Dec 3, 2020

Siemens: Realise your Digital Transformation Now

Siemens
Manufacturing
Digital Transformation
Digitalisation
Siemens USA
10 min
Siemens USA recommend that organisations all around the world embrace and realise their potential for digital transformation now ─ especially in the manufacturing and supply chain spaces.
Siemens brings us The Digital Enterprise Suite for machine builders across the manufacturing industry...

Embrace the Benefits of the Digital Transformation

Digitalization is transforming all areas of life as well as existing business models. It is enabling the manufacturing industry to implement its product ideas by taking advantage of technology trends such as generative design and intelligent models. Production has become more innovative through additive manufacturing and advanced robotics, and new service models are being developed with the use of cloud solutions and knowledge automation.

Make the most of your journey toward digitalization and Industry 4.0 today to ensure your competitive edge, with scalable solutions from Siemens. Now is the right time to begin: Become a digital enterprise and stay ahead of your competition.

Manufacturing Companies are Facing Tremendous Challenges

Reduce time to market

Manufacturing companies want to get their products to market faster – and at the same time master the increasing complexity of their products and production methods.

Boost flexibility

The increasing trend toward individualized products demands precise and flexible manufacturing methods.

Improve quality

Quality is essential if you want satisfied customers – and digitalization lets you begin manufacturing at top quality right away.

Boost efficiency

In today’s world, not only does the product have to be sustainable and environmentally friendly; energy-efficient production has become an increasingly important competitive advantage.

Develop new business models

Many products and production facilities generate data, and having the capacity to record and evaluate it means you can develop new, data-based business models.

Increase security

Multi-level security measures to counter cyber attacks are necessary to protect a company’s intellectual property, both now and into the future.

Digitalization Allows us to Achieve New Productivity Potential.

Peter Deml, Head of Lead Factory Electric Motors, Bad Neustadt, Germany:

"A much shorter retooling time on our CNC machines and far more flexible maintenance intervals for our large, heterogeneous machine fleet, which includes machines of different ages and from different manufacturers. Thanks to the gradual and comprehensive implementation of digitalization solutions and software from Siemens, we’ve significantly increased productivity in our servo and asynchronous motor production facility in Bad Neustadt over the past two years. This was made possible by extensive networking of our entire machine fleet – including connection to MindSphere, the cloud-based IoT operating system from Siemens – along with a seamless digital linking of development and production. The transition benefits manufacturing on two levels. First, it ensures that data flows quickly and smoothly from development to machine operation and all production processes and back again. This also produces new dimensions in transparency, very quickly allowing us to identify and subsequently achieve entirely new productivity potential. We can make extensive use of this potential, thanks to our intelligent automation solutions. SINUMERIK Integrate modules like Analyze MyPerformance and Analyze MyCondition allowed us to optimize the retooling time for machine tools and flexibly orient the previously rigid maintenance intervals to our actual needs, allowing ≤20 per cent less effort design and document mechanical components, ≤60 per cent shorter commissioning time for new machines and 27 per cent higher productivity in mechanical prefabrication."

Digital Twin Guarantees Success

Companies that build machines for the pharmaceutical industry must meet the highest demands for security, reliability, and quality. Bausch + Ströbel relies on consistent, end-to-end digitalization to deliver highly specialized systems and to meet the growing demand for standardized machines with high flexibility and short delivery times.

The German machine builder uses digital twins of its machines and has started basing development on a mechatronic concept. The individual development teams at Bausch + Ströbel have now been restructured as interdisciplinary units that work jointly and simultaneously on the same project.

All findings from the simulations and tests using the digital twins of machines are returned to the data pool, which is managed with Teamcenter. This enables virtual commissioning during which flaws can be reliably detected and corrected. Findings and data acquired during operation by the customer are fed back to Bausch + Ströbel so the company has a current, virtual copy of each machine on hand at all times. This is ideal for providing customer service and is a true competitive advantage. A further benefit is the engineering time saved with the TIA Portal: the company expects an increase in efficiency of at least 30 per cent by 2020.

“We’ve done digitalization right when the customer comes to us wanting a piece of equipment, and we can configure the unit with the customer within two days at our offices,” Dr Hagen Gehringer, Managing Director of Bausch + Ströbel. 

The digital twin allows for 30 per cent shorter engineering time, increased flexibility and consistent, end-to-end digitalization.

A Holistic Approach

Staying ahead of the competition is no longer just a matter of optimizing individual steps in the value chain. It calls for a holistic approach, and Siemens has developed the ideal portfolio to meet this requirement: The Digital Enterprise Suite consistently and digitally links all phases and process steps, all the way to the suppliers. In each phase, a digital twin is created that feeds back new findings from simulations and tests, which can then be used for continuous optimization. This allows enterprises to begin at any point in their value chain, from product design to service, and extend digitalization gradually in line with their current needs – including existing system solutions.

For product manufacturers and machine builders, this is our holistic approach throughout the entire value chain, tailored to two target groups that face different challenges: firstly, product manufacturers, whom we support from product design, production planning, engineering, and the production itself through services. 

And secondly, machine builders, who benefit from our portfolio during the machine design, engineering, commissioning and operation, as well as from our offering of machine services. Teamcenter guarantees the planning of more efficient, flexible production processes based on a shared collaboration platform and an enterprise-wide data backbone.

MindSphere, the cloud-based, open IoT operating system

MindSphere makes it possible to analyze the performance of manufacturing plants and products and report back all findings to the entire value chain for continuous optimization. MindSphere collects data from the real world, adding a statistical data model to the analytical model of the digital twin. Comparison of both models can be used for continuous improvements.

The End-to-End Digital Twin in Detail

The digital twin is the precise virtual model of a product or a production plant. It displays their development throughout the entire lifecycle and allows operators to predict behaviour, optimizing performance, and implement insights from previous design and production experiences. 

Our comprehensive concept of the digital twin consists of three forms: the digital twin of the product, the digital twin of production, and the digital twin of the performance of both product and production. Thanks to our comprehensive domain expertise and optimized tools, Siemens is the only company that offers this holistic approach. 

There is the tremendous value gained from performing “what if” scenarios and predicting future performance with the digital twin. The ultimate goal of the digital twin is in the closed-loop connection between the virtual world of product development and production planning with the physical world of the production system and product performance. 

Through this connection, actionable insight is gained from the physical world for informed decisions throughout the lifecycle of products and production operations.

Machine Concept

The Mechatronics Concept Designer integrated into the NX CAD software can be used to analyze the productivity of machine development as early as the concept stage. Requirements-driven product development generates the digital twin of the machine in an early stage. It’s the standard data model that’s used and further developed by everyone involved in the process along the entire value chain. 

Physics-based simulation leads to a functional virtual model that provides a common basis for parallel interaction between mechanical, electrical, and automation disciplines. Drive systems can be dimensioned directly using SIZER integration. The impact of changes to one of the disciplines is easily and transparently displayed and tracked in the other disciplines, making it easy to view and check dependencies. More flexible machine concepts can also be evaluated digitally.

Machine Engineering

All important automation components are integrated into Totally Integrated Automation Portal (TIA Portal) so that controllers, peripherals, drives, HMIs, and safety and motion control functions can be programmed and energy can be managed in a single engineering framework. The comprehensive database and libraries containing frequently used functions make engineering processes even faster and easier. 

Open interfaces make it simple to exchange data between TIA Portal and planning tools like the TIA Selection Tool and EPLAN. By providing CAx data, the virtual model can be generated at an early stage, while more efficient engineering can shorten machine development and time to market.

Machine Commissioning

Machine commissioning is the crucial moment when the following question arises: Do complex improvements need to be made or is everything running as desired? Virtual machine commissioning is an efficient way to reduce risks and effort during real-life commissioning. The software can even simulate and optimize the interaction between individual components throughout entire production lines. 

Machine builders can use NX Mechatronics Concept Designer to simulate and test the mechanical components of their machines in a virtual environment. PLC programs and visualizations are simulated and validated with PLCSIM Advanced and TIA Portal. The SIMIT simulation software maps the behaviour of active components like drives and valves, depending on the level of requirements. 

The CNC controllers of machine tools can be connected to the machine simulation to test the machine design under real-life conditions and, above all, run through the interaction between the CNC controller and the machine in detail.

Machine Operation

Totally Integrated Automation (TIA), the industrial automation technology from Siemens, helps operate machines. TIA is used to activate the full potential of production with a digitally enriched automation portfolio to continuously optimize and improve plants and machinery all over the world, both today and in the future. 

Its open system architecture provides support and covers the entire production process, relying on universally shared properties: consistent data storage, global standards, and uniform interfaces for both hardware and software. These shared features minimize engineering work, which saves money, shortens time to market, and increases flexibility. 

Continuously monitored and integrated security lays an important foundation for industrial automation. Digitalization and the growing networks of machines and industrial plants also increase the risk of cyberattacks. Our end-to-end industrial security portfolio – which follows the “Defense-in-depth” concept – helps systematically minimize the risk of an attack on plants and machinery through the consistent use of security mechanisms in automation.

Industrial security is therefore an important part of Totally Integrated Automation.

Machine Services and MindSphere

Right from the start of production, data is generated along with the products, and this valuable data is transferred securely and collected in the cloud to continuously analyze machines, product behaviour, and production equipment. The evaluated data provides insights into the condition of the machines, products, and entire plants. As a result, maintenance of machines or plants can be aligned with actual requirements instead of fixed maintenance intervals.

MindSphere, the open, cloud-based IoT operating system from Siemens, serves as the development platform for apps and digital services.

Digital Industry Services

Machine builders can use a wide range of service packages across the whole value chain. Digital Industry Services in particular gives them new ways to increase productivity over the long term. Machine connectivity and installing the right software ensure data and process transparency. Industrial Security Services also helps protect plants and machinery from cyber-attacks throughout their lifecycle. Manufacturers of machines like machine tools can tap new optimization potential, thanks to Digital Motion Control Services and improve their production with integrated IT processes. OEE Analytics can also systematically maximize output by identifying ineffective production areas and implementing successful maintenance measures.

Digital Enterprise Suite

Our unique integrated software and automation portfolio for transforming your operations into a digital enterprise

The Digital Enterprise Suite offers an integrated portfolio of industrial software and automation that allows discrete industries to consistently integrate and digitalize the entire value chain, including suppliers. 

The result is a digital enterprise-ready for the challenges of Industry 4.0 and the digital industrial revolution. Simulation, testing and optimization in a completely virtual environment reduces time to market and increases flexibility, quality, and efficiency. The capacity to feed back all insights into the entire value chain via MindSphere allows the continuous optimization of the production and the product in the real world. 

Today it’s both possible and necessary to become a digital enterprise. Regardless of your industry or the size of your company: You can start your digital transformation right now. 

Realize your digital transformation now with the Digital Enterprise Suite.

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Jun 17, 2021

Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router

Siemens
5G
IIoT
Data
3 min
Siemens’ first industrial 5G router, the Scalancer MUM856-1, is now available and will revolutionise the concept of remote control in industry

Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age. 

 

Siemens Enables 5G IIoT

The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). 

Siemens presents its first industrial 5G router.
Siemens presents the Scalance MUM856-1.

The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.

 

Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance

 

  • Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
  • The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
  • A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
  • Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites

 

5G Now

“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.

 

Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said. 

 

Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future

Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’ 

 

And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.

 

The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.

 

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