Siemens established its first American manufacturing site in 1892, in Chicago. Since then the U.S. has become Siemens’ largest market in the world. A big part of what enables Siemens to serve this market effectively is its manufacturing base. Out of Siemens’ 50,000 U.S. employees, 10,000 work in manufacturing. The company takes great pride in having 60 U.S.-based manufacturing, digital, and R&D facilities.
Siemens not only makes products in the U.S. but also works for and with manufacturers, striving every day to increase innovation and competitiveness.
While being committed as ever to industrial hardware, Siemens has gone through a digital transformation that places it among the top-10 software companies in the world. Siemens has done this by ramping up R&D spending; by making strategic acquisitions; and by strengthening its software portfolio, automation strategies, and digital solutions.
This gives Siemens the capability to work with manufacturers of all sizes to effectively manage their own digital transformation.
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Solutions for ManufacturingThe moment factory managers connect data to an open-cloud platform and leverage the Internet of Things, they’ll unlock the power of artificial intelligence. And then by refocusing workers on new tasks, they’ll unlock human intelligence as well. They’ll cut a path to predictive maintenance and continuous uptime — and to competing on a whole new level. That’s why Siemens has focused on easier ways for plant-floor leaders to deploy data-driven business models.
The Digital Enterprise
Siemens offers our customers unmatched clarity and vision as we lead them through the challenges of digital transformation, helping them expand their business’ capability and performance, increase value, and attain new levels of possibility and opportunity.
Digitalization enables industry to turn its product ideas into reality in a new way by drawing on technological trends like generative design and intelligent models. Additive manufacturing and advanced robotics put production on an innovative footing, and the use of cloud solutions and knowledge automation lets machine builders develop new service models.
Digital transformation means our customers will be able to do things they have never done before—relying on our software and operating systems, cybersecurity leadership, and “digital twin” capabilities.
Siemens’ cloud-based operating system — MindSphere — connects products, plants, systems, and machines, enabling the use of highly advanced analytics to harness the wealth of data generated by the Internet of Things (IoT).
MindSphere delivers wide range of device and enterprise system connectivity protocol options, industry applications, advanced analytics and an innovative development environment that utilizes both Siemens’ open Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) capabilities along with access to AWS cloud services.
Through these capabilities, MindSphere connects real things to the digital world and provides powerful industry applications and digital services to help drive business success.
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Developing the 21st Century Workforce
As manufacturing workers unlock the potential of data, artificial intelligence, and new digital tools, they will be the ones who influence and strengthen manufacturing for generations to come. Manufacturers, however, cannot expect the next generation of workers to come to them; companies need to go where the workers are. And every step along the way, the goal must be: reach more people, expand inclusion, and show that, even in a factory with smart robots, people are what matter most.
Apprenticeships are a key way to attract new workers. This approach is not new, but apprenticehips provide exactly what evolving manufacturing positions require: hands-on training and classroom instruction in the STEM fields.
Siemens has expanded its U.S. apprenticeship program to a total of nine states. The program is focused on advanced manufacturing, and includes a community college partner, with a customized curriculum, at each site.
To recruit people with backgrounds in computer science and software engineering, Siemens is creating new strategic programs with schools. These enable students with digital talent to work at Siemens while receiving college credit. Similar to our apprenticeship program for advanced manufacturing, these programs also enable students to position themselves to be hired after graduation.
In addition to that, Siemens invests $50 million annually in continuing education, and has hired nearly 2,500 U.S. military veterans, many of whom work in manufacturing, since 2011.