More flexible production, greater productivity, and the development of new business models are all possible today thanks to digital solutions. But the future of industry offers even more potential: Cutting-edge technologies will create new opportunities for both discrete and process industries to fulfill their customers’ individual requirements.
The Digital Enterprise solution portfolio enables industrial companies of all sizes to implement current and future technologies for the automation and digitalization. Thus, they can tap into the full potential of Industrie 4.0 and get ready for the next level of their digital transformation journey.
How companies can make the most of the opportunities presented by digitalizationIn order to enable companies to make the most out of digitalization, Siemens developed Digital Enterprise – a holistic portfolio of software and automation solutions. It supports discrete and process industries to become faster, more flexible, and more efficient.
Digitalization of the entire value chain
The Digital Enterprise enables companies of every sector to integrate and digitalize their business processes. Companies can start with digitalization at any step of their value chain, for greenfield and brownfield plants, and based on standardized and open interfaces.
Merging the virtual and the real world
Developing a new product, planning a new plant, or producing with the help of digital tools creates a detailed virtual image, the digital twin. The digital twin creates new insights, thanks to the combination of physics-based simulations with data analytics in a fully virtual environment. This makes it possible to realize innovations faster and more reliable, while also requiring significantly fewer real prototypes. Even more data is created when the product is being produced or a plant begins operation. The performance data of the production and real product is being collected, analyzed and fed back into development.
The digital twin is the precise virtual model of a product or a production plant. It displays their development throughout the entire lifecycle and allows operators to predict behavior, optimizing performance, and implement insights from previous design and production experiences.
Continuous optimization with the comprehensive Digital Twin
Our comprehensive concept of the digital twin consists of three forms: the digital twin of the product, the digital twin of production, and the digital twin of the performance of both product and production. Thanks to our deep domain expertise and optimized tools, Siemens is the only company that offers this holistic approach. There is tremendous value gained from performing "what if" scenarios and predicting future performance with the digital twin. The ultimate goal of the digital twin is in the closed-loop connection between the virtual world of product development and production planning with the physical world of production system and product performance. Through this connection actionable insight is gained from the physical world for informed decisions throughout the lifecycle of products and production operations.
Siemens enables the horizontal integration of Digital Twins along the entire value chain
Seamless horizontal integration bridges the gaps between former information silos and connects everything from product innovation to product in use. Horizontal integration and mapping to the digital twins generate a large volume of data. The goal is to make more intensive and comprehensive use of this data.
Driving the Industrial IoT by vertically integrating Operational Technology and Information Technology
Vertical integration adds data analytic capabilities to the shop floor. In other words: operation technology (OT) is now combined with information technology (IT) capabilities. As a result, this provides entirely new findings and optimization potential, ranging from predictive maintenance and condition monitoring to improved validation and quality management processes and entirely new business models, such as pay per use.
Vertical integration – based on Edge, MindSphere, and Mendix for low-code app development
The approach also enables the use of artificial intelligence with industrial applications. Vertical integration and its ability to combine OT and IT is thus driving implementation of the Industrial Internet of Things. A prerequisite for vertical integration is ensuring seamless data throughput across all interfaces, from different field devices and systems to higher-level control systems and platforms, and even the cloud.
What a Digital Enterprise is made of
To help customers leverage the potentials of Industrie 4.0. Siemens already offers a portfolio of solutions that comprises the core elements of the Digital Enterprise. With the scalable solutions, companies in the discrete and process industries can invest in Industrie 4.0 to become completely and comprehensively digitalized across the entire value chain.
Ready for the future with integrated cutting-edge technologiesIntegrated cutting-edge technologies in the Digital Enterprise portfolio enable smart usage of data. This paves the way for the next level of the digital transformation of industry: the convergence of information technology and operational technology.
MindSphere, the cloud-based, open IoT operating system
MindSphere enables industrial companies of various sizes worldwide to link their machines and physical infrastructure to the cloud and the Internet of Things. It uniquely simplifies the challenges of many industries, regarding connectivity, data analysis and prediction or the development of own applications and new business models and therefore it supports every company of its digital transformation journey.