Future-oriented industrial communication networks
Digitalization is opening up completely new prospects in all sectors of industry: intelligent data analysis, for example, enables manufacturing processes to be planned and optimized with foresight, the efficiency of resources and costs in the process industry to be improved, advanced concepts for power utilities to be implemented, and road and rail transport to be controlled effectively. This vision of complete digitalization is based on nothing else than the fact that the real world is simulated in a virtual reality. To this end, data and information is continuously read from sensors, electronic devices, machines and systems and transmitted to intelligent systems which create a digital image of the actual environment. The virtual model permits planning, engineering, simulation and optimization of the processes, before an actual implementation even begins. In this way, processes are implemented even faster, more smoothly and effectively, and productivity is significantly increased. These improvements are based on the powerful industrial communication networks. Only these can enable the reliable and continuous exchange of information in real time of the entire value-added chain and the vertical exchange of data at various corporate levels. Industrial networks can only afford to do this, however, if they meet specific requirements: these requirements extend from high availability, via the robustness and flexibility of the components, the adherence to the data security and functional security of the system, to the necessity of a deterministically designed communication. The design, planning and implementation of communication networks in the industrial environment, as well as the connection to the enterprise IT, therefore demand a high degree of expert knowledge in the corresponding areas. As well as a comprehensive knowledge of the application. From efficient communication technology for the process and manufacturing industry, through redundant network solutions for electric power grids and end-to-end network solutions for road and rail, to reliable communication under the harshest conditions in the oil and gas industry: as a partner to industry, Siemens not only has a comprehensive portfolio of network products, services and certified training courses but, as a solution provider, also has extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of designing and implementing network solutions to meet future requirements – supported globally by certified Siemens partners with established expert knowledge in many industries.