WEBER ZEL480 – new step feeder for large tasks

Step feeder from WEBER move fasteners very gently and with low noise. WEBER has now added the powerful ZEL480 variant to its successful product line

Wolfratshausen – With the ZEL480 model, WEBER Schraubautomaten GmbH presents an especially powerful and robust variant of its step feeder. The new ZEL480 variant is suitable in particular for processing large fasteners and components, while offering customers the same benefits as the existing ZEL240 and ZEL360 designs.

The ZEL480 step feeder is now available and can be used for automatically feeding screws with a head diameter of up to 32 mm, a shaft diameter of up to 16 mm and a shaft length of up to 120 mm – a 40 percent increase in the maximum possible component size compared to the smaller ZEL360.

The demand for larger automatic feed system has arisen in recent years in particular in the automotive industry. The expanding e-mobility market and the consequently growing number of installed batteries have generated substantial demand for systems such as the ZEL480. Battery packs in particular are usually mounted with larger fasteners. This is an essential area of application for the ZEL480.


Gentle on the material and low noise

Step feeder are regarded as a particularly gentle and low noise technology for feeding screws, nuts, caps or special-purpose parts. These product benefits are also implemented by the larger version ZEL480.

The aligned parts are moved towards the escapement unit with gentle vibrations, separated and provided to the tool (e.g. screwdriver) through the feed hose.

The minimized vibrations of the fasteners or components allow for processing of surface-coated and sensitive parts – an essential advantage for complying with standards on technical cleanliness and consequently the best possible process reliability when mounting sensitive workpieces.

At the same time, the technology of the ZEL480 ensures that moving masses are reduced to significantly prevent noise emissions. In addition, WEBER offers a sound enclosure cover for the ZEL480 which further reduces noise generation.

Franz Kroll, Team Leader for Mechanical Design and Development: “The benefits for our customers are evident. The ZEL480 stands out on account of the low abrasion on the components, the very low noise generation and the high output rates. In addition, we use the maximum number of standardized components for the ZEL480 in order to achieve maximum flexibility with short changeover times for feeding components.”

The ZEL480 can be linked to any Weber screwdriving system. Very large fasteners and components can be accepted from the escapement unit of the ZEL480 step conveyor and moved to the screwdriving location with a pick & place solution

COVID-19 – Information for our customers and business partners

Dear Sirs,

The health and well-being of our employees, their families and friends are particularly important to us these days. The owner family, management and works council are therefore making every effort to protect our teams worldwide from infection with the corona virus. In doing so, we are guided by the requirements of international and national health authorities – but also decide what measures to take after careful internal consideration. These currently include the following:

  • consistent compliance with hygiene measures at all sites
  • Avoidance of physical contact, for example during greetings
  • Avoidance of travel that is not absolutely necessary
  • Avoidance of meetings in larger groups as far as possible
  • Use home office and virtual meetings wherever possible.

With these precautionary and protective measures, we want to help contain or slow down the spread of the virus. At the same time, we want to ensure that we have taken all the necessary precautions to trace and interrupt chains of contact and protect colleagues from passing on the infection in the event of an infection within our workforce.

In addition to our unrestricted duty of care towards our colleagues, we must also keep the entrepreneurial side in mind. The comprehensive precautionary measures are therefore also intended to ensure that WEBER can continue to produce, fulfil its delivery obligations and thus generate the turnover necessary for long-term success.

In this context, we have decided to suspend customer visits to our sites until April 19, 2020 and to keep the appointments of our employees at our customers’ sites to a minimum. In addition, all training dates until April 19, 2020 will be cancelled. We will offer alternative dates in due course.

Outside of these restrictions, however, we are fully available for you. As the movement of goods is not affected by any restrictions at the moment, no bottlenecks in customer service or the ability to deliver our products are expected in the coming days and weeks. We are your reliable partner even in this exceptional situation.

The situation is characterized by a high dynamic. We therefore make all relevant information available on our website and our social media channels on a daily basis.

We remain with the best wishes

Karl Bujnowski, Managing Director


Wolfratshausen, March 17, 2020

SEV-P: Robotic Fastening System with Automatic Bit Change

Mooresville/Wolfratshausen – New servo driven spindle expands the WEBER portfolio of lightweight robotic assembly applications.
Another WEBER innovation: pick & place system with automatic tool changer.

With the new SEV-P, WEBER Screwdriving Systems expands its range of servo driven spindles for the field of lightweight robotics. The SEV-P is primarily used as a pick & place system and can process all sizes of individually fed hardware elements. Additionally, the WEBER SEV-P spindle can tighten pre-assembled screws or nuts with the desired torque.
With the SEV-P, WEBER responded to customer requests for maximum flexibility and a higher degree of automation in screwdriving processes. It is the first supplier worldwide to offer a spindle which conducts a fully independent tool change while mounted on a robotic arm.
Following the principle and the applications of lightweight robotics, the spindle itself is also designed to be lightweight – the smallest model weighs just 1.5 kg and offers up to 10 Nm of torque. This can be used to implement a variety of different assembly applications. More powerful versions in the SEV-P series can weigh up to 5 kg and reach a torque of up to 60 Nm, always equipped with a corresponding drive and spindle carrier. Due to the vacuum screwdriving technology used, the SEV-P is also suitable for screw connections in hard-to-reach positions.
Flexibility in assembly processes is becoming increasingly important for customers. WEBER follows these demands with the SEV-P, allowing the use of any number of different exchange tools for processing different fasteners or workpieces.
WEBER once again sets the standard in making assembly processes more effective. This direct customer benefit is realized through the fully automatic tool change.
Customers who have already pre-ordered the SEV-P will be using the new ultra-light screwdriving spindle for applications which require a variety of different fasteners, for example in repair stations. The very compact SEV-P is also suitable for assembly processes in tight spaces or for lightweight robots with a maximum payload of 3 kg.
The SEV-P is combined with standard drives and existing controls from WEBER. Suitable adapter flanges for different robot models are optionally available, as well as a slide for robots without force-controlled tracking.

Press contact:
Zack Ruffing
WEBER Screwdriving Systems, Inc.
149 Knob Hill Road, Mooresville, NC 28117
CELL: 704-761-9503

Jonathan Ray is the new CEO at WEBER USA

Mooresville/Wolfratshausen – WEBER Screwdriving Systems Inc. (North Carolina), USA, appoints a new CEO: Jonathan Ray has been appointed CEO and President of the fully-owned subsidiary of WEBER Schraubautomaten GmbH Wolfratshausen.

Mr. Ray has many years’ experience in various positions of management and leadership and possesses well-proven industry knowledge. Previous roles have included several years as Director of Sales and Marketing at Oasis Alignment Services, LLC, a U.S. market leader in 3-dimensional precision measurement and machine alignment for numerous manufacturing processes. Mr. Ray also worked for the U.S. division of the German assembly technology group, DÜRR Systems, Inc.  Within the Final Assembly Systems group at DÜRR, Mr. Ray spent numerous years as a Project Manager and managed the Service and Parts business unit.

In the words of Karl Ernst Bujnowski, CEO of WEBER Schraubautomaten GmbH:

“In Jonathan Ray we have secured a CEO with the best can-do qualities. The US market has many challenges – not least due to its geographic size. Mr. Ray has a wide network of connections in many areas of the country and will help lift the WEBER brand to new heights across North America.”

The conditions for this are ideal. WEBER USA generated revenues of around €19 million in the 2016/2017 financial year. The economic situation in the country is positive, therefore high growth rates are expected for Weber USA, over the next few years, in the assembly processes automation sector continues to thrive.

Smith Power Systems – WEBER family’s new addition

Smith Power Systems, ( based out of Dallas, Texas, is the newest addition to the WEBER family of skilled Manufacturer’s Representatives throughout the World. Established in 1985, Smith Power is led by Mr. Gregg Smith, Founder, and includes four additional outside sales professionals and an inside sales and administrative support team and has always specialized in factory automation and assembly. Serving all of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana for WEBER, please welcome Smith Power to the WEBER family.