manufacturing of prototypes and special luminaires
  • Implementation of project-specific product ideas or lighting solutions
  • Checking of feasibility and definition of specifications
  • Design, development, CAD, simulation and testing concepts
  • Creation of a functioning prototype within a few days
  • Solution-oriented approach and support from the idea through to project implementation
  • State-of-the-art machinery for creating prototypes and for mass production: laser processing, sheet metal bending, turning, milling, grinding, section folding, 3D scanning and printing equipment …
Photometric measurements of luminaires
  • We use the biaxial LABSPION by Visio Systems to measure 3D photometric data of luminaire prototypes or standard luminaires in no time
  • The following data can be measured: Luminous flux lm, power consumption W, power factor %, colour rendering index CRI/CQS, colour temperature CCT, light distribution curve LDC, radiation angle, efficiency lm/W …
  • Data export in LDT/IES format for use in RELUX/DIALUX, project-specific PDF documents
encapsulation ip67 protection
  • Encapsulation of LED light lines with the specialised DEMAK equipment for outdoor applications
  • Perfectly adjusted system (encapsulation material: polyurethane SEPUR 540 and equipment) for transparent or opal encapsulation, also for walk-over applications
  • UV resistance, low colour temperature deviations and IP67 protection ensure maximum service life
CAD engineering
  • Development and engineering of assemblies, individual parts, luminaires, lighting systems and special solutions using Solid Works
  • Simulation of luminaires or lighting solutions
  • Easy data transfer or data exchange via interfaces
OEM production
  • Engineering and industrial production of OEM products from small-scale to medium series
  • In-house development and outsourcing solution smartPRODUCTION ERP system for LED light line production
  • Automation of production and testing facilities
  • 100% traceability thanks to batch tracing in production
  • Fast-line production of LED light lines within 24 hours
  • Sourcing of components and suppliers
mechanical processing
  • State-of-the-art machinery allows multi-variant and multi-faceted production of mechanical components: AMADA fibre laser for 2K sheet metal processing with automated loading and unloading station, AMADA bending machine (up to 2.5 m long), flatbed milling machines up to 2.0 × 3.0 m, deburring machine for sheet metal parts, automatic thread-cutting devices, edge polishing machine …
  • Section cutting machines and section processing
  • Welding of aluminium, steel and chromium alloy steel
Folding of LED sections
  • CNC section folding machine for reshaping aluminium and steel sections
  • Foldable section types: 1216, 3030 V2.0, concrete casting section 3030, 1919 45°, smartBULK circular luminaires – other types upon request
  • Smallest radius, depending on section size, 300 mm to 3 m
Plastics processing
  • State-of-the-art CNC plastic milling machine for plexiglass, wood or aluminium (max. size L × W = 3.0 × 2.0 m)
Technical support/project support
  • Consultation, technical support, design and planning of LED standard and special solutions
  • Project support from the idea through to installation and acceptance
  • Technical aftersales support and in-house installation team for special solutions
  • Expert opinions

Why we enjoy working at smarterion?

Thomas Stepan, CEO

”Variety and diversity, a wide range of tasks, a great team, a real opportunity to inspire others and to make a difference”: This is what smarterion employees say about why they enjoy working at smarterion. What is required for success to be achieved is the commitment of many dedicated employees. Interesting and challenging tasks are waiting for you and, being a growing company, we also offer you the perspective of further individual and professional development. We are looking forward to welcoming you in our team soon.

Submit your application now!

Use this opportunity and contact us.

ARJETA DJELILI, HR Manager

We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our vacancies. Of course, we also welcome unsolicited applications. We look forward to your getting in touch with us.

MANAGEMENT

CEO / Chairman of the Board

THOMAS STEPAN

COO / Head of Marketing, QA and IT

RETO BONDERER

MANAGEMENT

Head of HR / Finance

ARJETA DJELILI

Sales Director

RICO SCHÖNENBERGER

Head of Purchasing / Logistics

SANDRO MICHEROLI

Head of Products / Processes

DANE RIEDI

Head of Production

RALF BRUNNER

Sales / Purchasing / Marketing

Sale

SELINA BRODER

Sale

ERICH NIEDERBERGER

Sale

MARCO PATRICELLI

Sale

YANJC WILDHABER

In education

RAHEL BARTHOLET

Purchasing / Production

CYNTHIA HOBI

Marketing / Production

SILVANA STIEBRITZ

Design

Design

NICO BRAZEROL

Design

ANDREAS GMÜR

PRODUCTION

Head of standard / special lights

vacant

Head of Series Lights

FABIO PATRICELLI

Head of Mechanics

JOEL WILLI

Standard lamps

TAMARA KLJAJIC

Special lights

TINA BÖHLMANN

Cable / Logistics

BILJENT ALIJI

Production

SARA ARIFI

Mechanics

ROGER BAUMGARTNER

Production

JANA DANISOVA

Mechanics

LUIGI DELLI SANTI

Production

CLAUDIA FIEGL

Mechanics

ERWIN GRÜNENFELDER

Special lights

MANUELA HUG

Special lights

MANUELA KAMER

Standard lamps

KATARINA KASANICKA

Mechanics

VLADIMIR LAURINEC

Production

DORIS MESSER

Series lights

ANTONIA ORENO

Mechanics

DANYS PENA

Standard lamps

SABINE RÜEGG

Production

ANA SAVIC

Series lights

GEORGE STANISLOUS

Series lights

THOMAS STECHER

Mechanics

MARKO TESIC

Series lights

THAVANENTHIRAN THAVANESAN

Production

GORICA TRAJKOVIC

Standard lamps

CLAUDIA WEBER

Mechanics

LUCA ZOGG

Logistics

vacant

Production

MARIOLA SIENKIEL

Series lights

SRORAMGOMO STANISLOUS

Cleaning Maintenance

CLAUDIA MARTHY

Logistics

LIRIDON OSMANKAJ

SERVICE and ASSEMBLY

Service and assembly

JONATHAN SIEGENTHALER

Service and assembly

MELVIN SASSI

Service und Montage

DARIO HOCHSTEINER

Industry 4.0

smart production

The smarterion smartPRODUCTION system is a comprehensive manufacturing system you can use to operate your own in-house production of LED light lines.
Under a licence and with your own brand (as franchise partner), you can use the software- and hardware-based solution. Thanks to joint material procurement, you benefit from lower procurement costs and at the same time are able to produce based on your own local staff costs.

Get in touch with us to learn more about the opportunities offered by smartPRODUCTION.

Services
  • Comprehensive, marketable product range of LED light lines (LED sections, covers, end caps …)
  • Phased concept of manufacturing aids – from small-scale series through to batch production of LED light lines
  • Modules: process planning/capacity planning, section cuts, ready-made cables, ready-made sections, LED encapsulation, testing, dispatch, product labelling, product traceability
  • Full data availability (parts lists, operational plans, data sheets, inspection schedules, specifications, EULUMDAT files …)
  • 100% traceability via barcode and QR code
  • Proof of conformity with all relevant standards
  • Technical support and know-how and ongoing further development of the system
  • Configurator and web shop for direct marketing
Your benefits
  • Adoption of a functioning modular manufacturing system tried and tested since 2015 for 196 versions of LED light lines
  • High-quality smart design of all products (end caps without screws, very easy installation …)
  • Production under your own brand with your own locally applicable manufacturing costs
  • Lower procurement costs for LED sections, since large quantities can be purchased jointly
  • All production and distribution data available (parts lists, photometric data, conformity statements …)
  • High product and process quality with regard to all products (100% batch tracing)
  • Web configurator and web shop for marketing
  • Participation in ongoing product development
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2009
The product smartLED 1216 with remote control and receiver was developed and launched on the market as a plug-and-play kit. Customer-specific cutting to length turned out to be a best seller right from the beginning. The company was able to move to its first business premises at Markthallenstrasse 31 in Sargans covering a floor space of around 60 m2 and accommodating the storage room, manufacturing stations and the office. On 3 March 2009, smarterion ag was founded by Reto Bonderer, Thomas and Peter Stepan; Thomas Stepan started to work for the company as an employee. The company was established based on the product development by Peter Stepan and the associated business plan prepared by Reto Bonderer and Thomas Stepan.
2010
The acquisition of a CNC flatbed milling machine for processing large plastic panels allowed to open up new business areas, enabling the development of products such as smartPanel, but also customer-specific covers that could now be manfactured in-house. In September, a showroom was set up in Schindellegi, in collaboration with Leone GmbH (today Archimondo AG), to present the products of smarterion ag to the customers and to hold project meetings. On 1 February, the first staff member for production and assembly was hired.
2011
On 1 July 2011, the company moved to the newly completed production building at Rheinaustrasse 3 in Sargans, which was built by Stepan Engineering GmbH. The generous spatial conditions now also allowed large-scale orders to be manufactured. Here, an order for the Court of Appeal in Zurich must be mentioned that was implemented in collaboration with Zumtobel, which evolved into a long-standing partnership.
2012
Due to the increasing order volume, more space was required at the company’s headquarters at Rheinaustrasse. An add-on to the building was planned and implemented quickly, which opened up new opportunities on 150 square meters of additional floor space. The acquisition of a section folding machine allowed for the first time to offer not only linear or wide-area luminaires, but also circular or curved sections – depending on customer demands.
2013
The commissioning of an encapsulation line designed in-house for linear profiles represented a milestone in outdoor lighting. Professionally enscapsulated sections became best sellers within a very short time and were highly appreciated by the customers for their extreme robustness. Thanks to the latest technology, 3D data visualisation could now also be offered to the customers. This allowed highly accurate views directly at the construction site, so that curved sections could be fitted to optimum effect. The subsidiary smarterion Austria GmbH was established with a view to business in neighbouring European countries. Now it was possible for customers within the EU area to be served directly.
2014
In 2014, smarterion celebrated its 5-year anniversary with a special event. The newly designed image brochure illustrates the values and opportunities offered by smarterion as a supplier of linear and special luminaires. A letter of intent (LOI) established even closer collaboration with the companies Zumtobel Licht AG and Neuco AG. The in-house know-how in section folding was utilised to develop the smartBulk product family. In order to cope with the ever-increasing order volume, another extension was added to the production hall. The extension building, put into operation in summer, provided additional space for the requirements of mechanical production.
2015
The acquisition of a bending press for metal sheets with a length of 2.5 m and also of a YAG laser allowed for the in-house manufacture of sheet metal parts for special luminaire production for the first time in the company’s history. In order to optimise the capacity of the plants, the product smartLine Easy was developed, which turned out to be an immediate market success and laid the foundation of the new serial luminaires production department. Both smartLED 6050/7050 and the VANOR/VANOC series of designer luminaires were introduced at the 2015 Ineltec in Basle. Moreover, a web shop for section configuration was presented to the public for the first time, making it easier for customers to obtain offers and place orders.
2016
Moving to the newly rented 750 m2 of production space at the Langgraben location allowed the installation of the fully automated AMADA sheet metal laser, including a tower with automatic exchange function. This acquisition allowed adding the smartLIne Easy and ICE LED EVO products to the serial luminaires segment. For the first time, it was possible to produce some 30,000 luminaires. By transferring the mechanical production department to the new location, there was sufficient space now at the Rheinaustrasse headquarters to create an attractive reception area with office premises. In the course of ISO-9001 certification, the workflows of the entire company were checked and optimised. Another audit by Osram not only confirmed our goal of providing «top quality – made in Switzerland», but also showed further potential. We were able to negotiate exclusive agreements for Switzerland with the new suppliers MGL Licht and Osmont. With immediate effect, smarterion now represents these companies in Switzerland.
2017
In order to enhance the quality of the smarterion products even further, the results obtained from the audit by Osram were adopted and prioritised. The result was a unique testing facility that went into operation early in [year], where serial luminaires can be tested speedily, in compliance with standards, also using a Vision system, and documentation can be provided. The foundation of the in-house production system smartProduction was laid early in [year]. The fact that the electrical wholesaler Elektro-Material (EM) distributed the smarterion-specific catalogue smartLighting to all its customers all over Switzerland, marked a milestone in the history of smarterion ag in the sphere of commercial products. In order to present the increasingly varied product range of smarterion ag to a wider audience, the company set up its own trade fair stand at Ineltec 2017 in Basle.
2018
The new production site at Zeughausstrasse 10 in Mels was put into operation at the beginning of [year]. By commissioning the new DEMAK encapsulating machine, the outdoor product range could be extended on a professional level. Thanks to the rapid further development of the smartProduction system, the latter could be implemented with Küttel AG. This company now manufactures smart-LED sections in compliance with the smarterion standard based on a franchise.
2019
10-year anniversary of smarterion ag: The year of the tenth anniversary of the company was marked by growth and transformation. In spring, the entire property on Zeughausstrasse in Mels was rented. This allowed an extension of the production lines and making them fit for the future in terms of process technology. A new CNC milling machine for plastic panels was added to the mechanical production department, in order to further strengthen the special luminaires business segment. Upon implementation of the web shop for section configuration on the website of the wholesaler Elektro Material, the web shop is now available to more than 3,800 electricians.

What do we do to ensure high quality levels?

ISO9001-certified
  • For us, the high quality of products and processes is a task we are committed to and which is integral to our thinking and actions day in, day out.
  • Within the scope of a continuous improvement process, we keep learning from our mistakes, in order to eliminate them and avoid them in the future.
  • The ISO-9001 standard is an important leadership tool for us to measure our quality.
  • The most important measuring tool is our customers’ satisfaction – for us, it is the measure of all things.
 

Why does 100% quality control make sense?

Smart testing systems
  • In order to guarantee high product quality, we have developed our in-house testing systems that ensure perfect control with regard to serial luminaires.
  • When it comes to testing systems, all electrical, photometric and optical parameters are tested.
  • Traceability of data is ensured for years thanks to the use of a QR code or a barcode.
  • In terms of LED light lines, the smartPRODUCTION production system, which was developed in-house, also guarantees 100% control of all outbound products manufactured by us.

What is the benefit of OEM certification?

Certified Osram partner
  • As OEM manufacturer for renowned companies, we were audited by OSRAM in 2017, in order to produce, as manufacturer, luminaires for the company under the OSRAM brand, in compliance with OSRAM standards.
  • An OEM audit exceeds ISO certification by far and pays particular attention to compliance with standards in the field of LEDs and luminaires.

Why is data quality becoming more and more important?

PIM system
  • In 2019, we started the PIM project with the aim to have a comprehensive data bank available by 2022 that includes all products developed and manufactured by us, so that we can ensure the level of data quality required for the industry 4.0 standard.
  • This allows all partners and customers to access this data to facilitate data exchange and considerably reduce initial costs when new products are introduced.

Why is LED part of the 2050 energy strategy?

Energy efficiency with LED technology
  • Since our company was founded in 2009, our focus has been exclusively on LED technology. This means that all our products and special solutions are energy-efficient and have a long service life.
  • As energy efficiency in lighting is an important part of the 2050 energy strategy of the Swiss Confederation, our products and solutions also contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions.
 

What is our contribution to sustainability?

Materials from Switzerland and Europe
  • We buy more than 80% of our materials in Switzerland and in Europe.
  • We actively try to solve the problem of reducing grey energy in our products. 
  • We buy electronic control gear primarily in Europe. It is important to us that they are manufactured in Europe as well.
 

Why does it pay to convert luminaires to LED technology?

LED conversion kits
  • Our large product portfolio of LED conversion kits allows our customers to retrofit conventional luminaires with LED technology.
  • In this way, the original luminaire design can be maintained, without any need to change installation procedures.