Sustainability is the leading theme of this year’s trade fair for the process industry, ACHEMA, in Frankfurt.
Sustainability and digitalisation solutions will be at the forefront in the Green Innovation Zone and the Digital Hub at the fair where Siemens will show how industrial companies can efficiently combine technologies and solutions across industrial processes.
“As one of the main CO2 emitters, the process industry is under particular pressure to produce in a climate-friendly way,” says Eckard Eberle, ceo of process automation at Siemens. “Holistic and effective sustainability management can only work if industrial companies consistently focus on digitalisation and automation.”
In more than 20 lectures and best-practice presentations, Siemens will illustrate how companies can use digitalisation and automation and make their products, plants, and processes more sustainable.
In the Green Innovation Zone, Siemens is focusing on hydrogen and chemical recycling. Chemical recycling plays a decisive role on the way to a true circular economy in the process industry. The aim is to decompose waste, such as tires, batteries, and plastics, back into the raw materials that were used in their production, such as oil and gas. After reprocessing, the raw materials recycled in this way can in turn be used as feedstock for the chemical industry.
With its hydrogen-enabled portfolio, Siemens serves process OEM, EPC and end customers to build and operate equipment modules or entire plants along the hydrogen value chain – from hydrogen production to conversion, storage, transport and utilization. Siemens will also be demonstrating what is involved in this process in several presentations in the Green Innovation Zone.
The backbone of competitiveness in the process industry is control technology. With the web-based Simatic PCS neo process control system, Siemens is contributing to comprehensive sustainability management at the central point of plant control. The location- and device-independent control capability of PCS neo allows operators to access the control system and control their plants from anywhere in the world. This eliminates the need to travel to individual plant locations for operation or instruction in the control system. In addition, existing plant components that were already running under other systems, such as SIMATIC PCS 7, can be integrated into the control system.
In the Digital Hub in Hall 11, the focus is on digital transformation: potential for the process control community, technologies and use cases with a focus on software and platforms, cloud and infrastructure, and digital consulting.
With the Asset Performance Suite, Siemens will showcase an offering from its new open and digital business platform Siemens Xcelerator. This plant asset management solution supports predictive maintenance of plant components such as pumps or valves, uses artificial intelligence to detect patterns in the operation of these components, and thus enables the highest possible reliability and efficiency for all assets in a plant (ZVEI joint booth, Hall 11).
For many industrial companies, the ability to produce in modules is a decisive step toward remaining competitive in the future. Different plant modules can thus be added to the production process as required and integrated directly into the process control system. This is made possible by the industry standard Module Type Package in accordance with NAMUR recommendation NE 148. Siemens will also be showing how companies can use this production standard for themselves at the joint ZVEI booth.