Bulk-Material Solutions Brabender celebrates 60th Company Anniversary
It all began with bulk-material feeders and dischargers. Over the past six decades the company became a globally operating manufacturer of of weighing, feeding, discharging, controlling and flow metering equipment and systems for the bulk materials. A good reason to look back and to arm the company for the future.
Duisburg/Germany – Brabender Technologie KG was founded in 1957 with the objective of serving its parent company Brabender OHG’s many industrial contacts using the vehicle of a proprietary sales operation. In the past 60 years the company has managed to establish itself as a international manufacturer of weighing, feeding, discharging, controlling and flow metering equipment and systems for the bulk materials used in a wide range of industries such as plastics, chemical, pharmaceutical, food, animal feed, detergent, ceramics, glass and building materials industries.
Time to Look Back
Over the last 60 years this long-established company’s bulk-material feeding, weighing, discharging and flow metering products have evolved into a broad-based portfolio of high-tech equipment, providing solutions for the entire spectrum of bulk materials - from powdered to coarse-grained and from fibrous to flaked.
The company kicks off with a broad-based portfolio consisting of knock vibrators, anti-static devices, bunker switches, weatherometers and pilling testers. The first bulk-material feeders and dischargers in those start-up years provide an indication of the direction in which Brabender Technologie and its product range are headed. In the 1970s the Duisburg-based company unveils its first loss-in-weight feeder. Its most important technology to this day is upgraded to a fully digital version in the 1980s. The first microcomputer controllers are also launched during this period.
“A product development milestone is reached in 1994 with the launch of the FlexWall bulk-material feeder, which has enabled Brabender Technologie to enjoy two decades of success in international markets”, Horst Vohwinkel explains. “The feeding principle of this bestseller, which was upgraded in 2001 to the FlexWall Plus, is the one that is now most frequently applied in all bulk-material processing industries, irrespective of whether powder, granulate, flakes, chips, flocks, fibers or other materials are involved.”
With the introduction of field bus technology for gravimetric feeders in 2000, the company manages to bridge the gap between analog and digital communication. The ISC-CM/FC range of “intelligent” feeder-mounted control and speed control modules is launched in the same year. At the end of the 1990s the company develops its first range of “hygienic design” feeders in partnership with leading food industry manufacturers, designed to meet the highest hygiene standards. The foundations for another specialism in the food and later the pharmaceutical industry are laid.