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Industry 4.0 competence centre opened and Smart Electronic Factory e.V. founded

Members undersign launch of association at opening ceremony for new iTAC Software AG premises at ICE-Park Montabaur

Montabaur, October 27, 2015 – Industry 4.0, the basis for networking production processes, is shaking up the world. The Federal Government and companies are working together to ensure that Germany plays a key role in this construct. Tangible and practicable Industry 4.0 solutions have been implemented by the SME initiative "Smart Electronic Factory" since 2014. These culminated on October 15 in a registered association. At the opening ceremony for the new premises of iTAC Software AG at ICE-Park Montabaur, seven members undersigned the establishment of the Smart Electronic Factory e.V. association.

The German government regards Industry 4.0 and digitisation as being one of the core structuring tasks for the next few years. Especially for Germany as a production location, this is a crucial issue for the future where international competition is concerned.

Consequently, the Montabaur-based MES provider iTAC Software AG, together with Limtronik GmbH from Limburg a. d. Lahn, established the Smart Electronic Factory in 2014. This is an Industry 4.0 evaluation environment which is integrated into the live production processes at Limtronik, an EMS service provider. Various software and hardware manufacturers, together with university facilities, are actively involved in the association, and have joined up to establish an Industry 4.0 SME initiative. Seven of the participants undersigned the launch of Smart Electronic Factory e.V. on October 15.

Members of the Smart Electronic Factory e.V. association are the Technical University of Central Hesse (represented by Professor Gerrit Sames, lecturer), in-integrierte informationssysteme GmbH (represented by Siegfried Wagner, CEO), Limtronik GmbH (represented by Gerd Ohl and Anjou Appelt, CEOs), DUALIS GmbH IT Solution (represented by Heike Wilson, CEO), proALPHA Business Solutions GmbH (represented by Michael Finkler, Business Development), iTAC Software AG (represented by Dieter Meuser, CTO) and Fuji Machine MFG Europe GmbH (represented by Klaus Gross, CEO).

Industry 4.0 competence centre in business location Montabaur
The foundation ceremony took place during the inauguration celebrations for the new corporate site and Industry 4.0 competence centre of iTAC Software AG at ICE-Park Montabaur. iTAC has been specialising in providing cutting-edge communication technologies for the manufacturing industry since 1998. From the outset, the company has focused on optimising production processes by means of many measures including tracking, detailed planning and quality assurance.

During the course of the event, which was opened by the mayor of the local authority association of Montabaur, Edmund Schaaf, the company gave an insight into its history. Founded nearly 20 years ago, iTAC Software AG has meanwhile developed into an internationally operating MES provider with 140 employees. With regional roots, yet globally active – the company's radius of action today extends from Europe to Asia and over the Atlantic. Numerous visitors from the local region and beyond were present to offer their congratulations on the new location. The day was rounded off with various presentations on Industry 4.0 and fringe events.