Digital Connectivity for Industry
It's not what you see, it's what you get
Digital Connectivity for Industry is the decisive factor for anyone who wants to fully exploit the opportunities of digitalization. Working almost invisibly, it provides the connections you need between all objects, systems, and applications. A plant thus becomes intelligent, things become the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and ideas become reality. Our offering includes essential elements of the digital infrastructure, like industrial identification and locating systems, communications solutions, industry gateways and apps for process instrumentation, industrial security, and future key technologies like Industrial 5G, TSN, and CloudConnect. You benefit from a powerful base for all current and future IIoT applications.
Resilient and adaptive: industrial production in the "new normal"
What does production look like in the "new normal"? Different from today – because the crisis ensures that the previous maximization of efficiency must be supplemented with resilient and adaptive production systems.
Master digitalizationDigitalization promises important competitive advantages for businesses, such as increased flexibility, minimal downtimes, and higher quality. But to be able to offer digital services, we need a digital infrastructure consisting of smart objects, as well as network and platform solutions. We call the key elements Digital Connectivity for Industry. Digital Connectivity for Industry lets you master all the tasks of digitalization, and fully exploit all the opportunities it offers.
Quality according to plan
Would you like to evaluate the quality of a workpiece before it is finished? What used to be inconceivable is now possible, thanks to the concept of predictive quality. The idea is to collect and evaluate measurement and test data during the production run in order to predict the quality of the products. This idea is based on combining sensor and automation data with information from the IT systems right during the production process. Find out how you can already implement predictive quality today with Digital Connectivity.
Production without misunderstandings
Written notes can be helpful in daily routines. But in the factory, managing this heap of paper can be a source of productivity losses and quality problems. Accompanying notes, manufacturing instructions, or order documentation on paper have to be read and interpreted. Digital Connectivity creates the foundation for production practices that function with no paper at all. It’s based on a digital twin, which digitally maps all document-supported processes. Find out how Digital Connectivity can make the paperless factory a reality.
Reacting quickly to market changes
What does it take to be successful in times of rapid change, uncertainty, and crisis? The answer: adaptivity and resilience. Adaptive companies can quickly adapt to new market conditions, which requires something else than deliberate and controlled flexibility. Resilient companies can overcome critical disruptions in their own value creation considerably faster, for example, if suppliers are unavailable or trade routes are blocked.
Condition of all tools always in control
While the tracking of assets is not new, it can still present us with new challenges. More and more machinery and plant manufacturers want to send data to the cloud – but why actually and how? Therefore industrial identification with cloud connectivity is a door-opening technology on the way to the digital transformation. A holistic concept from sensor to data transport to cloud application helps to identify opportunities and to tackle new tasks quickly and safely.
Inventory information in real time
The monitoring and management of inventories are cumbersome tasks prone to error. Cloud-based real-time monitoring can be highly beneficial in this regard. From anywhere in the world and at any time, it allows you to keep an overview of your materials in stock, configure alarms and messages, and thus optimize your inventory and processes.
Simple asset management
You’d like to find out if your plant is doing OK? For efficient monitoring, a second data channel – independent of the control system – can be used in order to transmit data from any HART-based field devices into the IT world. Furthermore, OPC UA and the connection to Siemens MindSphere are simply ideal for supporting many different kinds of applications – both on and off the premises.
Have everything in viewTransparency is the basis for every digitalization solution. You can only put digital solutions in place and create genuine added value once the secured acquisition, transmission, and storage of all relevant information have been assured. Digital Connectivity for Industry offers end-to-end solutions across all interfaces and standards – from sensors or transponders, through powerful switches, to the cloud. The most important key elements include complete network, identification and localization solutions as well as industry gateways and apps for process instrumentation. In addition, the actions taken to assure cybersecurity must be as varied as the solutions themselves. Industrial security takes all security levels into account. All this lets you benefit from total transparency at every level.
Be future readyIntelligent networking does not begin with a solution and end with its implementation. It’s an ongoing process: New, trailblazing developments constantly open up unimagined opportunities. After all, many visions and opportunities to add value are only made possible thanks to new technologies. We help develop these technologies right from the start and make them ready for use in industry – so you can benefit from each new trend in digitalization, and be fully prepared for the future.
Transforming your own businessThe Schaeffler Group-owned special machinery department, a globally operating automotive and industrial supplier, is one of the major manufacturers of customized production facilities, also in comparison to the external market. In order to continue to be successful, the special machinery must evolve from pure mechanics to mechatronic systems to IT-integrated solutions.
Digitalization strengthens the competitiveness
An important advantage for Schaeffler is to standardize the global concepts for digitalization and connectivity. For this, data is the key element to generate added value.
A wide range of projects are already being implemented: among others, the optimization of machines, which can improve themselves by evaluating the measurement technology, and their preventive maintenance. Or predictive production quality: if measurement data on the product is already continuously collected throughout the facility, why does every product still have to undergo a final inspection? And many more.
As technology partner, Siemens provides in-depth support to assist the Schaeffler Group in the implementation of its digitalization strategy.
Generating new competitive advantages from data: The digital transformation in industry promises nothing less. Appropriate communication structures and technologies form an indispensable basis for making available the needed information from the field level.
"Continuous improvement of productivity and flexibility is a challenge we face on a daily basis. The data from our work is the raw material from which we create new, creative solutions. Digital connectivity is the key factor in creating real, added value from this data and is what drives us forward in practice."
Manfred Kirchberger, Plant Manager at Siemens Manufacturing Karlsruhe
Manufacturing companies have to become resilient and adaptive as a new paradigma of competition. Data-driven manufacturing systems play a major role, ranging from dynamic factory layouts to digitally integrated supply chains.
The examples from the Karlsruhe factory impressively illustrate the role of Digital Connectivity for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).