Industrial digitalization requires industrial networksIn the future Internet of Things (IoT), communications-capable machines will be by far the most common type of device. At the same time, the number of networked industrial robots in use every year will double. The volume of data will also enjoy substantial growth. This development highlights the fact that digitalization is possible only in combination with powerful data communications.
Equipped for the Internet of Things
The trend toward digitalization is still far from peaking – that’s still a long way off. The result is huge pressure on industry: Companies have to prepare for the Internet of Things if they are to succeed in global competition for the long term. Something that’s often forgotten in this context, however, is that there can be no digital transformation without an appropriate communication network in place.
For the digital factory, powerful and future-proof networks form the core of this data communication. They are what enable all assets involved in the value-added process to be seamlessly integrated. They permit a seamless exchange of data both horizontally and vertically. And they can grow along with the increasing volumes of data. As a consequence, they are an indispensable prerequisite for all companies that want to share the journey into the digital future.
Backbone of the Digital Enterprise
The vision of complete digitalization is based on nothing else than the fact that the real world is simulated in a virtual environment. To this end, data and information is continuously read from sensors, electronic devices, machines and systems and transmitted to intelligent systems which create a digital twin of the actual environment.
The virtual model permits planning, engineering, simulation and optimization of the processes, before an actual implementation even begins. In this way, processes are implemented even faster, more smoothly and effectively, and productivity is significantly increased.
Continuous exchange of information in real time
Intelligent data analysis using digitalization is an effective way to improve competitiveness, whether the goal is predictive planning and optimization of manufacturing processes, improving resource and cost efficiency in the process industry, or implementing trail-blazing strategies for the energy supply system. For example, the virtual representation of reality, known as the “digital twin,” makes it possible to design, simulate, and optimize machines and plant, long before they are implemented in reality.
Powerful communication networks are an important precondition for the digitalization of industry.Herbert Wegmann, General Manager Industrial Communication and Identification, Siemens
Expertise instead of experimentsPowerful, reliable industrial communication networks are more than just the sum of their components. That's why no aspect of their design, planning, or implementation can be left to chance. Instead, these sophisticated challenges require a high level of skill in all relevant disciplines combined with solid industry and application expertise. It's this combination that distinguishes Siemens from the competition and makes us the ideal partner for industrial communication networks that will remain viable into the future.
Customized network technology enhances competitiveness and paves the way toward digitalizationDigitalization is opening up completely new prospects in all sectors of industry: intelligent data analysis, for example, enables manufacturing processes to be planned and optimized with foresight, the efficiency of resources and costs in the process industry to be improved, advanced concepts for power utilities to be implemented, and road and rail transport to be controlled effectively.
The industrial backbone plays an “intermediary” for an enterprise-wide data highway
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Moving toward digitalization together
The design, planning and implementation of communication networks in industrial environments, as well as the connection to the enterprise IT, demand a high degree of expert knowledge in the corresponding areas. As a partner to industry, Siemens not only has a comprehensive portfolio of network products, services and certified training courses but, as a solution provider, also has extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of designing and implementing network solutions to meet future requirements – supported globally by certified Siemens partners with established expert knowledge in many industries.