TIA from shop floor to top floor

TIA Integration² - Horizontal and vertical integration from shop floor to top floor

By combining the real and digital worlds, Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) enables existing information silos to be broken down and all data generated in the company to be used. Scalable solution packages, the TIA Use Cases, also support digital transformation and show how the challenges of the future can be mastered easily and quickly.

From OT to IT with TIA

In order to use data even more comprehensively and draw well-founded insights from it, powerful data throughput and seamless data processing are necessary, from the field level all the way up to the office level of the company. The TIA concept has a particularly important role to play here.
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Manufacture faster, more flexibly, more securely, and at higher quality with TIA

There’s vast potential in horizontal integration at the field and machine levels and vertical integration from shop floor to top floor. Decision-makers representing plant operators and also machine and plant builders can benefit from this approach.

OT/IT integration

Using standardization to bring OT and IT networks together facilitates data-supported decision-making from the machine to the factory level. TIA provides seamless consistency and ensures that data is always up to date and available. That applies to new and existing systems alike. Machines that still lack connectivity can be retrofitted with the TIA portfolio and to realize the transparency needed for fast and accurate decision-making.

Efficient engineering

Traditional machine and plant engineering is structured sequentially: The mechanical, electrical, and automation elements follow each other, and each discipline has to wait for the preceding work to be completed. Efficient engineering using TIA, on the other hand, enables interdisciplinary and parallel work on the same project. Short, agile sprints and the use of libraries and modules reduce development time and improve quality. The same applies to automation: Continuous Integration allows several developers to work continuously on the latest PLC code, and quality is assured by a process of ongoing simulation.


From engineering to the real machine, simulation plays an important role. From simulating an initial design to a virtual prototype and simulating the engineering, the process generates a digital twin that becomes more and more detailed over time. This means machines can be virtually commissioned prior to delivery. In line integration and system design, simulation also helps optimize design, processes, and workflows – not only prior to commissioning but also during live operation, for example, before a product switchover or an expansion of production capacities.


The growth of networking in machines and systems calls for more effective protection from cyber attacks. That requires an end-to-end approach that covers all relevant levels. Based on the recommendations of the leading security standard for the industry, IEC 62443, we apply the principle of Defense in Depth, comprising the three levels of plant security, network security, and system integrity.

An important factor is the need to protect automation systems using integrated security functions: for example, secured, TLS-based communication between controllers and HMIs and a central user management system that makes it possible to assign specific access rights to each user.

TIA in practical use

TIA produces TIA – in the Lighthouse Factory Electronics Works Amberg

The Siemens Electronics Works Amberg (EWA) is not only where elements in the TIA portfolio like SIMATIC controllers are produced – the production itself is also controlled by TIA. Since 2021, Electronics Works Amberg has been named a Lighthouse Factory by the World Economic Forum (WEF), because as a digital factory it was able to increase production capacity by 140 percent despite a doubling of product complexity, with no increase in power or resource consumption.
All the components needed for a successful digital transformation are used at Electronics Works Amberg. The IIoT stack is consistent from shop floor to cloud and allows for seamless data integration from our suppliers to our customers.
Dr. Gunter Beitinger, SVP Manufacturing & Head of Factory Digitalization at Siemens

The future of automation with TIA

The Siemens Electronics Works Amberg (EWA) lives and breathes the TIA automation strategy. It’s where the TIA portfolio can be said to produce itself: for example, the SIMATIC S7-1500 controllers that are manufactured there but also control the production machinery. 

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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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