Microservices are an attractive option for anyone who wants to remain flexible and independent of platforms, programming languages or other companies in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

How exactly do Microservices work? They are small, self-contained services that are neither linked to a surface nor a technology. Within a system, microservices perform specialized tasks such as collecting machine data. The benefits: The software is modular and can be adapted freely. There are also few prerequisites for implementation into existing technologies. Microservices are, therefore, the right choice for everyone who wants to get started quickly and agilely with IIoT.

Looking more closely, a microservice is a sub-function of a larger system: the microservice architecture. This software architecture is based on many small self-contained services. The architecture subdivides a software system into a multitude of small services. These act independently, i.e. autonomous of a user interface or technology. In contrast, monolithic software centralizes all functions. This results in dependencies on a specific platform, programming language, protocols or a particular company. With monolithic software, the development is centered around a platform or technology. …


Internet-enabled electric motors? Just a few years ago, this seemed like utopia. Today, maintenance and operation via connected sensors are a reality. Three-phase and low-voltage motors have become “smart motors” thanks to developments in the fields of sensors, microservices, IoT platforms, edge computing and the cloud.

It is now straightforward to measure the performance of engines in real time and detect deviations immediately. In most cases, sensors are attached to the machine to detect temperature, vibration or overload. Making machines smarter is one factor. However, the Industrial Internet of Things offers many more possibilities: Thanks to the cloud, entire motor fleets can be connected, and vast volumes of data can be collected, which in turn enables continuous condition monitoring. …


The German economy is seeking its way into Industry 4.0. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the topic of the hour. It is already evident that business will not work without digitization. However, according to a McKinsey study, SMEs still have significant problems finding the right approach.

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Every second mid-sized company sees digitalization as a great opportunity although, for German companies, McKinsey forecasts a 126 billion Euro increase in more added value by 2025. In other words, anyone with the courage and an innovative spirit can quickly gain a competitive edge. Everybody else is in danger of being left behind. In order not to lose out, the industry should now plan its approach and open up to new processes of integrating IIoT. …


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Industry 4.0 stands for the fourth industrial revolution which is on everyone’s lips currently. Together with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), it is based on intelligently connected systems that communicate internally and with its users. This allows a company to manufacture its products as self-organized and effective as possible. Terms such as microservices, digital twin or IIoT platform often fall into this category. We explain precisely what they mean in the following article.

Asset Management is the digital representation of plants and their components. Initially, it does not take place in a networked manner, but rather at a central location. Asset management might be intelligent, but it does not have to be.
Through end-to-end intelligent asset management, users keep track of all their assets (parts, machines, equipment, orders or products) and collect data on these assets. The digital availability of all these data facilitates evaluations, analyses and tests. Thus, possible sources of error are identified early, efficiency remains in focus, and predictive maintenance algorithms are applied. Through asset management, a machine manufacturer, for example, can tell precisely which screw was fitted at which point, where it came from, who ordered it and much more. The company, thus, has a complete inventory of its assets and knows how efficiently they run, how many parts are produced, when the next machine is to be delivered and even how production capacity will be utilized in the future. …


The Internet of Things (IoT) — or the network of internet-connected objects able to gather and exchange data — has been part of our lives for some time.

And now, there is the Industrial IoT that is already taking the business world by storm. This use of IoT technologies to enhance industrial and manufacturing processes is gaining traction across many industrial segments and in terms of the Industry 4.0, it represents the hope of raising yet untapped potentials and creating new digital business models.

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While IoT-enabled systems continue to create value all over, the question around how best to build a business model around connected machines continues to be a challenge. …

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Jonas Schaub

Executive Board Member elunic AG // Industry 4.0 & IIoT Solution Firm

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