New building, new technologies, new tasks. These are exciting times for STIHL – especially when it comes to development. In an interview, Wolfgang Zahn, Head of Development on the Executive Board, speaks about the limits of technology, the correct market strategy and the challenges that STIHL will face in the future.
The buzzword “Industry 4.0” has established itself as a hot topic in the daily press. We currently find ourselves at the beginning of the fourth industrial revolution. The extensive collection and use of data, connectivity and the direct exchange of information among machinery, components and products all stand to shape industry in the years ahead. At STIHL, this future has long since started to become reality.
An anti-vibration system is a standard part of chainsaws today. But that hasn’t always been true. Back in the old days, the handles were attached directly to the engine of the chainsaw, which meant that users could really feel the vibrations of the machine.
The first one-man saw, the legendary STIHL Contra, revolutionised forestry when it was launched in 1959. The Contra allowed forestry workers to trim trees with a chainsaw instead of an axe for the first time. However, this also meant that chainsaw operators were exposed to higher vibration loads.
Thirteen articles provide you with background information right from STIHL’s development department. We report from our dust chamber, give you insight into development of our batteries, and reveal which tests our tools have to withstand before they make their way to specialist dealers.
Our experts in battery development are the first port of call when it comes to efficient energy use. We continuously develop in-house battery solutions for our cordless power system. This allows us to perfectly coordinate the operation of the electric motors and the performance and energy capacity of the STIHL batteries.
STIHL products are used all over the world. And STIHL should be a byword for reliability all over the world, too. When temperatures in Siberia fall below freezing point, our customer has to be sure that his chain saw will start. The same applies to users in hot climate zones, such as Africa or South America.
It’s certainly an impressive sight to see our cutting robots making short work of the wood on our saw chain test bench. Here, the cutting performance of our in-house developed saw chains is put under scrutiny in real conditions.
Have you ever wondered what an engine looks like from the inside? OK, easy answer, you have certainly learned about the inner workings of engines in school, on the TV or online. But what does an engine look like from the inside while it’s in operation, during the fuel combustion process?