Helping you to work smarter, not harder.
We realise downtime is incredibly costly. So we want to help you avoid it.
Intralogistics market leaders are driving customer expectations for unparalleled customer experience. Whether it’s same or next-day delivery of parcels or goods, convenience of returns, or the time it takes to collect passenger or cargo baggage at airport arrivals. To offer this level of service, you have to ensure the highest level of availability to maximise throughput. Siemens Intralogistics Solutions help you work smarter, not harder. This re-balances the supplier and customer relationship, allowing you to deliver positive customer outcomes, without jeopardising cost and operational-efficiency.
Siemens and Ocado have been strategic partners for many years, working together on Ocado’s earlier generation of automated warehouses. The current solution is a step up, and totally consistent with Ocado’s culture and reputation as an innovator and self-disruptor. The Siemens solution, based around the SIMATIC S7 controller, raised the bar and gave Ocado the perfect platform to work from.
Siemens will continue to support Ocado with a technology roadmap that will help Ocado to remain a market leader and serial innovator. Both organisations have a proven track record of overcoming some of the most complex challenges using technology and engineering excellence.
Delivering a highly automated warehouse using this new system took our competitors ten years. We did it in just three. Siemens collaborated with us during crucial stages of the development lifecycle to deliver our assets on time.Andrew Selim, Projects Manager, Ocado
In-house Intralogistics ExpertiseScott Read is a fully-qualified engineer with a degree in Account Management from The Institute of Sales Management (ISM). He has worked closely on both our Amazon and Ocado accounts, helping these world-leading brands to integrate automation and intralogistics into their processes.
Intralogistics is about embracing digitalisation. Understanding the specific challenges customers face will be key to unlocking its true potential.Scott Read – Head of Intralogistics, Siemens UK & Ireland
Digitalization for intralogistics – the key competitive edgeWe help machine manufacturers and end customers to access the advantages of digitalization with our consistent end-to-end portfolio for all key warehouse technologies. Equipping autonomous guided vehicles, conveyors and automated storage systems with seamlessly integrated automation and drive systems is just one part of our offering. It also includes developing new solutions for challenges of today and tomorrow by means of targeted use of the digital twin and the unique combination of our industry expertise, automation products, PLM software and cloud-based IoT operating systems.
The digital twin: real optimization from the virtual world
Digital twin virtual operation warehouse
The digital twin of warehouse operation enables the digital design, simulation, verification and optimization of all intralogistics processes before the start of physical implementation.
Digital twin virtual operation material handling equipment
The digital twin of material handling equipment can be used to digitally plan, simulate, forecast, and optimize these systems, whether they are manual, automated or a combination of both. This enables verification and optimization of throughput capacity and efficiency in an early concept phase. Mechanical and electrical equipment and the automation of the material transport systems can also be simulated, along with the automatic generation of PLC codes as the starting point for virtual commissioning. This enables significant time savings and quality improvements in the PLM process.
Digital twin real operation material handling equipment
The digital twin material handling equipment has shown in the virtual world that the designs and planning are ready for transfer to real operation. Material handling equipment can now be efficiently and reliably operated.
Digital twin real operation warehouse
The operation of material handling equipment generates large amounts of valuable data. This data must be collected and analyzed in order to obtain information from data-generating equipment and application-specific knowledge. Examples:
- Machine status in distributed systems
- Power consumption
- Maintenance information
- Analysis of operating conditions as a trend analysis
- Comparison of real and planned operating conditions to close the feedback loop with the planning phase
To achieve further optimization, systems must be made transparent and data analyzed in distributed, heterogeneous environments. This involves not just obtaining and analyzing data but also linking the data analysis with equipment- and application-specific knowledge. MindSphere, the cloud-based open IoT operating system from Siemens, provides all options for these operations.
Material handling equipment – safe, reliable and efficientMaterial handling equipment needs to do one thing extremely well: It needs to function smoothly and reliably. So much the better if they can achieve that with minimal power consumption and completely automatically, because then they increase throughput and reduce operating costs while improving your plant's environmental balance.
Automated storage systems
Energy efficiency, speed, compactness, and high availability – with these four aspects, we meet all the key needs of our customers. Our integrated automation solutions based on SIMATIC controls and SINAMICS drives offer greater system efficiency and our compact servo motors with high power density enable a lean, high-capacity system design that is viable for the future. We also reduce the energy requirement of automated storage systems with an energy recovery option, multi-axis drives with a common DC link, energy storage options, energy-optimized movements and high-efficiency IE3 and IE4 motors and geared motors. Another benefit: The high speed and positioning accuracy of our speed-controlled drives that use software control to avoid slowdowns due to vibration, thereby optimizing throughput.
Efficient conveyor and sortation systems
We offer our customers central and distributed SINAMICS drive systems with various installation options and functions for the construction and operation of efficient conveyor and sortation systems. The distributed models have motor-mounted and wall-mounted implementations with integrated I/Os for sensors and actuators – optimal for plant manufacturers. To ensure a viable automation that is future-proof, we offer a fully scalable portfolio for all demands on performance and complexity, whether centralized in the control cabinet or distributed in modules in the field. An important factor in the investment phase is ensuring future viability of the automation system. In addition to speed-optimized drives, we also offer energy-optimized operation of the drives, with optional energy recovery for lifting devices as well as high-efficiency IE3 und IE4 motors and geared motors. And with Safety Integrated, we offer a concept with maximum reliability and flexibility for functional safety of your machines or plant with very low expenditure for engineering and commissioning.
Automated guided vehicles (AGVs)
Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) play an important role in a scalable and dynamic design for your logistics center. The SIMOVE AGV system platform combines automation and drive components from Siemens with modular, pretested software. It enables machine manufacturers and end customers to automate their AGV application "out of the box". With standardized and open interfaces, SIMOVE supports the integration of applications from third-party suppliers. AGV manufacturers benefit from reduced planning and engineering effort as well as shorter commissioning time. End customers can use SIMOVE to easily configure various AGVs for their specific requirements. Thanks to standardized automation and drive components, SIMOVE can be seamlessly integrated in existing logistics and production environments.
Know in advance what is up aheadAs an operator of warehouses, you can benefit directly from the many possibilities of our intralogistics solutions. For example, test in advance what impacts specific changes will have on your plant's performance in order to implement new ideas.
As your service partner, we fulfil your requirements with our modular and customer-specific logistics solutions. By tailoring our service contracts to your individual needs, we ensure that your installations can be operated reliably with forward-looking maintenance solutions. We help you to digitalise your processes, enhancing their efficiency and transparency and making them easier to plan – from diagnostics through to data-based action recommendations for your maintenance operations.
You can expect:
- Site audit and gap analysis, including digital readiness health check: we’ll interview stakeholders across different departments to give a true sense of the challenges being faced at every business level
- A personalised presentation, featuring:
- Your digitalised future
- A suite of improvement options for you to choose from
- A detailed integration plan
- Our estimated value of improvements, taking into account the cost of FTEs and engineering support
- A collaborative approach and access to our MHE solution partner network
- A Totally Integrated Automation approach using latest hardware