The German company Mayer & Cie. among the top 100 winners for innovation

Photo: Ralph Koch for Mayer & Cie.

Mayer & Co. was named for the third time among the top 100 companies as one of the most innovative small and medium-sized companies in Germany. The jury particularly appreciated the innovative processes of the manufacturer of circular knitting and braiding machines. A total of 436 companies, including around 10% from machinery and plant engineering, competed this year.

Central to the company’s continued digital development is the goal of increasing the productivity of its customers. Recently, members of the management of Mayer & Cie. received the Ranga Yogeshwar Science Journalist Award at the SMB Summit in Frankfurt am Main, the company said in a press release.

Mayer & Co. was named for the third time among the top 100 companies as one of the most innovative small and medium-sized companies in Germany. The jury particularly appreciated the innovative processes of the manufacturer of circular knitting and braiding machines. A total of 436 companies, including around 10% from machinery and plant engineering, competed this year.

“We are delighted to receive the Top 100 award for the third time this year,” said Sebastian Mayer, Chief Digital Officer and member of the management of Mayer & Cie.. “2019 and 2020, characterized by a drop in demand and the pandemic, have not been easy years for our company. Yet, we have deliberately worked on improving our processes in order to be operational once the market recovers. We thank all of our employees for supporting this development and driving change forward.

For some time now, Mayer & Cie’s development work has focused on lean management in assembly processes, on optimizing after-sales service, including setting up an online shop for parts spare parts, and on product lifecycle management, or PLM, which represents a concept of seamless integration of all the information that arises during the lifecycle of a product.

A clean data structure is the basis for these measures. Sebastian Mayer calls it the “digital backbone”. “Basically this means that all product data is processed in the same database and all information is only available once and can be downloaded immediately,” he explained.

Customer benefit is the meaning and purpose of Mayer & Cie’s digital development work. “Our goal is to increase the productivity of customers who work with our circular knitting machines,” added Mayer. The main entry point for the company’s development work is the IIoT platform “knitlink”, where machine data is to be recorded and evaluated. Spare parts sales are then automated via the online store and support is available 24 hours a day from the platform. In the future, a 3D model of each machine – a kind of digital twin – will be available on “knitlink”.

“Innovators are opinion leaders; they are also still pioneers,” said Yogeshwar, who coached the competition. “They put their products to the test and wonder what a green society and a climate-friendly world will require of them. And they check the opportunities and challenges that increasing digitization will bring for forms of cooperation, social relations and, with them, for employee retention.

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