SOFLEX History

History

Milestones of a family company

2023
Historie SOFLEX 2023

2023

- Automation measuring room

2022
Historie SOFLEX 2022

2022

- Move to the new company building

2021
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2021

- Foundation stone laid for the new company building in March

2020
Historie SOFLEX 2020

2020

- First installations of SOFLEX-MES (Manufacturing Execution System) to coordinate order processing between subordinate SOFLEX cell control systems. Realization of a "smart factory" with control of automated material handling vehicles (AMR).

2018

2018

- SOFLEX becomes a family business.
Johannes and Sebastian Klaiber become managing directors

2017
Historie SOFLEX 2017

2017

- Introduction of the 5th generation of SOFLEX control systems.

- Introduction of a touch-based workshop user interface with apps for SOFLEX-MCS / CCS (MachineControlSoftware / CellControlSoftware).

- Expansion of the workshop user interface with functions for SOFLEX-OCS (Order managament).

2012
Historie SOFLEX 2012

2012

- Introduction of the 4th generation of SOFLEX control systems.

- SOFLEX control systems are installed in the USA.

- SOFLEX supplies turn-key solutions for the automation of processing machines.

- SOFLEX control systems with automation of tool pallets and picking processes.

2007
Historie SOFLEX 2007

2007

- Introduction of the 3rd generation of SOFLEX guidance systems.

2002
Historie SOFLEX 2002

2002

- Introduction of the 2nd generation of SOFLEX guidance systems.
- 1st SOFLEX control system in Asia (China).

1996
Historie SOFLEX 1996

1996

- Change of control system platform from process computers to personal computers (PC). New operating system platform: Microsoft Windows NT with a relational database.

- Market launch of a standardized and configurable SOFLEX-PCS (ProductionControlSoftware). In addition to pallet handling, solutions for direct workpiece and fixture handling are used.

- First products for the organization of conventional production areas.

1989
Historie SOFLEX 1989

1989

- First control system with automated workpiece and tool provision. Automatic order data exchange between the DEC master computer and an IBM management computer.

1986
Historie SOFLEX 1986

1986

- SOFLEX presents its first semi-graphical user interface; DNC and machine data acquisition systems are used in addition to the SOFLEX control systems.

1984
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1984

- Software for flexible manufacturing systems was born out of a vision and a passion for technology

- First flexible manufacturing systems worldwide; SOFLEX supplies the associated control technology

- First installations of FFS (flexible manufacturing system) in Germany at: University of Stuttgart, Carl Zeiss in Oberkochen and ZF in Friedrichshafen.