At Hannover Messe 2019, seven leading suppliers from mechanical engineering, industrial automation and software announced the founding of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance. With this cooperation, the companies want to overcome proprietary solutions and give a decisive boost to the digital transformation of the European industry.
Founding members of the alliance are Beckhoff Automation, Endress+Hauser, Hilscher, ifm electronic, Kuka, Multivac and SAP. In principle, the alliance is open to all companies: Balluff, Gebhardt, Pepperl+Fuchs, Schmidtsche Schack, Samson and WIKA have already joined as members. All member companies are committed to the creation of a standardised and open ecosystem for the operation of highly automated factories and process plants, with the integration of logistics and services.
“The architecture of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance meets all the requirements of the process industry,” emphasised Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group. “It is based on standards, ensures transparency across all business processes and guarantees the integrity of the systems. This enables process plant operators to leverage the potential of digitalisation.”
Focus on implementation and benefits
The alliance members are planning to realise a so-called Open Industry 4.0 Framework based on existing standards such as I/O Link, OPC UA and RAMI for the entire route from objects in the workshop to services. Customers can choose from a modular system of compatible and scalable solution and service components, such as digital services from Endress+Hauser’s Netilion IIoT ecosystem.
The connection to the SAP software portfolio ensures the integration of a company’s business processes as well as collaboration with partners across company boundaries. The open architecture allows the simple connection of further system landscapes.
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