During the two-day event, Tebis together with technology partners, will present examples of end-to-end manufacturing processes and the latest advances in the company’s CADCAM and MES software. There will also be presentations by Tebis customers, practice-oriented presentations of new product development, discussions with Tebis consultants and implementers, and opportunities to network with experts and colleagues from many different industries.
Bernhard Rindfleisch, one of the founders of Tebis, had a vision in 1984: he wanted to make computer-supported NC technology available to small and medium-sized companies. In just a few years he introduced Version 1.0, thus Tebis brought the first MS DOS-based 3D CAD system to the world market. The system was controlled by a graphic input tablet overlaid with a paper ‘user interface’ for calling up functions.
Tebis’ projects were growing rapidly and, just two years after the release of Version 1.0, the company introduced Version 2.0 with an interactive on-screen menu. In 1990, the CADCAM expert presented the Version 2.1, which Tebis says was a sensation at the time because of the potential to mill across any number of surfaces.
In 1991 Tebis provided comprehensive CADCAM/CAQ software with the integration of Automill and quality assurance functions. With its Automill technology, the company claims it made a significant contribution to accelerating NC programming in mould and die manufacturing.
For the next three years Tebis concentrated on developing a new release version with more complex attributes to expand the business. In 1993, Version 3 was introduced and, at the same time, the company opened the subsidiaries in Sweden, Italy, France and the USA, and an office in Hamburg.
Tebis presented Version 3.1 in 1997, a move that allowed the company to calculate the toolpaths on mathematically accurate CAD surfaces – a major benefit for surface quality, and a characteristic that Tebis says still distinguishes the software today.
Within the next five years, Tebis moved to its stand-alone office building in Martinsried, Munich and brought a completely revised design technology to the market with Version 3.2. As the years went by, the company opened further subsidiaries in the UK, Spain, Canada, Portugal and China.
Version 3.4 was presented in 2008, supporting a newly developed and uniform platform for all applications – including machine simulation, while in 2015, Version 4.0 provided a newly developed user interface specifically developed for CADCAM applications, an industry-oriented product structure, and a newly devised platform for NC automation.
Today, Tebis employs approximately 300 employees around the world and generates revenues of around €38 million annually. Tebis’ software is being used successfully at nearly every automotive manufacturer, and at more than 1,500 vendor firms. Customers include Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley, Interform, APH3G, Airbus, UTC Aerospace Systems, Liebherr, Porsche, Audi, Daimler, BMW, VW, Tesla, Ford, Opel, Chrysler, Seat, Volvo, Saab, Honda, Toyota and Hyundai.