The objective of the “Open Industry 4.0 Alliance” is to create a network that links up most of the various machines in a smart factory. The alliance is a union of companies from the engineering and industrial automation sectors and SAP. In August 2019, itelligence AG, one of the world’s leading SAP consultancies, joined the group as one of the first partners at the application level.
The aim of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance is to build a standardized, open network for operating highly automated factories and processing plants, including logistics and services. The partners in the alliance are planning a framework on the basis of existing standards.
“We’re integrating production-level sensors with the world of business management systems,” says Norbert Rotter, chairman of the Executive Board of SAP partner itelligence AG. “With the help of the solution portfolio of SAP, we’re modeling business processes like production control, inventory management or maintenance as well as collaboration between companies and external partners,” Rotter adds.
The founding members of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance include the companies Beckhoff, Endress+Hauser, Hilscher, Ifm, Kuka, Multivac and SAP. Other partners are Balluff, Gebhardt, Pepperl+Fuchs, Schmidtsche Schack, Samson and Wika. In general, any company is welcome to join the alliance.