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SPACE UG: A Network of Best Practice

Siemens Process Automation and Control Engineering User Group (SPACE UG) is a community of Siemens users who regularly meet to share industry expertise, insight and best practice with each other. The purpose of the User Group is to connect ourselves as the vendor and our end users together in an open forum, creating the direct opportunity to receive feedback and shape the development of our platform.
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Process Automation

Who is SPACE UG for?

The User Group is designed for our community of SIMATIC PCS 7 users, made up of End Users, Solution Partners and EPCs. The group includes representatives from all of the major Process Industry sectors within GB&I and provides the opportunity for all stakeholders from management, operations, project management, maintenance and engineering to network, collaborate, share their knowledge and learn about the latest industry trends and topics. The opportunity to connect digitally is provided through the SPACE UG LinkedIn community and we actively encourage discussion and idea sharing in this forum.
SPACE UG conference

What is the SPACE UG annual conference?

The SPACE UG annual conference is the culmination of the groups activities and is designed over its 2-day duration to provide all attendees with a wealth of opportunity to engage and develop a collaborative community of best practice, in an open and relaxed environment. Our users shape the direction and content of the conference by contributing their experiences of using the SIMATIC PCS 7 platform in the form of breakout sessions. It also provides the opportunity to get up to speed with the latest technology trends, industry topics and innovations in our platform.
SPACE UG Chairman

Brian Lawson

The User Group is chaired by Brian Lawson, Non-Executive Director at Projex Solutions Limited. Brian has an extensive background and knowledge of the Process Industries with a career in the pharmaceutical sector working for a number of major manufacturers including Smith and Nephew, GlaxoSmithKline, and most recently Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories in Mirfield, before taking a change in direction to lead the creation and operation of the Process Manufacturing Centre (PMC) at Kirklees College. The PMC is a specialist training facility focused on the development of resource and competence in the process sector. Most recently, Brian has moved on from his journey with the PMC and amongst other things, has taken the position of Non-Executive Director at Projex Solutions Limited, continuing his connection with the Process Industries.

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Virtual SPACE UG 2021 webinar series

Take a look at our upcoming breakout sessions below.

Thursday 20 May, 11:00 - 12:00 | Presented by Steve Leech and Dave Adams, Siemens Digital Industries

 

April saw the release of the latest version of SIMATIC PCS 7, version 9.1. During this virtual breakout session we will give you an overview of the new functionality and opportunities that the release brings, from both a software and hardware perspective. We will also be including some of the things that may have passed you by as we have evolved the platform over the years.

 

Three reasons to attend:

  1. Get an insight into our latest release, SIMATIC PCS 7 V9.1
  2. Understand what the release means for you as a PCS 7 user and the potential opportunities
  3. Ask our experts about the platform and the future developments

 

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Thursday 10 June, 11:00 - 12:00 | Presented by Steve Leech, Siemens Digital Industries and Steve Callaghan, Seqirus

 

At their site in Liverpool, Seqirus product egg-based influenza vaccines and SIMATIC PCS 7 has been at the heart of their process. After a recent upgrade, Seqirus started to utilise the SIMATIC Management Console to support their facility. This session will give you an overview of their operations, the SIMATIC PCS 7 system they have installed on site and their experiences of SIMATIC Management Console.

 

Three reasons to attend:

  1. Hear from one the user communities longest serving users on their experiences with SIMATIC Management Console
  2. Get an update on the development of the product
  3. Understand the potential that SIMATIC Management Console could bring to you as a PCS 7 user

 

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Thursday 8 July, 11:00 - 12:00 | Presented by Dom Francis and Dan Burbridge, Siemens Digital Industries

 

Buildin on the Seqirus SIMATIC Management Console (SMMC) experiences, we will take you on a deep dive into its functionality and how it could add value to you as an end user and a Solution Partner. We will also discuss the role of SMMC in app based solutions like SIMATIC PCS myExpert.

 

Three reasons to attend:

  1. Hear from our experts and see the latest development of the SIMATIC Management Console
  2. Get a hands-on view of how to make the most of the product
  3. See just how simple it is to use and deploy

 

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Thursday 12 August, 11:00 - 12:00 | Presented by Steve Leech and Martin Coley, Siemens Digital Industries and Steve Manders, Synthomer

 

At their site in Stallingborough, Synthomer has been a user of Siemens DCS systems for many years and it plays a key role in the production of aqueous polymers which are used in the coatings, constructions and textiles industries, to name a few. During this virtual breakout session, you will hear how Synthomer have been developing their PCS 7 solution and aligning with the Ready4Future strategy as they plan operations for the long term.

 

Three reasons to attend:

  1. Hear from a fellow user on their PCS 7 journey
  2. Understand the Ready4Future strategy
  3. See the value of APL and CMT

 

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Thursday 9 September, 11:00 - 12:00 | Presented by Steve Leech and Martin Coley, Siemens Digital Industries

 

Building on the Synthomer session, join Steve Leech and Martin Coley as they take a deep dive into the Ready4Future strategy and what it really means for you as a PCS 7 end user.

 

Three reasons to attend:

  1. Hear from our experts and what Ready4Future means for you
  2. Get a hands-on view of how to bring this to life
  3. Understand the role of both the hardware and software in evolving your installation

 

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Thursday 14 October, 11:00 - 12:00 | Presented by Steve Leech and Martin Coley, Siemens Digital Industries and Jeremy Hands, Actemium Automation Teesside

 

Lianhetech chose a combination of Siemens and Actemium Automation Teesside to deliver a major site expansion at their site in Seal Sands. This created an excellent opportunity to look at the options available for the delivery of the SIMATIC PCS 7 hardware and software platform in a different way, taking advantage of technology choices such as Profinet, the Compact Field Unit and Control Module Types. This breakout session will explore these options and the decisions behind the selection and the impact on operations.

 

Three reasons to attend:

  1. Hear how our latest approaches are being delivered in a real-world application
  2. Understand what the use of CMT's means to delivery
  3. Gain insight into some of the considerations and opportunities around a simple task such as hardware selection

 

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Thursday 11 November, 11:00 - 12:00 | Presented by Steve Leech, Siemens Digital Industries, Robert Atkinson, Syngenta and Tony Scorgie, Baker Hughes

 

Join two of our longest SIMATIC PCS 7 users in Syngenta and Baker Hughes as they discuss their experiences with the platform, their challenges and their thoughts on the future development.

 

Three reasons to attend:

  1. Hear from two of your fellow SIMATIC PCS 7 users
  2. Understand their journeys with the platform
  3. Gain insight on their challenges, opportunities and how their use of the platform has developed over time

 

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Thursday 9 December, 11:00 - 12:00 | Presented by Dom Francis and Dave Adams, Siemens Digital Industries

 

With the release of SIMATIC PCS neo V3.1, we will take you through the latest features of the release and look further into the future in terms of what the roadmap has in store.

 

 

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Please sign up using the form to attend newly added Virtual SPACE UG 2021 breakout sessions. If you register for the series you will get notifications and access to all webinars without having to register every time. We look forward to seeing you there!

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