Following the acquisition of TIG (Technische Informationssyteme GmbH) last year, Austrian injection moulding machinery supplier Engel has now switched from its own manufacturing execution systems (MES) to the authentig software suite from TIG to provide an independent, neutral interface solution.
TIG develops and markets MES systems throughout the world and was acquired by Engel in October 2016 as part of the company’s bid to advance its Industry 4.0 ambitions.
“Together, we have a deeper understanding of the networking of injection moulding processes than other providers in the market”, said Wolfgang Frohner, managing director of TIG in a 27 April press release.
Engel’s investment, he added, will help TIG expand its Rankweil site and create “new highly qualified jobs”.
According Engel CEO Stefan Engleder, MES is a core component of Engel’s “Inject 4.0 programme” and the process has “significantly improved our expertise in the MES field”.
TIG and Engel have been close partners in the past with Engel’s e-factory solution already based on the authentig software from TIG.
For e-factory users the switch means that only the product name will change, while the functionality and operating logic will remain the same as before, the Engel statement added.