Sadlowski, Batra reflect on UGS acquisition
Siemens Automation and Drives Group announced its intention to acquire UGS Corp. earlier this year. UGS provides Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software and services.
Speaking on June 12 at Siemens Automation Summit in Orlando, Dennis Sadlowski, president and CEO, Siemens Energy & Automation (effective July 1, 2007) said, “Combined portfolios of (Siemens) A&D and UGS will enhance customer efficiency and success throughout the entire product life cycle.
“ln order to be competitive on the global market, producing companies operate geographically distributed production facilities,” continued Sadlowski. “In most cases, this also requires a distributed network of partners, be they suppliers, distributors or service providers such as product designers or engineering companies; customer contacts are also part of this network.”
Raj Batra, vice-president, Automation & Motion Division, Siemens Energy & Automation, said at the Siemens Automation Summit that before the UGS acquisition, product and production lifecycles were disconnected and misaligned, with unstructured feedback. After the acquisition, product and production lifecycles are joined and aligned in closed-loop processes.
“In product and plant design in 2020,” predicted Sadlowski, “all processes along the production life cycle will be virtually supported, ranging from planning via mechanical and electrical design, programming and commissioning of the plant all the way to its operation. Irrespective of the software in use, all data will be read and merged into the digital engineering environment. The creation of a product will be holistically mapped in the digital engineering process. Once virtual commissioning has been completed, the data is directly applicable to the real plant, and the automation solution is generated automatically. This includes PLC programming, visualization %%MDASSML%% including diagnostic information %%MDASSML%% and the creation of the relevant plant documentation.”
Sadlowski said by combining its technological expertise in the world of physical automation with the virtual world of PLM software, Siemens will be the only company to provide integrated software and hardware solutions covering our customers’ entire production process. “Our integrated software portfolio opens up an entirely new dimension of efficiency irrespective of whether our customers are producers, engineering partners, system integrators or mechanical engineers. All our future software and hardware products will support the established interfaces and standards, truly merging the field of engineering with that of automation.
“However, since innovation will always remain a human asset which involves many different partners, these standards will allow us to achieve a whole lot more: We will use information technology to connect people equipped with the most diverse skills across a company’s entire value chain, making this exchange of information most efficient. Not until we have genuine software-based collaboration within global networks will we have an environment in which the information needed to guarantee efficient production processes is available to all partners involved,” Sadlowski said.