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Gateway to next industrial era

Released at: 09:15, 15/08/2016

Gateway to next industrial era

Photo: Viet Tuan

Mr. Tindaro Danze, Industry (DF PD)* Country Division Lead and Vice President at Siemens Vietnam, tells VET how Siemens supports customers in building their own individual roadmaps to become truly digital enterprises.

by Linh San

The new industrial era is often described using terms such as “Industrie 4.0” or the “Internet of Things”. Siemens is said to have a leading role to play in the newly-founded Industrie 4.0 platform. Can you explain to our readers what Industrie 4.0 is?

Industrie 4.0 is a concept developed by the German Federal Government for the automation industry in Germany. It signifies the latest industrial revolution. The first industrial revolution was triggered by the introduction of the steam engine and the mechanization of manual work in the 18th century, while electrified mass production drove the second industrial revolution in the early 20th century. The third followed in more recent decades as a result of the use of electronics and computer technology for manufacturing and production automation. The real and virtual worlds are now beginning to merge in production, which is why we’re talking about “Industrie 4.0” - the fourth industrial revolution.

The goal of Industrie 4.0 is to develop a forward-looking strategy that prepares the German manufacturing industry for the internet age. 

So what is the most significant impact of Industrie 4.0?
As a result of Industrie 4.0, in the future billions of machines, systems and sensors worldwide will communicate directly with each other and share information. This new, digital industrial revolution will not only enable companies to make production significantly more efficient, it will also give them greater flexibility when it comes to tailoring production to meet market requirements. 

What can Siemens offer its present and future customers towards Industrie 4.0?

Siemens terms its way to Industrie 4.0 as the “Digital Enterprise”. With the Digital Enterprise, Siemens offers solutions to address the specific requirements of the manufacturing and processing industry. These solutions combine the world of planning and operation to create an integral plant management concept covering the entire lifecycle of an industrial plant. The path to the Digital Enterprise is comprised of four core elements that logically build on one another. These four core elements are our Software, our Industrial Communication networks, our Security in automation, and our Business-specific industrial services. Each of these core elements is comprised of a unique portfolio that prepares our customers for Industrie 4.0. 
For example, under our Software banner we provide our Digital Enterprise Software Suite - a comprehensive portfolio of software-based systems for discrete industries, built up for more than 15 years and based on Teamcenter as a collaborative platform (data backbone) that integrates PLM (Product Lifecycle Management), MES/MOM (Manufacturing Execution System / Manufacturing Operations Management) and TIA (Totally Integrated Automation). 

Digitalization and Digital Enterprise are wide ranging terms. What do they mean for the manufacturing and processing industry in Vietnam and where should enterprises start?

“The path of change must be based on progressive evolution, starting with small pilot projects that get implemented step-by-step in reasonable doses. Siemens is committed to supporting Vietnamese customers to become digitalized bottom-up from the shop floor to the top floor."

Digitalization and the Digital Enterprise touch all levels of the operation, from the “shop floor” all the way up to the “top floor”. But the real question you want to ask first is “How well prepared is our shop floor?” 

Considering that sensor, automation and material tracking capabilities are developing with high speed, the statement “in the not too distant future, work pieces will tell machines what to do” is a very real one.