History

Intro

EWAG has been writing grinding history since 1946. EWAG developed from a small enterprise into an internationally active company with approximately 150 employees. Its former pioneering spirit is also reflected in its present-day products, and is impressively demonstrated by the quality and quantity of its innovations.

1946
  • Foundation of Edel-Werkzeug AG by Dr. H. Pfluger, G. Vogt-Schild, Dr. H. Vogt and Director O. Remund in Solothurn on November 6, 1946.

  • The first manufacturing premises were in Zuchwil and in a garage in Biberist.

July 24, 1951

Development of manual machines

  • Start of production in a shed on the present Sulzer area in Zuchwil with a workforce of 30 people.
  • Ewag's origins lay in tool production (e.g. grinding hard metal lathe tools)
1954-1957

1954

  • Construction of the WS10 prototype and a first series of three machines.

1955

  • Design of the legendary WS11.

1957

 

  • Presentation of the WS11 at Hanover trade fair.
1962-1968

Design of manual machines for PCD

1962/64

  • Development of the RS2 radius grinding machine

1963

  • Purchase of Factory 1 in Etziken.

1968

  • Further development as RS3 with different variants
1973-1979

Further development of manual
machines

1973

  • Further development as WS11-A.

1977

  • Further development as WS11 SP (spiral).

1978

  • Further development as RS3-AP.

1979

  • Development of RS10 as successor of the RS3
1980-1986

Growth and diversification

1980

  • Start of development of the RS series with manufacture of the RS12 as successor of the RS10.

1982 and 1983

  • Design of the LS01 lapping grinding machine and of the AS40 drill sharpening machine.

1984

  • Development of the FS600 cutter grinding machine.
  • Opening of subsidiary, the Ewag Corporation, in Smithfield, Rhode Island (USA) on 1st September.

1986

  • Presentation of the first CNC machine, the RS 12, at IMTS Chicago (USA).
1993-1999

CNC Machinery Development

1993

  • Development of EWAMATIC.

1994

  • Inclusion of the RS15 in Ewag's product portfolio and production start for the first generation of EWAMATIC.

1997

  • Construction start of new building for the Ewag Corporation in North Kingstown, Rhode Island (USA).

1999

  • Further development of the EWAMATIC LINE.
  • Development of the first EASYGRIND prototypes.

 

2000-2009

Modernization and new development

2000

  • Development of the first ROTOLINE prototypes.
  • New main shareholder of Ewag AG: Körber Schleifring, Hamburg.

2007

  • Further development of the EASYGRIND with a pallet system and robot. Delivery of the 3000th WS11 as Special Golden Edition at EMO.
  • Presentation of the COMPACT LINE at EMO.

2008

  • Modernization of the WS11 and WS11-SP.

2010

  • Presentation of the newly developed INSERT LINE and LASER LINE at the demo days at the Ewag premises in Etziken.
2010
  • Collaboration with our sister company Walter Maschinenbau GmbH in Tübingen, Germany is intensified, to enable us to offer our customers a complete range of tool machining services.
  • Grinding, eroding, laser machining, measuring, software and services from a single source!
2013
  • The Schleifring Group becomes the UNITED GRINDING Group.
  • The new machine design of the UNITED GRINDING Group will be presented at the EMO in Hanover.
2017
  • The EMO will see the premiere presentation of the newly developed 6th axis of the COMPACT LINE.
  • The machine is used for grinding hard metal, ceremet, ceramic, PCB and PCD indexable inserts.
  • With incredibly powerful technology in the smallest possible space, the COMPACT LINE sets a new benchmark in the versatile manufacture of reversible plates.
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