Over the course of the next 15 to 20 years, Industrie 4.0 is expected to bring about a paradigm shift that can justifiably be called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Long before Industrie 4.0 became a buzzword, Siemens recognized that manufacturing companies needed to reduce their throughput times drastically and increase their flexibility massively. The reason for this is the ever growing trend toward customized mass production coupled with the need to reduce the use of raw materials and energy – demands that are being driven by competition.
Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution
In order to increase industrial value creation, leading companies are working at top speed to realize the next stage of manufacturing – with the aid of digital automation. Companies are aiming to achieve advantages through networked, flexible manufacturing operations that dynamically organize themselves to create extremely customizable products.
Our Company set a course for such digital automation of production systems back in 1996 when we introduced the Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) portal. It enabled companies to orchestrate the components of their production activities and tightly integrate software and hardware using, among other things, our programmable Simatic controllers, the global leaders ever since the first system was launched in 1958.
Since then, Siemens has not only constantly enhanced its Simatic range and the features of the TIA portal but is now also pursuing complete digital representation of the physical value chain as its ultimate goal. Specifically, this means providing a portfolio of hardware and software products that supports seamless connection of development, production and suppliers in all areas that are based on data interchange.