|around 1986||Gerd Anke starts seting up guitars by hand|
|Around 1988||First attempt to automate the setup and fret dress process, at first purely mechanically|
|1990||First computer program to control the mechanical devices|
|May 90||Gerd Anke and Michael Dubach founded the first company named PLEKTRON based in Anke's apartment in Berlin-Kreuzberg, one employee|
|1993||Company renamed plek, the first shop in Berlin-Neukölln servicing customer instruments with a functioning trial machine|
|1997||Registration as patented design|
|Jan 98||Founding of plek Gitarrentechnologie GmbH, 3 employees|
|1998/1999||International patent registration and development of a production-ready plek basic prototype|
|2000||First presentation of the plek basic at the Frankfurt Music Fair|
|2000/2001||The first plek basic is taken into service outside of Berlin at Art of Sound, Cologne ; more shops follow (among others in Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Bavaria, Saarland, Berlin)|
|2001||The first plek basic is taken into action outside of Germany at Chandler Guitars, London, UK|
|2001||Presentation of the plek basic at the Summer NAMM in Nashville/TN, USA|
|2001||First plek basic sold (Glaser Instruments, Nashville/TN, USA)|
|2002||Founding of A+D Gitarrentechnologie GmbH, eight employees|
|2002/2003||Further work is done on the development from plek basic to plek pro|
|Dez 03||First use of the plek basic in guitar production (Heritage, Kalamazoo/MI, USA)|
|Jan 04||Introduction of the plek pro at the Winter NAMM in Anaheim/CA, USA|
|Feb 04||First plek pro sold (Glaser Instruments, Nashville/TN, USA)|
|2004/05||Development of the sts, a String Tension Simulator, for the plek pro|
|2005||First use of the plek pro/sts in guitar production (Gibson Custom Shop, Nashville/TN, USA)|
|2006||First plek pro/sts sold to the Asian market (Takamine, Japan)|
|2007||20th plek pro machine sold|
|2007||Development of the plek station, the new machine generation for repair shops and small manufacturers|
|2008||First plek station sold|
|2008||Development of a new plek pro machine generation for guitar manufacturers|
|2009||Presentation of the "Open 'String Box", a stroboscope showing string movement in slow motion
|2010||Establishment of US-based Plek Services LLC|
|2011||50th plek machine sold|
|2012||Start of Fret Cutter Resharpening Services in the USA|
|2013||Extension of Plek Berlin business premises and production facilities
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