Digitalization is changing our world – and the production methods used by state-of-the-art manufacturing companies to ensure their long-term competitiveness. Customer requests are becoming more and more individualized. To be able to respond appropriately, plant operators have to shorten their time-to-market and become more efficient and flexible, while maintaining or even improving their quality. It’s no longer enough just to optimize the automation processes: digitalization offers real potential throughout the entire value chain.
Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) already offers everything needed to turn the benefits of digitalization into genuine added value. This is where the data is generated from a common base to form the digital twin. Enhanced with new discoveries, the data is fed back again into the automation level to ensure continuous optimization of production – all to ensure your competitive edge.
The Totally Integrated Automation Portal (TIA Portal) can be used to automate engineering tasks. This makes it possible to automatically generate the HMI visualization using SiVArc, and to create standard modules in the TIA Portal that can be re-used to save time. Communication uses the open TIA Portal Openness interface.
Use STEP 7 and TIA Portal to simulate and test the controller functions right at the configuration and engineering stages, with no need for real hardware. This greatly reduces the time and error rate involved in the actual commissioning process.
Data isn’t only generated by individual machines: entire production lines create data, too. With the open interface OPC UA, TIA not only lets machines share this data with each other but also enables it to be used by the enterprise IT systems or via the Cloud. Data analysis then facilitates valuable insights into how your production lines are performing.