Digital Transformation by Siemens Digital Industries

6/15/2021

Future-proof with the IoT: How Industrial Manufacturers are Gaining the Competitive Edge with Digitalization and IoT

We’re all aware of the mounting challenges within manufacturing. With constant changes related to innovation and customer demands, companies must keep up if they want to remain relevant and competitive. Thankfully, there’s a solution that not only meets these challenges head-on, but provides unlimited opportunities that help manufacturers gain a competitive edge.The answer is the Internet of Things (IoT). It’s helping industrial manufacturers leverage digitalization and overcome manufacturing disruptions so that they’re able to bounce back stronger. Digitalization and connectivity are the keys to success as the industry progresses toward the future, and the time to take advantage of this revolutionary technology is now.In this episode, Jörg Ludwig once again welcomes our colleagues from the electric motor factory at Siemens Bad Neustadt an der Saale, Germany, Heiko Dickas, team leader of the digitalization team, and Sebastian Oeder, the head of the production unit main motors. Colm Gavin, Portfolio Development Manager, and Matthias Lutz, Head of PreSales and Solution Design, also join in the conversation.You’ll hear from these industry and digitalization insiders why there’s no better time than the present to start connecting systems by implementing IoT. You’ll learn how to choose the solution that best fits your company, real-world results achieved by using the digital twin, and the impressive benefits of digitalization throughout the manufacturing process. The efficiency, connectivity and information gathered from data sources all provide exponential benefits that begin to help companies meet the challenges faced within the industrial machinery industry today.Some Questions Asked:What solutions and benefits IoT can offer to face the challenges of the manufacturing trends? (1:30)Between building your own IoT solution and adopting a ready-made one, how do companies decide between the two? (6:49)What improvements has IoT brought to Siemens Bad Neustadt? (12:06)What You Will Learn:Why companies shouldn’t wait to implement IoT solutions (3:15)The benefits of connectivity (4:50)One common mistake companies make in managing cloud-based solutions (8:01)Impressive results from using the digital twin (13:20)How MindSphere®, the industrial IoT as a service solution from Siemens, is being used to optimize processes (16:29)Resources:Links to previous episodesConnect with Heiko Dickas:LinkedInConnect with Sebastian Oeder:LinkedInConnect with Colm Gavin:LinkedInConnect with Matthias Lutz:LinkedInConnect with Jörg Ludwig:LinkedIn
6/8/2021

Future-proof with the IoT: Getting Started with IoT Technology and Reaping the Benefits of Data

Projections indicate that 40% of organizations expect to increase Internet of Things (IoT) spending in the next fiscal year. This tells us that it’s quickly becoming a crucial component within the industrial machinery industry. Knowing that this is a clear path for companies who want to accelerate their own digital transformation, getting started can seem daunting. Where should an organization even begin?Understanding the benefits to production capacity and the reduction of energy consumption is a good start. Taking small steps along the road like incrementally increasing machine connectivity serves as a motivating and daily reminder of the benefits business can leverage to their advantage. Within the collection of so much data lies limitless potential.In today’s episode, Jörg Ludwig continues the conversation with Heiko Dickas, team leader of the digitalization team, and Sebastian Oeder, the head of the production unit main motors, both from Siemens Bad Neustadt, an electric motor factory in Bad Neustadt an der Saale, Germany. Also with us today are Portfolio Development Manager, Colm Gavin, and Head of PreSales and Solution Design, Matthias Lutz.Today’s discussion centers around how the industrial IoT can help companies with today’s complex challenges within manufacturing. You’ll hear why getting started is less about fancy analytics and more about machine connectivity, and how we can ensure customers that their data is not only safe, but remains confidential.Some Questions Asked:Where should companies start with digitalization? (2:22)What are the differences between an edge implementation and doing so on the cloud? (6:10)How has industrial IoT improved your factory? (13:38)What You Will Learn:A common misconception about implementing digitalization (3:47)The surprising amount of data that you could be collecting (7:37)What customers really mean when they talk about security (10:00)Resources:Survey: Foundation, Eclipse. “The Eclipse Foundation Releases IoT Commercial Adoption Survey Results.” The Eclipse Foundation, www.eclipse.org/org/press-release/20200310-iot-commercial-adoption-survey-2019.php.Article: “Digital Transformation at Scale for Industrial Products.” IBM, www.ibm.com/thought-leadership/institute-business-value/report/transformation-industrial-products.Connect with Heiko Dickas:LinkedInConnect with Sebastian Oeder:LinkedInConnect with Colm Gavin:LinkedInConnect with Matthias Lutz:LinkedInConnect with Jörg Ludwig:LinkedIn
6/1/2021

Future-proof with the IoT: How IoT is Paving a Path for the Next Generation

As the manufacturing industry continues to grow, companies know that in order to remain competitive, they need to increase labor and machine productivity, but also simultaneously find a way to reduce costs. This expansion of low-cost competition is a big ask, but thankfully, technology is answering that call.There’s also the issue of an aging workforce and impending retirement of knowledgeable, dedicated employees. We’re expecting a mass exodus of machine workers in the coming years, and with that exodus, knowledge walks out the door with it. However, IoT technology has the potential to close the information gap. Digital collaboration could be the answer manufacturing has been waiting for.In today’s episode, Jörg Ludwig is joined again by Heiko Dickas, team leader of the digitalization team, and Sebastian Oeder, the head of the production unit main motors, both from Siemens Bad Neustadt, an electric motor factory in Bad Neustadt an der Saale, Germany. Also returning are Portfolio Development Manager, Colm Gavin, and Head of PreSales and Solution Design, Matthias Lutz.They’ll continue discussing the trends hammering productivity in manufacturing now, and before the COVID pandemic arrived, adding additional complexities to the way we work. They’ll talk about the growing competition among low-cost manufacturers, the impending issue of worker shortage that’s certainly high on the minds of companies as a generation enters retirement, and how IoT might be able to help preserve a lot of that potentially lost knowledge when the time comes to welcome the next generation into the workforce.__Some Questions Asked:Are hyperautomation and other technologies the key against the low-cost competition? (1:37)Is there a sector with high competition of low-cost providers? (4:22)How are companies expecting to fill the employee and skill shortage? (6:22)What has been a hurdle to adopting a new factory workflow? (10:52)What You Will Learn:The differentiators for machine builders against low-cost manufacturers (2:11)How IoT helps machine builders get closer to customers (3:37)How IoT can help companies retain tribal knowledge (7:35)Digital use cases for the next generation (9:39)Connect with Heiko Dickas:LinkedInConnect with Sebastian Oeder:LinkedInConnect with Colm Gavin:LinkedInConnect with Matthias Lutz:LinkedInConnect with Jörg Ludwig:LinkedIn
5/25/2021

Future-proof with the IoT: How to survive the fourth Industrial Revolution

Industry is changing at a rapid pace, and it’s no exaggeration to refer to the changes we’re experiencing as the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”. For organizations that want to survive in this new, future-driven economy, innovation and adaptation of the traditional business model are requirements.This means learning how to connect machines to collect and structure data, learning how to use data effectively, and finding ways to offer IoT services that bring value and higher margins of profitability to customers. As companies continue to find new ways to structure their next-generation business models, smart machines and hyperautomation are helping to pave the way.In the first episode of the series, Jörg Ludwig welcomes two guests from Siemens Bad Neustadt, an electric motor factory in Bad Neustadt an der Saale, Germany. Heiko Dickas is the team leader of the digitalization team, and Sebastian Oeder is the head of the production unit main motors. We’ll also hear from Portfolio Development Manager, Colm Gavin, and Head of PreSales and Solution Design, Matthias Lutz.In today’s episode, we’ll talk about how companies can leverage digitalization in order to overcome potential manufacturing disruptions. We’ll also run through some of the greatest challenges that the manufacturing industry faces in normal times, forces that cause them to escalate, and how businesses can come back stronger after disruptions.Some Questions Asked:What have been the biggest challenges on this journey? (2:35)Can these challenges be generalized to industrial machinery? (5:12)How are industrial IoT customers shaping the industry? (7:46)Has there been a significant implementation of these new industrial IoT business models in recent years? (9:20)What is hyperautomation? (11:27)What You Will Learn:Why permission to fail helps us learn (4:04)What customers are saying about IoT (8:21)An OEM customer use case (9:56)What a smart factory does differently (12:09)How hyperautomation spurred growth (16:18)Connect with Heiko Dickas:LinkedInConnect with Sebastian Oeder:LinkedInConnect with Colm Gavin:LinkedInConnect with Matthias Lutz:LinkedInConnect with Jörg Ludwig:LinkedIn
5/18/2021

Digitalization is Here to Stay: How Manufacturers Can Start Taking Advantage of the Benefits of Additive Manufacturing

Complexity within manufacturing continues to increase at breakneck speed, and from what we understand about consumer demands, it’s clear that this is the new norm. Rapidly changing trends require equipment that can keep up. The industry needs high-level flexibility so that it’s able to adapt quickly when consumer demands dictate.Manufacturers in-the-know are relying on digitalization, and additive manufacturing is saving the day in more ways than one. By enabling improvements to product quality and design, and with its ability to create complex geometries, manufacturers are using digital parts production to build stronger and lighter products that are out-innovating and out-producing the competition. It’s become clear that the faster companies adopt this digital technology, the more successful they will be.Back with us today is Rahul Garg, the industry leader for Siemens industrial machinery industry. We’re also welcoming Ashley Eckhoff to today’s show, he’s a member of the Additive Manufacturing Programme team with Siemens Digital Industry Software.In this episode, we’re taking a closer look at the advantages of additive manufacturing, both in terms of efficiency and quality of parts. You’ll hear how digital parts production leads to less waste and more efficiency, and how creating a digital twin allows manufacturers to take advantage of the data being collected. Finally, we’ll close out the series by summarizing the biggest advantages for the machinery industry to step into digitalization, and how manufacturers can get started.In this episode you will learn:The definition of additive manufacturing and its advantages (2:14)How additive meets the specific challenges that manufacturers are facing today (3:25)Understanding digital parts production (5:30)The purpose of a digital twin (6:29)Additive success stories (9:28)The biggest advantages of digitalization for manufacturers (12:43)3 important ways to take advantage of digitalization(15:19)Connect with Rahul Garg:LinkedInConnect with Ashley Eckhoff:LinkedInConnect with Bill Butcher:LinkedIn
5/4/2021

A Look into Synchronized Parts Manufacturing

The complex issues that face manufacturers today are myriad. One of the most intriguing solutions is to implement synchronized parts manufacturing. By adopting a closed-loop manufacturing process, equipment manufacturers can improve their planning by introducing intelligence.Manufacturers often struggle with facilitating communication and timing between the data and people. As the flow of information becomes increasingly complex, synthesizing all that information becomes a major challenge. If manufacturers don’t embrace synchronized parts manufacturing, problems may arise from the data’s lack of organization.Today, I welcome back Rahul Garg, the industry leader for Siemens industrial machinery industry. I’m joined as well by Brad Rosenhamer, a portfolio development executive focused on manufacturing operations management for industrial machinery, heavy equipment, and automotive markets.In this episode, you’ll learn about some challenges facing machine builders, the advantages of synchronized parts manufacturing, and how the digital twin fits into the discussion. Brad also discusses some companies that are successfully implementing synchronized parts manufacturing and we’ll explore why adopting this process is a critical strategy for manufacturers.In this episode you will learn:Some common issues plaguing today’s manufacturers (02:26)Why it's so important to have a synchronized part manufacturing process and some of the risks in not doing so (03:30)About the digital twin in the context of digital part production and synchronized part manufacturing (04:48)The benefits for manufacturers that incorporate synchronized part manufacturing (06:38)Why it’s critical for manufacturers to look at the sum of all manufacturing process (08:17)Some examples of companies that have integrated a holistic approach into their manufacturing (10:28)Connect with Rahul Garg:LinkedInConnect with Brad Rosenhamer:LinkedInConnect with Bill Butcher:LinkedIn
4/20/2021

How Highly-automated CAM is Helping Manufacturers Perform Better

In today’s competitive market, increasing pressure is being placed on manufacturers. Tied into that pressure is the need to expedite production and bring products to the market faster than ever before. Meeting those needs while keeping part quality at a premium hasn’t been the easiest package to deliver. That is, until highly automated CAM changed everything.Understanding the importance of efficiency in high-level manufacturing, the designers behind CAM sought to create a solution that digitized the design and manufacturing process, while connecting the various types of software from every aspect of the part-making process. It also allows companies to capture and reuse data, minimize waste, and increase overall efficiency. With CAM, manufacturers can now pivot quickly when digital threats arise.Today, we’re taking an in-depth look at highly automated CAM, or Computer-Aided Manufacturing. Here to help us understand how this technology works are Sashko Kurciski, leader of the marketing efforts for Siemens part manufacturing software portfolio, and Rahul Garg, Industry Leader for Siemens Industrial Machinery.In this episode, you’ll hear about how CAM links manufacturing, engineering, and production, resulting in better efficiency and simplified communication across the board. Sashko and Rahul will also share a couple of real-world examples of early adopters to CAM, and you’ll hear how manufacturers are differentiating themselves by taking advantage of this technology.In this episode, you will learn:A breakdown of CAM software and how it helps manufacturers (2:38)One example of a highly automated CAM solution (4:51)The shared goal of modern manufacturers (6:58)Why software connectivity is so essential (10:05)How the digital twin saves time (13:51)The role of additive manufacturing in part production (16:59)How digitalization helped a Netherlands-based manufacturer perform better (18:25)The link between automation and efficiency (20:49)Connect with Rahul Garg:LinkedInConnect with Sashko Kurciski:LinkedInConnect with Bill Butcher:LinkedIn
4/6/2021

An Introduction to the Digital Parts Production Solution

Welcome to the latest show in the Siemens Industrial Machinery podcast series. Join host Bill Butcher, Global Industry Marketing Leader at Siemens, as he and his guests discuss the Digital Part Production solution from Siemens Digital Industries Software.As industrial equipment becomes more complex, it is increasingly obvious that leading industrial manufacturers use new strategies in order to succeed in today's competitive market. OEMs must create fixes that put forth superior shop management as well as more efficient operations. Right now, Digital Parts Production looks like the fix for many of those concerns.Bill is joined today by Rahul Garg, Industry Leader for Siemens Industrial Machinery and Frans Adamowicz, Solution Director at Siemens Industrial Machinery. Each has over 30 years of experience and will help us break down some of the major challenges facing digital production and the digitalization within the industry today.In this episode you will learn:What exactly digital production is and why it’s critical for industrial machinery companies to develop new engineering practices (00:58)The key trends driving the need for adopting digitalization (3:50)About the concept of digitalization and the context of the digital twin in digital production (7:18)The crucial differentiators of digital production and what makes them unique in today’s marketplace (8:58)About new technologies – additive manufacturing (11:12)Connect with Rahul Garg:LinkedInConnect with Frans Adamowicz:LinkedInConnect with Bill Butcher:LinkedIn
2/16/2021

The Digital Revolution: How Intelligent Performance Engineering Provides Closed-loop Validation

Intelligent Performance Engineering has the potential to revolutionize how manufacturing facilities operate. But as with any big change that takes place within the industry, it takes time for the value of new technology to resonate. Digitalization changes everything, but how do we best communicate these benefits to customers?Throughout the series, we’ve taken this deep dive into Intelligent Performance Engineering to help answer questions and curiosities about this groundbreaking technology. We’ve talked about integrated part design, simulation, the digital twin, and how these are reshaping the traditional process models.Joining us again today are Rahul Garg, Industry Leader for Siemens Industrial Machinery, and Giulio Camauli, Industry Solutions Manager at Siemens Digital Industries Software. As representatives of the industrial machinery industry, they’ve really helped us understand the Intelligent Performance Engineering Solution, and they’ve outlined the benefits manufacturers stand to gain through its implementation.In today’s episode, we’ll close out this series by summarizing what makes Intelligence Performance Engineering so valuable to customers. We’ll also talk about how the digital twin eases the process of gathering information, share some insights around closed-loop validation, and discuss the unique ability of the digital twin to quickly respond to customer needs.What You'll Learn In This Episode:Why closed-loop validation is important for machine builders and suppliers (1:57)The complexities of data sharing from the customer perspective (3:49)The benefits of using a digital twin (5:27)Why the connection between the simulation model and the machine conditions in real-time is so important (10:07)The biggest advantages for the machine industry embracing digitalization (15:02)Why Intelligent Performance Engineering is critical for manufacturers(16:07)Connect with Rahul Garg:LinkedInConnect with Giulio Camauli:LinkedInConnect with Bill Butcher:LinkedIn