gbo Milestones


gbo datacomp introduces the new interface solution VirtCon on the marketplace. This simplifies the implementation of the Industry 4.0 idea into existing manufacturing areas.


gbo datacomp orients itself strategically in a new direction and develops a new image reflecting more clearly the high standards expected of the software. Visible implementation is carried out step-by-step!



Industry 4.0 grows into a paradigm of industrial manufacture and its implementation is actively accompanied in the factories of medium-sized businesses by gbo datacomp. BisoftMES supports the progressive introduction of new solutions aimed at integrated manufacturing control.


Mobile data recording is augmented by numerous apps . gbo datacomp customers utilize mobile devices for data recording and as a medium for information.

The Industry 4.0 topic evolves into a trend. gbo datacomp’s bisoft solution covers many requirements.


The new multilingual bisoftMES is introduced on the Asian and Russian markets for the first time by our globally positioned customers.


gbo datacomp actively helps to shape the future of MES by incorporating its know-how into the development of the VDMA (German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) standard leaflet 66412 “MES Key Figures”. This standard leaflet constitutes nationally and internationally a significant foundation for the introduction of MES into enterprises.


The new generation bisoftMES was introduced on the marketplace. Newest technical expertise was incorporated into the development. Next to the standard modules for MDE, BDE and PZE, the FLS, QS, key data and WRZ gained in importance. With this new generation bisoftMES evolved into a comprehensive complete solution.


saw the fusion of gbo MDE/BDE/MES sectors into  gbo datacomp GmbH.


In 1998 the combined companies were further reinforced by cooperation with the  Software and Hardware company DATACOMP GmbH, expanding the product range continuously in the areas of staff time and production data recording (BDE) for KMU units (PZE-85 Terminal and 2000TS Touchscreen Terminal).


Complete integration of the Production Data Recording section of Kienzle occurred in 1995. This was the starting point for continuous further development of recording hardware by gbo, among others the 2480 terminal – the “classic” Kienzle recorder.


From the second half of the eighties gbo’s main focus centered on the development and implementation of complete systems with its own software. The bisoft software package impressively demonstrates that Machine Data Recording (MDE) can do more than just record data. Processing and utilization for other purposes was now also possible (i.e. feedback to PPS (production planning) systems, order and article data control).


One year later gbo (Gerätebau Odenwald) took over the BDE (Production Data Recording) section from VDO AG and in 1983 presented the BDE Terminal 723 – capable of online operation and revolutionary at the time.


In 1981 Kienzle launched the Terminal 2450  – with 80.000 units sold the most successful MDE terminal worldwide.


Many years later innovative engineers at VDO in Frankfurt were searching for a practical solution to reliably record data from automatic lathes. In 1968 this resulted in the development of the  NUS (Utilization Recorder) and marketing of the first machine data recording units began.


It all started in 1920 in the Black Forest. At that time Kienzle developed the TFW (Taxi Trip Recorder). A unit registering times and stoppages of machines on a speed-time chart. New requirements resulted in continuous development of the unit line. Electromechanical recorders such as the  MSN (Magnetic Recorder) and the ZSN (Time Recorder) were evolved.