Cioplenu, an Augsburg-based startup that’s developing an operating system for the production floor, has attracted €4.2M ($4.5M) in a seed funding round. Leading the round is Berlin-stationed Cherry Ventures.
Also joining is Munich’s 42Cap, which headed Cioplenu’s pre-seed round two years ago, along with three fairly high-profile angels.
They’re Fabian Heinrich, co-founder of Scoutbee, which recently declared a $60 million Series B, Christian Heinrich, founder and professor for digital transformation, and Moritz Zimmermann, co-founder of Hybris, which departed SAP for $1.5 billion in 2013.
Billed as a SaaS for desk-less workers, Cioplenu aims to digitize an array of production floor processes like upkeep, on-boarding, assembly, and inspection.
The software program works on any device and can connect to existing IT infrastructure utilized by manufacturing companies. It’s already being utilized in over ten nations by giant corporations such as Bosch, Stabilo, and Hirschvogel.
Brockmann says Cioplenu is constructing an intuitive operating system for the production floor that acts as an all-in-one platform for maintenance, work assembly, and other processes.
Cioplenu customers are called SMBs and enterprises in the industrial market, including Bosch or Stabilo, while its user base spans across different divisions and organizational levels.
For instance, a quality manager may use the software program for documentation by completing the respective protocol checklists digitally while walking through the production flooring with a tablet.
The group leader then receives all the consolidated reports with errors marked, and the facility chief gets a real-time overview and analytics on whether or not everything is functioning according to plan.