SMART SOFTWARE. SMART
MANUFACTURING.

We help manufacturers to turn hard work into childs play with the use of computers

 

 

 

We use our programming skills and techniques, our knowledge of computer science and mathematics to build smart user interfaces and algorithms that improve processes from order entry to automated quoting, from production and resources planning to complete factory automation. The hardest part in any software project is to get the requirements right.
Tens of years of experience in the manufacturing industry help us to understand quickly what our customers need. We use our computer, software and number crunching know how as well to support our customers in developing a vision for their future.
Our customers are manufacturers of custom products. Some for example produce thousands of insulation glass units a day, all of different size and shape. Others produce hundreds of cabinets, dozens of kitchens not one looking like the other. We help them to increase their degree of automation, not only in production but in administration and order processing as well.
Using our building blocks and components we build user friendly, easy to use applications that help users and management understand what is happening in their complex work environment, why it is happening the way it is and how they can intervene and change if necessary.

 

 

Are you a manufacturer?

 

As a manufacturer in today’s world are you happy with your work- life balance? Are you worn out, over worked, and don’t have time to take that well-earned holiday with your family? Are you missing out on family events because you are stuck working late hours fixing the problems in your factory? Are you experiencing high stress levels that are affecting your health? Are you over-worked and constantly worried you are not making a profit in your business? Are you worried about competition and how to keep up and gain a competitive edge? Pause for a minute, we may be able to help you. Have a read below and see if you can identify with these manufacturing problems:
• Are you constantly running around trying to fix bottlenecks on your production line?
• Was a job lost in production and not ready on time?
• Are jobs quoted incorrectly?
• Some jobs were finished but no final invoice sent?
• Customer paid deposit, but external material was not ordered?
• Customer ordered but no invoice for deposit was sent?
• Your current system can’t handle complex jobs?
• Complex operations are insufficiently automated?
• There are errors in the spreadsheets that no one has time to fix?
• Do you have too much waste of the most expensive materials?
• Is too much manual labour involved with order processing?
• Are customers asking for products tailored to their exact needs, but can’t afford your price?
If you answer yes to some of the above questions then we might be able to help you and your business. We are a team of developers that develop software for the manufacturing industry. We provide a unique set of software tools to automate and optimise all processes of manufacturers. We offer careful analysis and design of all administrative and production processes.

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How we solve your problems

 

We build sophisticated software to make the specification of complex products straight forward and easy. Software that can automatically generate quotes from those specifications, automate order processing, plan production, optimise, generate machines data, integrate the machines, run the manufacturing execution system and thus automate whole factories.
We integrate our solution with suppliers and customers, with the objective to calculate data automatically wherever we can and to make sure, every data item is only entered once. Thus information is automatically and without error passed from one business to the next and from one machine to the next. Workflow is controlled and optimised for the most efficient process. Our software manages handling stock and pieces and controlling machines automatically. This reduces errors and increases productivity.
Our software manages all your orders and quotes. As it can quote automatically a job is never quoted incorrectly. The software is based in the cloud. Quotes and order confirmations are generated and emailed to the customer (or printed) automatically. The system stores all history, and can calculate and displays the profit made for every order item. When a customer orders, the software generates an order from the quote, calculates the delivery date, produces supplier orders for externally supplied parts and sends an order confirmation. On delivery it produces a delivery docket and after delivery is confirmed it automatically generates invoices, so you don’t have to worry about invoices not being sent out after the job has been finished.
KicoOpt, our layout optimisation can help you to reduce waste and if you can schedule jobs together that use the same material, you can reduce waste even more. However, this needs to be done taking into account job deadlines, production sequence and the ease of packing and distribution at the other end too. In this way our production planning system KicoPlan can be combined with KicoOpt.

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Custom built solutions

 

Our software is designed to run in the cloud. There is no need to install anything, it all runs in a browser. Just sign up, set up the users and you are ready to go. You can access our cloud based solutions from any computer with internet access. Within your trusted network in the cloud, your customers can order from you electronically and you can order from your suppliers as well. Your system will generate the specifications for your suppliers from you data, and because quoting is automated, your suppliers can quote electronically on your specifications, allowing you to quote automatically too.
On the administrative side we have components for:
•Product design
•Quote and order entry
•Purchase and stock management
•Delivery and invoicing

For production we have components for:
•Production planning
•Layout optimisation
•Machine data generation
•Progress reporting

For machinery integration we have components for:
•Process control
•Machinery interfaces
•Process visualisation

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Our focus

Mass Customisation

Mass Customisation is the automated manufacturing of customised products. It profitably combining the low unit cost of mass production with the flexibility of building custom products to order. Mass customisation starts with streamlining product specification, quoting and order processing. Smart software is required to make product design and specification as easy as possible and to automate quoting and order processing. Customers running their own specialised software can order electronically and ordering from suppliers is automated as well as possible.
Once all this administrative software is operational, we can help you with streamlining and automating your production processes as well. When all supplies and resources are available production can be planned. Having captured and stored all product information, we can now generate production data for all the machines and we can control whole production lines to make sure all the parts arrive at the right places at the right time and together with the relevant processing instructions. Quality control during and at the end of production allows to react to defects immediately. For example at glass processing factories, defect pieces are back ordered and inserted into the first sheet of the layout of the required glass type that will be cut next.
We have software components for order entry, order processing, production planning, layout optimisation, production control, machine code generation for glass cutters, sealing lines, waterjet cutters, grinders, drills, routers and all sorts of other machines. Our machinery integration skills allow us to control whole factories, for example from the stock feeder to the glass cutter or the router to which we send cut- or routing code, then then controlling the automatic sorting of pieces in sorting arrays, and then passing them on in the right sequence in assembly lines, for example sealing lines to produce insulation glass units.
We stand for agile software development and advocate agile investment strategies into improving production processes as well. Wherever possible we try to identify the best investment strategies. This might sometimes just be the logical first or next step, more often than not it will be the one with the best ROI. We can help you with setting up and improving your manufacturing infrastructure. No matter on where you are in the investment cycle, whether you plan to build a completely new factory with all new machines or you only want to upgrade some part of it, we can help you to make the sensible and right investment at the right time.

 

If you would like to learn more about Mass Customisation, you can purchase Hans Kull's book entitled Mass Customization: Opportunities, Methods, and Challenges for Manufacturers. Available from Amazon on both paperback and Kindle.
Hans is Inmatic's Managing Director, in his book he shares his vision, thoughts and experience on Mass Customisation www.hanskull.com

Factory automation

Don't hit the investment speed bump

It happens a lot. You decide to automate your production, thinking of the big returns in efficiency, only to see your production hit a speed bump. The truth is, a lot of new technological investments and automation projects fail this way. The capital is invested, the changes are made, but the workers don’t know how to operate the new machines, and the production managers don’t know how to squeeze the efficiency out of them. So production suffers in the short term. If you’re lucky, you’ve made the right choice, and you stay the course, production will eventually exceed the old system. If you’ve made the wrong choice, or change course midstream when the first results come in, you may never recover.
 
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Most automation projects experience a sharp drop in production, before recovering and exceeding their previous highs.
 
We can help you
Our Iterative Process for Factory Automation can help you turn your automation project into a series of small, smooth steps, resulting in gradual improvements and small dips rather than a harrowing fall off a cliff. By breaking each project into small sprints, and iterating through each in turn, the pace of change is managed much more carefully, and the detail at every stage attended to more thoroughly. With over thirty years experience in the manufacturing and glass industries, we will help you solve your production problems, and make the most out of your capital investments.
 
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By carefully iterating the process of factory automation over a number of small steps, production dips are smoother and more manageable. This means less risk for your business as you grow.
 

Iterative automation 

 

Vision and Assessment, at the start of every iteration we will have a brief reassessment phase to make sure you properly adjust to the moving target. It is optimal if you can implement your vision in multiple iterations. 
We will work out where you are currently with your manufacturing processes. After a few iterations, this will be little work. We will work out where you want to go with this iteration and work out what you need (for example, in terms of machinery and software) to achieve this.

  

Design
First work out the project details with machinery suppliers, your internal and external IT providers, and your systems integrator. Make sure all parties involved are clear about your goals and committed to do their part to achieve them. Plan all necessary details and in complex cases build a model and run simulations. Then assess simulation results and modify your plans where necessary.
Implement 
Specify and order all the machines, then configure all software needed and develop new where necessary, make sure all interfaces are appropriate and well understood. This concerns user interfaces as well as software interfaces to machines and between software products. Plan and implement training of all employees concerned with this iteration and plan the installation phases with the machine and software providers.
Install and Test
Be prepared for this phase and mind the investment speed bump! You need to execute the planned installation phases and test as early as possible, then test the first small production runs on the new system. Let the users work with the new system during those first production runs so they can familiarize themselves with it and then ramp up production.
Maintenance and Support
Resolve remaining issues and problems. Then get your software provider to analyze logs to identify issues. Establish preventative maintenance and identify changes and adjustments needed for changed requirements or market demand. Re-iterate forever: Change is inevitable, and if you stop improving, competition will overtake.

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Systems Integration

More and more companies try to integrate all their systems

 

Once the administrative side is integrated (order processing, stock management, purchasing, accounting, production planning etc.) the next step is to integrate machinery as well. By generating production data and controlling production machinery we can support all these processes. Once this is achieved, the next step is trying no longer to optimise locally at every place, but to understand what impact an optimal solution for a local problem has on other issues along the production chain. An optimal schedule for your jobs might not be optimal in regards to your waste or your distribution. For example if you are producing plastic parts, then every change of colour might be associated with some additional waste and every change of form with some loss in production time. In glass production, an optimal sequence on the sealing line might not be the optimal sequence for packing and distribution. In instances like these you are interested to find a solution which is optimal over all, and that is typically not your optimal solution for every single aspect.
Once you have gained a better understanding of those processes, you can do even more: You can start mining your data to get better insights into your processes in order to understand what the most effective investments would be to go the next step. You will understand exactly what you need, allowing you to specify more precisely and thus getting exactly the machinery you need. We understand this all as a process spanning several years, and we can support you all the way through. Wherever you are currently, we can integrate some of our components with your existing systems to improve your productivity, we can help with machinery integration or we can do some data mining and research for you if you want to try to figure out what to do next. We have many components to help with your integration project, most of them quite task specific, but whatever your task is, we will find something we can adapt to your needs.

Software Tools

We are dedicated to solving your manufacturing problems through our cloud based solutions

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KICOPLAN
 
KicoPlan to optimise production. KicoPlan is a production planning tool for scheduling your jobs. It can handle parallel machines with different capabilities and speeds. You can prioritise jobs and there is a function to slot in new jobs as they arrive, giving you a quick delivery date. Depending on how you run your business you can re-run your production schedule daily or weekly or at whatever interval suits you best. There are modules to report back progress from the factory floor and every time you do a new planning run the program will take the actual situation on the floor into account. Furthermore, KicoPlan can take the productivity gain and waste reduction potential into account, which can be achieved when processing some of the jobs on some of the machines together.
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KICO OPT
 
KicoOpt to minimise waste. KicoOpt is a layout optimisation tool which has been developed for the glass and joinery industries and can also be adapted to different manufacturing industries. You can prioritise pieces so they come early in the layout and you can specify frequently used small pieces so they are used as fillers only. You can specify optimisation groups to maintain at least a bit of a sequence in the production of your pieces. Furthermore, there are a series of other options with which you can at least keep some control over the sequence for example of large pieces. There is a pre-processing function which nests non- rectangular pieces together to save even more material, and the optimiser has nesting capabilities for the rectangular pieces too.
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KICODRAW
 
KicoDraw is a tool for the design of non-rectangular pieces and pieces with additional properties like holes and cut outs, edging, screen-prints and more. KicoDraw is designed to be an easy to use tool that requires no prior CAD design knowledge. You can simply draw a shape and once completed it will automatically show you almost all measurement entries you could need. You can then just fill in all measurements you know, and as soon as the shape is defined it will fill in all other entries and redraw itself in proper proportions. In addition you can define some less frequently used measurements if you need to enter or control them. Once the shape is defined you can select edges and define their properties, or you can select cut outs from a catalogue and place them where you need them.
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
 
If your production process or your product (or both) is unique you might need custom software to run and manage it. Just because your process is unique does not mean all your software has to be unique. We might still be able to adapt existing components, for example for order processing or for stock management. Further to the components presented on the systems integration pages we have a multitude of smaller components we can use, re-use or adapt to build your system, for example for machine code generation, for communication or process control. If your production is unique, then some of the software used to run it might not only be unique but in fact rather hard and demanding to implement, if the goal is to run the production process fast, smooth, efficient and with little waste. We have a good understanding of complex optimisation problems and efficient algorithms. Our latest software product is our cloud based glass solution, KicoGlass. 
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RESEARCH AND CONSULTATION
 
Do you have hard to resolve productivity issues? Does improvement of productivity in one part mean increased waste or reduced productivity elsewhere? Do you have a unique product or production process and struggle run it efficiently in all aspects? Talk to us. We have a vast experience in finding good practical solutions to complex problems.
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NEED ADVICE
 
We are large enough to offer exceptional expertise and support but boutique enough to understand that the success of our clients is our success. We are therefore focused on making everything we do responsive to the needs and best interests of the organisations we work with. Our support and guidance before, during and post-project is fully involved and consistently available, both in terms of working with you (including any changing needs) and in understanding the needs of the industry. See our Mission Statement.

KicoGlass - Glass Manufacturing Managed in the Cloud

KicoGlass is now in its final stages of beta testing, after the last usability tests and improvements are complete, it will be released. It is a cloud based solution for glaziers, which in its basic version will support all your administrative processes including quoting (automatic price calculation) ordering and order confirmation, delivery, invoicing and linking to your accounting software. KicoGlass will be our first release from the Kico family.

With its release will be an easy to use design tool called KicoDraw where you can draw non rectangular shapes and enter measurements. In there you can specify cut outs and other processing as well. You can design your own catalogue of predefined shapes and cut outs too, or you simply use the ones we provide. KicoGlass will be extended in the future by an advanced production management tool which will allow you to better plan production and to generate production batches. You will be able to integrate KicoOpt our optimiser to calculate layouts on stock sheets and generate cut code for your glass cutter.
Kico Glass Pricing
There are several levels of subscription. Pricing is user- and volume- based. There are options to which you can subscribe to separately. Those again are based on your subscription level. All subscriptions include the basic cloud platform functions. Volume and number of users on that part determine on what subscription level you are, and thus in what subscription level your additional options come. Some of the additional options will give you additional users as well. People with access to advanced options (for example the accounting interface) will have access to the basic functions as well, but you can control on who has access to which advanced options. With some add on modules (to come later) there will be users with restricted access only, for example for progress reporting from the factory floor. Prices are set to what we see appropriate at this early stage and are subject to change later. However, if you sign up now at these prices, we will guarantee them to stay close to the price you signed up for.
 
 

          

 

Visit our product page where you can sign up for a FREE trial, view pricing and subscription levels, and register you interest before its official release.  www.kico.com 

 

Resources

White papers and Case Studies

You can download our latest white paper on our software and Smart Manufacturing here 
You can read our case studies on Lock Manufactury and Joinery Manufacturing here

Testimonials

Here is what one of our major clients has to say about working with us. Glas Troesch is one of Europe's largest glass manufacturing companies

Erich Sutter, Project Manager at Glas Troesch. For over 20 years we have worked closely with Inmatic. All the software that we have developed in this time through Inmatic has been technical applications. These applications are linked directly to our ERP System for order and production processing. I have worked closely with Inmatic on the following projects: - Development of "T-Opt" (CAD/CAM) a glass cutting optimisation application for minimising waste - Development of "T-Mod" an easy to use CAD tool. This tool can handle complicated shapes (DXF import/export), various glass processing and generate order confirmation prints. - Development of "T-Dnc" CAM tool. We control all our production machines with this tool, for example, drilling, edging, water jet and grinding machines.
When developing, Inmatic understand and consolidate our ideas very well and bring their own valuable ideas to the project. Inmatic understand the processes of our company the best and therefore are able to quickly understand our problems. The 3 biggest benefits to using imatic’s software are – The software is user friendly – The software is clearly and understandably built – The software is easy to install. I would highly recommend Inmatic any time, as we have worked together for many years, the team are reliable and dedicated to their work.
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Stephan Reinmann, Project Manager at Glas Troesch.I would most definitely recommend Inmatic, they provide quick resolutions to problems and working together is in each case very constructive and leads to good solutions. As the team at Inmatic is small and specialised, one has always the same contact person. The 3 biggest benefits to using the software are; An improvement/extension can quickly and easily be made. The software is easy to use and Inmatic always meet their deadlines.
Stephan Reinmann

Company overview

 

Inmatic, formerly known as Informatic Technologies was founded in 2000 by Hans Kull, a man who over 46 years ago began his career on the floor of an electro-mechanics firm in Switzerland. He later studied electronics engineering and mathematics and worked with several manufacturers on all levels up to department head. Due to these experiences, Inmatic has an inherent understanding of factory operations at every level. To our knowledge, we are the only technology company to encompass both industry experience and technical expertise. To fit with this, we use plain English and make our focus understanding and fixing your problems. Inmatic specialise in medium and large manufacturing businesses. We understand that you deal every day with a multitude of custom made products, yet still require a high degree of systemisation and a streamlined production process. We are excited by what is being called the 4th Industrial Revolution – making factories into Smart Factories. This means using computers to make all aspects of the manufacturing process smoother, error free and more cost effective.
In recent years we have integrated software and machinery of several medium sized companies, streamlining their processes from stock to delivery, from order entry to invoice. We support the production planner in creating batches, sort out materials, calculate layouts on stock sheets, generate cut code, send feeder jobs to load stock sheets from stock, tell the sorter where to sort the pieces and later to feed them to the assembly line in the requested sequence. We can optimise packing and delivery as well, and can handle complex overall optimisation problems, spanning for example from batch generation to delivery, to minimise the overall costs including waste, production efficiency, packing and delivery. Furthermore, we understand that your optimal packing sequence might be your customer’s nightmare. We can talk to your customers and include their needs too.

Mission statement 

 

 

The primary mission of Inmatic is to aid the growth of Australian and overseas manufacturing businesses, by solving their operational problems. Inmatic specialise in Mass Customisation software for the manufacturing of bespoke products in automated factories. Inmatic understand that every business is unique with its own particular methods and therefore faces unique challenges. We offer careful analysis and design of all administrative and production processes involved.We have developed an agile strategy for the implementation of mass customisation projects that incorporates all the necessary steps in every iteration. This makes adapting to a changing environment, easy.
We also provide a unique set of software tools to simulate, automate and optimise all processes of manufacturers. From quoting right through to the production stage. Based on over 70 years combined experience we deliver a software solution that improves efficiency, removes wastage and increases production capabilities. Using existing components we provide all clients with a customised solution. We make a measurable difference to our client’s bottom line, and in this way, our business succeeds through the success of our clients. We build user friendly, easy to use applications that help users and management understand what is happening in their complex work environment, why it is happening the way it is and how they can intervene and change if necessary.
We work with every client to create a custom solution that is affordable yet designed to grow with the business. Moving forward new ICT technologies like the internet-of-things, combined with new manufacturing technologies; like additive manufacturing, now make mass customisation possible for many more industries. If you know manufacturers with a vision, people that understand the impact of new technologies in their industry, that want to be ahead of the pack and leaders in their field, tell them about Inmatic– because we want to change the way the world is manufacturing for the better. All members of our team follow the Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice as recommended by the ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Task Force. 
As a company we support our members in this as best as we can. Contact us to get honest advice on your options in technology or automation.

Core values of Inmatic
-We conduct our work with honesty, reliability, integrity and accountability
-We are smart working
-We work efficiently and produce reliable software
-We are dedicated and motivated on helping our customer
-We provide quality information to our customer
 

OUR TEAM

Meet the people that build your solution

Hans Kull is of Swiss origin and has over 46 years of extensive knowledge and experience in manufacturing industries. He started his career as an electro-mechanic apprentice and after further studies now holds a degree in Electronics Engineering and a Masters and PhD degree in Mathematics.
Hans Kull
Managing Director
Adam has over 12 years experience with Inmatic, and has largely been responsible for developing solutions for the glass industry. A graduate from Deakin University, where he also studied a Master of IT, Adam enjoys the challenges of working with progressive manufacturing companies.
Adam Pitts
Senior Software Engineer
Josh has over 7 years experience at Inmatic, and utilises his extensive skills across a wide range of projects for various manufacturing industries and applications. Josh has valuable knowledge on LayOpt for the joinery industry, KicoGlass for the glass industry and multiple web applications for local businesses, using a variety of tools and technologies.
Josh Luehman
Senior Software Engineer
Anne-Maja is of Swiss origin and has a background in teaching, she's a qualified secondary school teacher and has an Advanced Diploma in Accounting. She has also completed further studies in economy, business management and accounting in Switzerland. Anne-Maja is a great asset to the Inmatic business structure as she runs all of the behind the scenes operations.
Anne-Maja Frei Kull
Administration Manager
Jennifer joined the team in 2014 and came directly from the Mining Industry, where she worked in Marketing for an international company. Jennifer gained valuable knowledge here about the manufacturing industry and understands the need for factories to become Smart Factories. With a background in Digital Marketing.
Jennifer O'Donovan
Marketing Manager
Corley brings his 20+ years experience in software development and operations as the newest member of the Inmatic team. Majoring in Computer Science at Melbourne University, he has since worked on large scale projects from Sydney to Beijing, gaining a a broad range of skills in securely implementing and maintaining solid solutions for both business clients and consumer products.
Corley Kinnane
Software Developer

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