SAP and Endress+Hauser are looking to increase their cooperation in the development of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications for the process industry.
The two companies made the joint announcement during ACHEMA in Frankfurt, Germany, with both companies intending to “work closer together in the development of joint solutions, sales and customer implementation.”
“Two innovative companies have come together here to realize the end-to-end OT/IT integration from field instrument all the way to business processes,” said Hala Zeine, SAP’s President of Digital Supply Chain and Manufacturing.
The goal is to fully integrate the Endress+Hauser field instruments as digital twins into the SAP cloud platform, as both companies want to take advantage of the services and smart apps from SAP’s Leonardo system as well as Endress+Hauser’s IIoT offering.
“When it comes to digitalization, successful companies will be those able to tie their systems directly to business processes, thus reliably and fully opening up or circumventing the classic automation pyramid,” said Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group. “We and SAP share a common vision of implementing this strategy to the benefit of our customers.”
The aim is to tightly integrate master and sensor data, as well as measurement values, into customer business, logistics and production processes and develop new digital services focused on predictive maintenance and predictive quality. An open platform concept forms the basis for this approach.
Endress+Hauser’s role in the partnership involves delivering the field instrumentation knowledge so critical to plant operators in the form of digital services, which will be implemented by integrating the existing Endress+Hauser IIoT services and the SAP platform using a standardized approach.
From the initial creation and automatic updating of a digital twin across the entire product life cycle, to end-to-end connectivity from the sensor to the SAP IT platform, Endress+Hauser is supporting the digitalization strategy of its entire customer base.