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The key to increasing productivity in your operations is the intelligent linking of industrial software with automation technologies, drives and services as well as industry solutions for vertical markets – all from a single source.
Your business is under pressure to deliver new lines of quality products – ahead of the competition – regardless of soaring commodity prices, the shrinking pool of engineering talent, ever-changing environmental regulations and the rising flood of data to and from your enterprise. The good news is, game-changing technologies are available today that can help organizations cope with all of these challenges and make your operations more competitive. From the increasing use of virtualization to outside-in manufacturing principles, public and private sector organizations alike are finding new ways to innovate, grow and prosper.
Every industry has special requirements, which is why customized industrial solutions from a single source are indispensable. With established expertise in a wide array of industries – like food and beverage, aerospace, automotive and renewables – Siemens can provide your organization with a broad range of comprehensive technologies and solutions. Our product spectrum extends from automation and drive technologies to system integration using industrial software to technology-based customer service.
Today, Siemens is helping business leaders across the US transform the way goods are manufactured. In industries from automotive to pharmaceutical, companies look to Siemens for new ways to do more with less, to raise quality while lowering costs, and to help factories and plants be a bit gentler on our environment. And it’s working – a new era in manufacturing is beginning to take hold across the country.
Production companies are facing greater challenges than ever: New, top-quality products must be launched in global markets in ever-shorter cycles and at attractive prices. This can only be achieved using highly efficient product lifecycle management (PLM) like Teamcenter and NX software.
Siemens is helping leading companies explore new places in new ways. The engineers at SpaceX knew that successfully launching a rocket was contingent on millions of things going right. Just a single error could impact the entire mission to the International Space Station. To help solve this challenge, they turned to Siemens industry software. This played a critical role in enabling the SpaceX team to design and test products virtually before constructing them physically — optimizing the chances of a successful launch.
Siemens industry software helps innovative companies increase productivity, improve accuracy and significantly reduce costs.
Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, is one of many companies using Siemens PLM Software’s NX application. As a recent example, the software helped ensure that all components of NASA’s new Mars rover “Curiosity” would fit together, operate properly and withstand whatever environment its mission requires.
PLM enables companies to manage a product’s entire lifecycle – from its conception all the way to its retirement. The technical foundation of PLM is built on software that stores all information in a central database. Seamless interaction between product development and product manufacturing is a crucial factor for success, and so the focus is increasingly shifting to two areas: the digital factory and digital engineering.
To an increasing extent, productivity management is optimized in the digital factory, which is a virtual image of the real factory and can be used to simulate production processes and optimize workflows. Implementation of real production is based on this planning platform. In the past, the PLM world was not fully linked to the world of production automation. SIMATIC Automation Designer closes this gap.
It combines data from the digital factory with additional production information – for example, from the actual automation solution in use. The software creates the foundation of digital engineering and facilitates the seamless implementation of the digital factory as a real production facility.
In addition, SIMATIC Automation Designer links Siemens’ unique Totally Integrated Automation architecture with PLM software.
Tools like the world's most widely used PLM software Teamcenter support customers through each step of the process: for example, by creating a product design that meets customer requirements, through efficient product data management, and through virtual factory planning and commissioning. NX software as another important Siemens PLM tool, delivers a complete set of flexible shape creation, manipulation, and analysis tools and is an integrated part of a complete digital product development solution. PLM software is already leading to a significantly shorter development cycle and time-to-market.
PLM is primarily used by multinational companies in the aerospace, automotive, machine tool, high tech, and electronics industries. Aero engine original equipment manufacturers (OEM) have used Siemens PLM systems to reduce their core engineering development cycle from 60 to 42 months – and in some instances to 24 months. After implementing our PLM software solutions, one major aerospace OEM increased its revenue by 32.6 percent. Utilization of PLM is increasing in other industries as well.
Soaring energy prices and stricter environmental regulations have a direct impact on costs in industrial production. As a result, companies in the manufacturing and process industries must focus on achieving higher efficiency and industrial productivity. Meanwhile, development times are steadily decreasing. This is where an industry supplier’s vertical market expertise can really make a difference.
Siemens has decades of experience as a technology and industry leader. With a unique support and service concept, the company can guide industries around the world through the entire product, production and plant lifecycle and beyond. Using software and automation and drive technologies, time-to-market as well as costs for energy can be significantly reduced.
The automotive industry has set standards in process management and automated production from the very beginning and has inspired innovative technologies and superior production processes. As a longtime technology partner with a global presence, Siemens is not only familiar with how cars are made but also knows what truly matters in different markets. Based on Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) and Totally Integrated Power (TIP), Automotive Industry Suite offers automobile manufacturers customized concepts for the entire value-added chain.
Efficient water management is an issue that spans all geographies and all vertical markets. Through its integrated solutions, Siemens can help wastewater treatment plants reduce their energy draw by up to 30 percent.
Siemens is active in all major manufacturing and process industries in both the public and private sector. Productivity enhancements can be achieved in every geography and segment. Siemens' new baggage screening solution for Delta Air Lines at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) modernized their luggage handling and security screening to enhance security operations and increase convenience for travelers.
Last but not least, Siemens provides a broad range of systems, products, and services to the public sector including federal, state, and local governments. At Siemens, we believe that diverse and efficient energy practices, coupled with advanced, intelligent technologies and alternative energy sources, will provide our nation's public facilities and base installations with secure, modern and optimized buildings and reliable power systems – while improving the environmental impact of energy usage and consumption.
Industrial automation products and systems open up previously untapped opportunities for optimization. They increase efficiency by improving the flow of information and by optimizing automation processes. The open system architecture Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) makes it possible to implement customer-specific automation solutions in all vertical markets. The six core system characteristics – engineering, communication, diagnostics, safety, security, and robustness – facilitate seamless interaction between individual products.
With its TIA Portal – an integrated engineering framework designed for efficiency, intuitive operation, and future viability – Siemens has redefined engineering. It allows customers to optimize the design of planning and production processes related to automation and drive technology from a single screen and along the entire value chain. This groundbreaking innovation increases both industrial productivity and competitive advantage.
SIMATIC Controllers and their counterpart for the process industry – the SIMATIC PCS 7 process control system – play a key role in the TIA product spectrum. Both systems link information captured by sensors which are connected through industrial networks like Profibus and PROFINET and control industrial production. SIMATIC enables system-wide energy management for efficient energy use. Mercedes Benz used SIMATIC systems in combination with PROFIenergy technology to reduce energy cost during non-productive periods by 75 percent.
Siemens automation and IT solutions are scalable and can be customized to specific requirements very quickly and cost-effectively. Since these solutions can be upgraded at any time, customers know that their investments are fully protected. They benefit from the long-term availability of components and the ability to migrate seamlessly to new technologies. Even system requirements like safety and security can be easily expanded. Automation components from other suppliers can be integrated through standardized interfaces.
Siemens’ integrated CNC platform SINUMERIK and its SIMOTION motion control system are designed for computer numerical control (CNC) of machine tools and production machines in many sectors. Their integrated logic and technology functions reflect the increasing use of mechatronics in mechanical engineering and optimize the interplay between mechanics, electronics, and information technology.
Industrial identification solutions are poised to play a significantly larger role in industrial environments. A comprehensive portfolio of radio-frequency identification (RFID) and code reading systems is available with the machine-readable, automated and touchless identification system SIMATIC Ident. Especially in areas where quality must be ensured and absolute traceability is essential (tracking and tracing), the transparency that results from the use of RFID technology helps to continuously optimize production processes, comply with government regulations and standards, and maximize quality for end consumers.
As much as 70 percent of all energy used in industrial facilities is used by electrical drives and motors to drive equipment. This demonstrates how important it is to use energy-efficient drives and motors – and drives and motors from Siemens are designed to conserve resources. Across a bandwidth from 100 W to 120 MW, Siemens offers everything from components such as electrical drives, motors, gears, and couplings, to an optimal solution – ensuring maximum productivity, efficiency, and reliability.
In creating an integrated solution and increasing industrial productivity, the SINAMICS drive family plays a significant part for the entire drive chain. SINAMICS drive models cover the entire performance spectrum and offer a unified operating concept that is flexible, functional, and energy efficient.
The drive family ranges from single-axis drives to coordinated drives and multiple-axis and motion-control drives for complex tasks. All drives are modular, scalable, offer a unique level of integration, and are thus able to offer countless benefits for mechanical and plant engineering, the process industry, and building technology.
With improved efficiency levels, new motors, coupled with drives, can reduce energy consumption by up to 40-50 percent. NEMA Premium®-efficient motors (EISA – NEMA MG-1, table 12-12) offer up to 10 percent more efficiency than the previous EPAct efficient motors. The payback period for the extra costs associated with higher efficiency motors is remarkably short – typically six to twenty-four months. In addition, using frequency converters for uncontrolled drives makes it possible to increase energy savings by up to 50 percent along the entire drive chain.
In addition to energy-efficient motors that comply with the EISA law, Siemens offers a die cast copper rotor motor with industry leading efficiencies. Siemens also offers innovative and reliable drive systems, applications, and services for the entire drive chain. This includes gears, couplings, converters, and industry-, country- or customer-specific motors as well as explosion-proof motors that meet the highest safety requirements.
The SinaSave energy efficiency software, available as a free download, allows customers to calculate the savings they might achieve using Siemens motors. Based on the characteristic values of the customer’s motor application, SinaSave also shows the payback period of energy-efficient motors. Another user friendly tool is the motor configurator that can be used to select and order the proper motor for each customer application.
Additional savings become possible by integrating the drive chain into customer applications as an integral part of Totally Integrated Automation (TIA). Achieving maximum energy efficiency requires an integrated solution that encompasses the entire drive chain. After all, 60 percent of the energy savings accomplished through state-of-the-art energy-efficiency applications can be attributed to the intelligent combination of components, not to the components themselves.
Siemens’ strategy involves a three-pronged integration approach: creating a seamless drive train, integrating it into the Siemens automation world, and incorporating it into the corresponding customer applications. This allows Siemens to provide its customers with a range of unique benefits in terms of energy efficiency, reliability, and productivity for the entire drive chain.
Whether in the manufacturing or process industry, tailored service solutions are becoming an increasingly critical factor for ensuring success in today’s business climate of rising cost pressures, climbing energy prices, and increasingly stringent laws and environmental regulations.
Siemens offers technology-based services that will help you make the most of your equipment and resources throughout the entire lifecycle of your operations and in ever-changing market and economic conditions. With our experience and capabilities, we will help you optimize your plant and resources for more uptime, helping you gain a greater competitive advantage.
As your trusted service partner, we will support you with a high level of industry and technology expertise coupled with tailored, proactive services – so you can focus on your core competencies and safeguard your investments.
Siemens offers services for the products, systems, and applications in each phase of your plant’s lifecycle, from technical consulting for production planning to assembly, commissioning, maintenance, and upgrades. With greater productivity, better efficiency, and smarter use of resources, your plant can do more – with less downtime and lower overall costs.
Energy management is an especially important challenge for industrial companies today. Using energy efficiently and saving resources creates many benefits for both the global environment and your company.
Siemens offers integrated service solutions that tap all of the technical and organizational potential for successful environmental management. Our experts can help you develop and implement systematic solutions for energy and environmental management, enabling maximum energy efficiency and optimized water use throughout your operation. Satisfying today’s demands for high machine and plant availability requires around-the-clock service, 365 days a year.
With online support, Siemens offers you the comprehensive information and communication platform for service and support you need 24/7, and helps you in selecting and using products. You can find answers to questions either with the help of FAQs, through exchanging information in the Technical Forum, or by asking Siemens experts in Technical Support.
You also can access the content you need with our mobile app. Using this convenient tool, you can scan product codes to pull up product information and manuals or submit support requests directly from your smartphone or tablet.
With Siemens industrial services, you can meet your specific needs with tailored service solutions for the lifecycle of your plant. From planning and modernization to engineering support, Siemens experts can keep your operations up and running, helping you achieve maximum productivity, profitability, and sustainability.