Press release for the Annual General Meeting 2013

from 2013-07-15

Integrated Engineering over the Entire Lifecycle
76th NAMUR Annual General Meeting on the 7th/8th November 2013, Bad Neuenahr
Continuing advances in the digitalisation and networking of industrial added value processes is leading to a fundamental change in industry and facilitating the development of new productivity levers. Modern industrial plants are distinguished by an extremely high level of complexity. In addition to requiring management, major data volumes also need to be both available and up to date at all times from the planning to the operational phase. Powerful and intelligent tools for the integration of planning, operation and maintenance are decisive when it comes to ensuring integrated engineering over the entire product and plant lifecycle.
NAMUR has selected the topic of Integrated Engineering as the focus of its 76th Annual General Meeting on the 7th/8th November in Bad Neuenahr. This year Siemens AG has been engaged as partner for the Annual General Meeting, a company providing innovative solution concepts for the entire lifecycle of a plant based on its broad product portfolio. Individual process steps can be linked intelligently using industrial IT and industrial software, thus optimising the entire production process. The fact that Siemens is working on complete data consistency and data harmonisation between the shop floor and top floor makes the company an ideal partner for the Annual General Meeting in 2013. It is precisely this approach which can be considered a prerequisite when it comes to achieving the Industry 4.0 vision.
Options which integrated engineering already encompasses today and how consistent communication is moving will be illustrated by Eckard Eberle, CEO Industrial Automation Systems, Siemens and Hans-Georg Kumpfmüller, CEO Sensors and Communication, Siemens in their plenary presentation. Integrated engineering involves the interplay of all necessary tools, including plant management, the process control system and equipment planning/configuration.
"Siemens has supplemented its portfolio in a systematic manner since the turn of the millennium through its own developments and the acquisition of different software companies. As an obvious trendsetter, Siemens now aims to reduce product launch durations by 50 % and more. I regard the NAMUR Annual General Meeting as an opportunity to demonstrate to users how they can enhance the cost effectiveness, efficiency, quality and transparency of their plant", says Eckard Eberle, CEO Industrial Automation Systems, Siemens.
Using individual plant lifecycle phases, the presentation will illustrate how information flows based on a common, object-oriented data model increasingly merge via interfaces for the information exchange between the computer-aided engineering tool (CAE), the process control system (PCS) and maintenance planning to create an uninterrupted electronic workflow.
Integration optimises process engineering, thus leading to shorter project durations. Automated data comparison ensures that the latest plant documentation is available at all times. Current and engineered data can be accessed in the event of maintenance. A great deal of process data to be manually processed is, in part, already transmitted completely automatically today to different systems. In addition to being employed in Process Planning and Basic Engineering, equipment data which was previously only exchanged using measuring point sheets can also be utilised through web-based tools with appropriate interfaces in Purchasing for procurement purposes. This avoids manual inputting, while simultaneously increasing the time available and enhancing data consistency.
It is important during operation that the plant operator at all times maintains an overview, despite the wealth of information and increasing complexity involved. Use of optimum CAE equipment planning and PCS equipment management is associated with a need to exploit relevant data in the process control system (PCS) and asset management. This enables safe and foresighted decisions to be reached for greater system availability. The complete compatibility of equipment integration required for this is achieved through the FDI (Field Device Integration) equipment standard. 
"Today–s framework conditions change in increasingly shorter cycles, and we need to adjust to this on a continuous basis. We are in constant discussion with users and react to the demands of the market", says Hans-Georg Kumpfmüller. "For this reason, we are proud to act as this year–s partner at the NAMUR Annual General Meeting when it comes to addressing an issue as important as Integrated Engineering".
The main Siemens presentation will be complemented on Thursday morning in the conference chamber by three contributions from NAMUR which address aspects of the presentation and represent the point of view of users. Important questions relating to data exchange, uniform interfaces and the advantages of an up-to-date data model during the operational phase are dealt with.
Numerous interesting workshop contributions from NAMUR work areas and international cooperation partners and further presentations on the main topic from this year–s Annual General Meeting partner await participants.
Following the announcement of the winner of the NAMUR Award 2013 on Friday morning, an award presented for the best scientific examination thesis (diploma/masters and promotion) in the field of automation technology for process engineering systems, participants may look forward to further attractive contributions relating to current issues. NAMUR, for its part, will not neglect to address the primary topic of Industry 4.0.
With an interesting programme on innovative issues and Siemens as a partner, the NAMUR Annual General Meeting promises once again to be an important event in the world of automation this year.
-  NAMUR Office
   Heinrich Engelhard
   c/o Bayer Technology Services GmbH 
   Building K9
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Siemens AG, Media Relations
   Evelyne Kadel
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   40468 Düsseldorf
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   Fax:    +49 (0) 211 69 16271003
   E-Mail: evelyne.kadel[at] 

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