Digital Enterprise

The digital enterprise is already a reality. To draw on all the benefits of digitalization, businesses must first achieve an end-to-end integration of their data. Completely digitally integrated business processes, and those of the suppliers, can help to generate a digital representation of the entire value chain. This requires an integration of industrial software and automation, expansion of communications networks, security in the area of automation and use of business-specific industrial services.

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Process industries

Digital Enterprise for process industries

To optimize especially long running processes, and to boost flexibility and efficiency, the digital twin can prove very useful for process industry. It's an integrated data model that covers the entire lifecycle of a plant - it can also be created for brownfield plants.

It is essential for plants to remain stable and operate without interruption for decades, while also maintaining maximum energy efficiency. Product quality must not fluctuate at all throughout the entire plant’s service life. Simulating, testing, and optimizing processes and plants before operation in the real world, can help to ensure this.

Gathering and evaluating data on the fly makes it possible to constantly monitor and refine processes. Feedback from the production process and the end customers can be incorporated for further improvement. Unnecessary maintenance work and plant downtime can also be avoided thanks to predictive maintenance.

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Discrete industries

Digital Enterprise for discrete industries

The Digital Enterprise Suite offers the manufacturing industry integrated software and hardware solutions that can be used to seamlessly integrate and digitalize the entire value-added chain, including suppliers. The result is a digital twin that uses a data model to depict the product, process, and manufacturing.

It is also essential to respond flexibly and efficiently to the individual requests of the customers. Products need to get to the market as quickly and simply as possible and at the lowest possible price. Focusing on automation alone is no longer sufficient.

For both manufacturing companies and mechanical engineers to fully benefit from digitalization, the comprehensive, shared database needs to extend from product design to production planning, engineering, production, and services. It also has to incorporate the suppliers and customers.

The experience acquired along the entire value chain then flows back into the design and development processes, creating a beneficial cycle.

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See what a digital enterprise is made of

To help customers leverage the potentials of Industrie 4.0. Siemens already offers a portfolio of solutions that comprises the four core elements of the digital enterprise. With the scalable solutions, companies in the manufacturing and process industries can invest in Industrie 4.0 to become completely and comprehensively digitalized across the entire value chain. Explore the Digital Enterprise with our interactive infographic!
Core elements

Four core elements to create the Digital Enterprise

Discover how software, communications, security and services shape the Digital Enterprise.
Industrial communication networks

Basis of every digitalization solution

High-performance data communication is essential

Digitalization of industry is proceeding apace. Experts estimate that there will be 15 billion connected smart machines by 2020. At the same time, the amount of data will increase dramatically. This shows: digitalization is only possible with high-performance data communication.

Digitalization opens up totally new perspectives for industry and opportunities and potentials are huge. Discover why reliable future-proof industrial networks are the basis of every digitalization solution.


Innovations that help our customers

Siemens’ solutions for the digital enterprise and for mastering the transformation of the energy systems are already available. They provide the industry to fully benefit from the future of manufacturing.

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