Founding of a metalworking shop for manufacturing forged articles.
(1 man, 80 sq. metres)
Development and market introduction of a manual iron twisting machine for manufacturing twisted square rods for metalworking shop requirements. (First patent applications)
Further development of the iron twisting machine to an electrically driven machine with the adaptation of a roll bending unit
Development of the strip bender for manufacturing collar strips for wrought iron crafts. (Utility patent)
Development of the first self-contained ring bending machine, the RB2
Development of the universal bending machine, the MAXI
Presentation and market introduction of the ‘MAXI’ universal bending centre
The machine was continuously further developed, finally being offered in four power classes and with up to four controlled axes.
Development and market introduction of the installation bender (Mobil 1)
Development and market introduction of the MULTI 1 universal bending machine
MAXI universal bending machine supplemented by the mandrel bending function. The MAXI is the first genuine universal bending machine to be able to bend tubes using not only the press bending method, but also the roll bending and mandrel bending methods. As a result, the Maxi is very popular with metalworking and metal construction companies.
Invention of the spiral bending unit for the precise, repeatable manufacture of spiral-shaped staircase handrails. It was developed in cooperation with the Kurt Schuhmacher company of Filderstadt.
Thoman receives the ‘Bavarian State Award for Outstanding Services to the Handicraft Industry’ for the MAXI universal bending machine.
Development of the first self-contained mandrel bending machine, the Compact
Development and market introduction of the RB3 section bending machine
Thanks to the particularly powerful and flexible machine design, new circles of customers were gained from the field of steel/aluminium section machining. Type RB section bending machines are available today in 4 power classes and with a manual controller, an NC line motion controller or a CNC continuous path controller. With a turnover share of approx. 60 %, the RB series section bending machines today represent the basis for the commercial success of Thoman Biegemaschinen GbR.
Development of the Wende-Mat
World’s first and only electronic controller for the precise manufacture of spiral-shaped staircase handrails. (Utility patent)
Thoman receives the ‘Federal Award for Outstanding Innovative Performances’ for the Wende-Mat.
Development of the first mandrel bending machine, type FK, with free-standing bending head. This series was continually expanded. Tube bending machines from the FK series are available today in semi-automatic or fully-automatic versions with one or more controlled axes.
Occupation of the new works building with a production area of 1,600 sq. metres and office area of 300 sq. metres.
Development of a CNC continuous path controller for RB type section bending machines.
Development of the fully-automatic MAXI-MESS-Radius radius measurement and control system for the section bending machines.
Deviations in the bending result due to fluctuations in material hardness are avoided by use of the system. Precision and productivity are increased significantly.
Development of the next generation of CNC continuous path controller with 15” touchscreen.
Thoman receives the ‘Federal Award for Outstanding Innovative Performances’ for the RB3 type section bending machine with CNC continuous path controller.
Expansion of the RB type section bending machine by a 3rd / 4th CNC axis.
Due to this, 3-D parts can be bent with the highest precision.
Development of the fully-automatic double-sided radius measurement and control system.
Development of the new Multi-Bend universal bending machine to replace the Maxi, which had been produced since 1984, offering several advantages as regards price, performance and flexibility.
By means of innovative force, purposefulness and continuous further development, Thoman occupies a technologically leading position today. Bending technology by Thoman is in use all over the world, from handicraft firms to internationally operative corporations.