Hilscher has announced a newly-formed a partnership with SAP, which allows for the integration of information technology (IT) with operational technology (OT). According to Hilscher, with this agreement, the two companies are able to provide bi-directional access of the sensor/actuator level, via the netIOT Edge® Gateway from Hilscher, to the SAP HANA Cloud Platform and the SAP Asset Intelligence Network.
A first demonstration was shown at the SAP booth during Hanover Fair, April 25-29, 2016.
The integration into the Asset Intelligence Network is carried out without the need for additional configuration, Hilscher explains, and offers device manufacturers the opportunity to access their own devices regardless of the programmable logic controller (PLC) and the production network.
Hilscher has outlined the benefits for plant operators and device manufacturers as the following:
• Production technology can be optimized through integrated installation and preventive maintenance procedures, and in parallel, the device manufacturers can monitor and improve the usage and service of their products in the field.
• New business models, such as pay-per-use and function-based billing, can be implemented.
Additionally, access down to the field level from the Asset Intelligence Network is possible, allowing integration into the business processes during installation, maintenance and service of the production system.
The integrated solution from the sensor to the cloud allows the implementation of the reference architectures of the Platform Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet Consortium.
“As a specialist for industrial communication, Hilscher takes a further step with the netIOT® solution, which is tightly integrated into the Asset Intelligence Network and SAP HANA Cloud Platform,” says Armin Pühringer, business development, Hilscher Gesellschaft für Systemautomation mbH.
“We provide equipment manufacturers with the netX technology that will future-proof their solutions for the seamless integration into their customers' businesses.”