Oqton, an industrial automation company headquartered in San Francisco, California, USA, and EOS GmbH, Krailling, Germany, have announced the integration of EOS’ software capabilities into Oqton FactoryOS™, an end-to-end production platform. The partnership is said to enable an unprecedented connection between manufacturing software and hardware.
According to Oqton, the integration between Oqton FactoryOS’s cloud manufacturing platform and EOS’ open hardware system will enable users to send an Additive Manufacturing job from the cloud directly to an AM machine, receive alerts on the mobile device when a build is ready, deliver a full job quality report with every produced part and automatically optimise nests and schedule build jobs to maximise machine utilisation.
Oqton’s AI-driven optimisation reportedly captures best production practices, leading to improved quality and increased machine utilisation, which results in significant increases in ROI for mutual customers. For example, 100% automation can be achieved in dental and jewellery verticals, resulting in 30% overall cost reduction.
“I am impressed by the level of build preparation automation and increases in productivity that can be achieved by leveraging Oqton FactoryOS as MES and IOT platform,” stated Martin Steuer, EOS’s SVP Software Division. “With that and the easy to implement high standard cybersecurity capabilities it is a unique cloud-based solution and we are happy that EOS customers can now benefit from it.”
Ben Schrauwen, Oqton’s CTO, commented, “This integration was only possible because of the open software architecture of EOS products and the support through the EOS Developer Network (EDN), making it easy to use the EOSPRINT and EOSCONNECT APIs in our cloud platform. We were able to deeply integrate our AI-automated build preparation workflow directly to the EOS systems of our customers, allowing to drive, manage and track them directly from the cloud.”