Siemens grasps op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered by its IT so­lu­tions

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By ZHONG NAN zhong­nan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

In­for­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy­based so­lu­tions can help Chi­nese com­pa­nies boost prod­uct qual­ity, ef­fi­ciency, in­no­va­tion and counter chal­lenges such as ris­ing la­bor costs — to pur­sue their goals opened up by the Made in China 2025 strat­egy, a lead­ing in­ter­na­tional in­dus­try ex­ec­u­tive said.

Chuck Grind­staff, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Siemens PLM Soft­ware, a sub­sidiar y of Ger­man in­dus­trial gi­ant Siemens AG, said his group was grasp­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“We are driv­ing this trend for­ward across all our busi­ness lines in China,” he said.

“We can con­nect mo­bil­ity with en­ergy, trans­porta­tion, build­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nolo­gies to of­fer cross­do­main ser­vices for our cus­tomers in both China and global mar­kets,” Grind­staff added.

The Made in China 2025 strat­egy is a 10-year na­tional plan de­signed to trans­form China from a man­u­fac­tur­ing gi­ant into a global high-tech man­u­fac­tur­ing power.

Grind­staff said even though the winds of change were sweep­ing across the global man­u­fac­tur­ing land­scape with tremen­dous speed, China could still re­tain its win­ning edge by us­ing in­no­va­tive in­dus­trial soft­ware that could in­te­grate prod­uct de­vel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion pro­cesses.

The Texas-based prod­uct life cy­cle man­age­ment, or PLM tech­nol­ogy provider, de­vel­ops soft­ware that can

The key to mak­ing this smart man­u­fac­tur­ing hap­pen is the col­lab­o­ra­tive dig­i­tal plat­form that is based on PLM soft­ware, which is widely used by auto, aero­space and avi­a­tion com­pa­nies.”

Chuck Grind­staff, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Siemens PLM Soft­ware

man­age the en­tire life cy­cle of a prod­uct from de­sign­ing to man­u­fac­tur­ing, to de­ploy­ment and even dis­posal. Its Chi­nese cus­tomers in­clude China Rail­way Rolling Stock Corp, China Na­tional Nu­clear Corp, China State Ship­build­ing Corp and Avi­a­tion In­dus­try Corp of China.

Much like cloud com­put­ing that is trans­form­ing the in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy busi­ness, Ger­many’s “In­dus­try 4.0” ini­tia­tive — a con­cept that pro­motes the dig­i­tal­iza­tion of its man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try — is now be­ing hailed as the way for­ward for man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies.

Siemens has been a no­table sup­porter and pro­po­nent of the con­cept, which is es­sen­tially a col­lec­tive of smart fac­to­ries, in­tel­li­gent ma­chines and net­worked pro­cesses that pro­vide a di­rect and real-time in­ter­face be­tween the vir­tual and phys­i­cal worlds.

A cut­ting-edge project that show­cases the ad­van­tages of PLM soft­ware is Siemens’ dig­i­tal plant in Chengdu, Sichuan prov­ince.

The fa­cil­ity, Siemens’ only dig­i­tal work­shop out­side of Ger­many, is a highly au­to­mated unit where pro­duc­tion ma­te­ri­als are sorted and de­liv­ered to the ex­act pro­duc­tion line at the ex­act time with­out work­ers lift­ing their fin­gers.

“The key to mak­ing this smart man­u­fac­tur­ing hap­pen is the col­lab­o­ra­tive dig­i­tal plat­form that is based on PLM soft­ware, which is widely used by auto, aero­space and avi­a­tion com­pa­nies,” Grind­staff said.

“As many as 19 out of the top 20 avi­a­tion com­pa­nies in the world use Siemens’ PLM soft­ware, such as Boe­ing and Air­bus.”

One main­land an­a­lyst said the tech­nol­ogy was promis­ing and rapidly evolv­ing on the Chi­nese main­land.

“PLM so­lu­tions are widely used in China in aero­space and avi­a­tion, mil­i­tary and au­to­mo­bile sec­tors,” said Sun Fuquan, a re­searcher at the Chi­nese Academy of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy for De­vel­op­ment.

“Sec­tors, such as food and bev­er­ages, can also make hand­some gains from PLM so­lu­tions in the long-term,” Sun added.

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