We started as “Wilhelm Settele Design-office” in 1987, in Fuessen, in the picturesque Allgau region of Bavaria. Our initial focus was Product and Process development for Medical-Instruments. Through our sophisticated designs in this field, we gained a reputation as provider of clever, high precision solutions for sensitive applications.
For example, we developed the complete plug-in Connector system for the smallest (at that time), mobile Blood -pressure measuring unit and for Boehringer, a pain free Lancet for drawing blood for glucose test by diabetics.
From the resourceful, “creative” design office, with limited financial means, grew creative automation, gradually, to today’s expanding success. Due to the expanding from various industries we have become a valued service and product provider for the Automotive, Appliance, Electronic, Instrument and Horology Industries.
Recalling the starting phase, Willy Settele, the founder said:
“All, who were with me through these times, all who enabled me to learn and grow, all who supported us, as customers or suppliers, have my deepest gratitude.”
- We build automated systems and individual insertion units for insulation displacement (IDC) terminals
- We provide final assembly systems for the integration of led-frames and injection molding units for hybrid components
- We developed the ProX 100 as modular processing unit for the engineering of prototypes and production
- A partnership with BRUDERER company for the sales and marketing of our systems in Switzerland and Vorarlberg (Western-Austria)
After 23 years of independent existence, Zetka joined us with a 70% participation providing new capital for growth and development.
In 2015, after creative automation had re-acquired the shares from ZETKA, RAFI came aboard as new powerful partner.
2015 RAFI becomes new partner
RAFI aqcuired 24% of the shares. With the new structure a major step towards future market success was achieved.
Founded in 1900, RAFI now develops and produces electromechanical components such as pushbuttons and switches, operating systems such as touch screens, keyboards, electronic components, and systems for man-machine communication. RAFI products are employed in more than 30 industries, e.g., in medical equipment, mechanical engineering, road and railway vehicles, household appliances, and telecommunications. The RAFI group operates internationally with approx. 2,000 employees at ten sites in Germany, Europe, China, and the USA. The group’s headquarters are located in Berg (Baden-Württemberg, Germany).
in the network with RAFI creative automation acts as competence center for stamping and forming technology. At the same time the partnership enables further investments in the development and marketing of our machines and systems.
The core staff of 18 is augmented by 40 contract and consulting partners.