Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sensor plant

Production of silicon pressure sensors at Endress+Hauser in Stahnsdorf, Germany

New sensor plant in operation

Endress+Hauser begins production of silicon pressure sensors
in Stahnsdorf near Berlin


Production at Endress+Hauser’s new sensor plant in Stahnsdorf near Berlin (D) got off to a flying start. The competence center for silicon pressure sensors features the latest in production technology. Another focus of the plant is on the research and development of new sensor technologies.

The new plant, has over 3,000 square meters of floor space and was built in just over 16 months. Endress+Hauser invested over 8.5 million euros in the project The new plant has not only been designed to increase production capacity: “We aim for ultimate quality standards – and we can set these at the new site”, says Managing Director Matthias Altendorf. The competence center for silicon pressure sensors will also boost the research and development of new sensor technologies.

E+H has been manufacturing in the Berlin region since 1994. Until recently, the company developed and produced high-tech components in rented premises in Teltow, a few kilometers from Stahnsdorf. In late May 2009, the building was destroyed by a devastating fire. “The fire prompted us to speed up work at the new facilities, and we made gigantic efforts to get the new production plant going a lot earlier than scheduled”, says Dieter Stolze, manager of the new sensor plant. Michael Philipps, in charge of sensor technology at Endress+Hauser GmbH+Co. KG, is full of praise: “The fact that our plant is up and running at full throttle is due to the incredible commitment of everybody involved in the building work and the removal.”

Ideal location in greater Berlin
The silicon pressure sensors manufactured at Stahnsdorf are important components for high-quality pressure gauges, used in virtually all segments of modern industrial process engineering. With the new building, Endress+Hauser is set for further growth worldwide and at the same time safeguards its expertise built up in Germany over many years. Greater Berlin and the Stahnsdorf Techno Park are the perfect location, says Matthias Altendorf: “Here we have an excellent network in the field of micro systems engineering. Many colleges, institutions and companies engage in research and development of materials, methods and products. The region also has an immense pool of specialists and skilled people.”

65 people work at the Stahnsdorf sensor plant. There are also seven young people completing their training as industrial mechanics.

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