The Gates Corporation, the leading manufacturer of fluid power and transmission solutions, sought to transform their products into data-rich IoT devices. To make that happen, they turned to SAP partners NIMBL, who deployed SAP Analytics Cloud to turn this idea into a reality.
Gates Corporation Launches IoT Devices with SAP Analytics Cloud
For more than 100 years, the Gates Corporation has been pushing the boundaries of innovation. Their products span across industries, from heavy manufacturing to automotive. Regardless of where their products are being used, Gates is committed to exceeding customer expectations and delivering cutting-edge solutions.
Much of this innovation has taken place in the fields of material science and process engineering. Now, the Colorado-based manufacturers wanted to try something new by creating an internet-connected hydraulic hose crimper.
With IoT devices, Gates could gain deep insights into usage and performance that they never had before. With these insights, the customer experience and after-market care would be greatly improved.
We have got products out there, but they’re manual we have no real-time data both from the customer usage of the machine, as well as [the customers] getting real-time access to data when we launch new products.Jason Taylor, VP of Global Digital & Innovation, Gates
Making IoT Possible with SAP Analytics Cloud
To transform the internet-connected device from a mere idea into a viable product, Gates turned to NIMBL. This SAP partner works with companies of all sizes in order to solve their challenges. They look at the current situation and larger industry trends to help companies reach their goals.
In this case, the process began with a whiteboard analysis and a conversation with Gates. NIMBL used this to work out how to best connect these hydraulic hose crimpers — which aren’t typically connected devices. After 10 weeks of prototyping they had the product up and running.
How did this happen so quickly? Part of the reason is that this turned out to be a “skinny project,” according to Michael Pytel, Practice Director at NIMBL. That means they didn’t need a dozen different solutions to turn this idea into a working product. All they needed was a single suite of products powered by SAP HANA.
First, the HANA database was used to transfer all that data generated by the sensors to one centralized location. From there, the data could be analyzed and visualized with SAP Analytics Cloud. This made it easy for business users to see exactly what was going on, and then make data-backed decisions based on what they’re seeing.
We work with companies big and small and flexibility is key because so many different organizations have multiple types of challenges. SAP HANA helps us solve those challenges with its flexibility. Large or small, simple or complex, we can use this technology to present data, correlate, analyze, and enable our business to make better decisions.Michael Pytel, Practice Director, NIMBL