Remain flexibleEach module has a digital MTP that describes what the module can do. The control system then has the job of orchestrating the modules. To do this, they must all meet the same standard. To ensure that customers can quickly benefit from the standards used, we rely on agile standardization. Check out the video to see how we envision engineering the individual modules via the MTP and subsequently integrating them into the orchestrating control system.
My prediction is that monolithic, closed automation systems that run for ten years without a change are going to become a thing of the past.Dr. Thomas Tauchnitz – Consultant for automation and Industrie 4.0
Flexible for small batches
In the process industry, more and more individual customer requirements mean that products have to be developed and produced in ever smaller batches. To meet this need, manufacturers must be able to flexibly retool their machines. Modular production allows the plant configuration to be adapted to constantly changing requirements. Switching over to modular production also makes it possible to transition from batch production to continuous manufacturing. As a result, our customers benefit from higher productivity, larger process windows, and greater process stability.
Our stated goal is to come up with new approaches to the standardized integration of process modules for new and existing plants. To do this, we build process machinery from modules with their own automation systems and intelligence, so that they can be easily added on or reconfigured. We not only support this in automation but also facilitate modular engineering throughout the plant’s entire lifecycle with the right engineering and simulation tools.
All modules can be efficiently connected to each other via the MTP interface through a higher-level control system. The MTPs are a standardized method for ensuring interoperability between all modules. The higher-level process control system within the plant becomes the orchestrating control system, which controls and logically connects the different modules to each other.
Consistent portfolio development
Successful collaborationMerck KGaA and Siemens are in complete agreement: Modularization is the answer to Industrie 4.0. Together, they’re pioneering this idea in the Siemens Smart Automation test lab in Karlsruhe, Germany. By working together with the plant and machine manufacturer GEA, we intend to turn MTP into the industry standard for machine platform communication.
Our response to Industrie 4.0 is modularization.Christian Schäfer – Head of the Automation Technology team at Merck KGaA
In the future, it will be even more important for us on the industry side to agree on standards for how machines communicate with one another. This is a key requirement for speedily advancing the Industrie 4.0 concept.Matthias Wiemann – Head of Automation and Controls for GEA separators