Whether in production, maintenance or on building sites: processes are currently overtaking themselves in virtually every area. Everything has to happen more efficiently and the tools used need to be able to respond more flexibly than ever to new developments. Without any downtimes. Without the risk of failure. And, at the same time, ensuring that maximum safety at work is still guaranteed. Since the demands of users are growing and the regulations are constantly getting stricter, Günzburger Steigtechnik, as a quality manufacturer, is repeatedly being asked to come up new innovations – in terms of process optimisation, digitalisation, work safety and new materials. This innovative spirit is one of the ingredients for success at Günzburger Steigtechnik: in 2019, the company once again increased its performance across all KPIs and was once again rewarded for its innovative ideas.
"I'm extremely proud of how successful our work was again over the last financial year. Alongside team spirit, innovative strength is the key ingredient in our success. As a quality manufacturer with a passion for innovation and leadership, we will continue to invest long-term in research and development", says Ferdinand Munk, Managing Director of Günzburger Steigtechnik GmbH, adding: "We want to make our access technology solutions fit for the future and constantly adapt them to changing processes and specifications. We set the course for this a few years ago, joining the Augsburg Technology Centre, for example. Here, we benefit from short pathways on development projects. At the site in Günzburg, we have also set up our own innovation workshop, which focuses on the access technology of tomorrow and strategic projects to secure the future."
Focus on new materials
The quality manufacturer from Bavaria is researching the use of new materials, for example. "The trend is very clearly towards lightweight construction methods, as the enormous success of our aluminium ladders already demonstrates. However in future ladders could also be made from alternative materials, and that will also be popular thanks to their low weight", says Munk.
Günzburger Steigtechnik is looking at the material of the future, as well as the communication of the future, which is already in the process of undergoing digital change. This is becoming patently clear in the company's Special Designs division: the access technology solutions integrated into production lines are automatically connected through state-of-the-art control technology to the upstream cycle times of production planning, while special sensors ensure permanent monitoring, preventing downtimes.
E-mobility in access technology
The trend towards e-mobility also has a role to play in access technology. "A few years ago, we developed a mobile maintenance platform for Alstom that is equipped with a high-performance battery and can therefore be moved wirelessly along the entire length of a maintenance track. This desire for independence from the plug socket is one we hear time and time again when it comes to new industry projects, and this is very clearly the future", says Munk.
E-mobility is also the order of the day in the company's rescue equipment range. Günzburger Steigtechnik has therefore revolutionised the supply of materials to fire services and aid organisations with the first electrically powered mobile container, the eRC. The eRC allows equipment and material to be effortlessly transported by one person from A to B, even on difficult terrain and across obstacles such as hoses and kerbs.
Extra work safety
However the company is not just looking to excel itself with new developments in rescue equipment and high-end special designs: it also wants to constantly set new benchmarks in its standard range, which already comprises over 1,600 products. In the last financial year, for example, Günzburger Steigtechnik unveiled the new generation of the nivello® ladder shoe which, thanks to a patented 2-axis inclination technology in the integrated joint, allows full-surface contact with the ground and therefore optimises static stability. The nivello® has already won several awards in 2019 for the added value it offers.
The two new step ladder products also offer extra safety at work: the two-part push-up extension ladder with steps and the step window cleaner's ladder. Their development was inspired by the new version of the TRBS 2121 Part 2 and they meet the stricter requirements of the Technical Regulations for Operational Safety (valid since the start of 2019). According to these regulations, if ladders are used as a place of work, only steps rather than rungs are permitted to be used as the base areas alongside platforms. Both new step ladder products were awarded the Special Prize at the EuroTest Awards Ceremony sponsored by BG BAU (Institution for Statutory Accident Insurance and Prevention for the Building Industry), recognising Günzburger Steigtechnik's innovative strength in the field of prevention.
Günzburger Steigtechnik also developed the MaxxStep step module in 2019, which allows rung ladders to be used for work at height as well. With this innovation, rung ladders become TRBS-compliant in moments. MaxxStep can be attached easily, quickly and, most importantly, without any need for tools, and is available in various sizes. To add extra slip protection, the module can be equipped with the clip-step step padding and R13 clip-step from the Climb smart! innovation and technology leader.
The R13 clip-step step padding has set a new benchmark in non-slip step surfaces, as it complies with the strict specifications of the most exacting slip prevention assessment group R13, thereby allowing ladders to also be used in wet, oil-contaminated and dusty work areas.
About Günzburger Steigtechnik
Günzburger Steigtechnik is one of the leading suppliers of access technology of all kinds. Its standard range comprises over 2,500 products and ranges from ladders for commercial, public and private use to mobile scaffolding, platforms and bridging steps, as well as rescue equipment and customised special designs. They include working and maintenance platforms, docking systems, walkways and assembly platforms, for example. Industry 4.0 is an everyday reality for the company since its customised products can be adapted automatically to any environment using state-of-the-art control technology. In terms of service, Günzburger Steigtechnik also offers repairs, maintenance and seminars.
The innovation and technology leader whose motto is "Climb smart!" is constantly turning heads with its new ideas that offer customers real added value in practical situations. The company has received multiple awards for its innovations, business development, responsible and sustainable activities and as a family-friendly employer.
Günzburger Steigtechnik is run by the fourth generation of the same family and manufactures its products exclusively in Günzburg. It was the first manufacturer ever to be audited by TÜV North in 2010 with the certified proof of origin "Made in Germany" and grants a quality guarantee of 15 years on all standard products. The company again ended its financial year with increased sales and has been on course for growth for over 120 years now. Günzburger Steigtechnik employs about 380 people at its company headquarters in Günzburg.