ERP solutions provider SAP and process industry solutions provider Endress+Hauser are intensifying their joint efforts in integrating field instruments and ERP analytics through IIoT-based applications for the process industry.

The companies will work together in the development of joint solutions, sales and customer implementation. The goal is to integrate Endress+Hauser field instruments as digital twins into the SAP cloud platform. Through smart applications such as SAP’s Leonardo system, the companies will work on the integration of master and sensor data—as well as measurement values—into manufacturers’ business, logistics and production processes. An open platform concept will also allow new digital services focused on predictive maintenance and predictive quality.

In the SAP Asset Intelligence Network, field instruments are represented as digital twins, which serve as a basis for integration into a manufacturer’s business processes. SAP’s Leonardo technologies include Machine Learning, Analytics and Blockchain, and can be enabled for the production environment.

“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 and circumventing the classic automation pyramid,” says Matthias Altendorf, Endress+Hauser Group CEO. “We and SAP share a common vision of implementing this strategy to the benefit of our customers.”