The history of Intron Electronics

Intron Electronics was established in 1975 by Frank Bishop, a professional Engineer and Inventor. In the following years, R&D was carried out on a new design project to create a digital and portable replacement for the analog multimeter. Upon completion, the design was licensed to ARLEC (a major Electronics manufacturer in Australia). The world’s first digital handheld multimeter was released in December 1977 and became a top seller in the field.

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A second R&D project was undertaken to create a sensor to detect the movement of humans and large objects. The requirements were: physically compact, efficient design, low cost, low power consumption, and the ability to detect movement up to 10 metres. Finally, a suitable design was completed and patents were applied for in Australia, USA, and England. This sensor became the vital part in a series of novel products.

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Following this major innovation, Intron Electronics was incorporated as a company in 1982 and became Intron Electronics PTY LTD. By this stage, the company had evolved from the backyard shed to a factory showroom in Bayswater, Victoria. Research continued and orders were taken to produce products for Cigweld, Mistral, Data Cable, Dyne Industries and other major manufacturers.

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The field of short range communications was advancing rapidly and Intron Electronics’ microwave technology was used to develop a range of transmitter and receiver modules for the laser games industry which saw Intron’s technology exported to 51 countries around the world.

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Electronic tapware was legislated for inclusion in all food preparation areas and Intron Electronics was approached by Boolean Engineering and Total Hygiene to provide a sensor to detect hand movement in wash basins. Over 30,000 Electronic Taps were manufactured at the company’s factory with the product sold under the Dorf Industries brand.

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