Siemens Opens Dig­i­tal Fac­tory in Thane


Siemens In­dia in­au­gu­rated dig­i­tal­ized Low-volt­age Switchgear fac­tory at Kalwa near Thane. The fac­tory is ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing 180 vari­ants at the rate of one prod­uct ev­ery nine sec­onds.

The plant can man­u­fac­ture over five mil­lion de­vices an­nu­ally. Prod­ucts at the plant com­mu­ni­cate with ma­chines and all pro­cesses are op­ti­mized for IT con­trol, re­sult­ing in a min­i­mal fail­ure rate. The pro­duc­tion meth­ods de­ployed in the plant are small and medium-sized man­u­fac­tur­ing units in In­dia, achiev­ing a vi­sion­ary model for the fu­ture of man­u­fac­tur­ing: end-to-end dig­i­tal­iza­tion where the real and vir­tual worlds merge in “Dig­i­tal Fac­tory”.

Karl­heinz Kaul, CEO – Con­trol Prod­ucts, Dig­i­tal Fac­tory, Siemens AG, said, “With the launch of the show­case dig­i­tal­ized fac­tory in In­dia, we fur­ther deepen our ties with a coun­try in which we have a very strong pres­ence. The SIR­IUS range of switchgear prod­ucts that will be man­u­fac­tured here re­quires a very high de­gree of pre­ci­sion and qual­ity at global stan­dards that can be achieved only through dig­i­tal­iza­tion. The tech­ni­cal and en­gi­neer­ing ef­fort re­quired to trans­form this 40-year-old man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity is a true show­case for In­dian en­ter­prises who wish to fol­low the path to­wards dig­i­tal­iza­tion!”

The dig­i­tal­ized fac­tory is proof of how adopt­ing dig­i­tal­iza­tion will help In­dian in­dus­try, spe­cially small and medium en­ter­prises (SMEs), achieve man­u­fac­tur­ing ex­cel­lence. SMEs can uti­lize dig­i­tal­iza­tion to ad­dress grow­ing de­mands such as mas­ter­ing in­creas­ing prod­uct and process com­plex­ity, re­duc­ing time to mar­ket, adapt­ing to chang­ing mar­ket re­quire­ments, de­liver in­di­vid­u­al­ized prod­ucts and se­cure con­tin­u­ous prod­uct im­prove­ment. The Low-volt­age Switchgear fac­tory at Kalwa Works has achieved end-to-end dig­i­tal­iza­tion across its value chain through Prod­uct Life­cy­cle Man­age­ment soft­ware such as NX and Team­cen­ter, To­tally In­te­grated Au­to­ma­tion (TIA) Por­tal and man­u­fac­tur­ing ex­e­cu­tion sys­tem. These so­lu­tions en­able de­sign of prod­ucts, tools and equip­ment, mas­ter data man­age­ment, au­to­ma­tion, process sim­u­la­tion and prod­uct trace­abil­ity.

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