T-Systems and Eaton have collaborated to develop secure Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that allow machine and system builders to network their applications in the Cloud. Electrical and industrial control components from Eaton provide easy connection, based on the OPC UA standard, to the multi-IoT platform of Deutsche Telekom's subsidiary. This will enable machine builders to monitor and carry out predictive maintenance of complete systems directly from the Cloud, as well as optimising control of wear and tear, operating costs and productivity of the machinery by using intelligent data analysis.
The new IoT solutions provide manufacturers with a major advantage. Thanks to the analysis capabilities of extensive machine data throughout the entire life cycle of one or more machines, irrespective of their location, vast and diverse possibilities for productivity and efficiency gains have been opened up.
Together with pilot customers, the companies are developing IoT service packages that address different use cases based on live data from ongoing production. These will enable machine builders to better manage their operations. Users would, for example, be able to determine when worn parts need replacing. They could also analyse the relationship between production output or individual consumption data and components used, such as filters and raw materials, and/or process data, such as temperatures and pressures, in ongoing production processes.