Siemens to focus on the Digital Enterprise at SPS IPC Drives 2017

  • October 18, 2017
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Siemens to focus on the Digital Enterprise at SPS IPC Drives 2017
Siemens to focus on the Digital Enterprise at SPS IPC Drives 2017

October 18, 2017 - Siemens will be exhibiting at the “SPS IPC Drives” 2017 with an array of applications and examples of how machine and plant builders can sharpen their competitive edge with digitalization.

Exhibiting under the banner “Discover the Value of the Digital Enterprise” in Hall 11 across an impressive 4,400 square meter exhibition space, the company will be presenting the latest additions to its Digital Enterprise portfolio. Innovations featured range from software versions for engineering through digital drive systems to the open cloud-based IoT operating system MindSphere,. This allows companies across the discrete and process industries to enhance their flexibility, efficiency and speed, for instance by using a “digital twin” to simulate products, production processes or plants and optimize them across the entire value chain.

Because of its open architecture, the ecosystem surrounding the open cloud-based IoT operating system MindSphere continues to expand. This is reflected in the increased size of this year’s MindSphere Lounge, which now covers an area of 1,400 sq.m. Here, together with around 20 partner companies such as Amazon Web Services, Atos, Evosoft and Rittal, Siemens will be demonstrating the diverse application and connection scope of the system. The exhibition will also feature machine and plant builders presenting new services and business models based on MindSphere.

At the SPS IPC Drives, Siemens will be presenting the latest release of the TIA Portal, V15, which provides added ways of improving engineering efficiency – such as simplified robotics integration. Virtual commissioning with PLCSIM Advanced and Version 12 of the NX MCD software allows complete machines to be tested and optimized in terms of both function and performance..

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.

The Digital Enterprise for the process industry with the digital twin at its core helps users to speed up the digital transformation of their facilities

The digital twin also offers benefits when it comes to plant optimization – from the engineering stage through operation to maintenance. Here, the latest version 9.1 of the Simit simulation software enables the virtual commissioning of plants to be combined with operator training. This allows users to speed up the actual commissioning process by as much as 60 percent, and particularly for plant conversion or migration projects.

Siemens will also be showcasing the use of IT technologies which enable existing plants to be recorded, digitalized using imaging software and then optimized – for instance through the use of drones. This creates the conditions for an entry into the world of digitalization tailored precisely to individual needs, benefitting particularly customers in the process industries, where there is a predominance of brownfield plants designed for long-term use.

In the field of industrial communication networks and industrial security, featured innovations will include new security network components known as Cyber Security Appliances. These are used as part of the comprehensive Siemens security concept to help minimize cyber risk for industrial enterprises.

Electrical power distribution also relies on the trouble-free interaction between hardware and software using systematic data management to support networked production processes. The products and systems used have to enable seamless integration into the automation environment: starting with the electrotechnical planning of control cabinets based on the digital twin, through integration of communication-capable components into the automation system, to the acquisition of energy and plant-related data and its provision in MindSphere.

Siemens will also be demonstrating digital power distribution at the Sivacon S8 low- voltage switchboard. Used in conjunction with the Simaris control planning tool, it can be used to operate and monitor communication-capable switchgear and motor controls both locally and remotely. Data gathered by the switchboard is made available to higher-level automation systems, energy management systems and in MindSphere.  

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