The Picanol Group Selects Exinda for Management and Control of Business-critical Applications Over its Global Network

Exinda, a global provider of next-generation WAN Optimization and application performance assurance solutions incorporating the Exinda 360 Dynamic Policy Engine, has been selected by the Picanol Group — a global player in the weaving machine industry — to provide solutions to prioritise critical applications and ensure that network traffic can be easily managed.

The Picanol Group specialises in the development, production and sales of weaving machines and other high technology products, systems and services based on air (airjet) or rapier technology. The Picanol Group needed a new supplier to support its WAN optimization programme following the acquisition of their incumbent vendor, the effect of the acquisition was that the installed products would no longer be supported.

Following extended testing, Exinda’s technology was selected over three other vendors after the initial Exinda implementation matched the Picanol Group’s expectations to such a degree that no other vendor testing was necessary.

“The initial deployment provided by Exinda was one of the best I have ever seen,” said Bart Lagast, Senior System Engineer at Picanol Group. “It really helped us to optimize our traffic so employees did not experience any delays. User experience was greatly improved.”

Initial results specifically showed all of the traffic between the Picanol Group data center and a remote site in Romania. As a result, the Picanol Group was able to decide what products they needed for future WAN optimization projects. In order to manage and control business critical applications over its global network and in its data center, Picanol Group will now be deploying Exinda products both centrally and at remote locations. The project is being rolled-out in cooperation with Exinda Partner Securelink, a leading security and networking integrator in the Benelux region.

Tim Hoefsloot, Sales Director Benelux and Nordics at Exinda commented, “We are very pleased that Picanol Group has selected Exinda following thorough research. Their decision underlines our commitment to delivering best-in-class products that offer customers the competitive edge they need today.”

The agreement between Exinda and Picanol Group includes a five-year maintenance contract and the complete global implementation will cover 8 sites.


About the Picanol Group

The Picanol Group is an international, customer-oriented group specialized in the development, production and sale of weaving machines and other high-technology products, systems and services.

The Weaving Machines division (Picanol) develops, manufactures and sells high-tech weaving machines based on air (airjet) or rapier technology. Picanol supplies weaving machines to weaving mills worldwide, and also offers its customers such products and services as training, upgrade kits, spare parts and service contracts. For 75 years, Picanol has played a pioneering role in the industry worldwide, and is one of the current world leaders in weaving machine production.

The Industries division covers all activities not related to weaving machines: Proferro comprises the foundry and the group’s machining activities. It produces cast iron parts for e.g. compressors, pumps and agricultural machinery, and parts for Picanol weaving machines. Through PsiControl Mechatronics, the group specializes in the design, development, manufacturing and support of technological components, services and mechatronical system solutions for original equipment manufacturers in various industries. Melotte develops and produces innovative product solutions using Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) and Near-to-Net-Shape Manufacturing (NNSM) technologies.

In addition to the headquarters in Ypres (Belgium), the Picanol Group has production facilities in Asia and Europe, linked to its own worldwide sales and service network. In 2011, the Picanol Group realized a consolidated turnover of 466.95 million euros. The Picanol Group employs more than 1,900 employees worldwide.

About Exinda

Exinda is a proven global supplier of next-generation WAN optimization and application performance assurance solutions. The company has helped more than 2,500 organizations in over 80 countries worldwide assure application performance, improve the end-user experience, contain recreational applications and reduce network operating costs for the IT executive. For more information, please visit