In August 1954 Dipl.-Ing. Hermann Reichenbacher founded his company with initially 6 staff members. The first products were carving and copying machines, which are still manufactured in reduced numbers. These machines made Reichenbacher known all over the world.
These products followed: multi-spindle drilling machines, copy milling machines (main market was the clog industry in the 70ies), spiral milling machines, special machines for the production of doors and kitchen furniture as well as machines for the upholstered furniture industry.
The first products are put on the market: manually-operated sculptor's copying machines revolutionize the traditional method of woodcarving, making the name of Reichenbacher famous throughout the world.
Reichenbacher manufactures the RANCAM machine series, the first numerically controlled machining center for woodworking. The Company is now moving from machine-maker to system-provider.
The machine type known as RANCAM goes into series production for the first time, arousing great interest all over Europe. Since the development costs are spread over the whole series, this machine is extremely profitable. It combines a high level of productivity with a reasonable price.
5-axis milling units are equipped with a cardan head for the first time. Reichenbacher thus makes it possible to machine parts with a three-dimensional structure.
The machine series know as VISION sets new standards in the field of woodworking. Its main advantages are: first-class machining, outstanding milling quality and a uniform safety concept.
Thanks to state-of-the-art, multi-channel technology the ECO model is well ahead of its time. It ensures a high level of productivity when machining fiber-reinforced sandwich boards for the aviation industry, for example.
At LIGNA 2003 the series ARTIS is launched, a machine generation especially for the craft.
The Company known as Reichenbacher Hamuel GmbH is founded as a 100% subsidiary of HAMUEL Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG. It is integrated into the SCHERDEL Group. To an increasing extent, the Company is becoming a system provider for complete manufacturing solutions.
The newly developed machining centres ECO-O and ECO-NT prove their value above all in the aluminium processing for the automotive industry.
The novelty VISION Premium is introduced at the LIGNA 2009.
For the first time the ECO-NT is equipped with two 5-axis fork heads for reciprocal loading. This allows parallel machining of two parts in one station at the same time.
A special VISION III T Sprint for the machining of big parts such as glued laminated timber, construction wood and multilayer boards guarantees machining up to 46,000 x 2,000mm with traverse paths of X = 50,000mm, Y = 2,900mm and Z = 870mm. The cardanic working head with 55 kW allows 5-axis sawing up to a diameter of 1.000mm.
Presentation of the novelties ECO-RS (inclined-bed type) and VISION-RC (single-head system).
The machining centre ECO-LT is to expand the proven ECO-NT series of Reichenbacher Hamuel by a version available at a favourable price. It has specifically been developed for the machining of plastics, aluminium and composites (CFRP, GRP) and permits the fully automated milling of cutouts, circumferences and profiles.