Facts and figures about our company
The company Knobel was founded 1977 and produced in the beginning machines for the pharmaceutical industry.
1982 the first Chocolate depositor was presented to the public.
1987 the first Motorola-CPU based control was implemented in the CCM 9 and it was the first real computer controlled Chocolate depositor in the market.
1989 the first 3D-capable CAD-Depositor was delivered to customers.
1990 the first section of the new production site in Felben was ready and has been extended in several steps to the size of 3'500 m2
1998 international patents for the ColdPress-System were received.
1999 the innovative cooling concept with the Spiral got the patent-coverage.
2004 the successful production period of the CCM ended and the new generation of depositors of todays KCM machines with electro-servo-technology is being presented to the public at Interpack 2005.
2007 Knobel goes Hi-Flex - with this new generation of gearless linear-servos, we have developed a brand new robotic system for all kinds of pick'n'place operations, such as demoulding, scraping, etc.
2008 the KCM/N depositor for whole nuts and big inclusions is delivered and allows the production of bars with a ratio of up to 30 % nuts.
2013 the KCM CAD model for 3D decoration is now available in a Hi-Speed version to increase production capacity for decorated figures.
2015 the new developed ColdPress Mono-Block system creates precise shells for hollow figures and improves the connection between the two half shells for surprise eggs.
2018 extension of the factory in Felben with a new building of 2500m2 for assembly and storage.
Until today more than 2000 machines have left the factory and are worldwide in daily production.
Flexibility and modularity is also for our own inhouse engineering and production the key to success.
Following the philosophy of «best tools produce best parts», we keep our engineering and production always at the highest level available.
We started 1990 with CIM (Computer integrated manufacturing) from the CAD-system directly to the CNC machines and have today 16 CNC lathe and milling-machines from Mazak, Hermle and Mikron in operation.
All machine frames are produced in stainless steel and we cut this with our laser-cutter from Bystronic directly from the sheet and bend the parts on our other Bystronic unit with laser-detected angle control.
We are proud to be your competent and reliable partner.