales.
 
2016
New sizes for the IBD seris, arrives IBD flange 60, compact and super efficient motor