What does Industry 4.0 need, technically speaking? Cross-linkable machines and components, equipped with sensors and codes; software that reads, processes, analyzes, and maps machine data; software that systematizes, simplifies and combines the surrounding processes like ordering, production planning, design, maintenance and delivery; communication modules that securely transport the data within the factory as well as out of it; and business platforms that enable the whole thing to be easily controlled.
As a pioneer of Industry 4.0, TRUMPF is coming closer to all of this, step by step. Six months ago, the high-tech company founded the platform provider AXOOM GmbH. The task of the software developers at AXOOM was to create a digital business platform that would help to quickly and easily connect all steps in the value chain of a manufacturing company. “We are convinced that this is the right path,” says Mathias Kammüller, Head of the TRUMPF Machine Tool Division. “The initial situation is good. All stakeholders – customers, suppliers, software companies, and logistics service providers – trust us as industry experts, more than major IT companies.”
Since the beginning of the year, AXOOM has been in its official preview phase. During this open development period, around 270 prospective customers so far have assessed the platform and partly engaged in joint development with AXOOM. In addition, more than 130 companies have made contact in recent months who want to place their offers on the business platform as partners. The AXOOM developers are already engaged in specific discussions with more than 50 of them with regard to apps or other types of partnerships.
The established AXOOM partners currently include companies such as Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH, C-Labs Corporation, J. Schmalz GmbH, Klöckner & Co SE, Linde AG, India Metamation Software Private Limited, Rittal GmbH & Co. KG, SICK AG, SKALERO GmbH , XETICS GmbH, and also WiCAM GmbH Technische Software – a TRUMPF competitor in machine software. The platform is open to all partners whose apps create added value for manufacturing companies. This also means that AXOOM is open to other machine manufacturers, and offers the opportunity to connect cross-vendor machines to the business platform.
At the Hanover Fair, which begins on April 25, AXOOM will be presenting specific use cases together with some of these partners. Several booths at the fair will be interconnected for this purpose. A new and highly secure communication module will also be presented to the public at the AXOOM booth (Hall 08, Booth D09). “By Hanover at the latest it will be obvious that offers from the new business platform are directed not only at sheet metal fabrication businesses, but at the entire production world,” promises Florian Weigmann, Managing Director of AXOOM GmbH.
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AXOOM GmbH, headquartered in the technology region of Karlsruhe, was founded in 2015 as a subsidiary of the TRUMPF Group. The company employs around 100 people who see themselves as passionate shapers of the Industrial Internet of Things. With the AXOOM platform, they are developing an open operating system for the industry, which pools data from machines and provides apps for the optimal operation of these machines and the entire value chain. For the benefit of the AXOOM ecosystem: Thanks to AXOOM technology, machine builders can offer smart machines and develop digital business models. Manufacturing companies are experiencing new dimensions of transparency and productivity. App and distribution partners benefit from the marketplace potential of the platform. The experts at AXOOM with their software and mechanical engineering know-how support this ecosystem: They quickly link every machine to the platform, develop individual strategies for digital transformation and thus make AXOOM the initiator and partner of integrated Industry 4.0 solutions.