Digital Enterprise for process industries – Create real products faster

Digital Enterprise for process industries

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Thinking process industries further!

The digital transformation opens totally new perspectives

Master today’s challenges and tap unmatched new opportunities

All customers in process industries with highly dynamical markets are aiming for a higher flexibility, efficiency and quality, shorter time-to-market and maximum security. 


In order to meet increasing demand regarding both the availability of affordable high performing materials and a reduced environmental footprint, process industry is breaking new grounds by implementing the Digital Enterprise – in both new and existing plants.

Digital Enterprise as competitive edge

How companies can make the most of the opportunities presented by digitalization

In order to enable companies to make the most out of digitalization, Siemens developed the Digital Enterprise – a holistic portfolio of software and automation solutions. It supports discrete and process industries to become faster, more flexible, and more efficient.

Digitalization of the entire value chain

The Digital Enterprise enables companies of every sector to integrate and digitalize their business processes with the highest possible flexibility regarding pace of transformation. Siemens’ holistic approach comprises offerings for product design, process and plant design, engineering and commissioning, operations and services.


Suppliers and intralogistics are integrated, based on a consistent collaboration platform. Companies can start with digitalization at any step of their value chain, for greenfield and brownfield plants, and based on standardized and open interfaces.

Digital Twins

Real added value thanks to the digital plant

The Digital Twins are the virtual representation of a real system. It lets you represent and optimize the entire plant lifecycle – for greenfield and brownfield plants and projects.

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 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 tremendous value gained from performing "what if" scenarios and predicting future performance with the Digital Twin. The ultimate goal of the Digital Twin in process industries is in the closed-loop connection between the virtual and real production enabled by the right digital infrastructure. Through this connection, the performance twin of real production leads to optimization scenarios in virtual production. After a successful simulation and implementation of these scenarios, the cycle begins again.

The Digital Twin for greenfield plants

The virtual production is created during the phase of process and plant design. Siemens provides you with a holistic toolset to design, simulate and engineer a process plant. Based on collaboration platforms like COMOS, and with full data integration from design to engineering and commissioning, we automatically create a Digital Twin of the plant including automation ready to be used in real production with minimal effort – saving engineering cost and reducing time to production.


In the real world, Siemens process control systems and manufacturing operations management (MOM) make sure that production runs reliably but helps also to collect the relevant data to generate a performance twin. This performance twin, generated out of real production systems and enriched with IoT data, optimizes production and the maintenance of critical assets.


All of these and the simulation of optimization scenarios or future plant designs support our customers to deliver an optimal plant output and to integrate their supply chains optimally.

The Digital Twin for brownfield plants

In existing plants, the hardware, software and processes are already existing – sometimes for decades.


But still it is possible to create a huge benefit out of the Digital Twin by using it for improvement of the existing processes and assets. Based on technologies like context capture and digital import of documents, the Digital Twin of an existing plant is created in a cost-efficient way, for example by using Digital Twin Cloud Services PlantSight.


With this Digital Twin, information silos in the plant are broken down and modernization and maintenance activities are based on the as-is-documentation and relevant operations data of the plant. This leads to substantially reduced search times and mistakes. With integrated workflows, the once created Digital Twin is up to date over the remaining lifetime of the plant – the connection between the virtual and real production is closed.

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Cathay Industrial Biotech Ltd.

In the digital factory of Cathay Industrial Biotech Ltd., biochemical processes have replaced traditional petrochemical methods. The use of renewable materials like corn was industrialized with the help of our products and services.


This way it became possible to deliver better products than the petrochemical industry at competitive production cost on a large scale that’s similar to oil-based production. 


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Everything from a single source

Our integrated range of hardware, software, and services can help turn your digital plant into reality. Benefit from being able to make smaller and smaller batches economically, from the smart planning of maintenance activities, and from minimizing downtimes – always considering industrial standards like Module Type Package (MTP), NAMUR Open Architecture (NOA) or OPC Unified Architecture (UA).

COMOS plant engineering software

End-to-end plant management

The integrated COMOS software solution lets you create a digital data model for comprehensive plant management throughout the entire lifecycle of your plant. What’s more, COMOS Walkinside provides powerful VR visualization for engineering, commissioning, training, and operation.    

SIMATIC PCS 7 Plant Automation Accelerator

Integrated Engineering out-of-the-box

Our innovative engineering software SIMATIC PCS 7 Plant Automation Accelerator (PAA) is a fully integrated solution for seamless plant and automation planning. The use of PAA promises consistent engineering without system breaks between automation planning and our SIMATIC PCS 7 control system. For planners and automation engineers, PAA also builds the digital bridge between plant engineering with COMOS and our SIMATIC PCS 7 control system.

SIMIT Simulation

Virtual commissioning and operator training with SIMIT

With SIMIT, you can perform simulations on a single platform which permits comprehensive tests of automation projects as well as the virtual commissioning of systems, machines, and processes. In addition, the simulation platform can also be used for realistic training environments to train operating personnel.

Process Control Systems

Passion for Process Control

The process control system is the heart of every plant. It sets the pace. It controls and monitors all plant processes and delivers digitalization all the way down to the field level. Experience how to gain flexibility, safety and maximum efficiency with pioneering process control technology.

PlantSight Digital Twin Cloud Services

One complete, Digital Twin for the process industry

PlantSight provides access to all relevant asset information across from various platforms and various formats with a single, easy-to-access web portal. PlantSight brings all this data and information together, contextualizes it, validates it, and visualizes it. It transforms raw data into one complete Digital Twin of the plant - for informed decisions, especially in brownfield projects.


Batch Automation

Simple, flexible and scalable: Compliant batch automation with SIMATIC BATCH. Use the SIMATIC BATCH software package for our process control stem SIMATIC PCS 7 to implement even the most complex batch processes effectively and at reasonable costs.

Siemens Opcenter

Complete digitalization of manufacturing

Siemens Opcenter (formerly known as Manufacturing Operations Center) is a holistic Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) solution that enables you to implement your strategy for the complete digitalization of manufacturing operations. 

XHQ Operations Intelligence software

Turn data into actionable information

XHQ is software for operations intelligence, used for the aggregation, integration, analysis, and visualization of asset and business information from multiple back-end data sources. XHQ brings you simple access to complex data for better and faster decision-making, anytime and anywhere.

Digital Connectivity for Industry

Future-proof and flexible IIoT architecture

Working almost invisibly, Digital Connectivity for Industry prepares the connections you need between all objects, systems, and applications - thus a plant becomes intelligent.


Efficient diagnostics of all process components

Plant Device Management: Easy maintenance and servicing of plant components. For this purpose, the diagnosis, parameterization and status data are cyclically recorded from the intelligent field devices and displayed clearly. Furthermore, the device-specific information can be made available to asset management systems or cloud-based condition monitoring systems for further analysis.

SITRANS process instrumentation

Integration of the field level – fast, easy and secure

Digitalization is not all about the cloud, it is also about data - from the field. Let us show you how to use this data and which tools facilitate your new job of turning data into value.

SITOP – The power supply system

The power supply system with complete TIA Integration and open communication up to the cloud

Complex systems place highest demands on their components in terms of efficiency, flexibility, and reliability. The innovative power supply system SITOP PSU8600 meets them all – thanks to a unique functionality, diagnostic capability, modular expandability, and complete integration in TIA or via OPC UA server in many other systems.

Cutting-edge technologies – the future of industry

MindSphere, the cloud-based, open IoT operating system

MindSphere enables industrial companies of various sizes worldwide to link their machines and physical infrastructure to the cloud and the Internet of Things. It uniquely simplifies the challenges of many industries, regarding connectivity, data analysis and prediction or the development of own applications and new business models and therefore it supports every company of its digital transformation journey.

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The Digital Enterprise in detail

Digitalization can start at any point in the value chain. You define the starting point and we deliver the right solutions and tools to take your digital transformation forward.

Digitalization Consulting

Strategies for the digital transformation

  • Where should you start your digital transformation journey and what are the resulting benefits?
  • What are the most important steps and how can they be implemented?
  • We are looking forward to develop an individual digitalization roadmap together with you.

Modular production

Flexible plant construction

  • Modular production concepts can make a shorter time-to-market and greater flexibility in the process industry a reality.
  • Machine/plant builder supply autonomous working fully automated digitalized modules: new business modules as service supplier.
  • The individual modules are combined to form a complete solution by using the industrial standard Module Type Package (MTP).

NAMUR Open Architecture (NOA)

Greater transparency

  • In new and existing plants, NAMUR Open Architecture (NOA) creates a second data channel.
  • It establishes a direct link from field level to the Cloud.
  • It enables analysis of previously unused data.


Enable your digital future with Digital Enterprise Finance

  • Digitalization is accelerating as industry players demonstrate the substantial efficiency and competitive advantages that digital transformation offers. 
  • Digital Enterprise Finance from Siemens helps you realize your digital future.
  • Specialist finance solutions for process industry.   
Industry Suites

Reach for operational excellence

Our industry-specific suites of applications and digital services make it easy to leverage the hidden potential in your engineering-, process-, diagnostic- and event-data to ensure uptime, improve processes and manage operations. Find out what is possible!

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The Digital Enterprise in action

Discover how companies in the process industry are already benefiting from our hardware, software and service portfolio.

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