Electronics Industry – Change the smart way
Optimize the manufacturing of electronic products with the Digital Enterprise portfolio
Fast growth, new technologies, short product lifecycles, and high complexity are typical drivers in the Electronics Industry. Product designers, electronics manufacturers, and machine builders alike can benefit from the digital transformation by making good use of the endless data generated in their companies. It’s all possible thanks to our Digital Enterprise portfolio, which combines the real and digital worlds and includes smart solutions specifically for the Electronics Industry.
Robot Integration – boost your productivity with easy and uniform integration of robots in machines and lines
Johannes Röck, Tobias Fengel and Günes Bilgen will show you:
- a standardized interface to robots
- SIMATIC Robot Library as uniform program language for robots in TIA Portal
- SIMATIC Robot Integrator as uniform operation across manufacturers
- Live circuit to our robotics lab for the real solution
Turn complexity into a competitive edgeFrom design and manufacturing to service, electronic products have to be launched on the market at short intervals and loaded with innovations, tailored to consumers’ demands, and available in tremendous quantities. How can these many key elements be optimized in a targeted way?
Develop and launch complex products faster
The development of new products generally starts with the designing of concepts that then become prototypes. This makes different iterations and versions resource-intensive and the construction of real prototypes extremely expensive.
The Digital Enterprise simplifies all this. Thanks to the comprehensive approach of the Digital Twin, a new product can already be tested and optimized during development. Manufacturers can use Digital Twins early on to optimally plan new production lines and test them before real production starts. For machine builders, Digital Twins make it possible to precisely align their machines with the manufacturer’s requirements and reduce the risks and time expenditure of real commissioning by performing virtual commissioning.
Fast and confident decisions with the Digital Enterprise
The Digital Enterprise portfolio offers product designers, electronics manufacturers, and machine builders the right hardware and software to meet any challenge. In a true Digital Enterprise, the combination of the real and the digital worlds permits seamless integration of the entire value chain, from design to implementation, while a constant flow of data enables ongoing optimization.
Digital Twins generated from the product design, manufacturing, and field usage data from the IIoT make it possible to overcome limitations of development and perform cross-domain engineering, virtual validation, and ongoing product and process improvements using a closed feedback system supported by cloud-based analyses.
By vertically integrating IT and OT, the Digital Enterprise merges areas that were previously separated. In this way, bulk industrial data is aggregated into valuable information that can accelerate and improve your decision-making processes. Direct connections between the control level, master level, and decision-making level enable the dynamic implementation of initiatives and fast reactions.
Digital Threads offer solutions specifically for the Electronics IndustryAs a means of overcoming challenges, Digital Threads represent a common thread that runs through all the tasks and processes throughout the entire product and production lifecycle. Digital Threads provide digitalized processes and revolutionize the way in which electronic products are developed, produced, and optimized.
Digital Threads at a glance
Digital Threads are the map of your digital journey based on specific business workflows. They function like a subway map that helps you find the best route from point A to point B. For the Electronics Industry this can mean, for example, transitioning from serial work in the mechanical engineering, electronics, and software disciplines to parallel, interdisciplinary development.
The Digital Enterprise enables companies of all sizes to integrate and digitalize their processes using digital threads. Companies can start digitalizing new and existing plants at any point based on standardized and open interfaces.
Save time when developing new products through multidisciplinary, collaborative design
The development of today’s complex electromechanical products requires seamless collaboration between different disciplines like electrical engineering, electronics, mechanical engineering, simulation, software, and data management.
Multidisciplinary design is based on our comprehensive Digital Twin. It includes mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and software in a single collaborative tool and a single environment, permitting the shared use of data and the reuse of existing modules.
Isolated electronic design functions are integrated into a multidisciplinary, collaborative design environment in order to allow simultaneous development and construction by multiple teams in multiple locations. The result is a Shift Left approach that improves efficiency and quality in the early design phases.
Launch better products faster with the Digital Twin
Electronic products offer increasingly complex functions that place high demands on reliability. At the same time, these products have to be launched faster than those of the competition while also being fault-free.
By performing simulations and tests using Digital Twins, it’s possible to arrive at designs that are right the first time – designs that are digitally optimized and whose performance is pre-analyzed.
Company-wide collaboration and the exchange of knowledge, best practices, and results improve the quality and performance of products. High-quality data analyses generate new knowledge for making decisions in real time based on feedback from the Digital Twin.
Efficiently integrate the entire supply chain
Manufacturers are increasingly dependent on supplier parts and services from around the world. The result is a more complex supply chain that poses tremendous challenges to collaboration and data management throughout the entire product lifecycle.
Openness and communication between OEMs and suppliers is essential for the tight integration and real-time feedback loops that connect people, processes, and data on a global level.
NPI and supply chain collaboration requires that suppliers be integrated in product development early on. It also ensures transparency thanks to the availability of precise supplier information in all departments worldwide and provision of the right information at the right time via secure and efficient data transmission.
Increase throughput, availability, and performance
Smart manufacturing permits operational data to be fed back into the entire value chain. As a result, product design and production activities are continuously optimized in a closed decision-making process that increases efficiency and shortens the time to market for new products.
This allows you to break down the silos between different process disciplines so that you can achieve a higher degree of workflow automation through digitalization and increase production efficiency. Thanks to quantitative and qualitative information, you see your business more clearly and are able to make more reliable decisions.
Using synchronized data and analyses, you can detect problem areas that limit productivity and result in failures. At the same time, you gain access to prompt and accurate knowledge so that you can avoid the reliability and safety issues that lead to expensive product recalls and warranty problems.
Manage the entire lifecycle of your products with an integrated data model
Integrated lifecycle management offers flexibility for adapting to changes in business and meeting all the challenges of product development. Companies can take control of product data and processes using a single information source and optimized processes for managing all aspects of the product, from its design to the end of its service life.
By providing a shared work environment for multiple disciplines with the same requirements, you can immediately and drastically improve quality, increase production quantities, reduce cost overruns, and lower the risks around compliance with specifications.
By linking the technical requirements to the product lifecycle, you allow all participants to make product decisions based on the right, defined requirements.
Take advantage of simplicity, speed, flexibility, and sustainabilityWhether you’re a product designer, manufacturer, or machine builder, innovation and production cycles have to be kept as short as possible in order for companies in the Electronics Industry to withstand strong competitive pressure. The goal is to bring out new products faster than your competitors. The Digital Enterprise portfolio for the Electronics Industry offers you four critical advantages: simplicity, speed, flexibility, and sustainability.