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The Digital Native Factory

Get in touch with a real Digital Enterprise at the Digital Native Factory in Nanjing 

Accelerating your digital transformation

Siemens Xcelerator is our open digital business platform and marketplace enabling efficiency, resiliency, flexibility, experience, and sustainability. Making your digital transformation faster, easier and at scale.

Why "Digital Native" Factory?

The Digital Native Factory is the first Siemens factory to successfully master the digital transformation to become a Digital Enterprise. The industrial world is facing urgent, fast-changing challenges. Digitalization and automation are the game changers to navigate these challenges.

Drives, motors, and CNC controllers were produced at two different locations in Nanjing. And the logistics for both factories were also handled elsewhere. This was complex and inefficient! So the production lines and logistics are now consolidated in one site. The factory was planned and simulated fully digitally, so it could be optimized in the digital world before it was actually built. Improving the performance and efficiency was possible by combining factory data, production line data, performance data and even the building information to create a complete Digital Twin of the new factory. It is Siemens’ largest R&D and manufacturing center outside of Germany for CNC systems, drives, and electric motors.

Our challenges

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Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

The Digital Native Factory was designed and built as a highly energy-efficient and sustainable production site.

The core of the sustainability concept is based on a dedicated photovoltaic system, automatic LED lighting, high-efficiency pumps, fans and cooling elements, and a rainwater recovery system.

Figures were generated during planning and were calculated on the basis of planned technology and data:

  • Electricity saving: >5,000,000 kWh/a
  • Water saving: >6,000 m³/a
  • CO2 deduction: >3,000 tons
The Digital Native Factory

Immerse yourself in a true Digital Enterprise

Digitalization and automation are the game changers to meet the challenges we are facing today on the way to Industry 4.0. It is essential to collect, understand and use the massive amount of data created in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Experience first-hand the unique combination of the real and digital worlds: The Digital Native Factory in Nanjing, China, uses live data from the ongoing production in the Digital Factory in order to show the benefits of the Digital Enterprise concept to our customers.
Our new Digital Native Factory in China is an impressive showcase demonstrating how our customers can benefit from the Siemens Digital Enterprise concept. The new factory as well as its manufacturing processes have been optimized in the digital world before its actual construction began! This enabled us to guarantee highest flexibility and efficiency in production and the highest level of sustainability for the factory, even before production started.
Achim Peltz, CEO Motion Control
The Digital Native Factory

Welcome to the Digital Enterprise and our new Digital Native Factory in China!

We would like to introduce you to how a real Digital Native Factory was built from scratch and what benefits it brings to you.

The new factory for Siemens Numerical Control (SNC)

Using our holistic Digital Enterprise concept, we planned, analyzed, simulated, tested, and validated the factory and all its processes using a our comprehensive Digital Twin approach and cutting-edge technologies enable a continuous loop of optimization in near real-time.

Facts and figures at a glance

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higher speed of material replenishment*

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higher volume flexibility*

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improved productivity*

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Main benefits

How the Digital Native achieved significant benefits

Higher productivity, efficiency, flexibility, and quality – that's what a true Digital Enterprise makes possible. Discover the main benefits achieved by the Digital Native Factory.

Productivity increase

Increasing the productivity of the new factory was an important goal. Several processes, for example painting and packaging, which were previously carried out manually, are now fully automated with the help of robots. This changeover also increased employee safety, as handling the heavy hardware is not without danger and required special attention to environment, health and safety (EHS).

Larger volume flexibility

Due to the many variants of motors, controllers and inverters, the requirements for the production line change quickly. To increase volume flexibility, it was necessary to improve daily planning with Tecnomatix Plant Simulation and optimized logistics. The new high-bay warehouse enables optimal placement of the required materials according to the production sequence. In this way, the materials can be transported in time to the cells and lines where they are needed.

Higher space efficiency

By building a high-bay warehouse that which was optimized prior to construction, higher productivity and greater volume flexibility were achieved while reducing space requirements. To ensure that materials were stored in the most efficient and effective way, the warehouse and production cells and lines were created in a virtual environment, simulated and thoroughly tested, and finally built.

Faster material replenishment

Material replenishment is critical to productivity and throughput, but in the old factories, only the machine operator knew that material was missing. This often led to delays and downtime. Today, automatic messages inform the warehouse’s employees about needed materials and ensure that the right material always arrives at the right machine at the right time.

Delivery performance

Digital planning using Tecnomatix Plant Simulation determines in a virtual environment whether the available machines and operators can meet the customer's requirements. When the factory is built in the real world, everything works as intended, reducing delivery times. If customer requirements change, the Digital Twin in turn enables the simulation of capacities and necessary changes to production cells and lines.

Improving product quality

Besides manual product quality control with an automated solution improved both the precision and speed of this task. For example, the inspection of LCD displays with cameras in the new inspection device is supported by Artificial Intelligence. This ensures that the display is properly illuminated. In addition, IoT devices on the machines collect data that is processed with Industrial Edge or in the cloud and enables optimization measures such as predictive maintenance.

How to get started...

Siemens Advanta Consulting is the global consultancy of Siemens and has expanded its consulting services beyond Siemens to navigate companies through their unique digitalization journey – from strategy to operations, focusing on​ full end-to-end digitalization services.​

In operations consulting, we drive transforming manufacturing sites and plant networks towards the "Factory of the Future" - STILL lean, MORE digital, MUST be green – based on scalable digital solutions to increase productivity, flexibility and sustainability.​

Green Lean Digital Factory is the core offering to facilitate Supply Chain and Factory Transformation and covers these five​ main action areas:​

  • Industrialization & Network Design​
  • Digital Factory Planning​
  • Digital Manufacturing & Logistics​
  • Industrialization of Additive Manufacturing​
  • Green Supply Chain

On the way to becoming Siemens' first Digital Native Factory, our contribution included defining a comprehensive planning basis,​ analyzing, optimizing and re-designing production & logistics processes, developing a master plan for site selection, and digitally planning, simulating (Digital Twin) and evaluating factory & layout concepts long before concrete was poured. ​