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Kistler Group acquires IOS GmbH

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Measurement technology player Kistler Group has taken over Aachen-based IOS GmbH, provider of MES (Management Execution System) software and hardware systems, with immediate effect. In doing so, Kistler can now offer the manufacturing industry a modular production monitoring system that covers the entire value chain, from sensors to production planning and control.

Monitoring and data acquisition products for the manufacturing industry are already a key part of Kistler’s portfolio of integrated quality assurance solutions. The acquisition of IOS’ MES software however takes Kistler to the next level. Rolf Sonderegger, the CEO of the Kistler Group, comments, “Having our own MES solution that can seamlessly link management and production levels is strategically important to us as a solution provider. In the future, our customers will benefit from a modular all-in-one solution that provides monitoring, controlling and reporting functions across the entire value chain.”

He adds, “The initial focus will be on applications in plastics processing. Later on Kistler’s MES competency will be extended to other business areas.”

Acquiring IOS GmbH gives Kistler access to more than 20 years’ experience in the development of MES systems.Sonderegger said, “In addition to gaining valuable knowhow, the acquisition also aims to establish a competence center. This center will further strengthen the close working relationship with the renowned scientific institute at the RWTH Aachen University, a well-known think tank for Industry 4.0. The expertise of the IOS team in Aachen can now be incorporated into the Kistler brand in an international context.”

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