LOSSBURG, GERMANY (Dec. 12, 4:30 p.m. ET) — A German company, Wilh. Wissner GmbH & Co. KG, has won a contest to find the oldest Arburg Allrounder injection press still in operation — an Allrounder 150 that has produced suspender clips since 1966.
That was just five years after Arburg GmbH & Co. KG invented the Allrounder principle. For the first time, the innovation enabled the user to pivot the clamping unit into different positions.
Arburg executives held a celebration at company headquarters in Lossburg on Dec. 8. Arburg partner Eugen Helh handed over the prize: a brand new Allrounder 370 Edrive press.
“I'm delighted that our technology of the day still works and is in reliable operation today,” Hehl said. “With our new electric Allrounder E 370, more application options will be available to you in the future.”
Wissner Managing Director Andreas Lederer said the company plans to keep the new press running for several decades as well.
Wissner, based in G"ppingen, Germany, runs about a dozen Allrounders today. The company specializes in components for functions of supporting, shaping, adjusting and fastening for lingerie and medical orthopedics. These include bikini clips, bra underwires and bandage accessories.
Wissner wants to use the new electric Allrounder 370 E to develop new medical products.
At the celebration, Lederer was accompanied by product manager Siegfried Eberle and retiree Bernhard Nägele, who was responsible for commissioning the nominated machine 45 years ago. At the time, Wissner had devised a solution for feeding the fabric strip into which a plastic component was injection molded. The Arburg press has produced the same product the entire time.
Arburg launched the oldest Allrounder competition to celebrate 50 years of the Allrounder technology, dubbed the “Economic Miracle” anniversary. The contest closed at the Fakuma 2011 trade show in October.