Pilz GmbH & Co. KG is a German automation technology company in Ostfildern, Germany. In addition to the head office in Germany, Pilz is represented in 42 subsidiaries and branches on all continents.

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.

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. In 1987 the company launched safety relay PNOZ, an emergency stop system. PSS control systems were developed in the 1990s. Other Pilz products and services include sensor technology, bus and industrial wireless systems, risk assessments and training courses on machinery safety.

For more than 70 years, Pilz continues to impress its customers with cutting-edge goods and services, starting with glass laboratory equipment and progressing through electronic timers, relays, programmable control systems, and today’s solutions for Industries 4.0 and the digital transformation of manufacturing. With its technological advancements, Pilz has consistently adapted to the market’s needs and significantly shifted automation.

Pilz may look back on many significant product innovations, but it also maintains a forward-looking perspective, continuing to influence the automation market with its creative brilliance and willingness to adopt new technology. Pilz regularly participates in national and international committees that are influencing the direction of industrial automation. Learn more about our research partnerships.

Employees aren’t the only ones who appreciate Renate Pilz’s contributions to society and the growth of the company. Renate Pilz received the Federal Cross of Merit on January 23, 2020, in recognition of her exceptional business success and dedication to the community.A pioneer for innovation and digitalisation, and a quite unique entrepreneurial personality in the Baden-Württemberg tradition. That is how former Pilz GmbH & Co. KG Managing Director was described by Minister of Economic Affairs Hoffmeister-Kraut. She emphasized Pilz’s remarkable desire for innovation and significant investment in R&D in particular in her tribute. The company’s family culture and internationalization were both acknowledged by the minister of economic affairs.