Partnership for smart production between E+H, Deutsche Telekom
Endress+Hauser and telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop joint offers in the field of measurement and automation technology for the process industry utilising 5G campus networks.
The cooperation involves the integration of measuring instruments and accessories into the next generation of mobile communication networks, as well as digital services based on them.
Endress+Hauser is one of the first manufacturers to equip its field devices with mobile communication modules and to connect existing installations to 5G networks via newly developed HART gateways, enabling instruments to transmit process and device data in parallel and in real time. These can, for example, be used in cloud applications for predictive maintenance of process plants.
“In addition to the actual measured values, our instruments record a wealth of information from the process and about the sensor,” said Matthias Altendorf, CEO of Endress+Hauser. “5G campus networks open up a second signal path that is independent of the plant’s control system and thus make it possible to tap this potential. This will enable us to link value chains more closely across company boundaries and make industrial processes more efficient.”
“Building a complete 5G ecosystem for industry will accelerate the pace of digitalisation in industry,” explained Claudia Nemat, member of the Deutsche Telekom Board of Management, Technology and Innovation. “We look forward to working with renowned and experienced partners.”
In addition to a partnership with network supplier Ericsson, the telecommunications company now also cooperates with E&K Automation, a manufacturer of driverless transport systems, and Konica Minolta, which offers augmented reality glasses among other products.
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