Siemens Competence Group

– The future of automation and digitalization is now

Knowledge sharing and practical training across industries

Automation and digitalization are closer than we think. As enterprises and industries are transforming the way they operate, the Siemens Competence Group is a valuable community and resource to help you develop the skillsets needed.

The Competence Group consists of different industries coming together, ranging from manufacturers, end-users, integrators, educators and students to network, share insights and gain practical experience about the benefits of smarter operations with automation and digitalization.

Learn, develop and share

Learn from a network of industry peers and Siemens experts during practical in-person meetings and hands-on web meetings and training. You can access a unique database of previous and coming knowledge-sharing web meetings covering dedicated themes/topics.


Develop your skillset and competence with unique and tailored training workshops within the Siemens portfolio.


Share and engage with the community to get help, ask questions and receive suggestions from the network to resolve your challenges. The group gives input on upcoming themes to cover.

Simulating the future NOW

Do you have a concept, new operational procedure, or product you want to simulate in a real-life environment? Siemens simulation platforms offer a secure environment to design, test, and optimize your automation projects and accelerate your digital transformation.

Industries benefit from saving time, cost efficiency, ensuring quality results, limiting risks, and accelerating the time to market.


Learn automation and production simulation


Siemens Competence Group offers different training workshops focused on the SIMIT Simulation tool, simulation-based engineering tool covering virtual commissioning to operator training, and PLCSIM Advanced, which allows functional simulation while configuring and engineering without a physical connection.


Depending on the level of simulation you would like to develop, you can select training workshops ranging from 1 day, 2 days or 3 days.



We currently offer:

1 Day: NEW - More effective and higher automation by use of SIMIT

The SIMIT – Trainingworkshop @ 1 Day I New Generation has 2 main use cases.

Use case 1 is for the automation engineer everyday work perspective focuses on how automation engineers/programmers at junior and senior levels can work more effectively by learning PLCSIM advanced - SIMIT from automation, motion control, media, and pre-safety verification. 

Use case 2 is for Project Upfront & downstream perspective and start with that we create the specification for the application or process in SIMIT and then start to realize the automation towards the digital twin of the application or process in SIMIT.


2 Days: Designing a Digital Twin

- automation and mechanics from automation engineers’ perspective

During the 2 days, we learn the synchronized solution PLCSIM Advanced – SIMIT with mechanical models in NX MCD /MCD Player. We work with CAD models with physics, motion curves, and robot visualization to develop realistic digital twins for a wider audience such as operators, project leaders, decision-makers. On the second day, you have the option to bring your model or work with the models provided by Siemens.


3 Days: Optimizing interdisciplinary collaboration

- through parallel digital workflow, automation, robot, mechanics


During 3 days of workshops, mechanical and automation engineers come together where mechanical engineers learn the NX MCD standalone tool and combine this workflow with their existing CAD tool. Automation engineers learn PLCSIM Advanced – SIMIT. The combined teams add an interdisciplinary perspective to optimize their work, identify problems together, and effectively test solutions with low risks, resulting in a more accurate digital twin. Day 1, the teams work separately, Day 2, the teams solve the solution together, Day 3, the teams work on Siemens models or your own models.



2 Days: Streamlining production with Plant Simulation and SIMIT Simulation Tools


During these 2 days, production and automation engineers learn how to create models from scratch using the Plant Simulation Platform, a premium tool for production simulation. It is designed to optimize the early phases of the production line by eliminating bottlenecks, increasing utilization, and streamline throughput.

Automation engineers benefit from viewing (in 3D) the production impact of different signals. The simulation experiments in Plant Simulation will also send realistic return signals to SIMIT to evaluate and act. The 2-way communication interface facilitates collaboration between production and automation engineers leading to faster project implementation and improved quality.

Day 1, you learn Plant Simulation and how to create models from scratch. During Day 2, you are introduced to the SIMIT tool, and you will learn how to run a combined project.

Protect your business with software safety,  functional safety, safety and risk management 

Assessing and reducing practical risks lead to safety assurance.


Step 1:  3,5 hours: Practical risk reduction


This is targeted to C-level and positions with strategic responsibility and for those with operative responsibility and performers. This depends on the industry or if elements of process safety are required. Practical risk assessment and reduction and software within functional safety are included.


Identifying systematic failures

To ensure the right input to Step 2, where we focus on in-depth know-how within the functional safety area, we take a closer look at both systematic failures within the robust hardware design and control and avoidance of systematic failures within software safety design and modification.


We learn by using a system everyone can relate to, where software in general and software safety are some of the total barriers within risk reduction. The participants choose between 2 systems. One system includes typical hybrid functionality, i.e., both typical barriers/risk reduction in discrete industries and process industries. The other system is pure and related to discrete industries, machinery barriers/risk reduction.


Step 2:  3 hours: Deeper know-how in functional safety

We take an in-depth look at functional safety in general and software safety insurance and assurance. After participating and passing the test after Step 1, we summarize Step 1 and add some more know-how during a total of one hour. Participants solve some challenges as a team for a maximum of 4 hours. From a pedagogical perspective, we have a stepwise methodology to have the correct input to each step. This Step 2 is to be prepared for Step 3.


Step 3:  3 hours: Safety in the security environment


We explore safety in the security environment and usage of AI in the safety context.

To plan and implement the themes in the organization, safety, effectiveness, and quality in combination can secure competitive advantages. We learn from initiated sources.