eps GmbH has been part of the Afag Group since 2013. As of January 1 2019, this affiliation will also be visible to the outside world: eps GmbH is changing its name to Afag Hardt GmbH.
Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow.
As a leading provider, Afag has been developing and producing components for assembly automation in the areas of feeding, handling and transport for more than 60 years. Afag has made it its target to use state-of-the-art technologies and innovative solutions to meet the high demands of the global automation industry. Thousands of handling modules as well as feeding and transport systems sold by Afag represent the very good quality and reliability of our products.
We have more than 300 employees in our subsidiaries in Switzerland, Germany, China and the USA. There, we produce solutions that are used in all producing industries: From automotive to consumer goods, food, machines, medicine, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics to the watchmaking industry.
Thanks to our sales partners in more than 30 countries, our customers around the world can enjoy professional consulting, planning and service.
Afag is the international specialist for high-quality automation components, sub-systems and services. Responsibility, partnership, movement and simplicity define our actions. We are proud when we succeed in providing sustaining benefits for our customers and the industry.
Started in 1956 Afag has become a truly global company.
eps becomes Afag Hardt GmbH
TBK and TBP design offices expand the range of products on offer
With the acquisition of the design offices TBK GmbH and TBP GmbH, Afag is expanding its product range. The automation specialist can now also offer engineering services.
60 years of Afag Automation AG I 20 years of eps automation
eps GmbH celebrates its 20th anniversary, Afag Automation AG its 60th.
25 years of feeding technology in Amberg
In 2014, Afag celebrates 25 years of feeding technology in Amberg.
Cooperation with eps
As of 1 July 2013, eps GmbH was merged with the Swiss company Afag, known for quality and high precision, under the umbrella of the Afag Holding.
Acquisition by the Schaeff Group
In 2011, Feintool AG was restructured. As a consequence of this, the family-managed Schaeff group, headquartered in Schwäbisch Hall, was able to purchase Afag. The independent, now owner-managed company bundles its activities in the areas of handling, feeding and transport under the brand name of Afag.
Acquisition by Feintool AG
This year, Afag was acquired by Swiss company Feintool AG. The year before, the feeding technology specialist mhk from Amberg/Bavaria had already been acquired by Feintool AG. It has now merged with Afag. Afag thus "inherited" the vision of "industrially produced feeding technology" that had been consistently represented by mhk since 1992. Reproducible CAD/CAM-produced feeding solutions on the one hand, and control of vibrations on the other are still the elementary differentiating factors between Afag and its competition.
Reorganisation into 2 independent profit centres
In the subsequent years, Afag became established as an innovative manufacturer and delivery partner for handling and feeding technology that met the highest demands. The resulting self-confidence was also reflected in the logo of the market appearance of Afag at the time: "Afag - Your right hand in assembly automation".
Development of new technologies
IMA, with mhk as the sales company, started developing its own vibration conveyors and producing cut conveyor pots in Amberg in 1989.
Market introduction of the "Red modules“
This year, the decision was made to develop a modular standard program of handling units from the special machine constructor's handling pool into a construction kit. It was the birth of the red Afag handling modules.
Fabrication of assembly units
The first assembly units were built this year.
Fabrication of the first feeding
Afag started building the first spiral conveyors for the watchmaking industry in 1962. Just a few years later, it also produced complete feeding solutions that provide the small assembly parts in the correct position for further processing. Since there were no standardised manipulators for handling the fed parts on the market yet at that time, Afag developed those devices in-house as well.
At home in Switzerland.
Apparatefabrik AG - Afag - was founded in Huttwil in Switzerland in 1956. From an early stage, it focused on feeding and handling technology, as well as special machine construction.
The Schaeff Group makes high-technology companies join forces. Companies develop and produce throughout the world with extremely well-trained and highly-motivated employees, they guarantee our enthusiasm for innovation and our flexibility. The focus areas of Schaeff Group companies are mechanical engineering and companies that manufactur end products or subsystems.