Automated Storage Systems: Company History

Milestones in Hänel's success


Hänel is one of the world's leading manufacturers of storage and organization systems, with distributors in over 60 countries.

2020 - Relocation of US Headquarters

Hänel Storage Systems moves to a new site in Warrendale, PA 15086, USA

2020 - Robotic handling technology for the Hänel Lean-Lift®

Hänel specialists collaborate with Baumann Automation to develop an innovative solution for robotic handling and storage processes.

2018 - Smart Picking and Pick-by-Voice

A world premiere at CeMAT 2018 in Hanover, Germany: Hänel launches the cost-effective Smart Picking concept and Pick-by-Voice control for Hänel storage systems.

2017 - Augmented Reality

In collaboration with one of its customers, Hänel installs two Hänel Lean-Lift® systems which are operated via wireless augmented reality technology.

2016 - MP 14 N

Hänel launches the new MP 14 N controller – a world premiere at CeMAT 2016.

2014 - Hänel Soft® – Reloaded!

Hänel Soft®-N The successful Hänel warehouse management software with new functions and design.

2014 - SAP SOAP

Hänel innovations at CeMAT 2014: Hänel Lean-Lift® in extra-wide design with a container width of up to14.63 ft. Hänel controller as SAP terminals Direct implementation of the SAP/Hänel storage management template in SAP using HTTP and SOAP.

2012 - Move to a new building

Hänel moves to a new building in 2952 DA Alblasserdam.

2011 - EcoConcept

At CeMAT 2011 Hänel showcases several in-novations and highlights as part of the new Hänel EcoConcept: Hänel EcoDrive®, Eco-Load® and EcoMode® are effi cient systems integrated in the Hänel Lean-Lift® and Hänel Rotomat® to reduce energy consumption in the warehouse. Presentation of the Hänel Rotomat® in a high-speed version. Again at CeMAT Hänel introduces the award-winning Hänel VendiShelf system for safe and secure storage.

2009 - Celebration of Gerhard Hänel

Celebration of Gerhard Hänel's 100-year anniversary.

2008 – Expansion of the Wiesentheid Plant

The production floor area in Wiesentheid Plant 2 is expanded by 4,800 m2. This expansion more than doubles the production area available at the site.

2008 - DualDrive® design

Hänel, the inventor of the extractor with double container placement, perfects this system and develops the Hänel Lean-Lift® in DualDrive® design. Doubling of the production area at the Hänel plant in Wiesentheid, Bavaria. Hänel introduces an EcoDrive® version of the Lean-Lift® – a world first for producers of storage systems. CO2 reductions thanks to efficient energy recovery using a frequency converter with feedback unit.

2005 - 3-axis Multi-Space® storage system

In a world premiere at the CeMAT trade fair, Hänel unveils the patented 3-axis Multi-Space® storage system – the new definition of vertical lift technology.

2004 - Digital camera technology

Hänel is the first manufacturer in Germany to offer the option of fitting its vertical lift modules with digital camera technology.

2003 - New administration building

Hänel moves into its new administration building.

2001 - New Demo Center

Hänel opens a new Demo Center in Bad Friedrichshall.

1999 - 1,000 kg payload capacity

Lean-Lift® with 1,000 kg payload capacity per container.

97/98 - Expansion of manufacturing capability

Massive expansion of manufacturing capability with state-of-the-art production technology.

1996 - 500 kg payload capacity

Lean-Lift® with 500 kg payload capacity per container.

1994 - Invention of the profile wall

First Lean-Lift® with vertical technology and 250 kg payload capacity per container. Hänel sets the standard in vertical lift technology by inventing the Hänel profile wall.

1993 - ISO certificate DE

Hänel Germany is the first company in its sector (vertical lift technology) to be awarded the DIN EN ISO 9001:2015 certificate. Two years later Hänel Altstätten is awarded the coveted DIN EN ISO 9001:2015 certificate – the first company in its field (vertical lift technology) in Switzerland to achieve this distinction.

1992 - Hänel Rotomat® Autolift 1000

Hänel develops this automated system so that various kinds of bins can be loaded into Rotomat® industrial lifts quickly and efficiently.

1980s - Establishment of subsidiaries

The 1980s saw the development of a wide range of industrial storage carousels for the global market. New branches established – Hänel USA and Hänel France. Hänel Netherlands followed early in 1990.

1978 - Storage capacity of over 10 tons

Hänel designs and produces heavy-duty carousels with a storage capacity of over 10 tons. Unprecedented at the time!

1973 - Lightweight construction

As early as 1973, Hänel was looking into lightweight construction techniques and developed the first aluminum-based vertical carousels. This technical achievement has remained unmatched to this day.

1972 - Hänel Plant 3

In Altstätten SG, Switzerland, Hänel Plant 3 starts production.

1970s - Industrial vertical carousels

At the start of the 70s the first Hänel industrial vertical carousels are launched.

1968 - Hänel Plant 2

Hänel Plant 2 goes into operation in Wiesentheid/Bavaria. Hänel Precision Gears Bad Friedrichshall, Germany

1957 - Ferris wheel principle

Hänel is the first manufacturer in Europe to series-produce filing carousels based on the Ferris wheel principle.

1953 - Foundation

Gerhard Hänel founds 'Hänel Büro- und Lagersysteme' in Bad Friedrichshall, Germany.

1933 - Company foundation

In 1933 Gerhard Hänel founded his own business for making steel furniture in Lauter (Saxony), Germany.