TRUMPF And STOPA Establish Strategic Partnership For Smart-Factory Solutions
High-tech company TRUMPF has opened up new opportunities for collaboration with STOPA, one of the leading manufacturers of automated storage systems. The two companies recently announced an agreement to work even closer together in the future.
STOPA’s automated storage solutions are used in a variety of settings, including TRUMPF’s smart-factory solutions. STOPA systems enable customers to load and unload their machines automatically and to link machines together to form logistics networks. This boosts productivity on the shop floor by significantly reducing non-productive time.
Thanks to their versatile design, STOPA storage systems can be tailored perfectly to the growing challenges of modern smart-factory production environments or integrated seamlessly into existing factories. Their benefits come to the fore when combined with TRUMPF’s new Oseon software, which is designed to make production planning and control even simpler, up to and including fully automated automation of the sheet-metal fabrication process.
TRUMPF believes that partnerships and open standards are the key to developing and enhancing its smart-factory solutions. These include open interfaces from umati and open-locating standards from omlox as well as TRUMPF’s existing partnerships with intralogistics specialist Jungheinrich, coil processing, leveling and deburring machine maker ARKU, metal-industry software specialist Lantek, and STARMATIK, an automation company specializing in customized solutions.
TRUMPF recently brought all the different aspects of its smart-factory solutions business under one umbrella with the goal of fueling further growth.
STOPA was founded in Achern, Germany in 1963. Currently employing some 370 people, the company specializes in automated storage systems for sheet-metal and long-span materials as well as fully automated parking systems.
“After more than 35 years successfully partnering with TRUMPF on production automation solutions, we’re now looking forward to taking the next step together,” says Michael Stolzer, managing partner of STOPA Anlagenbau GmbH.
Till Küppers, CEO of TRUMPF Machine Tools, emphasizes the companies’ joint ambitions: “Our goal is to forge a solid new basis for embarking on the next stage of our successful journey with STOPA, especially the ongoing expansion of our smart-factory solutions. Partnering with STOPA will enable us to offer our customers an even more comprehensive range of efficient, sustainable and productivity-enhancing solutions in the future.”
TRUMPF’s investment in STOPA is still subject to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities.