Brookfield Engineering, Middleboro, MA, is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2014.
The company began in 1933 when Donald Brookfield, Sr. envisioned a new, unconventional approach to measuring viscosity. His experimentation with motors and springs in the basement of his family’s home resulted in the creation of a single-speed instrument that would ultimately become known as “the world standard” in viscosity measurement and control.
Founding the business in 1934, Brookfield made it his priority to offer “the highest quality instruments at the lowest possible price.” Over the years he demonstrated this commitment to service by offering his loyal customers his newest innovations at little to no cost. Through the middle years Brookfield Engineering addressed issues of temperature control, small sample volumes, and low viscosities, continually adapting to the changing needs of industry. As technology marched forward, Brookfield answered the call by producing a wide range of digital and programmable viscometers and rheometers that operated in stand-alone or PC-controlled modes. The company also developed a complete range of in-line process viscometers that enabled manufacturers to measure viscosity continuously during production.
In 2004, Brookfield entered the texture analysis market, providing a compliment to its line of R&D and QC testing instrumentation. The CT3 texture analyzer initially targeted the food manufacturing industry, but was later expanded to measure the mechanical flow properties of a wide variety of products in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and packaging.
In 2010, the PFT Powder Flow Tester made its debut, providing quick and easy analysis of powder flow behavior in industrial equipment.
Most recently, Brookfield has added touch screen technology to several of its most popular instruments, continuing to innovate and address customers’ changing needs.