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HMS Networks AB acquires majority of WEBfactory GmbH

Mar 13, 2019

HMS Industrial Networks AB, a wholly owned subsidiary of HMS Networks AB, has acquired 74.9% of all shares in the German company WEBfactory GmbH, a leading provider of web-based software solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things.

Founded in 1994 as a system integrator within SCADA, WEBfactory released its first software in 2000.

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WEBfactory GmbH CEO Bernhard Böhrer (left) and HMS Networks CEO Staffan Dahlström

Today, WEBfactory's global customers know the company for its i4 suite of software products, which addresses IIoT-related customer challenges such as data collection, analysis and visualization, and includes the following main components:

  • i4connected–a flexible IIoT platform that connects plants, machines, systems, and buildings digitally, enabling smart applications such as remote monitoring, predictive maintenance and energy management. KPI data from connected equipment is provided in real time, after which it can be processed, analyzed and integrated any IIoT/IT applications.
  • i4SCADA–a web-based software, which enables tailor-made data and process visualization related to machines, production plants and building-management systems.
  • i4BACnet–a web-based management and operations software for building-management systems that is certified according to the BACnet standard. 

“With WEBfactory, we add a very competent and future proof software dimension to HMS’ offering for IIoT” says Staffan Dahlström, CEO of HMS Networks. “The i4 software products will enable a straightforward path for HMS customers and partners to realize truly smart manufacturing and services. We are also excited about the synergies that can be achieved by using our Anybus, Ixxat, Ewon and Intesis hardware products to feed data to the i4 suite from devices and machines in manufacturing sites and buildings.”

“We are very excited to become part of HMS. Together with HMS complementing industrial hardware and software technologies, we will be able to provide very attractive solutions for IIoT, ready to be integrated into any 3rd party IT/IIoT system,” says Bernhard Böhrer, CEO of WEBfactory GmbH.