Otto Kuennecke Customer Service GmbH from Holzminden took over the research and development as well as the service department of Mimot GmbH from Loerrach on March 1st, 2021. With this step, the innovative mechanical engineering company and software developer intends to develop smart storage and picking systems in the SMT and electronic manufacturing sectors with increased know-how and product expertise, thus enriching the market with innovative solutions.
The Otto Kuennecke Group, founded in 1934, has around 170 employees worldwide and offers intelligent solutions for a wide range of machine automation applications. As the technological world market leader for the processing and picking of highly secure documents and products, such as identity cards or passports, the company has a global network of dealers and supplies well-known government institutions worldwide with an export share of over 80%.
“In the area of storage and picking systems for electronic parts and components, we are currently intensively expanding our research and development efforts in order to use our expertise to create intelligent solutions for other markets,” explains Niklas Kuennecke, Head of Research and Development who, like his sister Lisa Kuennecke, is already the fourth generation to work in the family business. “It was the only logical step for us to bundle our know-how with the market knowledge and experience of Mimot.”
As a partner for highly flexible and profitable production systems with innovative special solutions, Mimot GmbH was no stranger to the electrical industry. With a wide range of products for automatic material supply as well as for setting up and picking of all necessary components in SMT production, the company has gained extensive knowledge of the market and offers great potential for further innovative development.
Ever smaller batch sizes, just-in-time production and order picking, as well as secure, software-supported processes are just some of the variables that an intelligent storage system has to cope with under the requirements of Industry 4.0. “This requires smart systems that minimise sources of error through maximum automation and secure economic production. This is what we do, what we’re really good at,” says CEO Carl Otto Kuennecke. “With this step, we are paving the way for the entry into an exciting market that can benefit from our solutions. Therefore, I am very pleased that we were able to win over a large part of the Mimot workforce. Hence we can continue service and support in the usual quality and create future-oriented systems with creative minds and a shared passion for innovation and technology.”
The company will continue to operate the former headquarters of Mimot GmbH in Loerrach as a branch and in the coming weeks will organise interactive “Virtual Visits” for customers and interested parties in order to introduce themselves “live and in colour” and give insights into production facilities and product portfolio. Among other things, the company will present its “Magic Cube” storage and picking system, which is equipped with an innovative interchangeable gripper system and can store for combined storage of SMD reels and other electronic components. Those interested can find more information about the Otto Kuennecke Group and smart storage systems via www.kuennecke.com.