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Companies that want to be successful in the future are seizing the opportunities provided by digitalization right now. Digitalization promises lower costs, improved production quality, flexibility and efficiency, shorter response time to customer requests and market demands, and it also opens up new and innovative business areas. Regardless of sector or company size, for these reasons it’s essential for all decision-makers to invest in the future today. The good news is that there are already solutions for the digital enterprise.
The promises of digitalization
Digitalization is everywhere. Mobile phones are crammed full of networked applications, automobiles are turning into computers you can drive, refrigerators notify your mobile phone when their inventory is low, and we couldn’t imagine being without online shopping. But digitalization affects more than just end customers – it affects industry, too.
The digitalization of the manufacturing industry is a topic of global interest – in Germany the concept is known as “Industrie 4.0.” New products must be brought to market in ever-shorter timeframes. Customers demand products that satisfy their specific needs. Rapidly changing markets call for a growing level of flexibility. And the constant desire for increased efficiency means shorter and shorter development time and the efficient use of resources and energy. All with no loss of quality – or even improved quality, in some cases.
To draw on all the benefits of digitalization, businesses must first achieve an end-to-end integration of their data. This requires the integration of industrial software and automation, the expansion of communications networks, security in the area of automation and the use of business-specific industrial services. Companies that have completely digitally integrated their business processes and those of their suppliers can generate a digital representation of their entire value chain.
The process industry needs plants to remain stable and operate without interruption for decades, while also maintaining maximum energy efficiency. Product quality must not fluctuate at all throughout the entire plant’s service life. These companies can benefit from simulating, testing, and optimizing processes and plants before operation in the real world. Gathering and evaluating data on the fly makes it possible to constantly monitor and refine processes. Feedback from the production process and the end customers can be incorporated for further improvement. End-to-end data integration also permits predictive maintenance, which helps avoid unnecessary maintenance work and plant downtime.
In the manufacturing industry, companies have to respond flexibly and efficiently to the individual requests of their customers. The essential factor is getting the desired products to the market as quickly and simply as possible and at the lowest possible price. Digitalization must be considered holistically, because focusing on automation alone is no longer sufficient. The comprehensive, shared database needs to extend from product design to production planning, engineering, production, and services, and also incorporates the suppliers and customers. The experience acquired along the entire value chain then flows back into the design and development processes. This cycle enables both manufacturing companies and mechanical engineers to benefit from all the advantages offered by digitalization.
Discover how software, communications, security and services shape the Digital Enterprise.
Siemens already offers a portfolio of solutions that comprises the four core elements of the Digital Enterprise, to help its customers leverage the potentials of Industrie 4.0. This will allow companies in the manufacturing and process industries to become completely and comprehensively digitalized across the entire value chain. With these scalable solutions, companies of all sizes can now invest in Industrie 4.0.
Explore the Digital Enterprise with our interactive infographic!
Big Data: By 2020, the amount of data worldwide will grow to 44 zettabytes with 10% attributed to the Internet of Things
According to 52% of the world’s CEOs, digitalization is expected to transform the industry
The lifecycle of products has decreased by 25%. New products must be developed and launched faster
Sources: Siemens AG, IDC, Statista, siemens.com/magazin | 01.2016Start
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Siemens offers both traditional and data-based services to unleash hidden potential and increase performance. For example Plant Data Services and MindSphere, the Siemens Cloud for Industry.
With industrial security, Siemens offers a broad portfolio of products and services to implement the “defense in depth” strategy and protect industrial plants from cyber attacks. This portfolio covers both plant and network security and system integrity.
Siemens is paving the way to Industrie 4.0 through Integrated Engineering and Integrated Operations. The COMOS software enables comprehensive plant management projects throughout the entire lifecycle of industrial plants. The process control software SIMATIC PCS 7 combines scalable architecture with powerful engineering tools.
The Digital Enterprise Software Suite is based on Teamcenter as a collaborative platform integrating Product Life Cycle Management (PLM), Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Totally Integrated Automation (TIA), and lifecycle and data analytics.
Find out about the benefits
Edge to the market:
Time to market decreases by up to 50% with the help of Siemens software solutions for the Digital Enterprise.
Integrated Automation Solutions reduce complexity and save up to 30% of engineering costs.
The industry consumes 25% of global energy. Virtual planning and development help increase productivity to save energy.
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Read all the latest news about the Future of Manufacturing, watch current videos and inform yourself about newest industry developments!
Siemens’ solutions for the Digital Enterprise enable our customers to invest right now in future-proof solutions for the step-by-step implementation of Industrie 4.0. For our customers, the future of manufacturing is already here today.
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