AST factors for success

AST® stands for reliable cost effectiveness with a keen eye for what is essential to best help our customers! Our corporate strategy aims to ensure that you have an economic and a technical advantage. We do this by producing products and applications with outstanding quality, which meet the changing requirements of the market as we constantly develop them.

Advice, planning, design and manufacture. With a needs-based dialogue between customer and supplier, we are ideally prepared for all future requirements.

Our well-positioned brands THERMCOAT® coatings and AST® rollers succeed due to the following common characteristics:

  • Precision and the highest quality

  • Functional surfaces and high-quality processing

  • Maximum service life and a very reliable process

  • Optimum value creation and cost-effectiveness

  • Increase in productivity by reducing machine down times

Responsible approach to the environment and resources
  • State-of-the-art extraction system

  • Environmentally friendly disposal of layer removal waste

  • Recycling of blasting materials

  • Recoating of rollers instead of manufacturing new ones

Quality on the assembly line

By monitoring all of the parameters which have an effect on our processes, we ensure the reproducibility of our products. So that we are able to maintain our high quality standard and to further extend it, our production processes are regularly monitored by internal and external inspectors.

The effectiveness of our strict quality guidelines is regularly checked as part of our QM evaluation and improvements are made as necessary. These take account of our customers’ needs and expectations. Staff at all levels of our company are obliged to both meet and to constantly improve the specified requirements.

Our rollers and coatings always undergo these checks before they leave our premises:
  • Inspection of all products even during the production process

  • Visual inspection of the product for mechanical damage, contamination, etc.

  • Run-out inspection to detect any imbalances

  • Balance tests in three stages

  • Endurance test bench

  • Inspection for internal defects and surface cracks, e.g. using ultra-sound tests

  • 1,000-hour salt spray test

Our experience helps you!

The company AST®-Beschichtungstechnik GmbH was founded on 1st June 1990 by Reiner Weidinger in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany. As demand for its products increased, in 1992 this limited company moved to Rot am See. In 2006, a brand-new building was constructed there, to bring together all of the company’s departments. Today we are able to offer our customers the matching solution for each of their applications – cost-effectively and efficiently. Our many years of experience in the sector have thus already become beneficial to you.

1990Reiner Weidinger founded SUCO Oberflächtechnik GmbH

1992Move to Rot am See, Rudolf-Diesel-Straße 6

1996Company name changed to AST Beschichtungstechnik GmbH

2005Work starts on the new company building

2005Production starts, making rollers in Crailsheim

2006/2007Move to the new building in Rot am See, Rudolf-Diesel-Straße 11. Bringing together of the coating technology with the roller manufacturing

07/2008 Production of rollers with unusually large dimensions

2009Development of CRP rollers with carbide and other layers Production of FDA-certified non-stick coating

2010Development of ceramic reinforced Teflon coatings

2013Facilities extended with a new high-speed cabin and grinding machine

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