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1 million euros seed capital for AI startup Hofmann & Stirner

28. Novem­ber 2018

Munich — Hofmann & Stir­ner Zuführ­sys­teme GmbH is recei­ving around €1 million to expand its digi­tal tech­no­lo­gies in the field of feeding tech­no­logy. High-Tech Grün­der­fonds and a busi­ness angel are parti­ci­pa­ting as inves­tors. The finan­cing round was broke­red by the BayStartUP inves­tor network. Hofmann & Stir­ner deve­lops feeding systems with the help of digi­tal twins using compu­ter aided design (CAD) and the simu­la­tion of produc­tion plants. They thus master the syste­ma­tic and sorted feeding of a large quan­tity of very small compon­ents into the manu­fac­tu­ring process of indus­trial products. Hofmann & Stirner’s vision is the auto­ma­tic deve­lo­p­ment of any feeding system by means of arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence. With the seed finan­cing, Hofmann & Stir­ner aims to achieve further mile­stones in tech­no­logy development.

Feeding systems are smal­ler indus­trial systems that feed small parts such as screws, etc. to larger manu­fac­tu­ring machi­nes. They ensure that compon­ents of a product are avail­able at the right assem­bly point at the opti­mum time and in sorted form so that the corre­spon­ding products can be manu­fac­tu­red. They can be found in manu­fac­tu­ring proces­ses in indus­tries ranging from auto­mo­tive to elec­tro­nics. Up to now, these feeding systems have been manu­fac­tu­red almost exclu­si­vely in trial-and-error proces­ses by expe­ri­en­ced sheet metal workers with the aid of sample compon­ents. Hofman & Stirner’s tech­no­logy digi­ti­zes this process. To achieve this, the company relies on a holistic approach consis­ting of the inno­va­tive ROTU machine archi­tec­ture and its own soft­ware tailo­red to it. Several soft­ware modu­les inter­lock and map all rele­vant physi­cal proces­ses in the feeding system.

Each real ROTU thus emer­ges via its digi­tal image, expan­ding the trai­ning data­base for arti­fi­cial neural network lear­ning to fully auto­mate the deve­lo­p­ment of new ROTUs. The data­base forms the basis for lear­ning arti­fi­cial neural networks and helps to conti­nuously deve­lop the system. The goal is to obtain new ROTU systems for various mate­ri­als to be conveyed in a fully auto­ma­ted manner. “Anyone who only uses off-the-shelf soft­ware will fail in mecha­ni­cal engi­nee­ring due to digi­tiz­a­tion,” says Daniel Hofmann, CEO and co-foun­­­der of Hofmann & Stir­ner Zuführ­sys­teme GmbH. Hofmann & Stirner’s solu­tion designs the feeding system so that users can convert it to convey a comple­tely new mate­rial in less than 2 minutes.

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