The Evolution of Digitalisation from Siemens

  • Integrated drive systems – there’s more value
  • Digitalisation delivers operational efficiencies and safer working through increased process automation
  • Siemens smart technology unlocks opportunities for mining and quarrying companies

Siemens will be showing how digitalisation is evolving to provide better value to the customer, with solutions based around integrated, intelligent drive systems and the use of smart data on its stand (PA2/PB1) at Hillhead.

Drive systems go digital: turning data into value

Digitalisation enables integrated drive systems (IDS) to take full advantage of all of their strengths.  Instrumentation, motors and converters generate enormous volumes of data – from the field to the management level – which can be collected and evaluated.  Analysing this data provides valuable insight to optimise production, assess the condition of machines and facilitate the ideal planning of maintenance work.  The result is an increase in plant reliability and availability.

IQ for optimal performance

SIDRIVE IQ/SIMOTICS IQ are new introductions by Siemens that make drive systems ‘intelligent’, for maximum reliability and availability, better productivity, efficiency and performance, and far more effective maintenance.  SIDRIVE IQ makes drive equipment intelligent by combining smart motors and software and turning the resulting data into real customer value.

Having your motor call your mobile to report a fault or request maintenance is one thing that really smart data can do for you.  Using Siemens’ SIMOTICS IQ, any abnormal behaviour in operations can be identified faster and failure statuses predicted instead of responded to.  SIMOTICS IQ gives low-voltage motors a ‘voice’ to help boost the transparency of production processes and manage operations more effectively.

OEMs and end users in the minerals, aggregates and mining industry are looking at highly automated modular equipment to enhance cost efficiency and improve operating flexibility.  Digitalisation has a vital role to play, as it will drive the integration of systems, suppliers and partners along the value chain, unlocking new opportunities along the way through tools like digital twins to aid operational excellence and rapidly develop new business models.  From exploration, engineering and simulation, right through to advanced process control, forecasting and quality management, this integration will enable faster reactions and improve flexibility, lowering CAPEX and OPEX costs.  As artificial intelligence evolves, it will develop self-maintaining robots and systems.  Overseeing it all will be cyber-security systems for risk-free data exchange and operations.  MindSphere is the Siemens Cloud for Industry, and the hosting platform that lets you understand the data from machines; connecting physical machines and infrastructure to the digital world for improved productivity and efficiency.

On the Siemens stand at Hillhead there will be the opportunity to experience the COMOS engineering platform, including simulation, SIMIT, Walkinside, plus documentation management, technical file creation and XHQ real time operation intelligence.

CEMAT also evolves

The CEMAT control system for automation was introduced by Siemens over 40 years ago and the latest version (9.0) can manage interconnectedness from components in a single cement plant, all the way through to connections between different plants.  It can facilitate unmanned operations so orders become more accurate, stockpile utilisation is better and energy consumption lower.

Knowing more about your assets, including power consumption, the location of mobile equipment, conveyor capacity in cost per tonne per hour, and the ongoing condition of each asset are all essential to improving the performance of a mine or quarry operation.

Siemens experts will be available at Hillhead (stand PA2/PB1) to talk about SIDRIVE IQ and SIMOTICS IQ, as well as integrated, intelligent drive systems and how to create digital twins to test equipment (such as mill drives, winders and conveyors) and optimise performance before any actual resources are invested, saving time and reducing costs.

More information is available at www.siemens.com/IDS