Digital Connectivity for Industry

It's not what you see, it's what you get

Digital Connectivity for Industry is the decisive factor for anyone who wants to fully exploit the opportunities of digitalization. Working almost invisibly, it provides the connections you need between all objects, systems, and applications. A plant thus becomes intelligent, things become the industrial Internet of Things, and ideas become reality. Our offering includes essential elements of the digital infrastructure, like industrial identification and locating systems, communications solutions, industrial security, and future key technologies like Industrial 5G, TSN, and CloudConnect. You benefit from a powerful base for all current and future IIoT applications.

On the way to the factory of tomorrow – Digital connectivity as key concept for future

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Digital Connectivity

Master digitalization

Digitalization promises important competitive advantages for businesses, such as increased flexibility, minimal downtimes, and higher quality. But to be able to offer digital services, we need a digital infrastructure consisting of smart objects, as well as network and platform solutions. We call the key elements Digital Connectivity for Industry. Digital Connectivity for Industry lets you master all the tasks of digitalization, and fully exploit all the opportunities it offers.

Your benefits

Digital Connectivity: Make your plant intelligent!

The essential core elements at a glance

"Business as usual" has become obsolete

Resilient and adaptive: industrial production in the "new normal"

What does production look like in the "new normal"? Different from today – because the crisis ensures that the previous maximization of efficiency must be supplemented with resilient and adaptive production systems. 

A significant contribution is made by the digital transformation.

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Sample applications

Turning visions into reality

Digital Connectivity is decisive for implementing visionary concepts in industry. Check out our application examples to learn how Digital Connectivity can help you make your production smarter, more flexible, and more profitable.

Quality according to plan

Would you like to evaluate the quality of a workpiece before it is finished? What used to be inconceivable is now possible, thanks to the concept of predictive quality. The idea is to collect and evaluate measurement and test data during the production run in order to predict the quality of the products. This idea is based on combining sensor and automation data with information from the IT systems right during the production process. Find out how you  can already implement predictive quality today with Digital Connectivity. 

Production without misunderstandings

Written notes can be helpful in daily routines. But in the factory, managing this heap of paper can be a source of productivity losses and quality problems. Accompanying notes, manufacturing instructions, or order documentation on paper have to be read and interpreted. Digital Connectivity creates the foundation for production practices that function with no paper at all. It’s based on a digital twin, which digitally maps all document-supported processes. Find out how Digital Connectivity can make the paperless factory a reality.

Reacting quickly to market changes

What does it take to be successful in times of rapid change, uncertainty, and crisis? The answer: adaptivity and resilience. Adaptive companies can quickly adapt to new market conditions, which requires something else than deliberate and controlled flexibility. Resilient companies can overcome critical disruptions in their own value creation considerably faster,  for example, if suppliers are unavailable or trade routes are blocked.

Condition of all tools always in control

While the tracking of assets is not new, it can still present us with new challenges. More and more machinery and plant manufacturers want to send data to the cloud – but why actually and how? Therefore industrial identification with cloud connectivity is a door-opening technology on the way to the digital transformation. A holistic concept from sensor to data transport to cloud application helps to identify opportunities and to tackle new tasks quickly and safely.


Have everything in view

Transparency is the basis for every digitalization solution. You can only put digital solutions in place and create genuine added value once the secured acquisition, transmission, and storage of all relevant information have been assured. Digital Connectivity for Industry offers end-to-end solutions across all interfaces and standards – from sensors or transponders, through powerful switches, to the cloud. The most important key elements include complete network, identification and localization solutions. In addition, the actions taken to assure cybersecurity must be as varied as the solutions themselves. Industrial security takes all security levels into account. All this lets you benefit from total transparency at every level.
Key innovations

Be future ready

Intelligent networking does not begin with a solution and end with its implementation. It’s an ongoing process: New, trailblazing developments constantly open up unimagined opportunities. After all, many visions and opportunities to add value are only made possible thanks to new technologies. We help develop these technologies right from the start and make them ready for use in industry – so you can benefit from each new trend in digitalization, and be fully prepared for the future.
Schaeffler Group, Special Machinery Department

Transforming your own business

The Schaeffler Group-owned special machinery department, a globally operating automotive and industrial supplier, is one of the major manufacturers of customized production facilities, also in comparison to the external market. In order to continue to be successful, the special machinery must evolve from pure mechanics to mechatronic systems to IT-integrated solutions. 

Digitalization strengthens the competitiveness

An important advantage for Schaeffler is to standardize the global concepts for digitalization and connectivity. For this, data is the key element to generate added value.


A wide range of projects are already being implemented: among others, the optimization of machines, which can improve themselves by evaluating the measurement technology, and their preventive maintenance. Or predictive production quality: if measurement data on the product is already continuously collected throughout the facility, why does every product still have to undergo a final inspection? And many more.


As technology partner, Siemens provides in-depth support to assist the Schaeffler Group in the implementation of its digitalization strategy.

Siemens Manufacturing Karlsruhe

Competitive advantages from data

Generating new competitive advantages from data: The digital transformation in industry promises nothing less. Appropriate communication structures and technologies form an indispensable basis for making available the needed information from the field level.


"Continuous improvement of productivity and flexibility is a challenge we face on a daily basis. The data from our work is the raw material from which we create new, creative solutions. Digital connectivity is the key factor in creating real, added value from this data and is what drives us forward in practice."


Manfred Kirchberger, Plant Manager at Siemens Manufacturing Karlsruhe

The invisible revolution

How new communication technologies enable the digital transformation

The “Internet of Things,” i.e., the connection of real objects with one another and with IT platforms, is a multifaceted term with numerous applications ranging from intelligent refrigerator to app-controlled vacuum cleaning robot. The industrial applications of the “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT) are far less visible – but of marked importance for the future of industry.


The examples from the Karlsruhe factory impressively illustrate how industrial communication technologies enable innovative manufacturing concepts.


Successful examples from practical application

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