September 24, 2022
  • September 24, 2022

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Mayer & Cie., based in Albstadt, has been named to the Top 100 for the third time as one of Germany’s most innovative small and medium-sized companies. The jury particularly appreciated the innovative processes of the manufacturer of circular knitting and braiding machines.

Central to the continued digital development of the family business is the goal of increasing the productivity of its customers. Last Friday, the members of the management of Mayer & Cie. received the Ranga Yogeshwar Science Journalist Award at the SMB Summit in Frankfurt am Main.

Demand a deliberate decision from the leadership

“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.

Progress is digital also for SMEs

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

A clean data structure is the basis for these measures. Sebastian Mayer likes to call 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 explains.

Increase customer productivity

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,” says Sebastian Mayer. Their main access point to the company’s development work is the IIoT platform “knitlink”, where machine data is to be recorded and evaluated.

The sale of spare parts is 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.

The development department of Mayer & Cie.  in Albstadt-Tailfingen: Together with around 50 of the company's 400 employees, Sebastian Mayer is driving the digitization of the SME forward.  © Ralph Koch for Mayer & Cie.

Mayer & Co. in an award-winning company

A total of 436 companies, including around 10% from machine and plant engineering, competed for the Top 100 Innovation label this year. Nearly 300 passed and were personally congratulated by Ranga Yogeshwar at the SMB Summit. He noted that the winners have led by example.

“Innovators are opinion leaders; they are also still pioneers,” said Yogeshwar, who oversees 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.