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Interview With Mr. Ashish Pujari, GM & VP Digital Supply Chain & Manufacturing – Asia Pacific & Japan at SAP

Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News is pleased to conduct an interview with  Mr. Ashish Pujari, GM & VP Digital Supply Chain & Manufacturing – Asia Pacific & Japan at SAP on his views on the future of supply chain networks and manufacturing technologies.

1.Could you provide us with an overview of the latest technologies shaping the manufacturing industry and its associated supply chain networks in Asia?

Manufacturing has already begun to go ‘smart’ with Industry 4.0, where we see automation, intelligent machines coupled with smart sensors and IoT devices embedded along the production line. The future of production will not only be fully automated and connected but also have the ability to self-diagnose issues and optimise production capability. In this regard we see the possibility of an automated end-to-end supply chain, fully managed by smart manufacturing robots, driverless cars/drones and digital shop assistants.

With the tremendous volume of data becoming available, manufacturers will be able to optimise operations quickly and react accordingly to areas that require attention. For instance, the need to regularly conduct machinery maintenance, which typically causes a halt in production and incur cost, is no longer required with smart sensors notifying operators when maintenance is needed.

What sets the manufacturing and supply chain advancement rate of Asia apart from the other regions is the amount of expected IoT investment with IoT playing the critical role in making the above initiatives possible. According to IDC, Asia comes up on top in terms of IoT spending (US$291.7 billion) having accounted for more than 40 percent of the total worldwide expenditure this year with these connected devices being largely used for manufacturing operations.

2. What do you think are the main challenges when it comes to the digitalisation and integration of supply chains with manufacturing processes in Asia? With the digitalisation of manufacturing, how will supply chains evolve to keep up? How do you think these challenges can be overcome?

Traditionally, companies approached supply chain management in terms of increasing efficiency and driving down costs. In a complex, globalised, digital economy, the supply chain of yesterday is not up to the task of meeting constantly shifting demand and increasingly complex supply networks. For a digital economy, what is needed is a digital supply chain that is characterised by its ability to be fast, nimble and intelligent enough to profitably serve segments of one. This is however, just one half of the picture with the other half being the demand chain

Industry 4.0 solutions and new manufacturing techniques (such as addictive manufacturing) play a strong role in sustaining a strong demand chain where the production of products is based solely on demand. The decrease in waste and obsolescence will lead to an overall reduction in cost for organisations.

Upon digitalising the supply and demand chain silos, the main challenge will be to connect the both of them in a seamless manner. The integration of demand and supply chain synchronizes the key processes in terms of front-end development, product planning, product design, procurement, manufacturing, sales and marketing, maintenance activities based on customer needs as process routines. The first step manufacturers must take is the establishment of a digital core in order to handle the tremendous volume of data becoming available and translate them into actionable insights. Next, a top-to-bottom, soup-to-nuts approach that brings each application under the same umbrella must be taken. This is typically done with the assistance of a technology solutions provider that offers solutions for both silos and a proven track record of successful implementation.

3. In your opinion, what are the trends that will shape the industry for the next 5 to 10 years?

Supply chain sustainability becomes good business:  Cost efficiency and sustainability can now be achieved simultaneously with the help of technology. In an ideal world, manufacturers will see all of their products end up in a customer’s hands. In reality, the overproduction of products leads to unwanted and unused products being dumped at the bottom of a landfill. By digitalising the supply chain, manufacturers will be able to increase sustainability by reducing or even eliminating over-production and standing inventory. Not only does this reduce overall cost, it also saves our environment. At the same time, having end-to-end visibility enables businesses to tap on the shared economy network and achieve seamless connectivity across the entire supply chain. For example, working with third-party delivery services to cover last-mile delivery.

Rise of the Intelligence Enterprise: To reap the benefits of Industry 4.0 fully, we expect to see more organisations transforming into Intelligent Enterprises. An Intelligent Enterprise effectively uses data assets and machine learning to automate routine tasks, to achieve desired business outcomes faster and with less risk. To this end, businesses need to invest in three key areas – an intelligent suite, intelligent technologies and a digital platform. SAP’s solutions are designed to help businesses leverage these and transform into an a smart, best-run Intelligent Enterprise.

Connecting the physical and digital world through Digital Twins: The attachment of IoT sensors to assets and equipment will enable organisations to connect them within a network and form “digital twins”. This will provide businesses total visibility as products are designed, manufactured and deployed with real-time data sharing between customers and suppliers.

In today’s context, this is important because businesses are facing increased competition and need to meet the expectation of shorter product cycles, accelerated responses times and flexible manufacturing. At the same time, customers expect fully configurable, smart products too. Through leveraging embedded intelligence from the data of a fully connected network, businesses will be able to make better decisions and break new ground with open innovation.

Blockchain goes mainstream: Blockchain can positively impact everything from warehousing to delivery to payment due to its ability to increase the efficiency and transparency of supply chains. There is no dispute in the chain regarding transactions because all entities on the chain have the same version of the ledger and records on the blockchain cannot be edited. Due to such offerings, it comes as no surprise when IDC predicted that blockchain spending will grow at a CAGR of 81.2 percent and hit a total spending of US$9.2 billion in 2021.

Delving deeper into the distribution and services sector, we foresee strong interest from the pharmaceutical industry in the adoption of blockchain. Fake drugs are a US$30 billion problem and according to the World Health Organisation, one in 10 drugs sold in developing countries are fake or substandard, leading to thousands of deaths. Bogus drugs are a growing threat as increased pharmaceutical trade, including Internet sales, open the door to sometimes toxic products. With blockchain, the flow of stolen or counterfeit pills entering the supply chain and causing harm to patients can be stopped.


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Tenfold Increase In Number Of “Intelligent” APAC Enterprises Since 2017

Tenfold Increase In Number of “Intelligent” APAC Enterprises Since 2017

SINGAPORE: Zebra Technologies Corporation has announced the results of its second annual “Intelligent Enterprise Index.” which is a global survey that measures where companies are on the journey to becoming an “intelligent enterprise” – one that connects the physical and digital worlds to drive innovation through real-time guidance, data-powered environments and collaborative mobile workflows.

By scoring more than 75 points on the overall Index, the number of companies globally defined as an “intelligent enterprise” doubled to 10 percent in 2018. In Asia-Pacific, there was a spike in the number of companies that were rated as truly “intelligent” – moving up by 20 percentage to 22 percent this year. The average Asia-Pacific score increased from 49 points in 2017 to 63 points in 2018, underscoring the rapid adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in the region. The Index measures to what extent companies today are meeting the criteria that define today’s Intelligent Enterprise. Overall, the Index reveals year-over-year growth of Internet of Things (IoT) deployment and investment, highlighting new momentum as enterprises expect less resistance to adoption and increasingly acknowledge IoT solutions as a core component for driving future growth across their organizations.

“As new technologies continue to transform the front line of business, real-time data-driven signals at the edge of operations are empowering front-line workers with the right information to optimize actions and outcomes,” said Tom Bianculli, Chief Technology Officer, Zebra Technologies. “Based on our second annual Index, it’s clear that more companies acknowledge the value of leveraging IoT strategies, and they will continue to propel adoption and investment in the future.”

Key Index Findings

  • IoT investment is up, and resistance to adoption is down. The Index reveals for those companies surveyed, their average annual spend on IoT is up 4 percent year-over-year globally, while it was a 12 percent increase in Asia-Pacific. And 86 percent of the companies surveyed globally expect that number to increase in the next 1-2 years, with nearly half anticipating investment growth of 11-20 percent. As employees become more receptive to new technologies, the number of companies that expect resistance to their IoT plans moving forward has dropped from 75 percent in 2017 to 64 percent this year.
  • Enterprises are driving a performance edge with real-time guidance. 52 percent of respondents globally say information from their IoT solutions is shared with employees in real or near-real time. This is up 37 percent from last year’s Index, underscoring the increased need for collaborative mobile workflows. Asia-Pacific companies are more advanced in this area, with 58 percent of companies sharing data with employees in such frequency. In addition, two-thirds of those surveyed globally have established a plan on how to organise and analyse their data. This is up 10 percent from last year. Real-time analytics (66 percent) and security (63 percent) were reported as the most prevalent elements of a company’s data management plan.
  • Empowering the front-line. Notably, organisations are empowering their front-line with actionable data as 32 percent of the respondents say they provide insights to the front-line workers. This reflects the need for innovations, technologies and real-time data at the edge of the enterprise. In Asia-Pacific, this stands at 41 percent, up seven percentage points from last year’s index.
  • Security is a top priority across the enterprise. Companies are taking a more proactive, thorough approach when it comes to employing security standards within their IoT solutions. The Index revealed an 18 percentage point increase in the number of companies that are constantly – versus routinely – monitoring their IoT security to ensure privacy and integrity. In Asia-Pacific, the increase was 20 percentage points from a year ago.
  • Companies are demonstrating a greater reliance on a solution ecosystem. 40 percent of the companies surveyed globally report using a strategic partner to manage their entire IoT solution, up from 21 percent from 2017. This was higher in Asia-Pacific at 54 percent. This dependence on third-party expertise and management of IoT processes, similar to Zebra’s Savanna platform empowering its customers and partners, is a key indicator that an enterprise is committed to accelerating data intelligence and adopting IoT.

Survey Background And Methodology

  • The online survey was fielded from Aug. 6 – Sept. 14, 2018 across a wide range of segments, including healthcare, manufacturing, retail and transportation and logistics.
  • In total, 918 IT decision makers from nine countries were interviewed, including the U.S., U.K./Great Britain, France, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, China, India, and Japan.
  • Eleven metrics were used to understand where companies are on the path to becoming an Intelligent Enterprise, including: IoT Vision, Business Engagement, Technology Solution Partner, Adoption Plan, Change Management Plan, Point of Use Application, Security & Standards, Lifetime Plan, Architecture/Infrastructure, Data Plan and Intelligent Analysis.
  • The criteria were identified by executives, industry experts and policymakers across different industries at the 2016 Strategic Innovation Symposium: The Intelligent Enterprise, hosted by Zebra in collaboration with the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH).
  • The framework of an Intelligent Enterprise is based on technology solutions that integrate cloud computing, mobility, and the Internet of Things (IoT) to automatically “sense” information from enterprise assets. Operational data from these assets, including status, location, utilisation, or preferences, is then “analysed” to provide actionable insights, which can then be mobilised to the right person at the right time, so they can be “acted” upon to drive better, more-timely decisions by users anywhere, at any time.


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Kongsberg Digital And Alibaba Cloud To Digitalise Chinese Energy Sector

Kongsberg Digital And Alibaba Cloud To Digitalise Chinese Energy Sector

CHINA: China currently tops global rankings when it comes to investing in renewable energy sources and digitalisation is high on the country’s agenda when it comes to increased efficiency and transformed business models. To further promote this development, Kongsberg Digital and Alibaba Cloud, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the opportunities provided by making KONGSBERG’s industrial digital platform, Kognifai, available on Alibaba Cloud’s infrastructure.

“Bringing Kognifai to the growing Chinese energy market is an important milestone for Kongsberg Digital,” said Hege Skryseth, Executive Vice President of KONGSBERG and President of Kongsberg Digital. “By implementing KONGSBERG’s Kognifai platform on the Alibaba Cloud infrastructure, we will be able to offer our advanced joined digital solutions to the energy sector in China and other parts of Asia.”

“Alibaba Cloud has always been dedicated to advancing technologies to empower digital transformation across the globe,” said Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud. “Together with KONGSBERG and Kongsberg Digital, we are looking forward to seeing how our robust cloud infrastructure and their cutting-edge platform can jointly drive the technology advancement to a new level for the energy sector.”

KONGSBERG already has substantial operations in China, giving the group local knowledge and understanding of the processes in the Chinese market.

Operating Kognifai on Alibaba Cloud will allow KONGSBERG’s solutions for the energy sector to be available to a growing market in China and Asia. This includes IoT, advanced and hybrid analytics – available on secure digital ecosystems in which to develop and run scalable mission critical software and applications. And among the specific KONGSBERG solutions that could become available to customers of Alibaba Cloud is EmPower, a suite of efficiency software delivered as a service for the wind power industry.

Under the MoU, the companies will start their collaboration immediately and intend to make Kognifai available on Alibaba Cloud in 2019.


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Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Machine Advisor Unlocks The Potential Of Data For Asia’s OEMs

Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Machine Advisor Unlocks The Potential Of Data for Asia’s OEMs

SINGAPORE: Amid the rapid digitisation of manufacturing, machine builders (OEMs) need to provide a better service to improve their customers’ agility and market responsiveness. Therefore, Schneider Electric has presented its EcoStruxure Machine Advisor, a platform that allows OEMs to track, monitor and fix machines remotely as well as enable operators to predict and execute preventive maintenance schedules and improve machine availability.

Real-time Operational Awareness Is A Competitive Advantage

Driven by rapid adoption of connectivity, mobility, cloud computing and big data analytics, digitisation in manufacturing has a huge potential. According to a 2015 McKinsey survey, by 2025 digitisation will reduce time to market by 20 to 25 percent, optimise expertise by 45 to 55 percent, and reduce machine downtime by up to 50 percent.

In this ultra-competitive environment, OEMs need solutions that will improve the connectivity of their machines, giving them real-time operational awareness, and access to their machines in order to optimise their operational efficiency while developing new business opportunities such as in their services business. These benefits need to be passed on to operators, while guaranteeing safety and data security.

Maximising The Value Of Data With EcoStruxure Machine Advisor

Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Machine Advisor is able to convert data into key insights for machine builders. “With EcoStruxure Machine Advisor, OEMs gain real-time remote access to their machines, allowing them to add and modify new services to each installed machine at any production site worldwide,” explained Xing Jian Pang, industrial commercial vice president, global OEM and Asia Pacific, Schneider Electric. The device is also able to provide a fully connected framework for reliable machine operation through three key functionalities:

  • Track: OEMs can visualise the location of all their machines, with real-time access to documentationand history, such as bill of materials, manuals, maintenance logs and task management schedules.
  • Monitor: The cloud-based software allows OEMs to collect and visualise machine data in real time,giving a comprehensive analysis of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), widgets for performance against key KPIs and other trends, and dashboards to monitor machine availability and output quality.
  • Fix: A service enabled by a mobile app to facilitate maintenance and operations with contextualinformation, the help of step-by-step procedures and remote expertise by leveraging augmented reality. Furthermore, this service also provides remote access to the engineering software in the cloud, enabling service technicians to use “Software-as-a-Service” to always have the right version and libraries by hand.

While these functionalities allow OEMs to improve customer satisfaction and innovate with new service offers, EcoStruxure Machine Advisor also gives immediate benefits to operators by leveraging the EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor app. This allows the EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor to put real-time information at their fingertips, whenever and wherever it is needed. Additionally, the custom application can improve operational efficiency with augmented reality, enabling operators to superimpose the current data and virtual objects onto a cabinet, machine, or plant.

EcoStruxure Machine Advisor pilots

The EcoStruxure Machine Advisor has been piloted successfully with many OEMs in Europe and Asia. In Taiwan, Leadermac, a manufacturer of four-side moulders, has incorporated the technology as a digitised solution to improve its service offers and the company is now able to execute early diagnosis and preventive maintenance of its machines, and sell better-connected, more flexible, more efficient and safer machines.

“EcoStruxure Machine Advisor is the future,” said Leadermac president, Michael Chang. “It helps OEMs like us provide better services, such as remote preventive maintenance, alarm monitoring, tooling usage and IoT applications.”


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Advantech & Taipei World Trade Center Collaborate For All-Of-India IoT Goal

Advantech & Taipei World Trade Center Collaborate For All-Of-India IoT Goal

Advantech has announced at the second annual SMART ASIA India Expo & Summit that it would collaborate with the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) in its New Delhi Strategy Center, which aims to enhance India’s Industrial and Embedded IoT market. This is Advantech’s fourth strategic location in India, with the other three being its Bangalore headquarters in South India and offices in Pune and Ahmedabad, West India. Event attendees that witnessed the initiation of Advantech’s India Strategic Collaboration with TWTC, included Taipei World Trade Center chairman, James C. F. Huang, Mr. H. D. Kumaraswamy, chief minister of Karnataka, Mr.Mukesh Kalra, joint secretary for international trade from FISME, Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in Chennai director-general, Charles Chao-Cheng Li, Karnataka chief minister, Mr. H. D. Kumaraswamy, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike mayor, Mr. R. Sampath Raj, and FICCI chairman, Shekar Viswanathan, along with over 100 Indian executives, business and media personnel.

India is the world’s second most populous country and sixth largest economic region. In line with prime minister Modi’s goal of doubling economic growth to US$5 trillion by 2025, India has become the rising star of BRICS economies. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) further predicts that India will lead the world in annual economic growth for 2018, with its GDP growth reaching 7.4%. Indeed, punters have speculated that India could overtake the US and China to become the “world’s largest economic region” by as early as 2050.

Advantech’s board director, Chaney Ho, mentioned that since chairman, James C. F. Huang’s, inauguration, his portrayal of India as an “essential of essentials” has been in line with Advantech’s “all-of-India” strategy. He also commented that Advantech has long recognized the great opportunities in India. Strategically targeting India as a key South Asian country, Advantech entered the local market in 2002 by setting up a headquarter in Bangalore, also known as “India’s Silicon Valley”. Since establishing a factory in 2012 and initiating the Make in India movement, Advantech has initiated numerous large infrastructure projects. With this introduction to the market, along with dependable localisation, Advantech has experienced double-digit growth in India.

Miller Chang, President of Advantech Embedded IoT Group also mentioned that on top of the company’s headquarters in Bangalore and local offices in Pune and Ahmedabad, Advantech is also planning to establish a new branch in Kolkata as well. Joining TAITRA’s New Delhi Strategy Center this year not only places Advantech in a good position in North India, but also completes the final stage of the company’s “All-of-India” approach – to have representation in the north, south, east, and western regions of this large sub-continent. Additionally, Advantech hopes to work with TAITRA to engage in co-creating domain focused solutions with local partners from various industries and facilitate the co-creation eco system in India.

Mark Yang, Advantech’s director of embedded IoT group and general manager of inter-continental, pointed out that in order to enhance the local market, Advantech spent years overcoming the multi-lingual, multi-culture, and multi-racial issues in India, before finally obtaining local clients’ approval and support through the establishment of mutual trust and reciprocity. Moreover, Advantech has benevolently contributed to local talent and Indian IoT education by sharing the company’s experience and many intelligent IoT case studies during campus talks at approximately 25 of India’s top IT colleges. As Advantech has always been looking for the “Right People on the Bus,” the company has also developed plans for future scholarships to be offered for the training of local talents train and for the provision of job opportunities in Taiwan.

Mr. Yang firmly believes that with TWTC’s assistance, Advantech will not only growing its share of the Indian IoT market, but will also develop smart manufacturing systems for diverse industries and applications, such as in steel plants, power plants, mines, and automotive plants. Joining TAITRA’s New Delhi Strategy Center also promotes Advantech’s co-creation IoT solution-ready packages (SRPs) with specialised companies within various industries throughout India, thereby accelerating cloud services and application development for smart cities. The newly established New Delhi Strategy Center will also serve as a doorway for Taiwan’s smart manufacturing export, assisting Taiwanese companies in partnering with each other to build industrial ecosystems in India.

Advantech has presented its newest technologies and solutions, including its WISE-PaaS/EnSaaS Cloud Package, Intelligent Retail Solution Platform, Wireless IoT LoRa Gateway,and Intelligent healthcare solutions, at the second annual SMART ASIA India Expo & Summit. Going forward, the company plans to showcase at least 30 software/hardware-integrated IoT SRPs that were co-created with various partners at the upcoming Advantech IoT Co-Creation Summit that will be held in Suzhou, China, on November 1-2.

With TWTC’s assistance, Advantech will not only growing its share of the Indian IoT market, but will also developing smart manufacturing systems for diverse industries and applications.


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Hitachi & Microsoft’s Connected Field Service Solutions Showcased At The Industrial Transformation APAC Conference

Hitachi & Microsoft’s Connected Field Service Solutions Showcased At The Industrial Transformation APAC Conference

SINGAPORE: Hitachi Solutions Asia Pacific, a provider of purpose-built industry solutions powered by Microsoft Cloud, is currently participating at the Industrial Transformation APAC conference which is held from 16 to 18 October, 2018.

The Industrial Transformation APAC conference brings together Asia Pacific’s advanced manufacturing community for the exchange of digital transformation journeys and knowledge. This event will be the platform for more than 10,000 industrial leaders from over 30 countries from the region where they can share insights and best practices on their industrial digital transformation initiatives and network with other thought leaders. And it is through this platform that Hitachi Solutions Asia Pacific will feature the latest field service solutions in partnership with Microsoft.

Currently, Hitachi Solutions Asia Pacific delivers field service solutions that are designed to help companies realise their digital transformation journey. This enables companies to advance from being a cost centre to a profit centre and develop from being a preventative maintenance model to a predictive maintenance model.

During the event, David Bishop, Senior Vice President and Head of R&D at Hitachi Solutions America, and Tushar Parashar, Senior Sales Director at Hitachi Solutions Asia Pacific, will be demonstrating these solutions that are built on Microsoft Dynamics 365:

  • Hitachi Solutions Extended Field Service helps field service organisations increase customer satisfaction by moving from a costly break and fix model to a more efficient predict and prevent model, increasing first time fix rates. With this service, field service companies willreceive full warranty management and remote asset monitoring capabilities, as well as the ability to streamline processes with enhanced mobile timesheets.
  • Hitachi Solutions IoT Service Hub enables companies to connect and monitor devices and analyse the data in real time to create new predictive maintenance capabilities. Companiescan also use these capabilities to dramatically improve operational efficiencies, which enables them to transform it into data-driven services businesses.
  • Hitachi Solutions’ Augmented Reality Remote Assistance (ARRA) for Field Service enables technicians to use augmented reality and live videosto interact with in-office experts via smart glasses, smart phones or tablets.

“Hitachi Solutions has a long history of success in Field Service Automation. Our services team has more than 14 years of collective experience building and implementing FSA systems for clients in different vertical industries.” said Michael Strand, Senior Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing at Hitachi Solutions America. “Hitachi Solutions Asia Pacific leverages its field services expertise from a more regional perspective and aims to help customers solve business challenges, increase operational efficiency, and improve support and service.”


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Schneider Electric Unveils Smart Manufacturing Solutions At Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific Conference

Schneider Electric Unveils Smart Manufacturing Solutions At Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific Conference

SINGAPORE: Schneider Electric has unveiled its latest smart manufacturing solutions for the Asia-Pacific region during the launch of the Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific Conference (ITAP) on 16 October 2018. This builds upon the company’s history in Singapore that began 40 years ago and which saw the company launch its East Asia and Japan headquarters in Singapore.

Mr David Orgaz, Senior Vice President, Process Automation, Schneider Electric Asia-Pacific has commented that, “Schneider Electric is at the forefront of helping companies in their digital transformation journey. Using cutting-edge Industry 4.0 technology, our customers can make informed, data-driven decisions that bring about improved profitability, operational efficiency and a smarter productive workforce – while keeping the operations secure and environmentally sustainable.”

During the ITAP, Schneider Electric will also be showcasing simulations of next-generation Control Command Centres in Oil & Gas, Digital Factory, Consumer Packaged Goods and Water & Wastewater environments and this includes:

EcoStruxure Machine Advisor

Machine builders sell machines to smart factories around the world. These machines are typically deployed with annual maintenance contracts. Thus with this technology, machine builders can track, monitor and even fix remotely deployed IoT-enabled machines from a single dashboard.

Similarly, smart factory operators can gain a bird’s eye view of all their running machines, be instantly alerted if any machine is not operational and analyse collected data in real-time to see if the machines are performing up to par.

EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor

On-site operators can speed up machine maintenance and reduce human error by using augmented reality (AR) to view superimposed data over the different parts of the machines.

By simply holding an AR-powered tablet over the machine, the operator can instantly view data relevant to each machine part.

EcoStruxure Profit Advisor

This IoT-based solution lets companies measure the profitability of their industrial operations, by considering both historical data and real-time data analytics.

EcoStruxure Profit Advisor helps businesses to concentrate and refine efforts which provide the greatest financial returns and savings, predict the profitability of the change processes and minimise potential project risks while eliminating waste.

EcoStruxure Triconex Tricon CX v11.4

The EcoStruxure Tricon CX helps industries achieve safe and available production while improving output and profitability. It is quick and easy to install, configure and operate. This in turn reduces customers’ total cost of ownership by up to 8 percent with its triple redundant, high-availability architecture, inherent redundancy management, online module replacement and change/modification capabilities. It is also proven to help process manufacturers increase ROI by 11 percent.


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Siemens To Showcase Sector-Specific Solutions And Future Technologies For Industry 4.0

Siemens To Showcase Sector-Specific Solutions And Future Technologies For Industry 4.0

At the “SPS IPC Drives” 2018, Siemens will be presenting a range of sector-specific solutions and future technologies to enable the digital transformation of today’s discrete and process industries. The central focus of the over 4,000 square meter Siemens booth will be on new products, solutions and services from the company’s Digital Enterprise portfolio, designed to enable the merger between the physical and digital worlds. The solutions on show will allow not only machine and plant builders but also end customers of any size – working in areas as diverse as the chemical, aerospace, battery, food and beverage industries – to boost the flexibility, efficiency, quality, security and speed of their operations. To get to grips with the rising complexity of production processes and leverage the many associated benefits, Siemens is continuously expanding and strengthening its portfolio with the integration of groundbreaking future technologies, from artificial intelligence to edge computing.

As this year’s trade fair slogan “Digital Enterprise – Implement now!” intimates, the technical conditions are already in place for Industry 4.0 in the form of end-to-end solutions along the entire value chain. Driving these developments are an ever-increasing degree of customisation and the resulting rapid transformation of markets. A wide range of innovations and an array of concrete applications and customer examples from fields including additive manufacturing and robot integration will be on show to demonstrate how digital transformation can be successfully achieved in practice for companies of every size and from every sector of the industry. These will also include the opportunities and scope opened up by artificial intelligence. Siemens will also be showcasing Industrial Edge, a distributed data processing concept operating at the machine and production process level as the ideal supplement to cloud computing with MindSphere. Edge applications offer user benefits such as the analysis of machine data for the predictive prevention of machine downtimes, ultimately resulting in improved plant productivity.

Implementation of the Digital Enterprise in machine building
A machine used for the quality inspection of bottles will be illustrating ways in which the Digital Enterprise can be implemented in the machine building sector. The Digital Enterprise enables the seamless integration of industrial software and automation by using a shared data model. This holistic approach will be demonstrated along the entire value chain from the perspective of the machine builder: from the machine concept and simulation through engineering, commissioning and operation to services. Using digital twins of the product, the production process and performance, users benefit from shorter engineering and production times, from flexible, fully automated manufacturing concepts and efficient processes. At the same time, this technology provides the assurance of high quality and adherence to strict security standards. And in turn, connection to MindSphere enables the continuous acquisition and analysis of machine data. This not only ensures increased machine productivity in running operation, but also enables the gathered data to be fed back into the digital machine model,  enabling further optimisation. On the basis of the gathered data, machine builders are also able to develop new services and business models such as “pay per use” concepts.

Modular production creates more flexibility
For sectors such as the pharmaceutical or fine chemical industries to remain competitive, their ability to respond rapidly to changing market demands is growing ever more important. Modular production plants which are made up of flexibly combinable modules and equipped with MTPs (Module Type Packages) are one way of addressing this need. The use of standardised interfaces and protocols enables these “smart” machines and subsystems to be simply integrated into a complete plant. This allows production to be rapidly stepped up by the integration of additional modules. Just how this works in practice will be demonstrated at the booth using the example of a centrifugal separator from the company, GEA, which has been equipped with a dedicated controller and MTPs, enabling its simple integration into a higher-level control system.

New features for MindSphere
Siemens will also be showcasing a range of new features for its cloud-based IoT operating system MindSphere – from visualisation through data analysis to edge computing functions. This year’s MindSphere Lounge will also be showcasing the wide-ranging application possibilities offered by the IoT operating system to improve factors such as efficiency and productivity. For the first time, customers and partners will be jointly presenting new applications and successful use cases taken from practice across a wide-range of different industry sectors.

Services for the digital transformation
Digital Services (Digital Industry Services) play a key role when it comes to customised, individual implementation of the Digital Enterprise. Siemens provides broad-based support for users here with everything from consulting on to implementation and data analysis with all the associated customer benefits such as lowering downtimes by up to 45 percent and energy consumption by up to 60 percent.

Electrical power distribution in digital environments
The smooth interaction of hardware and software with systematic data management is vital to create the efficient electrical power distribution digital enterprises require. At the trade fair, Siemens will be showcasing the integration of medium and low voltage power distribution into cloud-based environments based on concrete applications such as substations, industrial plants, data centers, office buildings and distributed real estate assets. Providing the technical basis are communication-capable switchboards, protection, switching and measuring devices, which gather the relevant energy data, integrate it into holistic energy efficiency concepts and make it available in MindSphere or other cloud platforms. This not only results in a significant increase in energy efficiency and plant availability, but also helps optimise operational and maintenance workflows and simplifies the entire value creation process.


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Siemens Closes Mendix Acquisition, Extending Industry Leading Digital Innovation Platform

Siemens Closes Mendix Acquisition, Extending Industry Leading Digital Innovation Platform

  • Siemens to accelerate investments and growth in Mendix’s organic business and verticals, fueling faster go-to-market expansion
  • Mendix will continue building on its heritage of openness and extensibility, including its partner ecosystem
  • Siemens to create SaaS solutions and extensions, leveraging joint Siemens and Mendix ecosystems and partnerships
  • Combination of Siemens’ Digital Enterprise Software, MindSphere and Mendix extends industry leading digital innovation platform

Siemens has closed the acquisition of Mendix yesterday, eight weeks after the transaction was announced as part of the company’s Vision 2020+ strategy.

As enterprises invest to digitalise their operations, demand for business applications is growing significantly faster than the capacity of IT organisations to deliver them. This gap between business’ demand for smart applications and the lack of adequate developer talent has created unprecedented demand for low-code, high productivity platforms. With the addition of Mendix, Siemens enters the rapidly growing low-code application development market and will invest in Mendix to build on its market-leading position, across both its existing customer verticals and the Siemens customer base.

“Siemens will continue to invest in Mendix’s independent go-to-market operations, product roadmap, brand and developer community, building on our legacy as the most innovative and open low-code cloud platform,” said Derek Roos, co-founder and CEO of Mendix. “Our platform will remain industry and ecosystem agnostic. We will build on our industry-first partnerships with SAP and IBM, and we’re going to bring even more differentiated software solutions to market by combining Siemens’ deep vertical know-how with the Mendix platform.”

Furthermore, the combined market offering of Siemens comprehensive Digital Enterprise Software suite, Mendix low-code application development, and MindSphere IoT ecosystem creates a true innovation platform of choice for organisations large and small to digitally transform their enterprises. Customers are empowered to make product and manufacturing information universally accessible and useful for their business via a range of integrated, yet open, best-in-class technology for the creation, management, organisation and insight of product and manufacturing data.

Customers have access to the largest open ecosystem of IoT, Cloud and Digital Enterprise Software experts, with the greatest collection of applications, developer communities, professional service expertise, and world leading academic and research relationships.

“Across Siemens’ customer base, products and services are becoming ever more connected. Billions of intelligent devices and machines generate massive amounts of data, creating a bridge between real and virtual worlds. Turning these vast amounts of data into value is a key success factor for our customers,” said Klaus Helmrich, member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG. “Siemens is committed to investing in our digital innovation platform that helps our customers design, optimise, build, and accelerate their product and manufacturing innovations. We have brought together the main domains involved in the innovation process, are connecting them through a collaborative platform, building a digital feedback loop leveraging IoT and delivering this system on the cloud.”

Mendix is part of the software business of Siemens’ Digital Factory and the Mendix platform will be adopted across other Siemens businesses as the standard low-code platform to bring new software solutions to market.


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Jack Ma’s Vision Of New Manufacturing – A Silver Lining To The US-China Trade War?

Jack Ma’s Vision Of New Manufacturing – A Silver Lining To The US-China Trade War?

CHINA: Amid the economic strain that the US-China Trade War has caused, it has also resulted in unique business transformations and immense Chinese technological evolution. An example of which would be Jack Ma, co-founder and executive Chairman of Alibaba Group Holding’s vision of New Manufacturing. A novel concept that utilises the Internet Of Things (IoT), cloud computing , artificial intelligence (AI) and big data to mass create highly customised consumer products in a market that is fast leaning towards personalisation.

Additionally, through the integration of New Manufacturing and New Retail, online and offline retail experiences can be connected to and funneled towards the manufacturing pipeline to ensure that consumer feedback are quickly relayed to manufacturing operations, outputs and inventory stocking. A proposition that Ma predicts will drive the Chinese economy forward and reinforces his statement that “If we use machines and data, to integrate and digitalise, we will change the economy”.

Hence, in the face of rising tariffs from the trade war, Ma’s vision alongside the Chinese government’s “Made in China 2025” industrial master plan aims to reduce the digital gap between China and the West and ultimately, minimise China’s dependecy on imported technologies. A goal that Alibaba is striving towards through strategic partnerships, the establishment of new technology companies as well as acquisitions – as most recently seen by the company’s progress in semiconductor R&D and its production of its own CK902 series of smart chips. A “core technology” that Ma strongly believes should be made locally as China has the largest number of internet users in the world.


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