75 und kein bisschen leise EN 75 and still going strong

On June 7, the mechanisation specialist Kallfass, Baiersbronn-Klosterreichenbach, Germany, had reason to celebrate: The company has been in existence for 75 years. This anniversary was taken as an opportunity to invite employees, suppliers and customers as well as the residents of Baiersbronn to a party in the new factory building. In the morning, a company outing led to best wood Schneider in Meßkirch, Germany, where Kallfass can now rightly call itself a vendor of choice.

This year Kallfass celebrates 75 years of success in mechanical and plant engineering. Today, the third generation – represented by Ernst and Volker Kallfass and Hans Haist – is managing the company. Since its foundation, the company has completed well over 1,000 complex projects for the timber processing industry. The long-established Black Forest company has made a name for itself worldwide, particularly as a mechanisation specialist and solution partner.

For the 75th anniversary celebration, which welcomed around 450 guests, Kallfass transformed the production hall into a “party mile”. A music band, various food trucks and a cocktail bar provide the perfect setting for an exuberant evening event. An open house day was held on June 8, during which interested parties were able to take a guided tour of the plant and gain an impression of the machine manufacturer's production volume.

Kallfass anniversary 2024

Volker Kallfass welcomed the guests to the 75th anniversary celebrations, including colleagues from the town of Wernigerode, Germany.

Kallfass anniversary 2024

Matching frame: The new factory hall was inaugurated as part of the celebrations

Kallfass anniversary 2024

Joyous atmosphere at the party with the band Fatcat

Kallfass anniversary 2024

The music quickly turned the factory hall into a dance floor

Successive expansion

Founded in 1949 by Ernst Sr. and Frida Kallfass as a small workshop in Klosterreichenbach, Germany, the company initially carried out repair work for the local timber industry. However, the resourceful company founder soon developed his own machines, such as the groove and dovetailing machine or the plasma burner. The machine programme took a pioneering direction in 1965 with the development of the multiple circular cross-cut saw: This cutting system was developed due to the market maturity of Euro pallets for the mass production of fixed lengths. As a result, Kallfass launched the first automatic stacking machines for sawn timber on the market. Thanks to continuous further development, also for untrimmed goods, this multiple circular cross-cut saw is still the market-leading machine.

The founder's son, Ernst Kallfass, joined his parents' company in 1975 at the age of 24. Nine years later, he was handed the company’s reins and acting as Managing Director. With the constant support of his wife Ursula, he was then able to initiate a remarkable development of the company. With the entry into the construction of planing and sorting systems, he opened up new customer groups and switched from pure processing to the sawmill sector, where the first cross-cutting and stacking systems were used. In 1992, he founded a branch factory in Wernigerode, Germany to cope with the increased production capacity. The head office in Klosterreichenbach has also been continuously expanded. Following the acquisition of the former BRAUN Maschinen Fabrik in 2019, which is now used as a temporary warehouse and for test installations, Kallfass expanded its production by 750 m² in 2023. Now, the facility houses the final assembly line and a new paint shop. The latter was designed as two cubicles, one behind the other, each 10 m long. If necessary, the cubicles can be opened to paint particularly long machine parts.

Kallfass currently employs around 140 people The system technology is developed, planned, designed, manufactured, painted, and pre-assembled entirely in-house. In the electrical department, the control cabinets are manufactured in the in-house control cabinet construction department and here, the comprehensive programmes are written. Over the years Kallfass has successively expanded its product range. Today the company offers systems and complete mechanisations with integrated safety and control concepts for the production of construction, packaging and garden timber as well as glulam products.

Six years ago, Ernst Kallfass set his company up for the future. He appointed his son Volker Kallfass and his long-time companion Hans Haist as additional managing directors. Ernst Kallfass gradually withdrew from the operational business in order to concentrate on the strategic direction.

Kallfass GmbH

Honoured by the IHK Nordschwarzwald and presentation of the certificate at the Open House Day (Picture Kallfass)

Complex mechanisation

Kallfass is known in the industry as a machine supplier who pragmatically harmonises the customer's requirements with the available space and develops the best technical solution for the situation. In addition to maximising production output, the focus is also on the highest possible degree of automation for the customer. Some process solutions for automation were so unique that they were patented. In the 1980s, for example, Kallfass was granted the patent for the first layer-by-layer processing of sawn timber and in 2019, Kallfass was granted the patent for its robotic handling system.

But the Kallfass portfolio is not limited to mechanisation: in 2019, the plant manufacturer also launched a cross laminated timber press onto the market.

Vendor of choice

One customer who has already utilised Kallfass' diverse solutions on several occasions is best wood Schneider. At the Meßkirch site, Kallfass supplied the complete mechanisation - from the fresh and dry sorting and the connection to the channel dryer to the feeding of the goods via the pre-planing to the cross laminated timber plant - as well as the CLT press itself, including numerous detailed solutions. To give all employees the opportunity to see “their” work live, Kallfass organised a company outing to best wood Schneider before the party on June 7. This event was also attended by colleagues from Wernigerode and their partners. In addition to Meßkirch site manager Andreas Schilling and junior manager Max Schneider, managing director Ferdinand Schneider also took the opportunity to take a group on a tour of the plant and point out the special production features.

Holzkurier (a German-language special interest B2B-magazine) has already reported on the sawmill and the Kallfass sorting plant as well as CLT production in Meßkirch (see Holzkurier issue 14/2024, p. 22 to 23, and 10/2023, p. 12 to 13). A rather smaller, but nevertheless very important part of Kallfass concerns the pre-planing process: After drying, all boards are transported online via conveyor belts to a cupping scanner, where the timber is turned to the correct side, if required. In the next processing step, the planer infeed, also made by Kallfass, accelerates the goods up to 250 m/min before they are levelled and scanned, and defects are marked. Kallfass then packs the goods crosswise, straps the wood packages and use roller conveyors to transports the wood packages to a high-bay warehouse which includes 1,450 storage locations.

Ferdinand Schneider (left) personally guided Kallfass’ employees through the plant, pictured with Hans Haist

Kallfass sorting line

Of course, the Kallfass installations at best wood Schneider, such as the fresh and dry sorting here, attracted a great deal of interest...

... the in-line feed of the dried boards and the turning device ...

Kallfass Planing Feeder

... and the high-performance infeed into the pre-planer

Other current projects

Haist's current planing mill projects include deliveries to Rettenmeier Baltic Timber in Latvia with a maximum planing feed rate of 400 m/min and the complex planing mill from Dold in Buchenbach, Germany, which will be installed on two floors.

best wood Schneider, Rettenmeier Baltic Timber, and Dold are just a small selection of on-going projects. Kallfass reports that the current order situation is favourable and demand remains high.

Text and images: Martina Nöstler, Holzkurier
Issue 17/2024

Kallfass anniversay 75 years

75 Jahre Kallfass Maschinen und Automation EN 75 years of Kallfass Machines and Automation

From a small workshop to global player

In 2024 Kallfass celebrates 75 years of success in mechanical and plant engineering. During this time, the family-run company–now in its third generation– has completed well over 1,000 complex projects for the woodworking industry. The long-established Black Forest company has made a name for itself worldwide, particularly as a mechanisation specialist and solution partner.

Founded in 1949 by Ernst and Frida Kallfass as a small workshop in Klosterreichenbach, Germany, the company initially carried out repair work for the local timber industry. However, the resourceful company founder soon developed his own machines, such as the groove and dovetailing machine or the firewood press. The machine programme took a pioneering direction in 1965 with the development of the multiple cross-cut saw for the efficient cutting of fixed lengths. After continuous further development, thanks to its precision and flexibility, it is now one of the market-leading multiple cross-cut saws in the wood cutting sector and is integrated in cutting systems as well as in sorting or planing mills. Kallfass was also one of the pioneers in the stacking of sawn timber. Ernst Kallfass' stacking system was the first ever on the market.

Kallfass cross cutting 1965

In 1965, Kallfass developed the multiple cross-cut saw for the efficient sawing of fixed lengths.

Kallfass Cross Cutting

Today, the precision saw from Kallfass is one of the market-leading multiple cross-cut saws in the industry.

The founder's son, Ernst Kallfass Junior, joined his parents' company in 1975 at the age of 24. Nine years later, he was handed the company’s reins and acting as Managing Director. He developed box and level sorting systems and combined them with cut-to-length and stacking systems to create a production line. This was the start of complex sawmill projects that opened up a new customer base. The complex systems required more production capacity and so in 1992, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, he founded a second plant in Wernigerode, in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt.

In Klosterreichenbach, the opportunity arose at the beginning of 2019 to acquire the building of a former machine factory in the neighbourhood. Ernst Kallfass did not hesitate for long and seized the opportunity. Since then, Kallfass Plant 3 has been used as an interim storage facility for test installations and, to a limited extent, for production.

Currently, around 120 employees work in all three plants. The plant technology is developed, planned, designed, manufactured, painted and installed on entirely in-house. While remaining market-focused and product-focused, Kallfass has successively expanded its product range over the years. Today the company offers systems and complete mechanisations with integrated safety and control concepts for the production of construction, packaging and garden timber as well as glued wood products.

Specialised in complex mechanisation

Kallfass is known in the industry as a machine supplier who pragmatically harmonises the customer's requirements with the available space and develops the best technical solution for the situation. The company’s aim is to maximise production output and to achieve the highest possible degree of automation.

Some process solutions for automation were so unique that they were patented. In addition to the patent for the first layer-by-layer processing of sawn timber back in the mid-1980s, Kallfass also received patent protection for its robot handling in 2019. When stacking timber packs with automatic stick placement, the magazines used for this no longer have to be filled manually, but can be constantly filled with wooden sticks by a robot.

The transport system for large parcels is another example of an innovative logistics solution. Packages of wood weighing up to 30 tonnes and 6 m high are transported into the drying chambers on rails using transport trolleys. Subsequently, they taken out again for further processing, without the need for a forklift truck. An extremely cost-saving circulation system.

Kallfass mechanisation on rails

Handling of large packages: Mechanisation on rails

Kallfass Robot Handling

Patented robot handling made by Kallfass

However, it is not only special partial solutions in automation that distinguish the machine manufacturer, but also its expertise in the design of complete production lines for sorting, cutting to length, packaging, planing and gluing, into which it integrates equipment from other suppliers in an interface-optimised manner, such as quality scanners and labellers. At the customer's request, the product data can even be processed directly from the customer's ERP system. This is what Kallfass means by “Solutions from a single source”.

Kallfass planer mechanisation

Fully automated Kallfass planing mill

Kallfass also developed its own systems for glulam production, including a CLT press, which was also launched in 2019. The term CLT stands for Cross-Laminated Timber, one of the most important building elements in modern timber construction. The Kallfass press continuously presses individual, cross-glued panels into multi-layer panels with lengths of up to 16 m. With its own CLT press, Kallfass has also succeeded in rounding off its product portfolio in this area. Kallfass can offer complete mechanisation, from picking up the sawn timber packages to accepting the finished cross laminated timber elements.

Well positioned for the future

Six years ago, Ernst Kallfass set his company up for the future. He appointed his son Volker Kallfass and his long-time companion Hans Haist as additional Managing Directors and gradually withdrew from the operational business in order to concentrate on the strategic direction of the company. This also includes structural expansion measures, such as increasing the production hall in Klosterreichenbach, which was completed end of 2023, and the office expansion at the Wernigerode plant.

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Kallfass Management: Volker Kallfass, Ernst Kallfass, Hans Haist (from left to right)

Over the years, the plants in Klosterreichenbach and Wernigerode have been adapted several times to meet changing requirements. In 2022, the decision was made to expand the production area at the Klosterreichenbach site by another 750 m² in order to better dovetail individual production steps in a direct, chronological sequence. Shorter distances are the result and with them a more efficient production process. A state-of-the-art paint booth also ensures greater efficiency and flexibility. It was designed as two cabins, one behind the other, each 10 m long. If necessary, the cabins can be opened to paint particularly long machine parts.

In Wernigerode, on the other hand, the focus was on more administrative space in order to cope with the growing number of employees in the electrical design and software development departments. Thanks to the 160 m² extension, modern office space totalling 480 m² has been available since the end of 2023.

With these expansion measures, Kallfass is well positioned for the future.

Kallfass building extension

The enlarged production hall in Klosterreichenbach and...

the office extension in Wernigerode

A reason to celebrate

At the beginning of June, Kallfass will celebrate the successful completion of its remodelling measures and, above all, its 75-year success story with the entire team of employees and invited guests at the Kallfass plant in Klosterreichenbach. The production hall will be transformed into a party mile. A music band, various food trucks and a cocktail bar provide the perfect setting for an exuberant evening event.

The following day, Saturday June 8, there will be an Open House at Röter Straße 44. Anyone interested can take this opportunity to get an idea of the production scope of the globally active machine manufacturer and see the new production hall from the inside. Those who wish can join guided tours and those who are still looking for an apprenticeship will be informed about possible apprenticeships at Kallfass at the apprentice info point. It is not necessary to register for the Open House. Admission starts at 11 a.m. and catering will of course be provided. A children's carousel is available for younger guests.

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The Kallfass production hall as a party mile (Source: Revo Veranstaltungstechnik, Freudenstadt, Germany)

Over the years, Kallfass has undergone a transformation from a small workshop to a modern medium-sized company. With a great deal of hard work, development creativity and market knowledge, the company now plays on the international stage and, thanks to its wide range of activities, offers work and prospects to a wide variety of professions. The order situation remains good and production is fully utilised. For this reason, software developers, programmers, designers and technicians are being sought in both Wernigerode and Klosterreichenbach to help shape the future of Kallfass.

Review Eurobois

EUROBOIS 2024 knackt Messerekord EN EUROBOIS 2024
breaks trade fair record

With 29,363 visitors and 523 exhibitors, this year's EUROBOIS broke all records, according to the official statement from the trade fair organisation. Kallfass and their French sales partner V.B.I SARL Bleesz International were also pleased with the large number of visitors to the joint stand in Hall 5.

EUROBOIS in Lyon took place in February this year. From 3 to 6 February, the fair opened its doors to the wood industry's experts. From log cutting to sawn timber processing and interior woodworking, visitors were able to find out more at the stands of numerous exhibitors, including some international companies, which held a 31 % share. Fortunately, the statistics show an increase in visitor activity in all areas. Eurexpo quotes figures of +77.83 % in interior woodworking, +114.18 % in frame construction and +41.37 % in sawing and sorting.

France is important export market
Kallfass has also experienced the increased interest in sawing and sorting systems. For the mechanisation specialist and manufacturer of multiple cross-cut saws, sorting and stacking systems, the French market with its many family-operated sawmills is an important export market. In the last three years alone, nine extensive projects have been realised in France, including several sorting systems as well as complex cutting, stacking and packaging systems. Three further projects are in development. The French sawmill operators appreciate the high precision of the Kallfass systems and our ability to design an optimal mechanisation solution for the respective production situation.

Kallfass Sortierwerk, sorting line, installation de tri

Kallfass sorting and stacking plant for main and side products in a French sawmill

In V.B.I Bleesz, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Kallfass has a competent partner at its side who knows the French market and its requirements. Among the numerous visitors to the EUROBOIS stand were many existing customers as well as some new business contacts. Hans Haist, Kallfass Managing Director, who is responsible for sales in France, will be travelling extensively over the next few weeks to turn discussions into real projects.

Kallfass Eurobois review

Positive visitor response at EUROBOIS

Eurobois exhibition team of Kallfass and VBI

The EUROBOIS trade fair team

Copyright et crédits photos PIX'L AGENCY

Schienentransport von Großpaketen

Sonderlösung: Beschickung von Trockenkammern mit Großpaketen EN Loading of drying chambers with large packages

Loading of drying chambers with large packages

Initial situation

It is best to load the channel dryers with large packages to reduce logistics costs for optimal utilisation. But automating these drying packs, which weigh up to 30 tonnes and are 6 m high, in often confined spaces is a challenge, and using forklift trucks causes increased repair and personnel costs.

Product solution: Automation on rails in a closed-loop system

The sawn timber is stacked into large packages on transport carts; the stack package is then pulled out of the hoist towards a shuttle and pushed onto it. The shuttle travels along a track channel with the drying pack and pushes the pack hydraulically onto the rails of the drying chamber. A buffer zone for empty transport carts ensures a closed-loop operation.



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Kallfass mit Erweiterungsbauten auf der Zielgeraden EN Kallfass on the home straight with its plant extensions

Kallfass was already able to inaugurate the structural work of the extended production hall in Klosterreichenbach, Germany with an internal celebration on 26 May 2023. The new offices in Wernigerode, Germany, will also be ready for occupancy shortly.

Produktionshalle Kallfass Klosterreichenbach

Kallfass Klosterreichenbach

10 May marked the anniversary of the structural expansion of the existing production hall in Klosterreichenbach. The shell of the L-shaped 600 m² extension has been completed and the access road to the new loading hall has already been paved.

Kallfass Klosterreichenbach

Internal inauguration ceremony of the new production hall in Klosterreichenbach.

Kallfass Klosterreichenbach

The access road to the new loading hall is being paved.

Next up is the installation of a modern paint booth with integrated filter extraction and temperature control system. The spray cabin is divided into two cubicles, one behind the other, each 10 m long. Alternately, painting is done in one and drying in the other cabin. If necessary, the two cabins can be opened to form a large painting booth with a length of 20 m for painting particularly long machine parts. This flexible approach simplifies the production process enormously, because all the painting work that needs to be done is carried out in-house according to the customer's wishes.

The installation of a heating system will be another milestone. Here, sustainable heating with a water-fed heat pump is being considered and the statutory requirements are being checked. Together with the roof-mounted photovoltaic system already installed in 2014, the management is thus once again relying on renewable energies. The further interior construction of the hall with electricity and compressed air supply as well as the installation of filter and exhaust air lines are additional items on the to-do list.

If everything goes according to plan, the extension could be occupied as early as autumn this year. As a result, the production processes will be successively adapted and converted.

Modern workplaces in Wernigerode, Germany

In Wernigerode, the final move into the newly designed offices of the 160 m² annex is not far off. The construction of the interior is well advanced. Installation of the underfloor heating system and ceilings were completed, power lines have been installed, and walls facing the old building were removed, and new partition walls were installed and plastered. Next, the old building’s reception area needs to be redesigned so that old and new form a single unity. All employees from construction and administration had to move temporarily to the new premises to make room for the renovation work.

As soon as the new office furniture are delivered, the final move can take place, which is also planned in Wernigerode for autumn 2023. Only one and a half years after the start of construction, Kallfass employees will then have modern, ergonomic workplaces and spacious meeting rooms at their disposal.

Kallfass Wernigerode

The new colour-contrasting extension in Wernigerode – next year, the complete façade will be uniformly adapted.

Kallfass Wernigerode

A view of the new interiors, which have been partially already provisionally occupied.

Kallfass at Ligna.23

Positiver Messeverlauf EN Positive results from the
trade fair

The Kallfass representatives at the LIGNA Trade Fair in Hanover, Germany were pleased to welcome a large number of visitors. The exhibition team was especially happy about the many sincere inquiries—from sawmill technology inquiries to cross-laminated timber projects.

After a four-year interruption, Kallfass was again looking forward to a very positive event at the LIGNA Trade Fair. “We met with many visitors. Above all, we welcomed customers and prospective clients from the German-speaking regions and other European countries at our stand. But also international representatives, such as from South Africa or Australia, were represented here," reported Kallfass CEO Hans Haist.

Kallfass at Ligna.23

Kallfass reported many promising conversations and concrete inquiries that took place at the LIGNA Trade Fair.

Kallfass at Ligna.23

Specific inquiries

The Kallfass trade fair team was particularly pleased with many concrete inquiries from new and existing customers. “In particular, we noticed a strong interest in projects involving cross-laminated timber. But also our sawmill and planing automation systems were in demand," concluded Haist. In contrast to the years before, the first days were very busy. Towards the end of the week, things were quieter than usual, as other exhibitors at the Ligna reported.

At the Ligna, Kallfass presented three exhibits: its cross-laminated timber press, a robot for filling stick magazines and the tried-and-tested Tongloader®(see Holzkurier issue 18, p. 30). In addition to its remarkable vertical pressing force of 1 N/mm2, the CLT press scored high with its uniform pressure distribution across the entire board. To achieve this, Kallfass uses four cylinders per press row. The Tongloader® is used to cycle-in boards of different thicknesses and at the same maintaining a time high production speed in the sorting and planing units. The capacity is 240 cycles a minute. The Tongloader® can handle wet and dry goods. The patented robot handling system for stacking with strip placement was also very well received. “Filling the stick magazines with a robot increases performance and cycle speed”, explained Haist.

Kallfass at Ligna.23

Kallfass showed its CLT press at the Ligna - many inquiries were received for CTL projects.

The order books at Kallfass are well filled: In June, the installation of a box sorter at the Wolf sawmill in Germany will begin. The automation specialist also supplies this type of equipment to Eurolegnami in Italy, as well as to the Blanc sawmill in France. Also in June, Kallfass will install the entire automation factory for a planing mill, including a bundling system at Rettenmeier Baltic Timber in Latvia. The feed speeds of the afore-mentioned plant will reach up to 350 m/min.

Text and images: Martina Nöstler Holzkurier
Holzkurier No. 22/2023

Kallfass CLT Press, BSP Presse

Ausreichend Druck auf jedem Quadratmillimeter EN Adequate pressure on every square millimetre

With its CLT press, Kallfass meets the high demands that cross laminated timber producers make of flexible production. The panels are joined according to the zero joint principle. Process reliability is the top priority. There can be no compromising here if high panel quality and good approval values are to be achieved.

Kallfass, the automation professional from Klosterreichenbach/Germany, has already realised extensive mechanisation systems for CLT production in the past, including the KLH plant in Wiesenau, Austria and, also, various Stora Enso facilities in Ybbs and Bad St. Leonhard in Austria and Gruvön in Sweden. Kallfass incorporated the experience gained from this into the plant configuration at Stora Enso in Ždirec/Czech Republic last year. For the first time, an overall concept consisting of mechanisation and the company's own CLT press was offered, and another project with a CLT press is already in the implementation phase at best wood Schneider in Messkirch.

Pressing with maximum safety

Minimising interfaces is one of the central goals in every CLT plant. The step towards realisation of its own CLT press now offers Kallfass the opportunity to act as a main supplier for cross laminated timber production and optimally network production with a coordinated control concept. CLT process data and parameters can be recorded and archived on the master computer. For pressing, the press cake, which consists of single board layers glued crosswise and with a maximum height of 600 mm, is moved via a conveyor belt into the Kallfass CLT press. The CLT press consists of several press segments. The conveyor is reversible to enable return trips or emergency pressing in the event of a malfunction. This means that no valuable raw material is wasted and a degree of flexibility is achieved in production.

Kallfass CLT Press, BSP Presse

Flexible pressure

Pressing of single to multi-layer panels is realised with low maximum tolerance values of only 0.1 mm. This zero joint is achieved through a very high vertical pressing force of 1N/mm² in combination with uniform pressure distribution across the entire panel surface. Four cylinders are employed in each press row to ensure that the pressure is applied to every square millimetre. The pressure build-up is automatically controlled and adapted to the respective panel size, taking into account the elastic behaviour of wood. Furthermore, only those units and press punches required for the panel size are actuated. A speedier pressure build-up is achieved by pre-positioning the press plungers. Kallfass can supply its press with additional transverse pressure if wooden lamellas are to be pressed.

One press for numerous formats

The CLT press from Kallfass presses panel lengths from 8,000 to 16,000 mm and widths from 2,000 mm to 3,600 mm in a single pass. Individual panels can, at the customer's request, be automatically pushed off at the dry joint after the pressing process and separated again before being transferred to sanding machines or portal processing systems for further processing. When maintenance work is due, the press rams can be mechanically locked in the upper end positions to protect operating personnel. A continuous platform above the press facilitates accessing of hydraulic and electric systems.

Kallfass CLT Press, BSP Presse

Kallfass CLT Press

Source: Wood Biz Africa
Issue 25

SPS Programmierer EN PLC Programmer (m/f/d)

Contract type:

Your responsibilities

  • Familiarisation with the programming of control systems, predominantly SIMATIC S7 and Siemens TIA, in system and mechanical engineering and potentially assuming sole responsibility of PLC programming tasks
  • Clarifying specifications in cooperation with the departments involved
  • Supporting the implementation of commissioning at national and international levels
  • System analysis incl. fault detection and elimination
  • Career opportunity to become a senior programmer

Your profile

  • You have successfully completed your training as a mechatronics or electronic engineer, or a comparable qualification
  • Initial knowledge/professional experience in the field of PLC programming with SIMATIC S7 and Siemens TIA
  • High motivation for further qualification in the field of control and automation technology
  • Excellent command of the English language and willingness to travel
  • Excellent understanding of mechanical engineering

What we offer

  • Training and induction in an interesting and stable workplace
  • A motivated team awaits you
  • Performance-related remuneration and employee profit-sharing programs as well as other social benefits (see information on this on the Kallfass careers page)

Your contact

Location Klosterreichenbach
Kallfass GmbH
Maschinen plus Automation
Röter Straße 44
72270 Baiersbronn

Contact: Volker Kallfass
Phone: 07442-84460
E-Mail: karriere@kallfass-online.com

30 years Kallfass Wernigerode

30 Jahre KALLFASS Wernigerode EN 30 years of KALLFASS Wernigerode

Management and around 60 employees from Klosterreichenbach and Wernigerode met on 21 October 2022 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Kallfass plant in Saxony-Anhalt.

In 1992, two years after German reunification, Senior Partner Ernst Kallfass secured the strategic growth of his company by establishing a second plant in Wernigerode. The choice of Wernigerode in Saxony-Anhalt at this time was in part a reflection of the sentiments associated with reunification. East and west would also be united in Kallfass. The early years were extremely difficult, but 30 years later, the plant in Wernigerode is an important mainstay of Kallfass as an enterprise, continually undergoing constructional changes to adapt to new requirements.´

Following repeated expansion of the production area in Wernigerode in the past, the office and administrative building will now be enlarged by 160 m² to accommodate the growing number of staff. Management decided to go the whole hog in the anniversary year and commenced with the necessary building measures. New parking spaces were created in April, as the old car park had to make way for the new office extension. Construction of the actual extension then commenced in June, and 50 % of construction measures were completed in time for the anniversary celebration. Expansion of the production facility in Klosterreichenbach is simultaneously making great strides.

Extention office Kallfass Wernigerode

Extension: Office space is being increased by 160 m2 in Wernigerode ...

Extention production Kallfass Klosterreichenbach

… and production at the Klosterreichenbach location is being expanded by 600 m².

The celebration to mark the anniversary provided an opportunity to bring employees from both Wernigerode and Klosterreichenbach up to date with regard to construction progress at both sites and inform them of the future direction of corporate goals. It also saw long-tenured employees being honoured for their many years of loyal service.

Jubilees Kallfass Wernigerode

Enrico Goldhahn, Plant Manager in Wernigerode, presenting certificates of service

Jubilees Kallfass Wernigerode

Ernst and Volker Kallfass (left) with service anniversary celebrants and Enrico Goldhahn

The considerable distance between the locations means that employees from Wernigerode and Klosterreichenbach seldom have the opportunity to meet personally, with project meetings being generally held online and by telephone. Joint events such as the anniversary celebration offer a welcome change from this. Plant Manager Enrico Goldhahn's team simply brought the Oktoberfest to Saxony-Anhalt to mark the anniversary, and a Bavarian buffet and freshly tapped beer encouraged a convivial exchange between colleagues from both east and west.

Managing Director Ernst Kallfass

Senior Partner Ernst Kallfass during his address

Celebration 30 years Kallfass Wernigerode

Colleagues greatly enjoyed meeting and celebrating

Production hall Kallfass Wernigerode

A view inside the production facility in Wernigerode …

Celebration 30 years Wernigerode

The Bavarian buffet offered something for every taste

Production hall Kallfass Wernigerode

… which was quickly transformed into a party venue.

Kallfass Maschinenbau

DER NORDSCHWARZWALD UND SEINE WELTMARKTFÜHRER EN The northern Black Forest and its global market leader

In addition to being a major tourist attraction, the Black Forest is also a centre of development in the area of wood processing, with numerous global market leaders and mechanical engineers in the region involved in this sector. Forum Weisstanne reports on this in its anniversary magazine.

Forum Weisstanne, an association run by volunteers that seeks to improve the market situation of the Black Forest SILVER FIR, issued the Faszination Weißtanne magazine, a publication dedicated to the allure of the silver fir, in September to mark the occasion of its 25th anniversary. Over 40 reports address construction, architecture and marketing associated with regional timber. One contribution is dedicated to the Northern Black Forest and its global leaders in wood technology and engineering, including firms such as Linck, Kallfass, Homag and Schmalz.

The following is an excerpt from the article:

The Northern Black Forest – global leader in woodworking and wood processing engineering

The Northern Black Forest is a densely wooded area rich in timber that is frequently popularised as an attractive tourism destination or, indeed, a booming forestry and timber region.
And all this is true! But it is not the entire story, as the Northern Black Forest is also a region that produces many inventors. Most Germans are familiar with the Fischer plug, and many of them also know that these fixing elements were invented and are produced in the Black Forest. However, beyond the Black Forest, not many people know that the Northern Black Forest is centre of invention and development in woodworking and wood processing machinery.

The most widely known inventor in this respect is probably Max Himmelheber. Born in 1904 in Karlsruhe, Max grew up in a carpentry and joinery shop where he saw at first hand how large quantities of wood chips largely went unused. He began to tinker about with this material at an early age and, later as an electrical engineer, he examined options for using waste wood material. Max ultimately invented the chipboard in the 1930s, a development that we would today call a “turning point in the utilisation of wood”. Max Himmelheber then founded a company in Baiersbronn and established chipboard factories all over the world, issuing production licences to around 80 firms.
However, this was only the beginning of the machinery boom for woodworking and wood processing in the Black Forest. Numerous machine manufacturers are active today in this sector.

Kallfass GmbH – Maschinen plus Automation, Klosterreichenbach, District of Freudenstadt

KALLFASS has been developing and producing machinery and systems for sawmills and the global timber processing industry in Klosterreichenbach, Germany since 1949. Kallfass solutions are customised and range from charging of small process units to the mechanising of complete production lines for sawing, planing, glueing, pressing and sorting of timber.

As a family-run business in its third generation, KALLFASS employs around 120 people at its main facility in Klosterreichenbach, Northern Black Forest, and another production location in Wernigerode (Saxony-Anhalt). The development, design, production, assembly and programming of plants are all realised completely in the company.

Wood harbours enormous potential for further development, thanks to the numerous options available for its use. KALLFASS helps its sawmill customers to implement innovative product ideas and achieve special production requirements in practice and develops tailored fully automated process and plant technology. KALLFASS has readied a wealth of new developments for series production.

This success has also been demonstrated by the KALLFASS multiple circular cross-cut saw. Designed in 1965, its precision and flexibility in wood cutting has today made it the global leader among multiple circular cross-cut saws in this sector, and it is integrated in cutting systems and sorting and planing plants. The tried and trusted KALLFASS box sorter is a further success story. Timber in a variety of dimensions can be stored in the interim in large space-saving boxes for further use. This means that packages with the same dimensions and quality can be created later from different boards from the same log.

Mehrfachablängsäge mit vier Sägen, multiple cross-cut saw with four trimmer saws

Multiple cross-cut saw with 4 saw units

Kallfass Boxensortierung, box sorter, bin sorter

Sorting with inclined boxes

Source: Forum Weisstanne, anniversary issue 2022