Urban's 60 years history
Everything started with the opening of a company for electrical installation and a retail store in Memmingen. Already in 1950 we could enlarge the facility by purchasing real estate and doing an extension with a repairing and storage hall. By expanding his field of activity, Josef Urban started his own company and moved to the current main plant in Dornierstr. 5. Nowadays Urban, as an international enterprise, attends customers in more than 100 countries all over the world.
Today URBAN ranks among the market and technology leaders world wide.
Milestones - an excerpt
After receipt of the order for a prototype, Josef Urban and his team start developing the first automatic welding machine for PVC windows.
In comparison with the first prototype, there is a significant modification: Machines are provided with pressure cylinders. Josef Urban presents one of these new machines on the BAU Show in Munich. A great success - a first lot of seven machines is sold right on the stand.
Urban developed the first double head welding machine for windows with a wooden core and PVC coating. This kind of window was cheaper than a solid PVC window and is still used today.
Type AKS 4000 is launched on the market. Moreover, Urban develops the new single head welding machine, type AKS 3000 for angle and transom weldings
Urban develops the first automatic corner cleaner - the SV 1000. Improvements are incorporated right away in type SV 500 and SV 200 being new machines as well.
There is a further technical development and Urban presents with type SV 300 the first corner cleaning machine provided with flat cutting knives and cutting knife block or cutters for the outer contour of the window.
On the occasion of the International Crafts Fair in Munich, Urban Co. was awarded a gold medal by the Bavarian Minister-President for their corner cleaning machine for PVC windows. After that, Urban Co. advanced very quickly to become a top manufacturing enterprise. The demand for innovative machinery from Memmingen is permanently increasing - the high quality machines are very popular with customers.
Urban is expanding - in Forchach (Tyrol) Urban Co. inaugurates the first production plant outside Germany.
Automation becomes more and more important and Urban develops the first CNC controlled corner cleaner - model SV 600.
With the AKS 1400, Urban finally laid the foundation for automation. With this vertical four head welding machine, it was possible for the first time to transport the windows automatically into the corner cleaner. The initial start of Urban’s welding-cleaning line. In 1987, Urban founded the first sales and service affiliate in North America.
Urban’s next novelty: With the SV 800 Urban Co. developed the first four head corner cleaning machine on the market.
The SV 480 by Urban is the first single head corner cleaner of the 400 series with patented turning technology.
Another production plant in Fredericton, Canada, is established.
With the SV 610, Urban developed a resilient CNC controlled corner cleaning machine.
From now on, the corner cleaners of the SV 400 series benefit from the CNC control.
Urban rounds off the range of products and serves newcomers on the market with the SV 280 as well as with welders AKS 4010 and 1020.
Urban starts dealing with automation in the field of hardware assembly. For this purpose, they develop the FBA 2500 sash assembly station.
Urban develops the most successful corner cleaning machine ever: The SV 530 being still today the absolute hit - even in its 5th generation! In the meantime, around 1500 machines of type SV 530 have been sold all over the world.
The logistics field becomes increasingly important - automated handling equipment appears on the scene.
Peter and Martin Urban, the sons of company founder Josef Urban, become managing directors and later on also the third brother, Thomas Urban.
Urban develops the glass bonding station.
Urban starts with its own logistics in relation with its company’s own IT.
Now Urban develops the welding machines of the AKS 6000 series which are continuously further advanced in the following years.
The logistics sector is expanded consequently.
Further development by Urban of the horizontal welding technology which is extended to up to eight welding heads at adjustable profile stop bars.
Urban had a big hit by developing the SV 840 corner cleaner with two machining heads that can be provided optionally with seven or thirteen servo axes offering a multitude of tooling positions.
Double anniversary. Urban celebrates the 30th anniversary of Urban GmbH in Forchach, Tyrol and the 25th anniversary of Urban Machinery in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.
Urban presents the new Vario Cut welding procedure with type AKS 6600 Vario allowing totally new surface qualities at welding.
50 th welding anniversary: This anniversary is the start for new technologies by Urban