Siemens has led the world with technological advancements and innovations for over 165 years, and has excelled in the fields of electrification, automation and digitization. In line with modern industrial requirements, Siemens has adapted itself to the rise of Smart Devices and concepts such as IoT and Industry 4.0, which would shake the global automation order.
The very best proof of Siemens’ commitment towards IoT and other network-centric platforms is MindSphere, an open Operating System built on the principles of cloud-connectivity and Industry 4.0. Manufacturing industries are increasingly relying on extensive processing of data to ensure high levels of reliability, safety and efficiency. Every machine and system in a plant holds a vast amount of data, which when used in conjunction with data collected from other devices allows optimum decision to be made.
MindSphere is an Operating System that understands these rising data requirements, and provides a digital gateway to all machines and physical infrastructure. Just as conventional operating systems such as Windows and Apple, MindSphere has apps of its own that help boost digital productivity, and increase output.
The five major pillars of MindSphere Operating System are:
- Open Standard Connectivity through OPC UA
- Plug and Play approach for assets
- Cloud Infrastructure for maximum flexibility
- Open Interfaces for customized app development
- Transparent pay-per-use price model
The OS has been developed as a Platform as a Service, which makes it open to all and allows improvements from third-party sources, rather than keeping it locked to a particular developer or vendor.
For Machine Builders, MindSphere can:
- Improve service efficiency while lowering warranty expenses
- Provide greater involvement during support operations
- Allow testing of new business models
For Plant Operators, it can:
- Increase uptime and asset availability
- Optimize assets
- Boost maintenance efficiency
For App Developers, it can:
- Allow rapid development of apps through open APIs
- Utilize scalable development environment
- Open unchartered areas of industrial IT development
The steps for utilizing the power of MindSphere are easy as the user simply needs to connect, configure and run the desired service for the operation of his/her choice. In addition, MindSphere bypasses any conventional operations, which aren’t related to Industrial Automation so that maximum performance can be insured for all kinds of processes.
Once connected to MindSphere, Big-Data can be processed rapidly and efficiently, providing the user with a detailed analysis report through which faults and errors can be identified. Further development would even bring in the error-rectification process in the automation loop, eliminating any manual requirements and greatly improving the efficiency and safety of operations. Siemens has already developed a host of useful apps that can sit right into the current industrial climate, providing all the necessary data-processing services required to optimize industrial assets.
In order to promote the utilization of MindSphere, Siemens even has plans for a dedicated App Store. This would provide manufacturers with instant solutions to their problems and save their time and money, which would otherwise be spent on software development from scratch.
All in all, MindSphere sets a new standard for industrial automation, one which aligns perfectly with the oncoming Industry 4.0 revolution.
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