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Article based on exclusive interview with Alejandro Preinfalk, Executive Vice President of Digital Factory & Process Industries and Drives at Siemens.
Q: What innovative solutions does Siemens provide to the automotive industry?
A: Automotive is one of the key verticals we serve and our portfolio matches the industry directly. From power generation and distribution solutions to automation, we can design future-proof manufacturing suited to the automotive sector. Siemens helps industrial customers measure gas and steam consumption in their plants to ensure energy is used as intelligently as possible during manufacturing processes. All industries are looking to save resources and cover demand. Technology and data can make huge changes when put together. We classify automotive as a discrete manufacturing industry and in that segment automotive is a trendsetter.
Q: How do you participate in technology-integration processes?
A: It is much easier for new companies or major expansions in existing companies to try new technologies or engage in new concepts. In established systems, it can take longer to measure risks and select the right solutions for them. One of the best examples of how our technology can help is Maserati. We reduced its time-to-market by 50 percent by building a digital twin of the production line before it was physically implemented using the complete product lifecycle management (PLM) portfolio.
Our advanced automation simulators can show even the system’s programmable logic controllers (PLCs) down to the welding cells, as well as the movements of robots and the conveyor. This allows us to show an extremely realistic representation of how a line could be improved. Ergonomics play an important role in the automotive industry as assembly areas require many more operators than in other industries. Thus, a worker’s movements can be digitally analyzed in detail.
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