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Company History

More than 30 years of experience in the design, implementation and development of software solutions for the improvement of products and processes as well as consultation accompanying their installation. That is our expertise.

A Couple of Snapshots of Our History …

COSMINO AG was established on November 1, 1988, as DATA INPUT AG. Hans Egersdörfer and his son, Frank Egersdörfer, had the idea for offering a solution for processing quality control sheets that consisted of proven hardware and software.

Many of our customers from those first few years remain loyal customers today, even though the nature of data acquisition has changed. COSMINO AG is 100% guided by the owners and financed by them, with Frank Egersdörfer as the CEO.

1991: The First Custom Software

A short time later, the company produced a custom quality control chart package for the Unix operating system, which could be called the original ancestor of the modern Cosmino® Suite. The software was developed for Daimler Benz AG at that time and later offered to the entire automobile supplier industry.

1995: Cosmino Domino QS Standard Software

Triggered by the automobile crisis in the Nineties, the software packages were optimized for final assembly in the automobile industry. They continued to rely on data acquisition by means of paperwork on the line, however, revolutionized the popular procedures for the creation of test documents. Among other things, this COSMINO solution was then used in the final assembly of the Smart at MCC in Hambach and in the Mercedes-Benz Juiz de Fora plant in Brazil.

1999: Birth of the CosminoDynaMon Statistical Management System

While these two plants were starting, the first version of the CosminoDynaMon reporting tool was created and reported on the product and process quality statistics in a timely manner with general comprehensive. On this basis, the previously paper-based quality report was converted to a multi-dimensional intranet report with the TA Division at BMW. CosminoDynaMon has been developed step-by-step and is accessed by these customers up to 15,000 times per day.

2001 QUKAM Supplier and Business Unit Management System

MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG, which has used a control chart system for more than 10 years, ordered a new supplier and business unit management system. Using the highly integrated software from DATA INPUT AG, guarantee, prototype, process inspection and inventory acceptance processes were supported from that time on. The solution has been connected with various systems in the MAN IT world and, at this time, processes up to 160,000 inventory receipts monthly at numerous production locations.

2002 Lean Solutions for PDA and OEE

The Overall Equipment Effectiveness became more and more important in the production industry. The first complete solution with master data, ERP interfaces, data acquisition for operational data (PDA), diagnosis of losses and evaluation of the acquired data occurred in the field of bottling and packaging for a pharmaceutical manufacturer. Since then, other industries have used this solution. As Cosmino Express OEE, the current version is currently being used by numerous customers.

2008 Corporate Benchmarking

The leader in the world market for laminated paper cups, Seda International Packaging Group, acquires the operational data from all of their plants around the world using Cosmino. The operational data of the plants are transferred to the company headquarters as a central report. Seda relies on homogeneous operating systems at all locations, which makes benchmarking across all locations possible. The improvement process benefits from this, because the locations can exchange successful improvements with each other.

2010 Change of name and Move to New Offices

Due to growth and the increasing internationalization of the market, DATA INPUT AG changed the name to COSMINO AG and moved to a larger building. Nothing was changed in terms of the management or staff.

2011 First Installation in China

For many customers, Cosmino is considered a fixed software component of their production sites. In addition to rollouts in foreign European countries, Cosmino was already in use across the sea. In 2011, Cosmino installed the first solution in China, with further installations following.

2012 Beginning of Cosmino MES Plus

Cosmino fulfilled the prerequisites defined in the VDI Guideline 5600 for a Manufacturing Execution System (MES). MES features that had been missing (including the traceability solution) had been developed in the previous years with customers and were at that time proven components of the new Cosmino MES Plus. The stand-alone solutions for OEE and for QA continued to exist and could be seamlessly added on to up to Cosmino MES Plus.

2014 CosminoEnergyVision

Energy management provides opportunities for enormous savings for industrial operations. For that reason, COSMINO AG developed a high-performance energy management system based on the requirements of the globally valid ISO 50001 standard and introduced it that same year at customer sites.

2016 Cosmino as Part of the Industry 4.0 Strategy for Numerous Customers

Currently, many long-term customers are clearly indicating that COSMINO will be part of their Industry 4.0 strategy. Generally, heavy pursuit of automation can be detected in the customer group. The trend has developed away from scanning documents and towards digital factories. The COSMINO AG team is proud to be a long-term development partner for Industry 4.0 for our customers.

2018 Production and Material Flow Under Control (Just in Sequence), with an French Automotive Supplier

The production of the new factory of a French plastics processing company and first tier supplier for the automotive industry is supported by Cosmino MES Plus. One task of the software is to control the production and material flow for each variant, on machines as well as at assembly work stations. The provision of the material at assembly takes place according to the JIS principle (Just in Sequence).