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TRUMPF reinvests in the startup ScaleNC

ScaleNC programs sheet metal fabrication machines via a cloud platform / programming is done with AI algorithms and CAD/CAM experts’ help / startup aims to fuel growth with this investment

Ditzingen, 20 July 2022 – High-tech company TRUMPF is set to invest around four million euros in ScaleNC. This startup offers digital services on a cloud platform to sheet metal manufacturers, for example, to program their machines. The enterprise intends to use this investment to fuel growth in Germanophone countries and branch out its services to customers in the USA. “ScaleNC is the answer to the skills shortage. Many of our customers struggle to fill vacancies. On top of that, ScaleNC provides cost benefits and helps our customers strengthen their competitive stance,” says Tom Schneider, Managing Director Research & Development at TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen SE + Co. KG. The startup, which currently employs 11 people, is determined to continue growing.

Cloud-based machine programming

ScaleNC handles machine programming and the preparation of manufacturing data for its customers. They can upload their data, drawings and sketches to a cloud platform at any time for this purpose. This wholly owned TRUMPF subsidiary not only uses AI and data-based algorithms for the subsequent programming; it also has experienced CAD/CAM specialists double-check the programming. This combination enables the company to handle even very challenging jobs at short notice. Customers seeking to plug gaps when skilled workers are short supply can draw on ScaleNC’s services selectively at a fixed standard price without any contractual commitments. They can also enjoy the benefits of even more cost-effective operations by opting for a long-term agreement. As it stands, ScaleNC serves primarily customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The company aims to offer its solution in other countries and is preparing to plant a footprint in the US market in 2023.

From an idea to a startup

Having initially invested in the startup when it was first spun off, TRUMPF has been using the cloud-based solution for its production lines for over a year now. “TRUMPF’s renewed investment in ScaleNC will help us pursue our growth targets. Industry demand for cloud-based services is growing, and we look forward to making our solutions available to even more customers,” says ScaleNC founder and CEO Holger Röder. The inceptive ideas for digital, platform-based, machine programming services emerged at TRUMPF in 2019. The founding team validated the idea in collaboration with TRUMPF customers as part of Internehmertum, an in-house incubator program, and developed it further to create a business model. ScaleNC was then spun off in summer of 2020.                                  

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ScaleNC offers digital services on a cloud platform to sheet metal manufacturers, for example, to program their machines. (Source: TRUMPF)

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