The intelligent SMC cutting machine communicates with the stacking gantry and is thus able to implement complex laying patterns automatically. Different cutting patterns can be realized at the same time and with maximum flexibility. By means of compensation cutting, deviations in the weight of the material stack can also be actively corrected. This ensures compliance with weight tolerances. In addition, the newly developed quick-change system allows a complete SMC coil or festoon to be changed within a few minutes. With the help of gripper changing stations, the line can be switched over to the production of another component in the shortest possible time.