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No future without a past

Milestones in Hänel's success

1953
Gerhard Hänel founds 'Hänel Büro- und Lagersysteme' in Bad Friedrichshall, Germany.
1967
Founding of the "Zahnradfabrik Hänel und Umbach" by Gerhard Hänel and Hans Umbach in Bad Friedrichshall with four employees on the premises of Hänel Office and Industrial Storage Systems.
1969
Construction of a new building at Siemensstraße 1 in Bad Friedrichshall. Move to the new location. The workforce at this time numbers 15 employees.
1972
Introduction of a second shift in production and expansion of machinery assets, with the workforce gradually increasing to 40.
1980
Expansion of the production area and break rooms by an additional 800 m².
1981
Introduction of apprentice training to compensate for the shortage of skilled workers.
1982
Establishment of the turning shop and integration of its tasks in the company's own production.
1988
End of Mr. Umbach's tenure and renaming of the company to "Zahnradfabrik Hänel GmbH & Co KG."
1993
Hänel specializes in the manufacture of high-quality precision gear components. The customer base now includes many well-known companies.
1996
Deployment of the latest generation Reishauer RZ 362 A for gear flank grinding.
1997
Investment in an additional Reishauer RZ 362 A with a KUKA loading robot marks the introduction of the first automated gear grinding process. The company employs some 50 people and has the latest CNC machines in all departments. Administration tasks are also performed with a modern EDP system.
1998
Start of a new era in turning and external cylindrical grinding with the purchase of multiple axis CNC turning and grinding centers featuring automatic loading.
2002
A multifunction MAZAK INTEGREX 300 Y CNC turning and milling center is added to the turning department to increase flexibility.
2003
Siemens names Hänel its "Supplier of the Year." New technology enhances the final phases of gear grinding with the deployment of a Reishauer RZ 400 with automatic loading.
2005
Hänel invests continuously in the very latest CNC machines and technologies. A new VOUMARD 110 CNC machine is put into operation in the internal grinding department. A laser marking system is purchased to support the tracking of batch jobs.
2006
Due to steady business growth, the company invests in a second Reishauer RZ 400 with automatic loading to expand gear flank grinding operations. A brand new Klingenberg P40 CNC measuring center replaces the ZP 240 in the measuring lab.
2007
Hard turning technology is now possible with the addition of a Hardinge Quest 65 CNC machine. Production capacity is increased with a new Studer S33 CNC.
2008
Early in the year a Karl Klink hard broaching machine with loader is put into operation. The slotting department acquires a GP 300 ES CNC to introduce new "gear shaping" technology.
2009
Investment in a Mazak Nexus 250 turning machine to reduce the number of outsourcing contracts.
2011
Gear flank grinding processes are enhanced with a Höfler Helix 400 KK grinding machine.
2012
Investment in a Mazak Multiplex 6200Y dual-spindle turning center.
2013
The company purchases a high-precision Okamoto rotary table grinding machine.
2014
Investment in a MAFAC JAVA system for environmentally friendly cleaning of workpieces.
2016
Installation of a new BDE/MDE system to further optimize production processes.

2017

Purchase of two heavy-duty Hänel Rotomat® storage carousels for the dispatch warehouse.
Today
The company, with some 80 highly qualified employees and trainees, manufactures ready-to-install gear components and modules for a wide variety of applications. Products are delivered to various industries, such as mechanical engineering, robotics, medical technology, energy, metrology, automotive and logistics engineering.
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