“It does what it’s supposed to do. It runs – and at the end of the day, that’s what a machine needs to do,” said Ralf Mäder, production foreman, objectively analyzing his relationship with the automatic screwdriving system that WEBER installed in his company more than 36 years ago. Almost four decades have passed since then and “…it runs, and runs, and just keeps on running…”. Now, SIKO GmbH is sending the automatic screwdriving system to WEBER in Wolfratshausen for general inspection for the very first time. After such a long time, even the best machine has earned a short break and a subsequent makeover. What sounds almost unbelievable to outsiders is actually par for the course for the SIKO employees in Buchenbach, Baden. Why shouldn’t a solidly constructed machine be able to remain in operation for so long!? Digitization or not. As a company, SIKO GmbH is solid as a rock. Founded in 1963 by Günther Wandres, the company began developing and manufacturing a wide range of handwheels equipped with analog position indicators. Today, SIKO’s industrial measurement and drive technology is used all over the world. The company’s core competence lies in the development, production and sale of standard devices and customer-specific OEM products. Best quality and close partnership with customers – the name SIKO has been synonymous with these qualities since 1963.
Reliability as standard
The number of devices that SIKO manufactured rose rapidly – including products for the handwheels, which started it all. These high-precision components are equipped with a scale, behind which is a transmission mechanism. Scale and mechanism are connected with two screws. This work process was initially carried out by hand. In the early 1980s, SIKO increasingly focused on the automation of these processes. It was during this time that WEBER Schraubautomaten GmbH from Wolfratshausen in Upper Bavaria became involved, delivering the first automatic screwdriver with integrated feed system. Since then, tens of thousands of units – each with two screw connections – have been produced every year.