Hans Weber Sales & Service Corporation: A Guarantee of Quality and Innovation
In 1922, the company founder, Hans Weber, laid the foundation for the construction of a new factory to meet the increased demand for his sanding machines. Shortly after the turn of
the century, Hans Weber started designing and manufacturing drum sanding machines for the local slate and woodworking industry. These machines soon became known in the woodworking industry for their high quality and were exported to various countries.
This family-owned machine factory is based in Kronach in Upper Franconia, Germany. The reason behind the success of these sanding machines was the company philosophy, which still applies today, of sturdy construction, reliability, and technical innovation. On the basis of this philosophy the first wide belt sanding machine constructed in 1955 was equipped with a combination station with a contact roller and a controlled sanding platen.
In 1985, Weber equipped an electronically controlled sectional pressure beam system which functions according to a unique principle. It was patented and continues to meet the highest standards. Weber machines have an easy-to-use graphic interface and are known for their technological innovation, such as the patented floating segment platen (ISA system) with automatic pressure adaptation to assure no sand through; and the newly patented CBF sanding system, which provides high quality finish sanding and solves the problem of “snake” sanding finishes with a simple and economical solution using a narrow chevron lamella belt inside the belt station. The CBF finish also allows the orbital sander to perform as it was meant to.
In 2003, Weber was granted a patent for the CBF internal cross lamella belt for oscillation mark free surface sanding. A patent application has now been filed for the WEBER SCAN, a contact-free workpiece detection system, which scans the workpiece for width and length to signal the platens when to operate.
Hans Weber’s wood finishing line has a series of standard wide belt sanders that offer finish sanding, cross sanding, and calibration stations (including knife planers). Whether dealing with veneers, solid woods, engineered woods, or man-made materials there is a machine that is right for the customer’s application. The M-DK line of “super duty” machines can have opposed sanding heads, widths up to 126″ and up to 250 HP per belt station.
Weber employs more than 300 administrative, engineering and production staff at two locations in Kronach. All mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering is performed by Weber engineers. The production department uses the latest manufacturing technology.
The North American direct marketing office and warehouse is located in Paola, Kansas. Shawn Stuteville, the general manager, explained, “We sell, service, and supply parts for all of our machines in North America.” They work through distribution and are always on the lookout for good distributors to fill territory needs.
“Most of our machines are built to order,” said Stuteville. “The machines are very modular and we can make various configurations to meet the needs of the customer.” He continued, saying that today they see the end users moving away from manual handling and wanting and utilizing more automation and automated lines. He added that Weber machines communicate well with the PLCs, material handling components, and other machinery components in a system. “We’re looking at integrating robots in to the equation and that’s coming in the near future.”
The plywood industry is a strong market for Weber in North America. ”We are specialized in flat panel processing with veneer sanding being a very strong capability of ours,” explained Stuteville. “But we are
also involved with solid woods, abrasive planing for the chipboard industry along with other functions.” Stuteville continued, “We continue to expand into cabinet work and we do well with the large cabinet manufacturers. We’re big on production and quality of finish.”
The future holds much promise for the company through expansion into the existing markets, introduction of a cross-grain removing system, RFID chips to track parts and efficiencies in the process, and other projects in the works to increase productivity and efficiency.
The sanding requirements of industry, trade, plate producers, cabinet makers, and the furniture industry are very different. At Weber, customers can find a Wide Belt Sander series with the solution to the needs of those customers. Weber has consistently reacted to market requirements and has translated their years of experience into practical solutions. Today, Weber continues to offer users innovative solutions for processing wood driven by market demands.
Weber – a guarantee of quality and innovation.