Hillhead 2020

  • Quarrying
  • Construction
  • Recycling

23-25 June 2020

Hillhead Quarry Buxton UK

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The evolution of digitalization from Siemens

23 May 2018

Company to demonstrate solutions based around intelligent drive systems and the use of smart data

Siemens will be showing how digitalization is evolving to provide better value for the customer with solutions based around integrated, intelligent drive systems and the use of smart data on their stand (PA2/PB1) at Hillhead 2018.

Digitalization allows integrated drive systems (IDS) to take full advantage of all of their strengths. Instrumentation, motors and converters generate enormous volumes of data – from the field to the management level – which can be collected and evaluated. Analysing this data provides valuable insights to optimize production, assess the condition of machines and facilitate the ideal planning of maintenance work. The result is an increase in plant reliability and availability.

SIDRIVE IQ/SIMOTICS IQ are new introductions by Siemens that make drive systems ‘intelligent’ for maximum reliability and availability; better productivity, efficiency and performance; and more effective maintenance. SIDRIVE IQ makes drive equipment intelligent by combining smart motors and software and turning the resulting data into real customer value.

Having a motor call a mobile phone to report a fault or request maintenance is one thing that really smart data can do. Using Siemens’ SIMOTICS IQ, any abnormal behaviour in operations can be identified faster and failure statuses predicted instead of responded to. SIMOTICS IQ gives low-voltage motors a ‘voice’ to help boost the transparency of production processes and manage operations more effectively.

OEMs and end-users in the minerals, aggregates and mining industry are looking at highly automated modular equipment to enhance cost-efficiency and improve operating flexibility. Digitalization has a vital role to play, as it will drive the integration of systems, suppliers and partners along the value chain, unlocking new opportunities along the way through tools such as digital twins to aid operational excellence and rapidly develop new business models.

From exploration, engineering and simulation, through to advanced process control, forecasting and quality management, this integration will allow faster reactions and improve flexibility, lowering capex and opex costs.

As artificial intelligence evolves, it will develop self-maintaining robots and systems. Overseeing it all will be cyber-security systems for risk-free data exchange and operations. MindSphere is the Siemens Cloud for Industry, and the hosting platform that lets operators understand the data from machines – connecting physical machines and infrastructure to the digital world for improved productivity and efficiency.

On the Siemens stand at Hillhead there will be the opportunity to experience the COMOS engineering platform, including simulation, SIMIT, Walkinside, plus documentation management, technical file creation and XHQ real-time operation intelligence.

Siemens introduced the CEMAT control system for automation more than 40 years ago and the latest version (9.0) can manage interconnectedness from components in a single cement plant, all the way to connections between different plants. It can facilitate unmanned operations so orders become more accurate, stockpile utilization is better and energy consumption is reduced. 

Knowing more about your assets, including power consumption, the location of mobile equipment, conveyor capacity in cost-per-tonne-per-hour, and the ongoing condition of each asset are all essential in improving the performance of a mine or quarry operation.

Siemens experts will be available at Hillhead (stand PA2/PB1) to talk about SIDRIVE IQ and SIMOTICS IQ, as well as integrated, intelligent drive systems and how to create digital twins to test equipment and optimize performance before any actual resources are invested, saving time and reducing costs.

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