Company foundation of “Modellfabrik Dautphe” by Ludwig Heck and Jakob Becker. Specialisation in workshop equipment and repair work for the local furnace, stove and local model and machine factories.
Rebranding to “Modellfabrik Heck + Becker KG” with meanwhile 24 employees.
1960 – 1980
Continuous expansion of the production area and capacities.
Dieter Becker takes over the management from his father. Heck + Becker is now an employer for 170 employees.
The corporate form of the family-owned company is transformed into today’s Heck + Becker GmbH & Co. KG
Commissioning of the first tactile measuring system “Zettmess” for quality assurance of the manufactured tools.
The Heck + Becker GmbH & Co. KG is the first toolmaker in the world to test the manufactured die casting die with a 2,500 ton casting plant at the company site in Dautphetal.
Development and production of the first cross wedge rolling tool to expand the product portfolio.
Certification according to DIN / ISO 9001
Awarded by Ford with the Q1 Award. Martin Baumann takes over the management of the family owned company.
Extension of the heat treatment possibilities by a modern annealing furnace for stress-relieving annealing.
Implementation of 3D-Viewer within manufacturing and assembly with the aim to reduce the use of 2D drawings.
Start of optical component measurement using the GOM system for extended quality assurance of tools and castings.
Extension of the training possibilities by dual study courses (mechanical engineering, material and production technology), cooperation with the FH Gießen Friedberg.
The range of services is considerably extended by the establishment of the Die Casting Technology Center (DTC). Commissioning of a die casting cell with die casting machine (3200 tons locking force), spraying robot, extraction robot and modern temperature control technology, including expansion of the production area to a total of more than 9000 m².
Heck + Becker celebrates the 75th anniversary of the company. Implementation of the bottleneck oriented planning and production methodology for the optimization of the project flow. Modernization of the machine park through investment in modern HSC, EDM and grinding machines.
Modernization of the “forging technology” department for the manufacture of cross wedge rolls and other forming tools.
Expansion of the HSC machine park (DMU 210). Start-up of an additional spotting press to expand the assembly capacity.
Introduction of the zero-point clamping system to reduce set-up times during production. Implementation of an “AirBox” for economically optimized compressed air generation and preparation including heat recovery for heat supply to the plant.
Cooperation with the Technical University Mittelhessen to expand the dual courses of study (Studium Plus). Testing of the 1st prototype tool on the basis of the company’s own K1 prototyping concept. Modernization of the EDM division: Investment in a modern graphite machining center including semi-automated measurement and use of graphite electrodes. Production of the first rolling tool for the pilger step process for the production of seamless tubes.
Heck + Becker celebrates the 80th anniversary of the company. Investment in a high-performance deep hole machining centre and a turning/milling centre.
1st symposium on “High Pressure Die Casting: From idea to process” together with Interguss. On two consecutive days, national and international customers and partners were welcomed at the Congress Centre in Marburg and at the company’s location in Dautphe.
World premiere of the “K1 Heat Buster” for efficient die temperature control at the EUROGUSS in Nuremberg – Europe’s largest trade fair for die casting – where Heck + Becker has been welcoming customers and partners to its own stand for decades.