ante group - Woodworking with modern technology



ante-holz GmbH

Industrial sector

Wood industry


Winterberg, Germany

With automation to the peak of Europe's wood industry

With a high level of automation and the latest sensor technology, ante-holz GmbH of Bromskirchen in Hesse, Germany has trimmed its production systems for efficiency. The result: practically 100 percent utilisation of raw materials and a top place among the wood processing companies in Europe.

For Martin Linden, a sawmill is an extremely large machine "for turning round timber into wood with corners." Linden is the master electrician and maintenance engineer at ante-holz GmbH. The company is one of the leading timber enterprises in Europe with four plants in Germany and Poland. At the headquarters of the ante group in Bromskirchen-Somplar the plant premises occupy an area of 58 hectares with four saw lines, production lines for construction lumber, glued laminated timber and sawn timber. The site also includes impregnating halls, grading areas and round lumber storage areas, a pellet plant and a total of three thermal power stations where 14 MW of heating capacity and 2 MW of electrical power are generated with bark and wood chips. This allows for 100 percent utilisation of raw materials.

Optimised spare parts logistics

Martin Linden was looking on the Internet for ways to optimise production when he came across To reduce possible machine downtimes to a minimum, the master electrician has set up a separate spare parts warehouse with autosen sensors. In addition to fast availability at a high level, the excellent terms offered by autosen are important for ante. Since the company buys exclusively replacements for faulty sensors it is barely possible to estimate the need in advance. Based on the positive experience, all position sensor systems will be replaced with autosen products wherever possible in the medium to long term.

"Delivery of sensors within one working day makes spare parts logistics considerably easier. We only have to provide supplies for an absolute emergency case."

Martin Linden

Master electrician and maintenance engineer

Ihr Partner für Automatisierungstechnik & IIoT
Ihr Partner für Automatisierungstechnik & IIoT
Ihr Partner für Automatisierungstechnik & IIoT

Sensors used

300+ in stock!
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AO005Diffuse reflection sensor with PA housing
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  • Sensing range 0.05...1.4 m
  • Red light
  • with background suppression
  • Light-on mode/ normally open
400+ in stock!
Online -5,5 %
AO013Diffuse reflection sensor M18x1 metal thread
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  • Sensing range 15...250 mm
  • Red light
  • Stainless steel housing M18 thread
  • with background suppression
  • Light-on mode/ normally open