For more than a decade now, Siemens has been pursuing a growth strategy that combines acquisitions with organic R&D. With technologies from each in place, Siemens is now combining some of its software products into a single portfolio to provide users with easier access to many of its different software capabilities.
An example of this can be seen in Siemens’ launch of Opcenter, which integrates the company’s Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) capabilities such as scheduling, manufacturing execution, manufacturing intelligence, and quality management into a single cloud-ready portfolio. These capabilities come from a combination of Siemens in-house products, as well as those acquired from companies like Camstar and Preactor.
According to Siemens, integrating these capabilities and making them available via the cloud makes Opcenter easier to deploy and minimizes the amount of user training typically required. It should also ease the typically lengthy software implementation process while giving companies greater access to their production lines.
Opcenter can be launched on-site, remotely, or both simultaneously. All software systems and applications can operate on a variety of smart devices.
“Siemens Opcenter is the next logical step, given our extensive technological innovation and MOM portfolio evolution,” said Rene Wolf, senior vice president, Manufacturing Operations Management Software at Siemens Digital Industries.
Along with the launch of Opcenter, Siemens announced a new version of its Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software. The newest features in this version are focused on smart device integration, mobility, and capabilities that enhance availability and data flow.