"Siemens intends to extend and complete the Digital Enterprise Software Suite in the coming years”

Karlheinz Kaul- CEO, Control Products of Digital Factory division - Siemens AG, in an exclusive interview with Jigar Patel on digital factory concept and competitive advantage, Make in India program, Industrie 4.0 and business forecast.

How digital factory concept & competitive advantage will aid the industry? 

To gain a competitive edge manufacturers are recognizing and adopting the expanding role of digital technology (as in Industry 4.0) as a fundamental strategy to realize innovation. Digitalization plays a decisive role in comprehensively optimizing all the value chains in the manufacturing industry. The benefits include reduced time to market, higher efficiency, more flexibility, and thus increased competitive advantage.

Make in India program has been formed to transform India into a global manufacturing hub by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government, it provides opportunity to manufacturers to invest in India your opinion about Make in India campaign?

Make in India is truly a visionary programme as it is aims to turn Indian into a global manufacturing hub. It has the potential to increase the share of manufacturing in GDP, create more jobs and contribute significantly to the revenue of manufacturing companies. The heightened focus is also an opportunity for the manufacturing industry to step up their outlook and look at being global players.

Industrie 4.0 technology benefits to the industry for enhancing its efficiency at various parameters, how the company is executing this technology to boost manufacturing process?

Siemens terms its way to Industrie 4.0 the “Digital Enterprise”. The path to the Digital Enterprise comprises four core elements that logically build on one another: Digital Enterprise Software Suite – a comprehensive portfolio of software-based systems, built up for more than 15 years, based on Teamcenter as a collaborative platform that seamlessly integrates PLM (Product Lifecycle Management), MES/MOM (Manufacturing Execution System/Manufacturing Operations Management) and TIA (Totally Integrated Automation).

Siemens intends to extend and complete the Digital Enterprise Software Suite in the coming years. Other important elements are industrial communications networks, security for automation and business-specific industrial services. Siemens has all of these four core elements in its portfolio. These allow customers to invest in future-proof solutions for a step-by-step realization of Industrie 4.0 today.

By doing so they will benefit from shortened time-to-market through an integrated chain of tools running from product
design through to production and on to maintenance, increased flexibility of their operations and improved efficiency due to shorter development times and savings in resources and energy.

Where do you see digital factory and control products business growth in 3 years' time?

Siemens Digital Factory (DF) Division offers a comprehensive portfolio of seamlessly integrated hardware, software and technology-based services in order to support manufacturing companies worldwide in enhancing the flexibility and efficiency of their manufacturing processes and reducing the time to market of their products.

We believe that the seamless integration of data along the industrial value chains will gain more and more in importance, becoming a key criterion for the survival of developing / manufacturing companies.

As an innovation leader in the field of industrial controls, we offer our customers worldwide a complete spectrum of products and solutions for the switching, protection, control and monitoring of motors based on our SIRIUS system. This modular approach is complemented by acquisition, command and signaling solutions as well as field bus systems for industrial communication. To resolve even complex tasks, our products are seamlessly integrated into consistent concepts such as Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) and Safety Integrated. This unique offer is the key for our customers in order to continuously enhance their productivity in the coming years.

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December'15/January 2016