Digital Plant

Digital Enterprise in the process industries

Digitalisation creates new opportunities to produce more flexibly and satisfy customer-specific requirements individually. Prerequisite: integrated processes across the entire lifecycle.

Digitalisation

Process industry success

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.

Faster engineering. Reliable commissioning.

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.

Perhaps your challenge is disparate data sources and supply chain platforms, slow plant commissioning and start up times, lack of digital know-how, high opex and capex costs. The crux of the solution: Integrated engineering to operations can help at every point across the plant lifecycle and give you a better chance at competing and thriving in the digital era.

Mike Houghton, Managing Director - Process Industries and Drives UK

Faster maintenance. Sustainable savings

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.

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Continuously updated

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!

Industry 4.0

Dare to become a digital enterprise

Digitalisation is the most effective lever for improving your ability to compete in the process industry. It allows you to make decisions of unprecedented quality: fast, well founded, and based on the facts. You will discover new opportunities for systematic plant optimization across the entire lifecycle.

The Digitalisation Productivity Bonus

What value does digitalisation offer manufacturers?

New-generation digitalised technology (also known as Industry 4.0) is enabling manufacturers to improve performance. A global qualitative study by Siemens examines the potential value digitalisation offers manufacturers and the significant role Industry 4.0 financing plays in helping manufacturers to achieve digital transformation.

Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry

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Chemical Industry

The biggest challenge for chemical manufacturers is remaining competitive. And the crux of this: better operational efficiency and flexibility, enhanced productivity performance, improved plant availability, and the analytic use of intelligent plant data to inform current and future strategic decision-making. The future is bright - especially when it's not overshadowed by limitations to brownfield sites.

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Pharmaceutical Industry

In a highly competitive marketplace, one where new drugs are being brought to market quicker than ever before and where a drive towards customisation is clear, pharmaceutical manufacturers need to evolve and adapt their operations to become more flexible and responsive to customer needs, while continuing to drive cost and efficiency gains.

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Companies on the way to becoming digital enterprises

See for yourself how successfully companies in the process industries benefit from our integrated hardware, software, and services program.

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