Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for the manufacturing sector. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, you will discover 5 promising startups developing computer-integrated manufacturing startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Computer-Integrated Manufacturing Startups
Using our StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 1.379.000+ startups & scaleups globally, we looked at innovation in the field of manufacturing. For this research, we identified 440 relevant solutions and picked 5 to showcase below. These companies were chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & scaleups developing innovative computer-integrated manufacturing solutions. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 440 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
WORKERBASE – Paperless Manufacturing Operations
The fourth industrial revolution is rapidly transforming traditional manufacturing processes using advancements in various technologies. For example, the Internet of Things (IoT) devices enable efficient data collection and processing while artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms deliver meaningful insights in real-time to optimize manufacturing operations. Startups and scaleups are working on computer-integrated solutions for manufacturing facilities to implement Industry 4.0 concepts.
German startup WORKERBASE offers a suite of digital transformation platforms that help optimize manufacturing operations. The startup uses wearable Internet of Things devices and mobile applications for machine operations, replacing paper-based usage. By capturing data at a granular level, the startup analyzes quality control, maintenance, material management, and line changeover data to maximize the efficiency of production lines.
SkAD Labs – Engineering Design Software
Computer-integrated manufacturing utilizes various digital tools to enhance the efficiency of end-to-end production processes. Product research and development (R&D) typically consumes a lot of time. Computer-aided design and engineering (CAD and CAE) software cuts product development time and enables companies to bring products to the market faster.
Swiss startup SkAD Labs creates Skeleton|CAx, a virtual product development software that reduces the development time of engineering products. The startup’s technology leverages the medial axis representation for intelligent object identification. Skeleton|CAx autonomously creates designs and mimics physical behavior to achieve specific optimization goals. The solution helps engineering and product R&D teams reduce the time and cost spent on product development.
arculus – Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR)
Flexibility, safety, and implementation are some advantages of utilizing AMR on the shop floor. Manufacturing companies still use linear assembly lines to produce their products. Autonomous robots make intelligent decisions, including detecting and avoiding collisions, and are especially useful to improve worker safety and reduce handling-related losses. Startups develop AMR to offer greater flexibility for factories that operate in non-linear production setups.
German startup arculus enables automotive manufacturers to effectively transform their one-dimensional assembly line into a modular and multi-dimensional production setup. The startup utilizes a full-stack software platform, enabled by autonomous mobile robots, to optimize inventories in real-time during production. This manufacturing approach is suitable for flexible production that has fluctuating demand. The startup also caters to the manufacturing of consumer electronics and devices.
CT Infotech – Manufacturing Workflow Management
Traditionally, machine operators record data, such as outputs, time logs, line changeover, breakdowns, and other shift related information, in physical logbooks. This allows for seamless transitions between different shift supervisors. AI, augmented reality (AR), digital workflows, and real-time analytics further enable the digitization of shop floor operations and eliminates inefficiencies. Startups develop software solutions and dashboards to automate workflows and improve overall production efficiency and productivity.
Indian startup CT Infotech develops Kamban Factory Automatic Scribe (FAS), a proprietary workflow management software, to digitize the manufacturing workflow. Kamban FAS enables machine operators to migrate to digital data logs, videos, and shift instructions for the next supervisor. Such automated recordings of granular data about machine downtime, wastage, labor, energy, and emissions optimize the cost of operations and make the production process more efficient.
TREE-TOWER – CAD-CAE Integration Software
R&D teams develop designs that are subject to engineering flaws. Computer-aided design software, integrated with computer-aided engineering, enables manufacturers to design prototypes that improve both design and functionality. CAD and CAE integration software automatically update integrated links in both environments, thus, saving valuable time and reiteration costs for engineering R&D teams.
Italian startup TREE-TOWER enables smart flexible manufacturing with the help of a suite of technologies. The startup leverages digital twins and virtual reality (VR) to enable rapid prototyping and testing of new designs and materials. The startup builds software to integrate computer-aided design and engineering tools that further enable the additive manufacturing of the final product.
What About The Other 435 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence and enable you to achieve your goals faster. The 5 computer-integrated manufacturing startups showcased above are promising examples out of 440 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch.