Next generation industrial communication
Purpose & Vision
This website provides information about the pre-seed startup Pinetek Networks for investors and co-fonders.
Pinetek Networks will provide industrial communication devices and adjacent services that enable our customers to communicate between PC applications (Information Technology - IT) factory floor sensors and actuators (Operational Technology - OT) in an easy and efficient way. The customer benefit for the first applications is achieved by using a no-code approach through REST/JSON that integrate OT devices like sensors in PC-based IT applications with minimal OT knowledge.
The Pinetek Networks offering:
IIoT connectivity solutions
Pinetek Networks' core competence will be to provide connectivity solutions (physical devices and software solutions) on the edge between IT and OT, enabling IT devices to integrate with the field level. Target applications are in the field of Industry 4.0 and adjacent areas.
The business will be a B2B business only.
Market focus will be Europe/Germany and small- to mid-sized customers.
A product example is the IOLeasy, a device allowing PC-based IT systems to connect over standard interfaces like Ethernet and JSON/REST with a variety of OT devices like sensors from different vendors based on the industry standard IEC 61131-9.
A demonstrator of the IOLeasy is currently in development.
The Internet of Things (IoT) describes technologies that allow the communication between physical and virtual objects through information- and communication technology.
The Industrial Internet if Things (IIot) is one aspect of the IoT, focusing on on applications in connected industrial applications. This allows the implementation of Industry 4.0 with digital factories, enabling smart and energy-efficient solutions.
Source and further reading: https://www.zdnet.com/article/the-industrial-internet-of-things-a-guide-to-deployments-vendors-and-platforms/
Industrial comunication - an industry in transformation
Traditional industrial communication is organized within the automation pyramid that consist of several levels. In the IT levels on the top, management systems like ERP and SCADA systems plan production processes or evaluate and integrate data. These systems are PC-based IT systems. The OT levels consist of specialized devices that are able to talk to the sensors and actuators on the shop floor in the production tools.
Future IIoT and Industry 4.0 communication will have a mesh structure, where the automation pyramid Levels 2-5 are merged in one layer with common communication mechanisms, using both wired media like Ethernet and wireless media, like 5G communication. The devices in this mesh will be less specialized and more unified in terms of communication mechanisms. However, the integration of the Level 1 sensors still is required, as those nodes have special requirements, like ruggedized cabling or increased immunity to electromagnetic interference.
The Industrial Internet Of Things
For Investors: The IIoT Market
A growing industry
The market for IIoT products, systems and solutions was continuously growing in the past years and is expected to grow in the next years by 8-18% per year (CAGR, Compound Annual Growth Rate), depending on the data source.
Diverse customer field
Customers are not concentrated on one industry, making the market robust against fluctuations in single segments.
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Globally distributed markets
The IIoT market does not focus on one single region, but is present in all over the globe.
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Diverse competitive environment
The IIoT market is not dominated by single players. There are multiple smaller and bigger companies, often focussing on specialized products, like data analytics solutions within cloud systems or robot applications.
Further recommended reading: https://iot-analytics.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/I4.0-Vendor-Landscape-v4.5.jpg
Pinetek Networks Team
Pinetek Networks is currently in the pre-seed phase of the startup founding process, which means we are forming the team and the products. Taking this process further and founding a great startup requires great people - We are still missing some key roles, please contact Pinetek Networks if you are interested in joining this exiting journey.
Co-Founder and Head of Product Marketing and Sales (w/m/d)
knows how do the marketing (online/offline) and sales for our start-up. Conducts market analyses and defines future products according to market needs. Can also be a part time activity during the first time
Co-Founder and Head of Finance (w/m/d)
knows how run start-up finances including the investor relations and knows how to finance the first years of operation. Is able to run the purchasing activities and manages the controlling of our start-up. Can also be a part-time activitiy during the first time.
Andreas Lau has degrees in electrical engineering and innovation and scienece management. He has over 15 years of experience in product development for hardware and software as project manager and group leader.
If you are interested in joining the Pinetek Networks team and want to have more information (be assured, there is!), please use the contact form below or write an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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