Digital Plant Get to Know Your Plant's Digital Twin
Enablers for a digital transformation: With developments from new software versions for more efficient engineering through digital drive systems to the cloud-based IoT system Mindsphere, electronic giant Siemens positions itself as a leading expert in IIoT and Industry-4.0-technologies.
The company's unique 1,400 square meters "Mindsphere-Lounge" shall open new business models to machine and plant builders. The open cloud-based IoT operating system Mindsphere allows companies across the discrete and process industries to enhance their flexibility, efficiency and speed, for instance by using a "digital twin" to simulate products, production processes or plants and optimize them across the entire value chain.
Because of its open architecture, the ecosystem surrounding the open cloud-based IoT operating system Mindsphere continues to expand. This is reflected in the increased size of this year's Mindsphere Lounge, which now covers an area of 1,400 sq.m.
Here, together with around 20 partner companies such as Amazon Web Services, Atos, Evosoft and Rittal, Siemens will be demonstrating the diverse application and connection scope of the system. The exhibition will also feature machine and plant builders presenting new services and business models based on Mindsphere, which permit the improvement of factors such as efficiency and productivity.
Improving Engineering Efficiency
At the SPS IPC Drives, Siemens will also be presenting the latest release of the TIA Portal, V15, which provides added ways of improving engineering efficiency – such as simplified robotics integration. Virtual commissioning with PLCSIM Advanced and Version 12 of the NX MCD software allows complete machines to be tested and optimized in terms of both function and performance – meaning a significant reduction in total engineering time.
Illustrating the convergence between the virtual and the real production worlds, at the fair will be an exhibit featuring a high-performance filling and sealing machine for the pharmaceutical industry built by Bausch + Ströbel. This company plans to use integrated hardware and software solutions from Siemens to achieve a 30 percent improvement of its engineering efficiency by 2020 by consistently applying digitalization across its entire value chain.