The current situation creates major challenges for industrial companies worldwide – and highlights the value of digitalised and highly automated production when it comes to gaining a competitive edge. This is the way that companies can react to current and future challenges with the required degree of flexibility.

Automation and digitalisation enable flexibility

Successful solutions were presented at the Digital Enterprise Virtual Summit hosted by Siemens on July 16. As part of the conference, representatives from a number of companies from the discrete and process industries discussed strategies and technologies for future success under the new operating conditions which have resulted from the social and economic shifts caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The focus was on topics such as the horizontal and vertical integration of the value chain, with simulation and optimisation from product creation to servicing and from field level to the cloud. Other topics included online and remote solutions, edge and cloud computing, additive manufacturing, industrial 5G and artificial intelligence.

The Digital Enterprise Virtual Summit received around 12 000 registrations from customers and partners and 6 300 people attended on the day of the event. The Summit is now also available to be viewed at http://www.siemens.com/digital-enterprise-summit.

Klaus Helmrich, Member of the Board of Siemens AG and CEO Digital Industries says, “Digital and automation solutions proved themselves during this crisis. Companies that had already invested in digitalisation were better equipped to handle the new requirements, such as quickly scaling back production, in the automotive industry for example, or ramping up production, as in the pharmaceutical sector. In future, these technologies will ensure that companies can react effectively to crisis situations and changing market requirements because they can adjust their production quickly and flexibly. This flexibility is also another step towards autonomous production processes.”

Siemens is integrating future technologies such as artificial intelligence, edge computing and cloud technologies, additive manufacturing and industrial 5G into its Digital Enterprise portfolio, helping industrial companies to work under the new conditions and to meet the requirements of today and tomorrow. Helmrich says, “No company can meet the current challenges on its own. It's all the more important that industrial companies act in ecosystems. All stakeholders – developers, users, partners and integrators – can share their own strengths and increase the value of these ecosystems.”

For more information visit: www.siemens.com

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