Joint IIoT solution for process industries developed
SAP and Endress+Hauser will intensify their cooperation in the development of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications for the process industry. The goal is to fully integrate the Endress+Hauser field instruments as digital twins into the SAP cloud platform. The plan is to integrate master and sensor data as well as measurement values into customer business, logistics and production processes and develop new digital services focused on predictive maintenance and predictive quality.
"Two innovative companies have come together here to realize the end-to-end operations technology/information technology (OT/IT) integration from field instrument all the way to business processes," said Hala Zeine, SAP’s president of digital supply chain and manufacturing.
"When it comes to digitalization, successful companies will be those able to tie their systems directly to business processes, thus reliably and fully opening up or circumventing the classic automation pyramid," explained Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group.
Endress+Hauser’s role in the partnership involves delivering the field instrumentation knowledge so critical to plant operators in the form of digital services, which will be implemented by integrating the existing Endress+Hauser IIoT services and the SAP platform using a standardized approach. From the initial creation and automatic updating of a digital twin across the entire product life cycle, to end-to-end connectivity from the sensor to the IT platform, Endress+Hauser is supporting the digitalization strategy of its entire customer base.
SAP’s cloud platform focuses on the asset intelligence network, in which field instruments are represented as digital twins, which serve as a basis for integration into the customer’s business processes. Using technologies like machine learning (ML), analytics and blockchain, intelligent services can be flexibly enabled for the production environment. Innovations in the area of maintenance and optimization will help customers achieve the two primary goals of reducing operational costs and increasing productivity.
– Edited from an Endress+Hauser press release by CFE Media. See more Control Engineering IIoT and Industrie 4.0 stories.