SAP SE recently announced that it is co-innovating with participants in SAP® Asset Intelligence Network and SAP HANA Cloud Platform to enable new levels of process and factory automation for Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.
“We are activating the network to provide the collaboration platform and the business context for new IoT innovations that will transform asset management and process automation,” said Tanja Rueckert, executive vice president, LoB Digital Assets and IoT, SAP. “We are growing the powerful ecosystem of technology companies that will enable new levels of business outcomes from smarter factories and production processes.”
SAP Asset Intelligence Network offers a single, global register of model and equipment information and a secure cloud platform to connect multiple business partners for inter- and intracompany collaboration. At the core of the network is SAP HANA Cloud Platform with IoT application services to help customers and partners achieve fast time to value and develop IoT solutions efficiently. SAP and partners within the network are collaborating on solutions for connected asset lifecycle management, track and trace, and IoT for the process industry. New offerings are intended to address self-registration, onboarding of devices and automatic creation of digital twins. This will enable more cost-effective asset performance and strategy management for SAP customers.
For process industries, companies including Endress+Hauser, Hilscher, Pepperl+Fuchs and SAMSON are collaborating with SAP to provide best-in-class IoT solutions from field devices to the enterprise level, through connectivity to SAP Asset Intelligence Network and SAP HANA Cloud Platform with specific applications. Participants and their focus areas include:
Endress+Hauser: A global leader in measurement instrumentation, services and solutions for industrial process engineering, Endress+Hauser is driving innovation with IoT solutions to unlock new value by transforming data from IoT-enabled devices into valuable insights for process monitoring and predictive maintenance (Heartbeat Technology) to help optimize technology assets and increase operational performance.
Hilscher Gesellschaft für Systemautomation mbH: With core competency in the development and production of industrial communication solutions for modern factory automation and plant automation, Hilscher is providing connectors and edge gateway technology to enable track and trace and out-of-the-box connectivity to SAP Asset Intelligence Network.
Pepperl+Fuchs International: A pioneer and innovator in electrical explosion protection and sensor technology for factory and process automation, Pepperl+Fuchs is providing sensors and accessories for connected asset lifecycle management and system integration components for IoT process automation.
SAMSON: A leader in the development and production of process control devices, services and solutions for application with all kinds of media, SAMSON is contributing smart control valve technology including predictive diagnostics and digital twin development and dashboard definition for IoT for process industries.
For factory automation, Hilscher, Pepperl+Fuchs and SAP are collaborating to increase information technology (IT) and IoT integration. This includes tracking the machine lifecycle from the supplier, manufacturer and plant operator, and also condition monitoring and predictive maintenance to automatically detect malfunctions and failures and recommend corrective and preventive actions. Additionally, SAP is collaborating with Beckhoff Automation GmbH in factory automation for out-of-the-box IT/OT connectivity:
Beckhoff Automation GmbH: Specializing in implementation of open automation systems based on PC control technology, Beckhoff is contributing to robot cell technology to be used in track and trace systems.
SAP and network participants will showcase IoT innovation for process and factory automation at the SPS IPC Drives 2016 being held Nov. 22–24 in Nuremburg, Germany. See more detail on SAP Asset Intelligence Network at www.sap.com/ain.