(By Manfred Stockbuerger)
If there is such a title as the ‘Inventor of Hohenlohe’, it
describes Gerhard Kohler perfectly. “I simply thought about it and
worked something out”, says the budding entrepreneur from Schoental-Bieringen.
And big guns of the German business community are paying attention to his
technology. For example MAN – electrolysis is the magic formula. The
technology is very simple in principle: during the electroplating process
material is added uniformly onto a surface, during electrolysis material
is taken away. The key is, according to Gerhard Kohler, that the structural
integrity of the component is not weakened at all. The result is incredibly
smooth surfaces. And – if it is done correctly – specific surface
contours can be achieved. In layman’s terms: holes in the correct
places. A good example are fuel injection nozzles for MAN marine diesel
engines. How does this technology end up in Bieringen? Answer: Gerhard Kohler.
G. Kohler first came into contact with this technology during his spell
with a company in Jagsthausen, called Grauert. He later took over this firm
and their customer base when the owners retired. Throughout that time, and
usually outside normal working hours, he attended college and obtained additional
qualifications, including electronic engineering and SPS engineering.
On the one hand he offer subcontract manufacturing to his customers – mainly high tech companies in the Hohenlohe area. This includes deburring, polishing, contour machining and drilling.. On the other hand he builds ECM machines. “When customers feed back that everything is going well, this is like applause for a performing artist”, he says. And starts thinking already – how can he make the next machine even better.
copyright Heilbronner Stimme 29.1.2003