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It's 15 or so years since former SAP manager Franz Eduard Gruber joined forces with two colleagues to found FORCAM GmbH with the aim of helping companies to boost productivity. The idea behind FORCAM was to create transparent factories by interlinking production and planning and by generating incorruptible performance data that could be displayed in graphical form. The team quickly secured IBM as its global sales partner and attracted big customers operating complex systems such as Audi, BMW, Daimler, EADS and MTU Aero Engines. In 2010, at the height of the financial crisis, FORCAM beefed up its investment in the new FORCAM FORCE solution. After five years of intense development, the product is now ready for market and the company is celebrating its world premiere at HANNOVER MESSE 2016.

The technology used in the FORCAM FORCE solution differs markedly from its Factory Framework predecessor and other products on the market. The “first-of-its-kind” technology carves a direct inroad into the smart factory by creating in-memory and complex event processing transparency in real time. The FORCAM FORCE manufacturing software has the potential to boost plant and machinery productivity (OEE) by up to 33 percent. Thanks to the clear graphical display of everything from fine planning through to factory comparisons, errors can be identified virtually and eliminated for real. A company’s entire machine base – whatever the range of manufacturers – can be connected to flexible FORCAM FORCE, and it’s easy to add new IT systems, whether created in-house or sourced from a new supplier. Its interoperability means other top-floor systems (e.g. SAP/ERP, PLM, CAQ, CMMS and TDM) can be seamlessly integrated to form a single IT platform for all production.

FORCAM GmbH (88214 Ravensburg, Germany), Hall 7, Stand A11