How does Siemens present the Digital Enterprise at Hannover Fair 2019?


At the pre-press conference for the Hannover Fair, the CEOs of the Digital Factory Division and the business units for process automation, factory automation, drive control and energy management presented on February 18 in Herzogenaurach plans to present their joint portfolio, which aims to advance the digitalization of the industry. The offer is so extensive that an overview presentation seems to become more and more difficult. The next step in a subsequent visit to the Siemens Erlangen plant was the immediate impression of a production that has digital twins for every step.

The real robot handling a deviceThe digital twin of the robot at the same stepOn the left, the robot moving parts in the Erlangen plant, on the right, his digital twin in the same step (photos Sendler).

Today, under the umbrella of the Digital Enterprise, Siemens has an offer that encompasses everything from capturing the first ideas and requirements of a product, through all value-adding steps, up to maintenance and disposal. The tools for industrial customers range from engineering software to automation systems to the cloud platform for industrial apps, including hardware and software. Simply everything that is used today in IT and other technologies to develop and use a product - even as a cloud-connected system with integrated services. No wonder that it will gradually be difficult to pick out the most important points in half a day and deposit them with the most illustrative examples.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning play a central and rapidly increasing role in their relevance. From the NX design software, which continuously learns from the designer's methodology what steps and functions of the system he prefers - and then provides them in exactly that way. About the robot, who learns from the work of his digital twin, when he can increase the pace and when a stop makes sense. Up to the edge device at the machine, which records the operational data permanently and analyzes it on site, so that only relevant data has to be uploaded to the cloud platform MindSphere, for example for maintenance during the next scheduled shutdown.

Dr. Jan Mrosik, CEO Siemens Digital Factory DivisionIt was announced that one year after the foundation of the usergroup MindSphere World, it was able to gather 90 customers worldwide. These are customers who are involved in the development of the platform and want to make it an operating system for the Internet of Things. Similar maybe like Android for the smartphone. With the big difference that Dr. Jan Mrosik (photo Sendler) cannot emphasize enough: The data belong basically and always to the customer, not to the platform operator Siemens. It is this difference with which the industry is giving the data business a new direction.

The management software, which makes the digital thread universally possible, at Siemens is called Teamcenter and comes from Siemens PLM Software. Which means, in addition to the tremendous number of individual components, tools, systems up to the cloud platform, the provider also has a systematic basis, on which all this can be accessed. Strangely enough, the significance of this basis, the PLM system, which has only lived up to its name in recent years, and especially at Siemens, and indeed now can really cover and depict the entire product life cycle, is increasingly being pushed into the background by Siemens.

Siemens PLM Software will also be exhibiting at Hannover Fair 2019 in Hall 6, the Digital Factory, with the normal size. At the pre-press conference you had to be careful to not overlook the slide with the hint to this booth. The huge main booth in Hall 9 was absolutely in the foreground. It will be exciting to see in Hannover in April, how Siemens implements the balancing act in its own positioning.

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