Integration³ – Totally Integrated Automation expands thanks to the integration of future technologies

Our Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) portfolio is constantly expanding to include more innovative technologies. For example, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, Blockchain, cognitive engineering, and 5G will strongly define the future of automation. To ensure seamless integration, Siemens is already incorporating all these in its thinking for TIA and integrating them step by step. This benefits companies by helping them remain future-proof and prepared for existing and future challenges.

Learn what experts are saying about the future of automation

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There has been a substantial increase in our customers’ desire for self-optimizing plants. We have responded, and can now offer solutions that will make this possible in the right way for industry.
Franz Menzl, Innovation Management Factory Automation
Current interest theme: AI

Get even more out of automation with artificial intelligence

Data-driven process optimization is becoming increasingly important for machine builders and plant operators. Due to the increasing use of intelligent system components that are able to produce own data, the requirement to make use of this information in order to derive measures from them is also increasing.


The use of artificial intelligence makes the handling and processing of this data significantly easier, faster and more precise. However, implementing artificial intelligence isn’t possible in no time. In addition to creating and validating an AI model, another major challenge is its reliable and stable implementation in the plant process. TIA significantly facilitates this task as well.

Artificial intelligence in the SIMATIC

Our approach to this challenge is a constantly growing, perfectly coordinated range of AI-enabled hardware and software portfolio in which innovations are integrated step by step. With the new S7-1500 TM NPU (Neural Processing Unit) we provide a module that integrates seamlessly into the automation system and helps to implement image-based AI solutions, for example.

Practical example: AI in quality assurance

In manufacturing processes, quality control can cause a bottleneck that costs time and resources.The video shows the possibilities of how artificial intelligence in quality assurance can ensure higher product quality - from data collection and labeling to training and processing of neural networks with the AI module SIMATIC S7-1500 TM NPU.

Further information about AI in industry

White paper

Everything about the future of automation

The next wave of revolution is all about intelligent automation leveraging the benefits of autonomous systems, cognitive automation engineering, and blockchain. These innovative technologies will become established and fundamentally change manufacturing as we know it. Find out more about why, how, and when the new age of automation will dawn, plus the potential it will open up.

Reimagining factory automation

Factory automation has played a pivotal role in the evolution of manufacturing from the early days of manual control through relays and switches to the advanced digital platforms that are seen today. Increasing productivity, achieving mass production, and improving efficiencies have been a perennial quest for manufacturers and have been catalysts for advancements in automation.

White paper: Future of Automation

The future of automation – a primer

Outlook to the impact of new IT technologies on industry

Automation powered by new IT technologies is driving a new chapter in industrial revolution. Learn more about how capabilities such artificial intelligence and predictive skills can shape the future of industrial automation.

White paper: Blockchain in manufacturing

Blockchain in manufacturing

What is Blockchain and what are its benefits?

A Blockchain is an incorruptible, decentralized, and distributed digital ledger that can be programmed to record any digital transaction or information. These records of information contain a timestamp, a link to the previous block, and the transaction data.

White paper: Cognitive engineering

The move toward cognitive engineering

How artificial intelligence is supporting engineering

Cognitive engineering leverages product and process data to envision potential scenarios through the use of artificial intelligence. Engineers can use it as a tool to ideate, visualize, and make better decisions in real time.

White paper: The potential of augmented reality

Augmented reality in the future of automation

Augmented reality offers huge potential

Augmented reality (AR) can help in digital simulation of a product or information as it gets overlaid onto a real-world environment. Frost & Sullivan analysis is suggestive of the tremendous real-world potential that AR has in the context of manufacturing.

White paper: Autonomous systems

From automation to autonomy - autonomous system

Requirements of autonomous systems

Considered a subset of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and information engineering, autonomous systems require several core technical elements to function: a locomotion system; mapping for autonomous navigational algorithms; and self-maintenance and environmental-sensing technologies.

White paper: Edge computing

Moving to the edge

The importance of edge computing for industry

Edge computing is rapidly advancing to become an important technology for gathering, controlling and analyzing machine and plant data on the network's edge. This white paper helps you understand how edge computing is emerging to be a critical technology.


Increase creativity by thinking outside the box

Here at Siemens, we firmly believe working together is crucial if we want to make real progress. That’s why we introduced “InnoThursday,” which is designed to increase creativity and openness in a constructive atmosphere. Not only do we want to integrate new technologies step by step, but also to discover new methods of working together, test them out, and turn them into new standards.

How “Thinking outside the box” workshops work

In a blog post, Martin Raab from Siemens Digital Industries presents the idea behind the creative workshops on “InnoThursday.” The plan is to work with customers to develop new ideas and concepts to help overcome urgent problems. The prerequisites for sudden brainwaves are creative environments and tools, and the ability to deal with each other on less formal terms – the focus must be on open interaction.

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Get to know all the dimensions of TIA integration

Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) brings together what belongs together –hardware, software, services, IT, and OT – and keeps on growing steadily with the integration of new technologies. Discover everything that’s in TIA, the leading automation concept from Siemens, and how it all works together to create a unique product for machine builders and industrial enterprises.


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With Totally Integrated Automation, you can rely on a future-proof automation concept. Contact us to learn more about the specific benefits for your company.