Continuing advances in the digitalization and networking of industrial added value processes are leading to a fundamental change in all industries. This was the result of the 76th General Meeting of NAMUR1 that was held in Bad Neuenahr (Germany) under the banner of “Integrated Engineering” on November 7th/8th, 2013. The Siemens Industry Automation Division presented itself as a partner to the event, contributing expert reports and a plenary presentation.
Modern industrial plants from all sectors are distinguished by an extremely high level of complexity. In addition to requiring management, major data volumes also need to be both available and up to date at all times from the planning to the operational phase. Powerful, smart tools for the integration of planning, operation and maintenance are decisive when it comes to ensuring integrated engineering over the entire product and plant life cycle. This involves the interaction of all necessary tools, including plant management, process control systems and equipment planning/configuration. Siemens´s Industry Automation Division is working towards a complete data consistency and harmonization between the shop floor and the top floor, with the aim of unifying every production step in a single system and reducing project durations.
What integrated engineering means today and how it could look in the future was illustrated by two eminent key-note speakers from the Siemens Industry Automation Division: Eckard Eberle, CEO Industrial Automation Systems, and Hans-Georg Kumpfmüller, CEO Sensors and Communication.
In five workshops the participants at the meeting were invited to attend to experience more about Siemens solutions relating to the focal theme of integrated engineering.
NAMUR, the “Standardization Commission for Measuring and Control technology” and its subdivisions, is an international association made up of users across the field of automation technology, and was founded in 1949. NAMUR supports the exchange of experience between members and with other associations and interest groups. The results of its work are published in the form of NAMUR recommendations and work sheets or where appropriate submitted to national and international standardization bodies as proposed standards.