Krones supports its customers from the beverage and liquid-food sectors in optimizing and digitalizing their production operations; this is nothing new. In line with the one-stop-shop concept, Krones is now bringing the fields of mechanical engineering and digitalization even closer together: Its customers will get both from a single source in the future from Krones.
Starting now, everything will take place within the Krones Ecosystem, which will stretch over all the Group’s new machines like an invisible dome and interlink them at the data level. The resulting line and production data will provide the basis for using existing cloud services and other digital solutions that Krones will be offering in the future.
A single IIoT platform and Krones.world
The first concrete step will be to locate the existing IIoT platform at Krones. This platform is the key element and the hub of the new portal – Krones.world – which will offer customers central access to Krones’ digital solutions. When beverage producers log on to Krones.world in the future, they will be able to access not only all cloud services but also other digital services of the Group, like the Krones.shop. The long-term goal is to bring together all the Group’s digital solutions on a single portal – Krones.world.
Syskron will retain its role as the technical enabler of Krones.world and the services it provides. The Krones subsidiary will continue to operate autonomously within the Group as its digitalization specialist. However, the first point of contact for all customers and the general partner for everything to do with digitalization will be Krones. Thus, Beverage producers will obtain both innovative machine technology and matching digital solutions from one central point of contact in the future.
Achieving a better TCO due to the Krones Ecosystem
Logging on to the IIoT platform is the first step into the Krones Ecosystem’s world. Customers who use more than one of the digital applications will reap the full benefits of the digitalization services provided by Krones. This is because line owners can put together a digitalization package that is precisely tailored to their specific needs from various cloud services and other solutions – to reduce downtimes, economize on resources, or achieve savings in ongoing operating costs, resulting in a lower TCO, for instance.