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Sensor Cloud in practice
Industry 4.0: Sensors + software + services

Sensor Cloud in practice

14,000 euros

Savings of 14,000 euros per tool can be achieved in injection molding.

Real-time transparency in tool management

Our Connected Tool Management solution helps manufacturing companies maintain transparency regarding performance, condition, and location of tools in operation. As a result, companies can optimize scheduled maintenance and keep an overview of lead times as well as production quantities and quality. We offer Connected Tool Management as a plug & play solution.

Condition Monitoring: a sensor-based solution

Condition monitoring with sensors can be really easy. Simply add some retrofit sensors to your equipment and get data into the Sensor Cloud immediately. In many cases, adding sensors can be designed as a plug & play process. Small, battery-operated sensors can function independently for years. Mobile communication supports easy connectivity – even in challenging environments.

Condition monitoring helps your customers
Understand how your products are used. Improve your products and services. Help your customers get the best lifetime value out of your products.

Condition monitoring of your own equipment
Understand how and where your equipment is used. Obtain full transparency and optimize use of your equipment.

Condition monitoring in your supply chain
Monitor critical steps in your supply chain to avoid production losses and improve your processes.

Sensor Cloud ecosystem

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Sensor Cloud ecosystem

The ecosystem underpinning the Sensor Cloud provides the foundation for successfully implementing targeted, sensor-based solutions in manufacturing and logistics – from start-up to operation. We actively support standardization development as a key basis for connecting your assets. In addition, we are partnering with sensor manufacturers to make it easy to retrieve sensor data. What’s more, we are using a great many pilots and solutions at Bosch plants to develop mature, sensor-based solutions for you – and other manufacturing and logistics users and providers. You can start building on our extensive experience today!

The meaning of Industry 4.0 standards for sensor manufacturers

The best management of production processes calls for the many sensors and machines in a manufacturing facility to deliver data to a central Industry 4.0 software solution. All these machines and sensors use many different languages or protocols to transfer data. That´s why industry-specific protocols and standards are so important. Bosch has developed the Production Performance Management Protocol (PPMP) as an industry-specific protocol to simplify communication between machines and sensors and the software.
Provision of open standards: PPMP >

This Industry 4.0 standard is being developed jointly by a community of committed industrial companies. You can find additional information on PPMP in the Eclipse open source community.
Eclipse Unide project >

Sensor manufacturers such as SICK find it easy to implement this lightweight protocol. Along with MQTT and OPC-UA, PPMP is one of the standards available on the SICK Sensor Integration Machine. It enables seamless integration: from all kinds of sensors to Industry 4.0 solutions, from production facilities to the cloud.

The Production Performance Management Protocol is also used by the IoT Gateway, a retrofit solution made by Bosch Rexroth.
IoT Gateway >

“It was easy for us to implement the lightweight protocol PPMP on our Sensor Integration Machine.”

Bernhard Müller, I4.0 Manager & CEO at SICK


Sensor Cloud solution blueprint

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Sensor Cloud solution blueprint

Encompassing sensors, software, and services, the Sensor Cloud solution blueprint will help you design and optimize your sensor-based system. It features a suite of tried-and-true microservices for quick creation of secure solutions. This microservice architecture can easily be adapted to meet future needs.

From sensor to service: develop your sensor-based solution in just 4 steps

Rely on Bosch as your full-service partner

1. Find a business model:
We can aid you in identifying use cases where your sensor data can create substantial value. Build a business model around it. Be clear about customers, value proposition, and the interests of stakeholders.
IoT business model consulting >

2.) Verify feasibility
Make sure your idea will work in real life. Are suitable sensors available? Can I be sure of connectivity? Is the idea practical? Are there any obstacles?
Getting started Industry 4.0 offering >

3. Generate value despite low time investment
Build a minimum viable product (MVP) and give it to early adopters. Do they experience the expected benefits? Obtain feedback to ramp up your solution and start selling it. Get in contact with our Sensor Cloud experts
Contact us >

4. Ramp up your solution and boost scale
Transform your MVP into a scalable solution – and populate your cloud with new customers and functionality.
Sensor Cloud >

Sensor Cloud FAQ

How can sensors be connected directly to the cloud?

What possibilities does the Sensor Cloud open up for sensor / actuator connectivity?

  • Sensors can be connected directly to the cloud over TCP / IP
  • Sensors can be connected through an IoT gateway
  • The connection can be made over the internet or mobile network (e.g. GSM)

What protocols are supported by the Sensor Cloud?

What protocols are supported by the Sensor Cloud?

Thanks to its micro service architecture, the Sensor Cloud can support a wide range of protocols

  • JSON via REST interface
  • PPMP via REST interface
  • individual protocols over the user’s own receiver

How does it support the industry standard IO-Link?

How does it support the industry standard IO-Link?

Through an IO-Link master in conjunction with an IoT gateway.

How can I integrate sensors based on MQTT or OPC-UA?

How can I integrate sensors based on MQTT or OPC-UA?

  • MQTT can be integrated directly using an appropriate receiver
  • OPC-UA can be integrated through an IoT gateway

How are devices managed in the Sensor Cloud?

How are devices managed in the Sensor Cloud?

  • The Sensor Cloud supports device management at the sensor level.
  • Starting in fall 2017, the Sensor Cloud will also support device management for IoT gateways as part of Bosch’s Machine Connectivity 2.0 program.

Where is the best place to conduct data processing?

Where is the best place to conduct rule-based data processing?

Your cloud-based sensor network will generate huge amounts of data that you have to analyze if you want to add value to your manufacturing processes.

Depending on the sensor, gateway, and available bandwidth, processing can take place at several points. The goal is to strike a reasonable balance between the computing power required by the sensor / gateway and network load. Our customers typically start with rule-based processing in the cloud and gradually shift pre-processing to the gateways and sensors, so as to better scale their systems.

Can sensors send data in parallel to machine control?

Can the sensors send data in parallel to machine control?

Yes. In many cases, sensors have several channels and can send data directly to the cloud even while controlling the machines. In general, we avoid intervening in machine control.

How do you ensure data security in the Sensor Cloud?

How do you ensure data security in the Sensor Cloud?

On several levels. First, all sensors are authenticated and their transmission of data is encrypted. The cloud they use is located at Bosch in Germany and is extremely secure. In addition, every change to the receiver interface on the cloud end is tested by means of a penetration (pen) test. This simulates all currently known security attack techniques. What’s more, a sophisticated authorization system isolates each user’s data.

What configuration options are enabled?

What configuration / administration options does the Sensor Cloud enable?

You can configure the Sensor Cloud via a user-friendly web interface.

Can I update the sensor software over the Sensor Cloud?

Can I update the sensor software over the Sensor Cloud?

That depends on the sensor in question – by mid-2017, the most important sensors will be equipped with this update function.

Can I manage various clients for my sensors?

Can I manage various clients and permissions for my sensors via the Sensor Cloud?

Yes.

What possibilities are there for data integration?

What possibilities are there for data integration into further systems?

There is an API for calling up the recorded sensor data. In addition, a data propagator actively forwards the necessary data to other systems via messaging.

How flexible is the UI? Can it be adapted to my own CI?

How flexible is the UI? Can it be adapted to my own CI?

At the moment, the UI is predefined in the standard Bosch layout. Users typically tend to work more with applications that use the Sensor Cloud data. Naturally, these applications can have any design you want.

How does pricing for the Sensor Cloud work?

How does pricing for the Sensor Cloud work?

Pricing employs a pay-per-use model, which is based primarily on the following parameters:

  • Number of devices
  • Transmission frequency
  • Storage period
  • Scope of functions used