How everything began!
“BESSEY. Simply better” – a challenge BESSEY sought to rise to, even when looking for options to expand its range. This involved extensive analysis of clamping tools related to the current product portfolio. The toggle clamp segment came more and more into focus, a segment containing products that have not undergone much innovation in years. In its development, BESSEY pursued one objective: “Innovate – don’t imitate”. The most significant disadvantages of traditional toggle clamps – time-consuming adjustment of the clamping range and lack of options to vary the clamping force – needed to be eradicated. But how? By transferring the screw clamp principle of quick adjustment to different work piece dimensions, to BESSEY toggle clamps.
Development of initial ideas and designs for the subsequent product. Inspired by a mechanical system already achieved in other tools for variable clamping ranges and adjustable clamping forces.
Production of an initial toggle clamp prototype based on the initial ideas and designs.
Official start of the project based on an initial functional sample for the development of a 1st generation BESSEY toggle clamp.
Presentation of the pre-series models for the 1st generation BESSEY toggle clamp range.
Pre-series release following completion of improvements and optimisations. Production tools created.
BESSEY world’s first presentation: Variable toggle clamp with automatic clamping range adjustment with constant clamping force.
First delivery of 1st generation BESSEY toggle clamps: Horizontal and push/pull clamp with horizontal base plate.
The start of a
story of success
Presentation of the BESSEY innovation at the International Hardware Fair in Cologne: Toggle clamp with automatic and infinitely variable adjustment to different work piece dimensions with constant clamping force.
Decision to expand the 1st generation toggle clamp range to include more sizes and base plate variants.
October – December 2012
Sampling and creation of release samples for range expansion (1st generation small size).
Attempt to implement the preferences from the 1st generation to a vertical clamp series as part of the range expansion. The mechanical system from the 1st generation could not, however, be adapted to work with a vertical clamp. Start of pre-project for expansion of a 2nd generation BESSEY toggle clamp range.
First internal presentation of a functional sample with new, proprietary mechanical system based on a 2nd generation horizontal clamp. The aim was to demonstrate that a tried-and-tested device could also be equipped with the new mechanical system.
Presentation of the first expanded 1st generation toggle clamp range: Horizontal and push/pull clamp in additional sizes and base plate variants.
Implementation of the mechanical system developed by BESSEY to the vertical clamp: Presentation of an initial 2nd generation toggle clamp.
Submission of patent application for 2nd generation BESSEY toggle clamp with proprietary mechanical system.
Presentation of the BESSEY vertical clamp with globally unique 2nd generation mechanical system.
Presentation of accessories for use of the BESSEY toggle clamp on welding tables with 28 mm hole diameter.
17 April 2014
Granting of patent for 2nd generation proprietary BESSEY toggle clamp mechanical system.
Completion of initial pre-series models of STC-HH50, STC-HH70 horizontal toggle clamps and STC-IHH25 push/pull clamp with patented 2nd generation BESSEY mechanical system.
Presentation of accessories for use of the BESSEY toggle clamp on welding tables with 16 mm hole diameter.
Complaint by a major competitor against the BESSEY toggle clamp patent.
Start of sales of the 2nd generation toggle clamp series with BESSEY patent: STC-HH50 and STC-HH70 horizontal clamps, STC-IHH25 push/pull clamp and STC-VH20 and STC-VH50 vertical clamps.
Presentation of the 2nd generation toggle clamp range at the International Hardware Fair in Cologne.
Confirmation of the BESSEY toggle clamp patent by the German patent office. The complaint by the competitor was dismissed.
BESSEY CELEBRATES THE
5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE
STC SERIES TOGGLE CLAMP
Presentation of accessory for use of the BESSEY toggle clamp on multifunction tables.