Staircase Construction & Timber CNC-Processing

New Talent for the Development Team: Christian Rotte

10/23/2019 6:31 PM

Our team is growing, since August 2019 Christian Rotte has been supporting the development team. The 29-year-old application developer from Eastern Germany, who turns good ideas into impressive applications, is supporting our team with much expertise and enthusiasm. Before Compass Software, Christian Rotte successfully completed vocational training to become a media designer and collected valuable experiences in software development for several years. We are thrilled to be working with Christian!

Top Notch Performance

10/10/2019 4:00 PM

Our Head of Support Gereon Max participated in a half marathon on Oct. 3, 2019 and placed 1st in his age group. More than 2,150 runners conquered the 21 km (13.1 mi) running course in Dortmund, Germany. Gereon was able to finish in 6th place overall among all male runners. Wow! We are ecstatic and want to congratulate Gereon for this impressive achievement.

We want to welcome Torsten Rotte to the Compass Software Development Team

9/24/2019 7:45 PM

For a while now Torsten Rotte has been supporting the Compass Software development team as a student associate. Next to his successful information technology major, Torsten is able to gain valuable practical experience in the Compass Software team. His work focus (both at CS and his bachelor thesis) is on artificial intelligence. His passion for this topic gives Torsten huge inspiration on how to integrate artificial intelligence into the Compass Software system. We are excited to have Torsten on our team and we are looking forward to new ideas and technologies.

Plate Optimization 2.0 - More Efficiency with Less Effort

9/11/2019 4:01 PM

The German stair builder Treppenbau Voß GmbH & Co. KG has been using the Compass Software Plate Optimization Module 2.0 since December 2018. Since then, they have been able to achieve a utilization rate increase of 10% compared to other plate optimization programs. They are now able to produce a higher number of different parts, which can be mixed as desired during production. This approach saves time and money.

Treppenbau Voß GmbH & Co. KG from northern Germany is producing several thousand staircases with 5 designers and 3 CNC processing centers annually. For more than two decades, the company has been relying on Compass Software’s staircase construction software.

Since December 2018, the staircase builder has been utilizing the new Plate Optimization Module 2.0 that the software provider offers. Plate Optimization 2.0 promises optimal utilization of materials with minimal waste. The system calculates the ideal arrangement on the plate to achieve the least amount of residual material. Plates are utilized to the max. Additionally, the program includes a clear warehouse management tool and left-over plates are automatically re-used and added back into stock.

Head of ProductionBastian Groth asserts: “I can only recommend Compass Software. Personally, I have been working with the program for nearly 20 years. It is continuously being developed further and improved upon. The software’s scope is extremely wide when it comes to special cases, but it still covers all standard constructions for staircase building. I would say it is the best software in this field. The program is easy to understand and easy to use.”

Read the entire case study here: Case Study Stair Builder Voss.pdf

All pictures have been provided by Voß.

Company Luxholm Upgrades with New Machines and Software Update

7/25/2019 4:31 PM

CEO Dirk Elsner: “I am convinced that the combination “Staircase-Compass” is currently the best available option on the market. We are and always have been very satisfied with our cooperation. Whether it was installations and the control of machines, or special programming for separate work processes – everything has always run smoothly.

​​I am familiar with comparable providers and their possibilities to some extent, but Compass Software offers the most effective and most efficient applications for staircase construction in my opinion. We highly appreciate that they always keep their commitments and they reply fast to inquiries.”

The company Luxholm Bauelemente Werk GmbH from Germany has been producing customized staircases and handrails, as well as affordable standard space-saver stairs, which, on request, can also be customized to customer wishes, for more than 40 years. Next to all common staircase types, Luxholm also produces special stringer-stairs that have replaceable treads. If a tread is damaged the builder can remove the individual tread and Luxholm will fix it free of charge. The special programming required for this feature, was developed for the stair builder by Compass Software. In early 2019 the company purchased two new SCM machines, which were also connected by Compass Software. As part of the 2019 upgrade, Luxholm also implemented the Software provider’s plate optimization and table arrangement solutions, which have resulted in significant savings in time and material during CNC processing.

Read more here: Case Study Luxholm.pdf

Processing of Diverse Parts Fully Automated with the BTL Processor

7/18/2019 6:30 PM

The company Holz Keller AG upgraded their already existing CNC center for joinery elements Krüsimatic with an additional Homag BMG 311. Manufacturing of furniture, doors, or staircases runs just as smoothly as the processing of smaller joinery elements or house facades. Alternating production of these parts is made effortless with the BTL processor from Compass Software.

​Read the entire case study here.

All pictures have been kindly provided by the Keller company!

Homemade Post Clamping Device for CNC Machine

6/26/2019 11:31 AM

Compass Software user Droomtrappen from the Netherlands recently built his own post clamping device for CNC processing. The machine-independent post clamping device was built in less than 1 hour and on top of it, proved to be highly inexpensive (ca. 120-150 €). The stair builder used two Black & Decker Workmate Universal Workbenches, two wooden support boards and a few screws, as well as glue. The result is a fully functioning clamping device that makes the fixation of posts easy and quick. The support boards are big enough to position four common vacuum cups (size, ca. 150x150mm) under them per each post clamping device. An inventive and practical solution!

Belgian Stair Builder Implements Robot to Increase Productivity

5/28/2019 4:45 PM

The Belgian family company Trappen Verschaeve has been producing stairs for almost 60 years. With the production of more than 2000 stairs annually, they are one of the biggest stair builders in the region. The company is always on the lookout for new technologies and ways to become more efficient. Earlier this year Verschaeve purchased a robot, which is controlled by Compass Software.

Read the entire case study here: Case Study Robotics at Verschaeve.pdf

hank you to Verschaeve for the photo material!

Students at Melle College of Wood Technology Manufacture Staircase for Their Final Project

5/22/2019 3:45 PM

Three students at the German College of Wood Technology in Melle, Germany have manufactured an impressive wooden staircase for their final project in their class manufacturing engineering. To finish this project, the soon-to-be technicians had to execute everything independently, from the drawing of the staircase to the processing on a CNC machine. The students utilized the staircase manufacturing software Compass Software for design and production.

Read the entire report here: Case Study Melle College.pdf

New Installation at Dinkelholzbetriebe GmbH

3/26/2019 2:45 PM

Up until now, the company Dinkelholzbetriebe GmbH from Germany had been producing furniture with roughly 50 employees. At the beginning of this year they decided to venture into the stair building business. As a competent partner for this project, the company chose Compass Software. Furthermore, they hired three additional employees, who have already gained extensive experience in staircase manufacturing in the past. One of the Compass Software technicians visited the woodshop in January to train the employees and to connect their 5-axis HOMAG Venture L.

The CNC machine had previously only been used to produce furniture but is now also utilized to mill all different kinds of staircase parts. Dinkelholzbetriebe wants to specialize on narrow stringers, bolted, and folded staircases according to RCD guidelines. The CNC installation was completed after only three days on-site. The customer is thrilled about the many possibilities of the software and how fast and seamless the transfer into the stair building business went. We want to wish Dinkelholzbetriebe much success with their new venture and we are looking forward to future joint projects.

First Installation for Technician Alexander at S u. W Wohn-Holz

2/21/2019 5:15 PM

Compass Software technician Alexander Huebner successfully completed his first installation at our customer S u. W Wohn-Holz’s wood shop in Saxony, Germany. Even though Alexander has only been a member of the Service Team since the beginning of the year, his prior experience as a Compass Software user enabled him to confidently conduct the installation under the supervision of an experienced support colleague after only 2 months on the job.

During the installation he connected a 5-axis MAKA FPM 470 R built in 1999 with a new control panel. Old machines like these give stair builders more Z-height and a bigger machine table, thus, more room to process big parts. S u. W Wohn-Holz are manufacturing different stair parts on the newly installed CNC machine. We want to congratulate Alexander to his first successful installation and wish S u. W Wohn-Holz much success.

The Service Team is Growing

2/1/2019 3:15 PM

Our Service Team is welcoming its newest member. Alexander Huebner has joined the team at the beginning of the year. The German has ample experience with Compass Software. For the last 12 years he had been working for our Norwegian customer Melby Snekkerverksted AS. First, Alexander completed vocational training as a carpenter at the Norwegian stair builder’s workshop. After finishing his training, he continued his education and completed training to become a CNC operator and later learned how to design staircases on the computer programs.

Thus, Alexander did not only become fluent in Norwegian during his time up North, but he also collected vast experience in stairbuilding, machining, and the software itself. This is also the reason, why he is such an important asset to our Service Team. Alexander does not only know the software, but he also knows our customer’s concerns first hand, since he was working with our software on the customer side for 12 years. Another excellent resource for all Compass Software users.

We are happy to have scored such a capable addition to our team and we are looking forward to working closely with Alexander. Welcome!

Compass Software Connects New Machine at Trappentoko

1/16/2019 3:45 PM

Jeffrey Pels, owner of Trappentoko, and his team are successfully producing staircases for the Dutch market. The young company has been able to achieve a steady growth since its founding, which was supported in a big way by their user-friendly website

Just before Christmas, owner Jeffrey Pels decided to fulfill one of his biggest wishes: He wanted to update his somewhat outdated tread machine with a CNC that could produce treads just as fast as the old machine but would also be able to process other staircase parts.
Through a collaboration and consulting with Compass Software he found the ideal solution for him: Control of his workshop through barcodes to achieve maximum flexibility on a new standard CNC with two units.

A Compass Software technician connected the new SCM Accord 25 FX in the last week before our Christmas break in 2018. Based on the vast CAM experience our team has collected, the installation went smoothly, and production was taken over from the old to the new machine on day four of the installation.

With the new system the machine operator now only has to scan a barcode, call up the CNC program, and put the wood on the machine. The rest of the process is calculated automatically with Compass Software and moved with the automatic vacuum cups on the SCM machine.

“We are ecstatic about the smooth installation, the significant simplification of the work process, and the efficiency of the new machine. The CNC makes it easy to produce a high volume of treads, but also stringers and posts if necessary.” Jeffrey Pels said.

The customer was so impressed with the ease and efficiency that Trappentoko’s other CNC machine, a Masterwood, which was connected by Compass Software in 2017, was also upgraded with the barcode feature.

The next step is already in progress: To make the company website even more valuable to end-customers and to highlight the staircases even more, the company will be implementing the Compass Software Staircase Configurator in February of this year.

We would like to thank the Trappentoko team for the great collaboration and wish them much success in the future!

Window Manufacturing Workshop

11/8/2018 4:45 PM

We invited the window manufacturing expert Dittmar Siebert to give a comprehensive advanced training for our team at the beginning of November. The specialist is one of the most renowned experts in the lines of window, door, facades, sunrooms and staircase construction. Next to being active as an international lecturer for the Institute of Window Technology in Rosenheim, Germany, Dittmar Siebert also regularly publicizes articles in industry magazines, as well as being a teacher at the Technical College for Wood Technology in Melle. 

Considering this extensive resume, the workshop conducted by Mr. Siebert was an important experience for our team. During the course, the group discussed current topics and problems in the window manufacturing sector. New developments and tendencies for the future were also introduced. By organizing this workshop, we want to ensure that we are able to satisfy the growing needs of window manufacturing products in our software range even better. The regular attendance of workshops and specialist seminars enables us to deliver products that are state of the art. We would like to thank Mr. Siebert for the fruitful experience and we are looking forward to delivering our next developments and innovations in the window manufacturing sector.

Opening Celebration for Our Renovated Headquarter in Dortmund

10/24/2018 4:45 PM

We have newly renovated our Compass Software office in honor of our 25. anniversary. The building in Dortmund, Germany was completely stripped down and renovated during ongoing operation starting in late 2017. We put special emphasis on conducting the renovation in an environmentally responsible manner, as well as using natural materials. One of the main focal points was the redesign of the workspaces. By sticking to a bright design, we have created a friendly and inspiring work environment.

The implementation of flexible workstations and common spaces, such as our new spacious kitchen or our lounge area, which also contains the company library, encourage lively exchanges between colleagues and support the agile work concept we have been following for some time now. The first floor of the Dortmund office is entirely accessible. One of the highlights is our new self-supporting folded staircase with invisible fittings made from solid oak. Naturally, the job was designed and produced using Compass Software.

Now that the renovations have been finished, we celebrated the opening in October with a family & friends day. Family and friends of our employees got to tour the premises with much enthusiasm, while also enjoying food, drinks, and music. Furthermore, we organized a dealer meeting in the new office space. The Compass Software employees used this event to introduce our newest developments to our dealers from all over the world. All kinds of innovations were presented, such as our automated production control for staircase manufacturing (PROCON), as well as solutions from the areas of timber construction, sunrooms, and windows. CEO Detlef Hollinderbaeumer also introduced current major projects.

Our visitors concluded: “I wish I could work here as well.” We would like to thank all visitors for their positive feedback and the great atmosphere. We are looking forward to delivering innovative solutions from our new and modern offices in the future.

SMA Workshop Tour at Loudoun Stairs in Virginia

10/3/2018 5:45 PM

Compass Software technician Steven attended the Loudoun Stairs workshop tour at their premises in Purcellville, VA in September. Loudoun Stairs has been using our staircase software program since 2014. The tour was organized by the Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association. During the tour the group was introduced to the different workstations at Loudoun Stairs. Each station was explained by one of the employees who works at the station.

The different work steps included such stations as rail assembly, stringer bending, CNC processing, riser drillings, stair assembly and more. Furthermore, the visitors got to tour Loudoun’s showroom and general facilities. We would like to thank the SMA and our customer Loudoun Stairs for organizing such an interesting and eye-opening event.

New Trainee for the Development Team Robin Valerius

9/12/2018 10:31 PM

Our development department has also gained another apprentice, Robin Valerius. Robin started his trainee program to become an IT specialist with a focus on application development in August as well. Before starting at Compass Software, he already completed training to become an IT assistant at a local college. Afterwards he pursued a university degree in applied computer sciences at the Ruhr-University Bochum. However, during his time at the school he realized that he was missing the hands-on component that his training had provided, therefore, he decided to start his apprenticeship with us. We are looking forward to working with Robin.

New Service Team Member Sebastian Baecker

9/12/2018 10:30 PM

Our Service Team is now supported by our new trainee Sebastian Baecker, who started working at Compass Software in the beginning of August. The Dortmund native is training to become an information technology officer. After High School, Sebastian worked in landscaping for several years. Now he was ready for a complete change and decided to start an apprenticeship with us. In his free time Sebastian enjoys sports, he plays ice hockey and soccer, but he is also interested in everything regarding computers, which is why he made the switch. We are happy to welcome Sebastian in our Service Team.

Developer Brigitte Streicher is Retiring

8/3/2018 12:15 PM

Our development team member Brigitte Streicher entered into retirement at the end of July 2018. The mathematician had been working for us in Dortmund, Germany since November 2006. During her employment she mainly worked in the areas of template output 1:1, DXF-Import of baluster and post profiles, 3D-Plus calculations, and more generally on mathematical and geometrical functions, as well as interfaces for machines in CSV format. We would like to thank Brigitte for her valuable work at Compass Software and we wish her all the best, good health and relaxation for her retirement.

New CNC Machine for Carpentry Kleeberg

7/31/2018 2:30 PM

One of our support technicians installed a new Maka PE 90 5-axis machine at our longstanding German customer Carpentry Kleeberg´s workshop at the end of July. The new machine will take the place of a Maka HC 57 from 1998, which was connected by Compass Software in 2005. The team, consisting of a Maka technician, Kleeberg employees, and the Compass Software technician, was successful in configuring the different settings for the machine as well as milling all staircase parts and several wreaths and CS-wreaths. We would like to thank the Carpentry Kleeberg for their loyalty and we wish them all the best for the future.

Our New Trainee Is Here!

7/19/2018 11:01 PM

Our new trainee, Abdullah Orabi, has been supporting the Compass Software Development Team since Monday.  Abdullah originally comes from Syria but has been in Germany for three years now. After attaining a degree from a German High School in Hannover, Abdullah is now moving to Dortmund, where he will start with us as an intern for two weeks and then move on to his training to become an IT specialist with a focus on application development. We are thrilled about our newest team member and we are looking forward to working with Abdullah. Welcome!

Installation of Staircase Production Solution at Carpentry Köhler from Germany

7/16/2018 5:45 PM

Our Service Team installed the Compass Software Staircase Solution as part of a bigger project at the company Köhler from Germany in June. Besides the CAD Software, the technician also connected a 5 axis SCM Accord 30 CNC machine. During the installation the team set up the predefinitions for closed staircases with wreaths. The first closed staircase was produced only a short time after the training. The company plans to start production of additional staircase types soon.

Up until the training, the company produced approx. 80 – 90 staircases yearly, using the Compass Software basic version and paper templates. The installation of the design software and the connection of the CNC machine will increase the production output significantly. Furthermore, the company will be able to produce more different staircase types, which were too complicated to manufacture by hand before.

The next service appointment is already planned for August of this year. It will be used to implement the Compass Software BTL Timber Solution at the company. This will enable them to send construction data for awnings and carpentry projects directly to the machine through the Compass Software BTL interface. The combination of staircase software and BTL interface will open many doors for the carpentry Köhler in the areas of staircase building and timber construction. They will gain speed and flexibility to react to different market influences. We would like to thank the company Köhler for their business and we are already looking forward to the BTL installation in August.

We Have a New Intern

6/28/2018 5:00 PM

We would like to welcome Franck Horvat, who has been supporting our team since Monday. Franck will be completing a six-week internship as part of his wood engineer university major. He will be learning about the different work areas at Compass Software, but will especially support the Service Team. Franck already knows the staircase building software a little bit, since his parent’s company, the French Escaliers Horvat, has been using our solutions for several years now. Therefore, we are especially thrilled to be able to be a part of this next generation’s path into the stair building skill and we hope that Franck will have a good and educational time with our company.

CAD/CAM Installation at Tischlerei Alfred Petersen

6/21/2018 3:46 PM

Our new customer Alfred Petersen Bau- und Möbeltischlerei from Germany has been making staircases for a long time. Up until now they drew these staircases with the Wagemeyer-System and then printed the templates on a plotter. These templates were then used for manual production.

Recently, the company acquired a nearby cabinetmaker´s workshop, which was also equipped with a 5 axis CNC processing center. It was time to create a future oriented complete solution for this new workshop. The solution came from Compass Software, whose complete solution could be used for both drawing the staircases and the control of the new CNC machine.

The initial CAD training of Tischlerei Petersen´s employees was conducted in the Compass Software headquarter in Dortmund, Germany. Afterwards, one of our Service Technicians visited the workshop to connect the IMA 5 axis CNC machine and to conduct the CAM training. Even though the machine was previously not used to manufacture staircases and the fact that Compass Software has never connected this machine type before, the installation went smoothly. Our technician was able to adjust the CNC code so that the machine could run with Compass Software. To test the code, the team milled treads, risers, posts, stringers, handrails with omega profile, and stringer wreaths. We would like to thank the Tischlerei Petersen for their trust in us and we are looking forward to a successful partnership now and in the future.

Specialist Training On-Site in Atlanta Office

6/8/2018 7:30 PM

Our customer Canadian Railings visited the Atlanta office for an intensive training early this week. Canadian Railing uses Compass Software exclusively for the planning and production of handrails.  During the training with U.S. technician Steven, the team discussed applications that can make the production at Canadian Railings even more efficient.

The customer received extensive training in both CAD and CAM. Amongst other things, the team focused on CNC production and optimization of tool changes, which will lead to savings of time during manufacturing. Furthermore, our technician familiarized Canadian Railings with the free form construction tool, which they had not utilized previously. By using this tool, the handrail builder will be able to construct even complicated staircases more easily and faster. The team also devoted time to the presentation to the end customer. Steven showed the attendees how to expand their database for additional handrail parts, so that they can also be displayed in the 3D view. This will give Canadian Railings’ sales department another advantage over the competition. Tony and Fabio from Canadian Railings assured Steven after the training that Compass Software was an exciting program and they could not wait to get back to the workshop to implement the new expert knowledge they had gained. We wish Canadian Railings much success with that and we’re happy to hear about their eagerness. We are looking forward to future projects, which are already being planned.

Optimization Coaching at Walter Donkers in the Netherlands

5/25/2018 5:15 PM

Our Service Technician Gereon Max visited customer Walter Donkers from the Netherlands for an optimization coaching. Walter Donkers has been using the Compass Software Staircase Software Program for many years and is producing his exclusive staircase designs on a Robot 5 CNC machine from Müller Maschinenbau.

The one-day coaching was aimed at expanding Mr. Donkers already extensive knowledge of the software even more and gave him the chance to hear about all software news first hand. The optimization coaching more than delivered:

One of the big topics during the coaching were the parts lists, which have been utilized for many years by the company. The parts lists are continually developed further and quite a few new features have been added during the last few years. It turned out that the parts lists used for the planning process have already been extended to do what Mr. Donkers had always wished they could do: A tool for the calculation of total volume of wood consumption for the staircase, which even provides details for the individual construction parts and different kinds of wood. Now he is able to see at a glance how much wood he needs to order and what it will cost him.

After discussing some other points regarding the construction process, amongst others the LED Option, which allows users to create light strips and light spots in the stair, the team moved onto the second big topic in the afternoon: The processing of upright handrails. The team, consisting of our technician, Walter Donkers, and his CNC machine operator configured the CNC machine accordingly. The new production technique came just at the right time for Mr. Donkers, who is currently building a staircase for a wedding gown boutique which is five and a half meters wide. The handrails, as well as the CS-wreaths, which have been produced by the company for many years, will be implemented in this stair.

In the end, Walter Donkers was elated about the new knowledge and updates in the software. He concluded that an optimization coaching like his is more than worth its money. We would like to thank Timmerwerken Walter Donkers for the longstanding and close partnership and we are looking forward to the coming years!

Our technicians will be happy to also come visit you and develop hands-on strategies for CAD and CAM with you.

Machine Installation at Haas in Germany

5/16/2018 5:15 PM

Our Service Team connected a new SCM machine with Compass Software at Haas Fertigbau GmbH, a stair builder from Bavaria, Germany. The company previously utilized the Wagemeyer-System, but decided to switch to the long term and innovative solutions from Compass Software. The installation of the Morbidelli M600 went smoothly and all test parts were milled successfully. Questions regarding the machine could be answered on the spot by a SCM technician who was present during the installation.

The collaboration between Compass Software technicians and machine technicians makes installations easier and is especially beneficial for the customer, as no time is lost with upcoming questions. We wish Haas all the best and we are looking forward to working with them in the future.

 Picture: Haas Fertigbau GmbH

Smart Solution

3/8/2018 8:45 PM

Compass Software customers are creative and curious; they try to make use of all aspects of the staircase software to get the most out of it. Customer Juergen Scherner from Reuss in Germany found himself in the situation of having to design a dining table for one of his customers. The table was to be made of solid wood with a purist design, the perfect project for a staircase builder, who is already familiar with using solid wood. After mulling it over for some time he decided to try designing it with the staircase software. He used the parts posts, stringer, tread and a landing bar and he was done.

Since the design worked so well with the software, the stair builder decided to take it one step further: he used the drilling patterns in the height construction and was able to build in the necessary connections between the parts. Sending everything through the post-processor to the MAKA FPM 470 R CNC machine, which was installed by Compass Software technician Ralph Linnemann, was only the cherry on top. The generation of the CNC code went smoothly, just like with any staircase. After a few moments the CNC codes for milling were ready. Surprised by the success of this project, Mr. Scherner is already thinking about other application possibilities for the staircase software.

We want to thank the company Reuss for this brilliant idea and the pictures they have provided us with.

Connection of New Post Machine at K. van Sambeek B.V.

2/28/2018 6:00 PM

After installing a SCM Accord 25 last summer, our service once again visited the company K. van Sambeek B.V. in the Netherlands. This time Compass Software connected a Houfek post machine.

Based on the vast experience our Service Technician Gereon Max has collected with Houfek machines over the past years, he was able to conduct the CAM installation in only one day. The post production at K. van Sambeek is much faster now. The new post machine makes it possible to manufacture two identical posts in the same amount of time that was required for the production of one post before. The machine also makes the creation of individual posts faster. Previously the company had to use a table machine for post production, which is slower than the specialized machine. Therefore, the company is able to increase the entire production output significantly.

Just like with the parts that are produced on the SCM machine, the workshop utilizes the extremely easy to use barcode system for the control of their post production: Scan the barcode of the post you want to manufacture and you're done. All crucial steps, such as the calculation of tool paths, the generation of the CNC programs, and the transfer of data to the machine, are conducted quietly in the background. The machine operator simply has to put the wood on the machine and press the start button. Barcode control results in additional savings of time and costs for the company. The entire production at K. van Sambeek is a complete success. We continue to wish them all the best and we are looking forward to the next project. 

New Installation at Jenniches Stairs

2/21/2018 8:30 PM

Our service conducted a new installation of the Compass Software program for our customer Jenniches Treppen from Germany. Jenniches had been using the Wagemeyer System before, but decided to switch after Wagemeyer and Compass Software announced their partnership.  Our service connected Jenniches’ 5 Axis Reichenbacher Vision on-site and conducted an extensive CAD training.

All in all the entire installation went smoothly. The team compiled of Jenniches employees and the Compass Software technician milled many test parts. Furthermore, they configured the standard parts’ predefinitions for 4 staircase types: closed staircases, open staircases, bolted staircases and folded staircases. The entire production for these staircases is controlled with the new Windows interface that Compass Software offers. Most of the manual labor that was necessary before, has become obsolete, since Jenniches is now able to process all parts on the 5 axis CNC, such as the placing of angled drillings in closed treads, which had to be done manually with a special drilling machine before the installation. Furthermore, before switching to Compass the stair builder had to invest an entire workday into programming fittings for folded staircases in an external CAD system. Now, all drillings and details are generated with only one click in the CNC program. This saves time and money.

At a first glance the Jenniches team thought that constructing with Compass Software was much more complicated than before because the system offers so many details, however, they realized quickly that they had finished so many more things already after going through the initial construction: the CNC code is generated automatically, the program creates 3D pictures for the customer, forms are calculated automatically, measurements and parts lists are available right away. The biggest profit is expected to come from CNC processing, since the initial completion level of the parts will be much higher because of the specific steps taken to optimize fittings and predefinitions in the construction and post-processor. Elaborate programming through DXF drawings and external CAD/CAM systems during the planning process, as well as most manual labor in the workshop itself, have become obsolete. The new system reduces error sources and simultaneously improves the quality of the parts produced, all while saving time. Workers, who previously had to do manual touch-ups are freed up and can be utilized in other ways, which increases productivity and the number of stairs that can be finished. All in all the team feels positive about the change and wants to work together again in the future. Until then we want to wish Jenniches much success and we are looking forward to the next project.

Employee Milena Wins Gold at GA State Championship

2/13/2018 5:16 PM

Strong performance: our Atlanta employee Milena Schaefer won first place at the Georgia State Powerlifting Championships in the weight class 84+ kg last weekend. The powerlifting competition tests the athletes’ strength in three lifts, namely, squat, benchpress, and deadlift. With a total performance of 1,129lbs Milena was able to beat the other women. Congratulations!

Installation of Second Machine at Carpentry Schramm in Germany

2/7/2018 10:00 PM

Our service recently connected a second CNC machine with Compass Software at the Carpentry Eugen Schramm in Germany. The new Biesse Rover A 1643 with 5 axes and automated vacuum cups is replacing the already existing 4-axis HOMAG Optimat, which had been installed with Compass in 2010. During the installation the team processed several parts, e.g. treads, stringer-handrail combinations, posts, and risers. Furthermore, our technician successfully configured and tested the processor for upright processing of handrail parts and stringers.

One of the axes, which was not calibrated correctly in the beginning, was quickly adjusted by one of the Biesse technicians and all parts could be ran correctly after that. We would like to thank Schramm for their loyalty and wish them much success in the future. We are looking forward to continue working with them.

CAM Installation in Poland

1/26/2018 5:15 PM

Our service recently installed our CAM solution at the customer Przedsiębiorstwo Handlowo-Usługowe “Balsa” Spółka z o.o.’s premises in Poland. The software was installed on a Reichenbacher Vision CNC machine, which was built in 2000. During the installation, the team milled treads, risers, posts, handrails, and stringers. Furthermore, they successfully processed samples for wreaths, CS wreaths and utilized the upright processing of handrail parts. All in all the installation went smoothly. We wish Balsa much success for the future and we are looking forward to continuing to work with them.

CAD/CAM Installation for New Customer Aro Trappen

1/23/2018 4:45 PM

We installed our CAD/CAM Stair Construction Software at the location of our new customer Aro Trappen in the Netherlands late last year. The customer, who had already been using the Wagemeyer System in the past, had a good feeling with Compass Software from the get-go. The CAD installation and training was conducted by our Dutch dealer Erwin Kamp from Kamp Automatisering V.O.F. Afterwards the Compass Software technician configured the CAM programs on the SCM Record 220 with 4 axes. The installation went smoothly and the team was able to mill several test pieces right away. We are looking forward to working with Aro Trappen in the future.

New Service Technician Guntram Leniger

1/16/2018 8:15 PM

The Compass Software Team keeps growing. We are happy to welcome Guntram Leniger, who started on Jan. 1, 2018. Guntram studied to become a Wood Technician at the Technical College Rosenheim in Germany. After he completed his education, he worked in the log house industry. Since January of this year he is part of our Service Team in Dortmund. Guntram explains: “I’ve had some touching points with stairs in the past when I worked on log houses, however, I am only now learning about the range of options that are possible for staircase building. I would have never thought that there are so many different varieties.”

In his free time Guntram likes to explore nature, which is abundant in his home at the Möhnesee (Lake in Germany). “For my future at Compass Software I hope to soon be a competent help to the customers as a Service Technician.” We would like to welcome Guntram to the team and we are looking forward to working with him.

Presentation at Technical College in Germany

1/9/2018 4:30 PM

The Technical College in Beckum, Germany, has been educating technicians since 1952. The course content available to the students covers a wide range of topics, among these courses on CAD and CAM processing in the woodworking industry. At the request of the college, our Sales Representative Hermann Hasebrink visited the college and held a presentation in front of approximately 25 students who are enrolled in a wood technician program. The presentation gave the students an overall view about the range of functions Compass Software offers, as well as our company history. Furthermore, the students had the chance to become more familiar with our CAD program for staircase design, as well as our CAM programs for staircase, window, and timber construction. Additional topics included a comparison of production techniques from before, today and in the age of Industry 4.0, as well as visions and projections for the future of the industry. At the end of the presentation, the students had the chance to experience augmented reality with the Microsoft HoloLens. The AR glasses project virtual staircases into the real environment. Presently, the tool is mostly used as a sales tool, but will find applications in production in the future. We enjoyed the visit at the technical college in Beckum very much and are happy to partner with education institutions of any kind in the future.

Compass Software Staff Celebrates 25. Anniversary

12/20/2017 3:45 PM

As you might have heard already, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year. Our staff did not want to miss this opportunity either. On December 14, 2017 we invited everyone to an exclusive evening at the Starlight Express location in Bochum, Germany. Our employees got to enjoy the musical, as well as a generous buffet and drinks. Furthermore, we had the pleasure to meet one of the stars of the show, Greaseball, the diesel engine, personally.

We at Compass Software are especially proud of the long-lasting job tenure of our employees. 21 of our 35 employees have been with us for more than 10 years and 11 can count more than 20 years at Compass. Therefore, we would like to extend a warm thank you to all of our motivated employees, whether long-standing or newly joined. We are looking forward to the next 25 successful years. 

One Day CAD/CAM Consultation at Sonnemans Stairs in the Netherlands

12/11/2017 2:01 PM

Our Service Technician Gereon Max visited our customer Sonnemans in the Netherlands for a one day CAM training.

Franz Sonnemans does not only sell his exclusive staircase designs in the Netherlands, but also in Germany. The company has managed to set itself apart from the mass market by specializing on producing highly custom, specialized and innovative staircases. Examples can be seen on the visually appealing website:

The production of these special staircases requires an expert knowledge in the usage of both CAD and CAM options in Compass Software.
During the training, our Service Technician was able to answer many detailed drawing questions which the owner and his employee Jan Schijven had. Some of these questions could be solved before they even came up, due to developments in the software that had been made already with the newest versions.

The second major part of the CAD/CAM consultation was the control of the CNC machine, a Reichenbacher Vision from 2010. The successful installation of a processor for the upright processing of handrail parts will trigger several changes during production in the future. The switch from processing horizontally to vertically will enable the customer to produce handrails, top and bottom rails, as well as skirting boards much more efficiently. This is mainly due to the utilization of a 300mm sawing blade in the 5-axis spindle that creates smooth edges, which do not need to be post-processed manually.

Another request by the customer was the possibility to mill the company logo into the entrance post, which serves as a trademark for Sonneman stairs. By tweaking the CAD software slightly, the team made it possible to insert the logo into the post at a specific point just above the entrance tread. Now, the machine mills the logo automatically into the post via a special cycle without incurring extra work for the machine operator. Actually the opposite is true: the execution of a separate parameter program to mill in the logo is now no longer necessary!

At the end of the day Mr. Sonneman was happy to have learned so much about the new developments and advancements in the staircase software and concluded that a CAD/CAM service day like this should be done on a regular basis.

We want to thank Sonnemans Stairs for the longstanding partnership and we are looking forward to keep working with them in the future.

Our Technicians will be happy to visit you as well and help you optimize your possibilities in the areas of CAD and CAM.

CAD CAM Training at Flin in France

12/8/2017 8:46 PM

Our service has conducted an extensive training at the company Escaliers Flin S.A. in France. During the one week visit, the team optimized several production processes. Furthermore, our technician was able to update the CAD drawers on the newest software features as well as train new CAM and CNC operators. All in all the customer was completely satisfied. We are looking forward to continuing to work with Flin in the future.

New Post Processor and Optimization Coaching for Comfort Trappen

12/1/2017 5:15 PM
In September, our Service installed a new post processor for the upright processing of handrail parts on a Reichenbacher CNC machine built in 1996 at Comfort Trappen in the Netherlands. The age of the machine was a challenge but with a few tricks our technician was able to configure the post processor and successfully mill a first handrail part. During the training the team also optimized processes on Comfort Trappen’s Biesse Rover C6 machine. The Biesse CNC machine has two heads, but only one tool magazine. Up until now, the two spindles were equipped with tools separately, which eliminates the efficiency effect that comes with having two heads. Our Service Technician optimized the machine processes to where both spindles are equipped with tools simultaneously as often as possible. The adjustment will save approx. 30% of tool changes, which results in an immense saving of time and costs. The team was able to increase efficiency even further, by implementing optimizations for the processing of stringers (stringer pockets are now processed as complete pockets).

Comfort Trappen also has big plans for the future. The stair builder is currently investing in a new office building and showroom. Furthermore they have recently purchased a MMB tread machine with robot, which they want to use for fully automated processing. Comfort Trappen is committed to automating their processes, a project that will be made possible through their partnership with Compass Software. The implementation of barcodes and a new computer infrastructure, both of which are needed as the foundation for the planning and monitoring of production, are next. We are looking forward to continuing to work with Comfort Trappen and to the execution of fully automatic processing in their workshop.

Compass Software Service Now Also in Dutch

11/27/2017 10:00 PM

As part of our continual quest for professional development, our employee Gereon Max successfully completed a week-long intensive language learning course in Dutch.

We are thrilled to be able to offer our many Flemish and Dutch customers service in their native tongue, if they had not already been supported by our local dealer.

The continuous education and advanced training of staff is one of Compass Software’s most important objectives: It is the only way to make sure our employees stay up to date with the newest technologies and are able to expand their possibilities.

Compass Software Receives Honorary Certificate for 25. Anniversary

11/22/2017 5:00 PM

To celebrate 25 years of Compass Software, Chamber of Commerce representative Mrs. Preiss, awarded CEO Detlef Hollinderbaeumer with an honorary certificate to commemorate the company’s anniversary. We want to thank the Chamber of Commerce for the nice gesture.
The foundation for today’s Compass Software GmbH was laid in 1992. The founders however, have been delivering innovative solutions for staircase construction and for some time now also timber and window construction, for over 30 years. Today, we have customers in more than 30 countries of the world. Everything started in the mid 80s when three motivated computer scientists thought about CNC machines and the transfer from construction software to production for the first time. The IT specialists connected their first machine in 1984 and the innovative software solution was sought after outside of Germany already one year later. Ever since, our constantly growing team has been working tirelessly on the improvement and advancement of our solutions and with this effort Compass Software has been able to set benchmarks at the top of the market since the first hour. Our wish for the future is keep being known as a pioneer in the industry and for our progressive and forward-thinking innovations. To achieve this goal we do not only invest in the development of new technology and production techniques, but especially also in the most important component of our success: our employees and partners. “Thanks to our philosophy of dealing with each other in a respectful and appreciative manner we are able to not only pride ourselves on longstanding customer relationships and partnerships, but also our above average employee tenure. We are proud of that.” explains Detlef Hollinderbaeumer, our CEO.

In order to work even more efficiently in the future, we are currently working on an extensive renovation of our headquarter in Dortmund. We are convinced that continuous development and an open attitude towards innovation are the cornerstones of success.

Compass Software is celebrating 25th anniversary

11/16/2017 1:30 PM

25 years ago our company was founded.

We are filled with pride when looking back on 25 years of successful company history!

We want to thank all of our customers and partners for the trust they have placed in us over so many years and we are looking forward to the positive future outlook still ahead of us!

Our anniversary gift to our customers: 25% discount on all add-ons until 25th January! Contact us - our sales representatives are happy to help.

Online Installation of CS Wreath at Carpentry Mike Altmann

11/14/2017 1:00 PM

Our customer Altmann from Germany upgraded his processing of wreaths from horizontal processing to the CS wreath technique. The installation of the module was conducted online. We want to thank Altmann for providing us with photos of the first CS wreath processed with the new program and the positive feedback:

“Dear Compass Team,
We ordered the CS wreath on Sept. 25, 2017.  We were able to download and install the license key update on the very same day already. Since we’ve always had positive experiences with the Compass telephone service, we decided to also try setting up the new option and training via phone support. Technician Kai Schwerenhoff was able to offer us a spot within 3 days. Within a few hours everything was installed and the predefinitions were set already, so that we could mill the first CS wreath on the same day. Two settings on the machine had to be adjusted and now everything runs smoothly. The CS wreath option gives us a saving of time of 50%. From the installation to the first processing we have been and still are ecstatic.
Again, many thanks
Carpentry Mike Altmann”

We wish the Carpentry Mike Altman much success and we are looking forward to working with them in the future.

New Sales Representative for the US and Canada

10/19/2017 6:00 PM

Our Sales Team for the U.S. and Canada has grown. Christopher Dearborn will be taking over sales for North America step by step from his German colleagues. Chris has over 18 years of experience in software sales and will be working for Compass Software Inc. out of Boston, MA. We are looking forward to working with Chris and would like to extend our warmest welcome.

First Machine for NHG

10/11/2017 3:46 PM

The company NHG UG & Co. KG from Zetel-Neuenburg in Germany, has been using Compass Software to build staircases for many years already. Now the company decided to upgrade their shop with the purchase of a new Felder CNC machine. One of our technicians connected the new Format 4 ProfitH350 in the beginning of September. This occasion also called for a software upgrade from the previously used Version 9 to the newest Version 10.

During the installation, the team, which was further supported by a Felder technician, successfully milled the first treads, risers, one stringer, one stringer-handrail combination with omega profile, and each a stringer and handrail wreath. We are confident that NHG will be successful with their new CNC machine and we are looking forward to working together in the future.

New Workshop and New Machine for Franz Hasler AG

8/30/2017 4:30 PM

The Franz Hasler AG from Lichtenstein has been a Compass Software customer for many years. Two of the company’s specialties are environmentally sustainable timber construction and solar technology. But the company is also well versed in the staircase industry and manufactures about 200 staircases each year. Our service team installed a new machine at the company’s new workshop next to the Rhine River in mid-July. With the purchase of a new manufacturing site the Franz Hasler AG also replaced its old Biesse Rover 24 machine with a new Biesse Rover A1659.

To ensure a smooth transfer of production from the old to the new machine, the company kept their old Biesse running until the end of July, which gave them plenty of time to configure the new machine. The installation was a team effort between the machine controller and project planner of the Hasler AG, a technician from Biesse Switzerland, and our Compass Software technician. The team was able to successfully complete several test parts by the 3-4. day. Therefore, the last day of the installation could be used to apply the finishing touches and to ensure precise manufacturing on the machine. The Franz Hasler AG is planning to have our service back in their shop in about 2-3 months when the machine is utilized fully, so that the CNC can be optimized one more time to ensure the most efficient production. We want to congratulate the Franz Hasler AG to their new workshop and we are honored to call them our loyal customer. We are looking forward to working with them in the future.

CAM/CNC Software Package for Customer Horák from the Czech Republic

8/17/2017 4:31 PM

Compass Software customer Shody-Horák Jiří from the Czech Republic, has been using our CAD solution since 2009. Earlier this year the customer purchased a 4 axis Felder machine. Initially Horák tried to run the CNC machine entirely with DXF data, but they soon realized that this process was way too time consuming. Therefore, the customer decided to manage the control of the processing center with Compass Software as well. The Service Team installed our CAM/CNC solution on site in early July 2017. Even though the team encountered a language barrier during the installation, the connection of the machine went well. Ever since the installation, the customer is impressed with the results and the investment has paid off. Horák is able to work significantly faster, which has increased efficiency greatly for the entire operation. We are happy to hear that our CAM/CNC solution satisfies and we are looking forward to working with Horák in the future.

Successful Completion of Installation at HTL Rankweil in Austria

8/11/2017 5:00 PM

The Höhere Technische Bundeslehr- und Versuchsanstalt Rankweil (Technical College in Rankweil, Austria) has been using Compass Software’s CAD solution for educational purposes for some years. Now they are also utilizing our CAM/CNC solution for timber construction. The technical college approached Compass Software through the company Handl Maschinen, who has been selling SCM machines in Austria for many years and has a lot of experience in the industry.

The college purchased their own SCM machine in early 2017. The 5 axis processing center Accord 25 has a moveable gantry, an output of 12 kW at only 9.000 RPM and makes it possible to process parts of up to 250 mm in height. Our service successfully ran several test parts during the installation and configuration of the CNC machine at the beginning of July 2017. Compass Software’s timber solution is based on the BTL interface. The necessary CAD data is delivered from the Dietrich’s designing software and Compass Software makes the fully automatic CNC control possible. Thanks to the perfect connection between the two software solutions the HTL Rankweil has a whole new world of carpentry projects their students can take on. 

New Customer H.B. Millwork Inc. in New York Area

8/4/2017 7:00 PM

Our US based Service Technician recently set up a complete software package for our new customer H.B. Millwork Inc. who is based in the New York area. The customer received both CAD and CAM training for the new software. Our technician successfully installed the software on their 4 axis Komo CNC machine. The customer will mainly process treads and stringers on the machine using Compass Software. Before the purchase of our complete software solution for staircase construction, H.B. Millwork made stringers with winder steps by hand. Now they are able to process more types of stringers, winder boxes and curved stringers on the machine. The utilization of the software makes production of stringers faster, as well as speeding up the process of programming tread production. The installation was a complete success and our technician even finished earlier than planned. We hope production will continue to flourish and are looking forward to working with H.B. Millwork in the future.

Installation of 3. Machine at our Polish Customer Chudzinski

7/28/2017 4:00 PM

Our Service Team sucessfully conducted an installation at our Polish customer Chudzinski’s workshop. Chudzinski has been using Compass Software through our Polish dealer since 2008. Our team connected a 3. CNC machine with Compass Software. The picture series exemplifies the processing of the staircase part from both sides with the changing of clamping devices. Next to the already existing 4-axis Biesse and 5-axis Maka machines, the customer recently purchased another 4-axis Biesse CNC machine. With the 3 machines, Chudzinski produces approximately 100 staircases a month in his 5000 m² workshop. The staircase builder is very happy with the installation and the program in general. We are pleased to receive such positive feedback and we are looking forward to working with Chudzinski in the future.

Installation of third machine at K. van Sambeek B.V.

7/10/2017 6:00 PM

Our Service Department successfully completed the first part of an installation for a new SCM 5-axis machine at our customer K. van Sambeek B.V.’s workshop in the Netherlands. The customer Sambeek has been using Compass Software through our Dutch dealer since 2002. With the installation of the new machine, Sambeek is running a total of 3 machines with Compass Software.

​During the first part of the installation, our technicians installed the post processor, CNC programs for the positioning of vacuum cups and programs for milling. The team tested several different tread combinations, all of which were processed successfully and precisely. Furthermore, our service trained the customer in the usage of the barcode option for the positioning of the tread combinations. All in all, the customer is very pleased with the Compass Software and the installation of the new machine. The next visit is already planned for the beginning of July 2017.

Workshop Tour at Heartland Stairways

6/23/2017 1:31 PM

Sales representative Hermann Hasebrink attended the event at our customer´s Heartland Stairways workshop in the US, which was part of the SMA´s (Stairbuilders and Manufacturer´s Association) National Workshop Tour. During the tour, members of the association visit other member´s workshops to learn and network.

Installation of Sun Room Module at SAYYAS in China

6/19/2017 5:15 PM

The Compass Software team installed the 4. machine for building sunrooms at our customer SAYYAS in China. SAYYAS has been using Compass Software since 2013 and since then we have already connected two Homag machines, one Biesse machine, and now a new SCM machine.The installation went smoothly and our technician was even finished faster than planned.

Installation of Post Machine at Vos Zwolle B.V.

5/2/2017 8:00 PM

Our Service recently installed a new post machine at Vos Zwolle B.V. in the Netherlands. The company Vos replaced their old post machine with the new Houfek machine and stayed loyal to the Compass software solutions. Our dutch dealer Erwin Kamp also joined the installation. Everything went smoothly and Vos was able to restart production right away. We are happy to have satisfied yet another customer!

Workshop Optimization and Special Programming at MTT

4/25/2017 6:00 PM

Compass Software installed a new system for workshop-optimization at the German company Meister Treppentechnik (MTT) at the turn of the year. MTT produces and delivers treads to staircase builders. The company manufactures ca. 600 treads per one-man-shift. In the past MTT used different software packages for communication with the warehouse, plate optimization, and to operate an old CNC machine. The coordination of the different systems and the fact that the CNC center was quite old and was not supported anymore caused a huge headache for MTT. Through talking with two major competitors in the area, MTT became aware of Compass Software and decided to make a change. They ordered a new 3-axis standard machine (Homag) and hired Compass Software to unite the entire software process in their workshop. By taking this step MTT aimed to eliminate problems with the old machine and coordination of the different software programs and customer services.

Our developers had to develop and/or adapt different modules to realize this special programming which would encompass the whole workshop. First, it was important to make sure that foreign data and formats from external staircase builders could be imported automatically for tread production.

Furthermore, our developers had to program the plate optimization. Up to 8 treads were supposed to fit on one plate. To make this possible the communication with the warehouse had to be programmed. A dataflow had to be developed which could communicate which plates are available in the warehouse. The treads then had to be optimized according to the plates in stock and the results of the optimization had to be sent back to the warehouse so that it could deliver the necessary plates. Last, Compass had to develop a module for milling the plates and making use of leftovers on the Homag machine. The entire programming was tested internally at Homag during development as to not interrupt MTT’s production process.

To further avoid a stop in production and to ensure the seamless transition to the new system, our technicians and the Homag-technicians worked tirelessly during the turn of the year to build the new system. The result is a fluent and reliable process: The optimized plates are delivered by the warehouse and the machine automatically pulls the plates on the table. The treads are then milled from the plate and sent through a plate turner to prepare them for the sander.  After sanding, the finished treads can be removed from the construction. A printer prints the respective labels and depicts a control image. The entire line of machines reaches a length of ca. 20 m (66 feet) in the workshop. "Compass Software was extremely competent and flexible when it came to understanding and resolving our problems. Their problem-oriented approach and quick reaction to conclusions from our tests on-site, lead us straight to the desired result", comments Hermann Wank, CEO at MTT when summing up the partnership.

After completion of the project MTT is able to draw a positive conclusion. All of the goals have been achieved: There is only one service contact for the entire manufacturing process, the optimization results are similar to those achieved during production before the change and even promise the possibility to save specialist staff, which can be utilized for other tasks in the workshop, and process-reliability has been increased. By replacing the outdated machine and partnering with Compass Software for the entire process, MTT is able to ensure a smooth production process for decades to come. Hermann Wank adds: "due to the fair and correct business procedures, I always felt like I was in good hands partnering with Compass Software. Apart from the quality of their work, I was especially convinced by the pleasant and enjoyable collaboration with them personally!" And since everything worked so well, MTT is now thinking about investing in another 5-axis machine, which will naturally be implemented with the same software partner.

Machine Installation at Konijn in the Netherlands

3/15/2017 6:16 PM

Our service installed a second 5-axis machine at our customer’s Hans Konijn Houtbewerking premises in the Netherlands. The company is specialized on making complicated staircases and produces staircase parts for other staircase builders. The customer already had one Compass Software operated machine. Because of the high utilization rate and rising number of orders, Konijn decided to purchase a SCM Accord CNC machine.

During installation service also optimized the table arrangement. The new programming enables the customer to produce 9 risers simultaneously, which results in a saving of time of 50%. Due to the significant increase in efficiency and since the installation process went so smoothly, Compass Software was able to satisfy another customer. 

A Powerful Duo: Compass Software has Partnered with Wagemeyer’s Development Team

3/8/2017 12:31 PM


We welcome our new asset: The development of Compass' Staircase Solutions is now supported by the former Wagemeyer GmbH, chief competitor from the get-go.

The common goal is to strengthen the development team for the benfit of the customer.

Read more about it in the official press release.

Good Job!

3/3/2017 5:45 PM

We would like to congratulate Eva Mueller for passing her bachelor exam with the highest grade possible! Eva completed her dual studies program at Compass Software and the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund. This means, she was doing vocational training at CS to become an application developer and studying at college for a bachelor in software engineering simultaneously. First, Eva had only been doing training at Compass. However, due to her great potential and because CEO Detlef Hollinderbaeumer encouraged her, she decided to enter into the dual studies program. Now Eva has finished her Bachelor of Science 1 year faster than anticipated. She passed her bachelor exam with the highest grade possible and has every right to be proud, we sure are! Congratulations Eva!

​After successfully completing her studies, Eva is now employed at CS as a developer. She continues to be part of many projects at the company. Furthermore, Eva managed to initiate a new and innovative development concept at Compass Software with her bachelor thesis. In her work, Eva analyzed the theory of agile software development. Now she will actively support the company with implementing some of the agile software development strategies. We are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation!

New Customer Sobczak in Poland

2/22/2017 4:01 PM

We are happy to be able to present another happy customer. Support has installed a new machine at our new customer Sobczak in Poland a couple of weeks ago. The two very young, but quite experienced partners and founders of the company Timber Piotr Sobczak had already worked for another Compass Software customer, STOLPOL, before. Because of their good experience with the Compass there, they decided to go with Compass Software for their own business as well.

The installation of the 5-axis Homag machine was supported by 2 Homag technicians. The team was able to successfully produce a complicated staircase right then and there that included straight handrails and handrail wreaths, round and rectangular baluster drillings, drillings for dowel connections, and drillings for screws with pockets. We are thrilled to welcome another satisfied customer!     

Machine Set-Up in Belgium

1/18/2017 9:31 PM

Service sucessfully installed a new 5-axis processing center (Houfek) for our new customer Trappenmakerij Wim Van Loom in Essen, Belgium last week. Before the customer only worked manually. The installation of the new machine and with it machine processing, has increased the stairbuilder's efficiency enormously. Sometimes before, he would need a whole day to create some staircase parts manually. Now he can manufacture those same parts in only an hour on the CNC machine. We are pleased to hear about the successful installation and having another satisfied customer.

New Corporate Design for Compass Software

12/22/2016 4:30 PM


Compass Software's trademark was left unchanged for almost 25 years. It was time to rejuvenate the logo. Of course the intend was not a complete rebranding, therefore a more modern and fresh look was chosen, while the vlaue of brand recognition remained. 

If you'd like to read more about the details of the logo and the reasons for a change, you are welcome to read the official press release here: Corporate Design Relaunch Compass Software.

Plate Optimization of Return Nosings

12/14/2016 3:46 PM

Customer Service recently set up our new option for plate optimization of return nosings at Capital Wood Rails Inc. and JMP Wood Stairs & Rails in NY. The complete set of return nosings can be arranged on only one plate and will then be processed further via tool optimization on the machine. This results in saving of material and time. The best thing is: everything runs automatically.

Machine Installation for Stairtech Inc. in Canada

12/8/2016 4:01 PM

Another satisfied customer! Service successfully installed a machine for Stairtech Inc. in Canada last week. We are looking forward to future projects with Stairtech Inc.

Development Workshop at Compass Software

12/5/2016 4:46 PM

We at Compass Software are constantly trying to improve ourselves. We know that we are at our best in working innovatively for our customers when we function as a team. Therefore, our development team recently participated in a group developer workshop. Events like these are very valuable; since they strengthen the team spirit and motivation our team already displays even more.

At the workshop, participants learned to communicate even better with each other, which does not only help with private relationships, but also facilitates the exchange of know how amongst each other. Knowledge was exchanged with much enthusiasm and the course for the coming innovational strategy has been set. We are convinced that such activities strengthen the co-worker’s ties with each other, as well as their awareness of being part of the group, so that our team will be able to work even more successfully for our customers in the future.

Customer Terhalle prints In-Situ Concrete Staircase in 3D with Compass Software

11/27/2016 5:15 PM

German customer Schreinerei Terhalle GmbH & Co KG created several staircases via 3D print on a scale of 1:25 and 1:100 for two of their current orders. The construction of the staircases, as well as the DXF export, were executed with the staircase software Compass Software. All of the templates were put out with Compass Software as well. Through this technology the concrete worker was able to create four in-situ concrete staircases successfully. Additionally, the templates for the treads were also provided to the stonemason via the Compass System.

Import or Drawing of Customized Balusters

9/30/2016 12:31 PM

Compass Software allows users to import balusters from different manufacturers via DXF data or draw them individually. The balusters can be saved in the software and are displayed correctly in the 3D view. If users do not have DXF data available or if users wish to draw their own individual balusters, it is also possible to do this via the free form tool in the software. This tool allows for drawing customized balusters, which are then displayed in 3D.  

CAD Training for WH Stairs in Chicago

8/16/2016 5:45 PM

Compass Software’s new U.S. customer service employee Steven Chiu, conducted his first training at WH Stairs in Chicago. Steven familiarized the customer with the CAD software over the course of four days. Our Atlanta based staff is now able to support customers on U.S. time and will travel anywhere in North America. If you have a service request visit: Service Portal

New Member Reception GACC South 2016

8/2/2016 10:15 PM

Sales and Marketing Representative Milena Schaefer welcomed this year’s new members of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US in Atlanta. Next the German food and contact to German and American representatives, the event was also topped by the speech from the German Consul General Detlev Ruenger.

New Handrail Parts Processor Implemented in the U.S.

7/19/2016 5:00 PM

Service Technician Daniel Bank traveled to our customer Compleat Stair in Kennesaw, GA. There Daniel put Compleat Stair’s new machining center into service. After only a few days, the machine is now up and running smoothly.

While setting up the machine, Daniel also tested and implemented our new processor for upright processing of handrail parts, which makes producing volutes, goosenecks, and other handrail parts much easier and more efficient. The new processor enables users to optimally customize the full range of settings for processing on the CNC machine and also includes full graphic support. If you would like to learn more about the new processor please contact Martin Stockhausen.

New Sunroom Post-Processor Installed in China

6/29/2016 3:45 PM

Service Technician Alexander Doerr (third f.r.) successfully set up his first sunroom post-processor for one of Compass Software’s customers in China. Alexander connected the SCM Machine in collaboration with Dino Travljanin (fourth f.l.) from Klaes 3D. This project marks the worldwide first SCM machining center to ever mill sunroom parts using Klaes 3D and Compass Software’s Sunroom Module. It was both Alexander’s and Dino’s first time constructing a whole sunroom out of wood. The completed sunroom consists of ca. 80 different parts which were milled during implementation of the machine.  

Atlanta Office Is Growing

6/14/2016 3:30 PM

We are pleased to announce that our Atlanta office keeps growing. As of May 16, 2016, we have hired Steven Chiu as our first Technical Customer Service Specialist. Steven holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and will be responsible for managing customer service in the U.S. and Canada.

Currently, Steven is being trained in our German headquarters to ensure the best quality of support for our customers. We are excited for Steven´s return at the end of July and being able to service our North American customers more promptly and efficiently in the future.

Compass Software Records Best Fiscal Year in Its Company History

6/8/2016 4:00 PM

Compass Software, leading provider of staircase construction software, can proudly look back on the last year.

2015 was the most successful year in company history to this date. The software company’s annual revenue was increased by ca. 24 percent.

The company has invested the proceeds of its favorable order position in new staff, in order to better manage and service the growing demands and increasing inquiries by customers. Likewise, the company is making headway in regards to the establishment of their new subsidiary in the U.S. One of their employees has been available for customers locally in Atlanta, GA since April. Furthermore, the U.S. daughter has also employed its first service technician, who is currently being trained at the company headquarters in Germany.

“We are without a doubt the number one when it comes to staircase construction software. We are the one setting the standard for the whole industry. However, we do not rest on our forerunner image; instead we are committed every day to work hard in order to ensure our competitive advantage. We are constantly developing ourselves and attack new challenges, such as extending our scope in the field of timber construction. Here we are able to apply the long standing experience and know-how we have gathered with staircase construction in a new way. This year we want to exceed the major success we have had in 2015 and we would like to thank our customers for the many years of loyalty and trust, as well as our staff for their outstanding achievements.” says Detlef Hollinderbaeumer, CEO of Compass Software GmbH.

Mission Possible: Fighting Stress

5/19/2016 4:45 PM

Working in today’s business world can be tough! People burn out and everyone tells us how they stress in order to juggle personal life and work. That’s why it is important to us to create incentives to lift stress at the workplace. Meet Milo, our anti-stress delegate! He can work wonders for your stressed body and soul!

New Memeber of Our Development Team

5/9/2016 5:00 PM

Our development team has gained some support: We're pleased to welcome Samir Rabbasy, the newest member of our team! Samir already has several years of experience in the field of IT engineering and administration. Now he is looking to complete his advanced vocational training to become an IT specialist and application developer with some hands-on experience with us. We are excited about the addition to our team and we are looking forward to a time of fruitful collaboration.

Bringing Life to Our Atlanta Office

4/20/2016 5:30 PM

New Office to Service American and Canadian Markets

Compass Software founded a U.S. subsidiary, Compass Software Inc, last year in March.  Since then we have constantly been working on establishing our own office in Atlanta, Georgia. After successfully finishing several staircase and timber construction projects last year already, it became more and more obvious that we needed to move closer to our customers. Atlanta was identified as the ideal location for this strategic step and was chosen as the best response to the constantly growing demand for our innovative solutions on the North American market.

Finally, we're all set up: Since early April our office has been filled with life by Milena Schaefer. Milena works in the office as our Sales and Marketing Representative and is available for our customers during normal business hours. Furthermore, she is actively searching for new talent to fill Customer Service positions with our U.S. company, so that our American and Canadian customers can be attended even better in the future. We would like to introduce Milena through this channel and we are convinced that she will be successful in expanding our business on the US market. If you have questions or comments of any kind, don't hesitate to contact Milena:

Milena Schaefer
Compass Software Inc.
1170 Howell Mill Rd. Ste 300
Atlanta, GA 30318 

Ph: (678) 244 1535    
Fax: (404) 586 6824

CAM Timber Elected as BEST OF

4/12/2016 4:00 PM

Our CAM/CNC Software Solution for Timber Construction was Awarded BEST OF 2016

We entered the Initiative Mittelstand’s (German non-profit organization for supporting SMEs) INNOVATION AWARD-IT 2016 competition with our CAM Timber solution back in February 2016. After being nominated for the award successfully, we’ve now also been selected as one of the best. The Intitiative Mittelstand awards the INNOVATION AWARD-IT 2016 to especially innovative IT solutions with significant use for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Our BTL Processor has been awarded BEST OF after several qualification steps. This means our timber solution is one of the best industry software on the market!

Don´t hesitate to contact us to learn more about CAD Timber CAM/CNC: BTL Processor for Wood Constructions.

Innovation Award-IT 2016

2/23/2016 12:00 PM


CAM-Timber, our CAM/CNC software solution for wood constructions, has been qualified for the INNOVATION AWARD-IT 2016!

​The Initiative Mittelstand (German non-profit organization for supporting SMEs) is selecting especially innovative IT products and solutions for the INNOVATION AWARD-IT this year for the thirteenth time.

CAM-Timber - our CAM/CNC software solution for wood constructions - has been qualified for the INNOVATION AWARD-IT 2016!

The software solution is based on the BLT interface. BLT data from external CAD packages is imported, the individual parts are prepared for the CNC in a self-determined order, and CNC programs are created fully automated and sent to the machine subsequently. The most exceptional thing is that the particular BLT format can be used via a single unique neutral processor for all processes and products in wood constructions (e.g. sunrooms, windows, doors etc). On top of that it is possible to control all common machines. 

CAM-Timber makes an almost fully automated manufacturing of the most diverse products possible. At the same time it allows for the control of all commercially sold and eligible processing centers across platforms with only one single software.

This software solutions results in a groundbreaking leap at our customer´s woodshops, as well as making the execution of their work processes significantly faster and cheaper.

Don´t hesitate to contact us to learn more about CAD-Timber CAM/CNC: BLT Processor for Wood Constructions.

Or visit us at the HOLZ-HANDWERK 2016 trade fair in Nuremberg! You can find us in hall 11.1 - booth 196!

Founding of our Subsidiary Company in the USA

9/21/2015 2:30 PM

The sucess story continues.

In March 2015, CS has founded a subsidiary in the US to be able to react to the very significant market.

Compass-Software Inc.

Atlanta, Georgia

Staircase Configurator Launched on

9/21/2015 2:30 PM

As of late you can also find our staircase configurator on the staircase portal Please come and visit sometimes.

New Major Project in the Netherlands

9/21/2015 2:30 PM

The company VIOS Trappen has decided to let Compass Software GmbH control their entire manufacturing of 15,000 staircases each year in the future. CS has been responsible for the construction of VIOS` staircases since the 90s and has already equipped several of their different machines with CNC programs. However, more than half of the machinery, which is spread over more than 30 years in age, has been controlled by VIOS in-house development so far. Among others this includes a very specific gluing machine, which will also be operated by CS in the future.

At the same time we will equip their entire production machinery with the CS barcode reader system, which will accomplish a significant improvement in data flow. The project will be launching in June 2015 and should be completed by the end of 2015. We will report on the continuation of this project​

Successful Implementation of the New BTL Processor

9/21/2015 2:30 PM

A new joinery element processor from Compass Software GmbH has recently been put into service for the company Keller in Switzerland. Employees of the machine manufacturer Krüsi from Switzerland installed and trained the customer for the software on the new Krüsimatic themselves. The new software module processes BTL-data of any kind and is part of the complete system. The controlling of the machine, as well as optimizations, are managed by the new software.