IoT-based product development/improvement
IoT-based product development
Real performance data gives you a better feedback than any customer survey. You can incorporate sensor and machine data from test environments directly into your product development platform so that prototype(s) and development environment are in sync at all times. On the one hand, this allows you to reliably see where there is a need for optimization. On the other hand, you see the effects of improvements directly in your models. As time goes on, your data basis gets better and better; you can see directly how different test environments and operating states affect performance and obtain data-supported insights into the effects of individual parameter characteristics.
If you work with SAP's new product development platform - SAP EPD - you do not need any third-party systems and can access all information (e.g. master data) stored in SAP without interfaces. SAP EPD also offers you the option of virtual commissioning.
Continuous improvement during operation
Even after your product has been successfully tested in real customer operation, you can use the same setup to drive continuous optimisation. Because if your machines used in customer operation also return operating and performance information to you, you get a constantly improving data basis. Based on this, you can carry out analyses, recognise patterns and correlations and identify possible weak points at an early stage. You can react quickly and proactively, so that your customers may not even notice the effects of vulnerabilities - for example, by installing the appropriate update remotely and in good time. At the same time, you learn how your products are actually used and can adapt operating instructions etc. in a targeted manner.
In the case of indirect sales, this aspect takes on much greater weight: because through a continuous exchange of data between your products and your systems, you receive usage information from customers about whom you might otherwise know nothing at all.
At a glance:
The added value for you as a manufacturer: The product development and improvement process becomes more efficient and, because it is data-driven, also delivers better results. Because it runs end-to-end to the customer, information is not lost and can be used directly for optimisation.
The advantages for your customers: They benefit from a better product - without having to invest own efforts in the improvement process.
What data can be used? Basically, all sensor and machine data can be used for product development - for example, wear of common consumable parts, temperatures, speeds, service life, failures, malfunctions. These can be used directly in your simulations.
Which protocols are used? We use common industry standards such as MQTT or OPC UA.
How can the scenario be set up? The machine-side provision of data, e.g. via OPC UA, is the basis for IoT-supported product development or improvement. This data can then be loaded via the All for One IIoT Connector into a data lake based on Azure Time Series and from there into the SAP EPD platform or directly into EPD.