Siemens evolution covers Digital Factories & cybersecurity

Manufacturing at Siemens has been transforming for 170 years and is ahead of the game for Digital Factories & cybersecurity

For over 170 years Siemens has shaped the evolution of manufacturing, technological and workspaces. More recently, this includes Digital Factory Optimisation.


Siemens Digital Factory focuses on supporting customers

At Siemens, the Digital Factory Division seeks to offer its customers a portfolio of hardware and software products which allow the integration of data from suppliers as well as development and production.

In 2020, Stephen Pierer von Esch, the company’s Head of Planning and Controlling at the Siemens Digital Factory, said the Digital Factory Division would transfer highly complex data into support by dividing surfeit hype and more important information.

“While the responsibility of executing our digital strategy clearly lies within the organisation, there is a benefit in supporting the individual initiatives with a capability centric approach to allow agility and drive synergies,” said von Esch. 

In 2022, Siemens Smart Infrastructure announced a modular suite of grid software would address the energy transition and allow customers to run grid protection simulations.

Cybersecurity at Siemens protects all manufacturing operations

Earlier this week, Siemens announced that it would quit the Russian market, due to the war in Ukraine, taking a US$630mn hit.

"We, as a company, have clearly and strongly condemned this war," said President and CEO Roland Busch.

Siemens arrived in Russia in 1851 to manufacture the telegraph line between Moscow and St Petersburg. Until this statement, the company had employed 3,000 people in Russia.

At the start of the invasion in February, Toyota, the world’s biggest carmaker, was hit by a cyber attack just after Japan declared that it would join in sanctions against Russia. Although Russia has not been blamed, it is the prime suspect.

However, Siemens feels a little more secure after it moved forward with its partnership with industrial cybersecurity company Nozomi Networks, Inc. Nozomi Networks’ Guardian Remote Collector software has been installed into the Siemens’ Scalance LPE local processing engine.

This platform is designed for data processing and cloud applications in manufacturing and will allow customers to set up continuous monitoring solutions in their industrial networks with the ease to use of the Siemens Scalance LPE hardware.

“This is the first distributed cybersecurity data collection and analysis software embedded in the Scalance LPE platform and is a vital part of our defence-in-depth concept for OT cybersecurity,” said Maximilian Korff, Lead, Business Development for Scalance at Siemens. “This integration offers our customers a non-intrusive and powerful solution to detect threats in real-time and gain deeper visibility of their OT network.”


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