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Siemens introduces Digital Services for Energy powered by Sinalytics

Siemens introduces Digital Services for Energy powered by Sinalytics

April 26, 2016 - Siemens Digital Services for Energy powered by Sinalytics, was officially unveiled this week at the Hannover Messe industrial fair in Hannover, Germany.

Siemens Digital Services for Energy are “intelligent knowledge systems” that are enabled by advanced algorithms, sophisticated data analytics and pioneering machine-learning, combined with domain know-how, to create new business models that are continuously fed by as-operated and as-maintained fleet and unit-specific data.  This approach facilitates tailored service solutions designed to meet customer needs for operational flexibility, plant performance, condition-based maintenance and more. These data analytics also contribute to the development of new and improved processes and provide valuable insights that can be used in future technology design.

These advanced data-driven service solutions are enabled by Sinalytics, Siemens’ secure, scalable, industrial-strength analytics platform architecture. Over 300,000 devices are connected company-wide through Sinalytics. Siemens is integrating insight-driven analytics with field service data, global fleet performance data, as well as data from other diverse sources (e.g. weather, fuel prices, etc.).

An important element of Sinalytics is Siemens’ cyber security-by-design approach that not only allows confidential data to be collected, transmitted and analyzed in a secure way but also means that cyber security is consistently integrated throughout all lifecycle phases. Key aspects of cyber security in Sinalytics are the provision of confidentiality and the integrity and availability of infrastructure and data as well as processes. Supporting concepts include the configuration of hardware and software systems using state-of- the-art cyber protection technologies, explicit proof of identity of all kinds of users, strong authentication, strong confidentiality protection of data at rest and data in transit, secure execution of analytical jobs, and auditing of all security-related events.

Real world outcomes with Siemens Digital Services for Energy are resulting from projects across the globe that are designed to support unique customer needs with data-supported service offerings. In South America, Profertil, an Argentine petrochemical company, operates a large and successful fertilizer plant in Bahia Blanca. To help ensure continued peak operational performance, Profertil conducts a major overhaul of its manufacturing and related components at the facility every three years, shutting down the entire plant to conduct repairs and maintenance. By applying advanced data-driven analytics and using Siemens condition-based monitoring, Profertil and Siemens are working together to align the required major servicing of the gas turbines to match this three-year interval. This alignment means increased uptime of the assets, which can then translate into increased productivity for Profertil.

Digitalization projects continue to drive results for Siemens’ wind service customers. Remote diagnostics services are the genesis of these digital offerings as the company closely monitors more than 10,000 wind turbines globally. Advanced analytics are constantly evolving and expanding at Siemens’ Remote Diagnostic Center in Brande, Denmark, with new developments in areas such as vibration diagnostics and 24/7 alarms notification and management. Siemens is able to remotely address 85 percent of alarms coming into its Remote Diagnostic Center without the need for a visit to the turbines, which translates into higher availability and operational efficiency. Additionally, data-driven upgrades such as Siemens’ High Wind Ride Through, which is a software performance upgrade designed to allow turbines to continue operating at reduced power in higher wind speeds, are also providing measurable results. At the West Wind wind farm in New Zealand, the upgrade was installed on all 62 wind turbines at the site, and has resulted in a marked improvement of two percent in annual energy generation and a reduction in high-wind speed losses of 80 percent.

In the U.S. Siemens is working side-by-side with a major utility to support their initiative targeted to mitigate unplanned outage time of its steam turbines and generators when the units are required to be available to generate power. The project involves engineering evaluation of Siemens’ and the customer’s fleets and then installing special sensors on steam turbines and generators as needed to provide additional data for analysis that can then be turned into valuable insights for advance planning and avoidance of costly unplanned outages. Through advanced engineering analysis, increased data collection and analysis, and remote monitoring and diagnostics, Siemens Digital Services is providing the unique insights that will help the customer better predict operational and maintenance performance for cost- effective and flexible operations.

About Siemens

Siemens AG is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a supplier of gas and steam turbines for power generation, a provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. 

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