The Siemens Process Automation Conference & Exhibition (SPACe) Innovation Tour 2017 will visit five countries in Southeast Asia this year. A biennial event, SPACe focuses on automation, technology and challenges, as well as drives topics that are shaping Process Industries today.
Themed "Driving the Digital Enterprise in Process Industries of Southeast Asia" this year, the roadshow will begin from Vietnam on 23 June, followed by Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Malaysia in August and September. The conference sessions will consist of customized topics based on specific country's industry requirements, including process automation, integrated drives system, process safety, industrial communication, process instrumentation and emerging industry trends such as digitalization. This enables Siemens community of users to engage with in-house experts and fellow users in the region.
SPACe is an enriching platform that gathers users, partners and Siemens experts from different parts of the world to allow the sharing of ideas and opinions. Activities include presentation and technology sessions, micro-fairs and exhibitions, as well as industry workshops and networking sessions that attendees can choose to participate in according to their specialization and interests.
Through these activities, Siemens' user community and potential users can gain knowledge from industry peers, discover more about Siemens technologies and network with fellow users as well as Siemens technical experts. This enables them to learn from each other and gain first-hand access to new technologies and its creative applications.
Dr. Friedhelm Geiger, Head of Siemens PD PA ASEAN Solution Business, Siemens Thailand and SPACe Siemens Advisory Board Chairman, ASEAN, said, "Based on the feedback and support from the user community, we have evolved SPACe to cover more markets this year in order to reach out to and engage with the wider user community. Since the inception of SPACe in 2010, we have had very successful sessions with participants, and we look forward to continuing this outreach by showcasing our expertise in the Process Industries space, and at the same time discussing opportunities available in each of the Southeast Asia markets."
Moving forward, the SPACe community in each of the countries will form their local user advisory board, to increase engagement locally and enhance the relationship among members in the industry.
The latest range of Siemens' innovative technologies on display at SPACe include the XHQ Operations Intelligence software. This updated version can be used on mobile devices, allowing data relevant to plant operation to be accessed anywhere, anytime. For the first time, the software allows organized and relevant visualizations on both mobile and desktop devices to be set up with a single tool, the XHQ Workbench. Users are now also able to use a new interface to easily access their operations and business data for further analyses in Business Intelligence Tools.
This year, Siemens is also launching the Version 9 of its SIMATIC PCS 7 Process Control System at SPACe. PCS 7 allows manufacturers to respond quickly to changes in market requirements and ensures the continuous operation of systems. Version 9 supports the world leading Industrial Ethernet standard Profinet with two new distributed I/O lines for greater digitalization right down to the field level, as well as extensive new software functionality. Plant operators also benefit from greater flexibility, convenience, future-proofing and wide-ranging compatibility with legacy installations. With this new version, Siemens is opening up scope for new perspectives to plant operators in the process industries and creating an additional building block en route for the Digital Enterprise.
Over 500 participants from all over the region are expected to attend SPACe ASEAN Innovation Tour 2017.
For more information on SPACe, please visit 3.siemens.com/mcms/process-control-systems/en/distributed-control-system-simatic-pcs-7/pages/distributed-control-sy. SPACe members who are keen to join the conference can register at no cost on the website.