People’s Schuler Consulting at booth in LIGNA Fair 2015.
People’s Schuler Consulting at booth in LIGNA Fair 2015.

17 June 2016


Gerhard Schuler rationalized a bedroom furniture factory in 1956 and was instantly very successful. After this job he was flooded by offers to assume the position as Technical Director in various companies. Whenever anyone wanted to optimize their company, the name Schuler was immediately mentioned. The demand was so great that on 1 April 1956 Schuler founded the "Ingenieurbüro Gerhard SCHULER" (Gerhard Schuler Engineering Firm). His main objective was to provide consultancy services for the timber and furniture industry.

SCHULER: First consulting firm in the furniture industry This was the birth of the first consulting firm in the furniture industry worldwide. In the beginning, the clients were mainly regional companies. However, the client base expanded quickly: first to the bordering states, the Westphalian center of the furniture industry and then to Austria. In addition to consulting, Schuler's main focus was initially on the development and the construction of jigs and fixtures for furniture manufacturing. These were absolutely necessary for the rationalization projects and were produced in Schuler's own workshop at first; later in the newly founded Hornberger Maschinenbau oHG (Hornberger Engineering oHG) in Schopfloch.
In-house software development One milestone in SCHULER's history was most certainly the beginning of in-house software development in 1978.
The first product was called "LIGNOS" and is still used by clients. In addition to LlGNOS, the product portfolio was upgraded with a computerized order entry (COE) and manufacturing operating system (MOS). This meant that SCHULER was already able to offer their clients suitable modules along the entire process chain. In 2010, the software spin-off from SCHULER took place and HOMAG eSOLUTION GmbH was born as a member of the HOMAG Group. Since then, the company has operated purely as a consultancy under the name of SCHULER Consulting GmbH with a continued focus on the traditional fields, such as strategic production development, re-planning, new planning and expansion planning, process optimization and workplace design, following the principles of lean production, controlling and product design. SCHULER is still very involved in the topic of software, which is evident in the increasing importance of information flow design, with SCHULER planning and defining information flows in detail, starting from order intake to the delivery of the final product. 2,000 clients in 60 countries We are looking back at 60 years of SCHULER, with successful consulting projects for more than 2,000 clients in more than 60 countries. This is proof of a development we can be proud of.
Even at the 60th anniversary, Mr Schuler is still full of ideas and has even written a book about the company's history including, of course, a look into the future: "We support our clients in achieving their corporate visions and goals, and we continue to grow and develop together with them!"
For more information contact Mr Andreas Heinzmann, Managing Director:

SCHULER Consulting GmbH
Karl-Berner-Strasse 4 / D-72285 Pfalzgrafenweiler / Germany
Tel. +49 7445 8300 / Fax +49 7445 83011