Robotunits is a global manufacturer of a Modular Automation System for production equipment. This includes Conveyor and Linear Motion Technology, Material Handling and Safety Fence systems as well as Machine Framing and Guarding and a unique Aluminum Extrusion & Fastening Technology. The product design strictly follows the Lean Manufacturing concept, which stands for multifunctional and smart component design to reduce time and cost in all areas of your organization. Robotunits has manufacturing operations in the USA and Austria and has additional locations in Germany, Italy and Australia.

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30 years of growth and innovation

  • 1988
  • 1994
  • 1994
  • 2001
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2011
  • 2016
  • Christian Beer founded Heron Sondermaschinenbau GmbH. The company started as a specialty machine builder for automated assembly equipment. Over the years the structure of the company has evolved. As of today Heron is a service provider in research & development, HR & personnel training.

  • Incorporation of Robotunits GmbH in Austria. Having used traditional aluminum extrusion systems over many years, Robotunits engineers saw the need to develop a new extrusion & fastening technology that allowed them to build their production equipment faster, more flexible and with higher structural rigidity. In 1994 this Modular Automation System was introduced to the market, including conveyors, linear motion systems, safety fencing based on our own extrusion system.

    In the same year the Robotunits Team wins the “Vorarlberg Innovation Award” for the development of the Modular Automation System.

  • Robotunits wins the “Innovation Award” for the development of the world’s first play-free & self-aligning fastening technology in the automation industry.

  • Incorporation of Robotunits, Inc. – New Jersey, USA.

  • Incorporation of Robotunits Pty. Ltd., Australia, is founded.

  • Incorporation Robotunits Italia S.r.l., Italy, is founded.

  • Start construction of the new headquarters “Heron Innovations Factory” in Dornbirn, Austria.

  • Opening celebration of the Heron Innovations Factory, Heron’s new corporate headquarters in Dornbirn, Austria.

  • Incorporation of Servus Intralogistics GmbH.

  • Expansion of the Heron Innovations Factory to a new total of 65,000 ft2, including a new tunnel docking area for shipping and transportation.

Heron Innovations Factory

The Heron Innovations Factory is the foundation of our constant desire to innovate. According to our product philosophy, the design of the company building follows a modular design. This leads to open and modern work areas which help us to react flexibly and quickly to changes in our work environment. The result is open and direct communication among our employees, a flat hierarchy from the apprentice to the CEO. Open, innovative & quick, like a startup company.

The Innovations Factory should be an active & lively work environment. A place to generate new ideas & innovations. It is our goal to welcome customers with a current project and allow them to see the entire range of innovations and latest technologies in real-time. For example, Servus Transport Robots connect the entire company logistics, production and commissioning. Every department, from parts receiving to shipping, is connected through Servus to allow our employees to concentrate on value-add activities as much as possible.

With the Innovations Factory we want to show the future implications of a connected organization in the age of Industry 4.0 and lean culture on our employees and organizations.

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