Siemens is collaborating with Dow to showcase the future of
automation with a process industry test bed at MxD, a
state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing institute and innovation
center near downtown Chicago. This new test bed offers a hands-on
demonstration of how innovative software and IoT come together with
hardware to accelerate digitalization for the process industries.
Companies can now see firsthand how to design, monitor and maintain
their products more effectively, efficiently and, even remotely,
using data and digital tools.
Today, most of the process industry operates on methods and
workflows that have remained relatively untouched for the last 30
years. This new test bed offers a glimpse of how Siemens is helping
customers prepare for the future of process automation. From
web-based process control on the plant floor with a tablet, to
global collaboration in real time and integrated modular
automation, digitalizing the process industries will continue to
blur the lines between the digital and real worlds. For the
connected mobile worker, augmented reality glasses and tablets can
offer digitalized documentation for quicker and easier access to
safety manuals and maintenance forms that can boost productivity,
R&D and compliance.
“Providing this hands-on experience will be critical for digital
transformation in the process industries, showing how the digital
twin and the connected mobile worker can enable greater
productivity, reliability and safety,” stated Billy Bardin,
Global Digitalization Director at Dow.
Employing a comprehensive selection automation technology,
Siemens is helping bring the test bed to life. SIMATIC PCS neo
process control technology, Siemens’ innovative distributed control
system (DCS), provides operators simple and secure access, making
remote operation easier than ever before. Maintenance teams benefit
from device-independent access, with actionable diagnostic and
maintenance information accessible from their tablets, laptops, or
multi-monitor stations. For engineering, efficient web-based
collaboration opens new possibilities by working in parallel.
Whether it is hardware planning, control logic, or operator
displays, all tasks can be engineered in any workflow with
flexibility that not only adapts to the availability of staff, but
to the location as well. Integrated into SIMATIC PCS neo, Siemens’
smart field instrumentation oversees the operation of the process
and provides advanced health, operation, as well as diagnostic data
to ensure reliable and safe operation.
The Siemens Xcelerator portfolio of software and services
provides the digital fabric that enables the test bed design,
simulation, commissioning and process operations, planning,
quality, as well as analysis of IoT data. Its Mendix™ low-code
application development platform drives business transformation by
leveraging real-time sensor and asset data to provide actionable
information. Xcelerator enables workers to gain digital skills as
they further innovate the test bed.
“This process-based digital twin demonstrator integrates
Siemens’ hardware and software to show what the future of the
process industries will look like,” said Raj Batra, President of
Digital Industries for Siemens USA. “This joint effort with Dow
and MxD shows how digitalization can maximize flexibility,
productivity, and efficiency in the process industries.”
Dow, Siemens, MxD and Siemens’ integrator partner, DMC,
collectively bring transformative workforce benefits to the process
industries at a time when companies are accelerating their
digitalization plans, and remote accessibility is becoming more of
a staple with the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Digitalizing the
process industries, today, can help create a safer work environment
for plant workers and better products for their customers.
MxD’s 22,000-square-foot factory floor already features some of
the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world.
“This new process test bed is an exciting addition, allowing
innovative manufacturers to actually experience technology that’s
essential for their digital transformation,” said Chandra Brown,
CEO of MxD, the nation’s digital manufacturing institute and
the National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing.
For more information on Siemens’ solutions, please see here:
Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a
global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering
excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality
for more than 170 years. Active around the world, the company
focuses on intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed
energy systems and on automation and digitalization in the process
and manufacturing industries. Siemens brings together the digital
and physical worlds to benefit customers and society. Through
Mobility, a leading supplier of intelligent mobility solutions for
rail and road transport, Siemens is helping to shape the world
market for passenger and freight services. Via its majority stake
in the publicly listed company Siemens Healthineers, Siemens is
also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital
health services. In addition, Siemens holds a minority stake in
Siemens Energy, a global leader in the transmission and generation
of electrical power that has been listed on the stock exchange
since September 28, 2020. In fiscal 2020, Siemens Group USA
generated revenue of $17 billion and employs approximately 40,000
people serving customers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
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About Dow Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset
integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business
positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is
to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and
sustainable materials science company, with a purpose to deliver a
sustainable future for the world through our materials science
expertise and collaboration with our partners. Dow’s portfolio of
plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones
businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based
products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market
segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer
care. Dow operates 106 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and
employs approximately 35,700 people. Dow delivered sales of
approximately $39 billion in 2020. References to Dow or the Company
mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please
visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.
About MxD MxD (Manufacturing x Digital) is where
innovative manufacturers go to forge their futures. In partnership
with the Department of Defense, MxD equips U.S. factories with the
digital tools, cybersecurity and workforce expertise needed to
begin building every part better than the last. As a result, our
more than 300 partners increase their productivity, win more
business and strengthen U.S. manufacturing.
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