Increasing productivity with process automation
Automation products and systems offer enormous opportunities for optimization to the industry. They increase efficiency by improving the flow of information and by optimizing industrial automation.
The open system architecture Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) makes it possible to implement customer-specific automation systems in all vertical markets. Six core system characteristics – engineering, industrial communication, diagnostics, safety, security, and robustness – facilitate a 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. The portal 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 productivity and creates important competitive advantages.
One TIA success story described a South African brewery that wanted to build the most technologically advanced brewery in the shortest possible time that would deliver products at the lowest cost per hectoliter. The Ibhayi Brewery is a global joint venture partnership between Siemens and several international original equipment manufacturers. The entire project, from board approval to the first brew, had to be completed within 18 months. The platform selected was the SIMATIC S7-400 and the ET 200 product range based on Profibus DP, Profibus PA, AS interface, and industrial Ethernet. Because TIA is a genuinely open system, all of these open standards were successfully incorporated into one enterprise-wide automation system.
Another African automation reference is the retrofit of the SAS Drakensberg’s monitoring and alarm system. The SAS Drakensberg is the largest and most sophisticated naval vessel entirely designed and built in South Africa. Its primary role is to support and assist other naval vessels at sea. The system was upgraded to the state-of-the-art integrated monitoring-, alarm-, and control system with advanced automation technology solutions for vessels.
Factory automation and process automation
SIMATIC controllers (PLC) 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 that are connected through industrial networks like PROFIBUS and PROFINET and control industrial production. SIMATIC solutions enable system-wide energy management for efficient energy use.
Siemens automation solutions are scalable and can be customized to specific requirements quickly and cost-effectively. Because 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 are easily expanded. Automation components from other suppliers can be integrated through standardized interfaces.
Controllers for machine tools and production machines
Siemens’ integrated CNC platform SINUMERIK and its motion control system SIMOTION 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.