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Siemens presents new strategy

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Exhibiting at the Achema 2015, Siemens presented its strategy for digitalisation in the process industries. The underlying foundation for this are integrated software products and solutions that enable digitalisation of the plant and consequently a seamless exchange of data – from the plant design and engineering stage through installation, operation and modernisation to cloud-based services. This allows users to utilise a plant’s virtual identical ‘digital twin’ to simulate and optimise its commissioning, operation and maintenance.

Integrated engineering enables digitalisation. It reduces sources of error by lowering the number of interfaces required between different disciplines, increases quality throughout every step of the engineering workflow and shortens the time to market by enabling parallel work processes. In this way, tasks such as process engineering or electrotechnical planning are able to run alongside automation engineering. The basis for this is provided by seamless interplay of the software solution Comos and the Simatic PCS 7 process control system. It enables integration not only horizontally across the entire plant life cycle but also vertically, from the office world (for instance ERP systems) down to the field level. One benefit is the scope this offers for integrating innovative process instrumentation such as high-precision Sitrans pressure transmitters. The integration process is further simplified by using established technology platforms such as Totally Integrated Automation (TIA), Totally Integrated Power (TIP) and Integrated Drive Systems (IDS). ??

Interlinking the planning and operating worlds?

Data analyses performed during the operating phase allow users to obtain feedback regarding the status of important components such as pumps, motors and converters. This information can be used as the basis for developing an optimised maintenance strategy. The result: improved plant availability and security. Software solutions such as the XHQ operations intelligence platform are also integrated, providing software to help users make more informed decisions. XHQ achieves this by aggregating, analysing and presenting operational and business data, turning big data into smart data. ?

This service has a vital role to play in process plants, largely due to their long service life expectancy: Here, Siemens provides reliable support to companies with its comprehensive portfolio ranging from repair and remote services through to data and cloud-based services. With its ‘Control Performance Analytics’ service, for instance, smart data analysis can optimise the performance of control loops, enhancing both production quality and output. ?

Siemens relies on industry-specific solutions to exploit the full potential of digitalisation, such as paperless manufacturing for the pharmaceutical industry. Paperless manufacturing speeds up the design, execution, review and release of pharmaceutical production processes and electronic batch records. This allows companies to boost efficiency and product quality, as well as driving down costs while ensuring adherence to regulatory requirements.

Successful digitalisation hinges on security and connectivity?

For digitalisation to succeed, it requires robust, reliable and primarily secure communication throughout every area of a plant. The portfolio is additionally rounded off by products, solutions and services designed to enhance plant and process reliability.

Adapted from press release by Joseph Green

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