Caframo from the Bay

About Caframo Lab Solutions

In 1954, Hans Heidolph Sr. decided to expand outside of Germany, into North America and in 1955 the new Caframo business was opened, manufacturing and distributing laboratory stirrers in North America and Mexico.

The founders were Hans Heidolph Senior, his son Hans Heidolph Jr, and his son-in-law Doctor Rudolph Zinsser.

The company name Caframo is derived from “Canadian Fractional Motors”.  All overhead stirrers are built with small motors less than a horsepower in strength.

In 1994, Tony Solecki joined the company as General Manager, and in 1996 purchased the company.

We pride ourselves as being an industry leader.  Stirrers are made with brushless DC motors, metal housings and digital displays.  The accessory stands, clamps and mixing impellers are electropolished stainless steel and all available from stock.

Andre Steinman

Technical Sales

Andre holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri and has worked for US firms before coming to Canada to live and to work for Caframo. Andre’s technical knowledge of fluid dynamics will guide you to the right power choice in an overhead stirrer. Andre is one of Caframo’s technical content advisors for product newsletters, the website and product manuals.


For over ten years, Andre has spoken daily to customers like you and has built a comprehensive knowledge base of application expertise. As part of the sales team she knows the value of same day customer service. She has a passion for getting customer questions answered in one phone call or email.

Melena McGregor

Melena McGregor

Technical Sales

Melena comes to Caframo after earning a Business-Marketing diploma from Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario.  Melena’s marketing and communications background is a solid foundation for her contributions to the Caframo Lab Solutions sales and customer service team.


With over eight years of experience at Caframo, Melena is a results-oriented customer service professional and business analyst.  You will feel her passion for building strong dynamic relationships through same day customer service replies and timely follow ups.  Melena understands the importance of giving you the same fulfilling experience each time you contact her.

Suz Shearer

Suz Shearer

Technical Sales

Suz is the newest member of the Caframo Lab Solutions team. After spending a year at Caframo in Accounts Payable, she is excited to find solutions for lab customer inquiries. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts and working as an Editor, Graphic Designer and Office Manager, she brings skills in promotional artistry, print design planning as well as graphic optimization for print, web and multimedia production.


You will hear Suz’s voice on the phone answering questions and providing technical support. She has jumped into her role and is dedicated to embracing the high level of customer service and support you have come to expect when questions or support needs arise.


Charlotte Chinn

Technical Sales

Charlotte is a customer advocate and a trained Graphic Designer.  A part of the team for over four years, Charlotte excels serving lab customers over the phone or face to face at tradeshows or site visits. She embraces Caframo’s same day response goal for all enquiries so you get the information you need to move your day forward.


With her creative skills she designs clear images so you clearly see product features and you understand exactly what you are going to get when you order product.

Innes Wunderlich

Applications Specialist

Innes is a technical research specialist, expanding the knowledge and expertise of the Caframo Lab Solutions team. Innes understands how Caframo overhead stirrers are used and is able to identify gaps that will improve our products – making your life better at work.


Innes holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and a Master of Science from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.  Her ease communicating with customers comes from lab bench experience working in government and academic research. She has also worked in QC/QA lab manufacturing environments for a Health Canada licensed company.


Marta LaForest

Director, Business Development

Marta has dedicated her time at Caframo to developing, marketing and selling the overhead stirrer line in existence today.  Her role requires strategic thinking to determine the best portfolio of mixing products to add value for Caframo customers.  Holding an honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph, Guelph Ontario Canada, Marta has been engaged in the scientific equipment business for over 30 years.  Prior to Caframo Marta has held technical sales and management roles for companies headquartered in Dayton, Ohio and Newton, Massachusetts.  The Caframo lab team she has formed makes technical customer service and application research a priority.  When a technician purchases a Caframo overhead stirrer they purchase after sale support with a live person.


Marta’s focus on distributor partnerships ensures product visibility online and in stock.  A part of the company for over 21 years, Marta has grown the Caframo laboratory division to be a significant contributor to the company and is globally recognized as a brand in the marketplace.  Acknowledged as a product development expert, Marta and her team continue to have success developing intuitive, user friendly products that are in customers’ hands worldwide.

Our Technology

Caframo overhead stirrers and accessories are built in Canada to CSA/UL safety standards. We choose brushless DC (BLDC) motors for all of our products which provide more power at the chuck. Caframo boasts the highest torque laboratory overhead stirrers in the marketplace – the most power for their respective size.

We incorporate Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to test customer custom applications to ensure the correct motor power and impeller style are selected before investment. CFD simulations are also conducted during product develop phases to determine and confirm new product specifications. This testing helps to shorten the design and development process and optimizes designs at the early stages of development.

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