How did German manufacturer Kaeser harness IoT?

Posted on 22 Feb 2017 by The Manufacturer

Kaeser, a global manufacturer of compressed air and vacuum products, worked with HPE and SAP to achieve to connect operations, logistics and customers.

The Stuttgart-based Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation is working with HPE  to create a secure digital marketplace for industrial applications that allows manufacturers to consume industrial applications via a fast provisioning of software-as-a-service (SaaS) model.

With the Internet of Things (IoT) still in its infancy, there are numerous standards and security issues to be thrashed out, which can prove challenging to even the largest IT teams in the biggest companies. Secure digital market places run by trusted partners can significantly ease this challenge and speed collaboration.

Kaeser is one manufacturer that is working with HPE to run SAP HANA in the cloud. The company ranks among the world’s largest and most successful compressor manufacturers, exporting compressed air system equipment to almost every corner of the planet.

Employing more than 5,500 people globally, Kaeser’s extensive range of premium products include screw compressors (static and mobile), reciprocating compressors, rotary blowers and air treatment solutions. Kaeser’s advanced integration of modern IT technology increases compressed air system efficiency, which provides benefits for users and the environment.

As this video makes clear, by migrating its SAP Business Suite to the SAP HANA platform, Kaeser was able to develop an industrial Internet of Things solution to reduce maintenance costs, spare part inventories and improve customer satisfaction of the industrial compressors it supplies worldwide.

Kaeser wanted to use real time analytics from sensors on its customers’ equipment to develop a predictive analytics capability that could prempt equipment failure before it happens and allow pre-emptive maintenance. Falko Lameter, CIO at Kaeser Kompressoren, commented, “HP and SAP Hana enable faster, deeper, real-time insights and gives us better control of our global supply chain,” but the results speak for themselves.