With its Digital Enterprise Software Suite, Siemens is placing its focus on the topic of digitalization. Siemens is the first manufacturer to succeed in mapping the production process in a fully integrated manner — from the first design draft, to programming and control of machine tools, right through to the finished product. It has gone even further than this, in that real production data can now be used in a closed control loop to continually improve the information that underpins planning, while sensor data makes it possible to maintain machines more flexibly on an as-needed basis, depending on use (predictive maintenance).
For companies with internationally linked sites and processes spanning from design to finished product, it is recommended that the entire Digital Enterprise Software Suite be used — ideally alongside the cloud-based IoT operating system MindSphere. The advantage of digitalization is that companies will become more competitive as a result of increased flexibility, efficiency, and quality — along with decreased throughput time. This equally applies to medium- sized businesses and smaller contract manufacturers. Modular software can be used to digitalize processes in a targeted manner and with a manageable level of effort, as the below example of quadcopter production demonstrates.