It Takes an Integrated Software Landscape to Turn Data into Opportunities for Process Industries

Siemens | September 2022

It’s very easy to see new obstacles affecting industries around the globe. While the chaos caused by supply chain disruptions, labor shortage, rising inflation affects every enterprise, process industries face very specific challenges such as decarbonization, competitive pressure to reduce downtimes or optimize workflows – to name just a few. It becomes quite clear: it’s time to roll up our sleeves, to look ahead and to embrace digitalization as an opportunity. It‘s time to gear up for paths illuminated by data and guided by future-built software solutions.


The challenge to adapt is a struggle, especially because process plants are often supposed to run 24/7/365 without interruption. Overcoming the challenges of today and tomorrow is not a shortterm quest. Rather, it requires a long-term plan. When it comes to digitalization, successful transformations rely on maximum flexibility, operational efficiency and sustainable growth. With solutions from Siemens you will be ready for everything today, plus well-prepared for the global challenges of the future. For one simple reason: Siemens provides a comprehensive portfolio. A whole portfolio landscape that covers the complete plant life cycle – built up on process industry domain know-how and a spirit of innovation, enabling plants to become more competitive and efficient.


As a leader in digitalization for process industries, we understand the challenging environments for companies in diverse markets and industries. Mastering these highly complex and often unexpected obstacles is achieved first through the complete digitalization and automation of processes – and then by efficiently utilizing the resulting data. Because data is a goldmine. Putting it to work with the right software helps save finite resources and make sustainable business decisions. And software is instrumental to make a company more flexible and adaptive. To increase plant safety. Or to gain total transparency over the entire working process.


As data grows and software gets more powerful, so too does the potential of digitalization in process industries. By connecting the real and digital worlds – and combining the power of hardware and software into one overall solution – processes that once ran separately can now be combined into one continuous flow of data. In plants across all industries, the Siemens portfolio covers the entire value chain across the plant lifecycle (horizontally) and from sensor to edge to the cloud (vertically).


Siemens software provides an integrated approach dedicated to process industries – and our holistic process design across all disciplines lays the foundation. Subsequently, the optimization of the layout can be executed with the model-based simulation of the process streams. Within automation engineering, the already created plant structure can be reused. The final simulation of the plant and automation behavior ensures “right first time” commissioning.


This way, a digital twin is created and will remain up-to-date while the plant is in operations for decades to come. It also ensures that maintenance staff can always rely on the right information.  The real-time data from field devices or DCS systems can be displayed seamlessly on tablets or by providing augmented reality features. For further optimization of plant and individual equipment, the digital twin is accessible at any time from any place through cloud-based services and makes untapped potential highly accessible.


The smooth processes and data-based insights born from this approach help you become faster, always up-to-date and more competitive no matter the market landscape. The potential of digitalization will continue to revolutionize processes along the entire value chain, from design to recycling. Leveraging the full potential of data and digitalization goes beyond merely networking real systems with one another. These systems also need to develop the ability to think and act autonomously. Development is trending in the direction of artificial intelligence, from simple mutual perception and interaction to communication and independent optimization. This also requires integrated information systems that facilitate a continuous exchange of information.


Digitalization is not an option, but a necessity

However, amid all the data and networking along the entire value chain, there is one key component that cannot be overlooked: trust. Plants must trust that data and software accurately represent the technical world and allow personnel to successfully manage everything. Siemens continues to build trust based on innovation as well as technology and domain know-how, with the view that digitalization use cases like the Digital Twin will no longer be an option, but rather a necessity for process industries.


Looking into the future of process industries does not require a crystal ball. But rather data and all the insights that come with it. And software that leverages the potential of digitalization while addressing the specific necessities of process industries. Siemens delivers the robust digital capabilities that can help you adapt and overcome a range of challenges – from new products and changing batch sizes to fluctuations in demand. Seamlessly integrated hardware, robust automation platforms and end-to-end software concepts ensure that any flow of data is always reliable, secure and immediate at your fingertips.


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