STOBER wins the Best Practices Award 2016 for its powerful servomotors – having already earned the prize in 2014 with its PE planetary gear units and PS gearbox.
The reasons given by the judges for their choice particularly emphasized the unbeatable cost-benefit ratio of the servomotors. In combination with the high product quality, this makes the servomotors the most cost-effective solution currently obtainable on the market. Customers who use STOBER servomotors can achieve a notable increase in the profitability of their systems.
In his address on the occasion of the prize giving ceremony Patrick Stöber, Managing Director of Stöber Antriebstechnik GmbH & Co. KG, emphasizes that the prize given to the servomotors as a “success model” represents an outstanding tribute to the work of all STOBER employees. This internationally acknowledged and coveted award, he went on to say, is a stimulus to us to make even greater efforts to improve the confidence placed in us by the customer.
STOBER is proud to celebrate our 25th anniversary in Maysville, Kentucky. What started as a small office with three employees has grown to over 120 full-time employees, two campuses spanning 85,000 square feet, and the reputation as one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky!
What was it that brought STOBER to Maysville all those years ago? In an excerpt from an interview with Bernd Stoeber, founder, he said, “After reviewing several sites across the U.S., we were particularly impressed by the people of Maysville. They have strong family and community values and are typical of the American work ethic…common sense, quality, and fairness.”
STOBER is proud to offer gear reducers for both the power transmission and motion control markets, rack and pinion systems, and servo motors. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of our success and let’s strive for 25 more!
Any mechanical device used over food production must be of the highest quality. Products that leak oil are not an option!
STOBER’s KS is ideal for dynamic mixing processes. The agitators can be mounted to the rotating flange supported by stout tapered bearings. The hollow bore also allows for air lines to pass through, which are used in the agitation process. The demanding nature of the dynamic mixing is no problem for the KS.
The Food and Drug Administration has high standards of cleanliness for food and beverage manufacturers. Equipment that is involved in making products in these industries must be able to withstand extreme cleaning solutions. STOBER Drives Incorporated has gearboxes that can withstand the harsh washdowns required by the FDA. These gearboxes also have the option of IP69K Certification, which is the highest degree of protection in cleaning processes.
Since the IP69K certification is available for several STOBER units, a large number of industries can use STOBER in their factories, including dairy, fruit and vegetable, snack foods, baking, meat processing, and more.
According to the FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practices for meat and poultry, all equipment must be of sanitary design. It states that “the equipment must be cleanable down to the microbiological level.” To meet this requirement, units are cleaned with steam cleaners at high pressure and with scalding water. In addition, harsh chemicals may be used to meet more extreme regulations. These severe cleaning procedures often compromise the paint on the gearbox, allowing for possible contamination of the product and the gearbox. The rating given to equipment that can withstand these harsh environments is IP69K.
STOBER rose to the challenge to meet the requirements for cleanliness and ensure the durability of the gearbox. With this IP69K Certification, STOBER’s line can be used in food and beverage applications across the nation. This certification shows it will provide maximum protection against high pressure washing and/or steam cleaning. No paint will deteriorate, meaning no contamination from paint chips will occur. STOBER also has stainless steel units that can withstand caustic solutions that are used for the most severe washdown applications.
For additional information on STOBER’s IP69K Certified products, visit www.stober.com. Information on the Current Good Manufacturing Practices was taken from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ website. IP69K information was taken from the ifm website.
Are you struggling with the skills gap? Is it hard to find employees? Many employers find that it is hard to recruit and retain good employees. An apprenticeship can help to “grow your own” employees and to close the skills gap. Apprenticeships are common in Europe. STOBER Maysville began the apprenticeship program in 2005. In our version of an Apprenticeship Program employees receive full-time benefits and pay. However, they work 30 hours and go to college for 10 hours. All school expenses are paid for by the company and they have the option of many College Institutions and Disciplines. You can easily set up your own Apprenticeship Program by contacting your States Department of Labor. Many disciplines are recognized by the state government and can open many grant opportunities to cover the cost of having an Apprentice.
This has been a huge success at STOBER. 84% of apprentices have stayed at the company. Our apprentices are very productive, during the apprenticeship and thereafter. The return on investment typically begins shortly after the apprentice enters the program. Upon completion of the program each apprentice was placed into permanent employment at STOBER Drives Inc. in the discipline they chose as apprentices. 8 of our 10 graduates are in significant leadership roles, and we are confident they will continue to move higher in the organization.
We believe employee development is the most important aspect of our business, and that our apprenticeship program is a major determining factor in our current and future success. “People development” is one of our fundamental business initiatives, even more important than product development, technology, etc. Families, communities and schools develop people to a certain point. Once someone is employed at STOBER, we are very intentional about continuing their personal development.
Being geared to a higher standard means constantly improving one’s self. STOBER has created a new version of its installation and troubleshooting manual. The manual has a new layout, updated content, additional instruction sheets, and much more!
Installing your gear reducer can be intimidating. Use our manual to help speed up your installation and make it simple!
Customers need a reliable and durable gearbox that can withstand the harsh conditions of food or beverage environments. STOBER currently has three sizes with its stainless steel right angle gearbox, the KSS. The company is introducing its fourth size, capable of generating output torques up to 4,872 in. lbs. The KSS4 is compatible with NEMA 56C, 143/145TC, and 182/184TC frame motors.
The expansion is perfect for poultry, pork, and beef processing. The stainless steel housing won’t pit if blood gets on the surface. In addition to its durable housing, the KSS is IP69K Certified and USDA Accepted. All of our gearboxes come with a 3 year standard warranty. However, our average mean time to failure is 8 years. Trust a STOBER KSS to last with no downtime and no maintenance.
Is the gearbox failing in your beverage application? Does it require constant maintenance? Is the chemical cleaning solution destroying the coating? Try using a STOBER gearbox.
Our beverage duty gearbox is designed to withstand constant wash-down. Harsh environments no problem for STOBER. Our gearboxes are available IP69K certified, guaranteeing no contaminants get inside our completely sealed unit. They are sealed for life with no maintenance required during the standard warranty period. A variety of output sizes and mounting options give you ultimate flexibility during installation, even in difficult applications such as incline conveyors.
We have had successes in a variety of applications, including cap sorters, pasteurizers, and fillers. One customer was replacing a unit every two months. They have now been using a STOBER solution for over three years with no replacements!
Pre-apprenticeships take the “grow your own” method of recruiting and retaining employees to the next level. Pre-apprenticeships are designed for high school students ranging from 14-18 years old. The students can be recruited by and from the local high schools and area technology centers. Our program is recognized by the Kentucky Department of Labor and you can easily set up your own Pre-Apprenticeship program by contacting your state Department of Labor.
STOBER’s pre-apprentices begin their journey with an interview by a panel of STOBER employees for specific positions. However, we give each employee the chance to rotate through multiple departments in the company so that they can be exposed to different career opportunities. The program is set up for the students to work on-site for 15 hours a week with the option to work more on school breaks and during the summer. They are paid an hourly wage that increases over time and are awarded a Journeyman’s certificate at the end of the program. Also at the end of the program each pre-apprentice will be given the opportunity to interview for a full time Apprenticeship position.
As one of the leading drive manufacturers, STOBER strives to be the gold standard in the industry. The company makes gearboxes and gearmotors for hundreds of customers across the nation. These gearboxes and motors are used in conveyors, robotics, material handling, packaging, machine tool, medical equipment, semiconductor manufacturing, aerospace equipment, printing, and any general automation application. With two unique lines, STOBER does business with a diverse clientele.
In addition to excellent products, STOBER provides the best service in both shipping and customer support. With a standard 3 day delivery, STOBER easily surpasses its competitors for gearbox delivery. Customer support is available 24/7. If a client is in need of a repair, the service staff works quickly and efficiently to ensure minimum down time on the production line. Customer support operates under a policy of Total Operational Performance™, meaning being the best in the industry.
STOBER’s business is not limited to the United States. It is also expanding its global business. Recently, the company ventured further into the international market by doing business with Russia and China. While global business is a recent trend, STOBER was one of the forerunners for “Going Green” years ago. A recent article in the Cincinnati Enquirer further explained how STOBER’s products can help companies “go green”.
Efficiency, maintenance, low noise, and waste reduction are also critical to STOBER. Its gearboxes are considered top-of-the-line, due to their 98-99% efficiency levels. Maintenance is not a burden with the gearboxes because they are made with quality materials. STOBER’s gearboxes are quiet, allowing for a work environment that does not threaten the employee’s hearing. The recent horrors of the oil spill call for less oil usage. STOBER gearboxes are designed to use less oil throughout their lifetime. STOBER gearboxes are lubed for life, so the oil does not need to be changed. This reduces the initial amount of oil used and any additional oil that could be needed for oil changes.
With a slogan of “Geared to a higher standard!” STOBER Drives Inc. must live up to its motto. By being energy efficient, community oriented, and expanding, in addition to having excellent products, outstanding employees, and exceptional leadership, STOBER is proving that it is not a diamond in the rough.