Hilscher as provider of the unique DI Portal for automation, and EPLAN as provider of the EPLAN Data Portal, are working on a joint solution to bring added value to cloud-based asset management networks. The portals contain complementary information and the aim is to support the "digital twin" as a model for the as-is and as-planned structure of a plant.
An example was shown in conjunction with SAP at SPS/IPC/Drives in late November. With the assistance of the Asset Intelligence Network Connector on the netIOT Edge Gateway from Hilscher, the SAP AIN scanned a plant topology continuously. Changes, for example the installation of a new sensor, were automatically detected. If the wrong replacement was installed, the system gave a notification. The "digital twin" in the SAP AIN stays in line with the real world allowing the plant to be optimized over its life cycle. If a sensor fails, maintenance staff can utilize the EPLAN viewer to access information needed for troubleshooting.