TRUMPF Creating Smart Factory in Connecticut
By Metal Center News Staff
on Mar 10, 2023
TRUMPF Inc. has begun work on expanding its local manufacturing and sheet metal assembly of fabricating machine tools in Farmington, Conn. The North American subsidiary of the high-tech TRUMPF Group will add 55,800 square feet to its production building for the manufacture of laser cutting, bending and welding machinery.
The project is part of ongoing recovery efforts related to damage sustained after a plane crashed into the production building in September of 2021. TRUMPF will invest an estimated $40 million into the project which will include a Smart Factory that demonstrates advanced automated and connected precision sheet metal production.
“North America remains the most important business market for us outside of our domestic market in Germany. We are pleased to emphasize this importance with today’s investment,” said Nicola Leibinger-Kammu¨ller, CEO of the TRUMPF Group.
“This project is an important step toward the next generation of manufacturing for TRUMPF and also for our customers across the United States,” said TRUMPF Inc. President and CEO Lutz Labisch. “Smart Factories and automated, connected manufacturing are an important part of keeping American manufacturing companies strong and competitive into the future.”
Construction on the project has begun and is expected to be completed by May of 2024.
The Connecticut project will become TRUMPF’s fourth Smart Factory worldwide and second in the United States. TRUMPF Inc. opened its first U.S. Smart Factory just outside Chicago in 2017. In the past five years, more than
8,000 manufacturers have visited the working model of connected manufacturing and TRUMPF has helped create approximately 30 other Smart Factory projects for large OEMs and smaller manufacturers across the United States.
In 2022, more than 2,000 people visited TRUMPF in Connecticut for technology demonstrations or training, and more are expected to visit once the new Smart Factory is complete.