History

1986

HS-Technik – High System Technik GmbH – was formed on 1 August 1986 by Hans-Martin Hanke. The first product was a multi-charger station with pulse charging technology for Ni-Cd batteries from 2.4 V to 9.6 V for use in the automobile industry. BMW AG was the first customer for this breakthrough innovation.

 

1987

Began marketing HIOS rechargeable screwdrivers and batteries. The rechargeable screwdrivers were also modified and reconfigured. In 1987, HS-Technik was the first company to offer the Hios F-9000 rechargeable screwdriver with illumination provided by a 6 V flashlight bulb.

HS-Technik added Hios electric screwdrivers to its product range as a second primary line.

Developed the first control device for the CLT-55 electric screwdriver featuring the first-ever pulsewidth-modulated rotational speed control and a ramp function to allow smooth starting even with small screws.

 

1989

2nd charger station released. Batteries can now be charged up to 12 V. EPROM made it possible to update software at any time.

 

1991

Began development of a drill for carbon-fiber composite materials. This hand drill could create holes in H8 quality. Customers for this drill included Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and many other companies.

 

1992

Began marketing and sales for Janome and Sony robots specially modified for screwdriving and soldering tasks in cell phone production.

 

1993

Developed and produced the KMS-2001 capacity meter for Ni-Cd batteries with up to 20 A load in 5 mA stages

 

1994

Relocated production and administrative departments to larger premises at Neue Straße 27a + 30.

 

1995

Launched the first LED lighting for rechargeable screwdrivers at the Motek trade show. In 1995, lighting was still provided by yellow LEDs, since white LEDs did not yet exist.

 

1996

1 August 1996 - HS-Technik celebrated its 10th anniversary.

 

1997

In October, relocated production and administrative departments to their own building at the current site: Im Martelacker 12 in Efringen-Kirchen, Germany.

Our first rechargeable screwdriver line, WP-xx. This angle screwdriver featured a controlled start switch that allowed a smooth start for the first time.

 

1998

Developed and launched the CLT-2000 for use in process monitoring by a variety of manufacturers of navigation devices.

3rd charger station generation released, now able to charge both Ni-Cd and Ni-MH batteries up to 18 V. Easy-to-service modular design. Battery holders could now be exchanged quickly and easily.

 

2000

First white LED light for rechargeable screwdrivers. Now standard for all construction market screwdrivers.

 

2001

1 August 2001 – HS-Technik celebrated its 15th anniversary with a big party.

 

2002

2nd capacity meter generation released, now up to 24 V and with 50 programs.

 

2003

Launched the Easy-Posifix system at the Motek trade show in Sinsheim, Germany

 

2004

Developed the Web-Torque screwdriver. The first rechargeable screwdrivers that collect process data such as torque and angle of rotation and transmit it via WLAN to a higher-level controller.

 

2005

Developed the WaveTools. Rechargeable screwdriver that transmits the shut-off clutch signal wirelessly at 868 MHz to a base station, thus providing signals to a higher-level controller.

 

2006

Launched the Prog I, the world's first USB-programmable rechargeable screwdriver.

1 August 2006 – HS-Technik celebrated 20 years in business.

 

2008

Began development of the BNG-2010 rechargeable blind riveter with BMW AG as a development partner.

 

2009

First shipment of the BNG-2010 as a production model to BMW AG.

4th charger station generation. Now possible to charge Ni-Cd, Ni-MH, and Li-Ion batteries up to 26 V. New type of RFID integrated. Software updates via USB interface.

Prog II launched - the second generation of programmable rechargeable screwdrivers with improved characteristics and a graphics-enabled OLED display for providing information to the operator about whether screwed connections are OK or NOK, with an integrated screw counter and graphical battery status display. Wireless 868 MHz, ZigBee, WLAN or Bluetooth connections are possible.

 

2010

The official HIOS tool repair center launched in Europe.