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The Success Story

1983 ASS (Automations Systeme Schwope) GmbH founded by Franz Schwope

1984 Franz Schwope developed the EOAT (Gripper) Kit At a time when EOAT
system  were still being designed and manufactured by costly processes, the basic setup was made from steel piping

1985 Development / patent: gripper fingers GFI

1986 Launch: C profile for the End of Arm Tool (Gripper) Kit

1990 Development and launch: X profile Now indispensable for End-of-Arm Tools

1998 SAS (Schwope Automation Systems) Inc. founded by Franz Schwope

2002 SIC (Schwope Innovations Center) GmbH Entwicklungsgesellschaft founded

2003 Optimization of the EOAT (Gripper) kit

2006 Production of complex gripper units using the laser sintering process

2009 AGS (Automation Greifsysteme Schwope) GmbH formed
         by Franz and Marc Schwope

2010 Relocation to the new company building

2011 Design EOAT System PreciGrip

2013 Introduction Customer Portal / ISO 9001

2014 Design IZS Inteligent Feeding System

2015 Presentation Software CAD Grip 1.0

2016 Own laser sinter plant for manufacturing ponents of k-forming

2016 SCHUNK participates 49% in the Gripper sytem specialist AGS