04.12.2020

HEKUMA - the technology leader for automation solutions in the fight against corona is part of our elexis group

Interview with Dr. Rolf Merte, CEO elexis AG

The corona pandemic has turned our world upside down. Restrictions at work as well as in private life are the order of the day for many people. The government, in cooperation with recognised medical experts, is trying to provide people with the best possible care, ensure health security, expand testing facilities, and advance vaccines. As a result, the demand for pipette tips for pathogen detection and antibody testing has risen sharply in recent months. 

Dr. Merte, HEKUMA GmbH, a company of the elexis Group, is the technology leader for automation solutions which, among other things, precisely make this production possible. We would like to get to know more about HEKUMA: how did HEKUMA become what it is today?

HEKUMA has many years of experience as a specialist for high-performance automation for the plastics industry and has become the technology leader in this sector. 

The company was founded in 1974 by Richard Herbst, who had the right intuition for growth markets - at that time automation systems for audio cassettes and CD boxes - and thus quickly put HEKUMA on the road to success.

In 2000 HEKUMA, with its high-tech automation solutions, was taken over by elexis AG as a steadily growing company. 

Today HEKUMA is the technology leader for high performance automation in the environment of injection molding processes and stands for efficient solutions of complex requirements and for extreme precision at high speeds.

Is the company internationally active, as well?

Since its foundation, HEKUMA has installed more than 5.000 systems worldwide and creates sustainable competitive advantages through innovative ideas and inspiring technology. 

The export rate is more than 70%. Customers at home and abroad are supported by the sales and service offices in Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, USA, and China. HEKUMA's experts provide customers with intensive support, starting with consulting, individualized conception of the systems, through their turnkey installation, to the execution of all maintenance and service tasks.

In which markets is HEKUMA active and on which characteristics is the company's technological leadership built?

Unloading times at top speeds, systems as reliable, precise and durable as a Swiss clockwork - these are HEKUMA USPs that leave the competition far behind.

The company has specialised in the promising markets of medical and automotive technology as well as the consumer goods industry. HEKUMA systems are the first choice wherever high quality and complex production requirements have to be combined with high availability in the field of high-performance plastics automation for injection molding and assembly processes.

Especially in the field of medical technology HEKUMA offers automation systems to produce disposable plastic products in laboratory technology, diagnostics, and medication. HEKUMA systems meet all current market requirements for the production, processing, and assembly of high-volume medical plastic parts.

Therefore, the company can also support manufacturers of pipette tips with its automation systems?

Right. As already mentioned at the beginning, the current situation caused by Corona, but also medical developments in general, show that, especially in the laboratory sector, consumption figures for pipette tips and other laboratory vessels are in the billions and that the demand will grow steadily in the future.

With the large quantities required today and in the future, manufacturers can easily gain a head start in the market by producing fast and high quality in large quantities. HEKUMA has created the optimal conditions for this with its pipette tip automation system HEKUtip. The extremely fast removal gripper, the parallelization of process steps, the up to 100% camera inspection and the robust system design lead to extremely high output and availability. 

Learn more about the solution in our product video: „HEKUtip – Automation System for Pipette Tips“ 

HEKUMA systems are the result of highly efficient production concepts and sophisticated process modules whose technology sets standards worldwide.

Dr. Merte, thank you very much for these explanations. HEKUMA really impresses with fantastic solutions that bring customers worldwide into leading positions in promising markets.

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