Hengstler's was formed in 1846 in Johannes Hengstler's workshop, originally manufacturing gongs for clocks until 1912 when they began to manufacture precision turned components as well. Keen to expand their business, during 1926 Hengstler purchased the Efunda company, who manufactured counting devices and machines. Despite the economic crisis at the end of the 1920s the company survived and continued to be a commercial success in the decades that followed.
During the 1950s Hengstler invested in a plastic injection moulding machine that allowed them to develop a whole host of innovative new ideas, such as the revolutionary counter unit the ‘System 400’ which was released in 1957 and became a global success. Diversifying their portfolio further they developed a range of analogue products for recording the presence or absence of employees, called ‘Flextimers’ which sold all over Europe, eventually replacing them with electronic versions during the 80s.
At the forefront of innovation, they manufactured the first modular rotary encoders with opto-ASIC technology during 1993 and their encoder portfolio increased further still with a number of acquisitions. Hengstler eventually became part of the FORTIVE Group in 2016, a focused industrial growth company driving innovation in the areas of field instrumentation, transportation, sensing and automation control.
To this day the Hengstler Brand is regarded as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial control components, including a vast array of digital and analogue counters and rotary encoders that can be found in numerous industrial applications globally.
Just some of the extensive range of Hengstler products we stock at Kempston Controls:
Kempston Controls stock a comprehensive range of Hengstler products and If by some chance we don’t have the item you need in our extensive range of stock we can certainly find it for you, just give us a call on +44(0) 1933 411411 or use the contact form above and our dedicated sales and technical teams will find the products you need or the best alternatives available.