2016-12-08

Walter expands its digital portfolio

Walter AG gets on board with long-standing software partner Comara to create a new company under joint leadership. Mirko Merlo, President of Walter AG: "This is a key strategic step towards expanding our digital portfolio and further developing our company towards Industry 4.0."

With the majority stake, Walter is consistently pursuing its development from a tool manufacturer to a provider of comprehensive production solutions. Comara has been working with Walter closely since 2012 and specialises in collecting, evaluating and using real-time data to connect machines ("connectivity"). Together with Walter, the company also develops software solutions for connecting all devices in the production environment: From machines and tools through to logistics and databases.

Walter AG is expanding its expertise with Comara and will therefore be able to connect tools with greater sophistication and optimise them using real-time data in future. Combined with the existing Walter Tool·ID, this will give rise to the production of "Smart Tools" in future. With "appCom", Comara offers machine manufacturers and industrial companies their own platform for individual "apps" – special software modules in the production environment. In collaboration with Walter, the aim here is to develop further solutions and make them available to other machine and device manufacturers and to end users. A new business area for Walter with great future potential beyond tool optimisation.


 


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