Siemens’ Smart Man­u­fac­tur­ing

Siemens will drive more Chi­nese en­ter­prises to ra­di­ate dig­i­tal en­ergy.

China Pictorial (English) - - Contents - Text by Li Zhuoxi

Siemens, a Ger­man in­dus­trial gi­ant, has a re­la­tion­ship with China that can be traced back 145 years when the com­pany sup­plied the coun­try with its first pointer tele­graph. Since then, Siemens has put down roots in China and be­come a firm part­ner in China’s devel­op­ment with work on the coun­try’s first tram, first hy­dro­elec­tric sta­tion and other ground-break­ing projects.

A key player of the fourth in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion or “In­dus­try 4.0,” Siemens is lead­ing the dig­i­tal­iza­tion of en­ter­prises. Dur­ing the up­com­ing first China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo, the com­pany will ex­hibit cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy, so­lu­tions and project-op­er­a­tion tech­niques for elec­tri­fi­ca­tion, au­to­ma­tion and es­pe­cially dig­i­tal­iza­tion. The com­pany’s ex­hibits at the venue will cover fields in­clud­ing en­ergy trans­for­ma­tion, dig­i­tal man­u­fac­tur­ing, dig­i­tal cities and the Belt and Road—items that are cru­cial for China to fur­ther strengthen in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion.

Fu­ture Dig­i­tal­ized En­ter­prises What is dig­i­tal­iza­tion? What is the “In­ter­net of Things”? What is “In­dus­try 4.0”? These ab­stract con­cepts are be­ing trans­lated into con­crete forms in Elec­tronic Works Am­berg of Siemens.

The dig­i­tal fac­tory in eastern Bavaria, Ger­many, is the most ad­vanced of its type in Europe and d even the world. The fac­tory man­u­fac­fac­tures one con­trol de­vice per sec­ond nd on av­er­age, which amounts to 15 mil­lion units an­nu­ally across 230 work­ing days. Its prod­uct qual­i­fi­caa­tion ra­tio av­er­ages as high as 99.9988 988 per­cent, a num­ber that no other sim­i­lar fac­tory can ri­val. With highly hly au­to­mated pro­duc­tion, com­put­ers in the fac­tory au­to­mat­i­cally process ss three quar­ters of work pro­ce­dures, , pre­par­ing de­liv­ery for about 60,000 00 global clients within 24 hours.

In Septem­ber 2013, Siemens Elec­tronic Works Chengdu, a sis­ter er

fac­tory of Elec­tronic Works Am­berg, opened in Sichuan Prov­ince in south­west­ern China. The fac­tory, a re­search and devel­op­ment ( R& D) base for Siemens’ global in­dus­trial au­to­ma­tion prod­ucts, is com­pletely dig­i­tal­ized from man­age­ment, prod­uct R& D and man­u­fac­tur­ing to lo­gis­tics. With the help of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, its data is in­ter­con­nected with Siemens’ man­u­fac­tur­ing base in Ger­many and R& D cen­ter in the United States. Cur­rently, the first­time prod­uct qual­i­fi­ca­tion ra­tio is higher than 99 per­cent at the fac­tory. It cuts de­liv­ery time in half com­pared to other Siemens fac­to­ries in China.

To main­tain ad­van­tages in global com­pe­ti­tion, man­u­fac­tur­ers around the world are max­i­miz­ing their us­age of re­sources and in­creas­ing pro­duc­tion ef­fi­ciency. This is ex­actly what dig­i­tal­iza­tion can fa­cil­i­tate. The Siemens fac­tory in Chengdu is a good ref­er­ence point for China’s fu­ture man­u­fac­tur­ing.

Ra­di­at­ing Dig­i­tal En­ergy

Chi­nese man­u­fac­tur­ers are fac­ing a press­ing need for trans­for­ma­tion be­cause low-cost la­bor is no longer the strength of “Made in China” in the global mar­ket. To­day, the Chi­nese econ­omy is un­der­go­ing struc­tural re­form with in­no­va­tion-driven devel­op­ment. Dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion will im­pact China’s econ­omy pro­foundly as it drives China’s in­dus­trial up­grade.

As it pro­motes dig­i­tal­iza­tion, Siemens is ra­di­at­ing dig­i­tal en­ergy by cre­at­ing new busi­ness modes along­side Chi­nese en­ter­prises. Statis­tics show that by the end of 2017, Siemens had pro­vided tech­no­log­i­cal sup­port for more than 167,000 in­dus­trial en­ter­prises in China and had as­sisted more than 1,000 small or medium-sized Chi­nese en­ter­prises with equip­ment up­grades by of­fer­ing fi­nanc­ing so­lu­tions. Siemens in­stalled its sig­nal sys­tems into 33 metro lines in 15 Chi­nese cities to pro­vide ef­fi­cient, re­li­able and con­ve­nient ser­vice as well as sup­ply­ing ef­fi­cient tur­bine tech­nol­ogy for more than 45 per­cent of China’s ther­mal power plants.

Over the years, China has be­come one of the largest re­search pow­er­houses for Siemens, and now the coun­try is home to 21 of its in­no­va­tion cen­ters and more than 4,500 R& D and en­gi­neer­ing staff. These em­ploy­ees work in in­no­va­tion lab­o­ra­to­ries across the coun­try from Beijing and Shang­hai to Suzhou, Nan­jing, Wuhan, Wuxi, Qing­dao and Chengdu.

Cul­ti­vat­ing Ta­lent

Mck­in­sey fore­casts that China’s de­mand for se­nior tech­no­log­i­cal per­son­nel will reach 140 mil­lion in 2020, but sup­ply will fall short by 22 mil­lion.

The “Made in China 2025” plan along­side waves of dig­i­tal­iza­tion not only presents great op­por­tu­ni­ties for Chi­nese man­u­fac­tur­ers, but also raises the nec­es­sary skill level for em­ploy­ees. Along with deep co­op­er­a­tion with Chi­nese man­u­fac­tur­ers, Siemens also in­tro­duces cut­ting-edge en­gi­neer­ing con­cepts and ad­vanced ta­lent devel­op­ment sys­tems into China’s ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem to cul­ti­vate the next gen­er­a­tion of in­no­va­tive ta­lent and sup­port China’s in­dus­trial up­grade to re­al­ize the goals out­lined in the “Made in China 2025” plan.

From 2011 to the end of 2015, Siemens in­vested in China’s ed­u­ca­tion with cap­i­tal and fa­cil­i­ties to­tal­ing 711 mil­lion yuan. As of 2015, Siemens had built more than 300 lab­o­ra­to­ries in con­junc­tion with Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges, pro­duc­ing 56 types of text books about elec­tron­ics and ma­chin­ery. In May 2018, Siemens signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing on ed­u­ca­tional co­op­er­a­tion with China’s Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to cul­ti­vate in­no­va­tive ta­lent for “Made in China 2025” un­der the frame­work of China- Ger­many co­op­er­a­tion.

“The fu­ture of dig­i­tal­iza­tion is not just about tech­nol­ogy or busi­ness, but more about en­ter­prises’ ul­ti­mate mis­sions, which need to cre­ate value for so­ci­ety. This is what Siemens ad­vo­cates,” stressed Wang Haibin, gen­eral man­ager of the Dig­i­tal Fac­tory Divi­sion of Siemens China.

May 18, 2018: An elec­tric starter in a Siemens work­shop. A key player of the fourth in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion or “In­dus­try 4.0,” Siemens is lead­ing g the dig­i­tal­iza­tion of en­ter­prises. IC

De­cem­ber 5, 2017: An en­gi­neer dis­plays an in­tel­li­gent ro­bot for spe­cial fire­fight­ing, co-pro­duced by Siemens and China’s Qing­dao Aucma Group. VCG

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