Fischer Technical Services was born, out of necessity, in 1979.
At that time, FTS owner and Principal Consultant, Robert Fischer, was working as electrical maintenance superintendent for a 2,000-employee railroad car manufacturing plant. He was actively leading the design, installation and maintenance of sophisticated control systems for automated welding lines, automated material handling, computer-numeric-controlled lathes and plasma cutting machines, robot work cells and remotely-controlled cranes and locomotives.
The manager of that plant was very active and popular in local management circles. As he would hear his counterparts lamenting their efforts to solve electrical and control problems, he not only recommended they consult Bob, he also encouraged Bob to work on those problems. Word quickly spread that there was a local engineer servicing CNC machines, plasma cutting machines, induction heaters and PLC controls. Doing a few favors for the plant manager's buddies soon developed into enough of a part-time business that the West Virginia Attorney General sent Bob a letter demanding he obtain a business license.
The license application required a name for the business. In 1979, the primary function of "the business" was providing troubleshooting, repair and technical assistance for complex control systems. At that time, however, Bob was 32 years old and studying for a Professional Engineering license examination. He anticipated adding "applied science" and additional "engineering" services to the business. Fischer Technical Services was chosen as a name that would continue to describe the company into the future.
Over the last 30 years, we have provided paid consulting services to 22 client companies in ten states. We have also provided gratis consulting to several other companies and freely shared our knowledge base with scores of students, craftsmen, engineers and managers. During the early part of this time period, Bob was, concurrently, an automation consultant to all of ACF Industries' plants. Later, he concurrently served as a maintenance/reliability consultant to all of Calgon Carbon Corporation's plants in the U.S. as well as to their plants in England, Belgium and Germany. For many years, he instructed courses in Robotics, Physics and Solid-State Electronics at local colleges. He spent the last ten years of full-time employment training IBEW electricians to calibrate, install, troubleshoot, repair and replace instrumentation at Marathon refineries, terminals and tank farms in KY, WV and VA.
Bob retired from full-time employment in April of 2011. He is now happy to have more time for short-notice consulting assignments and for research in esoteric sciences.
Lynn Fischer, Bob's wife, has always supported his part-time work. She is taking a more active involvement in the company as FTS evolves. Lynn provides assistance with office management, scheduling and accounting functions.