Transparency Improvement on Existing Systems

Use Case

Real-time transparency for existing machines

There are many benefits to embracing Industry 4.0 technologies for manufacturers. However, small and mid-size firms are often reluctant to make large investments to improve their machinery to provide these beneftis in a native way.

A retrofit approach can provide a better path forward for organizations with the equipment that they already own. Easily connect sensors to existing equipment and gain immediate visibility and transparency benefits to monitor machine, availability and relevant productions conditions like temperature, humidity, acceleration and so on.

With minimal investment required, this opens the door for more manufacturing organizations to realize the full benefits of Industry 4.0 to improve operations, drive better uptime and improve productivity performance.

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Transparency of production

This solution use case, provided by HEITEC on MindSphere®, the industrial IoT as a service solution from Siemens, allows for rapid retrofit of existing machinery with affordable sensors that are connected to MindSphere.

This solution provides real-time dashboards and alerts to condition changes and anomalies on connected machines.

The condition monitor function provides robust monitoring of the parameters you select including what tolerance levels (highlow) that you would classify as normal operation.

With improved transparency of production, your teams can perform improvement on machines that drive visible improvement to uptime and to increase productivity. This rapid-retrofit approach allows customers to avoid major alterations to existing architecture and production flow.


  • Configurable dashboard and widgets to increase relevance of data.
  • Real-time condition monitoring for connected machines and components.
  • Configurable alerts and notifications.
  • Configure upper and lower limits for monitored processes on a per-signal basis.


  • Improved visibility of machine availability and production conditions.
  • Reduce downtime and address operating anomalies quickly.
  • Improve production quality by monitoring conditions and reducing anomalies.
  • Rapid retrofit solution without altering existing architectures.

How it works

Learn more about the applications and services that power this solution. 

ToP Monitor

This application gains insight from a rapid deployment retrofit for existing equipment to move to Industry 4.0. Gain real-time visualization of relevant signals, configure process limits per signal and display availability analysis. Widgets and alerts are freely configurable, giving your team highly relevant dashboards and notifications for your specific operations. 


HEITEC Professional Services

HEITEC offers a range of professional services to deploy this solution, depending on your needs, and accelerate your digital transformation. Services may include consulting,  implementation, integration, customization and training.

MindAccess IoT Value Plan and MindServices

MindAccess™ IoT Value Plan connects your assets and uses MindSphere applications to leverage your data.

MindService® offers training and professional services to support the development and implementation of your MindSphere solution.


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