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HARTING and itelligence AG announce technology partnership

HARTING and itelligence AG announce technology partnership

September 13, 2018 ---itelligence AG and the HARTING Technology Group announced a technology and development partnership at theitelligence World IT conference in Bielefeld. Both companies are to develop an integrated RFID tracking and weighing solution for monitoring containers in Production on the basis of the HARTING MICA (Modular Industry Computing Architecture) Edge Computer. The SAP consulting company itelligence will be using its it.x-connect solution with the modular industry-compatible MICA Edge Computer, which will itself be feeding data captured via RFID from locations and weighing procedures over into SAP processes.

The project was developed at the Center for Connected Industry at the FIR, a research and teaching institution at RWTH Aachen University. The brief from Cavendish & Harvey is for tracking containers, boxes and pallets in production automatically with sensors – a significant step towards networked, digitalised production. Things become mobile, containers “learn how to think”, automatically reporting filling level and status to the system. The whole scenario will be automated with SAP processes in production and extended in Warehousing with innovative solutions from HARTING (MICA Edge Computer), itelligence (it.x-connect) and SAP (IoT Edge Gateway, SAP Leonardo, SAP Cloud and SAP S/4HANA). Networked data flow is vital to the success of the value-generating digitalisation and automation of logistics and manufacturing processes.

HARTING is makingMICAavailable as the hardware platform for this joint development partnership with itelligence. This makes it a process to complete digitalisation projects for equipment and machines. Work is conducted via the HARTING MICA.network – a community for IoT and Industry 4.0. The MICA.network is the user community around the MICA®Open Computing Platform. MICA.network partners like itelligence develop concepts and solutions here, enabling companies to co-design the digitalisation and networking of processes and things.

For an initial pilot project, itelligence developed a solution for tracking assets – such as containers, pallets and stacker and weight detection via HARTING MICA. An existing itelligence product component was ported to MICA and extended with future-proof IoT functionality. The basis is RFID technology – but further developments may draw on other transmitter-receiver systems. The new pilot solution gives Cavendish & Harvey greater transparency in Production, improves the control of manufacturing costs and inventory control in the production process.

 

About itelligence

itelligence is a globally leading SAP consulting company that employs some 7,500 highly qualified staff in 25 countries. itelligence is an SAP Hybris Gold Partner, SAP Business Alliance Partner, SAP Global Hosting Partner, an SAP-certified supplier of cloud services and application management services.

 

About HARTING

The HARTING Technology Group is one of the world's leading providers of industrial connection technology for the three lifelines of Data, Signal and Power and has 13 production plants and branches in 44 countries. Moreover, the company also produces retail checkout systems, electromagnetic actuators for automotive and industrial series use, charging equipment for electric vehicles, as well as hardware and software for customers and applications in automation technology, mechanical and plant engineering, robotics and transportation engineering.

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