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Siemens Acquires Agilion GmbH

SiemensNuremberg—With effect from March 29, 2018, Siemens has taken over ownership of the company Agilion GmbH, based in Chemnitz. Agilion is a leading supplier of industrial Real-Time Locating Systems (RTLS) focusing on applications in production, logistics and maintenance. The company is recognized as a pioneer in the field of RTLS in the Ultra Wide Band (UWB) frequency spectrum. This technology enables highly precise localization within a range of just a few centimeters, tracking of a large number of different assets, and exceptionally easy commissioning. The precise real-time localization of assets such as tools or vehicles will enable manufacturers to optimize their production and logistics processes and so improve their quality, productivity and flexibility.

“By acquiring Agilion, we’ll be in a position to also offer real-time locating solutions straight away. This represents a significant addition to our extensive offering in the field of industrial identification and so to our Digital Enterprise portfolio,” said Herbert Wegmann, Head of the Industrial Communication and Identification business segment. “RTLS is an essential key technology and a new step on the road towards flexible automation in production, for instance by providing dynamic self-organizing production concepts in the assembly of large-scale products. Real-time locating also enables the safe, efficient use of collaborative mobile robots.”

“For Agilion, this takeover is the ideal step towards the rollout of efficient and high-precision RTLS solutions on a large scale,” explains Andreas Werner, one of Agilion’s Directors. “Together we’ll be able to assume a leading position in the market for flexible automation solutions, by linking the RTLS expertise developed by Agilion with the strengths of Siemens in the field of digitalization and automation.”

Uses for RTLS include a wide range of applications in complex environments. Used in a manufacturing scenario, for instance, it enables precise monitoring of the production process and a transparent material flow. Real-time data made available using RTLS about the location and status of assets forms the basis for networking involved players and logistical processes along the value chain.

With its workforce of around 60, and with about 150 installations in more than 20 countries, Agilion has been providing support to all sectors of industry for over 10 years with process optimization and efficient enterprise control based on RTLS real-time locating solutions. Agilion GmbH will be integrated into the Process Industries and Drives Division’s industrial communication and identification business.

Agilion and Siemens will be showcasing their joint offering at the Hannover Messe in Hall 7, Booth A23 and also at the main Siemens exhibition in Hall 9, Booth D35.

Detailed information under www.siemens.com/press/backgrounder-real-time-locating-en as well as on the web page www.siemens.com/rtls

For further information on Siemens at the Hannover Messe 2018, please see www.siemens.com/press/hm18 and www.siemens.com/hannovermesse

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