From VIs to Products
Bloomy was founded in 1991 by Peter A. Blume, an engineer with an enthusiasm for industrial problem solving and an insatiable entrepreneurial drive. The spelling of "Bloomy" is a tribute to his late grandfather's pronunciation of the family name. Having experienced proprietary or "closed" programmable instrumentation with cryptic software, the company embraced the PC-based virtual instrumentation revolution of the 1990s that was led by National Instruments (NI). In 1992, the company became an NI Alliance Partner due to its strong skill level with NI products and a track record of exceeding customer expectations. The company spent the next decade designing custom automated test, data acquisition, and control systems for customers in the Northeast United States, almost exclusively using LabVIEW and NI hardware. Their diverse experience includes automating the calibration of aerospace instrumentation; developing circuit board assembly functional test systems; automating end-to-end production and test of electro-optical network components; automating the manufacture, monitoring, and test of fuel cells, power plants, and battery energy storage systems; and automating the test of medical devices such as defibrillators and insulin pumps.
Successful in building long-term relationships, and exceeding customer expectations, the company opened additional engineering facilities in Milford, Massachusetts in 2001, and Mahwah, New Jersey in 2002. In 2007, under the direction of then Unit Manager Robert Cornwell, the MA office began focusing on turnkey automated test system design and assembly. Robert lead the MA office expansion to the current location in Marlborough, MA, which includes dedicated production space. In 2011, under the direction of Unit Manager Steven Hoenig, the NJ office moved to its present location in Fair Lawn, NJ, which includes a NI Certifed Training Center and an electronics assembly lab. In 2013, the company opened a western US Sales office to facilitate the sale of products and platforms to customers in the western US.
As Bloomy has grown it has developed specialized industry knowledge of aerospace, optical communications, fuel cells, electronics, medical devices, semiconductors, and advanced batteries. Successful assisting multiple battery manufacturers bring new advanced batteries to market, in 2011 Jonathan Murray became Unit Manager of Bloomy Energy Systems, a subsidiary focused exclusively on energy storage test equipment. In 2013, this unit released the company's first OEM product, the Battery Simulator 1200, a programmable instrument that facilitates safe and efficient testing of battery management systems.
Bloomy has and continues to be distinguished as a top-tier Platinum or Select NI Alliance Partner every year since the program's inception in 1999. Bloomy is widely known for its top engineering talent, and best engineering practices. In 2007, Bloomy established the industry standard for LabVIEW best practices by publishing The LabVIEW Style Book ((c) 2007, Prentice Hall). Bloomy has the most NI Certified Architects of any NI Alliance Partner, and is home of one of the only LabVIEW Champions in the world. In 2013 and 2014, Bloomy was awarded "Most Outstanding Technical Resources - Platinum Level" by National Instruments.
Products and platforms
Today, Bloomy's charter is to package the best practices that have evolved from more than 22 years of engineering excellence into innovative products and platforms that reduce customers' development effort, lead times, and risk. This includes the company's flagship UTS line of electronics functional testers, the BMS family of battery management test systems, as well as specialty test, measurement, and simulation products. These products have been well received by customers, media, and industry.
The next 22 years will be exciting, as Bloomy prepares to help customers electrify vehicles, increase renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, revolutionize communications, improve national security and public health. Automated test, data acquisition, and control systems are sure to test and measure our progress, every step of the way.