arculus, a German high-tech SME, has developed a new integrated solution (Information and Communications Technology) to streamline production processes and replace the 100-year-old assembly line industry standard. It consists of arculee – a proprietary Autonomous Guided Vehicle (AGV) to transport both products and materials – and arcOS – a software to optimize production workflow and workstations operations. The solution enables cost-effective processes in factories manufacturing products with a high number of variants, increasing their productivity. arculus was founded in 2016 by Fabian Rusitschka, Witold Kopytynski, Frank Hempel, and Marius Leffler, and got initial support by EXIST, a support program of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) which aims at improving the entrepreneurial environment at universities and research institutes (see page 42 ff.). Currently with 25 employees, they are working on different projects together with AUDI AG, Porsche, and SIEMENS. Throughout its two and a half years of history, arculus has been awarded several recognitions, grants and prizes for their innovative work in Industry 4.0: Ausgezeichnete Orte im Land der Ideen 2017, Ingolstadt Gründerpreis 2017, Hello Tomorrow Industry 4.0 2017, amongst others. arculus’ current development topics range from production and logistics flow automation and optimization, to sensor based Autonomous Guided Vehicle free navigation, to low latency wireless swarm communication. Most recently, Co-Founder & COO Witold Kopytynski, former student of Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI), has been awarded the Innovators Under 35 Europe 2018 award from MIT Technology Review.
Partnership arculus – AWARE
The cooperation with THI started with the jointly and successfully submitted EXIST-project, and has been intensified with the AWARE network since 2016. Through it, arculus got in contact with research and development institutes, universities, and international corporates with presence in Brazil. Through AWARE, arculus has taken an active role in introducing Brazilian and German students to a first-hand professional experience, working alongside experienced professionals in Robotics and IoT development projects (Internet of Things), in a highly dynamic start-up environment. Thanks to the AWARE network, arculus gets direct access to talented and ambitious students from Brazil and Germany, which is of particular value for a growing SME with an international team. Furthermore, this cooperation supports arculus in establishing an international network to enable innovation know-how exchange, and respond effectively and efficiently to future personnel requirements and increasing competition. For the AWARE community in Brazil, in return, the cooperation with arculus offers unique opportunities for students and researchers to experience work and life in an extremely dynamic setting working on cutting-edge technologies. arculus offers different opportunities for students during and after their studies: internships, semester exchanges, bachelor or master thesis and employments as working student: www.arculus.de.
Co-Founder & COO