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The Kistler Group’s new competence center for production control and management systems is located in the immediate vicinity of RWTH Aachen University, with which Kistler cooperates. The new establishment currently employs 18 people, while others are due to join them: the company is looking in particular for application specialists, software developers, and MES experts. The work done in the center will focus on digitizing plastics processing and other processes. Kistler is involved in everything from the sensors themselves to the evaluation of the data obtained from them and the targeted optimization of production in all of its individual stages.

Sensors and measurement technology are regarded as a key technology in digitization and therefore have good prospects for the future. In the first quarter of 2018 alone, the sector was able to increase sales by 9%, reports the AMA (Association for Sensors and Measurement). “We are expecting further, steady growth in the sector this year,” comments managing director Thomas Simmons.