The training rig completed with an extensive portfolio
under Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) will serve as a pivotal role in training
apprentices, trainees and current employees to understand the current and
future value of Food & Beverage manufacturing plant operations. It will prepare
engineers and technicians to take complete value of the latest automation
solution and develop themselves for carrying out technical activities related
to migration and management of S7-1500 PLC, HMIs, Servo Drives etc. This rig
was configured and supplied in conjunction with International Energy Technik
(IET), a local Kenyan Company and a Siemens Partner.
As Eric Nyakundi, Electrical Engineer at CCBA’s Embakasi plant, explains, “It
perfectly fits into our business goals and overall strategy of capability
development and asset care strategies. The bulk of our control systems are
based on Siemens Products hence the direct transfer of skills and knowledge
acquired in training to our manufacturing facilities. This is in in line with
the new supply chain philosophy of growing and developing engineering capacity
in our manufacturing facilities and the overall asset care strategy.”
Nyakundi further states, “The automation teams the machine specialists,
the electrical artisans and the apprentices at CCBA will be trained on this rig.
These teams are responsible for supporting the manufacturing facilities in
realising the company business goals in manufacturing.
soft drink market is characterized by frequently changing and often short-lived
trends. Soft drink manufacturers must always be able to rapidly adapt their
production to new requirements – and to always work efficiently and produce
optimal quality. Digitalization gives them the flexibility they need to
accomplish this while also boosting energy efficiency, states Ralf Leinen,
Senior Vice President for Siemens Digital Industries, Southern and Eastern
Africa. Siemens and
CCBA have a historic successful partnership in Africa. Digital Industries is
proud to have contributed towards a fully automated solution that can assist
with engineering skills.”
created a 3D point cloud scan of the entire plant. This data from the scan can
be utilized with Siemens NX platform tool to analyze and plan projects. This is
a step closer towards digitalization, where engineering time will reduce
thereby reducing time to market. Automation products, showcased in the rig,
help in collecting the necessary data of process and packaging lines, which
ultimately can value add information in the NX tool for further analysis.
“Ongoing education and training have a positive
effect for both business and society. At Siemens we believe in investing in the
long-term and creating value for our customers and the societies we operate in.
We will continuously support CCBA’s vision in shaping their digital future,”
concludes Sabine, Siemens CEO, Southern and Eastern Africa