Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the annual Siemens Automation Summit user conference. The theme: digitalization.

In the opening session, Raj Batra, president of Siemens Digital Industries, U.S., discussed how trends such as artificial intelligence, cloud, edge and advanced robotics will transform industrial facilities.

Raj Batra, president of Siemens Digital Industries, U.S., at 2019 Siemens Automation Summit opening session

Those companies embracing new technologies were recognized at the event with Customer Excellence Awards.

Air Products and Chemicals was recognized at the 2019 Siemens Automation Summit with Customer Excellence Award

Among the winners is Air Products and Chemicals with its development of a proprietary web-based predictive monitoring and fault diagnostic platform. The application leverages Siemens’ cloud-based open IoT operating system MindSphere. Others can use the application to monitor their plant conditions, and with MindSphere, the data is securely connected and continuously shared in real time.

Siemens MindSphere was selected by Air Products to enhance its proprietary application.

Another winner, Dow Performance Silicones, collaborates with Siemens on best practices and knowledge sharing of the Simatic PCS 7 for continued system reliability enhancements.

Siemens recognizes Dow Performance Silicones with Customer Excellence Award at the 2019 Siemens Automation Summit

For the 700 attendees, the event offered numerous breakout sessions that filled three days, including presentations on brewery automation, dry run protection for pumps in hazardous liquid transfer systems, HMI/IPC/SCADA roadmap, gas detection systems and safety automation and a valve monitoring app solution. Attendees also enjoyed hands-on training and many networking opportunities.

Jonas Norinder, Siemens digitalization manager, process automation, and Martin Dingman, Siemens business development, process instrumentation

The technology café included booths for discussions with experts about topics including: digitalization for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, low-voltage drives and motors, process instrumentation and distributed control systems.

Doug Ortiz demonstrates PCS neo at Siemens Automation Summit

A well-received highlight of the event was the announcement of the new Simatic PCS neo,  a fully web-based process control system for companies in the process industries to control global engineering projects and plant operations from any device, from any location. The object-oriented data model increases efficiency and quality over the entire plant life cycle. The system allows multiple users to work in parallel and does not require local software installation.

The next Siemens Automation Summit will be June 22–25 in Chicago.