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The Digital Enterprise in the process industries

Digitalization is changing the entire industrial landscape and will significantly impact end consumers. 

Digitalization

Success in the process industries

Quickly evolving markets. Immense competition. Innovative technologies. These are the parameters in which process industries operate. Manufacturing more flexibly to shorten the time-to-market and better fulfill individual customer needs is an important factor for achieving success. What’s indispensable? IT and process security, high-quality products and cost reductions made possible by efficient processes. That’s precisely the support we offer our customers – as an experienced partner and pioneer in the field of digitalization. Our integrated portfolio of hardware, software and services enables the capture and intelligent use of huge volumes of process data. A so-called “digital twin” of the actual plant thereby serves as basis for a uniform data model. 

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From digital twin to integrated operation

For some sectors in the process industries, being able to provide end consumers with individual solutions is of strategic importance – both economically and for production flexibility. Others feel that reducing maintenance intervals while increasing plant availability is crucial. The key here is the digital plant. It represents a big step forward – from integrated engineering to integrated operation. The digital twin enables all disciplines participating in a plant project to coordinate their work using one data model. As a result, sequential processes can be performed simultaneously, thereby allowing for significant time and cost savings while, at the same time, improving engineering quality. What’s more, it supports the virtual simulation of plants prior to the critical commissioning phase and also the safe implementation. Further, the digital twin offers great added value later in the plant lifecycle by providing a continuously updated digital image of the plant. Through the bi-directional exchange of plant and process data, service and maintenance measures as well as plant availability can be optimized. This necessitates data integration over various levels – from the field to the automation and the management tier. 

For our clients in the process industries, the transition from “integrated engineering” to “integrated operations” is a crucial step in paving the way to Industrie 4.0. We provide integrated solutions for the entire plant lifecycle. We are also the very first provider to offer an integrated data model.

Jürgen Brandes, CEO of Process Industries and Drives Division

Industrie 4.0

Paving the way to the Digital Enterprise

Digitalization is the most effective lever for improved competitiveness in the process industries. It supports decision making of a never-before-seen quality. Fast, informed and fact-based decision making, which in turn creates entirely new opportunities for continuous plant optimization over the entire lifecycle. With the Digital Enterprise, we have a dedicated solutions portfolio for the transformation of the manufacturing industries (Digital Factory) and process industries (Digital Plant) which is paving the way to Industrie 4.0.

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Companies on the way to the Digital Enterprise

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Trends in den Branchen

The future is digital

What is still a vision for the future? What is already reality? Learn how the different branches of the process industry are already benefiting from the digitalization megatrend. And what opportunities this presents for us all and for our daily lives. Digitalization provides answers to current issues for all industries.