Ideas Turning into Innovations
Ways to success
What is innovation? And, does every idea turn into an innovation? It all starts with creative minds. Especially in engineering disciplines, creativity is the inital point from which ideas evolve. But even if a very good idea arises it does not necessarily mean that it is, or becomes, an innovation.
The path an idea goes down until it is a real innnovation is unforeseeable and can take several decades. Great powers of endurance are in demand to achieve the implementation of an idea. It also can happen that the initial idea is the "ignition spark" of innovations the creative mind didn't think of. Whether by accident or as an optimization, innovations positively influence each other and enable further ideas, developments, and innovations in several technology tracks.
For any implementation, there is one golden rule: If problem solvers (manufacturers) and users (customers) work together on a joint solution which works in practice - ideas will become innovations.
As an example, our history presents great innovations that have been realized together with our customers:
In 1956, Pepperl+Fuchs' first transducers, which are controlled via intrinsically safe supplied contacts, were designed.
Two years later, in 1958, we introduced the first inductive sensor as a control circuit for the transducer. The innovation paths for intrinsic safety and semiconductor technology were combined – and industrial sensor technology was born. Now, industrial sensors are one of the success pillars of our modern automation technology.
With these small, but fundamental inventions, further developments could take place.
Today, new innovation paths have started and are on their way to success: WirelessHART and DART Fieldbus.
A very short extract of our history
|Walter Pepperl and Ludwig Fuchs open a workshop to repair radios||Development and production of the first intrinsically safe transducer||Development and production of the first inductive sensor||
Wireless communication for the process automation industry with WirelessHART
DART-Fieldbus revolutionized fieldbus technology and makes the fieldbus intrinsically safe