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130 Years of Engineering Innovations

Innovation — from the earliest days of R. STAHL, engineering innovation has been our company’s hallmark. Progressing from the manufacture of spring needle machines into the age of mechanical lifts and elevators, then with electric-powered material handing products, including revolutionary snakes, cranes, and electric hoists, R. STAHL has forged a reputation for engineering integrity and inventiveness. 

When in 1926 R. STAHL customers, such as BASF, began demanding hoists and cranes to be suitable for areas in which hazardous gasses occur, the company began developing explosion-protected command and control equipment – and a new R. STAHL mission came to the fore.

Making Products Smaller, Stronger, Lighter, Better

Again and again, the company evolved and innovated. Sometimes creating large lifting devices, other times making news by making products smaller, lighter and more powerful – one engineering masterpiece after another.  

The company’s first explosion-protected products were electric hoists developed from R. STAHL’s 1950’s “C Series” hoists, which offered multiple speeds and lifting capacities approaching 35,000 lbs. Motors used in mines were the first electrical equipment to use explosion-proof construction.

Rising to International Leadership in Explosion Protection

As the 20th century drew to a close, R. STAHL had earned a worldwide reputation as a pioneer and innovator in electrical explosion-protection technology.

Subsidiaries in 20 nations were serving customers in every process industry and countless other business arenas. With a range of products covering applications from explosion-protected switches, pushbuttons and light fittings through controls to complex systems, R. STAHL was the only manufacturer able to offer the entire range of different explosion-protection methods.