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Shanghai - Karl Mayer is here at ITMA Asia + CITME this week launching KM.ON, its new brand for delivering digital solutions at a high end of the warp knitting market.

Standing for 'digital driven innovation', KM.ON has been created to bring together the digital solutions portfolio of the Karl Mayer Digital Factory, a new software start-up, and the entire Karl Mayer Group.

The company says it is systematically driving the topic of digitisation forward in order to seize the opportunities offered by the changing trends affecting the global marketplace. “Digitisation is a basic component of our company strategy," says Karl Mayer’s Managing Director, Arno Gärtner. "With our corporate start-up, the Karl Mayer Digital Factory, we have a software company at our disposal that can act quickly and customer-oriented on the market. Another integral part of our digitisation strategy is its participation in ADAMOS, a strategic alliance of German global market leaders in machine construction and the Software AG. On the basis of the ADAMOS technology, and as part of this network for developments, Karl Mayer is living up with the product portfolio of the new KM.ON brand to its claim of being a global market leader also in terms of digital Solutions."

The Karl Mayer Digital Factory is a pioneering company operating alongside this innovative market leader. It employs a team of software specialists and technology experts in a new, creative environment away from the main company headquarters. Speaking about the objectives, Maximilian Kürig who, together with Antonia Gottschalk is one of the managing directors, said: “This new venture should develop efficient digital solutions quickly and flexibly for the benefit of our customers and deliver them under its own, new umbrella brand. Digital solutions are expanding the possibilities of considerably improving the efficiency of our customers’ production processes and giving them unparalleled competitive advantages.”

KM.ON’s digital portfolio of services will support customers in selected areas and is made up of eight solution categories. k.ey – a conventional industry PC together with an appropriate software – provides access to the solutions. The platform of hardware and software can be installed easily and links the machines securely to the protected cloud. This is based on the expertise gained by participating in ADAMOS with regard to the use of an open IIoT environment which is specifically focused on the needs of machinery and plant construction. This enables the benefits of KM.ON to be used easily and securely.

At ITMA Asia + CITME 2018, the system, which is made up of eight KM.ON solution categories, together with the first apps and solutions covering the three areas of Management, Maintenance and Service, were presented.

  • k.management enables the customer to look at the current production process, regardless of location and in real time. The production data are displayed clearly on a dashboard. This simple way of delivering information improves process transparency and acts as a valid database for decision-making and planning. These advantages are based on Karl Mayer’s own system of machine networking.
  • The solutions in the k.maintenance category are designed to support customers in their own maintenance operations. As the first solution, Karl Mayer is showcasing the CHECK PARTS app for testing the authenticity of the spare parts, with expanded functions. Above all, the scan-to-order feature is new and makes it even easier to order spare parts online. Automatic data transfer improves the customers’ day-to-day operations when ordering on site, as well as for warehousing.
  • k.service's product world will, in the long term, include all the functions that manage the communication between the customer and Karl Mayer, should the client require assistance. The ability to make contact quickly, together with efficient communication procedures, guarantees a high level of machine availability. In Shanghai, Karl Mayer is showcasing the latest developments in this system, which is based on the tried-and-tested CONNECT app.

Steps will be taken in the near future to expand the offers of KM.ON. Other solutions and the expansion phases for existing products are already being planned, e.g. in the areas of data analysis, condition monitoring and the digital machine logbook.

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