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 combines 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

Sample applications

Turning visions into reality

Whether it’s to create the paperless factory or for preventive quality assurance, 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.


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 small wireless transponders to powerful switches and complete network and identification solutions, as well as locating systems. 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.

Comprehensive digitalization strategy as basis for own transformation

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The basis for digital business models

Our industry article will show you how you can use Digital Connectivity for Industry to create the foundation for bringing new business models and visions to reality.

Digital Connectivity provides the basis for new digital business models

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