Manufacture consumer packed goods faster and more flexibly with the Digital Enterprise


Digitalization is opening up new potential for the consumer goods industry

The megatrend of customization also extends to the consumer goods industry. Demand for increasingly personalized and individualized products with extremely short delivery times and affordable prices is creating new challenges for manufacturers. Thanks to digitalization with the Digital Enterprise solution portfolio, new approaches can be adopted in product recipe formulation as well as packaging design.

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Digital Threads

Master the challenges of complexity in manufacturing

Manufacturers are facing an explosion of complexity: In consumer-driven markets, demand for personalization and individualization is growing. New variants, produced fast and with highest quality, can be handled easier thanks to Digital Threads.

Discover the Digital Threads in the food and beverage industry

Digital Threads are a critical part of our Digital Enterprise strategy. Each of the five threads anchors in one of the Digital Twins from product development all the way to tracking the final product. The Digital Threads help solving the most important customer problems independent of company size and market. They can be implemented individually for each company, starting where value is created.

Leverage your existing IP for new projects

Integrated Program and Lifecycle Management is a revolutionary way of working, integrating, and orchestrating relevant business processes – from Brand Portfolio Management to Product Lifecycle Management. Whenever you create a new initiative, you can look back at all the IP you have in your organization and leverage it. For example, if you have a new flavor you only have to invest the work to create the new flavor. Then you can reuse everything you’ve created for previous products, adapt it and save a lot of time.

Pave the way for continuous innovation

In the food and beverage industry, the product comprises for example the beverage and the packaging. Developing a new product requires a multidisciplinary design. Building a bridge between R&D and manufacturing for beverage and packages with Smart Product and Process Design helps accelerate development. Simulation, validation, documentation, and use of virtual assets all around the world for are the foundation for continuous innovation.

Adapt to changing requirements

Product Design and Optimization enables validation and commissioning of new facilities or modifying existing facilities in the virtual world. This helps explore many different possibilities and save significant amounts of time and money, for example with the Module Type Package industry standard and Digital Twins. You can also use virtual reality to validate the cooperation between humans and robots for ergonomic workplaces.

Combining the real and the digital worlds

Flexible Manufacturing provides seamless transition from the digital world with design, engineering, and simulation to shopfloors with the right technology to effectively manage operation and automate execution.

Gain insights and continuously optimize products and production

Use the latest technologies to capture data and gain new insights. Edge and cloud analytics help to better understand performance of a plant or for predictive maintenance of the equipment on-site and remotely. Siemens Trusted Traceability consists of the three layers IoT, MindSphere, and Blockchain.

Digital Enterprise – Infinite opportunities from infinite data

Infinite opportunities from infinite data with the Digital Enterprise

The Digital Enterprise enables companies of every sector to integrate and digitalize their business processes. Companies can start with digitalization at any step of their value chain, for greenfield and brownfield plants, and based on standardized and open interfaces.

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Boost agility and enhance resilience with smart financing solutions

Financial solutions for the food and beverage industry

The food and beverage industry is changing rapidly to cope with the changing nature of supply and demand, developing technologies, digitalization and new ways of working. Siemens supports them with intelligent and flexible financing solutions.

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Digital enterprises produce more flexible and with maximum quality

Digitalization in the consumer packed goods industry

Companies become digital enterprises by integrating and digitalizing the entire value chain.


For every step from developing a new product through to continuously optimizing a plant, Siemens provides a coordinated portfolio of hardware and software.

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Digital Enterprise

The holistic approach to optimize the entire value chain

The production process in detail

The Digital Enterprise enables manufacturing companies to streamline and digitalize their entire business process, seamlessly integrating suppliers into the mix. They can begin at any point of their value chain, from product design to service, and can extend digitalization gradually, depending on their current needs.

Siemens offers the right solution for each step in the production process.

Siemens services help make your consumer goods production more efficient while improving availability. They improve system transparency and help you detect defects in electrical or mechanical components before they appear. You can reduce power and maintenance costs, and plan your maintenance activities to fit in perfectly with your production cycle.

Product design / formulation

Product design and packaging

Developing the formulation for a new product that will satisfy consumer tastes and comply with all regulatory requirements is becoming increasingly complex. The SIMATIC IT R&D Suite helps structure the development process more efficiently and develop new products quickly. The resulting data can be re-used in the subsequent process and production stages, such as details of the ingredients used for the packaging label.


The packaging can also be designed and simulated in a virtual environment using NX – Industrial Design & Styling. This will reveal how effective the packaging will be on the shelf, the extent of the material costs and how they can be reduced, and how stable the packaging is. Placement, size, and details of labels can also be simulated and optimized.

Production planning

Production planning

To identify bottlenecks or overcapacities in good time, Plant Simulation can be used to plan, simulate, and optimize production in advance. Star CCM+ also makes it possible to simulate liquids, and thus identify how the product will behave when being mixed or filled, and how this will affect the production workflow. Simplify production lines using Line Designer by creating and simulating the layout in a virtual setting. And the Mechatronics Concept Designer optimizes construction of the necessary machinery by simulating the way different elements will work together, e.g. machine functions such as kinematics, and product properties such as newly designed packaging. 

Production engineering

Production engineering

The many functions applied in engineering the automation process using the Totally Integrated Automation Portal (TIA Portal) make parameterization easier and help achieve the best possible result, quickly and without error. A comprehensive database also assists with the virtual commissioning of the new machine: Thanks to the realistic simulation of functions and program codes using SIMIT and PLCSIM Advanced, errors can be identified and rectified at an early stage. That means you can complete the real commissioning of the machine on-site faster and with less risk of error.

Production execution

Primary and secondary

SIMATIC IT UA PI makes smooth and efficient production a reality. The MOM platform for the process industry, in conjunction with SIMATIC WinCC, lets you plan production tasks and enables reliable quality control and end-to-end reporting, in order to optimize production further. By analyzing process data, you can view consumption transparently, helping you keep power costs under lasting control by introducing an energy management system.


Use data for optimization

The data generated in the production process can be used in the ongoing optimization of both products and production. The Cloud-based, open IoT operating system MindSphere enables the data to be gathered, processed and analyzed securely. The insights gained in this way can be fed back into the overall development and production process, facilitating targeted design changes or improvements to the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) of the production lines. 

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Practical examples of digitization in the consumer goods industry

Digitalization is opening up new opportunities for efficient, fast production of consumer goods with maximum flexibility.

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Produce consumer goods with the help of digital twins

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