With more than 16,000 employees, Krones AG produces equipment for the beverage industry and food manufacturers. With thousands of patents and about € 4 billion turnover, the SDAX listed group is the global market leader in this field. Different legal regulations regarding hygiene standards, area habits, vessel shapes, materials, foods to be filled in and not least the degree of automation turns each facility into a unique project.
At at almost all production sites the CNC sheet metal manufacturing is the beginning of the dynamic production chain. Having introduced the WiCAM PN4000 in 2013 with convincing positive results in terms of SAP connectivity, manageability and efficiency, the work preparation divisional management decided to leverage these competitive advantages across the group.
In addition to the performance in daily business at the respective locations, the open, flexible structure of WiCAM is one of the biggest advantages in regards to of corporate governance. Licenses can be distributed as needed within seconds to locations around the world. Structural changes, new plants, company acquisitions and the introduction of machines from any manufacturer are planned, supported and implemented online from Neutraubling.
The resulting flexibility and scalability enables Krones not only to grow rapidly, either department wise or as a whole, but also to react immediately to changing market conditions. Today, Krones uses WiCAM’s CADCAM solutions in all sheet metal manufacturing plants around the world.