Through innovations and the integration of cutting-edge technologies into the Digital Enterprise portfolio, Siemens helps companies from all sectors to achieve a more flexible and environmentally efficient production. “The Digital Enterprise portfolio is already well established globally in all industries for the implementation of Industrie 4.0. Many applications demonstrate the tangible benefits of these solutions for our customers,” explains Klaus Helmrich, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO of Digital Industries. “Now we are taking the next step: with numerous innovations und cutting-edge technologies, we are taking the Digital Enterprise portfolio and therefore Industrie 4.0 to a new level.
At SPS, Siemens has showed numerous innovations and sector-specific applications that illustrate how these requirements can be met using new products, solutions and services from the Digital Enterprise portfolio. For example, a more precise and powerful digital twin helps to significantly reduce CO2 emissions in product development through the comprehensive simulation of real production. The analysis of production processes highlights potential savings for resources such as water and power. And last but not least, the use of innovative production methods – for example Additive Manufacturing – can save materials and prevent waste. With this portfolio, Siemens is paving the way for modular, highly flexible and above all environmentally efficient production flows.
Increasing requirements for greater flexibility and productivity cannot be met through conventional automation solutions alone. An integrated, scalable system is required from production to the Cloud. The technical prerequisites for this are already available in the form of end-to-end solutions across the entire value chain, which create an even more seamless connection between the virtual and the real world – for all discrete industry and process industries. This is achieved using platform innovations such as Sinumerik One, the first digital-native CNC system, the innovative web-based process control system Simatic PCS neo, the newly developed visualization platform Simatic WinCC Unified and the Xcelerator portfolio, which combines the entire spectrum of industry software, services and MindSphere with an extended Mendix platform for the development of low-code apps.
The trend toward flexible and modular production concepts also creates challenges for wireless communication: more devices, greater reliability and lower latency. The communicative networking of production and logistics elements is the key; from networked automation through to more flexible production. Industrial 5G is the basis for this as it offers ultra-reliable broadband transmission and ultra-low latency for networks with a large number of devices.
Another element for the next step in implementing digital transformation is the growing ecosystem for Industrial Edge and Cloud. This enables data integration from data analysis on the shop floor through the automation system to the Cloud. To this end, Siemens offers new Edge apps for machine tools. In addition, Siemens has acquired Edge technology from US company Pixeom, strengthening its portfolio for easy app management and central device updates even on distributed infrastructures
Digitalization is increasingly changing the face of industry: the more powerful connection of the virtual and the real world leads from the conventional showroom to the digital design and sales room, from the foreman’s office on site to the simulation room in the factory and from linked automation to the flexible shop floor.
Embedded systems grow more intelligent
Interface becomes International Standard
E-SOL, a developer of real-time embedded software solutions, today announced that SHIM has been formalized as IEEE Std 2804-2019, the first such standard to be formulated by the IEEE Computer Society/Design Automation/Software-Hardware Interface for Multi-many-core Working Group (IEEE C/DA/SHIM WG), which was established in February of last year within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The Multi-many-core Working Group’s role was to work on the standardization of hardware architecture descriptions from the standpoint of software design. Masaki Gondo, eSOL’s CTO and Technology Headquarters GM, played a central role in formulating the standard, serving as working group chair and making continuous contributions that resulted in the standard being issued less than one year after the working group got underway, an extraordinarily short time for an IEEE standard.
The IEEE C/DA/SHIM WG was established in February 2019 as a working group for the standardization of hardware architecture descriptions from the standpoint of software design within the Design Automation Standards Committee of the IEEE Computer Society, one of the 39 separate societies within the IEEE. This working group is in charge of defining descriptive standards of architecture from the standpoint of software design for Software-Hardware Interface for Multi-many core (SHIM), as well as providing XML schemas to abstract the key hardware properties that are critical to enabling multi-many-core tools. The XML interface will assist in reducing costs for supporting new multi-many-core hardware. This is expected to spur development of new and innovative multi-many-core tools for building an ecosystem of multi-many-core technology.
Easy machine validation
Guided safety acceptance test for frequency converters
With Sinamics Startdrive commissioning software, Siemens supports machine builders in the validation of safety functions for Sinamics frequency converters with a guided acceptance test. With Sinamics Startdrive, Siemens offers a tool for the integration of drive hardware into the TIA Portal engineering framework. The integrated guided acceptance test for safety functions is available for Sinamics G and S series frequency converters and complies with EN ISO 13849-2 and IEC 62061.
The safety acceptance test is extremely user-friendly. A wizard guides the user step by step through the acceptance process and checks whether the safety functions have been parameterized correctly and executed correctly in the relevant application. For documentation purposes, a standard-compliant acceptance report is then created automatically. With the safety acceptance test integrated in Sinamics Startdrive, Siemens helps machine builders to carry out the legally required validation of safety functions easily and safely.