About Us


As a group of companies, we offer you products and systems from a single source for the area of material handling across all industries. For more than 40 years, SMB International and MBA Instruments have been developing intelligent solutions for complex tasks – ranging from measurement technologies for fill levels and conductivity to loading systems, compact storage systems, filling systems and conveying systems. The reliability for which we are also renowned in the international environment is always reflected in our developments. 

Our special feature is the high production depth at our Quickborn site in northern Germany. We have deliberately decided to develop and produce a large part of our components ourselves. This allows us to implement customer wishes quickly, individually and reliably. This independence also allows us to maintain our high quality standards.


[Translate to English:] MBA Fuellstandmesstechnik

Our History


SMB Service GmbH consolidates the full-service concept of SMB

With the founding of SMB Service GmbH, SMB is further expanding its range of services for the maintenance and repair of complex industrial systems such as filling systems, compact storage systems and ship loaders, and offers a round-the-clock emergency service.


SMB teams up with KBU-Logistik

The SMB compact storage systems are equipped with the warehouse management system of KBU-Logistik GmbH. SMB thus relies on powerful software with a modular design.


MBA800 series is filed for the European patent

The MBA800 digital rotary paddle is patented. The series is ATEX-certified, can be used for all bulk materials and can be adapted as required in terms of its measurement parameters and rotary paddle size.


SMB becomes a certified KUKA Robotics system partner

SMB and KUKA Robotics jointly develop innovative loading systems with fully automated gripper arm robots, thus expanding the SMB operating logistics product range.


Launch of the MLA1000 revolutionizes the range of kerosene conductivity meters

For the first time, a continuous in-line measurement of the conductivity of kerosene is possible, which controls an automatic and exact supply of additives. The device is patented.


Innovative MBA800 for level measurement technology

MBA Instruments develops the world's first digital rotor paddle with stepper motor drive. The new technology, which is suitable for all bulk materials, is patent pending.


Foundation of MBA Instruments Schweiz GmbH

MBA Instruments Switzerland is set up to expand its product range and service on the Swiss market.


MBA introduces the MBA100 mechanical limit switch

The MBA100, which is particularly suitable for measuring the level of free-flowing bulk solids, extends MBA's product range to include a mechanical, pressure-sensitive measuring device.


Improved MBA700 pivoting paddle

The improved MBA700 pivoting paddle with patented single-point is introduced to the market.


SMB production facilities are DIN certified

SMB is awarded DIN ISO 9001: 2008 certification and thus guarantees the highest safety standards in the production and application of its products.


MBA receives certifications for compliance with safety standards

The safety of the MBA limit and level gauges is certified according to DIN ISO 9001: 2008 and ATEX 94 and thus meets all requirements for use in safety-critical environments.


First product innovations in the field of fill level measuring devices

MBA develops the limit and level gauges MBA200, MBA369, MBA20, MBA2.2, MBA3.2 and SILOFLO and sets new standards in level measurement technology.


Foundation of MBA Instruments GmbH

MBA Instruments GmbH (MBA stands for Maihak Bunkerstand Anzeiger) is formed as the result of a management buy-out of SICK AG / Maihak AG and continues the success story in the field of level measurement technology as part of the SMB Group.


SMB Logistics GmbH is founded - SMB relies on expertise

Together with SMB Logistics GmbH, the SMB Group pools its expertise in the field of storage and transport systems, and will focus on greater specialization in the future.


Product innovations strengthen SMB International's offering

In the fields of filling systems, palletizers and ship loading systems, innovations are being implemented which extend SMB's product range.


SMB implements compact storage for the first time and thus further expands its logistics offering

The first SMB compact storage system goes into production and further strengthens SMB's market position in the field of storage systems.


Innovative stacker shuttle systems expand the logistics range

SMB optimizes its product range for warehouse technology and goods handling with the development and manufacture of innovative stacker shuttle systems.


SMB International GmbH is founded

With the new SMB International GmbH, the company is positioning itself even more strongly on the global market. Andreas Heckel assumes the role of managing director of the new company.


SMB expands its range of conveyor technology

The company continues to develop its systems for transport tasks in the field of operating logistics and is increasingly establishing itself in the market of conveyor technology.


SMB specializes in the storage of paper

For the first time, special storage systems designed especially for the storage of paper are developed.


Expansion of the product portfolio for filling systems

SMB expands the product range and develops its first filling systems.


Entry into the field of conveyor technology

SMB develops its first conveyor systems and thus sets the course for the development of complex systems such as ship loading systems, filling systems and storage systems.


Foundation of SMB GmbH

With the founding of SMB GmbH (SMB stands for Sonder-Maschinen-Bau: special machine construction), the foundation stone of the company's history is laid.