Implementing advanced dispensing and dispersing technology to meet our customers’ needs has been our legacy for nearly 100 years. Beginning with our predecessor companies, Miller Manufacturing and Harbil Manufacturing, this ongoing commitment to innovation continues today, providing our global partners with market leading products and services to help their businesses succeed.
1927– After opening his hardware store, Ludwig Miller invents the vertical oscillating mixer that produces a better mix without having to bolt the mixer to the floor.
1937- Miller Manufacturing is formed to market the double can oscillating mixer, featuring all handmade internal components.
1946- Harry Rossett and Bill Weismann join their names and partner in creating "Harbil" Manufacturing Company, to market the Harbil twin-cradle oscillating mixer.
1948– Harbil exhibits its shaker, the HB7, at the first National Decorating Products Show.
1950's– To meet growing demand for custom colors, Miller begins production on “Tintmaster” manual dispensers while Harbil introduces a two-ounce, “semi-automatic” colorant dispenser. Herb Miller assumes presidency from his father and founder, Ludwig Miller.
1960's– Having secured a large contract with the Sears Company, Miller develops a large quantity automatic colorant dispenser called the Colorhouse MKI. This new dispenser features piston pumps and a simultaneous dispense.
1968– Harbil introduces several new colorant dispensers, including new one-ounce and dual-pump manual dispensers.
1972- Harbil debuts the still popular NSC80 and the company patents its new single dispense port for dual-pump manual dispensers.
1975– Miller continues supplying paint manufacturers and their retail outlets with a new Computinter, a five-gallon, bellows-type dispenser.
1976- New mixers are also manufactured including the first front-loading GyroMixer paint mixer.
1980's- Miller is the industry’s first manufacturer to introduce a complete line of fully automatic paint dispensing equipment. The Accutinter debuts in early 1980 and quickly becomes a market leader. During this time, Harbil begins production of a fully automatic colorant dispenser with the first units shipping to France.
1985- Harbil begins operating from Sassenheim, The Netherlands while the U.S. company further advances piston pump technology.
1987– Both Miller and Harbil, having been acquired by the Saranow Company in the late 1980s, are merged under the Fluid Management name. The company designs and installs industrial dispense systems for large manufacturers such as GM, Kenworth, Freightliner, Ford and Steelcase. Fluid Management’s dispensing technology is adapted for use with inks for Hallmark Cards, foods for Nabisco and on-site preparation of floor protection chemicals for Valspar.
1990's– Fluid Management designs the world’s first automated paint manufacturing plant for Los Angeles based Dunn-Edwards Corporation. Large dispensing systems for factories are introduced to reduce wastewater generation. Fluid Management also develops a way for automatic dispensers to transition from color chip-based systems to PCs with formula look ups.
1992– Fluid Management purchases the “Eurotinter” automated colorant dispenser division of Ateliers Sussmeyer S.A.
1993– Fluid Management L.P. becomes the first foreign manufacturer to receive certification from the Japanese Technical Institute of Industrial Safety.
1994- Fluid Verfahrenstechnik of Germany, know for its large gravimetric dispensing systems is acquired. Fluid Management's Wheeling USA location extends its commitment to quality excellence by receiving it ISO 9001 certification.
1995- The Mini-Accutinter was designed for ICI (Glidden) with the industries first highly automatic dispenser with touch-screen display displaying the on-going pursuit to understand and make more efficient how an operator interacts with equipment. ColorPro software is launched- the first Windows based dispenser software in the industry opening the doors for new opportunities in software.
1996- IDEX Corporation, a leader in engineered solutions worldwide, acquires Fluid Management.
1999- FM Direct is established, comprised of Field Service groups of authorized service centers and technicians with a minimum four years of experience.
2000's– The evolution for sustainable products gets momentum. Fluid Management designs equipment that is compatible with changing colorants and paints. In our plants, Fluid Management continues its pursuit in environmentally responsible manufacturing principles.
2001– The DVX Pump is introduced and becomes the standard for accurate dispensing technology in the industry.
2003- Accutinters advance with DVX technology, introducing the high-volume dispenser, Accutinter 8000.
2004- Accommodating paint departments' tight space, the sleekly designed AT7000 was launched, making it the flagship dispenser for the paint retailer.
2005– The AT2000 with bag technology is introduced as well as Sample Dispense System to provide sample size containers of paint.
2007- With improved technological advances and the need to remain competitive, Fluid Management offers a low-cost, high-value automatic solution to smaller retailers, the Accutinter 1500. This unit's compact design packed with features hits the global markets in 2008.
2009- Working with partners in our targeted industry, Fluid Management, in cooperation with MooBella, creates a custom, ice cream- on- demand vending solution for food service outlets.