Strategy Consulting and Digital Platforms for Industry 4.0

Smart Industry Services From valantic

Companies worldwide are in the midst of digitally transforming their production and value chains: Digital processes, digital products and digital services are at the core of corporate transformations, with the aim of digitally transforming the entire value chain end-to-end in the sense of Industry 4.0. Networked production and logistics chains, as well as machines, systems and sensors intercommunicating via the Internet of Things, significantly optimize the efficiency and quality of all the processes – while simultaneously enabling considerable cost savings and productivity gains, e.g. through reduced throughput times and inventories, and improved maintenance cycles.

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valantic creates added value through digital processes, products and services. This is achieved by connecting a wide range of data sources with cutting-edge technologies to create a fully integrated system landscape.

For more than 40 years, valantic has been a trusted partner of its customers for digitally transforming their processes, creating digital services and realizing made-to-measure software solutions – based on our own products, our partners’ products and using bespoke solutions.

Our customers include prominent companies such as Alcon, BBC Cellpack, Continental, Grenzebach, Hohner, KNAPP, Krones, Rosenbauer, SEW EURODRIVE, Seepex, Smiths Detection, Tecan, Vodafone and many more. We cover a wide range of industries – from mechanical and plant engineering, industrial groups and retail, life science and pharmaceuticals to aerospace technology, the automotive industry and the telecommunications industry. We support our customers in digitally transforming their processes, products and services in all areas and making these smarter.

Our services are almost always based on Advanced Cloud Services that let us implement wide-ranging digitization projects in multiple and hybrid cloud environments. As an Advanced Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner, SAP Cloud Focus Partner and SAP Extended Business Member, Certified Platinum Partner of Camunda and Focus Partner of PTC, our product partnerships provide a state-of-the-art technology platform for our solutions.

The high quality and acceptance of our services are also enhanced by our many association partnerships, including those with the German Broadband Association (BREKO), Bundesvereinigung Logistik (Federal Logistics Association, BVL), House of Energy, Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau (German Engineering Federation, VDMA), and the Austrian Verein Netzwerk Logistik (Association for Network Logistics, VLN). As consortium leader of the research project “iLaPark – Intelligent Charging and Parking in Parking Garages” funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), we invest in research and development in the field of e-mobility.

Our Smart Industries and Industry 4.0 Services

What Actually Are Industry 4.0, Smart Industries and IIoT?

Industry 4.0 refers to the fourth industrial revolution, triggered by digitization and the increasing networking of people, machines and products.

Industry 4.0 affects all areas of the economy. The productivity and efficiency of production processes, for instance, can be enhanced with digitization, networking and automation. Production is becoming much more flexible through Smart Industry meaning that, in many areas of manufacturing, automated processes and production can e.g. switch between different operating modes very rapidly. Smart Industry 4.0 solutions conserve resources and optimize goods logistics and supply chains.

Using all the data available makes is possible to provide comprehensive analytics and services, resulting in a more customer-centric economy.

Four central terms are associated with Industry 4.0:

  • Internet of Things technology describes the control and networking of digital products and services.
  • Industrial Internet of Things extends this concept to industrial plants.
  • Cloud Computing enables the flexible and independent use of digital offerings.
  • Big Data describes the possibility of using algorithms to extract added value efficiently from the data accumulating in the course of Industry 4.0.

According to the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection, the term Smart Industry encompasses the industrial, manufacturing-specific aspects of Industry 4.0, including the areas of Smart Factory and Industrial Internet of Things.

Industry is mutating into a networked, digital and therefore much more productive and efficient smart industry. Smart Industry solutions cover the areas of Smart Factory in conjunction with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This refers to the digital networking of plants and systems to ensure automated and data-driven production. In doing so, connectivity is realized e.g. through sensors and gateways that bring production and manufacturing facilities online and enable outside control and monitoring.

This automation requires technologies that are compatible, able to intercommunicate and, besides controlling the production facilities, also enable e.g. automatic planning of supply chains and logistics and run over secure networks. In this way, they allow intelligent, all-encompassing manufacturing and movement of goods. Connecting bespoke customer requirements in Industry 4.0 can also add value. Smart industries allow a much more efficient use of resources and sustainable management, while simultaneously increasing the productivity and speed of plant and machinery.

What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a collective term for technologies that enable physical and virtual objects to be networked with each other and made to work together through informational and communication technologies.

What is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)?

Unlike the Internet of Things (IoT), the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) does not focus on the consumer sector, i.e. the end user. Rather, the IIoT is about the connectivity of devices and production equipment in industry.

Our Competences & Services

Industry 4.0 at its best!

Our 400-plus Smart Industries experts are proven specialists when it comes to the core topics of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT): from digitization in E-Procurement and Performance Management to Logistics Management and Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) to Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Business Process Management (BPM). We also help our customers implement their sustainability strategies, such as reducing their carbon footprint.

The complexities of global supply chains and the associated cost pressures pose risks for the supply of materials. Intransparency and vulnerable processes are just two of the main causes of unstable supply chains. In such cases, immediate action is needed to safeguard supply performance, maintain customer satisfaction levels, and minimize follow-up costs.

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As experts in the field of Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), we work closely with various technology vendors. In doing so, valantic’s decision on the technologies to be used is always synchronized precisely with the customer’s unique situation. Examples of these technologies include:

When implementing our customer projects, valantic works with various technology partners and technologies, including

  • spend management company ivalua and
  • the SAP Ariba e-procurement solution.

valantic offers the following services for this:

  • Assistance in choosing a suitable PLM system
  • Technical and programmatic help, from planning to operating an integrated PLM solution
  • Modernization of PLM-related processes and systems

Automation takes the form of implemented software based on a BPM engine such as Camunda BPM. Solutions such as Camunda form the integration platform for interconnecting all systems involved in the process and provide process monitoring, optimization analysis and process management features. This is needed, as well, since thousands of processes may be running continuously every day.

The Complexity of Future IoT Applications

More Than Just a Device Cloud

IIoT platforms are more than just data lakes. Ideally, the digital twin contains information about the entire product lifecycle – from conception and commissioning through to maintenance. Only in this way can all the product-related processes be truly automated and end-to-end insights be generated.

valantic graphic: The complexity of future IoT Applications
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During the development of new applications for our customers, our primary focus is on cloud-first and cloud-native. This means we design system architectures that optimally use hyperscaler services, while taking the above-mentioned requirements for performance, costs, scalability and security into account. The use of managed services allows applications to be developed and operated (DevOps) efficiently while meeting all the demands placed on mission-critical systems.

We want to shape digitization for the benefit of the environment and humanity, and to work toward ensuring our industrial customers can continue to turn raw materials into high-quality, commercially successful and safe products for as long as possible.

valantic is an expert in the future-proof digitization topics of industry and can thus present customers options for achieving their goals as easily and directly as possible.

We understand sustainability as a holistic approach, including social and economic issues additionally to environmental ones. This understanding influences our consulting style and our joint projects with customers.

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valantic Supply Chain Excellence