Consistent, end-to-end digitalization for sustainable success

Data-based applications are opening up new ways to increase productivity in the glass industry

Digitalization is transforming the glass industry just as it was once transformed by electrification and automation. In the glass sector, digitalization solutions all along the value chain are currently the decisive lever for better exploiting production options. The result is significant increases in productivity, making plant operators and equipment suppliers more efficient, more flexible, and faster. 

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Glass industry 4.0

Effectively generate, aggregate, and exploit operational data for economic success

To permanently reduce operating costs in the glass industry, plants must be rigorously optimized. This is especially clear when it comes to the digital twin: It can be used to test plant sections before commissioning, to begin training operators during production engineering, and to optimize the entire plant during ongoing operation. This increases plant productivity and availability on an ongoing basis and guarantees a leading market position.
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Efficient use of data ensures the lasting success of your company

Siemens’ digitalization solutions for the glass industry include all phases of the plant lifecycle, from plant design, construction and commissioning to operation and service. Noticeable cost reductions are achieved through rigorous plant-wide automation in conjunction with the digital planning and virtual commissioning of the entire plant, as well as a comprehensive range of services.

Individualized, risk-based concepts for reliable protection

Individualized, risk-based concepts for reliable protection

The growing networking of plants enables numerous new insights and optimization approaches in the glass industry. At the same time, however, the risk of cyberattacks in the networked, digital world is increasing.

Siemens Plant Security Services support you with a comprehensive protection concept that protects industrial facilities against all conceivable threats. Implementation involves three basic steps: Analysis of the actual situation, implementation of necessary measures and, finally, ongoing adaptation to changing threat situations.

Optimization of discrete processes for greater long-term efficiency

A seamless integration of production planning and production engineering enables the optimization of discrete process steps. In conjunction with a plant simulation using the COMOS Walkinside 3D visualization software, the Mechatronic Concept Designer, SIMOTION easy project, and the TIA Portal, it is possible to implement continuous and extremely flexible production processes without buffers or queues while simultaneously increasing process quality and with an ideal connection of intralogistics.

Practical example: Optima Consumer GmbH

  • Flexible product transport on the production line via the Multi-Carrier System
  • Fast design of the conveyor system
  • Dynamic control of all motion and coordination with other machines
  • Recovery of deceleration energy as well as feed-in and regenerative feedback as needed

Intelligent data processing for greater transparency and sound decisions

The real-time aggregation and evaluation of data made available from numerous sources using the XHQ software enables worldwide, cross-plant resource and performance management in the glass industry. Deviations from target values can be detected very early and promptly corrected. Unplanned maintenance is noticeably reduced and plant availability significantly increased.

Your benefits with XHQ:

  • Improved plant troubleshooting, preventive maintenance, and continuous status monitoring – including across sites
  • Automated monitoring of plant performance with real-time data, including calculated key figures, reliability metrics, and early indicators
Opportunities for the glass industry:Data-based business models are opening up new ways to increase productivity

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