Your Future Automation—A Pepperl+Fuchs Online Summit

Five days full of solutions, trends, and digital networking.

July 20 – 24, 2020!

What Was the Pepperl+Fuchs' Online Summit About?

Solutions by Pepperl+Fuchs

Driven by Solutions

Learn more about the custom solutions being developed by the experts at Pepperl+Fuchs. We will give you a closer look at how we partner with our customers to solve challenging applications.
Introducing Trends in Automation Technology

Focused on Future Trends

Which technologies will revolutionize the automation industry? What upcoming trends will change our working lives? Talk with Pepperl+Fuchs experts about future technologies.
Meet our experts online

Hosted by Experts

Connect with our experts in the networking lounge, join a live stream to get answers to your specific questions, and participate in panel discussions to hear a range of perspectives. Learn from our experts on one central platform.
Global focus

Internationally Aligned

As a global company, we are not strangers to international projects. The online summit will be held in English so our customers around the world can participate. Discover the global platform.


July 20
July 21
July 22
July 23
July 24

Digital Kanban Management

Developing a scalable system that prepares Kanban racks for Industry 4.0.

8:30 am/2:30 pm (CET)
Keynote Speech by Reiner Müller, President of the Factory Automation Division at Pepperl+Fuchs

9:00 am/3:00 pm (CET)
Live Lounge: "Intelligent Supermarket" Digital Kanban Management System by Tobias Kehl (neoception)

10:00 am/4:00 pm (CET)
Networking Lounge: Panel Discussion

11:00 am/5:00 pm (CET)
Closing Speech


About the Online Summit

"Your Future Automation" was the motto of Pepperl+Fuchs' first online summit, which took place from July 20 to 24, 2020. This free, fully digital event gave you access to a range of topics that focus on digitalization and customer solutions. "Everything will revolve around user-centered digitalization. What better way to communicate this than with a digital event tailored to the interests of our customers?" commented Dr. Gunther Kegel, Chairman of the Executive Board of Pepperl+Fuchs AG. On each day of the summit, you were able to access keynotes, live shows, and panel discussions on a different topic from the field of automation technology via a browser-based online platform. Scroll down to learn more!

Digital Kanban Management

July 20, 2020

It is hard to imagine manufacturing without Kanban systems and the advantages they offer. Nevertheless, error-prone, manual processes and low digitalization still leave plenty of room for improvement. Bosch Connected Industry (BCI), Pepperl+Fuchs, and Neoception have joined forces to develop a scalable system that prepares Kanban racks for Industry 4.0 and is equally suitable for greenfield projects and retrofits.

Application neoception digital kanban management

Mobile Devices and Services Drive Digital Transformation

July 21, 2020

Smartphones, tablets, and digital workflows have become an integral part of modern work environments. As the global market leader for intrinsically safe mobile devices, the Pepperl+Fuchs brand ecom supports its customers from configuration and management to the analysis and evaluation of (real-time) device data. The result? A sophisticated mobile worker concept that enables lean processes, improves data quality, and contributes to increased productivity and employee safety.

Mobile Devices and Services That Drive Digital Transformation

Insights from the Mobile Devices and Services Experts

Watch the keynote speech and learn about the key applications for intrinsically safe mobile devices and how digital services help improve device data quality, transparency, and security.

As the global market leader for intrinsically safe mobile devices, we support our customers from configuration and management to the evaluation of (real-time) device data. Immerse yourself in our mobile worker solutions and learn how to improve data quality, productivity, and employee safety!

Using (rugged) smartphones, tablets, and the surrounding infrastructure in our private and professional spheres gives us the benefit of increased efficiency, information availability, and improved safety. In this panel discussion, Marco Kuhn, Roolf Wessels, and Jörg Hartleb from ecom instruments GmbH share knowledge and experience about mobile devices and services.

Smart Intralogistics Solutions with RFID and LiDAR Technology

July 22, 2020

Precisely coordinated materials and goods flows require more than just individual components: They need well-designed and innovative solutions that cover everything from custom sensor technology, infrastructure components, and cabling to system integration and software development. Along with several customers, Pepperl+Fuchs will showcase projects that demonstrate how RFID and LiDAR technology can be used to create these custom solutions.

Smart Intralogistics Solutions with RFID and LiDAR Technology

Insights from the RFID and LiDAR Technology Experts

Big data, Internet of Things, and cloud computing are only a few terms that intralogistics companies have to deal with. Dive into smart intralogistics and find out how Pepperl+Fuchs is driving digitalization forward with innovative sensor technology and customized solutions.

In the live lounge's first part, we introduce a customized 2-D LiDAR scanner that Pepperl+Fuchs developed for montratec's intralogistics shuttle system. In the second part, we present the collaboration between Pepperl+Fuchs and prefabricated home manufacturer Fingerhaus, where a turn-key RFID solution has been installed to optimize intralogistics processes.

In our panel discussion on smart intralogistics solutions, Michael Vees, Sales Director D-A-CH at montratec GmbH, Thorsten Schroeder, Branislav Pejanovic, and Dr. Konrad Kern discuss Pepperl+Fuchs' collaborations with the companies montratec (customized LiDAR sensor solution) and Fingerhaus (customized RFID solution).

Ethernet Advanced Physical Layer (Ethernet-APL)

July 23, 2020

With the new Ethernet advanced physical layer (Ethernet-APL), Pepperl+Fuchs and other companies are laying the foundation for future IoT applications in the process industry. The new physical layer enables field devices to be directly connected to higher-level systems, allowing consistent, transparent, and uniform communication across all hierarchical levels for the first time. In doing so, Ethernet-APL combines all the experience and requirements of the process industry: long cable runs, twisted-pair cables, interoperability, and use in hazardous areas up to Zone 0 / Class 1, Div. 1.

Ethernet Advanced Physical Layer

Insights from the Ethernet-APL Experts

This keynote speech covers the factors that led to the largest collaboration in the history of the process industry, which paves the way for seamless access to data from field instrumentation.

In this video, Andreas Hennecke, Product Marketing Manager at Pepperl+Fuchs, shares the background of Ethernet-APL and why it will define the future for companies in the process automation industry.

In our panel discussion on Ethernet-APL, our guests Lutz Liebers, Michael Kessler, Gerd Niedermayer (BASF), and Gunther Rogoll discuss the challenges and advantages of future communication via Ethernet-APL within the process automation.

The Power of 3-D Measurement Technology

July 24, 2020

Efforts to achieve 100 % quality while reducing conversion times as a result of Industry 4.0 are creating increasingly complex engineering challenges in a range of industries. To implement the necessary measurement, quality, and positioning tasks, Pepperl+Fuchs and its subsidiaries VMT,, and Espace 6D are offering unique end-to-end solutions in the field of 3-D measurement technology. These transfer traditional tasks to a digital environment, thus furthering the development of the "digital twin."

The Power of 3-D Measurement Technology

Insights from the 3-D Measurement Technology Experts

From a switch to a linear sensor, from a linear sensor to a 2-D LiDAR scanner, and from there into 3-D via laser cross-section—Sensorik 4.0 is reaching new dimensions. Join us on a journey into the world of 3-D sensors at Pepperl+Fuchs and discover the versatility of this powerful measurement technology.

In this video, learn more about the unique end-to-end solutions from Pepperl+Fuchs and its subsidiaries VMT,, and Espace 6D that help implement the necessary measurement, quality, and positioning tasks.

In our panel discussion on 3-D measurement technology, our guests Prof. Dr. Adrian Krzizok, Dr. Tomas Domaschke, and Dr. Michael Kleinkes share their experiences about the challenges and opportunities of 3-D measurement technology

Your Hosts at a Glance

Jörg Hartleb

Jörg Hartleb is head of product management at ecom instruments GmbH, and is responsible for the mobility strategy. ecom instruments forms the Enterprise Mobility branch within the Pepperl+Fuchs Group.

Andreas Hennecke

Andreas Hennecke, MBA, is a Product Marketing Manager at Pepperl+Fuchs and is responsible for digital communications technology in process industries. He represents Pepperl+Fuchs as member of the advisory board of PI, PROFIBUS, and PROFINET International.

Tobias Kehl

Tobias Kehl is a Product Owner at Neoception. As a creative head in the young Industrial IoT Start-up he is responsible for the development of sustainable digital products in the fields of intralogistics, manufacturing execution and supply chain.

Dr. Michael Kleinkes

Dr. Michael Kleinkes is technical director at VMT GmbH and is working on new technologies for industrial vision and robotics. His special competences are laser- and camera-based systems to meet the high demands of modern flexible automation.

Daniel Möst

Daniel Möst is a Sales Engineer in the department New Business Development. He is passionate about working with companies—from start-ups to corporates—to jointly uncover and utilize their hidden potential and is always looking for new business ideas.

Benedikt Rauscher

Benedikt Rauscher has a degree in electrical engineering from TU Darmstadt and joined Pepperl+Fuchs as an R&D manager for vision sensors in 2005. Since 2015, he has been responsible for global IoT and Industry 4.0 projects.

Thank You for Your Participation!

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