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Listed below are the questions most frequently asked about the Digital Enterprise Suite and Industrie 4.0. Simply click on a question to be taken straight to the answer.
Industrie 4.0 focuses on the digitalization of the manufacturing industry as part of the IoT (Internet of Things), while IIC goes further and is more generally formulated – for example, it also addresses healthcare, energy and IoT itself.
The future-oriented Industrie 4.0 project forms part of the German Federal Government’s high-tech strategy. The goal of Industrie 4.0 is to develop a forward-looking strategy which prepares the German manufacturing industry for the Internet age. Key focus areas include:
At 2015 Hanover Fair, the Industrie 4.0 platform was restructured and is now in the lead of the German government and includes, amongst others, companies such as Festo, SAP, Siemens, Telekom and the Confederation of German Industry (BDI) in its management group. The private sector, academia, policy makers and unions work together with the goal of undertaking pre-competitive activities in the field of Industrie 4.0 under one roof. The intention is that meaningful coordination will be brought about without an uncontrolled proliferation of regional regulations such as those that arose during the initial stages of mobile telephony implementation.
Siemens and Industrie 4.0/IIC:
The digitalization of the manufacturing industry is a worldwide topic. Fundamental discussions on the future of this industry and the importance of digitalization are being held everywhere. The reason for this is the challenges being faced, which are very similar around the world:
There are various international initiatives that are meant to smooth the path to the manufacturing of the future, for example in Germany “Industrie 4.0” and in the USA the “Industrial Internet Consortium” (IIC). In the meantime, Governments around the world are investing in initiatives to strengthen or revive their manufacturing sectors. Industrie 4.0 technologies are also needed here:
In addition there are initiatives to strengthen manufacturing industry,e.g.:
Industrie 4.0 came about due to customers’ requirements and the reason for its existence is to be found in their systems. Siemens’ portfolio includes major elements that both satisfy such requirements and are capable of being implemented. Siemens terms its way to Industrie 4.0 the “Digital Enterprise”. The path to the Digital Enterprise comprises four core elements that logically build on one another:
Siemens has all of these four core elements in its portfolio. These allow customers to invest in future-proof solutions for a step-by-step realization of Industrie 4.0 today.
The primary focus is on customer requirements:
From these requirements, Siemens developed a holistic approach to the integration of its customers’ value creation chains in the process and manufacturing industries and has also developed its own value creation chain that includes seamless technical data interchange with supplier networks. This integration of the value creation chain is only possible by means of digitalization coupled with industrial software, the unique feature being that it is a single source for know-how regarding industrial sectors and processes, industrial hardware and automation, and the combination of software and data analytics.
Maserati: The company equipped its factory with Siemens technologies that were a perfect fit – from product design to services. As a result of this integration, development time was shortened by 30 percent, while the overall time-to-market was reduced from 30 to 16 months. And despite the number of up to 70.000 possible combinations of versions, colors and other configuration options the output of cars has been increased by the factor 3.
Mars Rover: PLM software aided NASA in its development of “Curiosity”. The functions required in a highly challenging environment were determined by advanced simulation – first undertake virtual development and testing, and then build.
Eisenmann, a mid-range German company: PLM software was used for the construction and simulation of a dip coating line for the automobile industry. Provision of the necessary process parameters for optimal programming of this complex plant – three axes for drive, hoisting and rotational movements of various body types and dipping curves.
Amberg is often named as an example of Industrie 4.0. What especially characterizes this facility is:
Since many activities in a company are today supported by software, the focus is now on seamless digitalization of the company’s core processes across the entire product creation operation, supporting this through the use of software tools. In future, no part of the value creation process will be able to exist without its own digital map. This already begins with ideas concerning the potential product and continues on with the engineering of the product, its production, its commissioning and its use, through to new services offered in conjunction with the product or based on it. One of the main aspects of a Digital Enterprise is that it seamlessly reproduces its value creation processes in digital form and links these to one another.
The path to the Digital Enterprise comprises four core elements that logically build on one another:
The Digital Enterprise Suite offers integrated software and hardware solutions for discrete industries to seamlessly integrate and digitalize their entire value chain – including suppliers. The result of this is a perfect digital copy of the value chain – the digital twin. This allows simulation, testing and optimization in a completely virtual environment to reduce time-to-market, increase flexibility, quality and efficiency. With the Digital Enterprise Suite (DES), Siemens integrates Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) – all based on one data model: Teamcenter, and connected to MindSphere, the cloud-based, open IoT operating system.
With Industrial Communication – based on Industrial Ethernet and the corresponding Scalance network components, open and future-proof Profinet and OPC UA – as well as Industrial Identification – based on a comprehensive spectrum of RFID and optical identification systems – Siemens offers customers a comprehensive solution and service package from an all-in-one provider.
With Industrial Security, i.e. IT security for automation, with its “Defense in Depth” concept, Siemens presents a broad portfolio of products and services for industrial use. This portfolio includes plant and network security as well as system integrity.
With its Industry Services Siemens offers a range of industrial services, for example data-based services such as Plant Data Services, Plant Security Services and MindSphere. The open cloud platform from Siemens, MindSphere, is a centerpiece of a powerful IoT operating system with data analytics and connectivity capabilities, tools for developers, applications and services. It helps to evaluate and utilize your data and to gain breakthrough insights. Drive the performance and optimization of your assets for maximized uptime.
The digitalization of industry, with links to both the virtual and the real world, not only demands “big data” but also “smart data”, i.e. the intelligent use of data as well as automation and process know-how.
A technical understanding of both of these worlds coupled with a profound comprehension of industry business models are both necessary and of advantage. More than anywhere else, this is possessed by companies – whether automobile manufacturers, electrical technology providers or machine builders – who have been at home in this field for a long time.
It is completely clear that no company can renew its entire software and IT infrastructure overnight. In the end it will depend on starting in the right place and making the necessary transformation economically viable through a long-term program of migration and renewal. It is better to start with a quick first digital step – by introducing, for example, a common data backbone such as Teamcenter – than to wait for possible new developments or standards.
Cybersecurity is a major challenge and an important competitive factor in a digitalized economy. Often what is missing is the necessary awareness that not having adequate overall strategies for IT security – also in the manufacturing process – can result in great danger. With the “Defense in Depth” concept, Siemens supports companies by thoroughly checking their security strategies and developing effective measures and/or countermeasures.