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  • 2019

    Optimization of quality & processes

    The focus in 2018 and 2019 will be on further expanding quality management. An additional measuring room already built in 2017 will be further expanded for production-related quality assurance. At the same time, the expansion of production control and further process optimization are on the agenda.


    Year of digitisation

    A networked ERP system, CRM system and document management allows sales, production, logistics and accounting to access all relevant data within seconds. Faster ways are noticeable in the entire order processing. Shorter delivery times often ensure top marks for the supplier evaluations of Hänssler customers.

    Networking also continues in production. A new complex production control system will be introduced at the end of the year. At the same time, it minimizes the risk of errors and idle times and creates new schedulable time windows for particularly urgent orders.


    Anniversary & change of name

    The 30th anniversary of Hänssler Hydraulik GmbH is celebrated on the company premises with customers, suppliers and friends.

    Construction parts made of plastic are becoming more and more important. In order to realize even highly complex orders, the company invests in a Mazak Integrex. It becomes a new key technology with almost unlimited possibilities. At the same time a change of name takes place. The new Hänssler Kunststoff- und Dichtungstechnik GmbH optimally describes the extended performance spectrum.


    Dual leadership for new tasks

    Sebastian Hänssler also becomes managing director of the company with the introduction of the step-by-step company succession. At the same time, the tasks at Hänssler grow. The managing director of the second generation will significantly advance the digitalisation of the company. The goal is the complete networking of all company divisions and the IT systems used. At the same time, he initiates the ISO certifications, also in the fields of environment and energy, and becomes the first point of contact here.


    Increase of storage capacity

    In order to compensate for price fluctuations and material shortages on the world market and to be able to offer stable prices in the long term, an additional warehouse is added to Plant II. It is used exclusively for the storage of POM, PA, PE and hard fabric pipes. Three saws are available for cutting to size, including a fully automatic saw developed in-house. The hall is equipped with modern LED lighting. It is heated by the waste heat of the new compressor system. In addition, a crane for loading and unloading as well as a new storage system are being invested in.

    The outsourcing of the semi-finished products to the extension creates new production space in the plant itself. In the course of the continuous expansion, the space is urgently needed for the expansion of the machinery.


    First 3D prints

    In order to further expand the range of services, the first experiments in the field of additive manufacturing for industrial purposes are started. To date, a professional 3D printing line has been created, which is constantly being expanded.


    Inauguration of the new logistics centre

    After an eight-month construction period, the ultra-modern logistics centre will be completed. Equipped with three Hänel Lean lifts, each 10 metres high, and a packaging line, the company can meet the ever-increasing demand. In order to be able to act even faster and to further reduce the low error rate, individual processes are networked using state-of-the-art IT solutions.

    The first self-developed robot is used for a large order. The company now employs 28 full-time employees, six part-time employees and three trainees.


    Space for new ideas

    Ein an das bisherige Firmengelände angrenzendes Grundstück mit 1.200 m² kann von der Stadt Mannheim erworben werden. Hier ist für die Zukunft eine neue Produktionshalle geplant.


    Family business in 2nd generation

    Graduate industrial engineer Rolf Hänssler, born in 1981, completed his studies at Heidelberg University of Applied Sciences and joined the company. He is responsible for purchasing, warehousing and shipping.

    Sebastian Hänssler, born in 1979, studied mechanical engineering at the TH Karlsruhe with a focus on product development and design. After graduating, he worked for three years at Stihl in Waiblingen as a project engineer in development. At Hänssler he is responsible for the overall technical management of design, development, quality assurance, production and application technology.

    With the introduction of the new generation, the portfolio also expands. In addition to classic sealing technology, more and more construction parts made of plastic are offered.


    On expansion course

    A neighbouring building with 400 m² of usable space on 1,000 m² of land is acquired. From now on it is named “Werk III” and initially serves as a storage facility for finished products. The sealing test bench is also set up here.


    Construction of a new production hall

    A modern production hall with over 1,200 m² usable floor space on 2,400 m² land is occupied. Environmental aspects are taken into account during construction. A photovoltaic system is installed on the facade and on the roof. The rainwater is led into infiltration pits. Industrial waste water can now be treated in a centrifugal cleaning plant. The courtyard areas are covered with grass pavers to prevent surface sealing. The new hall is located opposite the existing building and is now called “Plant 2”.


    Inauguration of the office and production building in Friedrichsfeld

    With eight employees, the company moves to a newly built office and production complex with around 1,000 m² of usable space at its current location in Mannheim.


    Reinhard Hänssler leaves the company

    Reinhard Hänssler retires from the company due to his age. Until his death in 2008, he was available to the company and its customers as a freelance consultant. Hänssler Hydraulik OHG is transferred to the sole proprietorship Andreas Hänssler Hydraulik and in 2008 to Hänssler Invest GmbH, which functions as a pure holding company. Andreas Hänssler is now the sole managing partner of Hänssler Hydraulik GmbH.


    Company name of Hänssler Hydraulik GmbH

    The foundation stone of today’s company is laid. Andreas Hänssler founds Hänssler Hydraulik GmbH in Mannheim and starts production of turned seals in an old tobacco barn in Mannheim-Seckenheim. The first lathe was soon followed by a CNC and a plastic injection moulding machine. The sealing trade is also relocated to Mannheim. The commercial agencies are continued until 1988.


    Foundation of Hänssler Hydraulik OHG

    Ober-Ing. Reinhard Hänssler and Dipl. Ing. Andreas Hänssler found the company Hänssler Hydraulik OHG with headquarters in Schopfheim and a branch office in Mannheim as a commercial agency. The sale of sealing elements of all kinds is started. In parallel, Andreas Hänssler develops an oil test case with which hydraulic oils can be quickly and easily tested on site for their further usability. The first own product is born and brings worldwide success.