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15. July 2020

STM waterjet GmbH makes its customers IoT-ready

Water can do more than just quench thirst or clean; it can also cut. With the right pressure and technique, water can slice through a variety of materials with tremendous force. STM waterjet GmbH is a highly successful company that specializes in the development of waterjet cutting systems.

Water can do much more than quench thirst or clean. Water can also cut. With the right pressure and method, the cool liquid can cut a variety of materials with tremendous force. For 25 years, the company STM waterjet GmbH, based in Eben im Pongau, has been successfully developing waterjet cutting systems. The company’s customers, located worldwide, primarily come from the steel, aluminum, metal, plastic, stone, and glass industries. “Glass, plastic, stone, or various specialty metals – we cut through the material,” says CEO Jürgen Moser. “And we do it with an accuracy of up to 0.01 millimeters.” This precision is achieved through the cold cutting process, which prevents the material from burning.

User-friendly operation

To ensure easy operation, the Eben-based company has developed its own software that can be installed and used on any standard PC. No specific prior knowledge is required, allowing customers to start cutting immediately. Additionally, StM’s experts provide application consulting in terms of Industry 4.0 “to enable companies to enter into intelligent, fully automated production,” says Moser.

IIoT – Industrial Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) connects everyday physical objects with virtual technologies. Examples of IoT can be found in our daily lives, such as smartwatches that are worn on the wrist and measure various aspects of users’ movements during sports through GPS tracking and other software programs. For example, coffee machines can be set to prepare coffee every morning at a specific time using a smartphone app, eliminating the need for pressing a button.

In the context of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the same principles apply, but in an industrial context. STM aims to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in their entry into IIoT and relies on a machine-to-machine (M2M) approach and individual consultation.

STM waterjet’s cutting systems have been M2M-enabled for many years, allowing for data exchange through various interfaces. STM is happy to share this expertise with its customers. “Our application engineers have developed profound expertise over the past decade and know how production data can be exchanged and utilized in a more or less open network. They assist operating companies of STM waterjet cutting systems in determining how and which data can be intelligently processed using STM equipment,” says Moser.

In doing so, the company in Eben also makes a valuable contribution to the ongoing digitalization of Salzburg’s economy, particularly in terms of the international competitiveness of the region.

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