Schnelldorfer Stahl- und Metallbau GmbH was founded by Georg Fohrer.
The company starts manufacturing and selling industrial equipment. Transport frames for the automotive industry are a key product.
The product range is expanded to include simple, automated welding solutions and is purchased by Klaus Schülein, following the unexpected death of Georg Fohrer.
Construction of the first longitudinal seam welding system, LNA, which becomes a frequently sold product within the German market during the years following the fall of the Berlin Wall.
First customised solutions for automation of welding tasks are also developed.
The company makes its first appearance at the Euroblech 92 trade fair in Hanover.
The longitudinal seam welder, by this time equipped with a Programmable Logic Control (PLC) is introduced with the brand name ELENA® and presented in the new RAL 4006 standard colour for promotional reasons.
Company is renamed Schnelldorfer Maschinenbau GmbH. At the same time, the company focuses on premium automation of complex welding tasks. Dr. Wolf joins the company as Managing Director.
Development of first CORNERWELD machines for the welding of corners in a 90 degree joint.
Over the following years, a process of standardisation takes place as the company undertakes a large number of customer projects.
Design and construction of an automatic welding line for the manufacturing of airbag cold gas generators, featuring four interlinked welding stations.
Opening of a new assembly hall and a second office building with space for a larger design departments and reception area.
Use of first welding robots at Schnelldorfer Maschinenbau to handle special welding tasks. Development of a complex system of fixtures for welding of stainless steel tank sections for the white goods market.
Development of ELENA® VI machine type featuring fully automated clamping and longitudinal seam welding of pipes. A patent is filled for the new clamping concept.
Design, construction and integration into production processes of increasingly complex clamping jigs with their own PLC control, for robot welding with arc and laser welding processes.
As part of the favourable economic situation, Schnelldorfer Maschinenbau GmbH achieves a new record turnover. The continuous developed of ELENA® longitudinal seam welders further contributes substantially to the success of the company. After 17 years as Managing Director, Dr. Wolf retires. Dr. Daus becomes Managing Director of the company.
Implementation of ERP-/CRM-System is fully completed.
The introduction was preceded by more than one year of selection and preparation. The employee’s strong commitment and will to continuously improve, aid the successful implementation of the system. It is primarily our customers that benefit from a consistent ERP-system since it ensures the highest levels of process safety.
Opening of the sales office Schnelldorfer Maschinenbau UK Ltd. in Great Britain.
In order to fulfil International inquiries the sales department of Schnelldorfer Maschinenbau was reinforced by a new facility in Great Britain.
Development of ELENA LASER
The machine is a further development of the ELENA-Series of longitudinal seam welds. The development took two years before the first prototype could be launched. The greatest challenge was to enclose the machine properly to ensure safe working of the laser process but at the same time maintain user-friendliness.
Schnelldorfer Maschinenbau opens a new office building.
The 640 square meter shiny black cube provides a modern working environment for the employees within the design department. Expansion was necessary because the number of employees doubled within the past five years.
Development of LINEARWELD
The development of the new LINEARWELD range is completed. One of the special features is that the new machines can be tailored to meet customer needs, thanks to the highly-modular design.
With more than six meters the longitudinal seam welding machine by Schnelldorfer is the longest machine type ever built
A longitudinal seam welding machine with a maximum welding length of 6200 mm is developed, built and successfully commissioned at the customer’s. Another important component of the product portfolio of Schnelldorfer Maschinenbau.
Change of management
In summer Martin Feuchter will take over the management from Dr. Friedrich Daus. Together with Klaus Schülein, who remains managing partner, he will manage Schnelldorfer Maschinenbau GmbH.