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We wanted to make sure our new factory would be future-proofed to respond quickly to the latest trends, create new business opportunities and remain at the leading edge of paint manufacturing.
Kevin Worrell, Project Director for Dulux, Australia
Our portfolio offers everything you need to efficiently record and intelligently leverage the huge quantity of data that processes generate. This is a basic prerequisite for creating a digital twin that you’ll use to map and optimize your entire plant lifecycle.
A common data platform enables all the disciplines involved in a plant project to generate a shared data model. This allows most of the processes that are usually performed sequentially to be executed in parallel, saving valuable time and expenses and at the same time increasing engineering quality.
The digital twin also allows the plant to be simulated prior to the critical commissioning phase, which ensures a reliable implementation. Other benefits of the digital twin – which can also be generated for an existing plant – include the fast and efficient performance of training and modernization measures.
The transition from Integrated Engineering to Integrated Operations is an important step on the path to Industrie 4.0 for our customers in the process industries. We provide integrated solutions throughout the entire plant lifecycle and are the first to offer a continuous data model.
Jürgen Brandes, CEO of the Process Industries and Drives Division
The operating phase is another area where you can greatly benefit from the digital twin. For example, you can significantly increase the reliability and availability of your plant by continuously monitoring your mechanical assets. Knowing about the current condition of your assets also allows you to intelligently manage maintenance and repair measures and reduce unscheduled downtime to a minimum.
Changes to the plant created by maintenance activities or a component replacement are directly incorporated in the digital twin. All the documents and plans affected are also automatically updated so that the latest plant documentation is available at all times.
In view of the trend toward increasingly individualized customer requirements, products must be produced in smaller and smaller batches and as quickly and economically as possible. In this environment, modular production is growing in importance. It makes it possible to quickly and easily adapt the plant configuration to constantly changing requirements. Process plants are built from modules with their own automation/intelligence that can easily be added to or rearranged. Using the MTP (module type package) interface, all the modules can be efficiently interconnected via a higher-level control system. Siemens not only supports this in automation with the Simatic PCS 7 process control system and the TIA Portal, it also enables modular engineering throughout the entire plant lifecycle using the COMOS engineering tool and the Simit simulation software.
Intelligent processing of huge volumes of data from production facilities in the process industries is playing a crucial role in the digitalization of industry. The challenge is to access these existing and often unused volumes of data (“big data”) without affecting the data itself and without compromising on system security and availability. The NAMUR Open Architecture (NOA) describes the requirements for connectivity via the second data channel and in the future will define standardized data structures according to the “NOA information model.” Our range of products includes components that support NOA. They can be used to create a second data channel that permits a direct connection from the field to the apps and to the MindSphere cloud solution.
Thanks to NOA, new monitoring and observation (M+O) functions no longer need to be measured against the stringent demands of core automation. In the future, automation solutions with significantly lower availability requirements can be used.
For industrial companies worldwide that wants to remain competitive, digitalization isn’t a question: It’s a must. But where should you begin your digital journey, and what are the costs? Let us help you design your digital transformation. We created Digitalization Consulting for customers like you in the process industries. Find out about our range of digital options for your entire value chain. We’re happy to help.
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