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Digitalization creates new opportunities to produce more flexibly and satisfy customer-specific requirements individually. Prerequisite: integrated processes across the entire lifecycle.
The regulations, markets, and technologies are changing – as a company in the process industry, you are under high competitive pressure. This necessitates a balancing act between innovation and continuity. On the one hand, you have to design production more flexibly in order to launch products faster and satisfy individual customer requirements. On the other hand, you must comply with regulations and assure process safety and high product quality. And productivity and efficiency must keep rising so costs can keep falling.
Regardless of whether you want to enable individual solutions for end customers or reduce maintenance intervals and increase plant availability – digital plants are the key! With our integrated hardware, software, and services program, you will be able to record and intelligently leverage the huge quantity of data that processes generate. A central data platform and high performance network components are the basis of a digital twin that you can use to map and optimize your entire plant lifecycle. The common data platform enables all of the disciplines involved in the project to generate a common data model. This permits most of the processes that are usually carried out in sequence to be executed in parallel, saving valuable time and expenses. At the same time, your engineering quality will increase. The plant’s digital twin is the result. Digital twins also allow plants to be simulated before the critical commissioning phase, ensuring reliable implementation. It is also possible to generate digital twins for existing plants, allowing you to take advantage of the benefits. For example, they make carrying out training or modernization measures faster and more efficient.
The transition from Integrated Engineering to Integrated Operations is an important step on the way to Industrie 4.0 for our customers in the process industries. We provide integrated solutions across the entire plant lifecycle and are the first to offer a common data model.
We call the continuation of Integrated Engineering in the operation phase "Integrated Operations". This is another area in which you can reap the benefits of digital twins. The key prerequisites are the systematic recording of process data and integrating the data from the various levels – from the field level to the management level. In order to increase the availability and reliability of a process plant, for example, the mechanical assets must be monitored since they are the main cause of unplanned downtime. Simple communication between the control system and the maintenance tool plus access to all plant data via the digital twin accelerates maintenance and repair measures. Optimized plant availability is the result.
Thanks to the bidirectional interface, the control system transmits changes from the field caused by maintenance or a change in the plant back to the central data model – the digital twin. In the process, all the documents and plans involved are updated. The latest plant documentation is available at all times!
Whether in existing production sites or new plants, digitalization is the most effective lever for improving competitiveness in the process industry. See for yourself how the company Dulux, Australia's largest paint manufacturer, has completely and consistently digitalized its new production site in Merrifield, Australia.
For every industrial company in the world that wants to remain competitive, digitalization is not a question of maybe – it's a must. But where does the journey to digital transformation begin, and what will it cost? Let us work with you to jointly design your digital transformation. We've created our Digitalization Consulting services with you, our customers in the process industry, in mind. Learn more about the range of digital possibilities throughout the entire value chain. We'll be happy to advise you.
State-of-the-art automation technology can generate vast quantities of data from production processes. But sophisticated evaluation tools are needed to turn this data into transparent information, and thus create a basis for exploiting further potential to optimize systems and cut costs. Our apps support you in taking advantage of the full potential that digitalization offers, as shown in the following sample applications.
See for yourself how successfully companies in the process industries benefit from our integrated hardware, software, and services program.
The DuluxGroup is Australia largest producer of paints.
When building their new production plant, Dulux relied on state-of-the-art manufacturing technology and consistent, end-to-end digitalization of all processes.
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