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SAP Cloud Platform extends Industry 4.0 manufacturing technology

SAP partners with Mitsubishi Electric Europe and KUKA AG to enable SAP Cloud Platform that extends IoT and robotics for manufacturing applications.

SAP announced two partnerships that enable SAP Cloud Platform to extend IoT and robotics in manufacturing. The...

partnerships with Mitsubishi Electric Europe and KUKA AG were made at the HANNOVER MESSE industrial trade show, held recently in Hannover, Germany.

SAP and Mitsubishi Electric Europe announced that SAP will participate in the Mitsubishi Electric e-Factory Alliance partner program. The partnership enables Mitsubishi Electric's automation applications to operate with SAP Cloud Platform, and by using SAP's IoT features Mitsubishi Electric can transfer preselected data from the automation applications to SAP Cloud Platform. This extends Mitsubishi Electric's e-Factory to partners and customers to offer value-added IoT-based services for the manufacturing and process industry sectors, according to SAP.

The IoT-based services include remote device and connectivity management, monitoring production status and asset availability, and predictive maintenance that allows operators to benefit from the long-term analysis of factory data.

"Mitsubishi Electric has long provided leading-edge technologies for the collection of production information, and now our partnership with SAP enables our customers to easily connect with SAP Cloud Platform," said Hartmut Pütz, president, Factory Automation -- European Business Group for Mitsubishi Electric Europe, in a press release. "Here, our e‑Factory Alliance partner, SAP, provides tools and applications to enable users to utilize production information to the fullest extent."

Several SAP applications can be integrated in the e-Factory program. Operators can use SAP Asset Intelligence Network to provide management of asset information and improve communication with service providers. SAP Hybris Cloud for Customer can support service teams in scheduling maintenance activities and provide technicians with mobile access and an augmented reality app to identify problems quickly, according to the release.

"The opportunity of digitalization is all about intelligently connecting people, things and businesses," said Rolf Schumann, SAP senior vice president and global general manager of platform and innovation. "The partnership between Mitsubishi Electric and SAP enables customers and partners to easily link shop floor and asset information with SAP Cloud Platform for advanced analytics. With the help of SAP Cloud Platform we can reach deep integration into business processes and customers can benefit from driving real value from operational information."

SAP and KUKA team up on robotics and IoT

SAP and KUKA AG, a robotics manufacturer based in Augsburg, Germany, will be collaborating on robotics technology and the SAP Leonardo IoT platform. The collaboration is intended to promote flexibility and automation in production processes, particularly in manufacturing, mechanical engineering and the automotive sector, according to SAP.

KUKA robots will be integrated into SAP Cloud Platform, helping companies evaluate predictive maintenance scenarios and monitor factory floors. KUKA also plans to use selected SAP technology components as part of its own connyun IoT platform.

SAP has a variety of offerings to support Industry 4.0 and the industrial internet of things (IIoT) in the SAP Leonardo portfolio, and KUKA's expertise in intelligent automation complements them, the vendors said in a press release. KUKA will use SAP technology and business components to enhance its connyun startup platform for midsize machine construction

"By seamlessly integrating automation solutions from KUKA and selected solutions from our SAP Leonardo IoT platform and SAP Connected Manufacturing software, we can make a significant contribution to driving closer the integration of top floor and shop floor in manufacturing," said Tanja Rueckert, SAP executive vice president of IoT and digital supply chain business unit. "This enables customers to build a high level of customer satisfaction and support them on their way to digital transformation."

"KUKA makes its machines and systems more intelligent and supplements them with innovative software solutions," said Christian Schloegel, KUKA chief digital officer, in a press release. "We are committed to a twofold strategy," said Christian Schloegel, KUKA chief digital officer, in the press release. "We are tying the KUKA robots on SAP Cloud Platform and the SAP Leonardo IoT platform. At the same time, the connyun Industry 4.0 platform of our startup company of the same name will be supplemented with SAP technology components and SAP business applications."

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