The history of sanding

Without Karl Heesemann, the founder of our company, the history of sanding in Germany would be unthinkable. In 1933, under the worst political and economical circumstances imaginable, the 24-year old engineer decided to improve and market the already established but still young sliding table belt sanding technology. The solutions developed with a juvenile verve quickly found their first buyers.

The first appearance on the Leipzig trade fair in 1937, the most important industrial trade fair back then, resulted in nationwide contacts and even more customers.

When World War II broke out in 1939, the production of wood processing machines was prohibited until 1947.

 

Soon afterwards, with fresh verve and new ideas, the young entrepeneur started improving the surface treatment technology. Sometimes very basic technologies and trend-setting innovations came into being for surfaces as well as for profiles and edges, technologies which are still being used today. Karl Heeseman was the motor, the motivator, the developer and the designing engineer who kept it all going. Until he was more than 90 years old he accompanied all company's activities. Karl Heesemann died in February 2002.

1933

Formation of Heesemann

Without Karl Heesemann, the founder of our company, the history of sanding in Germany would be unthinkable. In 1933, under the worst political and economical circumstances imaginable, the 24-year old engineer decided to improve and market the already established but still young sliding table belt sanding technology.

1937

First appearance on the Leipzig trade fair

The first appearance on the Leipzig trade fair in 1937, the most important industrial trade fair back then, resulted in nationwide contacts and even more customers.

1951

Belt sanding machine for wet sanding BN 1

A new development by Heesemann was presented with the BN 1 sanding machine for wet sanding. Lacquered surfaces were able to be polished mechanically for the first time using this machine.

1952

Profile and edge sanding machine PK 1

The ground-breaking PK 1 profile and edge sanding machine was released. Profiled work-pieces were able to be sanded while passing through a machine for the first time.

1956

Semi-automatic long-belt sanding machine BA 2

The BA 2 semi-automatic long-belt sanding machine with pressure lamellar belt was the first step towards automating the sanding process. The pressure beam needed for this and the circumferential pressure lamellar belt are still being used today as a system.

1962

Double-belt sanding machine DBV 1

The DBV 1 double-belt sanding machine became an export hit due to its performance features.

1963

First cross-sanding workgroup

The first cross-sanding workgroup consists of two DBVs with angle transfer. That way surfaces of the highest quality were achieved.

1965

Cross-sanding machine KSA 1

Trend-setting: the first KSA 1 cross-sanding machine with cross and longitudinal sanding belt.

1968

Universal edge and profile sanding machine UKP 11

The UKP 11 universal edge and profile sanding machine expands the abilities of the PK 1, field-tested since 1952. Now intricate profiles were able to be sanded in a single pass.

1972

Segmented pressure beam with an electronic control mechanism

The segmented pressure beam was equipped with an electronic control mechanism. This was the basis for automatic in-line sanding processing.

1975

Surface mould sanding machine FFA 2-B

The FFA 2-B surface mould sanding machine enables sanding three-dimensional shell moulds.

1981

Electronically controlled pressure beam

The electronically controlled pressure beam enabled a thickness tolerance of 2 mm for the first time. The optimised dust extraction reduces the energy consumption by 50 per cent of the values typical at the time.

1987

CSD® magnetic pressure beam system

Development and market launch of the electromagnetic pressure beam with a CSD® system protected by patents back then. It automatically regulated the contact pressure of each contact segment depending on the workpiece’s size and shape. The CSD® system guarantees an even pressure build-up down to the edges.

1994

Decentralised control technology

Deployment of decentralised control technology for controlling the whole machine.

1995

Calibration rollers with NC axes

Further development of the calibrating machine with transferring the calibration rollers via NC axes.

1996

Switchboard with modular electrical system

The switchboard with a modularly designed electrical system was introduced. Today’s housing concepts are still based on this.

1997

Sanding centre SZ 2

Variably shaped outlines were able to be processed with belt sanding units for the first time with the SZ 2 sanding centre. This machine was able to sand table plates with rounded edges as well as shell moulds of interior car panels.

1999

CSD® plus

Clearing the way for even finer sanding quality: CSD® Plus offers two separately controllable pressure beams in a single sanding unit.

2002

Orbital sanding unit OSR

Heesemann orbital sanding units reduce cross-grain scratches in the throughput.

2004

Autotrace

Autotrace is coming – with automatically controlled sanding belt oscillation.

2008

Disk brush unit RUT

With the RUT brush sanding units a new concept for the sanding deployment of brushes was introduced.

2009

3D-LaserScan

3D-LaserScan - Workpiece recognition via laser.

2010

Water-cooled servo drives

Water-cooled servomotors with assured operational performance of the sanding belt of 0.1 - 20 m/sec

2013

EnergyManagement-System

The EnergyManagement-System is a system to save energy, from which our environment and the machine-user benefit to the same degree. A diminished energy consumption unburdens the environment and reduces the cost.

2015

HSM .2/.3

The Heesemann HSM is the perfect sanding machine to enter the premium segment of sanding. The Heesemann HSM is available in predefined standard configurations. Thanks to its standardized set-up, the HSM offers proven Heesemann sanding Technology with an outstanding price-performance ratio.

2016

Control upgrade for old machines

Heesemann introduce a control upgrade package for old machines. The upgrade replaces the original control and offers features of new Heesemann machines.

2016

MFA Impression

On Xylexpo Heesemann present a new generation of their MFA Impression machine series. The MFA Impression now offers sanding belt speeds on the contact rollers of 24 meter per second and the possibility to use longer sanding belts on cross sanding units.

2016

Heesemann introduces profiRounder

A new era of deburring has just begun! On EuroBlech 2016 Heesemann introduce a completely new type of deburring and edge chamfering machines for metal treatment.

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Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG
Reuterstraße 15

32547 Bad Oeynhausen / Germany

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