Siemens Launches Digital Enterprise
Portfolio for Industrie 4.0
November 28, 2017
demands by consumers for individual, high-quality products at favorable
prices are posing new challenges for industrial enterprises which can
only be resolved by digitalization.
"With the Digital Enterprise
portfolio, the technical conditions have been created for Industrie 4.0.
To ensure successful implementation of Industrie 4.0, what we now need
is an extended model for cooperative partnership based on mutual
respect: Large-scale corporations supply platforms and components,
medium-sized enterprises develop their own solutions and business models
on this basis, and end customers integrate these into their digital
value chain," explained Klaus Helmrich, Member of the Managing Board of
Siemens AG at the SPS IPC Drives. Siemens will be showcasing a range of
innovations at the show designed to shorten the time to market and to
improve flexibility, efficiency and quality in the process and
manufacturing industries. They range from the new Version 15 of the
Engineering Framework TIA Portal through the IoT concept for motors
Simotics IQ to the new Version 3.0 of the open cloud-based IoT operating
system MindSphere. Siemens is also offering financing services such as
pay-per-use models designed to simplify the implementation of digital
solutions, aimed in particular at medium-sized enterprises.
As Siemens will be demonstrating at the show, digitalization is already
helping small and medium-sized enterprises to boost their competitive
standing today. Making this possible is the company's Digital Enterprise
offering, comprising solutions for the digital twin over the entire
value chain, the open cloud-based IoT operating system MindSphere and
the world's leading automation portfolio.
Featured on the Siemens booth at the show is the new MindSphere Version
3.0. Now available for the first time on Amazon Web Services (AWS), it
links the global scalability of the leading Siemens automation portfolio
with AWS, the leading provider of cloud services. The new version
features a more efficient development environment with an open API
(Application Programming Interface), advanced analytics and extended
connectivity, enabling the faster development of robust Industrial IoT
Also new is Version 15 of the Engineering-Framework TIA Portal (Totally
Integrated Automation), with the focus on new practical digitalization
functions to shorten engineering times. These include the integration of
handling functions and the connection and programming of robots.
With the introduction of Simotics IQ, Siemens has created an IoT concept
for motors. This allows users to transfer data such as the operating and
status parameters of low-voltage motors to MindSphere. Based on this
data, the Simotics IQ MindApp delivers valuable analytical results and
is able to provide useful information such as recommended actions for
the timely planning of maintenance work, or rapid response warnings to
prevent costly plant standstill. The transparency gained in this way
helps enhance efficiency and increase productivity. The new generation
of Simotics SD motors will be the first to benefit from Simotics IQ.
Illustrating the convergence between the virtual and the real production
worlds at the fair will be an exhibit featuring a high-performance
filling and sealing machine for the pharmaceutical industry built by
Bausch + Ströbel. This company plans to use integrated hardware and
software solutions from Siemens to achieve a 30 percent improvement of
its engineering efficiency by 2020 by consistently applying
digitalization across its entire value chain – from design and layout,
simulation and optimization in the in-house virtualization center, all
the way to commissioning and service.
Study affirms annual productivity increase due to digitalization of up
to 9.8 percent
companies around the world are facing the challenge of financing the
digital transformation, in some cases involving significant investment.
The enormous gains in productivity made possible by digitalization are
outlined in a new study entitled "The Digitalization Productivity Bonus:
Sector Insights" from Siemens Financial Services (SFS). According to the
paper, manufacturers can generate an annual increase in productivity
through decreased manufacturing costs adding up to as much as 9.8
percent of total revenue. This is achieved by automating and
digitalizing their production systems and so improving manufacturing
Companies can use this released liquidity to invest in other areas such
as new technologies and also to finance them over time. Under its
"Financing 4.0" scheme, SFS offers tailored pay-per-use models and
financing for software solutions that allow companies to make the
long-term transition to new-generation digital technologies.