Digital Enterprise Leads End-User Agenda

Monday, July 20, 2015 12:11 pm EDT

By:

Todd Gardner, Vice President, Process Industries and Drives Division

Siemens recently held its 20th annual Automation Summit in Las Vegas, where more than 350 end users, integrators and solution partners gathered for best practice sharing on topics important to the success of today’s manufacturing and processing operations. Many got to experience firsthand the numerous Siemens solutions found along the Las Vegas Strip, including:

  • CityCenter, a multi-billion dollar mixed-use urban development, uses Siemens as a primary technology partner for building technologies, electrical distribution and control, energy conservation consulting and lighting technologies.
  • Siemens Elfa hybrid drive propulsion systems are used by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada in articulated buses.
  • Siemens Simotics variable frequency drives (VFD) help reduce energy consumption and operating costs at several MGM Resorts properties, including those connected to 20 year-old chillers at The Mirage that save $20,000 per month in operating costs and prevent nearly five million pounds of CO2 emissions annually.
  • Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino uses Siemens motion control solutions to move and rotate its 140 ton stage production.

But what was truly apparent at this year’s Automation Summit is the desire among processing customers to increase productivity and flexibility across a plant’s life cycle. Chemical, petrochemical and oil and gas processing companies are facing increased competitive pressures as a result of new and changing regulations, markets, and technologies.

Enter Siemens digital platform.

With more than 40% of connected devices in the manufacturing sector, Siemens has invested heavily in its digital platform offering so our manufacturing and processing customers can increase productivity and achieve greater flexibility in production.  Our digital enterprise provides a unique integrated portfolio of hardware, software and services for seamless digitalization of the plant, resulting in a smooth exchange of data – from the plant design and engineering stage through installation, operation and modernization to cloud-based services.

Take, for example, WACKER, a global chemical company with 25 production sites worldwide.  With a global footprint, documentation of the plants could be found in a wide variety of forms.  Several of WACKER’s plants use Siemens COMOS computer automated engineering system, linking engineers and thousands of schematics across the globe to a single platform for transparency and efficiency.  This eliminates interface problems and data inconsistencies for improved productivity in plant engineering. 

Dow Corning also embraces digitalization, and as presenter during the Summit, detailed how the company is connecting multiple control systems from different vendors installed at 22 plants globally.

Siemens is paving the way for industry by digitally integrating design, engineering and operation.  As an early leader in digitalization for industry, we have invested heavily in this direction.  During the past decade, Siemens has invested significantly in mergers, acquisitions and R&D.  Our innovations and investments are directed at a future where every industrial enterprise will have a digital twin.  This digital and physical collaboration will provide companies with the advantages to compete globally.

When companies take this approach and they are able to achieve the intelligent collaboration of the digital and the physical worlds, they will gain advantages that are absolutely vital for their competitiveness.