Internet of Things (IoT)

The proliferation of increasingly robust sensor technology now enables organizations to gather vast amounts of new, more accurate data on their physical processes. Big data analytics and machine learning are then able to digest this newly available information to provide actionable insights.

Finally, IoT gives a comprehensive overview of the organization by breaking the silos that have historically separated business, IT and physical asset data, creating a holistic end-to-end process view that integrates all data layers.

Internet of Things SAP IoT Big Data Advanced Analytics End-to-End process

SAP is represented in the IoT space with the SAP Leonardo Ecosystem. Integrating several innovative areas such as Big Data, Machine Learning and IoT, it provides both out-of-the-box products, as well as the tools that enable teams to build custom solutions.

Connected
Forklift

Connected
Silo

Connected
Worker

Connected
Assets & Products

Connected
Fleets

Integration into End-to-End process.

Although IoT applications can provide substantial value as standalone solutions, the true benefit comes from their integration with core supply chain solutions and the broader IT landscape.

As a leader in the end-to-end Digital Supply Chain space, Westernacher specializes in enhancing existing IT solutions with IoT functionality. We believe that IoT solutions are not a replacement, but rather an additional benefit to IT solutions spanning the entire supply chain, including planning, manufacturing, warehousing and transportation processes.

Why Westernacher?

Building on decades of SAP expertise and the SAP Leonardo IoT offerings, Westernacher has assembled a team that acts as a one-stop-shop for any IoT initiative in the digital supply chain. From selecting the right sensors and establishing the right connection, to providing customer analytics in SAP Leonardo, we have you covered.

Our approach to IoT is simple: we implement fast time-to-value, ROI-positive initiatives that help achieve specific business KPIs. With our long-standing experience in innovating supply chains, we have been pioneers in the IoT space and already have numerous successful projects under our belt.

Connected Forklift

Smooth and efficient warehouse operations with IoT.

If your organization needs a real-time view of your warehouse operations, IoT is your only option. By integrating sensor data in SAP Leonardo with modern warehouse solutions, you can dramatically improve warehouse throughput, inventory planning capabilities and engage an efficient workforce. At Westernacher we have identified four types of projects that can be launched as standalone initiatives or as combinations of integrated enhancements within the warehouse:

1

Automated
processing

Decrease labour costs and increase throughput through automated RFID scanning processes or geofencing backed by indoor position tracking.

2

Quality
control

Decrease spoilage/damage and improve warehouse & silo planning capabilities by predicting and preventing unsuitable storage conditions.

3

Inventory
location

Increase inventory location accuracy, resulting in more efficient warehouse task allocation, assignment and execution, while decreasing labour costs.

4

Connected
Forklifts

Automatically assign, monitor and confirm tasks to optimize forklift utilization and increase process automation through geofence position monitoring.

5

Improved
safety

Establish trends to avoid dangerous situations and proactively identify risk & hazards.

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You’d like to learn more or do you want to see a demonstration of a Connected Forklift solution? Check out our webinars on SAP Internet of Things with Westernacher or drop us a message today.

Connected Silo

Seamlessly connecting your silo through IoT.

Silo
is

an isolated grouping, department, etc., that functions apart from others especially in a way seen as hindering communication and cooperation

Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary-2019

Connected
Silo is

an integrated Internet of Things solution that functions together with others especially in a way seen as driving process automation and optimization.

Source: Westernacher-2019

1

Improved
visibility

Establishing quantity, quality and condition tracking with sensor technology

2

Automation

Automate processes such as replenishment, production and planning

3

Process
improvement

Optimize storage conditions, product quality and stock situation

Connected Worker

A vital part of the Digital Transformation of industrial operations

// Improve Worker Safety
// Get insights beyond the data your safety devices already provide
// Attain a holistic view of employees for awareness and responsiveness in real-time
// Increase operational efficiency
// Proof of compliance at all times

The connected worker solution provides the following:

1

Real-time position
monitoring and geofencing

Indoor and outdoor position tracking of workers its process integration with geofencing.

2

Safety and
health monitoring

Identification of incidents based on wearables, gas detection devices and camera recognition creating a personal shield for the worker.

3

Real-time
visibility & compliance

Management and operational dashboards overseeing all related processes and incidents as well as ensuring compliance at all times.

4

Integration into S/4,
SAP Environment, Health & Safety

Integration into the end-to-end process by e.g. pulling permits from EHS, documenting statuses, triggering maintenance orders, etc.

Connected Assets

Connecting your key assets with SAP IoT.

IoT allows for a data-driven approach to physical asset management. Rather than rely on the traditional “gut feel” tactic when dealing with vehicles, production machines, and equipment, an IoT solution allows you to establish performance patterns, utilization best practices and predictive algorithms that prevent unplanned downtime.

From production to distribution to after-sale service, the introduction of IoT allows you to create a feedback loop of continuous improvement.
By using the SAP Intelligent Asset Management and SAP Leonardo IoT, we can help in the following ways:

1

Predictive
maintenance

Monitor asset health to address issues before they become a problem. Decreasing asset failure rate, total asset unplanned downtime and increase first-time-fix rates.

2

Performance
improvement

Monitor asset performance to identify patterns and establish best practices. Engage in a lifecycle of continuous improvement.

3

Real-time
inventory tracking

Keep a live count of your product stock and automate the replenishment process to achieve a more customer demand-centric approach and in-time availability of stock.

4

Inventory
quality control

Make sure your products are stored under the right conditions to ensure customer satisfaction.

5

Device
location monitoring

Keep track of moveable assets to be sure they are in the right place at the right time.

6

In-store
replenishment

Schedule timely deliveries and optimize routes during convenient times, preventing out-of-stock scenarios.

7

Operational
monitoring

Understand how your products perform in real life conditions to improve design and production processes.

8

Customer
behaviour

Gain insight into customer behaviour patterns and preferences to adjust sales and marketing strategies.

Get a demo.

You’d like to learn more or do you want to see a demonstration of a SAP Connected Assets & Products on Leonardo? Check out our webinars on SAP Internet of Things with Westernacher or drop us a message today.

Connected Fleets

Intuitive decision making with IoT for SAP TM.

Existing TMS solutions do not provide sufficient visibility into the operations of commercial fleets. Relying on manual input from users severely decreases data accuracy and introduces human error. The vast amount of new data gathered by IoT sensors allows you to make better operational decisions, as well as engage in long-term process optimization. Westernacher has utilized the SAP Vehicle Insights solution to identify three main uses cases for IoT in transportation:

Location
monitoring

1

Always know where your fleet is. Predict delays, react to route changes and optimize long-term fleet utilization.

Quality
control

2

Monitor the transport conditions of your inventory. Prevent spoilage/damage by reacting to and predicting changes in a timely manner.

Event
monitoring

3

Automatically track and confirm transportation execution stages. Increase transparency and customer satisfaction, while reducing manual involvement. Collaboration is becoming more and more important in an increasingly connected environment. All transportation-related IoT scenarios can be run in the cloud so that all the parties involved can get live access to the necessary information.

Get a demo.

You’d like to learn more or do you want to see a demonstration of a Connected Fleet on SAP Leonardo solution? Check out our webinars on SAP Internet of Things with Westernacher or drop us a message today.

Learn how to use IoT and start your transformation journey now

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We are in the middle of a fundamental change. Digitization has brought about a new customer with new possibilities and requirements. Companies who can view this challenge as an opportunity will turn it to their business advantage.

Inspiration
Day

Introduction to the world of
Internet of Things (IoT)

  • Technology Introduction
  • Customer-relevant business cases
  • Mapping painpoints to SAP solutions
  • Hands-on technology experience

Duration: approx. 4 hours

Time: a suitable date

Place: on your premises

Price: Free of charge

Standard
Workshop

Experience the technology and
get decisionmaker buy-in

  • Technology Introduction
  • Joint cross-unit case development
  • Technology prototype presentation
  • Business use-case presentation for stakeholders

Duration: approx. 2 days

Time: a suitable date

Place: on your premises

Price: on an individual basis – only covering costs

Premium
Workshop

Create a prototype through Design Thinking use case development

  • Technology Deepdive
  • Design Thinking business case development
  • Creation of prototype and presentation
  • Innovation strategy and roadmap development

Duration: approx. 2 weeks

Time: a suitable date

Place: on your premises

Price: on an individual basis – only covering costs

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Please feel free to download our latest white paper, onepager and flyer below.

Three ways to benefit from connected machines with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)White paperdownload
Digitalization of the Supply ChainWhite paperdownload
Streamline your supply chain with Connected Forklift on SAPOnepagerdownload
Increase safety and efficiency with Connected Worker on SAPOnepagerdownload

Latest blog articles.

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SAP IoT in Supply Chain: transparency, stability and automation

SAP IoT in the Supply Chain: transparency, stability and automation

February 7, 2019 – IoT has been one of the hottest buzzwords of 2018 and is a core component of what is being described as the “4th Industrial Revolution” predicted to fundamentally change the nature of the global economy. However, when the average person hears the word “IoT”, they most likely think talking toasters or fitness gadgets with ambitious workout recommendations […]

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SAP IoT and Transportation Management: 4 proven business cases

SAP IoT and Transportation Management: 4 proven business cases

October 15, 2018 – We can divide the evolution of commercial transportation management into three high-level stages. In the pen and paper era, the process was entirely manual and dependent on the know-how of local resources. As a result, there was no process standardization, visibility or optimization to speak of […]

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Three ways companies are improving silo management with IoT

Three ways companies are improving silo management with IoT

September 6, 2018 – Across any industry, silo management brings a similar set of pain points for the operations team involved. Often, inventory must to be stored within a certain range of conditions. Failure to do so can cause anything from spoilage (think agricultural products) to safety hazards (think flammable chemicals). As you can imagine, none of those scenarios are great for an organization’s bottom line […]

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3 business cases for RFID in the warehouse

July 20, 2018 – RFID has been increasingly emerging as the dark horse of IoT-enabling technology. Possessing the “holy trinity” of technology by being affordable, reliable and durable, RFID has proven to be invaluable for the digitalization of the supply chain. While there is substantial variation in what an “RFID solution” can look like, there are common features shared by any such project […]

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