Faustel: A Leading Manufacturer of Converting Equipment
Faustel manufactures web processing equipment for the paper, film & foil converting industry. Web converting machinery includes: complete lines, control systems, web coating and laminating equipment, drying equipment and winding web handling equipment.
Faustel (originally called Faustel Engineering Co.) was formed in 1956 as a design and engineering service firm operating out of a one-room first floor rental on Milwaukee's east side. Armed with little more than engineering backgrounds from MILPRINT, INC., a local printing and package converting firm, Faustel's active partners were soon receiving requests to manufacture as well as engineer custom equipment. The name Faustel had been chosen earlier as an acronym representing the surnames of Everett Faulls and Walter Stelling who, with a third but inactive partner, Edward Kent, founded the company. Faustel continues as a private corporation with present ownership active in Faustel's operation.
Many of Faustel's machinery advances were pioneered as a result of the dynamic technological advances in polymer chemistry brought by the dictates of the aerospace programs of the 60's. Need for equipment development pivoted on the advent of completely different materials for coatings and adhesives as well as many new and exotic substrates. Quick encouragement for Faustel to make equipment and process modifications came from the chemists and product development specialists of Morton, Dow, DuPont, etc. Their new chemistries had opened opportunities for more demanding items such as boil-in-bag and portion pack materials which could not be made successfully on older machinery designed to run lacquer coatings, casein, adhesives, etc. Faustel's innovations here gave them the momentum to go on into areas of developing coating and laminating equipment for flexible products used in the aerospace, medical, automotive, electronics and textile industries to name a few.