History

The history of Worthmann Maschinenbau GmbH started in 1995 in a hall in Saterland covering a (retrospectively) modest 500 m². Since 2000 we have been running our operations in the industrial park of Barssel-Harkebrügge. We currently (2018) employ a workforce of over 120 including project engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, technical draughtsmen, precision mechanics and electronic engineers. The company already attained an outstanding position at an early stage with the development of an automated plastic fuel tank leakage testing system for the automotive industry supplier Kautex Textron GmbH & Co. KG.

The new process offers an alternative to a conventional, relatively involved visual testing in a water bath as well as helium leakage testing. Our partner in this development project was Prosensys GmbH, a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute IBMT (St. Ingbert). The company also specialises in the location of gas bubbles using ultrasound as a reliable leakage test.

In 2001, with the new, successful technology Worthmann Maschinenbau GmbH and Prosensys GmbH founded a new joint venture that unites the disciplines of mechanical engineering and metrology – MACEAS GmbH – The Leak Testing Company. The company’s core business is the development of individual systems for leakage testing, either with ultrasound, helium, test gas or differential pressure depending on the test requirements. By the end of 2012 Maceas had already supplied more than 150 systems for ultrasound leakage testing for plastic fuel tanks and filling tubes, compressed air tanks, aluminium wheel rims and common rail fuel distributors.

With high quality, experience and know-how we were able to establish ourselves as a leading specialist in another business sector – the design and production of fuel system processing lines for renowned automotive manufacturers and their suppliers. Since 2002 we have also been operating in a third sector – as a specialist for overall mechanical and plant engineering we develop automation processes in the glass and carbon fibre processing industry.

Our motto is

“Start innovation – get more”.

In 2004 we completed the first fully automatic system for cutting and precise positioning of the cut fibre glass and carbon fibre mats “in one mould” in cooperation with the Institute for Integrated Product Development (BIK) of the University of Bremen.

This was followed in 2010 by the prototype of the “Large Area Robot”, a mobile robot system for the development of large-surface fibre composites, developed once more in collaboration with the BIK and the control specialist mz robolab GmbH.

In 2011 the company reached another milestone with the development and implementation of a fully automatic gluing device for offshore rotor blades. The rotor blades are made up of four individual segments that are positioned and glued together over a length of 60 metres with millimetre precision. For this device we designed our own software that can control up to 36 servo-axes. The latest development in our company’s chronicles was the foundation of another subsidiary at the beginning of 2013. wi2 Technologies GmbH supplies competent automation solutions for fibre composite applications.

With their committed teams, state-of-the-art, efficient production and experience from almost 20 years in automation technology and leakage testing, the companies of Worthmann Maschinenbau GmbH are optimally prepared for the challenges of the future.