DMG MORI gains digital know-how with stake in up2parts

With a strategic stake in the Bavarian software company up2parts, which specialises in artificial intelligence (AI), DMG MORI plans to acquire important know-how in the field of digitised manufacturing processes. up2parts’ AI-based geometric workpiece analysis makes it easy and quick to generate work plans and price calculations for individual components.

“AI-supported software solutions by up2parts create the basis for digital manufacturing,” states Christian Thönes, chairman of DMG MORI Aktiengesellschaft. “3D construction data can now be captured quickly, while run-time calculations are possible in a short time. Processes that, until now, have been unorganised, get unified and professionalised. This is a huge advantage for our mainly mid-sized customers.”

Marco Bauer, managing director of BAM GmbH, from which up2parts has emerged, adds: “DMG MORI will be a partner that gives us access to the international market. In addition, as a start-up we are flexible enough to develop. We offer complete AI-based and automated value-chain processes to manufacturing companies, starting from a batch size of one. Since 2017, we’ve had 25 software developers working on AI-solutions for integrated, automated and professional manufacturing processes. Our number of employees is planned to double in the short run.”

The focus of up2parts is on AI-based optimisation and the acceleration of procurement and manufacturing processes from quotation and order entry, through work preparation and CAM programming, to machine planning. At the core of the software solution is AI, which analyses the geometry of each component within seconds on the basis of machine-learning algorithms and human know-how. The result is a concrete work plan and the accurate cost of manufacturing the component. With each part, the AI ‘learns’ independently and continuously optimises its algorithms.

DMG Mori and up2parts staged their first joint presentation at the recent EMO 2019 exhibition in Hanover, Germany.

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