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WOMA's 10th Anniversary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The WOMA team recently had a reason to celebrate, the 10th anniversary of the company.

 

Since April 2008, the company has been supplying the brush industry with used machines both for woodworking and for the production of brushes, brooms, paintbrushes, paint rollers, mops. Including special equipment, for example for technical or medical brushes. Focusing on the international market right from the start, founder and company owner Daniel Köhler has developed his company from a one-man business to a professionally positioned company.

On average, about two employees per year were added, so that today about twenty employees take care of the needs of customers. In addition to the two women in the office, around fifteen professionals work on the machines in the workshop. "In the beginning we only cleaned and resold the machines. Today, we can realize complete overhauls with new CNC control." Daniel Köhler explains the development of recent years. Furthermore, of course, machines are only bought and sold again. But the demand for the "full service" is rising steadily, according to the entrepreneur. He himself had even trained as a machine construction engineer, which he considered even ten years ago to be impossible.

He and his wife are especially proud of the new location in Bad Salzungen and their "mixed” team. "We have everything here, from the farm mechanic to the lumberjack." Smiles the boss and says about the move to the 1,500 square meter building, that he was especially concerned to improve the working conditions for his employees. "And by the way, we quadrupled our storage space. As a machine dealer, you simply have to have space." With the enlargement, Daniel Köhler also made room for his second business idea, the new machine construction. "However, enlargement also means more responsibility - towards employees and customers. In order to do justice to this, my wife and I work a lot, but also absolutely gladly. Brushes are an exciting topic that we will hopefully be with for many more years" concludes Daniel Köhler his retrospect.

Second Business: New Machines for Woodworking and Brush Industries

“Our baby needs a name” was the initiation for Daniel Koehler to found the new company “WOMAtec Maschinenbau GmbH”. He also wanted to separate the second hand machine trade business from the new machinery building.

But how was the idea born to build new machines for woodworking and brush industries? Daniel Koehler explains: “During selling a very old but solidly built strip brush machine our customer asked us if we may be able to build a similar machine for him: simple, mechanical, heavily constructed means strong but not so fast. With our current competences we felt quite able to do that. I was looking for a second business idea anyway so I decided to try it by receiving the input from our customer.” So the first machine was made still under the name of WOMA as a customized device. Further inquiries followed with different specifications. The team around Daniel Koehler was growing, also their knowledge, experience and qualifications. In May 2015 the new baby of brush industry was born. Daniel Koehler founded as 100% owner and only general manager the WOMAtec Maschinenbau GmbH.

Until now three more strip brush machines were made, one double band machine with winder, two roller cutters, a paint brush cleaning machine and several small customized devices. “We are able to realize very different projects. Especially in the field of technical brushes customers are asking for particular solutions. Currently we are in progress with a fully automatic line for picking, fixing and insertion of abrasive filament bundles into glued brushes.”

Also the retrofits for brush drilling and filling machines are done under the name of WOMAtec. “Because at finishing such a full overhauling the machine is like new. We give warranty and we are supporting the new computer control system like a machine manufacturer.” Daniel Koehler explains. More and more second hand machines have old computer control system which are not supported anymore by the original manufacturer, but their mechanical condition is still good, sometimes even better than the lighter constructed new machines. So there is a growing demand. Like the WOMAtec machines also the software is simple and easy to operate. It’s compatible with all machine brands like Zahoransky, Schlesinger, Borghi etc. and suitable for up to 5 axis. There is also a WOMAtec software update for blister packing machines available.

Daniel Koehler by himself engineers the most machines and parts by himself. He pays attention to solid parts made of best quality steel, aluminum or special alloys for particular tools. The WOMAtec machines are consisting of worldwide available standard parts from German manufacturers like Festo, Siemens, SEW also of parts made by local suppliers or in-house at the common workshop with WOMA. “We can proudly say: Our machines are 100% made in Germany.” Daniel Koehler gives his resúmé.

New Location:

Our machine warehouse, our competencies and thus our team are growing continuously. After nearly ten years of company development, the capacities of our first location in Stadtlengsfeld were exhausted. Above all, the foundation of the second company, WOMAtec Maschinenbau GmbH, which exclusively deals with the development, planning and production of new machines for the brush and wood industry, necessitated an expansion of the workshop and office space. An extension at the Stadtlengsfeld location would have been possible, but requires lot of time and manpower. That is why Daniel Koehler decided to buy a finished warehouse, whose location, building fabric and spatial conditions are optimal for us. After minor renovations and alterations, the premises were ready to move in just a few weeks. Since 1st March 2017 the companies WOMA Wood Machinery and WOMAtec Maschinenbau GmbH are now located under the roof of a 1.500 sqm industrial hall in a modern industrial estate in the district town Bad Salzungen.

Not only the fortified yard with lorry tarmac and parking lots is a relief for employees, guests and suppliers. Above all the generous workshop area offers optimal conditions for works such as turning, milling, polishing, drilling, welding as well as for the assembly of new machines or repairs on the used ones. In a large painting room machine frames, covers as well as small parts can be pretreated and painted. The own sandblasting system is the ideal supplement. In the approx. 1.000 square meter machine warehouse all used machines are now available and can be easily reached and viewed by customers.

In addition to the social rooms, the office space offers bright and friendly spaces for the field of sectrection, sales, construction and workshop management. Digital Highspeed and, with a view to the beautiful countryside of Werratal, our employees will be pleased to answer your inquiries. We also look forward to every visitor!

WOMA worker retired

For the first time in the WOMA history Daniel Koehler needs to retire one of his workers. Gerhard Schlegel from the neighboring place Weilar has earned-well his pension after 45 man-years. Four years he was part of the WOMA team and will further be - in a mini job. As experienced mechanic he could teach the youngsters still a lot.

In honour of Gerhard's retirement WOMA was celebrating a great barbecue.
PS: Thanks, Gerhard!

"World Premiere" at Interbrush 2016

More than one hundred guest a day on only 18 sqare meters - businessmen from all over the world, customers who we already know since long time but also many new faces. As soon as the Freiburg fair opened its doors, the visitors scrimmaged on stand no. 4.4.11. A rush which makes the one and other reporter capitulating...

[brushware magazine July/August 2016]

 

For the first time WOMA was showing an exhibit on their stand, a demonstration device of the new self-developed CNC control system. This is made to run old but still good brush drilling and filling machines and to avoid them from scrapping.

 

Meanwhile many brush producers have the same problem: They don't get spare parts or service anymore for their electronic systems because they are just overaged. "The develepment in this field is quite fast, faster than the mechanical worn on the machines." Daniel Koehler explains the dilemma. "The old controls are phased-out models and special components are scarce goods. Here we offer a flexible and low-cost solution." Ment is a complete overhauling of an available machine including mechanic revision, new pneumatic and electronic retrofit. Servo motors, controllers, modules and IPC of youngest generation - all standard components of popular manufacturers - are addepted to the condition of the machine and the individual requirements of each customer. The result is a machine as good as new but for about half of the costs of a new one.

 

"By the WOMA CNC control system we have the possibility to keep some old machines in production. That helps saving not only money but also ressources." Daniel Koehler sums up. The visitors were mainly responsive to the clear graphic, the simple menu navigation and the comfortable programming by the teach-in box.

 

But the great show innovation was the entrance of WOMAtec Maschinenbau GmbH. Daniel Koehler presented the in 2015 founded company for the first time and he already showed a few reference projects. Until now WOMAtec has build three strip brush machines, one double band strip brush machine with winder and various items for the paint brush produciton. The machines have been delivered to the United States, to South America, India and Germany. "Even our customers from America came to our stand just to tell us that they are really happy with the WOMAtec machines. This compensated all the hard work of the last months." is founder and owner Daniel Koehler glad to tell. The idea to build new machines besides dealing in second hand equipment came from his customers. Mainly strip brush machines and similar items for the production of technical brushes should be made. "But in principle we are a special machine builder, because each customer has special requirements. And even in this we would like to be different to our competitors, in taking care for the requirements individually and providing customized machines."

The target is to present a demonstration machine on the coming Interbrush. So it seems after Interbrush is before Interbrush...

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WOMA Wood Machinery Daniel Köhler · Am langen Streif 8 · 36433 Bad Salzungen / OT Langenfeld · Germany
Ph: +49 (0)3695 858450-0 · Fax +49 (0)3695 858450-9 · info@woma-brush.com

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