But our customers are less aware that DATRON has its roots in the electronics industry and that this explains the special features of our machines that make them so different from others.

DATRON AG, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, was originally a manufacturer of components and measuring instruments for electronics, in particular measuring systems used for crash tests in the automotive industry.

Manufacturer of electronic parts before being a manufacturer of machines

Faced with various processing needs that you all know: mass processing boxes, heat sinks, engraving front panels, connectors, supports and various tools, printed circuit boards, wave frames … we had a hard time finding machines on the market that met all our needs. .

Indeed, it is difficult to find equipment that meets such antagonistic technical limitations, ranging from roughing an aluminum block body to machining a FR4 with dust treatment, through heat-sensitive plastic processing or perfect front engraving. panels …

Located near Darmstadt, DATRON has been collaborating with the University of Darmstadt since the early 1980s, in particular with the Institute of Manufacturing Technology and Machine Tool (PTW), which specializes in high-speed machining (HSM), and the team is becoming more active. passionate about this technology.

The evolution of spindles, which provide more rotation, as well as CNC, which allows you to perfectly control more complex tool trajectories and high dynamics, seemed to us favorable for the development of a new generation of machining centers.
In the 1980s, one of our engineers said to himself, “I’m tired of these traditional machines, I’m going to invent something else that will meet all our needs” …

A story of passion for innovation

A new adventure begins for the family business.
Enthusiasts are thrilled, the ideas follow one another with relentless logic:

  • Numerous operations with small tool diameters, as well as intensive roughing of soft materials, we need rotation …

  • Vacuum table, pressure, 4th axis everything should be located and removed from the working air as soon as possible, let’s create an innovative removable system of clamping modules to quickly change the application.

  • Beautiful HSC blanks, but also engraving, impossible to consider a spindle with a follower’s nose, how to answer everything? It’s easy! Let’s use a mechanical probe and develop a specific Z-correction surface sensing function.

  • For dusty composites, let’s use suction … For heat-sensitive plastics, let’s blow cooled air …

  • We need to lubricate metals without lubricating the machine, which would be incompatible with composite dust, let’s develop and patent a new air / ethanol lubricant solution.

In short, genius is sometimes a passion in action, focused on clear needs and bold to start from scratch!
DATRON cars were born.

Once the Cartesian table has been mastered, what could be easier than to develop another range by replacing the spindles with dosing / dosing heads patented by DATRON for insulators, seals, adhesives …

DATRON’s gambling paid off as the machines quickly won over the company’s customers. Today, the company no longer manufactures components and measuring systems, but only machines.

Versatile, modular, easy to use and high performance machines; machines with a difference.

And if in 2016, then with the release of his brand new DATRON next control software with touch and intuitive interfaceDATRON is re-creating the event and making high-end processing accessible to all, because in this family company of 280 employees we are still interested in innovation, and 25% of the team is engaged in R&D …

Discover the high-speed DATRON machining centers available with the DATRON next interface.


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