Siemens introduced its latest portfolio of process control and automation technology in the Egyptian market at a launch event today in Cairo. By integrating new technologies into its portfolio, Siemens is offering users new methods to take advantage of the exponential growth in industrial data.
During the event, Siemens presented its approach to mirror every step in a manufacturing process in the virtual world as a digital twin. This will help manufacturing companies to integrate and digitalize their discreet manufacturing processes, from product design and production planning to simulation, execution and optimization, as a more efficient alternative to create a physical prototype.
“Today, it is more important than ever for manufacturers in Egypt to embrace digitalization,” said Wael Omar, Senior Vice President, Digital Industries, Siemens Egypt. “Our new comprehensive technologies will allow local industrial enterprises, of all sizes and in all sectors, to become more flexible and productive as they digitalize their businesses.”
Egypt is implementing an industrialization plan to grow and diversify its economy and has set a target for its manufacturing sector to comprise 21 percent of its gross domestic product by 2020.
Here are some of the products Siemens launched in Egypt today:
Simatic S7-1500 R/H PLC
Siemens is expanding its Simatic S7-1500 Advanced Controller range with three new CPUs for redundant automation applications. The CPU1513R and CPU1515R are used in small to medium-sized projects, while the CPU1517H is used for larger applications. The new controllers help enterprises minimize the possibility of failure or unplanned downtime to improve the efficiency of factories and prevent data loss across multiple sectors including energy, water supply systems as well as airports.
Sirius 3RW5 Soft Starters
Another innovation featured at the event was the Sirius 3RW5, a new generation of soft starters for simple to demanding drive requirements. The new soft starters are suitable for any drive, they can be easily integrated into the automation system, and they supply data to MindSphere. MindSphere is Siemens’ cloud-based, open Internet of Things (IoT) operating system that connects products, plants, systems and machines and gives users a wealth of data to analyze and interpret. Practice-related functions such as automatic parameterization with changing startup characteristics, and integrated properties such as electrical ruggedness in the case of fluctuating line voltages, support smooth operation in a host of applications.
Sinamics G120X Variable Speed Drives
Siemens also introduced the Sinamics G120X drive, a simple, seamless and easy-to-use drive designed for use in pump, fan and compressor applications in industries such as water/wastewater, irrigation/agriculture and in industrial environments. The new G120X is ready for digitalization and can also be linked to Mindsphere. This offers users the opportunity to analyze operating data gathered from the drive, and enables the visualization and analysis of status information that can help in process optimization and maintenance strategies.
To prepare Egypt‘s youth for the future of industry, Siemens last year announced a USD$120 million industrial digitalization software grant to support training, education and higher degrees of research in Cairo, Ain Shams and Alexandria universities. Using Siemens’ PLM software, engineering students are trained on the technology used by global companies to design some of the world’s most sophisticated products.