SAP and KUKA combine IoT and robotics for smart factories


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SAP and intelligent automation solutions supplier KUKA have partnered to integrate KUKA robotics into the SAP network, increasing the agility of production processes and automation, with a focus on manufacturing and mechanical engineering in the automotive sector.

SAP and KUKA plan to develop KUKA robot applications based on the SAP Leonardo Internet of Things (IoT) platform and KUKA robots will be integrated into the SAP Cloud Platform. The objective is to enable organisations to better evaluate predictive maintenance scenarios and monitor factory floors.

“By seamlessly integrating automation solutions from KUKA and selected solutions from our SAP Leonardo IoT platform and SAP Connected Manufacturing software, we can make a significant contribution to driving closer the integration of top floor and shop floor in manufacturing,” said Dr. Tanja Rueckert, executive vice president, IoT and digital supply chain, SAP.

KUKA’s expertise in intelligent automation solutions pairs well with the solutions SAP has introduced through the SAP Leonardo portfolio to support the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

“KUKA makes its machines and systems more intelligent and supplements them with innovative software solutions,” said Dr Christian Schloegel, chief digital officer, KUKA.

Schloegel said that his company is committed to a two-fold strategy to meet all customer needs: Combining KUKA robots with the SAP Cloud Platform and the SAP Leonardo IoT platform, while also using selected SAP technology components and business applications in its own startup connyun IoT platform, which is focused on mid-size machine construction.

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