„Down-to-earth and innovative“
60 years Weckenmann
Paul Weckenmann and his wife Elfriede founded a small smithy in Dormettingen and opened its doors on 1 January 1957. 60 years later, Weckenmann machines and plants are held in high regard worldwide. A success story with its roots in the south-western Swabia region of Germany!
The fact that such ‘great machines’ are produced in Dormettingen surprised a customer from Mexico who came to visit us at Weckenmann a few years ago. And let’s face it, with around 1,100 inhabitants, Dormettingen in the Zollernalb district is not exactly the centre of the world.
However, this was no reason for Paul Weckenmann not to open his blacksmith's workshop with his wife Elfriede in January 1957. At the beginning, both of them earned their keep with metalwork and the selling of agricultural machinery. The production of formwork and machinery for the production of concrete floor beams was started after only a few years. One of the first customers was a manufacturer of precast concrete parts in neighbouring Dotternhausen. About 8 years after founding the company, in 1965, the young company already supplied the first plants for the production of precast concrete parts to other customers in the region.
Inventiveness in the corporate DNA
28 years ago, the two today’s company owner Hermann and Wolfgang Weckenmann took over the company and the generation change succeeded. Together with its two sister companies, Weckenmann GmbH & Co. KG in Staßfurt and Weckenmann Engineering (India) Private Limited in India, Weckenmann Anlagentechnik GmbH & Co. KG in Dormettingen is one of the most innovative and, therefore, leading companies in the industry.
They employ a total of 155 employees at three locations. The company has production sites, as well as administrative and technology centres, in Dormettingen and Staßfurt. In India, it has a sales office and a technological support centre.
Looking at the list of technical innovations, you get the strong impression that the persistent search for new solutions is part of the DNA of this family business. This led to the first concrete spreader for Omnia large-area slabs being manufactured in series by Weckenmann. The first 1:1 large-scale plotter for precast concrete plants was a pioneering Weckenmann invention and a giant step towards CAD-CAM automation. The first shuttering robot for the automated handling of shuttering profiles clocked in for work in 1992. To this day, a speciality of Weckenmann!
Future-proof through technical progress
Three abbreviations stand out when you ask about the technical highlights of the most recent company history: MagVib, WAvision and MBM. “MagVib” stands for magnetically fixed vibrators and is technology used to compact fresh concrete. Magnets are used to clamp highfrequency vibrators to the shuttering pallets. “WAvision” is Weckenmann’s modular control system for automated precast concrete production. All data in the company, from preparation to production, are used and processed to control the plant in the WAvision system.
Weckenmann received two prestigious awards for its latest innovation, the Mobile Battery Mould “MBM®”. It was awarded the Baden-Württemberg Innovation Prize in 2016 and the innovation prize of “bauma”, the most important construction machinery trade fair in the world. “This product enables the production of precast concrete parts in close proximity of the construction site on which the concrete parts are installed,” Hermann Weckenmann explains the advantages of the mobile battery mould.
Algorithms do not build machines
The company now sees itself as a full-service supplier for turnkey plants – from the shuttering profile to the IT control system. Plants on which concrete parts are produced. “The challenge for us as a medium-sized family business lies less in the global demand for precast concrete parts; this demand is large enough,” explains Wolfgang Weckenmann. “We are constantly faced with the task of finding motivated and qualified employees who fit in with us. Because despite all the technical progress, it is the people who advise our customers, develop our concepts and build our machines. If a malfunction or fault occurs in a plant, which happens rarely enough, it is not the algorithm that helps the user out of trouble, but the Weckenmann service technician, who is always
The employees and the management decided to celebrate the 60-year company anniversary with a common excursion. Thus, about 80 employees experienced an entertaining trip to Lake Constance by water and land. In this way, with magnificent mood, memories could be shared and new impressions were gained.