Rise to world prominence
So Eugen Eisenmann sees his house in good order when he retires from the company in mid-1977 and finally places his life's work in the hands of his son. Under Peter Eisenmann, who was born in 1942, the upward trend - which can be seen not least in the number of employees - continues steadily. (Böblingen, Holzgerlingen, Ottmarsheim) alone and a total of 2,800 worldwide. As early as 1978, the US subsidiary EISENMANN Corporation was established in Crystal Lake near Chicago. Since spring 2000, EISENMANN do Brasil in Cruzeiro has been manufacturing some of the equipment for South America locally. In addition, foreign offices ensure customer proximity in many parts of the world, including the promising Chinese market.
EISENMANN draws competitive advantages from its broad manufacturing programme, which - not shying away from new territory - is still being expanded: In response to the ever more complex tasks, a separate project planning department for control technology was set up as early as 1978, from which all sales areas continue to benefit to this day. In the same year, a German car factory receives the world's first full-dip pre-treatment system for car bodies.
The importance of plastic painting is recognised at an early stage: in 1979 the first, and in 1988 the 100th painting line for bumpers and other demanding car components is built, and with more than 220 systems, EISENMANN is now the world market leader in this field.
Electric monorail systems and automated guided vehicles (AGVs) complete the conveyor technology range of flat and overhead conveyors and set standards in material flow automation. Logistic complete systems consisting of conveying, storage, handling and control technology for both the industrial and service sectors will henceforth be a speciality of the company. An example from the immediate vicinity is the new distribution centre of the german "Sparkassenverlag" in Nufringen, equipped by EISENMANN, where around 2 million consignments per year are to be processed from a range of 6,000 articles. Also noteworthy is the new Woolworth distribution centre in Dortmund-Bönen, which supplies all shops in Germany and Austria with over 40,000 articles, and last but not least the new Tchibo logistics centre, which will go into operation in late autumn 2003 and will be the largest and most efficient high-bay warehouse in Europe with 135,000 pallet spaces and a turnover of 1.5 million pallets annually.
In response to stricter legislation in the exhaust air sector, EISENMANN is developing, in addition to the tried-and-tested TNV thermal exhaust air incinerator, the very energy-efficient RNV regenerative afterburning system and the ADR adsorption wheel, especially for cleaning large exhaust air streams that are only slightly contaminated. These are all technologies that are ideally suited to solving exhaust air problems from industrial and commercial enterprises, even in view of the new tightening of the law in 2001/2002. In the water treatment and waste water treatment sector, the emphasis is on recycling techniques to reduce fresh water consumption and waste water generation. Under the heading "Energy from Waste", EISENMANN offers systems for thermal and, if necessary, material recycling, preferably of industrial waste.
In addition to drying technology, industrial furnace construction is added: from 1988, enamelling plants are supplemented by enamel baking furnaces, temperature 850 °C, from our own production. In 1990, firing lines for the ceramics industry operating at 900 - 1,600 °C were added to the range, which, in addition to advanced furnace technology for this industry, included novel concepts for material flow automation. Manufacturers of technical ceramics, such as lambda sensors for catalytic converters, are acquired as customers, as is the porcelain industry from Fürstenberg to Kahla, Hutschenreuther, KPM and Rosenthal to Wedgwood or Villeroy & Bach. From 1996 onwards, EISENMANN increasingly builds heat treatment plants for aluminium and develops high-performance sintering furnaces for the new powder metallurgy industry, which is generally considered to have a promising future.