When Heinrich Carl Kröplin set himself up as an independent master watchmaker in his home town of Bützow in 1883, nobody could have known he was laying down the foundation stones for a highly specialised company of global relevance. In his workshop, he quickly realised his own developments in the area of measuring instruments. The continuous further development of the first fine measurement instruments resulted in the ‘Kröplin Quick Test System’, which became the basis of all further innovations through to the electronic measuring gauges. Over time this lead to the development of the third generation of measuring devices, the 'electronic testing arm-measuring gauges'. Microelectronics in quick testers turned out to be an innovative step which ushered in the biggest single expansion in the company’s one hundred year story.