T-Systems and EATON are pooling their IoT expertise to benefit machine builders in Germany. The goal is to make machines and systems cloud-ready with a multi-IoT service platform spanning different industries.
Germany is one of the world's leading industrialized nations, and according to information from the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the manufacturing industry currently accounts for more than 20 percent of Germany's economic output. A study published in spring 2016 by DZ BANK AG (Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank) made the following prediction regarding Industry 4.0: The productivity of the German economy as a whole should increase by almost 12 percent by 2025 on account of additional added value alone.
Standardized Machine-to-Machine (M2M) protocol
T-Systems and EATON are taking an important technological step specially designed to meet the Industry 4.0 requirements of medium-sized machine builders. In the future, the automation specialist EATON will equip its machines and components with the technology required for them to be able to connect to T-Systems' multi-IoT service platform based on the standardized machine-to-machine (M2M) communications protocol OPC UA. Users will be able to capture machine data across different industries and transfer it via the cloud. T-Systems' expertise in processing, storing, managing, preparing and analyzing large amounts of information will enable machine builders to monitor complete systems via the cloud as well as manage and optimize manufacturing processes.
T-Systems and EATON are making industrial systems ready for the cloud to benefit medium-sized machine builders. On the right: Wilfried Bauer, Head of system integration for digital solutions, cloud, Internet of Things, T-Systems. On the left: Christof Spiegel, Managing Director, Eaton Industries GmbH.
Real-time data for better machine management
Real-time data from ongoing production will form the basis of all future applications. In other words: Customers will be able to define and apply individual parameters specific to each particular scenario. Users will then not only be able to see when wear parts need to be replaced, but will also be able to identify and analyze correlations between individual consumption figures and components such as filters, raw materials and temperatures in ongoing manufacturing processes.
The cooperation will result in a scalable range of IoT products and services which will be showcased at the world's leading industrial show, "Hannover Messe 2017" (Hanover, April 24 to 28). The portfolio will be developed as part of a partnership between the two companies and in conjunction with pilot customers.
Platform to be hosted and operated in T-Systems' German data center
T-Systems' multi-IoT service platform will form the basis of the IoT applications for machine builders. It will combine the advantages of the best platform providers in the field of IoT – whether Microsoft Azure, Cisco Fog or Huawei. The platform will be hosted and operated in T-Systems' high-security cloud data center in Germany in accordance with the strict requirements of the German Federal Data Protection Act.