EOS GmbH, headquartered in Krailling, Germany, has chosen to adopt the manufacturing operating system from Oqton, San Francisco, California, USA, at eight of its global production facilities, including over one hundred Additive Manufacturing systems, as well as ancillary equipment. The two companies have been in partnership since 2020, following an extensive investigation by EOS into platforms best suited to support its connecting, tracking, optimising and automating goals.
“The decision to implement the Oqton platform at EOS was based on the strengths that we identified – specifically, that Oqton can integrate all of our factory equipment (the industrial 3D printers, periphery equipment, and post processing),” stated Trevor Kirsten, Head of Digital Manufacture at EOS. “This greatly improves our planning and efficiency both with the machines and personnel. And because Oqton provides good machine connectivity we can monitor machine states in real time and send print files from the MES directly to the 3D printer.”
He continued, “In addition, the low-code approach of Oqton allows us to easily tailor workflows and dashboards [and] the platform is interoperable with other software systems, which is also very beneficial for us. Oqton has proven itself to be very customer-focussed and agile by functionality, and creates new features very quickly in response to EOS inputs.”
Widespread benefits from the Oqton platform have already been reported both internally and for EOS’s clients, who saw optimised production capabilities. The company’s goal in adopting the platform was to increase efficiency and productivity across multiple geographical locations, and to use internal available production capacity in the best possible way.
“At Oqton, we are delighted to be working with one of the pioneers of Additive Manufacturing, and to bring added value to this impressive company,” added Ben Schrauwen, CEO, Oqton. “Additive Manufacturing has proven itself to be a truly disruptive technology and the benefits are well documented – however, we all know that there are still challenges to resolve when it comes to AM facilitating production at scale. Oqton was founded to resolve these core issues and we are now able to demonstrate that effectively and consistently, as the results at EOS show.”