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Reinventing manufacturing: Beyond factory walls
Even before being challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Siemens manufacturing system, which has produced the company’s extensive hardware portfolio since its foundation 175 years ago, needed to reinvent itself. It did so by organising its multiple factory networks to serve a common purpose: to enable intelligent operations through the best automation and digitalisation technologies possible. Deeply rooted in the lean principles, Siemens factories unite their experts in groups across business units while closely integrating IT. Each group is concerned with a I4R technology cluster, defining a ‘north star’ and embedding use cases, as well as implementation projects in their factory overarching approach. This paper describes how, in working closely with solution providers for the realisation of their use cases, those groups act as catalysts — not only for constituting the elements of the factories’ information technology/operations technology (IT/OT) architecture, but also as a ‘Customer Zero’ for new business models, such as a distributed ledge-based CO2 footprint evaluation system.
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Gunter Beitinger Dr.-Ing., Dipl.Wirt.-Ing. studied industrial engineering, lean management and business administration at universities in Germany and the USA. Prior to starting his career at Siemens, he worked as a research collaborator at the University of Erlangen. At Siemens AG he has held various responsibilities in different countries and businesses, including SiemensVDO Automotive, Siemens Healtheneers, Process and Drives and now Digital Industries. He has worked as Head of Business Excellence (Lean Management), Management Consultant for the executive board, Director of Industrial Engineering and Plant Manager. Currently his roles and responsibilities are Senior Vice-President Manufacturing, including various digital lighthouse plants; Head of Factory Digitalisation and Product Carbon Footprint/SiGreen. He is also member of the Advisory Council of Advanced Manufacturing of the World Economic Forum and CIRP, the International Academy for Production Engineering.
Petra Monn MSc, MA is the Operational Program Lead of the factory digitalisation programme at Siemens AG. As such she addresses 120 factories across Siemens AG with an approach for accelerated use of digital tools and media with scalable 4IR technology. After graduating from HEC Paris (in strategic management), University of St Gallen (in business innovation) and Stanford University (in design thinking), she occupied multiple positions with increasing responsibility in the metal, power and utilities industry before joining Siemens.
CitationBeitinger, Gunter and Monn, Petra (2022, June 1). Reinventing manufacturing: Beyond factory walls. In the Journal of Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Procurement, Volume 4, Issue 4.