Through the use of machine learning algorithms, robot-based handling processes
can be optimized, for example. For the learning process, artificial intelligence (AI)
requires large volumes of data. And this data is only available if processes have
been digitalized and linked together seamlessly. With Industrial Edge, Siemens has
extended its Digital Enterprise automation platforms to include a data processing
solution on the shopfloor.
Digitalization cannot be implemented without protecting industrial plants from cyber
attacks. In the future, AI and Edge computing will also improve security, since data
analysis can be used to detect cyber attacks far more quickly and reliably.
With Blockchain, the Siemens booth is presenting another future technology for
industrial applications: in industry, there is considerable potential for improvement,
for example in traceability for foodstuffs. In the food supply chain, information is
documented in a digital and tamper-proof format, and stored in Blockchain on every
step of the journey, including details such as the farm location, batch number,
processing data, factory information, expiration dates, storage temperatures and
shipping details. Relevant information is provided to users via the MindSpherebased app.
For process automation, Siemens is breaking new ground at the Hannover Messe
and introducing a new innovative process control system. Siemens is presenting a brand new system software package, which offers companies in the process
industry new opportunities in the age of digitalization. This includes global webbased cooperation in engineering and operations as well as unique usability. In
addition, the system offers the option of scalability from small process modules
through to the largest process plants in the world.
In order to provide cross-sector data transfer and to increase flexibility and
productivity, a wide-ranging, powerful communication infrastructure is required. The
new 5G communication standard creates exciting prospects here. High data rates,
reliable high-performance broadband transmission and ultra-short latency periods
support considerable increases in efficiency and flexibility in industrial value creation
– especially for Industrie 4.0 applications. Siemens has used this new
communication standard from the outset and is supporting standardization and
industrial implementation through the development of an appropriate portfolio.
Siemens is also running its own research projects for Industrial 5G and establishing
several 5G interoperability test centers.
Siemens supports digital transformation with a range of services from consulting
through to implementation. “We support our customers on the path to digitalization –
from consulting on strategies for industrial digitalization through to supporting in the
implementation and optimization of digital solutions,” notes Klaus Helmrich.