The digital enterprise is already a reality
To draw on all the benefits of digitalization, businesses must first achieve an end-to-end integration of their data. Completely digitally integrated business processes, and those of the suppliers, can help to generate a digital representation of the entire value chain. This requires an integration of industrial software and automation, expansion of communications networks, security in the area of automation and use of business-specific industrial services.
Digital Enterprise for process industries
To optimize especially long running processes, and to boost flexibility and efficiency, the digital twin can prove very useful for process industry. It's an integrated data model that covers the entire lifecycle of a plant - it can also be created for brownfield plants.
It is essential for 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. Simulating, testing, and optimizing processes and plants before operation in the real world, can help to ensure this.
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. Unnecessary maintenance work and plant downtime can also be avoided thanks to predictive maintenance.
Digital Enterprise for discrete industries
The Digital Enterprise Suite offers the manufacturing industry integrated software and hardware solutions that can be used to seamlessly integrate and digitalize the entire value-added chain, including suppliers. The result is a digital twin that uses a data model to depict the product, process, and manufacturing.
It is also essential to respond flexibly and efficiently to the individual requests of the customers. Products need to get to the market as quickly and simply as possible and at the lowest possible price. Focusing on automation alone is no longer sufficient.
For both manufacturing companies and mechanical engineers to fully benefit from digitalization, the comprehensive, shared database needs to extend from product design to production planning, engineering, production, and services. It also has to incorporate the suppliers and customers.
The experience acquired along the entire value chain then flows back into the design and development processes, creating a beneficial cycle.
See what a digital enterprise is made of
To help customers leverage the potentials of Industrie 4.0. Siemens already offers a portfolio of solutions that comprises the four core elements of the digital enterprise. With the scalable solutions, companies in the manufacturing and process industries can invest in Industrie 4.0 to become completely and comprehensively digitalized across the entire value chain.
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The Future of Manufacturing is digital
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
The Siemens way to the Digital Enterprise
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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.
Four core elements to create the Digital Enterprise
Discover how software, communications, security and services shape the Digital Enterprise.
Digital Talks Podcasts
Digital Talks is all about helping UK manufacturers – large and small – to transform.
Whether it's to compete on a global stage, to bring customisation at speed or to be ultra-responsive to your customer when and where it's needed.
The reality is that digital technology is going to create the most significant and long term productivity improvements that will allow transformation to unfold.
Some will think a "digital factory" is what dreams are made of but far too sophisticated, expensive, and, to be frank, overwhelmingly complex. Some will be involved in conversations in or out of the boardroom but the barriers come up – legacy systems, skills for the future, return on investment - leaving with more questions unanswered than answered.
Our podcast series lets you hear from the best of the industry’s people, hosted by BBC Radio 2’s Tim Smith, and is full of boardroom conversation starters, as well as practical insight to help you get started.
Industrial communication networks
Basis of every digitalization solution
High-performance data communication is essential
Digitalization of industry is proceeding apace. Experts estimate that there will be 15 billion connected smart machines by 2020. At the same time, the amount of data will increase dramatically. This shows: digitalization is only possible with high-performance data communication.
Digitalization opens up totally new perspectives for industry and opportunities and potentials are huge. Discover why reliable future-proof industrial networks are the basis of every digitalization solution.
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