In 1987, a group of engineers and programmers at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science were doing ground-breaking research in the field of knowledge-based systems, and the application of artificial intelligence to solve industry challenges.
The researchers were convinced that there were great gains to be made by applying the principles to the field of product configuration. The research team worked in close collaboration with companies such as Ericsson, ABB, and Alfa Laval – companies who provided demanding real-world requirements. By 1993, the group had developed a configurator for a pilot project that was causing quite a stir. Both the researchers and the Institute saw the commercial potential of what had been developed. After a further five years of prototyping and evaluation, Tacton Systems was formed as a spin-off from the research institute.
Today Tacton is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with customers and resellers across the globe.
We’re proud of our customer roster – and of results they’ve achieved with our technology. Many are leading industrial manufacturers – companies like GE Healthcare, Siemens, ABB, Scania and Aker. We work closely with all our customers, large and small, to help them revolutionize their processes, to grow, and to become more competitive.
Our company is founded on innovative research and collaborative thinking, and we are just as dedicated to advancing the field of configuration today as we were back then. The engineers and consultants at Tacton are among the best and most experienced in the world.
Tacton is privately held and has over 200 employees.
What’s in a name?
The name “Tacton” was the winning entry in a competition to name the company in 1998. The original idea for the contribution was Ευτακτικον (Eutaktikon – a possible translation of “configuration” into classical Greek; literally “the art of ordering/arranging well”). Since that was a bit of a mouthful, it was shortened to Τακτον and anglicised to Tacton, which means “that which is ordered/arranged”. The word is unrelated to the Latin morpheme tact- as in “tactile” (< tangere, meaning “to touch”), but has the same root as the word “tactics” (< τακτικον).
Derivation: τακτον (n. adj.) < τακτος (m. adj.) < ταττω (to order/arrange)