New benchmark study: iTAC among top providers of Industry 4.0 platforms
Bietigheim-Bissingen, December 5, 2016 – iTAC Software AG, which is part of Dürr, is one of Germany's leading providers of Industry 4.0 platforms. This has been confirmed by the latest "Industry 4.0 /IoT Vendor Benchmark 2017" study conducted by the Experton Group. The IT research company has named iTAC as one of the five market leaders with its iTAC.IoT.Suite platform.
Industry 4.0 platforms are smart software systems that provide connectivity and flexibility for production processes. In essence, they contain a manufacturing execution system (MES) for production control. Added to that are new technical concepts such as predictive maintenance, cloud capability and big data analytics.
To create its ranking, Experton analyzed six criteria: scalability (via cloud), analytics/big data capabilities, breadth and depth of functionality, micro-service approach, references, and software provider strategy. Experton sees the companies that have been rated leaders as "strategic pacesetters and opinion leaders" and recognizes their innovative strength, stability, highly attractive range of products and services as well as strong market position and competitive edge.
iTAC Software AG has been part of the Dürr Group since the end of 2015. This acquisition has enabled Dürr to significantly expand its Industry 4.0 software range. Ralf W. Dieter, CEO of Dürr AG, says: "With iTAC, we are one of the highest-performing providers of digital production connectivity. The current ranking endorses iTAC's leading position and confirms that we have gained a company with extraordinary potential."
The new I4.0 platform, iTAC.IoT.Suite, is a new development based on the established MES software solutions of iTAC (iTAC.MES.Suite) and Dürr (EcoEMOS). The iTAC.IoT.Suite contains not only the established modules of iTAC.MES.Suite and Dürr EcoEMOS but also a number of new features. This gives Dürr and iTAC a future-oriented software platform. Existing customers who use the iTAC.MES.Suite and Dürr EcoEMOS will continue to receive support and updates for their existing systems and will also be entitled to modular extensions. So far, iTAC has equipped over 200 factories worldwide with its software, mainly in the automotive supply and electrical industries.
The Dürr Group is one of the world's leading mechanical and plant engineering firms with outstanding automation expertise. Products, systems and services offered by the Group enable highly efficient manufacturing processes in different industries. Dürr supplies not only the automotive industry but also other sectors such as the mechanical engineering, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and – since the takeover of HOMAG Group AG in October 2014 – the woodworking industry. Dürr has 92 business locations in 28 countries. With just under 15,000 employees, the Group generated sales revenues of € 3.77 billion in 2015. The Group operates in the market via five divisions:
- Paint and Final Assembly Systems: paintshops and final assembly systems for the automotive industry
- Application Technology: robot technologies for the automated application of paint, sealants and adhesives
- Measuring and Process Systems: balancing and cleaning equipment as well as assembly, testing and filling technology
- Clean Technology Systems: exhaust-air purification systems and energy efficiency technology
- Woodworking Machinery and Systems: machinery and equipment for the woodworking industry