Based on the slogan "From Integrated Engineering to Integrated Operation – Discover the Potential of Digitalization" Siemens is focusing on the topic of digitalization at the Achema 2015 trade fair. With a booth area of some 1300 square meters, Siemens demonstrates how companies in the process industry can boost their efficiency and productivity – and thus also their competitiveness – by using integrated solutions. "On the basis of our existing range of products and services for electrification and automation, we are promoting digitalization within the process industry. This is because digitalization permits the integration of individual process steps over the entire plant lifecycle – from engineering and operation, through to continuous optimization. And as a reliable partner, we are supporting our customers all the way." explained Eckard Eberle, CEO of the Process Automation Business Unit and stand manager of the Siemens booth. "In order to implement the Industrie 4.0 project in the process industry, we are focusing on three action fields: the digital plant, modularization and production optimization."
One of the most important objectives on the road to the digital plant is the creation of an integrated data landscape. Siemens already provides data consistency across all phases of the lifecycle: from engineering with the Comos CAE tool, commissioning using the Simit simulation platform, to operation based on the Simatic PCS 7 process control system and XHQ Operations Intelligence for real-time corporate decisions. The benefits are greater transparency, reliability and fast time-to-market. Virtual commissioning using the Simit Simulation Framework software, for example, means plants can be put into service more than 50 percent faster than before, while at the same time improving operational safety.