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Pepperl+Fuchs partners with o9 Solutions to enable global end-to-end Integrated Business Planning

o9 Solutions announces partnership with pepperl + fuchs
Published: December 24, 2020Reading time: 3 min
o9 Solutions The Digital Brain Platform
o9 SolutionsThe Digital Brain Platform
Published: December 24, 2020

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Pepperl+Fuchs, a leader in industrial sensor technology and explosion protection, will implement o9’s AI-powered platform to enable intelligent decision-making and greater visibility across its entire enterprise.

DALLAS, December 23, 2020 – o9 Solutions today announced that German-based company, Pepperl+Fuchs SE, will implement o9’s AI-powered platform globally to establish Demand, Supply, and Integrated Business Planning. Pepperl+Fuchs will leverage the next-generation capabilities of the o9 platform to enable real-time visibility across its end-to-end supply chain, to improve decision-making, and to reduce costs.

“Pepperl+Fuchs is an amazing company with an impressive history—a recognized pioneer in sensor and explosion protection technology,” says Igor Rikalo, President and COO at o9 Solutions. “Pepperl+Fuchs has earned that reputation by delivering superior, futureproof solutions in today’s world, and realizes that in order to continue this tradition, they need to drive supply chain digital transformation too. We at o9 are immensely proud to assist Pepperl+Fuchs on this journey.”

"Pepperl+Fuchs is an amazing company with an impressive history—a recognized pioneer in sensor and explosion protection technology,"

Igor rikalo
Igor RikaloCOO at o9 Solutions

Improving visibility and consistency within the entire supply chain is an important part of Pepperl+Fuchs’ Digital IBP Strategy. By leveraging the o9 platform, Pepperl+Fuchs will construct a digital twin of its business network, integrating multiple internal and external data sources. This allows Pepperl+Fuchs to conduct what-if scenario analyses and improve decision-making across every node in the supply chain by modeling its network, capacities, lead times, and other supply parameters.

Pepperl+Fuchs chose o9 as its partner on this digital transformation journey because o9 provides an integrated end-to-end platform that delivers fast time-to-value and long-term flexibility. This dynamic structure is integral in supporting the evolving needs of a business. The o9 platform will give Pepperl+Fuchs the ability to eliminate various manual tasks, enabling its employees to focus more on value-adding activities.

Tobias Bloecher (Director Global Supply Chain Management at Pepperl+Fuchs) says, “After a thorough vendor evaluation, o9 Solutions significantly stood out from a technology point of view, but also from a process and people point of view. With o9’s technology, we aim to bring all planning and decision-making processes together on a highly advanced, intuitive AI-powered, and cloud-native platform. o9 is a partner that does not accept the status quo; they gently push us toward best-in-class, and we believe we have the amazing opportunity to leapfrog with their technology in the coming years as an essential pillar in our ‘Supply Chain Excellence’ program.”

"o9 is a partner that does not accept the status quo; they gently push us toward best-in-class, and we believe we have the amazing opportunity to leapfrog with their technology in the coming years as an essential pillar in our ‘Supply Chain Excellence’ program."

Tobias Bloecher, Director Global SCM at Pepperl+Fuchs talks about partnership with o9 Solutions
Tobias BloecherDirector Global Supply Chain Management at Pepperl+Fuchs
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About Pepperl+Fuchs—Paths to Digital Transformation

Pepperl+Fuchs, a global leader in industrial sensor technology and explosion protection, has been known for decades as a visionary and driver of innovation for cutting-edge automation technologies. At the heart of Pepperl+Fuchs’ research and development are solutions and services that advance the digital transformation of processes and applications toward Industry 4.0.

One focus is industrial communication: with the formation of Pepperl+Fuchs Comtrol, an expanded IO-Link portfolio combines with communication-oriented Sensorik4.0® technology to enable data flow from field devices to control systems and the cloud.

Since digital transformation is also the basis for Industry 4.0 applications in the process industry, Pepperl+Fuchs is working with an international consortium of well-known manufacturers to make Ethernet available for this market. Mobile computing and communication solutions from the Pepperl+Fuchs brand ecom simplify the digital transformation of applications even further. This is how fully networked production systems will gradually become a reality for the entire automation industry.

Pepperl+Fuchs also continues to support conventional applications. A unique, wide-ranging product portfolio provides technologies that support both traditional and future applications.

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o9 offers a leading AI-powered Planning, Analytics & Data platform called the Digital Brain that helps companies across industry verticals transform traditionally slow and siloed planning into smart, integrated and intelligent planning and decision making across the core supply chain, commercial and P&L functions. With o9’s Digital Brain platform, companies are able to achieve game-changing improvements in quality of data, ability to detect demand and supply risks and opportunities earlier, forecast demand more accurately, evaluate what-if scenarios in real time, match demand and supply intelligently and drive alignment and collaboration across customers, internal stakeholders and suppliers around the integrated supply chain and commercial plans and decisions. Supported by a global ecosystem of partners, o9’s innovative delivery methodology helps companies achieve quick impact in customer service, inventory levels, resource utilization, as well as ESG and financial KPIs—while enabling a long-term, sustainable transformation of their end-to-end planning and decision-making capabilities.


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