Cologne - Digitization is finding its way into factories, production facilities and the logistics of SMEs and large companies.
The expectations are clear: faster scaling of processes and integration into a multi-site ecosystem. However, in practice, this is often thwarted by the plethora of proprietary standards and protocols for connectivity, data management and IT security; not all individual hardware and software components are compatible yet.
As a digitizer for SMEs, QSC is very familiar with these topics and has therefore decided to actively promote the standardization and interoperability of all components as a member of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance. Alliance members want to be able to offer their customers an open, standards-based and compatible offering from the machine or product to maintenance and service. Customers should have the choice of a modular, compatible and scalable solution and service component set that is brought in by the alliance members and whose compatibility is assured.
'With this, the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance deliberately does not aim for more regulation, but has consistently focused on the practical benefits for the customer companies. This deeply medium-sized approach fits in exactly with us, 'explains Dr. med. Myriam Jahn, Chief Executive Officer of Q-loud, and Member of QSC's Executive Board. Specifically, this means: 'With the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance we want to achieve that soon up to 80 percent of the machines in a smart factory speak the same language.'
Q-loud brings in Open Edge Connectivity and Open Edge Computing
With her many years of experience as a hardware and software developer for the Internet of Things and her extensive networking know-how, Q-loud will be particularly involved in open-edge connectivity, open-edge computing and as an open cloud operator. Conversely, Q-loud's customers will benefit greatly from the cooperation of Allianz member companies, for example in the automation or optimization of production processes.
The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance was founded by seven leading industrial and software companies and first presented itself to the public at the Hannover Messe 2019. Beckhoff, Endress + Hauser, Hilscher, Kuka, Multivac, ifm and SAP are among the founding members and Balluff, Gebhardt, Pepperl + Fuchs, Samson, Schmidtsche Schack and Wika are among the members. Since the Hanover Fair alone, a further 21 companies have become members, two of them as founding members. All names will be published on the website www.OpenIndustry4.com of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance.
Company profile of QSC AG
QSC AG is the digitizer for small and medium-sized enterprises and enables its customers to further develop business processes and business models flexibly and efficiently. QSC has many years of technology and application experience in cloud and colocation, SAP and the Internet of Things. Its comprehensive portfolio of services exactly meets the needs of SMEs in the age of digitization: from standardized pay-as-you-use services to individualized complete solutions for the retail, manufacturing and energy sectors. All offers are characterized by end-to-end quality and high security; the customer relationships are characterized by entrepreneurship, service orientation and an eye-level approach.
Headquartered in Cologne, QSC AG employs a total of around 900 people at its locations throughout Germany.
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