Manufacturing is in the throes of change and the Internet of Things (IoT) is the technology that holds the key to coping with it. With solutions from the Internet of Things you will succeed in transforming your company from a manufacturer pure and simple into a service provider and manufacturer.

Find out the areas where we with our solutions can help you to digitize and how successful enterprises are already putting the IoT to good use. Let us help you to become even more successful in your business.

Recognize Challenges and Overcome Them Together

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On their way to a smart factory and to becoming a manufacturing service provider manufacturers must overcome a wide range of challenges:

  • Products and services must win clients and make them enthusiastic in the long term.
  • Economic management of resources must boost productivity and efficiency and cut costs.
  • Eco-friendly working methods aim to help you to achieve your sustainability objectives and meet political targets.
  • Optimized intralogistics and production processes should facilitate the best possible level of reliability.
  • Digital technologies are to protect and ease the burden on employees and to ensure swifter processes.

Our Solutions for Your Success

The following use cases will show you how our IoT solutions can support you in areas of crucial importance for your future success.

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Improve Product and Service Experiences

  • Digital Service: When companies digitize their value creation they can optimize what they offer their customers, such as by being able to respond faster and more individually to customers’ wishes thanks to connected products. We provide both the hardware and the connectivity that are required.
  • Product-as-a-Service: Our IoT solutions enable companies to offer not only products but also products as a service. Precise and transparent acquisition of usage data, for example, facilitates pay-per-use models. That enables companies to expand their portfolio and deal with customers’ needs more specifically.

Improve Product and Service Experiences

  • Digital Service: When companies digitize their value creation they can optimize what they offer their customers, such as by being able to respond faster and more individually to customers’ wishes thanks to connected products. We provide both the hardware and the connectivity that are required.
  • Product-as-a-Service: Our IoT solutions enable companies to offer not only products but also products as a service. Precise and transparent acquisition of usage data, for example, facilitates pay-per-use models. That enables companies to expand their portfolio and deal with customers’ needs more specifically.
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Factory worker looks at information on a futuristic tablet

Enhance Efficiency

  • Monitoring: We connect machines and enable interoperability and production twins, thereby making machine monitoring, optimal status monitoring and smart production processes possible. Initiate maintenance at an early stage, monitor your entire production line and ensure seamless processes.
  • Positioning: Smart tracking solutions enable you to keep track of goods and raw materials from incoming goods inspection and stock management to the finished product. Our IoT offerings optimize intralogistics and facilitate indoor navigation, including autonomous transportation systems.
  • Digital Twin: Recognize problems and solve them before they occur by means of anomaly detection. Test new processes virtually in order to implement them optimally. Do it by using a real object’s digital twin. That’s how Industry 4.0’s Smart Factory of tomorrow helps prevent misinvestments and outages.
Factory worker looks at information on a futuristic tablet

Enhance Efficiency

  • Monitoring: We connect machines and enable interoperability and production twins, thereby making machine monitoring, optimal status monitoring and smart production processes possible. Initiate maintenance at an early stage, monitor your entire production line and ensure seamless processes.
  • Positioning: Smart tracking solutions enable you to keep track of goods and raw materials from incoming goods inspection and stock management to the finished product. Our IoT offerings optimize intralogistics and facilitate indoor navigation, including autonomous transportation systems.
  • Digital Twin: Recognize problems and solve them before they occur by means of anomaly detection. Test new processes virtually in order to implement them optimally. Do it by using a real object’s digital twin. That’s how Industry 4.0’s Smart Factory of tomorrow helps prevent misinvestments and outages.
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Manage Resources Sustainably

  • Resource & Energy Management: Be it by means of smart sensors that facilitate condition monitoring and help improve the energy efficiency in buildings or of remote monitoring that saves employees time during maintenance, with our IoT solutions you will deploy resources and energy optimally.
  • E-Charging: Electromobility on your production site will give your sustainability a boost. Charging points enable you to use eco-friendly electric vehicles. M2M communication between charging points and the cloud ensure constant energy monitoring and transparent power consumption.

Manage Resources Sustainably

  • Resource & Energy Management: Be it by means of smart sensors that facilitate condition monitoring and help improve the energy efficiency in buildings or of remote monitoring that saves employees time during maintenance, with our IoT solutions you will deploy resources and energy optimally.
  • E-Charging: Electromobility on your production site will give your sustainability a boost. Charging points enable you to use eco-friendly electric vehicles. M2M communication between charging points and the cloud ensure constant energy monitoring and transparent power consumption.
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A smiling factory worker looks at a tablet in his hand

Workforce Enablement

  • Pick-by Order Picking: From Pick-by-Vision to Pick-by-Voice and beyond, smart Pick-by methods provide employees – and not just in logistics – with all the important information they need at the point of use. Our technology helps to make processes simpler for people so they can cope with growing complexity and increasing speed.
  • Guided Workers: Our solutions can assist employees in the Smart Factory, and not just with order picking. Using connected smart systems, for example, they receive all key information on-screen during production, enabling them to perform work steps swiftly and in an ideal way.
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Workforce Enablement

  • Pick-by Order Picking: From Pick-by-Vision to Pick-by-Voice and beyond, smart Pick-by methods provide employees – and not just in logistics – with all the important information they need at the point of use. Our technology helps to make processes simpler for people so they can cope with growing complexity and increasing speed.
  • Guided Workers: Our solutions can assist employees in the Smart Factory, and not just with order picking. Using connected smart systems, for example, they receive all key information on-screen during production, enabling them to perform work steps swiftly and in an ideal way.

How POLYGONVATRO Successfully Manages Its Resources with IoT


Challenge

POLYGONVATRO uses drying equipment in water damage remediation work. Its customers can claim the energy consumption from the insurer by providing proof of extra consumption. But the exact consumption could not be established and providing evidence was time-consuming.


Solution

Energy metering boxes and a Connected Things Integrator (CTI) enable power consumption to be recorded and documented automatically. Data is sent to the Cloud of Things via the cellular network. POLYGONVATRO can then relay it, processed for ERP/CRM systems via different interfaces.


Customer Benefit

The solution cuts costs, optimizes processes and increases productivity. POLYGONVATRO can turn projects around faster and operate more sustainably. Error-prone and inefficient processes due to manual data entry are a thing of the past. Customers can justify the higher power consumption to their insurers, avoiding higher installments and recouping the additional cost.

Cornelia Czenkusch, Head of Quality Management at POLYGONVATRO

 100 percent precise digital billing makes us a preferred partner for insurance companies.

Cornelia Czenkusch, Head of Quality Management at POLYGONVATRO

A Strong Partner for All Your IoT Projects

From a one-stop shop we provide you with all the components you need in order to integrate the Internet of Things successfully into your company – transparently and in a modular and user-friendly way. We are your ideal partner: from consulting and connection to our powerful IoT platform to system integration and choosing the right hardware, such as Low Cost Tracker and barcode scanners from Zebra Technologies.

Benefit from our partner network, our first-class connectivity and customized tariffs, advanced infrastructure services such as 5G campus solutions, and unlimited interoperability. Together we will work out which challenges you face and we will look after the rest, be it orchestration or all-inclusive management. So that you can launch your IoT project at minimal effort and expense and scale it flexibly in the future.

One-stop shop: Deutsche Telekom is your strong partner for IoT projects.
One-stop shop: Deutsche Telekom is your strong partner for IoT projects.

From a one-stop shop we provide you with all the components you need in order to integrate the Internet of Things successfully into your company – transparently and in a modular and user-friendly way. We are your ideal partner: from consulting and connection to our powerful IoT platform to system integration and choosing the right hardware, such as Low Cost Tracker and barcode scanners from Zebra Technologies.

Benefit from our partner network, our first-class connectivity and customized tariffs, advanced infrastructure services such as 5G campus solutions, and unlimited interoperability. Together we will work out which challenges you face and we will look after the rest, be it orchestration or all-inclusive management. So that you can launch your IoT project at minimal effort and expense and scale it flexibly in the future.

Your Benefits with Deutsche Telekom

One partner for everything

One partner for everything
We provide all components to integrate the Internet of Things

Modular, individual configuration

Attractive pricing
We offer modular, individual configuration and usage-based payment model

Maximum data security

Maximum data security
Thanks to German and European data centers, your machine, process, and customer data are always ideally protected

Optimal reliability

Optimal reliability
Our solutions offer high availability, are resilient and work flawlessly even under maximum load and adverse conditions

Feel Free to Contacs Us!


Marco Fiene


Marco Fiene – Your consultant for the Manufacturing industry

We support manufacturers in implementing their IoT solution correctly and efficiently so that they can continue to offer future-proof products even the day after tomorrow.

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Frequently asked questions

What is a manufacturing service provider?

A manufacturing service provider does not just manufacture products; he also offers his customers services to match, either in addition or as a core service. An engineering company, for example, can equip the machines that it manufactures with IoT technology, connecting them and thereby facilitating the generation and evaluation of usage data. The information acquired enables it to offer its customer a predictive maintenance service. The customer benefits from workflows that are less interruptible because reliable forecasts enable him to plan maintenance cycles optimally. Alternatively the manufacturer can implement a so-called as-a-service business model. In that case he would offer not a machine but the use thereof. The customer books the machine to manufacture a certain product, for example, and pays only a service fee. In both scenarios the manufacturer extends his service portfolio and thereby positions himself more diversely and more resiliently.

What is a smart factory?

The smart factory is the mainstay of the Industry 4.0 of the future. Its main focus is on efficiency. The aim is to reduce manual work steps and put comprehensive automation in their place. Technologies such as WiFi and LTE or 5G, NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT), and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connect all machines and systems with each other, be it in production or in intralogistics. The smart factory’s individual components can thereby be synchronized and coordinated to ensure seamless processes. The Internet of Things merges the information acquired, making data analysis possible in almost real time. On the basis of these findings companies can further improve their workflows.

What advantages does the smart factory offer?

Compared with traditional factories that have not yet taken their digital transformation very far forward, the smart factory offers many advantages, including in the following areas:

  • Production: Connected and self-coordinating machines enable more efficient and faster production processes and swift adaptation to individual customer wishes.
  • Intralogistics: Goods are easier to locate thanks to automated warehouse management and tracking solutions.
  • Supply Chain: IoT trackers and other digital solutions make supply chains transparent.
  • Personnel: Comprehensive automation makes time-consuming manual work processes obsolete and companies can deploy their personnel more efficiently.

What does workforce enablement mean in manufacturing industry?

Workforce enablement in manufacturing industry means supporting employees by means of digital technologies so that they can cope ideally with constantly increasing market requirements such as individual customers’ wishes and ever-shorter production cycles. In the process they can, for one, use technical aids such as pick-by devices (see below) in order picking. For another, automated production processes make employees’ daily work easier.

What is the definition of M2M communication?

M2M communication stands for machine-to-machine communication, or automatic exchange of information between machines. A classical area in which M2M communication takes place is the Internet of Things, where connected devices send data automatically to the IoT where, in turn, other devices can access this information.

What does predictive maintenance mean?

Predictive maintenance – self-explanatory as an idea – presupposes that machines are equipped with sensors and connected. They record their usage data and relay it to the IoT or the cloud, where companies can view the information and see when the next service is due. That makes planning easier and eliminates unnecessary downtimes.

What is a digital twin?

A digital twin is a digital map of a real object or process. In manufacturing, for example, companies can set up a digital twin of a production line in order to trial new workflows. The benefits are that physical production can continue during trials and no additional testing equipment is required. The company only adjusts its real production environment once optimal results have been achieved with the digital twin.

What are the differences between Pick-by-Vision, Pick-by-Light and other kinds of order picking?

These kinds of order picking differ in the way in which employees receive the necessary information about goods and merchandise and how they report their work steps to the system.

  • Pick-by-Voice: Employees receive information about goods by voice and also confirm by voice command actions such as picks from stock.
  • Pick-by-Light: An indicator light at the point of use provides employees with information about the product quantity required and other aspects.
  • Pick-by-Vision: Employees wear data glasses that show them all the relevant information. The principle is based on augmented reality (AR). Pick-by-Vision often also uses features of Pick-by-Light and Pick-by-Voice if, for example, the system recognizes order pickers’ voice commands.
  • Pick-by-Scan: By means of barcode scanners employees record the goods that they pick from stock. The manual devices often show on their display further information such as the exact location of the products required.

What does product-as-a-service mean?

Product-as-a-service is when manufacturers offer their customers not only the product itself but also, and primarily, services to accompany it. They can, for example, place their own machines at the disposal of other companies that then need only to place a remote production order. The customer does not purchase the equipment; he merely pays for its use – much like hiring a car and paying only for the miles traveled on the clock.

What purpose does precise positioning serve in manufacturing industry?

Thanks to precise positioning, companies in manufacturing industries know at all times exactly where their goods or raw materials are. They can track, for example, when parts ordered and required for specific production processes are likely to arrive. Depending on when which raw materials are available, production processes can be adjusted accordingly. Companies increase their efficiency because they can thereby make full use of their machines at all times. The technical basis for this positioning includes IoT trackers. Its advantage over older technologies such GPS is its precision. Precise positioning can locate an object to within a few centimeters. That is how manufacturers know, for instance, exactly where commodities and raw materials are in the warehouse.

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