Namur General Meeting Integrated Engineering over the Entire Lifecycle

Editor: Dominik Stephan

The ever increasing complexity of industrial plants and processes calls for an holistic, integrated approach over the whole lifecycle. Now the annual general meeting of the international user association of automation technology Namur adresses this issue in its 76th Annual General Meeting...

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Automation users from all branches of the process industry meet at Bad Neuenahr, Germany.
Automation users from all branches of the process industry meet at Bad Neuenahr, Germany.
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Continuing advances in the digitalisation and networking of industrial added value processes is leading to a fundamental change in industry and facilitating the development of new productivity levers. Modern industrial plants are distinguished by an extremely high level of complexity.

In addition to requiring management, major data volumes also need to be both available and up to date at all times from the planning to the operational phase. Powerful and intelligent tools for the integration of planning, operation and maintenance are decisive when it comes to ensuring integrated engineering over the entire product and plant lifecycle.

IT Will Become the Missing Link for Process Integration

Now, the international user association of automation technology in process industries Namur adresses the topic: The organisation has selected the topic of Integrated Engineering as the focus of its 76th Annual General Meeting on the 7th/8th November in Bad Neuenahr. This year, Siemens has been engaged as partner for the Annual General Meeting, a company providing innovative solution concepts for the entire lifecycle of a plant based on its broad product portfolio.

Individual process steps can be linked intelligently using industrial IT and industrial software, thus optimising the entire production process. The fact that Siemens is working on complete data consistency and data harmonisation between the shop floor and top floor makes the company an ideal partner for the Annual General Meeting in 2013. It is precisely this approach which can be considered a prerequisite when it comes to achieving the Industry 4.0 vision.

First Hand Experiences with Integrated Engineering

Options which integrated engineering already encompasses today and how consistent communication is moving will be illustrated by Eckard Eberle, CEO Industrial Automation Systems, Siemens and Hans-Georg Kumpfmüller, CEO Sensors and Communication, Siemens in their plenary presentation. Integrated engineering involves the interplay of all necessary tools, including plant management, the process control system and equipment planning/configuration.