OPEN MIND Buys Majority Stake in MES Manufacturer Hummingbird
The acquisition is designed to enable end-to-end manufacturing processes, OPEN MIND shares.
February 22, 2022
OPEN MIND Technologies AG and Hummingbird Systems GmbH have been collaborating since 2020. The hyperMILL CAD/CAM suite manufacturer has acquired 51% of the MES manufacturer. With this move, OPEN MIND expands its portfolio of networked, digitized manufacturing solutions.
Before acquiring Hummingbird, the CAD/CAM system had already been integrated into the manufacturing execution system. OPEN MIND’s investment now enables users to better network, control, automate and optimize workflows across the manufacturing process, according to OPEN MIND. Beyond this deep integration, the Hummingbird MES system remains open for connection with other CAM systems.
“Forward-looking production critically depends on transparency and the seamless flow of processes and information. We expect demand to increase because requirements will continue to grow, and many companies out there are yet to implement an MES system,” explains Volker Nesenhöner, CEO at OPEN MIND Technologies AG.
“Hummingbird is a great fit for us because it was developed specifically for the tool, mold and production machining industries,” he adds. “The MES solution expands our product portfolio and at the same time gives us the exciting new ability to shape the entire process. By integrating one of the leading CAM solutions into an agile MES system, we provide users with a crucial tool for the future.”
hyperMILL already integrates with the Hummingbird MES. The data generated in hyperMILL, such as NC programs, clamping plans, stock information and tool lists, are transferred to Hummingbird at the touch of a button and are immediately available for production. This means that the machine operators and everyone involved in CAM programming, machining preparation and tool management can collaborate via a single software platform.
“Automation and digitization are the key drivers of future-oriented manufacturing,” says Hans-Georg Zwicker, COO at Hummingbird Systems GmbH. “Both companies offer innovative solutions for this, especially for tool, mold and production machining. Both solutions complement each other perfectly and provide a seamless system for networking, controlling, automating, and optimizing workflows across the entire manufacturing process. Together, we’re taking manufacturing to a new level.”
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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