Open Mind acquires majority stake in MES manufacturer Hummingbird

Open Mind Technologies AG and Hummingbird Systems GmbH have been cooperating since 2020. Now, the hyperMILL® CAD/CAM suite manufacturer has acquired 51 per cent of the MES manufacturer. With this move, Open Mind expands its portfolio of networked, digitised manufacturing solutions. Even before acquiring Hummingbird, the CAD/CAM system had already been seamlessly integrated into the manufacturing execution system. Open Mind’s investment now enables users to better network, control, automate, and optimise workflows across the manufacturing process. Above and beyond this deep integration, the Hummingbird MES system remains open for connection with other CAM systems.

“Forward-looking production critically depends on transparency and the seamless flow of processes and information. We expect demand to increase because requirements will continue to grow, and many companies out there are yet to implement an MES system,” explains Volker Nesenhöner, CEO at Open Mind Technologies AG.

“Hummingbird is a great fit for us because it was developed specifically for the tool, mould and production machining industries. We know the value of Hummingbird’s technology. The company has been driving innovations that perfectly align with our portfolio and way of thinking. The MES solution expands our product portfolio and at the same time gives us the exciting new ability to shape the entire process. By integrating one of the leading CAM solutions into an agile MES system, we provide users with a crucial tool for the future.”

Integrated systems
hyperMILL already seamlessly integrates with the Hummingbird MES. For instance, the data generated in hyperMILL, such as NC programmes, clamping plans, stock information and tool lists, are smoothly transferred to Hummingbird at the touch of a button and are immediately available for production. This means that the machine operators and everyone involved in CAM programming, machining preparation and tool management can collaborate via a single software platform, making hyperMILL even more effective in a uniform manufacturing management environment.

Hans-Georg Zwicker, COO at Hummingbird Systems GmbH: “Automation and digitisation are the key drivers of future-oriented manufacturing. Both companies offer innovative solutions for this, especially for tool, mould and production machining. Both solutions complement each other perfectly and provide a seamless system for networking, controlling, automating, and optimising workflows across the entire manufacturing process. Together, we’re taking manufacturing to a new level.”

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