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The FORCAM Philosophy

FORCAM is one of the world’s leading solution providers in the field of production control and the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Our claim that we deliver results in productivity remains a solid foundation since the establishment of the company in 2001. Almost two decades ago, FORCAM celebrated its debut and first deployment at Mercedes-Benz. The iconic automobile company has since celebrated many accolades, including the “Factory of the Year” award in 2007, 2008, and 2012.

Since then, we have evolved into a comprehensive IIoT solution partner with a high-performance manufacturing 4.0 platform and a vital ecosystem. Today, our turnkey and freely extensible cloud platform solution is used by large and medium-sized companies including Airbus, Lockheed Martin Audi, BMW, BorgWarner, Daimler, KUKA, Pratt & Whitney, Schaeffler, Swarovski and many more. Today, more than 100,000 machines are monitored with FORCAM technology worldwide.

We live our corporate values integrity, dependability, and mutual respect in all of our locations – at our headquarters in Ravensburg, Germany, as well as at our offices in Cincinnati (USA), Rugby (United Kingdom), and Shanghai (China).

These values similarly flow into our work philosophy: Our IIoT platform solution is open and integrates into all systems and organizations. We strive for the highest in dependability regarding our consulting and implementation services and apply mutual respect at every level.

 

“Smart Factory Experts“

Milestones and history

2021

20th anniversary of the company

In 2021 FORCAM celebrates its 20th anniversary. From 10 employees in 2001, the company has grown to over 250 employees from 15 nations spread over 6 locations.

2021

New product offensive

With three new solutions, FORCAM is setting the course for the future and expanding its offering to become a comprehensive digitization service provider. New target groups and markets are to benefit from the holistic software offering.

2020

Innovation Award Baden-Württemberg

FORCAM receives the renowned Innovation Award of the State of Baden Württemberg for the second time in its history and therefore continues to be considered an innovation driver in its industry.

2020

Acquisition of MES expert ENISCO

FORCAM takes over the former Eisenmann subsidiary ENISCO and thus secures more than 50 jobs. Furthermore, the acquisition strengthens and complements the existing product portfolio.

Forcam Investor Dietmar Hopp.

2019

Dietmar Hopp takes over FORCAM

Dietmar Hopp becomes majority shareholder of FORCAM and thus secures the future growth of the company.

2018

Double award for innovation

Award as one of the 100 most innovative medium-sized companies in Germany as well as a leading platform provider in the field of IIoT.

2016

FORCAM launches its own academy

In order to better and more sustainably support customers and industry in the digital transformation, FORCAM’s own training academy is launched.

2016

World premiere of FORCAM FORCE™

The worldwide roll-out of the industrial IoT platform FORCAM FORCE™ begins, and the world’s first Smart Factory Starter Kit for medium-sized companies is launched at the same time.

2014

Move to new headquarter

Due to the strong growth in personnel in recent years, a move to Ravensburg took place in order to be able to meet future needs.

2013

FAZ headlines “Pioneer of Industry 4.0”

The renowned daily FAZ titles FORCAM as one of the pioneers and trailblazers of Industry 4.0, thus ensuring a strong media echo.

2012

US foundation FORCAM Inc.

FORCAM continues to expand its international presence, 2012 US founding FORCAM INC. based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Forcam Investor Dietmar Hopp.

2010

Dietmar Hopp increases shareholding

Dietmar Hopp increases his share in FORCAM to 18%. He is thus supporting the company’s further international growth and paving the way for its successor product FORCAM FORCE™.

2006

Innovation Award Baden-Wuerttemberg

FORCAM receives the prestigious Innovation Award of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg for its factory software FACTORY FRAMEWORK

Forcam Investor Dietmar Hopp.

2004

SAP founder Dietmar Hopp

SAP founder Dietmar Hopp sees FORCAM’s future potential and is taking a 10% stake in the company to finance its growth.

2001

World first: Web-based MES solution

Development of the first fully web-based and server-centric production software. Daimler Motorenwerk Untertürkheim is acquired as the first major customer.

2001

Foundation of FORCAM

The former SAP managers Franz E. Gruber and Reinhold Krattenmacher found the company FORCAM, based in Friedrichshafen, together with 3 other former SAP colleagues.

FORCAM at a glance

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We’ll go first so that you are ahead of your time.

  • Pioneering spirit

    Enthusiasm for innovation is our most significant source of strength that enables us to create solutions that did not previously exist. And it is solutions like these that ultimately drive the Fourth Industrial Revolution and your business forward.

  • Responsibility

    We take responsibility for the development of new ideas. Conscientiousness, reliability, and a high level of identification with your goals in manufacturing make the cornerstones of a long-term business relationship.

  • Excellence

    We like to follow in our footsteps instead of others. This statement is especially true in terms of quality. We also want to be a pioneer here and offer the most sophisticated IT solutions on the market.

  • Sustainability

    A buzzword, we genuinely fill with life. While our IIoT solution promotes sustainability by consuming fewer resources in every plant, we also anticipate trends and develop technology solutions that cater to future requirements in manufacturing.