SAP and Pepperl+Fuchs are planning to strengthen their IoT cooperation in the process industry. This was announced by the two companies at the ACHEMA trade fair in Frankfurt. The cooperation includes coordinated development of joint solutions, as well as sales and implementation. The cooperation centers on two areas: Condition monitoring and predictive maintenance for production plants as well as IoT solutions for product logistics in continuous processes.
Lowering maintenance costs by preventing and reducing downtime is the main focus of the companies’ collaboration. Pepperl+Fuchs and its subsidiary Neoception provide components for harmonized IoT communication between field devices and the SAP Leonardo innovation platform. Apps and analytical tools from field device manufacturers can be seamlessly integrated into the platform. With this, SAP optimizes the interplay between field device service requirements and manufacturers’ operation and maintenance processes.
The goal is increasing efficiency of container management to ensure a sound supply chain from manufacturer to end user. For its part, Pepperl+Fuchs supplies autonomous level sensors that connect wirelessly to the SAP cloud platform.
“By working with Pepperl+Fuchs, we can further advance the integration of IT and OT,” says Hala Zeine, President of Digital Supply Chain and Manufacturing at SAP. “This enables us to tap into the added value that modern field devices can generate—also at the business level.”
Dr. Gunther Kegel, CEO of Pepperl+Fuchs, adds: “We want to offer process plant operators solutions based on the NAMUR open architecture. To optimize plant performance, information is provided that is already available in field devices but, until now, has usually gone unused.”
With 6,000 employees worldwide, Pepperl+Fuchs is one of the leading companies for industrial sensors and explosion protection. The headquarter in Mannheim is the center of this technical expertise. Engineers and specialists research and develop the latest technologies and products here. The family business was founded in 1945. Today, it has 40 subsidiaries and is represented on 6 continents. The global presence allows it to combine the best of both worlds: highest technical standards with efficient, cost-effective production possibilities. Pepperl+Fuchs has established itself as a partner for globally active operators of automation technology and offers the broadest portfolio of proven components for the requirements of factory and process automation.
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