Kruppa new Director Smart Machines at KraussMaffei

Effective from 1 July 2018, Dr. Stefan Kruppa took over as head of the recently established “Smart Machines” business unit of KraussMaffei Group.

In his position as Director Smart Machines, he will focus on the further development of new intelligent systems and solutions for KraussMaffei’s injection moulding, extrusion and reaction processing technologies. Kruppa joined the company in 2010 and was most recently responsible for machine technology. In 2015 he received his doctorate at the University of Duisburg-Essen with a thesis on “Adaptive process control and alternative injection concepts for injection molding of thermoplastics”. At the same time, Nadine ­Despineux has been appointed as Managing Director of the new Digital Service Solutions segment and member of the Executive Committee of KraussMaffei Group. Previously, Despineux served as Vice President Sales IMM (Injection Molding Machinery).

In the “Smart Machines” unit, all machine-specific digitalisation solutions will be managed and made available across segments and brands. It is divided into three pillars: machine technology (e.g. intelligent machines), connected solutions (e.g. Internet of Things) and data analytics (e.g. big data). The unit is part of the recently formed segment “Digital Service Solutions”.