Endress+Hauser celebrating digital foresight

Endress+Hauser Australia Pty Ltd

Tuesday, 04 February, 2020


Endress+Hauser celebrating digital foresight

Endress+Hauser is celebrating 20 years of digitalisation: it was 20 years ago that Endress+Hauser had the foresight to create a separate entity to focus on digital solutions. Endress+Hauser Digital Solutions is responsible within the Endress+Hauser Group for everything related to digital communications and automation solutions. Currently, applications for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are the focal point of its work.

According to Managing Director Dr Rolf Birkhofer, the creation of Endress+Hauser Digital Solutions in the year 2000 was a trailblazing decision.

“What we did was to bundle important issues related to digitalisation in the process automation industry in a separate company,” he said. “A genuine pioneering and innovative spirit marked our activities from the very beginning. This spirit can still be felt today, such as in the development and operation of our own IIoT platform.”

The number of employees has grown steadily since the company’s inception. More than180 people now work for Endress+Hauser Digital Solutions — about 160 in Reinach, Switzerland, and around 20 in Freiburg, Germany, which was added as a second location in 2016. At this site, the employees primarily develop products, solutions and services for Industry 4.0 environments.

In the early years, Endress+Hauser Digital Solutions focused its activities mainly on solutions and products in the area of communications, a phase that was marked by digital communications protocols and technologies such as Profibus, FOUNDATION Fieldbus and HART. A further focal point was the integration of measurement instruments with the help of electronic device descriptions (EDD) or FDT/DTM technology.

Today, Endress+Hauser Digital Solutions generally focuses on applications for Industry 4.0, including the Netilion IIoT ecosystem developed by the company’s specialists. This platform ensures simple connectivity in industrial plants and enables digital services via the internet. Endress+Hauser has already rolled out Netilion to more than 20 countries.

“We have long grown accustomed to having access to digital services via our private smartphones,” said Dr Birkhofer. In light of this trend, the managing director expects growing acceptance for cloud-based services among users of process automation and further growth for the company. “Plant operators can better exploit the potential of their device data with Netilion. That saves time, simplifies processes and prevents errors across the entire life cycle of a plant.

“For Endress+Hauser Digital Solutions, the mission of the future is clear,” said Dr Birkhofer. “We will continue to develop digital services based on the Netilion platform, offer additional instruments and communications protocols, and provide our customers with a persuasive experience across all touch points in the digital world as well.”

Related News

Top End funding boost for Adelaide lithium miner

Adelaide-based Core Lithium has received a $5 million funding offer from the NT Government to...

Madison Group Enterprises announces four new businesses

Madison Technologies has rebranded as Madison Group Enterprises to expand its products, solutions...

Rio Tinto investing in automation skills development

Rio Tinto has announced that it will invest almost $60 million in training and development in...


  • All content Copyright © 2020 Westwick-Farrow Pty Ltd