Yaskawa Vipa


About Yaskawa VIPA Controls


Innovative automation technology

There is no advancement without innovations. Innovations open new solutions. Innovations bring success. VIPA is seen as innovative by its customers and partners, because here solutions are found by leaving usual routes that bring real competitive advantages. We focus on customer requirements, whether it is simple or complex solutions.

VIPA Controls story

We always wanted to improve what already exists. Already the first offices.

VIPA GmbH was a start-up before the word was ever invented. Founded in 1985 by Wolfgang Seel, driven by his enthusiasm for automation and the necessary vision for the possibilities of this industry. And all this at a time when the Commodore 64 was considered to be the top performer. It's true the first company address wasn't a garage, but nevertheless only a three-room apartment. For the business plan however that's all the room that was needed: Thinking laterally, offering alternatives but remaining compatible.

The first products were supplements and optimizations for existing Siemens systems, then in the nineties the first PLC-Systems of their own were added, after that innovation followed innovation. Today, with its range of products, among others one of the fastest Hard-PLCs worldwide, VIPA is now completely established. But we continue to follow the principle of open interfaces. So successfully, that in the mean time even S5 and S7 systems can be combined together.


Product : micro PLC - VIPA CONTROLS

In fast motion: from component manufacturer to system supplier.

1985  Founding of VIPA GmbH in Erlangen

1988  The world's first Inrack PC for Simatic from Siemens

1990  Strategic orientation of the company towards hardware components

1995  The world's first TCP/IP prozessors for Simatic from Siemens

1996  Premiere of their first own PLC system 200V

1997  Founding of the ASIC-Design center

1999  Founding of the sister company profichip GmbH

2000  The company moves to Herzogenaurach

2001  Premiere of the Micro-PLC System 100V

2003  Premiere of the SPEED7-Technology, the fastest Hard-PLC in the world

2005  Premiere of the Touch Panel Family

2006  Premiere of the SPEED7-Chips 7001

2007  Premiere of the C-class CPUs with SPEED7-Technology

2008  Premiere of the Profibus Interface for the Integration of S7-Systems in S5-facilities

2009  Extension of the company headquarters with fully automatic high-bay storage, training rooms and new office space; Premiere of the I/O system SLIO®

2010  Certification of the company in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001

2011  Premiere of the first PROFINET products

2012  Presentation of the VIPA automation framework SPEED7 Studio

2012  YASKAWA Europe GmbH Acquisition of majority of the shares of VIPA GmbH

2016  Premiere of the MICRO-PLC

2019  Legal merger with Yaskawa Europe GmbH