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Web Exclusive | February 2019

Siemens solutions for intralogistics sector

Siemens will be showcasing digitalisation, automation and drive solutions for logistics processes at Logimat, the international trade fair for intralogistics solutions. Under the banner “Digitalisation in Intralogistics – Implement now!” in Hall 3, Booth D11, Siemens will be demonstrating how its Digital Enterprise portfolio successfully facilitates digital transformation in intralogistics for both machine builders and operators. The focus is on automation and drive concepts for conveyor technology, storage and retrieval machines, and automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) as well as the offer for single-source, turn-key solutions and sorting solutions for post, parcel, luggage, and cargo.

Businesses are therefore able to extend the digitalisation process at any point along the value chain of an intralogistics system on a step-by-step basis and optimise the individual process steps, moving from the machine and system concept, through engineering and commissioning, to actual operation and service. This holistic approach from Siemens makes it the only company in the intralogistics sector which is capable of consistently mapping the actual machine builder’s and operator’s process chain in the virtual environment.

The Plant Simulation and Process Simulate software allow operators and machine builders to optimise individual machine components right through to complete lines. Various solution scenarios can be simulated, visualised, and analysed in advance allowing the demands on new systems to be defined, and potential bottlenecks to be
identified. Machine builders can produce entire digital mechatronic concepts using NX Mechatronic Concept Designer – from mechanics, via electrics, to automation.

Automation Designer is available to create an integrated engineering solution for the electrical and automation systems in digital plants. By automatically generating PLC code for the TIA Portal and transferring this into PLCSim Advanced, the S7 controller can be put into virtual operation which significantly reduces the cost of the subsequent physical commissioning. The use of MindSphere applications during operation allows cloud-based solutions such as the innovative service concepts to be implemented, increasing the productivity and availability of machines and systems. The performance of intralogistics systems and their automation and drive components can be analysed using the open, cloud-based IoT operating system, MindSphere. All the information gained can be fed back to the overarching value chain for continuous optimisation.

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