Siemens presents a breakthrough in automation technology with the new Simatic Workstation

Siemens presents a breakthrough in automation technology with the new Simatic Workstation
Siemens presents a breakthrough in automation technology with the new Simatic Workstation
  • The Workstation offers software-defined automation with unprecedented control over factory automation and safety.
  • At Automate 2024, Siemens highlights how Ford Motor Company will be the first customer to deploy and scale this technology in its manufacturing operations.

Siemens, a leading technology company, recently announced a breakthrough in the challenge of closely managing numerous hardware control points throughout the factory. The solution is the new Siemens Simatic Automation Workstation, which allows manufacturers to replace a hardware PLC, a conventional HMI and an edge device with a single software-based Workstation. This introduces Information Technology (IT) workflows into Operational Technology (OT) environments.

PLCs are often considered the brains behind factories, power grids, office buildings and trains. Hundreds, even thousands, of these boxes can be found in plants, each requiring extensive programming to stay up-to-date, secure, and aligned with the other PLCs in the environment. In contrast, each Siemens Simatic Workstation can be viewed and managed from a central point. Since programming, updates and patches can be deployed to the entire fleet in parallel, the factory floor remains synchronized. An example of the value this brings is when a facility needs to ramp up or down quickly in response to fluctuating demand. The manufacturer is no longer tied to boxes on the floor and can quickly deploy programming tailored to the current demand scenario.

The Siemens Simatic Workstation is an on-premise OT device that uses Siemens industrial edge technology to enable high data throughput with the low latency necessary for manufacturers to run an expanded variety of modular applications. This applies not only to traditional automation tasks such as motion control, sequencing and security, but becomes the platform for future novel automation tasks that incorporate industrial AI into control, such as visual inspection, and grab and place. robotics.

“In times of volatility in demand and supply, manufacturers can no longer be tied to boxes on the floor that need to be updated individually and manually. Centralized management is the best option to increase visibility and security for manufacturers managing a high number of automation control points,” said Del Costy, President and CEO of Siemens Digital Industries, USA. “This makes automation is highly scalable and a game-changer for how factories can be managed. “We have reached a time where we are only limited by our imagination.”

The initial deployment of Simatic Workstations will take place at several Ford Motor Company manufacturing facilities. The Workstation is the latest addition to the Siemens Xcelerator digital business platform and will be adapted to serve other industries and customers.

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