Joining the IIoT Revolution

Sophisticated Technologies and Solutions for Industry 4.0 Applications

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) thrives on the most comprehensive sensor information possible from the field level. As a specialist and pioneer in the field of factory and process automation, Pepperl+Fuchs recognized this early on and dedicated itself to the fourth industrial revolution with full innovative power under the term "Sensorik4.0®".

Today, we offer end-to-end solutions to seamlessly transfer the valuable information from your machines and plants to a wide variety of software systems. Use the potential of condition, position and availability data, optimize your processes and save resources. This website shows you how to implement this together with us.

Get an insight and do not hesitate to contact us for the realization of your Industry 4.0. application. Our experts are looking forward to your request!

Sensorik4.0®—Joining the IIoT Revolution

Sensorik4.0®—Joining the IIoT Revolution

Four Layers for Your Success

System Design

1. System Design

As a pioneer in the field of industrial automation, we have a wealth of experience at our disposal when it comes to designing Industry 4.0 topologies. Whether hybrid or full IIoT system—trust our expertise and utilize all the information from your machines and plants.

2. Technologies

From IO-Link to RFID to REST API, MQTT and OPC UA—technological diversity is the key to solving the most diverse application requirements in the Industry 4.0 environment. Get an overview of the technologies and protocols we are familiar with.

3. Components

Sensors are the eyes and ears of machines and plants. With a seamless range of innovative IoT sensors based on a wide variety of operating principles and associated infrastructure components, we enable a continuous flow of information from your machine to the cloud. Discover some selected representatives of our portfolio.

4. Integration

When it comes to integrating your application, we are closely by your side: In addition to our own subsidiary Neoception, which specializes in the development of IIoT applications, we also cooperate with a number of well-known companies from the IT sector. Get an insight into some of our successfully realized projects.

1. System Design

parallel operation of PLC and cloud.

Plants, products, and systems are becoming increasingly networked. This has resulted in a major effort to set machine-to-machine (M2M) communication standards. IIoT protocols such as OPC UAMQTT and REST API make this type of communication possible, as well as the implementation of hybrid systems consisting of a PLC and a cloud.

This section presents different IIoT applications to show you how the transition from control-based applications to hybrid or full IIoT applications without superior PLC can succeed.

Hybrid vs. Full IIoT Solutions

The IO-Link masters of the ICE2 and ICE3 series form the basis of hybrid and full IoT applications. Lukas Pogoda, expert for industrial communication, shows you the differences and functionalities of hybrid and full IIoT solutions using various examples. Furthermore, he explains the role played by the IO-Link masters from Pepperl+Fuchs.

Three IIoT Applications

In the animations, you can see three customer-specific IIoT applications that have been realized with Pepperl+Fuchs components: the final assembly of an automotive production line, smart waste management, and a sensor system for detecting leaks at wine and whiskey barrels.

IIoT Demonstrator

IIoT demonstrator

The "transparent machine" as a IIoT demonstrator shows how easily data from a wide range of Pepperl+Fuchs sensors can be transferred from the field level to the cloud. Once there, the aggregated sensor data is visualized in a dashboard to generate condition-based alarms, for example. Pepperl+Fuchs will be happy to support you in planning and selecting the appropriate components, infrastructure and software for your individual IIoT solution.

The "Transparent Machine"

In the video, Lukas Pogoda and Jörg Nagel introduce you to the components of the "transparent machine", consisting of hardware from Pepperl+Fuchs and software from Neoception. Here you will learn how sensor data can be transferred to the cloud, displayed and analyzed.

2. Technologies

All around us we hear buzzwords like Industry 4.0, IIoT, smart factories and smart devices. The core concept of this new technological era is the connectivity of every single device. That means that they should communicate in a vendor-independent, standardized, scalable, IT- and OT-ready, interoperable, and secure way. This can only be achieved using smart IIoT communication protocols such as OPC UA, MQTT or REST API.

This white paper compares the different TCP-based communication protocols that have found their way up and are considered the enablers of IIoT and Industry 4.0.

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Our expertise spans a wide range of different communication technologies and standards. This diversity allows us to successfully cover any application requirement.

A set of methods that harmonizes device communication.
An easy-to-implement publish/subscribe messaging protocol.
A platform-independent, service-oriented architecture.
A popular technology thats connects objects and information.
An IO technology standard for bidirectional communication.

OPC UA, MQTT and REST API Explained

In this video, Lukas Pogoda takes a closer look at the IIoT protocols OPC UA, MQTT and REST API, showing you the advantages and disadvantages of each protocol and which solution is best suited for which application.


Interview: Industrial Communication Protocols for IIoT

IIoT protocols are just as varied as the use case—learn more about the different IIoT protocols and how Pepperl+Fuchs is responding to the constantly evolving requirements in this interview with Sebastian Stöber, R&D Team Leader at Pepperl+Fuchs.


NEW! ICE2/ICE3 Series IO-Link Masters with OPC UA Interface

ICE2/ICE3 Series IO-Link Masters

The ICE 2 (EtherNet/IP) and ICE3 (PROFINET) IO-Link master series come with an OPC UA interface and a real-time fieldbus protocol, making them an ideal solution for cloud-based applications that are less time-sensitive. With a completely web-based configuration concept that does not require additional software, they exemplify efficient commissioning and are an optimal solution for standalone applications with no superior PLC. All module settings can be saved as a separate file, so the configuration can be easily transferred to a new device (module cloning).

Simultaneous, interference-free communication via OPC UA and Ethernet-based fieldbus protocols also makes hybrid systems possible. In these cases, a PLC coordinates all time-sensitive applications and processes, while less time-sensitive, aggregated condition data is transferred to the cloud. Because of the MultiLink protocol, users can simultaneously access the device via the PLC and the cloud.

3. Components

Some of Our Latest Developments

As a market leader for industrial automation technology, Pepperl+Fuchs offers a wide variety of Industry 4.0 suited sensors, interface components and even mobile devices.

Have look at a some of the latest developments from our portfolio:

4. Integration

Integration of IIoT Solutions

IT/OT convergence becomes reality in applications where our dedicated products are used to implement Industry 4.0 technologies. The support of standardized protocols and interfaces as well as built-in software connectors allow for seamless integration in existing IT structures and platforms. Software-based services provided by our IT partners create additional value for our customers.

IIoT Software Vendors We Cooperate With …

Bosch Connected Industry
Software AG
No two projects are the same. What remains the same, however, is our passion for automation and the goal of offering our customers turnkey solutions with outstanding added value. Get an insight into a selection of successfully implemented and integrated Industry 4.0. projects here.
Next-Level Kanban

Kanban systems are indispensable in manufacturing plants and offer many advantages. Nevertheless, error-prone manual workflows and low digitalization mean that there is room for improvement. Bosch Connected Industry (BCI), Pepperl+Fuchs, and Neoception have developed a solution that adapts Kanban racks for Industry 4.0.

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Digital Approaches to Hydraulics

The energy consumption of a hydraulic press can cost manufacturers several thousand euros per year. A significant amount of this energy is used during the static pressing of sintered components. LCM GmbH has developed a system that can help solve this problem. They combined it with sensors and infrastructure components from Pepperl+Fuchs to create a digital hydraulic approach.

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Smart Waste Management

Together with its partners SAP and Smart City Solutions, Pepperl+Fuchs has developed a custom solution that utilizes ultrasound technology and LoRaWAN® in order to enable smart, on-demand emptying of waste disposal containers in the city of Heidelberg, Germany.

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Absolute Safety in Track Guidance of AGVs

The automation specialists Staudinger use SIL 3/PL e suited camera systems from Pepperl+Fuchs to keep their state-of-the-art automated guided vehicles safely on track. This allows the company to supply customers with a complete solution comprising the control and drive technology plus the vehicle itself from a single source.

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Contact Us

Do you have questions about the Sensorik4.0® solutions from Pepperl+Fuchs? Do you want to receive more information? We are happy to help! Simply fill out the contact form to send us a message.