MUNICH—Siemens A.G.'s Totally Integrated Automation solution has combined processes and streamlined communication for its customers, according to the company.
Phil Aponte, marketing manager, OEM/PC-based automation at Siemens, said the company gets involved with discrete automation and factory automation, including industrial PCs, working with companies that utilize these technologies.
Aponte said Siemens is one of the few companies that offer industrial computers that provide software control systems with safety as part of the solution. This is significant in these industries, he said, because concern for the operators and manufacturing personnel is extremely important.
Tire manufacturers and other factory-based businesses can utilize the software by streamlining communication and making the different processes work together.
"When everything kind of (is) integrated together, talking the same language, it helps provide those kind of processed diagnostics and a level of transparency that helps to minimize down time and increase the quality of the end product," said James Jackson, marketing consultant, new/emerging markets. "It's very interesting because you combine a lot of process steps with a lot of discrete steps, and once it's all integrated under one platform, it's able to communicate better."
Jackson said this can be used when companies are setting up facilities because "sometimes, they don't consider integrating their automation and drive systems together," and they end up having "a piecemeal solution in which they're providing and procuring all these different pieces of equipment, and they might be speaking different communication protocols."
Siemens' technology, the firm said, improves transparency and the amount of track and traceability in the facility.
Siemens' automation is being used in a variety of industries, including automotive, food and beverage, transportation, aerospace and others.
"Every industry has some level of automation that we can participate in," Aponte said.
He said "a good characterization of this is the recent Mars Lander" that was completely designed under Siemens Product Lifecycle Management software.
"From the original design all the way down to the plant level ... Siemens is one of those few organizations out there that can provide what we call "Product Life Cycle' software, management and software, at the highest level where the true digital factory can start evolving," Aponte said.