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SAP and Pepperl+Fuchs strengthen their IoT cooperation in the process industry

19 June 2018

SAP and Pepperl+Fuchs are planning to strengthen their IoT cooperation in the process industry to include coordinated development of joint solutions, as well as sales and implementation.

The cooperation will focus on two areas – condition monitoring and predictive maintenance for production plants.

Lowering maintenance costs by reducing downtime is the main focus of the collaboration. Pepperl+Fuchs and its subsidiary Neoception provide components for harmonised 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 optimises 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,” said 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 at Pepperl+Fuchs, adds: “We want to offer process plant operators solutions based on the NAMUR open architecture. To optimise plant performance, information is provided that is already available in field devices but, until now, has usually gone unused.”

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