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SAP is working with Bosch and other international partners to combine the technical standards of Germany’s “Platform Industrie 4.0” and the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). The combination of the two approaches allows SAP’s IoT applications to connect with intelligence at the edge and allows exchange of data between IoT application services and edge devices, like sensors.
The other partners in the testbed are Dassault Systemes of France and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) of India. TCS is doing the data acquisition. Bosch provides energy components and is continuously collecting data from all the machinery in the plant, generating a stream of information about the electricity consumed in the process of manufacturing. Dassault 3D Experience Platform brings a multidimensional representation of all the plant’s machinery and functions, and SAP provides a powerful platform and database for predictive analytics and big data.
With standard products, like SAP Plant Connectivity and the SAP Manufacturing Execution Suite, SAP can integrate and coordinate manufacturing data. The IoT Applications can predict what will happen in production and performs process execution accordingly.
SAP Energy Monitoring & Analytics, aggregates data across meters and provides analysis of what is going on in the plant. With this information, energy consumption can be optimized. The combination of both can optimize the overall production and energy consumption in manufacturing. It leads to lower energy consumption and lower cost by keeping the promised delivery dates of the customer products.
In Bosch’s plant, a number of connectivity solutions are now combined to manage and optimize hydraulic valve manufacturing, so that it avoids consuming electricity at particularly expensive peak times. If all the energy-intensive machinery in Bosch’s plant runs at the same time, this can lead to very high electricity consumption at peak times. The resulting increase in electricity costs pushes up the cost of manufacturing the hydraulic valves.
By using software to manage production and electricity consumption as effectively as possible, energy demand can be optimized and peak loads reduced by up to 10 percent. This reduces manufacturing costs and increases competitiveness, while protecting the environment at the same time.
This testbed will run from design to close, which could be up to 2 years and will give both companies an opportunity to identify potential issues and gain great experience in a controlled lab environment.