Siemens unveils further plans for the Digital Factory Division
In a blog post on LinkedIn, the c...
German manufacturing giant Siemens has revealed more details about the vision for its ‘Digital Factory Division’.
In a blog post on LinkedIn, the company’s Head of Planning and Controlling at the Siemens Digital Factory, Stephen Pierer von Esch, said the scheme will transfer complex data into support by separating surfeit hype from important information.
Siemens aims to connect technologies through its plan, allowing it to tackle future problems within the industry. In order to do so, the company has established it’s DigiRoadmap to highlight key trends within the industry and evaluate their potential impact on E2E business.
In his posting, von Esch detailed the key aspects of the firm’s DigiRoadmap as follows:
- Common Data Lake: Basis for becoming a data driven organization is a trusted and integrated data lake serving as single source of truth
- Analytics & Visualisation: Moving from descriptive and diagnostic to action oriented analytics and from static standard reporting to a flexible, self-service BI landscape
- Predictive & Simulation: Evolving from predictive use cases to complex simulations and finally closed-loop performance management by taking action on results of performance monitoring blended with updated plans
- Robotics & Digital Assistance: Digital hands running through structured workflows while cognitive bots handle unstructured data and apply probability weighted judgement where straightforward decision making is not enough
In order for the strategy to be executed effectively, Siemens is to focus on developing its ‘digital DNA’ in order for new capabilities to encourage the benefits of the plan.
“There is also the question around centralisation versus decentralisation in order to manage the trade-off between standardisation and experimentation,” von Esch wrote.
“While the responsibility of executing our digital strategy clearly lies within the organization, there is a benefit in supporting the individual initiatives with a capability centric approach to allow agility and drive synergies.”
Siemens will be launching its Data Visions lab, featuring experts from a range of technology fields that will enable the firm to implement new technologies such as robotics and data analytics.
von Esch also discussed how the German manufacturer will be ready to embrace new future technologies, no matter how challenging.
“We have to be aware that digital processes in the future look different to what we were used in the past,” he said.
However, he also noted that digital transformation is more than just the digital technology, emphasing the importance of empowering a workforce to enable innovation and change.
SAP Whitepaper: Advantages of Intelligent Assets
A core pillar in SAP’s Industry 4.0 strategy, Intelligent Assets equip organisations to reduce downtime, empower employees and increase efficiencies across industrial equipment and manufacturing units.
In a whitepaper produced in partnership between SAP and BizClik Media Group, Rachel Romanoski, Solutions Manager, Digital Assets, SAP, dispels some of the myths surrounding asset intelligent, and shares insight into how even small investment in asset intelligence can pay dividends in minimising cost leakage and realising an asset’s potential.
As with all innovations, the ceiling for Intelligent Assets is as high as an organisation can dream, afford and implement. But Romanoski says that just a little intelligence can go a long way: “Oftentimes people think Intelligent Assets need to be the latest and greatest cutting-edge technology. They can be super advanced, such as leveraging physics-based engineering simulations to forecast potential failures, and help mitigate them. But it could be as simple as a temperature reading. You can pull a lot of simple information from most equipment, and by enhancing that data through ancillary solutions and digital capabilities, you can create that Intelligent Asset.”
One of the most immediate benefits is reducing or, in some cases, eliminating unplanned downtime. Equipment failure is one of the most common causes of disruption and can cause chaos throughout the supply chain.
“The true power of the Intelligent Asset is in changing the basic, reactive emergency work or time-based, planned maintenance and being more prescriptive and tailored to that specific asset and use case,” Romanoski says. “Ultimately, you can reduce the unplanned events that often carry a big price tag.”
"Oftentimes people think Intelligent Assets need to be the latest and greatest cutting-edge technology... But it could be as simple as a temperature reading"
Other financial benefits include stemming cost leakage and “sweating assets” to the full potential. “Maybe you can consider the lifecycle of the asset and understand whether you can push it a little bit further,” Romanoski explains. “It might be that the best course of action for a low-cost item is to run it to failure. Having this information that we collect over time empowers those people to make those better decisions, but also has a trickle down effect to building resiliency and efficiency into the entire supply chain.”
To read the full report, including insight from Intelligent Assets, Intelligent Factories, Empowered People, and exclusive insight from Dominik Metzger, the lead on SAP’s Industry 4.0 programme, CLICK HERE.