SAP and GEA Leverage the Internet of Things to Help Organizations Enhance Operational Excellence

SAP SE has announced an Industry 4.0 implementation project with GEA to address condition monitoring and predictive maintenance. Over the last months, SAP and GEA have been working together to bring machinery and engineering knowledge to the integrated cloud offering based on the SAP HANA software.

“As Industry 4.0 unfolds, there will be new business opportunities for manufacturers driven by software-leveraged sensor data,” said Bernd Leukert, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. “Organizations that start thinking now about how to incorporate innovation into manufacturing will have a distinct competitive advantage.”

GEA, a supplier for the food processing industry and a wide range of process industries, will work with SAP to optimize the performance of its separator and decanter machinery with the SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service solution, cloud edition. Based on SAP HANA Cloud Platform, the solution aims to bring together technology, sensors, and machine data with business processes, applications, and practices.

GEA will use the SAP cloud solution to help its remote service technicians monitor the status of machines located at GEA customer sites and identify unusual trends or machine behavior in real time. Integration of the Internet of Things (IoT) services of SAP HANA Cloud Platform and the line recorder agent embedded (LRAE) adapter 1.0 from IFM Electronic GmbH, which is certified for integration with SAP’s cloud solutions, will allow for machinery data to be collected. This data can then be enriched with business information from the SAP Business Suite software deployed at GEA.

“We at GEA aim at strengthening and further developing our outstanding market position through continuous innovation,” said Jürg Oleas, CEO of GEA. “This means that we offer state-of-the-art, highly innovative products that serve as technological pacesetters for the entire market. With this cooperation and the new SAP solution, we are enhancing the processes of our customers to a new level of efficiency.”

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