Pilz (company)

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Pilz GmbH & Co. KG
GmbH & Co. KG
Industry Automation technology
Founded 1948
Headquarters Ostfildern, Germany
Key people
Renate Pilz, Susanne Kunschert, Thomas Pilz
Products Sensor technology, motion control, safety relays, programmable safety and control systems, automation systems[1]
Revenue 306 Mio. EUR (2016)[2]
Number of employees
2172 (2016)[3]
Subsidiaries 40
Website www.pilz.com

Pilz GmbH & Co. KG is an automation technology company in Ostfildern, Germany. In addition to the head office in Germany, Pilz is represented in 40 subsidiaries and branches on all continents.[4]

The company was founded as a glass-blowing business by Hermann Pilz in Esslingen in 1948. Initial products included glass apparatus for medical technology and mercury relays for industrial applications.[5]

In the 1960s control passed to Hermann's son Peter, who developed the company into a supplier of electronic control and monitoring devices and programmable logic controllers.[6] In 1987 the company launched safety relay PNOZ, an emergency stop system.[7] PSS control systems were developed in the 1990s.[8] Other Pilz products and services include sensor technology, bus and industrial wireless systems, risk assessments and training courses on machinery safety.[9]

Renate Pilz has been Managing Partner of the company since 1994. Renate Pilz, Thomas Pilz and Susanne Kunschert are the owners.[10]


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