A short time later Tracto-Technik was working on a project requiring a hydraulically driven ramming device by Krupp. The professional knowledge in the hydraulic field was obtained by Paul Schmidt and his colleagues at an evening school in Siegen.
Afterwards they searched in vain for a machine for the handling of hydraulic tubes. This included cutting lengths, deburring, bending and the pre-assembly of cutter rings. In the end Paul Schmidt looked at this casually and said “If there is no such thing, then we will invent the machine”.
That was the birth of Tubomat, which soon gained the interest of the screwing manufacturers. Up until the beginning of the 1980s the distributor was the company Kracht from Werdohl, after which Tracto-Technik took over the distribution.
It was 40 years after the arrival of the first Tubomat that the industry around the pipe forming technology was developed and produced safe solutions all around the tube package. This includes innovative machines and precise measuring technologies, as well as intelligent software solutions.
The latest development highlight is a fully electric right-left pipe bending machine fitted with 15 servo-axials, which can produce highly complex pipe figures within seconds.
Hammering through innovation
Five years after the establishment of the company, they moved into a newly-built factory located in Saalhausen.
In 1970, a freshly-laid tarmac road in front of the Schmidt’s house had to be disrupted a mere few days after its installation to install a water pipeline. This gave Paul Schmidt another clever idea and the soil displacement hammer Grundomat was born.