Best Practices in Manufacturing Set for Siemens 2017 Automation Summit

Monday, April 17, 2017 10:19 am EDT


  • Volatile markets, globalization and digitalization major pain points
  • New research suggests progress in digitalization, but improvement needed
  • Certified product and solutions training + 50 user-led presentations in chemicals, fiber, food and beverage, oil and gas and more


Online registration for Siemens 2017 Automation Summit is now open, with hundreds of Siemens solution partners and end users gathering in Boca Raton, FL for best practice sharing in manufacturing and processing.  This year’s Automation Summit will take place at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, Waldorf Astoria Resort, and digitalization will be a key topic of discussion as companies seek solutions to overcome industry’s most pressing challenges.


According to a soon-to-be published research study conducted by London-based Longitude Research, on behalf of Siemens, digitalization offers several core benefits for the U.S. energy sector, including improved planning (42%) and enabling the penetration of new markets (37%).  However, less than one quarter has a fully developed digitalization strategy (22%), while just half (51%) are using connected sensor in their plant operations. 


In the chemical sector, companies state improvement of up-time (37%) as a key reason to digitalize, with improving operating margins, meeting industry standards and regulations and reducing time to market also being listed.  Fewer than six in ten chemical companies surveyed (58%) view themselves as ahead of their peers in digitalization, while less than a third (30%) are using data to support most or all decisions. 


“Process manufacturers operate in a world of tight margins and ever-changing requirements but often lack the technology and integration that generate the data to optimize operational performance,” says Anne Cooney, President, Siemens Process Industries & Drives Division, U.S. “Many sense that they need to address this by becoming more ‘digital.’ We believe it is possible – and, in fact, necessary – for companies to begin to increase their manufacturing value one step at a time. We help them begin today to modernize their plants incrementally, strategically. The result is a better ability to take advantage of the value from IIoT and its surrounding technologies, and maximize the lifecycle value of operations.”


Siemens’ Automation Summit provides educational opportunities throughout the complete spectrum of automation--from process to discrete, including motion control and drives. Attendees have the opportunity to learn best practices, both in-person and via a robust “user community” online portal, network with peers and Siemens management, consult one-on-one with technical experts, receive hands-on training and certification, and interact with the latest products and solutions from Siemens in the Technology Café.


Technical experts will also lead hands-on training sessions at the Automation Summit, providing attendees with access to the latest hardware and industry technologies. Individuals that complete a hands-on training course will be issued a certificate for professional development hours (PDH). 


User-led breakout sessions will feature best practices on topics such as energy management, digitalization, productivity, efficiency, safety and industrial security. Attendees will learn about the digital enterprise and the opportunities it offers to customer to invest in future-proof solutions that enable the step-by-step implementation of Industry 4.0, to prepare now for what’s coming next.


Attendees can also join a product roadmap session, led by product management, to learn the plans for future enhancements within each product line. For live event coverage of Siemens Automation Summit on Twitter, follow #automationsummit.


Siemens Process Industries and Drives helps its customers increase productivity, safety, reliability, efficiency and time-to-market for plants and processes with innovative, integrated technology across the entire lifecycle.


Siemens Digital Factory offers a comprehensive portfolio of seamlessly integrated hardware, software and technology-based services in order to support manufacturing companies worldwide in enhancing the flexibility and efficiency of their manufacturing processes and reducing the time to market of their products.


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Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 348,000 employees in more than 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $86.2 billion in fiscal 2015. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $22.4 billion, including $5.5 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

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