EVERY BEGINNING NEEDS DRIVE. OUR SUCCESS STORY.
Our success story began in the late 1940s. In 1947, the young engineer Dr. Fritz Faulhaber founded "Feinmechanische Werkstätten" (Precision Mechanical Workshops), his first company. His customers included the renowned camera manufacturer Voigtländer, for whom he developed the "Vitessa" in the early 1950s. The "Vitessa" camera could be operated with revolutionary simplicity: The camera could be triggered and the film advanced simply by pressing two buttons one after the other. At that time, he was already playing with the idea of using an electric motor to advance the film. The problem was that with the existing technology, it was not possible to build motors small enough for the installation space available. Giving up was not an option for the passionate tinkerer, so in the mid-1950s, he once again sat down at his desk and pondered what an electric motor would have to look like for it to not only fit in the camera in front of him, but also be efficient and powerful enough to advance the film using battery power. He then had an ingenious idea and quickly used the ironless, self-supporting, skew-wound design to develop an innovative drive technology that would solve his camera problem, but also form the basis for the future of miniaturization in many application areas worldwide.