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Fairs & Events

01.04.2021 - 31.03.2022 - The Intralogistics Community


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14. - 16.09.2021 – Novi, Michigan, USA

Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo


At the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo we present you a representative cross section of proven products as well as new product releases for e-mobility.

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26. - 29.10.2021 – Shanghai, China

World leading Trade Fair for Intralogistics & Supply Chain Management 


At the CeMAT ASIA we present you a representative cross section of proven products as well as new product releases for intralogistics, hoists and cranes, material handling technologies such as pallet trucks and automated guided vehicles.

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23. - 25.11.2021 – Nuremberg, Germany

SPS – smart production solutions


At the SPS smart production solutions we exhibit our comprehensive range of powerful and energy-efficient drive technology for a wide variety of industrial applications.

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13.07.2021 – New Website

Same Web-Address – New Look


On July 13, 2021 ABM Greiffenberger will present a new website. Goal for the relaunch is to provide visitors an appealing, modern design combined with high user friendliness to assure speedy access to information. 

A clear-cut menu structure as well as optimized content allows everybody – no matter if customer, prospective buyer, or job applicant – with very few clicks to reach the desired information. 

While a specific portal for customers is available, perspective buyers can very comfortably display product recommendations for their application and industries. The career portal informs pupils, students, and the professionally experienced about all options, as well as, ABM Plus and benefits that distinguishes ABM as an attractive employer.

With the new website one attains an authentic insight into the enterprise, ABM Greiffenberger: Users can see exclusively actual ABM employees. New corporate videos not only guide you through the plants, but also position ABM as an attractive employer. 

Besides a complete revision of the content, the corresponding technology was updated with a new content management system, including a responsive web design. Users benefit from short down load times and optimum presentation on all mobile devices. 

Soon the web presence will be complemented with social media. We look forward to keep all interested parties informed via LinkedIn about news, product developments, and useful practical tips. 


09.12.2020 – 480 Years of Concentrated Work Experience

ABM proud of Employees Celebrating a Jubilee


Regrettably the pandemic prevented ABM Greiffenberger from honoring their longtime employees in the usual scope. The Jubilee Evening will be made up in 2021 once the virus situation will allow that.

In order to still thank them individually for their commitment and loyalty to ABM, Dipl.-Ing. Robert Lackermeier (CEO) and Jan Tröger (work council leader) honored them according to the Corona protocol in small groups.

Honored for 25 year of service were: Karl-Heinz Binder, Enrico Fischer, Thomas Grenda, Ralph Hille, Carsten Josewitz, Holger Laqua, Alexander Lippert, Hans Ludwig, Jörg Müller, Kerstin Reiner, Joerg Schirmacher (ABM Plauen), Sonja Schubert, Matthias Schusser and Bernd Titzmann.

Bernd Kalizok (ABM Plauen) joined the company 40 years ago. Gerhard Pfauntsch and Roland Rabe (ABM Plauen) celebrated their 45th company jubilee.

Robert Lackermeier was delighted to honor so many employees celebrating a jubilee. „Their skill and experience as well as their commitment and loyalty are guarantees for a strong ABM. We are proud to have them as our colleagues.“

From left to right: Robert Lackermeier (CEO), Sonja Schubert (25 years at ABM), Gerhard Pfauntsch (45 years at ABM), Enrico Fischer (25 years at ABM) and Jan Tröger (Work Council Leader)

From left to right: Robert Lackermeier (CEO), Kerstin Reiner and Bernd Titzmann (both 25 years at ABM) and Jan Tröger (Work Council Leader)

From left to right: Robert Lackermeier (CEO), Karl-Heinz Binder, Carsten Josewitz and Matthias Schusser (all 25 years at ABM ) and Jan Tröger (Work Council Leader)

From left to right: Robert Lackermeier (CEO), Ralph Hille, Hans Ludwig and Alexander Lippert (all 25 years at ABM) and Jan Tröger (Work Council Leader)


26.10.2020 – Investment Package

Further expansion of the production site Marktredwitz


Already in 2017, a clear double-digit million EURO amount was invested in the two ABM locations Marktredwitz (Upper Franconia) und Lublin (Poland). In spite of the currently difficult times, the starting signal is given for a further investment package with the construction of an additional, approx. 640 m2 large production hall “An der Rößlermühle“ (Factory 4). This also contains new, automated machining centers incl. test technologies. The commissioning together with the installations is planned for March 2021.

“On the one hand, we strengthen the high production depth in our core competencies with this expansion of capacity. On the other hand, the automated machining centers guarantee reliable production processes and also enable us to meet the demands of the market and our customers even more flexibly”, says Dipl.-Ing. Robert Lackermeier, CEO of ABM Greiffenberger. Along with the architectural office Wittmann and the involved construction companies Roth and Sybac, his special thanks also go to Oliver Weigel, mayor of the city of Marktredwitz, and his team. They have been involved in the planning phase already at an early stage and strongly supported ABM in this construction project, inter alia with their swift issuing of the building permit.

“ABM Greiffenberger stresses the importance of the location Marktredwitz with this hall extension“, emphasizes Dr. Werner Folger, sole shareholder and CEO of the senata group. “ABM is geared for growth and optimally equipped for the future.”

The official groundbreaking that had originally been planned for the 28th October 2020 was cancelled due to the increasing number of Corona cases. Instead, there will be an official opening when the new production hall and the machine park will be visited. Persons invited to this event include County Commissioner Peter Berek, Oliver Weigel, Mayor, Martin Schöffel, Member of the Bavarian Landtag, as well as further representatives of the companies Wittmann (architectural office), Roth and Sybac (construction companies) and of the city of Marktredwitz.

The commissioning of the approx. 640 m2 large production hall including the new installations (on the right) is planned for March 2021.


01.09.2020 – Start into the working life

ABM welcomes six new Trainees


On 1st September 2020, six apprentices started into their working lives at ABM Greiffenberger. So in total, there are now 28 young talents who are shaping their future at ABM.

Dipl.-Ing. Robert Lackermeier, CEO of ABM, personally welcomed the career starters on their first day as well. There he emphasized that “many perspectives and career opportunities will open up for all of you at ABM. Our common path will not end with the completion of your training, because all our trainees are taken on, employed in one of our departments and continually supported through possible training programmes.”

Open house day again in 2021
In October 2019, the „First Vocational Training Day“ took place at ABM. Numerous visitors found out about the different training professions and the combined study / vocational training programme. Different presentations and hands-on areas, interesting conversations as well as the many visitors made the day a complete success!
We are very much looking forward to the next vocational training day in autumn 2021.

You can find our training opportunities for the year 2021 and further information on our website in the career portal.

Bernhard Wenning (Training Manager), Reimund Lork (Staff Manager), Johanna Kick (Youth & Trainee Representative), Robert Lackermeier (CEO), Jan Tröger (Deputy Chaiman of the Works Council), Felix Ollert, Marc Mayer (Youth & Trainee Representative), Jerome Staats, Philipp Hoffmann, Elias Lindner, Benedikt Linss and Paul Bondarenko.


29.11.2019 – LogiMAT 2020

Complete Package for Intralogistics


ABM Greiffenberger will present itself at LogiMAT 2020 in Stuttgart (March 10 to 12, 2020) as a one stop provider for all areas of intralogistics. The drive specialist develops and manufactures drive systems for stationary and mobile applications. In close partnership with customers, tailored modular system solutions that can be optimally integrated into the respective application. New in Hall 3 at Booth B15 will be the powerful TDH230 wheel hub drive with integrated electric steering.

In times of e-commerce and same-day delivery, fast movement of goods is becoming ever more important. In this context, stock picking is assuming a key role. Line powered fully and partially automated logistics facilities with material handling equipment, lifting equipment as well as forklifts and automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are deployed. ABM Greiffenberger offers suitable system solutions for all – alternatively for line or battery power supply. They include motors, gearboxes, brakes and inverters. The latter can be networked and are gaining in importance with regard to Industry 4.0.

Amongst other things ABM Greiffenberger will present in Stuttgart drives for container and pallet handling equipment. The range of products includes energy-efficient asynchronous and SINOCHRON® motors. Apart from helical, parallel shaft and angular gearboxes, centralized and decentralized inverters will be on display. Customers will also be able to experience in action a SINOCHRON® motor with a compact KG series gearbox featuring high overall efficiency and long service life.

New: Chain Hoists with Integrated Electronic Control
In the industry segment lifting equipment, ABM Greiffenberger will present powerful chain hoists with high efficiency and reliable overload protection through friction clutches. The integrated electronic control is new here. The basic version for lifting and lowering can easily be expanded by plug and play with another board to include the travel function. Brake control provides for safe operation. The solution from ABM Greiffenberger is particularly long-lasting – wear of contact points does not occur anymore. The chain hoists are corrosion resistant, robust and also operate reliably in harsh environments. High-quality grade teeth helical gearing enables quiet running and thereby lowers noise emissions. Customers can draw from the drive specialist’s modular kit design to arrange their own application-specific solutions.

Particularly for use in automated guided vehicles, ABM Greiffenberger will present the TDH230 wheel hub drive, now also available with integrated electric steering. An efficient AC motor is employed for steering operation. The drive has a low installation height for easy integration into your AGV. The TDH230 is compact, durable and with performance for precise and safe manoeuvring of AGVs.

On the whole ABM offers ready-to-install, plug-and-play systems based on a modular platform concept for the mobile sector. Different motor technologies and gearbox designs in conjunction with brakes and sensors can be easily combined and integrated into different vehicle types.

Systems Supplier: ONE Partner for Intralogistics
ABM Greiffenberger is a systems supplier for both stationary and mobile applications. Customers are comprehensively supported from development to series production and receive everything from a single source. Users can select from an extensive modular system. The drive specialist provides cost-efficiently and quickly application-specific adaptations. ABM assumes system responsibility and provides support in system integration for demanding and individual projects. Focus is on maximum customer benefit and intensive development activities. This results in reliable, durable and safe products that are characterized by high dynamics, smooth running and reliability and are compactly designed for easy installation.

ABM Greiffenberger will present powerful angular geared motors from the KG series live in action at LogiMAT 2020.

New: The trade fair offering will also include drives for reliable and energy-efficient chain hoists with integrated electronic control.

New: The efficient TDH230 wheel hub drive is now also available with electric steering.


15.11.2019 – New Motor Series

Top Performance through Liquid Cooling


ABM Greiffenberger has extended its efficient drive technology offering and now includes liquid-cooled motors in its portfolio. They open up a broad application area to users and impress, for example, through their high energy efficiency and power density even in harsh environments.

The drive specialist from Marktredwitz, Germany, developed the units with frame sizes from 80 to 160. Their compact design offers users numerous benefits. The motors take up little space, but are still powerful – an increasingly sought-after property particularly for applications in mobile drive technology. Because liquid can dissipate more heat per time unit than air can, the motors also feature optimal cooling performance under continuous load. This also applies if they are used in tight spaces, for example if the motors are integrated into machines. Beyond that, the drives possess a high thermal stability.

ABM Greiffenberger offers the water-cooled version with an output of up to 100 kW. It is available as an energy-efficient asynchronous motor or a permanently excited SINOCHRON® motor. The motors can be controlled via inverter and can be attached to all ABM helical, parallel shaft and angular gearboxes without extra effort. The components also operate reliably in harsh environments; ABM offers them with high levels of protection of up to IP6K9K. Cooling in the axial or radial direction is accomplished with fluids, e.g. with a water-glycol mixture or with oil. The pressure loss in the cooling system is thereby always very low.

The water-cooled motors are particularly suitable for use in the printing machine and textile industries. Relatively high temperatures prevail in production here and efficient cooling is especially important. In mobile drive technology they excel in construction machines such as excavators or wheel loaders as aggregate and traction drives. Other application fields are electric vehicles, industrial trucks and watercraft. ABM drew on its extensive modular building block system in the design of the components. User-specific requirements such as connection to special interfaces can easily be implemented.

With the development of the water-cooled motors, ABM Greiffenberger addresses industry requirements. CEO Robert Lackermeier stresses: ‘For us the close contact to customers and intensive market observation are important cornerstones for providing the greatest possible benefit to the user.’ The system supplier with a high level of vertical integration delivers drive components made in-house. Customers in numerous fields profit from the great consulting and industry expertise and find a reliable partner for individual system solutions in ABM Greiffenberger. Even complex prototypes can be realised quickly in Marktredwitz.

Development and manufacturing expertise also plays an important role. With the state-of-the-art aluminium die-casting foundry, ABM Greiffenberger has attained a prominent position in the production of housing parts. Required parts are finished using automated and flexible machines and cells. Robot-controlled systems and winding lines guarantee uniform series quality. Performance test benches and a laboratory for materials analysis additionally ensure the high standard of design and engineering.


The new liquid-cooled motors from ABM Greiffenberger are versatile and offer a high power Density.


Even at relatively high temperatures in production as in the textile industry, the drive from ABM Greiffenberger impresses through its efficient liquid cooling.


02.09.2019 – New Apprentices

Ten teenagers start their Vocational Training


On 2nd September 2019, ten new apprentices were welcomed according to the motto ”With you we put ideas into gear” at ABM Greiffenberger . So in total, ABM Greiffenberger Antriebstechnik GmbH employs 27 apprentices – the company belongs to the owner-managed senata group and is doing the training solely for its own youth development.

”The same as the motor is the heart of a machine, our employees are the heart of our company“, thus Dipl.-Ing. Robert Lackermeier, CEO of ABM, received the new employees. “Therefore, we will provide comprehensive support and facilitate your specific development already during your vocational training. As a dynamic, medium-sized company with high flexibility and short decision paths, we open up many perspectives and career opportunities for you after your successful training.”

That is us – invitation for a personal meeting

At the following vocational training fairs, you can get all the information concerning our varied job opportunities at first hand: 

  • 28th September 2019 at Otto-Hahn Gymnasium Marktredwitz

  • 12th October 2019 at school centre Kemnath

We are also pleased to invite you for the Day of Vocational Training. On the 26th October 2019, our training workshop in Marktredwitz will open its doors for all interested visitors and will inform in detail about the different training opportunities at ABM Greiffenberger.
In the career portal on our website you can also find an overview of the training professions which are being offered from 01st September 2020 onwards - applications for them are already welcome.

Johanna Kick, Marc Mayer and Mario Leibl (Deputy Youth Representatives), Jan Tröger (Deputy Chairman of the Works Council), Reimund Lork (Personnel Management), Marius Jackwert, Dominik Hautmann, Alex Stobitzer, Lisa Gennari, Lukas Köstler, Sascha Sawjolow, Jonas Hüttner, Jakob Martin, Lukas Möller, Lukas Friedl, Robert Lackermeier (CEO) and Bernhard Wenning (Training Manager)


21.08.2019 – SPS Smart Production Solutions 2019

Ready for Dispatch: Efficient Drives for Various Industries


At the SPS 2019 in Nuremberg ABM (November 26 – 28) Greiffenberger will present a section of their comprehensive program of efficient drive technologies for various industries. New in hall 3 at booth 520 is a liquid-cooled motor. This motor excels with high power density at minimal space requirement, energy efficiency and long operating time.

Users can reliably operate this motor over a long period of time with high output devoid of overheating. ABM Greiffenberger offers these motors in IEC frame sizes 80 to 160. Outputs up to 100 kW are feasible and if required they can be easily controlled with ABM inverters. Additionally it is possible to set a constant operating temperature resulting in uniform elongation. This means the motor can be fitted in µ-accuracy in its application – an advantage that considers the ever increasing demand for smaller space requirements.

Depending on the application or customer wishes cooling can be accomplished by water, oil or refrigerant. Radial cooling results in an extremely efficient motor but axial cooling is simpler in design. Liquid cooled motors can be combined with ABM straight shaft, parallel shaft and right angle shaft helical gearboxes. The user can pick flexibly from the complete ABM drive portfolio. The motor lends itself for industrial applications such as textile machinery but also for mobile uses such as construction machinery. In addition they impress in powerful electro vehicles and water craft.

ABM Greiffenberger present itself as a systems supplier that can deliver complete drive solutions from a single source. The company takes over full systems responsibility from specification to manufacturing. In addition the specialists from the Upper Franconian town of Marktredwitz deal with the systems integration so the customers receives solutions with additional benefits. An important consideration in the strategic direction is given to sustainability. ABM Greiffenberger emphasis the protection of resources, high energy efficiency and minimal emissions during operation.

Straight shaft, parallel shaft and right angle shaft helical gearboxes combined with ABM motors can also be supplied industry and application specific with inverters. They are equipped optimally with different bus systems and guarantee network interconnectedness. This prepares the ABM Greiffenberger drives system for the Industry 4.0 requirements.


The liquid-cooled motors are suitable for a variety of industrial applications as well as mobile applications.


19.02.2019 – For all Motors & Gearboxes from ABM

New efficient INVEOR Drive Controllers


System provider ABM Greiffenberger presented powerful drive technology for intralogistics at LogiMAT in Stuttgart. As a project partner from development to start-up, the company offers industry- and customer-specific solutions for numerous application cases. Motor-mounted drive controllers in the series INVEOR MP and MP Modular were new. They feature impressively fast system integration, energy-efficient operation and easy handling.

The new controllers can be easily combined with asynchronous and SINOCHRON® motors as well as with all gearboxes from ABM Greiffenberger. The special technology enables a speed control range of 1:200. A big advantage here is the unique mode of operation: the large control range is possible sensorless. This saves the user costs and significantly increases equipment availability.

The drive system offers numerous advantages in warehouse logistics. It can be configured in such a way that external connections as well as supply or control lines are all plug-in. Therefore installation can be accomplished quickly and smoothly saving the user money: no costly experts are needed. The system is particularly beneficial for applications such as modular warehouse logistic systems that are rearranged regularly.

Smart features such as a Bluetooth interface enable comfortable start-up and control via an app simplifies handling. This makes the drive system an optimal solution for applications in tight spaces whereby a cable connection for parameterisation is not feasible. The app also allows easy transfer of settings to other devices. The solution from ABM Greiffenberger is of modular design so customer specific configurations can be realised at any time. Optional fieldbus systems are also available. They assure the connectivity and prepare the drive system to meet the Industry 4.0 requirements.

The sensorless motor control and expanded speed control range of the INVEOR MP ensure optimal efficiency with minimal energy consumption in every application. It meets protection class IP 65 and also works reliably under tough conditions. The unique feature of the MP Modular version is its smart power section containing already all essential control characteristics in the power electronics. This lowers the costs for the user: no application board is needed. This version can be equipped and configured with various modules. The module carrier even offers the possibility of mechanically integrating customer supplied electronics. It can also be used for factory provided options such as I/O modules or a main disconnects. More installation space for additional components is also available.

System Integration with Added Value
The drive system from ABM Greiffenberger ensures a perfect performance in numerous applications. It is powerful, energy-efficient and conserves resources. From specification to production, the company assumes full system responsibility and integration. This makes optimal facility availability possible for the user. The drive specialist is a complete supplier with a high level of consultation and development expertise. All products are offered from a single source. With additive manufacturing even complex prototypes can be quickly produced in Marktredwitz. Modern testing technologies, motor dynos and a laboratory for materials analysis ensure high quality in design and engineering already at the development stage. ABM Greiffenberger has always maintained close customer relationships and conducts intense market monitoring. Based on its extensive and modular portfolio, tailored space- and cost-optimised systems with maximum benefit to the user arise.

Figure 1: ABM Greiffenberger’s portfolio includes energy-efficient and powerful INVEOR MP series drive controllers.

Figure 2: The new INVEOR drive controllers can be combined with all motors and gearboxes from ABM Greiffenberger.


19.02.2019 – Compact Gearboxes

All-clear for AGV’s


Automated guided vehicle systems can increase efficiency in production and logistics. To do so, however, they have to be powerful, safe and flexible. ABM Greiffenberger presented a series of extremely compact and space-saving gearboxes designed specifically for use in automated guided vehicles. They enable reliable and energy-efficient operation on factory floors and in warehouses.

The drive specialist from the Upper Franconian town of Marktredwitz offers efficient gearboxes for various vehicle concepts. These include towing vehicles, undercarriages, upgraded forklifts and assembly platforms. To optimally use the often tight space in an automated guided vehicle, ABM Greiffenberger developed particularly compact parallel shaft and angular gearboxes which can be easily integrated.

The two- and three-stage units are available with high reductions, low backlash and high encoder resolution. They are designed for low speeds and enable exact vehicle positioning. Depending on the drive unit design different steering versions are used, e.g., via electronic differential control of two motors for curved paths. For complex driving manoeuvres, forward and backward motion, lateral travel or rotation when stationary, one or more drive wheels can be steered electrically.

KG series bevel gears with output torques of 60 to 800 Nm are included amongst the versions that are particularly well suited to use in automated guided vehicles. FG series parallel shaft gearboxes range from 50 to 2,000 Nm. ABM Greiffenberger also has helical gearboxes in its portfolio with impressive output torques ranging from 30 to 2,080 Nm. High wheel loads of up to 25,000 N are provided by hub wheel drives (TDH series) offered in four versions with output torques from 360 to 2,000 Nm and of robust design. Through the integration of the components into the drive wheel the ABM designs excel as traction drives with particularly efficient, space-saving force transmission. Upon request bevel gear drives type TDB can be supplied with electric steering. They are available with static wheel loads of up to 16,000 N and in the different versions cover a range from 435 to 2,000 Nm. Type TDF parallel shaft gearboxes with a performance range of 435 to 1,400 Nm reach static wheel loads of up to 17,000 N.

The high wheel torques at low rotational speeds facilitate travelling on slight inclines and enable precise manoeuvring. Additionally users save costs: thanks to the high wheel loads there is no need for separate support of the wheel axle.

SINOCHRON® Motors for Long Battery Life
Compared with forklift drives, automated guided vehicles do not require high starting torques for inclines because they are usually used on level factory floors. For autonomous operation batteries with 48 or 24 volts are frequently used. Permanent-magnet synchronous motors have proven themselves in low-voltage applications and are recommended for use here. ABM Greiffenberger offers the Sinochron series with continuous output of up to 13 kilowatts for this. This series is characterised by its compactness and high efficiency. Sinochron motors are environmentally friendly. They clearly surpass the requirements of Super Premium Efficiency class IE4. Users are hence optimally prepared for further legal regulations. The drives possess a high power density and provide for a long battery life in daily use. In addition the series is compact and can easily be integrated into transport systems.

Permanent focus on customer benefit
ABM Greiffenberger is also present in the AGV sector as a system supplier with high-level consultation and development expertise and thereby offers its customers short decision-making paths: all products are designed in-house, and even complex prototypes can be quickly produced via additive manufacturing. Modern testing technologies and a laboratory for materials analysis and motor dynos ensure consistently high quality. The parts are produced on state-of-the-art machines and machining centres; robot-controlled manufacturing cells guarantee consistent series quality. Innovative products arise out of close customer relationships and intense market monitoring. ABM Greiffenberger uses its modular and extensive portfolio to develop application-tailored, space- and cost-optimised systems.

Figure 1:Angular gear with low-voltage motor from ABM Greiffenberger for efficient use in automated guided vehicles.

Figure 2:Type TDH 230 wheel hub drive from ABM Greiffenberger with high wheel loads of up to 25,000 N..

Figure 3:In this towing vehicle angular gears with low-voltage motors are used to ensure powerful and precise driving performance.


19.02.2019 – Your Vision is our Drive

Forklifts get moving with Powerful Drives from ABM Greiffenberger


‘Your Vision is our Drive.’ ABM Greiffenberger develops efficient forklift drives for traction, lifting and steering for its customers. As a system supplier the company from the Upper Franconian town of Marktredwitz offers all drive components from a single source. TDB series bevel gears and TDF series parallel shaft gears were some of the products that could be seen at LogiMAT. They are powerful, energy-saving and reliable in daily use.

Fast movement and smooth transport of goods in various sizes and weights are important factors in intralogistics. Accordingly there are also high demands on the drive technology. Gearboxes from ABM Greiffenberger feature impressive driving comfort and safety. They meet strict environmental and emission requirements. In the expanding electrification, that amongst other benefits provides noise reduction in storage and warehouse uses, the company sees further growth in market potential.

The gearbox solutions from ABM make high gradeability and acceleration of pallet trucks possible. Even at low speeds forklifts can be controlled precisely – with highly dynamic steering. Thus operators can manoeuvre them more easily, even in tight spaces. ABM offers ready-to-install plug-and-play systems which are available in modular form according to a platform concept. Motor, gearbox and sensors can easily be integrated into different vehicle types.

TDB series bevel gears can be used for a variety of purposes. They are found in reach trucks, tow tractors, autonomous transport systems and sweepers/scrubbers. The components are powerful and highly efficient. Even with small batteries, users can work reliably for long periods. The TDB series was extended with a drive that can handle output torques up to 750 Nm. With an unchanged installation space, the drive torque was once again increased by 15% over the predecessor model. ABM Greiffenberger designed the series to be compact. The vertical motor mounting and the further optimisation of gearbox components such as gearing and housing lead to a small envelope circle: the user benefits from a space saving gearbox installation.

ABM Greiffenberger developed the bevel gearboxes for wheel diameters of 230 and 254 mm and a wide range of applications and great flexibility: application-specific combinations of gear ratio and motor output can be easily realised. The series is also available in combination with an integrated steering drive and redundant steering monitoring right on the drive wheel. For ‘driving’ ABM offers temperature monitoring via a temperature sensor. Motor speed recording is done via an incremental encoder with up to 64 pulses per revolution. Use of a regenerative AC technology is also possible. An electromechanical holding brake takes care of parking and emergency stopping. The overall design thus offers a wide variety of functions and combination options. Now both developers of customised individual applications and OEM project managers for cross-fleet platforms have the ideal drive for their respective application available.

TDF series: Quiet Running and Plenty of PowerTDF series parallel shaft gears impress through their high efficiency, quiet running and longevity. Especially quiet running is stressed over and over by users. This is made possible by the highly optimised helical gear technology used by ABM Greiffenberger. The gearboxes are suitable for use in pallet trucks and three-wheel sit down forklifts, amongst others. The die-cast aluminium alloy housings used with sizes 200 and 230 mm ensures lightness, high stability and corrosion resistance. The housings for versions with wheel diameters 254 and 471 mm are made out of robust ductile iron.

ABM offers the TDF series with a motor output of 1.2 to 4.7 kW. The maximum wheel torques range from 435 to 1,400 Nm. The gears can be supplied with different gear reductions based on the applications. ABM Greiffenberger can develop customer-specific housings for a cross-fleet platform design and large vehicle volumes. Even with the TDF series, precise motor speed recording for smooth deployment is possible.

System supplier with high-level development expertise
With the trade fair presentation, the drive specialist displayed its strengths as a system supplier with a high level of consultation and development expertise. It supplies all products, both motors and gearboxes, from a single source. With additive manufacturing even complex prototypes can be quickly produced. Modern testing technologies, motor dynos and a laboratory for materials analysis ensure high quality in design and engineering already at the development stage. With its in-house aluminium die-casting foundry, the company has attained a prominent position in the production of gearbox housings. The parts are produced with high process reliability on automated and flexible machines and machining centres. Robot-controlled manufacturing cells and winding lines enable consistent series quality.

ABM Greiffenberger has always paid special attention to ensuring close customer relationships and intense market monitoring. Based on its modular and extensive portfolio, the drive specialist develops application-tailored space- and cost-optimised systems with maximum benefit to the user.


Figure 1:Type TDB 230/254 Kombi bevel gears from ABM Greiffenberger can be used for wheel diameters of 230 and 254 mm.

Figure 2:The high-contact-ratio helical gear technology used in the TDF parallel shaft gear series from ABM Greiffenberger guarantees maximum efficiency and quiet running.


27.11.2018 – Nicely put-together powerhouse

Parallel Shaft Gearbox from ABM Greiffenberger impresses Zasche


Development, production and sale of ergonomic handling equipment is Zasche handling GmbH’s metier. In the construction of a new electrically driven balancer, the company with headquarters in Bavarian Nördlingen received the support of Marktredwitz-based ABM Greiffenberger. The system provider delivered a tailored drive system consisting of a parallel shaft gear and a converter completely meeting the manufacturer’s requirements for performance, ergonomics and energy efficiency.

Since its establishment in 1932, Zasche has evolved from a specialist in structural steelwork and crane construction to a leading manufacturer of manual handling equipment in Germany. The company’s portfolio includes manipulators, slewing cranes, light duty crane systems and lifting equipment. Over the last few years one topic has come to the forefront: demographic change and with it the rising average age of employees in industrial enterprises. This especially plays a role when parts must be moved during production, further processing or order picking. Back and musculoskeletal disorders cause substantial damage to the economy and to companies. They are a common reason for sick leave and reduced performance. ‘A large share of these illnesses can be attributed to incorrect load handling and it is precisely here that we want to provide “relief” in the truest sense of the word and at the same time optimise workflows,’ says Erwin Wagner, Managing Director of Zasche.

The company has drawn consequences from this: constant improvement of ergonomic handling equipment, greater networking of components and use of modern high-performance materials such as carbon characterise the strategic alignment of the company, which achieves an annual turnover of around 14 million euros with a staff of 120. ‘Our customers expect reliable, ergonomic solutions that ease the load on employees and can be operated intuitively,’ outlines Wagner. The solutions have to satisfy high safety requirements without limiting the practicality. In addition, especially for complex workflows, it must be possible to achieve a high repeatability and thus increase the process reliability through semi-automation.

Conventional handling up against its limits
According to Erwin Wagner, constantly rising customer demands for ergonomics, safety and lifting speeds can no longer be satisfactorily met with conventional solutions such as chain hoists and winches. This prompted the development department at Zasche to come up with something new: the electronic E-Balancer for performing challenging tasks without a compressed air supply. All tasks related to picking up, transporting and positioning loads can be carried out precisely with it. With the joining mode the worker can directly position and join parts manually without using any other operating elements. The E-Balancer has a special handle for fatigue-free work. Continuous load monitoring ensures safe transport; plug & play connections make it especially service-friendly. Freely programmable operating modes are available for guidance and joining.

The right partner: ABM Greiffenberger
Zasche also needed a suitable drive solution for the E-Balancer. The requirements were clearly defined in the functional specification: it had to be robust and simultaneously lightweight and have a long life and a high efficiency. In addition sensitive motor control over the entire speed range was required. Zasche knew where a suitable project partner could be found. ‘We’ve maintained a good relationship with global supplier ABM Greiffenberger Antriebstechnik GmbH for years and value its high level of competence in drive and converter technology,’ says Erwin Wagner. After initial talks ABM employees were on site for detailed project planning and purposefully discussed the complex work and safety aspects. They presented several proposals, carried out thorough tests and manufactured prototypes on short notice.

The intense cooperation was successful and ABM submitted a tailor-made concept. ‘The motor–gearbox combination used is based on a solution from our standard range for the parallel shaft gearbox series,’ says ABM Managing Director Robert Lackermeier. These gearboxes impress through a compact design with low space requirements. Their high-quality teeth provide for quiet and long life. Users are offered a large number of mounting options and operation is very efficient: the gearboxes are maintenance-free. ‘Our engineers have profound know-how in lifting technology. They developed and implemented specific adaptations for the lifting equipment application and its safety requirements,’ says Lackermeier.

Expectations fully met
The drive solution from ABM Greiffenberger impressed Zasche. ‘Up to now experiences have only been positive,’ Erwin Wagner is happy to say. A high reliability is guaranteed through the use of a gear unit suitable for lifting applications. ‘Over the entire speed range our employees can work with a sensitive speed control system. This makes precise positioning of parts easier,’ he says. Zasche also profits from the very good control and regulation capabilities of the drive in connection with the jointly developed safety solution. The gear unit is also characterised by high performance at a low weight. Erwin Wagner summarises: ‘On the part of the motor, gearbox unit and control hardware, all expectations were fully met.’

Industry 4.0 is also an important topic for Zasche. The solution from ABM Greiffenberger: The drive system comprising of parallel shaft gearbox and converter enables reliable remote maintenance. Users immediately receive support through this. When necessary Zasche has access to information such as operating times, load cycles or operating state and can analyse these data accordingly.

A big advantage: one-stop service
Erwin Wagner also has words of praise for the quality of the cooperation with ABM Greiffenberger. ‘The cooperation with partners in technology and sales was always very positive and cooperative. Problems were handled pragmatically and rapidly,’ he says. He identifies the fact that ABM supplied the complete drive including the converter as a great advantage for smooth project completion. Zasche also sees a suitable partner in the system provider for future projects. Erwin Wagner: ‘We are already working on using other gearbox sizes from the ABM range.’

Figure 1 (Zasche): Erwin Wagner, Managing Director of Zasche handling GmbH: ‘Up to now experiences with the drive system from ABM have only been positive.’

Figure 2 (ABM): Robert Lackermeier, Managing Director of ABM Greiffenberger: ‘ABM is not just a system supplier, but also a development partner.’

Figure 3 (ABM): The ABM parallel shaft gear in combination with the converter enables sensitive speed control over the entire rpm range.

Figure 4 (Zasche): The E-Balancer can be used for delicate work and exact positioning.

Figures: ABM Greiffenberger Antriebstechnik GmbH and ZASCHE handling GmbH


20.11.2018 – LogiMAT 2019

ABM Greiffenberger to present efficient drive technology at LogiMAT 2019


ABM Greiffenberger will present a cross section of its extensive range of powerful drive technologies, including energy-efficient SINOCHRON® motors and compact gears for numerous applications in intralogistics, at LogiMAT2019 in Stuttgart from 19 to 21 February.
The system provider will also demonstrate its development and manufacturing competence. The company offers gear, motor and converter technology from a single source and meets the requirements for higher flexibility, performance and availability of drive solutions. This makes ABM an end-to-end provider both for the warehouse logistics industry and for material handling.

Energy efficiency at the highest level
ABM SINOCHRON® motors are particularly suitable for use in warehouse logistics. They are characterised by high short-term overload capability, high efficiency and high power density. In many cases users can use smaller motors, thereby saving on installation space and lowering energy consumption. Especially in the part-load operational range ABM SINOCHRON® motors are exceptionally efficient. They far surpass the values required by the Super Premium Efficiency class IE4. Users are thus optimally prepared for further legal regulations.


Powerful gears
In Stuttgart ABM will also present angular gears which are available in two- and three-stage versions. These gears have an impressively high efficiency of more than 90 per cent and are thus considerably more efficient than worm gears with their efficiencies of merely 40 to 70 per cent. The angular gears are lightweight, robust and also suitable for use in harsh environments such as refrigerated warehouses. Optionally implemented plug-in connections on the drives provide for easy assembly. The drives are virtually maintenance-free and compactly built, making them ideal for use in confined spaces.
Helical geared motors stand for quality, reliability in use and robustness. Through their special construction, parallel shaft gears from ABM offer a multitude of mounting options. They are also energy-efficient and quiet.
The aluminium housings from ABM Greiffenberger’s in-house aluminium foundry ensure the low weight and high corrosion resistance of the gear types.


Ready for Industry 4.0
Whether for centralised installation in the switchgear cabinet or decentralised installation as an add-on converter, ABM offers the right controller for every application case. All controllers are coordinated with all motors and can optionally be equipped with the corresponding bus systems. Thus they can be networked and are suitable for meeting the requirements of Industry 4.0.

Compact drive solutions for autonomous transport systems
For use in autonomous transport systems, ABM will present KG series bevel gears with torques of 60 to 800 Nm, FG series parallel shaft gears with 50 to 2,000 Nm and helical gears (G series) with 30 to 2,080 Nm. They are particularly suitable for low speeds and precise positioning. Compared with forklift truck drives, autonomous transport systems do not require high starting torques for inclines. ABM offers SINOCHRON® motors with a continuous output of 13 kW for use on level factory floors. They are highly efficient and thus provide for a long battery life.


Application ‘forklift truck’ – all drive components in the portfolio
As a system supplier, ABM Greiffenberger offers all drive components for forklift truck traction, lifting and lowering from a single source. These components meet strict environmental requirements, are particularly safe and enable sensitive movements even at low speeds. TDB series bevel gears, for example, are easy to integrate by plug & play, are powerful and consume little energy. They are available for wheel diameters of 230 and 254 millimetres. They have a drive torque of up to 750 Nm – 15% more than the predecessor model offers. Parallel shaft gears in the TDF series feature high efficiency, quiet running and longevity. This is ensured by the high-contact-ratio helical gear technology employed by ABM Greiffenberger. The gears are suitable for use, for example, in pallet jacks and three-wheel forklift trucks. The hub wheel gears in the TDH series that will also be shown in Stuttgart are also robust and powerful. Due to their extremely compact design, they are especially suited to autonomous transport system applications and low-profile tow tractors. The TDH gear series is also available for high wheel torques which in particular at low rotational speeds leverage their strengths and enable precise manoeuvring.

ABM at LogiMAT 2019: hall 3, booth B19


The FGA 172/173 parallel shaft gear has numerous fastening options, allowing for very flexible user-side installation.

The high-efficiency angular gears feature a high power density with an efficiency of more than 90 per cent.

ABM offers solutions from a single source for material handling applications in the areas of traction, lifting and steering.

Parallel shaft gears in the TDF series stand for low energy consumption through maximum efficiency.


06.09.2018 – SPS IPC Drives 2018

Drive Technology with Tons of Power


The SPS IPC Drives 2018 (27th until 29th November, Nuremberg) is the ideal platform for ABM Greiffenberger to present its comprehensive range of powerful and energy-efficient drive technology for a large variety of industrial applications. Among the highlights in hall 3, booth 520, are besides parallel shaft and angular gearboxes and SINOCHRON® Motors, customized and application-specific drives solutions.


Among the new innovations is the parallel shaft gear FGA 172/173 that can continuously transmit torques of up to 170 Nm and is available with two or three stage gearing. It is especially suitable for use in material handlings technology, e.g. as a drive in chain conveyors, conveyor belts, rotary tables and vertical conveyors, but also as a crane travel drive. This gearbox - as well as the helical and angular gearboxes of ABM Greiffenberger - can be easily combined with three-phase asynchronous motors as well as with SINOCHRON® Motors.

In Nuremberg, ABM Greiffenberger will also present its large selection of energy-efficient SINOCHRON® Motors newly expanded by IEC frame sizes 80 and 100 with up to 13 kW of output. These motors are characterized by high power densities and efficiencies. This is made possible by permanently excited synchronous motors virtually operating without rotor losses. Thanks to anisotropic rotor geometry and optimum ratio of inductance in longitudinal and transverse directions and combined with optimally tuned controller from ABM Greiffenberger, SINOCHRON® Motors can be operated sensorless. Without rotary encoders the drive runs smoothly ensuring maximum user availability and convinces daily with its economic efficiency. Drastically lower energy costs provide quick amortization; moreover, they also offer handling benefits. In many cases, a reduction in motor frame size at the same output is possible: The compact and low-weight motor can easily be integrated into applications. Apart from being used in intralogistics, SINOCHRON® Motors excel in many more industrial applications.

Prepared for Industry 4.0
Whether installed centrally in electrical cabinets or decentrally as motor-mounted inverters: ABM Greiffenberger offers the optimum controller for every application. Application-specific versions round off the portfolio. The controllers are tuned to all motors and can optionally be equipped with the corresponding BUS-systems. Thus, they can be networked and are suitable for Industry 4.0 requirements. The topic Industry 4.0 is in the focus “Networked systems are working more efficiently. Intelligent drive functions as they are offered from a single source by ABM Greiffenberger ensure a higher productivity“, summarises Robert Lackermeier, Managing Director.

For wide range of applications, ABM Greiffenberger has expanded the platform of efficient angular gears up to an output torque of 800 Nm. The two- or three-stage angular gearboxes convince by their high efficiency of more than 90 percent. Their special design allows a space-saving installation and high permissible radial forces. With bevel gears, users receive a highly flexible drive solution with a long service life and quiet operation. ABM Greiffenberger produces the gearbox housing out of die-cast aluminum. Thus they are light yet durable and corrosion-resistant. The gearboxes are exceptionally compact and virtually maintenance-free.

Advanced Development and Manufacturing Expertise
The ABM Greiffenberger exhibit demonstrates its fortitude as a developer of efficient industry-specific and customized drive solutions. All products are designed in-house. Even complex prototypes can be quickly finished thanks to in-house additive manufacturing capabilities. State-of-the-art testing technologies, dynos and a test laboratory for material analysis ensure highest quality in design and engineering already during the development stage. With a state-of-the-art aluminum die-casting foundry, the company has attained a leading position in the production of gearbox housings. High quality drive components are manufactured using automated yet still flexible manufacturing machines and cells. Robot operated manufacturing cells as well as winding lines guarantee uniform series quality.

For ABM Greiffenberger close customer contacts and intensive market monitoring play important roles. ABM Greiffenberger develops – based on a modular and wide-ranging product spectrum - space- and cost-optimized drive systems that cover all aspects of the intended application and offer the maximum user benefits.

ABM at the SPS IPC Drives 2018: Hall 3, Booth 520


The new parallel shaft gear FGA 172 from ABM Greiffenberger scores points as a drive used in materials handling technology as well as used as a crane travel drive.

SINOCHRON® Motors from ABM are characterised by high energy efficiency and reliability, among other things.


The highly efficient angular gears - here the KG 452 version - are convincing by their high power density with an efficiency of more than 90 percent.


03.09.2018 – Starting the Apprenticeship

Nine Teenagers start their Working Lives


From 1st September 2018 onwards, nine young talents strengthen the team of ABM Greiffenberger Antriebstechnik GmbH. They are learning technical professions like electronic engineer for machines and drive technology, mechatronic engineer, tool and metal cutting mechanic or they start a dual education (dual course of studies university mechanical engineering / mechatronics). In the training year 2018/2019, ABM Greiffenberger is now employing 25 young people, 3 of them being young women. All graduates of the past final year were given an employment contract.

We offer the school graduates a multitude of job opportunities and attractive working conditions“, says Dipl.-Ing. Robert Lackermeier, CEO of ABM. „In the modern training workshop, the complex job profiles are being schooled in practice as well as in theory – that way, we can optimally prepare our trainees for the coming tasks after the vocational training.“

ABM Greiffenberger at the regional vocational training fairs
We kindly invite you to visit us at the coming vocational training fairs in the school centre Kemnath on 29th September 2018, and in the Otto Hahn Grammar School in Marktredwitz on 6th October 2018. Here you can get to know the team of ABM Greiffenberger personally and at the same time collect some information concerning our wide range of vocational training.
In the career portal, you can also find an overview of the training professions which are being offered from 1st September 2019 onwards - applications for them are already welcome.


From left to right: Reimund Lork (Personnel Management), Jan Tröger (Deputy Chairman of the Works Council), Florian Urban (Deputy Youth Representative), Johannes Herrmann (Deputy Youth Representative), Rene Steiner, Tamara Schmauß, Sebastian Dickey, Maximilian Pinzer, Marcel Christ, Lukas Dörfler, Kevin Enders, Sophie Braun, Burhaneddin Akkaya, Robert Lackermeier (CEO) und Bernhard Wenning (Training Manager)


23.04.2018 – Full Support for the Autonomous Mobility

ABM Greiffenberger supplies AC Induction Motors for electric shuttles and autonomous shuttles from NAVYA


The development and commercialisation of intelligent transport systems is a very high challenge for everybody as NAVYA knows: The French company develops and builds autonomous vehicles for personal transport. NAVYA places highest demands on the drive technology – and found help in Bavaria to meet them. ABM Greiffenberger Antriebstechnik GmbH, with headquarters in Marktredwitz, Germany, developed special electric motors for a new generation of shuttles. These motors distinguish themselves by a consistently high output, efficiency and reliability, and thus fully meet the customer's target specifications.

NAVYA has been developing innovative, environmentally friendly, sustainable mobility solutions since 2014. The company, based in Villeurbanne, Lyon, France, builds driverless electric vehicles that move autonomously on defined routes. ‘We created these shuttles for intelligent transport of people,’ said Thomas Morard (Head of the Development Office) at NAVYA. Nearly three years ago a new model came on the market: The NAVYA AUTONOM SHUTTLE which is an autonomous vehicle with space for up to 15 passengers. It is used on public roads as well as on private properties, as e.g. airports and industrial sites.

NAVYA is enjoying continuous growth. At the end of 2016 the company employed 60 people; now that number is already more than 210. Production takes place at two locations in France and the US. Customers include municipalities, universities, airports and exhibition organisers. NAVYA is mainly active in Europe, the US, Australia, the Near and Far East. To date more than 65 shuttle buses of the NAVYA AUTONOM SHUTTLE have been successfully on the go. Apart from buses, there are autonomous taxis: the AUTONOMS CABS were presented in November 2017 and will be deployed in the second half of 2018.

The Drive System Has To Be Top
NAVYA imposes enormous demands on supplier part quality. For the latest advancements the drive performance played a particularly critical role. ‘It is crucial to be able to rely completely on powerful, reliable motors with a high efficiency,’ explained Thomas Morard (Head of the Development Office). In connection with this the French company sought a strong partner that could meet the high demands on this drive system.

After that search ABM Greiffenberger was selected. The drive specialist has been firmly established in the French market for electromobility for years and maintains close contact with innovative companies and trendsetters in the industry. ABM engineers collaborated closely with their French colleagues in the project phase. ‘We quickly realized that a particularly high-performance and environmentally friendly motor was required here. This was an exciting challenge,’ said Wolfgang Benzing, E-mobility Manager at ABM Greiffenberger.

Customer Expectations Fully Met
The engineers from Marktredwitz designed a robust three-phase induction motor specifically for the use in the NAVYA AUTONOM SHUTTLE. The motor has an optimised air cooling system and can be operated over a wide rpm range. In drive mode it has an impressively high efficiency. The motor has an output of 15 kW in continuous operation, the peak output is 35 kW. The peak torque is 130 newton-metres and the maximum rotational speed 8,000 rpm. The ABM-drive operates with an efficiency of more than 90 per cent.

The three-phase induction motor from ABM Greiffenberger completely won over NAVYA. ‘The drive fully meets our expectations. It is powerful, and we can rely on the fact that our passengers will be safely transported,’ explained Thomas Morard (Head of the Development Office). The French value the high reliability in everyday use. ‘In addition the motor is maintenance-free. This keeps the operating costs permanently low,’ said Aymeric Dubois (Test Engineer). Moreover it is particularly smooth-running and thus provides for low noise emissions.

The cooperation in the development phase also plays an important part for NAVYA. ‘The cooperation with the ABM engineers was very good. We were able to establish a real partnership NAVYA/ABM with them,’ stressed Xavier de la Chapelle (Project Architect). The mutual relationship was always open and solution-oriented. NAVYA looks forward to further cooperation with ABM in the future. This particularly concerns the development and production of more powerful motors for new applications.


Figure 1: Robust three-phase induction motors from ABM Greiffenberger perform impressively in autonomous shuttles from NAVYA.


Figure 2: The NAVYA AUTONOM SHUTTLE can transport up to 15 passengers.


Figure 3: Wolfgang Benzing, E-mobility Manager at ABM Greiffenberger.


23.04.2018 – Suitable for different Wheel Sizes

New Bevel Gearbox as Flexible Platform Solution


ABM Greiffenberger has developed a new bevel gearbox, the TDB230/254 Kombi, for use in electrically driven industrial trucks. The assembly can easily be integrated into existing vehicle series as a flexible platform solution. Users profit from high torques, extremely quiet operation and a long life.

Short delivery times and high inventory turnover rates resulting from the ongoing trend towards online trade also place demands on industrial trucks in logistics. Efficient and flexible drive technology is a key requirement. ABM offers solutions for traction, lifting and steering for material handling trucks. With the TDB230/254 Kombi, the drive specialist has made further system integration advancements. The bevel gearbox can be used for wheel diameters of 230 and 254 millimetres. It can also be supplied in combination with a steering drive and redundant steering monitoring right on the drive wheel. Monitoring as a retrofit kit is an ideal upgrade for systems in use. Installation is fast thanks to the plug and play principle.

With the TDB230/254 Kombi, ABM’s engineers have created an especially efficient gearbox that works reliably for a long time even with a smaller battery. The developers installed various sensors for vehicle function and steering monitoring, for example, enabling the drive position to be checked right on the wheel.

For users this means high process reliability and low maintenance costs due to prompt fault detection. ABM offers the gearbox with different gear ratios and motor sizes. Compared with predecessor models, it offers 15% more torque. The maximum motor output is 4 kW. Despite its high performance, the bevel gearbox operates economically. It is also robust and functions reliably even in extreme environments of temperatures down to minus 40 °C.

Bevel gearboxes from ABM are used in electrically powered mobile vehicles from pallet jacks and order pickers, reach trucks and tow tractors to autonomous transport systems. The smooth running of the drives improves driving comfort and the industrial trucks operate productively thanks to their high dynamics. Other applications for the series besides material handling equipment are aerial work platforms and sweepers / scrubbers.

Over 20 years of Experience in Material Handling
ABM Greiffenberger has been manufacturing AC drives for the material handling sector for over 20 years and has comprehensive know-how as a system supplier for the industrial truck industry. To date the company has supplied over two million drives for applications in material handling systems. The high-quality components leave the plant only after a thorough functional tests.

ABM places great importance in continuous development work oriented towards the challenges of the different branches of industry. In close cooperation with customers at all stages from engineering design to mass production, ABM provides optimised single-source system solutions for a multitude of applications related to traction, lifting and steering. In doing so, the company makes use of a high level of vertical integration and incorporates its application experience into development of new products. System solutions from ABM Greiffenberger are characterised by high performance, favourable energy consumption and low maintenance requirements. They benefit users through their long life and high operational reliability. They are also composed of high-quality, resistant materials and are modularly designed.

Development of new gearbox and motor technologies underscores the pronounced environmental awareness of the company. Drive solutions from ABM – taken from the extensive modular system or custom-made for the specific customer – improve the CO2 footprint for the user.

Figure 1: System integration at the highest level: the TDB230/254 Kombi can be integrated into vehicles with a wheel diameter of 230 mm or 254 mm.


21.03.2018 – CeMAT 2018

Efficient Drive Technology for many Applications


ABM Greiffenberger will use the CeMAT 2018 in Hannover (April 23 to 27) to present to an international clientele its comprehensive portfolio of powerful drive systems for a multitude of applications in the areas of material handling and intralogistics. The bevel-gearbox TDB230/254 Kombi and the parallel, hollow shaft gearbox FGA172/173 are part of the innovations shown in Hall 26 at booth D10. These compact drives operate efficiently and provide users distinct advantages with their long service time.

A product introduction of ABM Greiffenberger for material handling applications is the new bevel-gearbox TDB230/254 Kombi. This unit excels with an increased output torque, quiet running and a long service life and is perfect for building vehicle platforms of material handling trucks. Manual or electric steering can optionally be selected. The TDB230/254 Kombi is flexible and designed for wheel diameters of 230 mm as well as 254 mm. In addition it can also be supplied in fully integrated form in combination with a steering drive and redundant steering monitoring directly at the driven wheel.

Specifically for the use in e-mobility ABM develops and builds robust AC induction motors that operated reliably with constant high output. They come with optimum air cooling and can be operated over a large speed range. In drive cycle they convince with outstanding efficiency. The motors are rated at 30 kW but can provide short term up to 60 kW. The maximum output torque is up to 350 Nm and a top speed of 8,000 RPM is possible.

For the first time ABM Greiffenberger presents the new hoist drive units of the GHX-series. They exhibit a high degree of efficiency, are durable as well as powerful and reliable. Compared to previous hoist gear drives the new series expand the possible range of use with larger center to center distances and longer service life. The new GHX 63 allows the installation of wire rope drums with a diameter of up to 270 mm and the GHX 125 even up to 325 mm increasing the design flexibility for crane builders. In addition to hoist drives and motors, travel drives from ABM Greiffenberger combine to ready to mount system solutions. Travel and trolley drives are available as helical/straight shaft gearbox (G-Series), parallel/hollow shaft gearbox (FGA-Series) and now new as angular gearbox (KG-Series) versions, all with integrated safety brakes. They assure vibrationless movement of loads.

In the area of intralogistics the new parallel shaft gear FGA 172/173 from ABM Greiffenberger scores points: It has been especially developed for use in materials handling technology, e.g. as a drive in chain conveyors, conveyor belts, rotary tables and vertical conveyors and can continuously transmit torques of up to 170 Nm. High-grade helical teeth enable reliable and energy-efficient operation as well as low noise levels. With a multitude of mounting options users have great installation flexibility. The gearbox can be mounted laterally or with various flanges or can be used as a slip-on gear with torque support. It is also well suited not only for intralogistics but also as a crane travel drive.

ABM Greiffenberger expanded its range of energy-efficient SINOCHRON® motors by IEC frame sizes 80 and 100 with a maximum output of up to 13 kW. They are characterized by high power densities and efficiencies. This can be advantageous in partial-load - the majority of range drive units are operated in intralogistics applications. The full torque available by the motor is solely used for short periods for the initial moving of the load; afterwards the typical demands are reduced to a range of 20 to 30 percent of the rated output. This is precisely where ABM SINOCHRON® motors provide users substantial process advantages: Their efficiency is more than twice compared to standard asynchronous motors under partial-load. This is made possible by a continuously excited synchronous motor which operates with practically no rotor losses.

The range of displayed products is completed by ABM Geared Motors equipped with INVEOR inverters from KOSTAL. They are the ideal combination to meet the increased market requirements at energy efficient drive technology. Through the cooperation of ABM and KOSTAL users receive powerful system solutions that can be installed in a multitude of intralogistics applications.


Figure 1: Systems integration at the highest level: the TDB230/254 Kombi can be integrated into trucks with wheel diameters of 230 mm as well as 254 mm.


Figure 2: Due to high power density and optimized air cooling this motor achieves outstanding efficiency.


Figure 3: The new hoist drive unit GHX 125 from ABM Greiffenberger is designed for FEM 2m – doubling its service life.


Figure 4: The FGA 172/173 meets the high demands for intralogistics conveyor systems as well as crane travel drives.


Figure 5: ABM SINOCHRON® Motors stand out amongst other benefits with high efficiency and reliability.

Figure 6: All ABM-Motors – AC induction and Sinochron – are optimally tuned with their inverter. In combination they provide energy efficient drive systems with high savings potential.


13.03.2018 – Reliable operation in the Arctic or the desert

ABM Greiffenberger Expands SINOCHRON® Motor Portfolio


ABM Greiffenberger has added unit sizes 80 and 100 with up to 13 kW of power to its portfolio of energy-efficient SINOCHRON® Motors. The system provider will introduce the new unit size 80 at LogiMAT 2018.

ABM SINOCHRON® Motors are characterised by high power densities and efficiencies. This can be made use of very efficiently, particularly in partial-load: more than two-thirds of the drives used in intralogistics – primarily in material handling technology – are operated in this mode. The full torque supplied by the motor is solely used for short periods for the initial move of the load. The drives then usually run at 20 to 30 per cent of nominal load. This is precisely where ABM SINOCHRON® Motors show their superiority over standard asynchronous motors. Their efficiency is more than twice as high in the partial-load. This is made possible by a continuously excited synchronous motor which operates with practically no rotor losses.

Users in intralogistics facilities expect energy-efficient, powerful drives. The drives must also operate reliably if a drive fails it is usually due to speed sensors. Thanks to an anisotropic rotor geometry and an optimum ratio of inductance values in the longitudinal and transverse directions, given an appropriate controller such as the INVEOR drive controller, an ABM SINOCHRON® Motor can be operated without the use of speed sensors. Because the rotary encoder is omitted, the overall drive runs stably and ensures maximum availability.

ABM offers the right controller for every application – installed centrally in the electrical cabinet or de-centrally as a motor mounted converter. Application-specific versions round off the portfolio. Through the direct connection of the controller to a 400V power supply, project planning is simplified and installation requirements minimised. All controllers can optionally be equipped with the corresponding bus systems. Thus, the drives can be networked and are suitable for meeting the requirements of Industry 4.0.

SINOCHRON® Motors from ABM have been proven in daily use to have impressively high availability and economic efficiency due to their high efficiency which corresponds to the Super Premium Efficiency class IE4.

The drives operate reliably at ambient temperatures from –30 °C to +60 °C. Thus, they offer users a broad area of applications – from the Arctic to the desert. Torque fluctuations are minimal thanks to the special rotor design. This provides for very good torque synchronisation and a low noise level. ABM has taken various design measures aimed at addressing demagnetisation of the magnets to yield an especially high service life and thus high facility availability.

Use of a SINOCHRON® Motor also usually enables a reduction in unit size. The result is a low-weight drive that can be integrated easily into the application on account of its compactness. Amortisation is achieved much more quickly due to drastically lowered energy costs.

ABM SINOCHRON® Motors can be combined with all ABM gears (helical, parallel shaft, and angular gears) and are hence the ideal drives for ‘green logistics’. Apart from being used in intralogistics, SINOCHRON® Motors are suitable for use as pump and vehicle drives as well as for a multiplicity of further industrial applications.

Figure 1: SINOCHRON® Motors from ABM are characterised by high energy efficiency and reliability, among other things.


Figure 2: The partial-load efficiency of a SINOCHRON® Motor is twice as high as that of an asynchronous motor.


Figure 3: Due to the anisotropic rotor geometry SINOCHRON® Motors are optimally suited for sensorless operation.


05.03.2018 – Materials Handling Technology

New Parallel Shaft Gear from ABM Greiffenberger Scores Points in Materials Handling Technology


The new FGA 172/173 parallel shaft gear from ABM Greiffenberger meets the stringent demands imposed on materials handling facilities in intralogistics. The drive is compact, works very efficiently and has impressively long operating times.

The parallel shaft gear can continuously transmit torques of up to 170 Nm. It is especially suitable for use in materials handling technology, e.g. as a drive in chain conveyors, conveyor belts, rotary tables and vertical conveyors. The FGA 172/173 features high-quality angled teeth which enable reliable and energy-efficient operation as well as low noise levels. ABM makes the teeth and the light but robust aluminium housing in its in-house production facilities.

The new version in the parallel shaft gear series also has a multitude of fastening options. This gives users great installation flexibility. The gearbox can be mounted laterally or with various flanges or can be used as an add-on gear with torque support. In materials handling facilities the drive can be mounted underneath the conveyor belt for space-saving purposes. The FGA 172/173 can be easily combined with three-phase asynchronous motors as well as with SINOCHRON® Motors from ABM Greiffenberger.

The 172/173 version features a very high efficiency, can handle excessive loads and is extremely powerful. The parallel shaft gear is available with two or three stages. It can be used not only for materials handling logistics, but also as a crane travel drive because small gear reductions with the two-stage design can be realized. ABM design engineers have accommodated both designs in their own housings. The drive thus is very compact especially the overall length has been optimized. The new version closes the gap between the FGA 103 and the FGA 283 introduced by ABM in 2014.


Figure 1: New parallel shaft gear from ABM Greiffenberger Scores Points in Materials Handling Technology.


05.03.2018 – Intelligent System Solutions

Successful Cooperation between ABM and KOSTAL


Drive specialist ABM Greiffenberger and KOSTAL Industrie Elektrik maintain a strategic partnership and jointly present system solutions on the market. In an interview Robert Lackermeier, CEO of ABM, and Dirk Fedder, Drives Business Unit Manager at KOSTAL, talk about the strategic plan and the benefit to the customer and simultaneously take stock.

How long has the cooperation between ABM and Kostal existed?
Robert Lackermeier: ‘ABM and KOSTAL have been working together on selected applications in the project business since January 2017. Our solutions are used, for example, in conveyor belts, pumps and fans. The joint systems expertise is also reflected in agitators, mixers, gate drives and many other industrial applications.’

What were the reasons for the cooperation?
Robert Lackermeier: ‘One of our common aspirations is to create smart solutions that are reliable and powerful in practice for customers. Our motors and gear motors as well as the Inveor drive controllers from Kostal are the ideal combination for satisfying the requirements of the market for long-lasting and energy-efficient drive technology.’

How has the cooperation developed?
Robert Lackermeier: ‘We assess the cooperation up to now very positively. At present a large number of customer projects are being handled. The volume in euros is in the range of tens of millions. Thus we are completely satisfied with the cooperation.’

How is the authority distributed – who is responsible for what?
Robert Lackermeier: ‘Both ABM Greiffenberger and KOSTAL Industrie Elektrik are pros for their respective core competences. In practice this means that we present ourselves as experts in the field of gear motors and contribute our sophisticated and powerful drive solutions for machines, facilities and mobile devices. KOSTAL contributes its solid industry experience and delivers user-friendly and networkable frequency converters. Through this close cooperation we can provide the best possible support to our customers.’

How does the customer benefit from the cooperation?
Dirk Fedder: ‘The benefit to the customer is greater than the sum of the individual parts. Users save on engineering efforts. Each company is a specialist in its own field. By bundling our competence portfolio in mechanics and electronics we cooperate closely to create a system solution with maximum energy efficiency and reliability. Through perfectly coordinated product ranges we create a measurable added value for the customer. The customer also experiences this expertise in communication with the two companies. For the user each company supplies a contact person who is responsible for all activities.’

Robert Lackermeier: ‘From our point of view performance is not defined by torques alone, but in particular by the benefit to the customer. In every single project we want to offer the best technological solution for sustainable value creation. Robust and compact drive units which can be used universally and globally arise from this. Through our extensive industry experience in mechanics and electronics the customer always receives the right system solution optimally coordinated with the given application. Everything Engineered in Germany and from a single source, from the development phase to delivery of mass-produced goods. There is only one contact person for all issues. This ensures short communication paths and solution-oriented work. We also pursue this strategy in aftersales.’

What do you expect from the joint presentation at LogiMAT?
Robert Lackermeier: ‘Up to now we have only expanded our successful cooperation via customer channels. With the joint trade fair presentation we want to make ourselves more known.’
Dirk Fedder: ‘We expect a communication boost from the trade fair. Our declared goal is to reach a larger number of potential users and accentuate the advantages of our joint expertise.’


Figure 1: Robert Lackermeier, CEO of ABM Greiffenberger, assesses the cooperation very positively.


Figure 2: For Dirk Fedder, Drives Business Unit Manager at KOSTAL, customers receive a measurable added value through the cooperation.

Figure 3: Smart system solutions with added value for the user arise out of the cooperation between ABM and KOSTAL. The gear motor is from ABM and the drive controller is from KOSTAL.


13.11.2017 – Interview

ABM and Coastal: Successful Cooperation for over 30 Years


ABM Greiffenberger delivers to the Canadian crane manufacturer Coastal hoist and travel drives for over 30 years. Since the 1980’s – Coastal was ABM’s first foreign hoist drive customer – a close cooperation based on trust and transparency developed. In an interview Coastal CEO Jim Caldwell describes how this business relationship started and flourished to today’s successful model.

Mr. Caldwell, could you please introduce Coastal Pacific Crane?
“In 1993 Gantron employee Matt Horst assumed ownership after the previous owner had declared bankruptcy. We develop and build hoists and cranes that are sold under the brand name Gantron. At our Surrey location we have 17 employees. Our key markets are Canada and the US. We also deliver units to South America, Asia and Russia. Our cranes are being used in wood processing, mining and general machine building. We are currently generating annual sales of 1.65 Million Euro but intend to grow substantially over the next years. In 2016 Coastal was acquired by the crane builder CRS. After the takeover I assumed the responsibility as CEO but Matt is still on board as technical director.”

The partnership with ABM exists for over 30 years. How has it evolved?
„The beginning goes back to the 1980’s when Matt Horst suggested to develop an own product line for Gantron. In 1982 he traveled with the Coastal owner at that time to Europe to search for able component suppliers. During a visit at a German crane builder it was suggested to contact a component manufacturer by the name of ABM Greiffenberger. A short time later the first discussions with ABM development engineers took place. Matt Horst was impressed by the design concepts and both sides manifested interest in a long term cooperation. Matt returned to Canada and started to develop his Gantron line based on the technical know-how of the ABM engineers. Over the years the cooperation steadily evolved and today we maintain open and trusting contacts on a level playing field.”

Matt Horst and you already visited ABM. With what impressions did you come away?
„Still today Matt Horst raves how the ABM team approached the project with great engagement from the beginning. During my first visit I immediately felt understood and was inspired by the instant and consequent support by the systems supplier for our future plans. A tour of the manufacturing plants convinced me of the professional function of the supply chain. Equally impressive was the high level of manufacturing technologies in the plants.”

What are the advantages of ABM Hoist Drive Units?
„We supply reliable crane solutions to our customers that also must perform in tough applications. This requires the installed components to be powerful. The ABM Hoist Drive Units excel with a high grade of quality and are compact, energy efficient and with a low weight easy to mount. Our longtime experience with ABM has proven that their engineers are real experts. They exactly know the market needs and continuously develop their products accordingly.”

What are the advantages of ABM travel drives?
„On travel drives we appreciate as well the outstanding workmanship. Additionally ABM offers a great variety of drive types for a wide range of applications. We can bank on ABM using only high grade components for their drive units. This assures the components are robust and therefore reliable and durable.”

What do you appreciate the most in your cooperation with ABM?
„ABM is an active and engaged partner we can rely on when implementing demanding projects. In all the years of our cooperation we always valued the constant high level of quality of ABM products. This significantly contributed to the outstanding reputation Gantron products enjoy in the market related to reliability of their cranes and hoists. The performance of ABM motors and gearboxes is of utmost importance for the implementation of our future growth plans.”

How do you rate the service and support from ABM?
„From the beginning the support by ABM employees was outstanding. Our questions are promptly and competently answered; this applies to technical and commercial matters. Even in strategic respect ABM is responsive. At this time ABM is exploring different options to reduce the delivery times to Canada. This type of service is also very critical to achieve our growth goals.”

How do you rate ABM’s innovative capacity?
„During my visits to Marktredwitz I witnessed the high level of innovative capacity. There is plenty of in-house capacity and a great understanding for the design and manufacturing of powerful motors and gearboxes. The ability to continuously refine the products to meet the ever changing market demands is the key to ABM’s success.”

How do you see the future of the cooperation with ABM?
„We are glad to have in ABM a high-performance supplier of motors and gearboxes as reliable partner. Hence we optimistically look ahead. In the coming years ABM Greiffenberger will be the most important partner for Coastal.”


Figure 1: The new GHX-Hoist Drive Line from ABM Greiffenberger designed to meet FEM 2m – doubling the durability of the drive units.

Figure 2: Comprehensive program of travel drives: Travel drives from ABM are available as inline shaft, parallel/hollow shaft and angle drive units.

Figure 3: Matt Horst (on left) and Jim Caldwell: "The ABM Hoist Drive Units impress with their high grade of quality."


20.09.2017 – Drive Units for Cranes and Hoists

New High Performance Hoist and Angular Travel Drives


Many mid-size crane manufacturers bank on complete hoist drive technology solutions from ABM Greiffenberger. These drives are specifically developed for this market segment and characterized by a high degree of functionality. With the new GHX-Series the systems provider has now developed new powerful and energy efficient hoist gear drives with outstanding overall energy efficiency. In addition new angular travel drives provide a new option for crane builders.

Compared to previous hoist gear drives the new series expand the possible range of use with larger center to center distances. The new GHX 63 allows the installation of wire rope drums with a diameter of up to 270 mm and the GHX 125 even up to 325 mm increasing the design flexibility for crane builders. Another benefit on inverter operated hoists is the possibility to increase the no-load lifting speed up to 200 Hertz substantially reducing cycle-times. On two speed hoist motors ABM further optimized the speed change behavior reducing operating noise. The GHX-Series hoist drives are designed to meet FEM 2m resulting in doubling their service life. A further new hoist drive type GHX-250 with load capacities of up to 25 metric tons is currently under development.

Thanks to aluminum housings the hoist drives are light weight and highly corrosion resistant. Complete gearbox-motor-brake units can easily be mounted to the hoist frame. U-shaped cable drum set-up provides space saving mounting and enables a compact wire rope design to state of the art criteria. Numerous options and protection classes are available and provide maximum flexibility to adapt to crane builder’s requirements. As an example available auxiliary electrical fans and encoders complement a hoist drive unit for inverter operation.

ABM hoist drives are designed for lifting loads from 3.2 to 40 metric tons with a 4/1 reeving. All drives offer dynamic acceleration that despite soft start combine high start, saddle and tilting moments to assure dependable and vibration free movement of loads. Drives for crane and hoists must also reliably operate under most difficult ambient conditions such as extreme heat in foundries or bitter cold in freezer warehouses. Therefore ABM Greiffenberger only uses high grade materials to manufacture hoist drive parts. One hundred percent documented manufacturing processes assure safety and dependability even in adverse environments.

ABM Angular Gearboxes as Travel Drives
In addition to hoist drives and motors, travel drives from ABM Greiffenberger combine to ready to mount system solutions. Travel and trolley drives are available as helical/straight shaft gearbox (G-Series), parallel/hollow shaft gearbox (FGA-Series) and now new as angular gearbox (KG-Series) versions, all with integrated safety brakes. With two lines ABM Greiffenberger is offering the optimum solution for any speed and positional accuracy requirement: Professional-Line Drives provide two travel speeds. Special motor design and a cast iron fan that also functions as a flywheel guarantee smooth acceleration and soft braking for vibration free transporting of loads. Drives of the Automation-Line enable safe and reliable process operation at variable speeds and meet the highest demands for positioning accuracy. Special long-life winding insulation optimizes motor protection.

KG-Series angular gearboxes can also be used as travel drives for cranes. They are powerful, very energy efficient and offer a high degree of overall efficiency. A unique gearbox concept enables space saving installation and large permissible radial forces. The compact design of angular travel drives provides a wide variety of different mounting options. This offers users maximum design flexibility. The drives also excel with long durability and low operating noise levels.

ABM Greiffenberger offers a comprehensive program of drive options to crane and hoist manufacturers meeting all demands for performance, safety, reliability and energy efficiency. In addition to hoist drives and motors, straight shaft-, parallel/hollow shaft- and angular travel drives ABM Greiffenberger also can supply electronic motor inverters that come with individual parametrization for optimum performance at all application demands.

The hoist technology portfolio is rounded off with powerful, reliable chain hoists, designed for tough use and with a load capacity of up to 2,000 kg. They are available for industrial or entertainment application. For over 40 years engineered in Germany - ABM Greiffenberger produces and develops drives for hoists and by now has over one million in use worldwide.

The new hoist drive GHX 125 by ABM Greiffenberger meeting FEM 2m doubling the service life.

ABM angular travel drives offer the user a large variety of mounting options.


01.09.2017 – Career Start

Five trainees start their working lives


A new stage of life starts for five young people when they begin their vocational training. Since September 1st, 2017, they have been following their training in the occupational areas electronic engineer for machines and drive technology, mechatronic engineer, technical product designer, tool and metal-cutting mechanic at ABM Greiffenberger.

In the training year 2017 / 2018, ABM Greiffenberger is now employing 25 trainees who learn a technical profession – 2 of them being young women.

„At ABM Greiffenberger, youth development for our own demand is designed to create long-term future prospects. Our modern training workshop ensures a high standard of vocational training. The specialists of tomorrow are – especially in connection with the topic Industry 4.0 – an important success factor for a sustainable growth.“ emphasises Dipl.-Ing. Robert Lackermeier, CEO of ABM.

Sent by the social welfare work at the Campus in Hof, one further apprentice is learning the occupation of cutting machine operator at ABM Greiffenberger. In his first year of training, he has already been in the training workshop of ABM several times as a trainee and now, he is continuing his practical training at ABM and is also being prepared for his final examinations by the ABM instructors.

Invitation to the regional vocational training fairs
Our apprentices are already looking forward to presenting their new training project to you, the „Pin-Kick“. The Pin-Kick is a mixture of a soccer table and a pinball machine and it can be tested at the vocational training fair at the Otto-Hahn Grammar School in Marktredwitz on the 23rd September 2017. You are also welcome to visit us at the vocational training fair at the secondary school in Kemnath on the 7th October 2017.

Applications for 2018 are as of now welcome
For the year 2018, applications are already possible. For more information, please visit the career portal.


Jonas Neumann, Patryk Goncalves, Robert Lackermeier (CEO), Jens Fronhöfer, Reimund Lork (Personnel Management) ,Johanna Kick, Bernhard Wenning (Training Manager) ,Maximilian Ibisch, Johannes Herrmann (Deputy Youth Representative) and Adrian Amidovic (Diakonie am Campus, Hof)


22.08.2017 – Company Anniversary

ABM Greiffenberger: Successful in China for Ten Years


Ten years ago, in June 2007, ABM Greiffenberger Antriebstechnik GmbH founded its subsidiary ABM Drives Suzhou Co. Ltd. in the Chinese city of Suzhou, near Shanghai – and has written a success story since. What began with four employees grew continually in the following years. In 2017, sales are at 13 million EUROS and ABM Drives is well established in the market.

Back then, ABM Greiffenberger went to China in order to better serve customers worldwide, to improve response- and delivery times, to ensure quick service and to strengthen its position in the global market. Today, there are 27 employees working in sales, purchasing and production in Suzhou. By the end of August, a move is planned into a new and larger building, not far from the present location. Instead of the present 1,250 square meters, there will be about 3,200 square meters of which 2,450 will be for production and logistics. Robert Lackermeier CEO of ABM Greiffenberger Antriebstechnik says: “The old building is bursting at the seams, the move opens best prospects for the future“. In these premises, further products will be built for the Chinese market and new production processes will be added. “This will strengthen our position even more“.

Since its foundation in 2007, ABM Drives has been growing constantly. Sales increased from 1.9 million EUROS (2009) to currently 13 million. Bernd Hauenstein, General Manager of ABM Drives (Suzhou) Co, Ltd. says: “We have established ourselves very well in the Chinese market. We are offering comprehensive service with short response times because our employees are quickly on site”. “The production in Suzhou ensures short delivery times. We are producing a very high quality which meets German and international standards”. In general, the order situation at ABM Greiffenberger is very good and above plan. Orders are above the level of the previous year and the project pipeline with concrete requests for customized solutions is well filled.

Meanwhile the activities in China are excellent. The Weihua – Group, a prominent Chinese crane builder has honored ABM as an ”Outstanding Supplier“. For the assessment, the selected criteria were quality, innovation ability and delivery reliability. ABM Greiffenberger supplies Weihua with hoist and travel drives for hoist technology.
It is the future goal for the drive specialist to penetrate the focused markets of hoist technology, conveyor technology, storage logistics, material handling, e-mobility and renewable energies even more intensively. In addition, the company aims at further areas, like construction- and textile machinery in order to increase world market shares. In order to achieve this, ABM expands product lines like angular gearboxes and Sinochron motors and develops innovative future oriented drive systems including new electric motor technologies.

Robert Lackermeier, CEO ABM Greiffenberger Antriebstechnik, sees a strengthened position of his company in China.


Bernd Hauenstein, General Manager of ABM Drives: “We offer comprehensive service and short response times“.


This one of the most frequently sold products of ABM Drives Suzhou Co. Ltd., revenue of the wheel-hub drive is in the five digit range.

The compact hoist drives with reeving of 4/1 easily handle loads up to 40 tons and are very successful in the Chinese market.


01.06.2017 – Position further Strengthened

ABM Greiffenberger invests Millions


ABM Greiffenberger invests a double-digit million EURO amount in the Upper Franconian Marktredwitz and the Polish Lublin locations. The money is used for automation and modernisation of production, expansion of the production capacity as well as research and development. Thus, the company belonging to the senata Group is further expanding its leading position in the drive technology market.

“We are investing in the entire technological production processes in order to strengthen our competitive production of components for gearboxes, motors and inverters and to offer our customers our service in a sustainable manner”, emphasises Dipl.-Ing. Robert Lackermeier, CEO of ABM. “In doing so, we focus on digitalisation and industry 4.0 in order to be well positioned for the future.” All investments in both the machinery that will be partly equipped with robot technology and the new production technologies are targeted towards this.

“By spending capital in the double-digit million EURO range, ABM Greiffenberger, which is one of the most important companies of our Group, is sustainably strengthened for the future”, explains Dr. Werner Folger, CEO of the senata GmbH. “With high-performance machinery, ABM Greiffenberger will increase its competitiveness and success in the drive technology market”.

The money is used for the mechanical and machining production, including machining centres that are modern, automated and equipped with handling systems, as well as for the motor production. The financial commitment strengthens the Marktredwitz location, secures employment and further expands the system expertise of ABM Greiffenberger.

The processes are enhanced and constantly optimised both in administration and in all operational, value-adding divisions across companies. Thus, a product configurator is currently being launched and the ERP system is being advanced towards lean production and one-piece flow. The release change also includes the connection to a warehouse management system and the electronic data interchange (EDI) with external business partners. Moreover, ABM Greiffenberger further advances the internationalisation. The distribution at home and abroad, in Europe, Asia and North America in particular, receives personnel support. Thus, the company is extremely well positioned globally - both in terms of distribution and by a sophisticated supply chain.

The order situation at ABM Greiffenberger is very pleasing and significantly above forecast. The orders surpass the previous year’s figure by 15 percent. The project pipeline with specific enquiries regarding customer-specific special solutions is well filled as well. Research and Development personnel capacity will be increased and also benefits from the expansion of the test facility and the available equipment for initial type approval testing of new products.

The Lublin location in Poland was strengthened as well. The production area was extended by 5,500 to 15,000 square metres and equipped with ultra-modern machinery. In addition to automated assembly conveyors with integrated test cells for pre-assembly of windings, high-performance, 4.0-enabled assembly lines with visualisation of important data for process control are used.

ABM Greiffenberger has sales offices in Austria, France, Turkey, the USA and India. In Suzhou, China there is - in addition to a sales organization - an assembly department that will be enlarged and modernised as well.

The company aims at entering the focus markets Hoisting Technology, Warehousing, Material Handling, E-Mobility, Renewable Energies as well as other sectors such as Construction and Textile Machinery even more intensively and increasing the market share on a global scale. In order to achieve this, ABM expands product lines such as angular gearboxes and Sinochron motors and develops innovative, trendsetting drive systems, including new electric motor technologies.

ABM Greiffenberger works both reliable and cooperatively as supplier for numerous well-known companies. Consequently, the company has already received awards for its work: For the second time in a row, ABM received the Supplier Award in the category hydraulic and e-drives of the Jungheinrich AG. With this award, the intralogistics specialist recognised the excellent performances regarding the supply of traction and steer systems for forklifts, pallet trucks and order pickers. ABM was also honoured as “Excellent Supplier” by the Weihua Group, an important crane manufacturer from China. Criteria such as quality, capacity for innovation and delivery reliability were used for the evaluation. ABM Greiffenberger supplies the Group with hoist and travel drive units for the hoisting technology.


Figure 1: Headquarters of ABM Greiffenberger Antriebstechnik GmbH in Marktredwitz / Germany.

Figure 2: Automatic packaging, welding and isolation cell for stator packages for the use in electric motors at the Marktredwitz location.

Figure 3: Assembly lines at ABM Greiffenberger in Lublin/Poland.

Figure 4: The highly efficient angular gearboxes – here version KG 452 – convince with their high power density with an efficiency of more than 90 percent.


Figure 5: Dipl.-Ing. Robert Lackermeier, CEO of ABM Greiffenberger.


Figure 6: Dr. Werner Folger, CEO of senata GmbH.


03.05.2017 – Award

ABM Greiffenberger Again one of Jungheinrich’s Top Production Suppliers


For the second time on April 06, 2017 the supplier day was held at the Jungheinrich AG, Moosburg (Upper Bavaria) plant with the theme “More Speed. More Flexibility. More Value. 2017”. Jungheinrich AG used the opportunity to communicate with its suppliers – over 70 representatives from more than 50 companies were present – about the perspectives and objectives of the cooperation. Highlight of this event was the presentation of the 2016 Supplier Awards.

With this award the enterprise recognizes its top suppliers in five categories for excellent performances because as Jungheinrich says: “As a strong company we need strong suppliers”. Criteria such as constant high quality level, first-rate delivery reliability and special innovation performance are important indicators for the evaluation.

Josef Fedlmeier (Commodity Group Manager, Jungheinrich AG) picked the following words in his tribute: “The Jungheinrich Supplier Award goes to an innovative company, which constantly contributes to new developments of Jungheinrich AG and offers solutions for the future. ABM Greiffenberger is characterised by a long and successful cooperation with Jungheinrich AG, which we want to continue and develop further. The company was already awarded with a Supplier Award last year and confirmed the excellent performance again. The award goes to a specialist in the field of gearboxes and complete drive systems! Congratulations to ABM Greiffenberger.”

Robert Lackermeier (CEO) and Mayk Krueger (Branch Manager Material Handling) accepted the award for ABM Greiffenberger in the category hydraulic and e-drives (electrical drives). ABM Greiffenberger has already worked successfully and cooperatively with Jungheinrich AG for three decades and supplies Jungheinrich AG with traction and steer systems used in 3-wheel sit down fork lifts, pallet stackers, pallet trucks and order pickers.

“We are extremely delighted to accept this award for the second time in succession and to be honoured for our effort to develop and supply sustainable and innovative drive solutions”, says Robert Lackermeier. “We will continue giving nothing less than our best to participate in positively shaping the further growth of Jungheinrich AG with our pioneering products.”

Figure 1: Dr Sebastian Quack handed the Supplier Award in the category “Hydraulic and E-Drives” to Robert Lackermeier
From Left-to-Right: Dipl.-Ing. Robert Lackermeier (CEO, ABM Greiffenberger) and Dr Sebastian Quack (Manager Supply Chain, Jungheinrich)


Figure 2: ABM Greiffenberger was honoured as specialist in the field of gearboxes and complete drive systems
From Left-to-Right: Dipl.-Ing. Robert Lackermeier (CEO, ABM Greiffenberger) and Dipl.-Ing. Mayk Krueger (Branch Manager Material Handling, ABM Greiffenberger)

Figures: Jungheinrich AG


29.11.2016 – High performance and flexibility

ABM Greiffenberger adds Inveor Frequency Inverters to Sales Program


ABM Greiffenberger Antriebstechnik GmbH has expanded its product portfolio and now also offers the Inveor inverter platform. With a modular design the motor mounted inverter is particularly flexible and excels in many industries and applications. This innovative inverter offers users a wide range of capabilities to increase the efficiency of their equipment.

All ABM motors – either asynchronous or SINOCHRON® – are optimally adapted to the inverter. The combination of high motor efficiencies with efficient inverters results in particularly energy-conserving and cost saving drive systems. ABM offers Medium-Line inverters Inveor Alpha ranging from 0.25 to 0.75 kW output. For more demanding applications, the Premium-Line is available with an output range of 0.37 to 22 kW. Based on a broad range of experience from development and production of customer-specific drive solutions, a universally applicable, modular design has evolved. The Inveor platform allows for easy implementation of user-specific applications.

An intuitive operating and programming concept characterizes the inverter. The user receives relevant information about the operating state of the frequency inverter through a handheld control unit with clear text display at any time. This allows a quick and easy start up and helps to reduce costs. With optional fieldbus systems such as CANopen, EtherCAT or Profibus as well as an integrated PLC function according to EN 61131-3, it is perfectly suited for use in industrial 4.0 environments. Touchscreen terminals for control and visualization are also available as options.

Low power consumption makes the inverter attractive for industrial applications. This is made possible by the vector-oriented control and a power-saving function. A PID controller with integrated stand-by function as well as a wide input voltage range offer additional energy efficiency advantages.

The Inveor is easy to install and excels with its service friendliness. It consists of a compact die-cast housing that can be installed either as an integrated unit with the motor or separately from the motor. Its robust construction makes the inverter highly temperature and vibration resistant assuring trouble-free operation even under harsh production conditions. The modular platform makes adaptation to existing equipment easy and availability in protection class up to IP65 allows worry-free outdoors use. Optimized circuit topology with self-cooling up to 7.5 kW and S1 (continuous duty) operation of 3-phase motors ensure high reliability and minimal maintenance.


All ABM motors – either asynchronous or SINOCHRON® – are optimally adapted to the inverter. Together they provide a particularly energy-efficient drive system with high savings potential.


01.10.2016 – senata Group

Integration of ABM Greiffenberger Antriebstechnik into senata Group


On 01/10/2016, ABM Greiffenberger Antriebstechnik GmbH was integrated by 100% into the senata Group with head offices in Freising. The senata Group is an owner-operated, medium-sized family company with now almost 400 Mio. € annual turnover and more than 2.000 employees.

“The integration into the senata Group also opens new opportunities for synergies with the sister companies,” says Robert Lackermeier, managing director of ABM Greiffenberger Antriebstechnik GmbH. “Thus our marching course „ABM is getting fit for the future“ is even more significantly strengthened.”

We would like to thank our customers and suppliers very much indeed for the confidence placed in us – despite the difficult times – during the last months. Top quality and delivery reliability still remain the basis for our long-term good cooperation.


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