Smart Factory, Schrittweise anpassen

Networking early pays off

The company Knoll Maschinenbau purposefully started planning for the future early and exploited all opportunities to have enough storage capacity to meet future requirements while increasing productivity. This foresight paid off.

25 %

Increase in productivity

Was the result after four years of optimisation with regard to Industry 4.0.

70 m

Automation solution

Consisting of a fully automated STOPA store with 1,200 storage locations and 13 loading and unloading stations.



Working for the family company in Bad Saulgau.

Smart networking step by step

Knoll Maschinenbau has grown year on year since it was founded 45 years ago. One hall led to another. This is why, in 2007, the team started to plan a completely new factory for sheet metal processing. The aim was to cut transit times and speed up processes.

Knoll profile


Knoll is one of the leading suppliers of conveying systems and filtering installations in metal processing and is based in Bad Saulgau in the south of Germany. The company's positive displacement pumps are used in sectors such as the chemical and food industry. Highly flexible assembly and transport systems round off their portfolio.

Year of founding

The family company, Knoll, was founded in Bad Saulgau in 1970 and has grown continuously over the years.

Company size

Knoll employs around 1,000 employees at the Bad Saulgau site.


The machinery that Knoll uses includes the TruBend 5130, TruBend 5230 and TruBend 7036 bending machines, as well as the TruLaser 3030 2D laser cutting machine and the 70-metre long STOPA large-scale storage system, including LiftMaster Linear as well as the TruTops Fab Storage Module, TruTops Fab app and TruTops Monitor software products from TRUMPF.

Insights into production

Bearing in mind the Smart Factory vision

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Optimised material flow

Thanks to the TruConnect consultation, Knoll Maschinenbau is now benefiting from a space-saving large-scale storage system and a new material flow concept.

Intelligent material flow thanks to TruTops Fab Storage Module

Both the night shifts and weekend shifts are now completely unattended at Knoll Maschinenbau.

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Benjamin Neumann
TruConnect Product Management
Fax +49 7156 303932291

Dominique Hensel
Smart Factory Consultant
Benjamin Neumann
TruConnect Product Management
Fax +49 7156 303932291

Dominique Hensel
Smart Factory Consultant
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