Siemens Digital Industries software(SDIS) hosted its April analyst/media event at the GM Renaissance in Detroit – the first in-person analyst/media event for the company since 2019.
Cedrik Neike, CEO of Siemens Digital Industries and board member of Siemens AG, focused on what actual problems Siemens is solving for its customers by connecting the real and digital worlds not only through digital transformation, but through design and implementation of digital twins that enable their customers to design, manufacture and maintain their products using a digital twin to continuously optimize the product and the production process. Neike presented several recent customer stories from industries ranging from biotechnology and pharmaceuticals to food and beverage and battery manufacturing. He pointed out that the most successful companies today are an integrated combination of hardware and software, an efficient mix of IT and OT. He noted that companies that started out as pure software companies, such as Microsoft, Amazon, Google, etc., are now investing heavily in hardware, manufacturing, and operations. And that’s exactly where, he said, Siemens is today, from automation hardware and sensors to the edge and cloud.
Neike also pointed out that an average Industry 4.0 factory generates 2,000 terabytes of data per month, and most of that data goes unused. Siemens’ vision and strategy is to use the entire digital thread across the design/manufacturing/service lifecycle to build connected digital twins that start using this data to power IT and OT and beyond in to integrate the entire supply chain of the industry. Siemens is well on the way to developing from an automation company and manufacturer into a tech company.
Tony Hemmelgarn, CEO of Siemens Software, pointed out that the nature of work has changed and companies are changing their business models to reflect this. Businesses want technology and solutions that enable them to become more agile and flexible, to enter new markets and to be empowered with field workers with tools that make them smarter and more adaptable. One thing that Siemens offers to its customers is tools and technology to implement comprehensive running digital twins.
He pointed out that IT/OT convergence is being reimagined and achieved through the implantation of digital twins to optimize production processes. He also noted that the customer, Lockheed-Martin, will use Siemens’ Xcelerator open integrated cloud services as the platform for all future new aircraft development programs. This enables them to fully integrate their design/build/operations/maintenance development life cycle and employ model-based systems engineering for process improvement.
More than 97% of the Xcelerator portfolio is available in the cloud, offered as a service via subscription and on-premises to meet customer needs. Xcelerator’s digital-thread connectivity enables “shift-left engineering” where designers can apply downstream data, including data from IoT and lifecycle artificial intelligence, to gain insights into a faster and more streamlined design process. This enables companies to develop from a product company to a service company. Xcelerator enables companies to remotely connect their design departments and work in real-time across the entire design/test/validation lifecycle of product development.