News | October 2021
IEE Expo and E2 Forum: digitalised elevator technology
Timed from 16 -18 February 2022 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, IEE Expo is the first post-pandemic edition.
This year, Böhnke + Partner, today a subsidiary of the Schmersal Group, is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Established at the beginning of 1991 in Bergisch Gladbach, the company assumed business operations shortly thereafter. Böhnke + Partner presented its first lift controller at the interlift in Augsburg as early as October 1991.
Six friends and partners around Hans-Walter Böhnke were among the founders of the then start-up. Their vision was the ability to implement innovative ideas more easily and react to customer wishes more flexibly with their own company.
Here are some examples of the most important innovations of B+P:
- A first controller system with integrated group algorithm and safety circuit, BP302
- WinMOS300, software for remote management of lifts and lift emergency calls
- The ISB300 ordering software for customers
- Controllers with integrated CANopen Lift bus and numerous bus modules
- CANwizard, software for diagnosing and configuring CANopen Lift networks
In addition, in 1992, Böhnke + Partner was one of the founder members of "CAN in Automation" (CiA), an international user and manufacturer association.
Böhnke + Partner has been a member of the owner-managed Schmersal Group for eight years. Integration in the globally operating safety switching company offered Böhnke + Partner the opportunity to be present in about 60 countries via Schmersal’s branch network.
In addition, Böhnke + Partner can also provide local production support via Schmersal’s manufacturing locations in India, China and Brazil. "Apart from the international sales network, Böhnke + Partner also takes advantage of the Schmersal Group’s vertical integration – including its own electronics and component production – which greatly enhances the supply security of the company, especially in times of crisis," explained Böhnke + Partner.
Schmersal has been involved with lift products since its establishment in 1945 and subsequent across the world. The component and system provider not only supplies products for passenger lifts, but also lifts according to the Lift Directive (such as construction lifts, platform lifts or lifts in wind power turbines).
According to Böhnke+Partner, it has many innovations in the pipeline. On 21/22 October 2021, it will present these at an in-house trade fair, which is intended to be a mini "substitute interlift", at Schmersal’s electronics location in Wettenberg, near Gießen.