- Improving the competitiveness of the Siemens Group’s production facilities and its customers
- Standardizing communication protocols between the product and its environment
- Safeguarding the security of digital data
- Changing the focus of thousands of operators to value-added activities that require creativity, experience and analytical thinking
Digital transformation, first of all, means applying best market practices within our production sites. This transformation also helps us to reduce the time to market* of our automation solutions and software. Lastly, with regard to how we run our factories, digital transformation should give us greater production flexibility and greater capacity to handle increasingly varied products, with savings in terms of materials and energy.
Interview with Antoine Garibal, Director of Development and Strategy, Siemens France
This transformation also helps us to reduce the time to market* of our automation solutions and software. This is a major market demand, and we must address it. Lastly, with regard to how we run our factories, digital transformation should give us greater production flexibility and greater capacity to handle increasingly varied products, with savings in terms of materials and energy.
Naturally, our teams in France, specifically at Vélizy and in the Lyon region, are stakeholders in this transformation. Their tasks have been refocused on those with the highest added value and require creativity, operational feedback and the analytical capacity for making the right decisions. The digital transformation should therefore bring greater fulfilment and competitiveness to our teams’ working environment.
The challenge of the digital factory comes down to the integration of data from the various software programs and components that make up the industrial cycle. We need to have integration partners to support us in implementing Siemens hardware and software to meet both our own requirements and those of our customers.
* Time between the decision to design a new product and its market launch
For our teams, we've switched to high added-value tasks requiring creativity, experience, adaptation and analysis for making the right decisions. The human is and will remain at the heart of the factory of the future, to plan and drive this industry revolution
Key facts and figures
- A subsidiary of Siemens AG, an international group and leader in the high-technology sector, present in France for 160 years and active in electricity, automation and digitalization
- Approximately 7,000 employees
- Seven industrial sites and eleven R&D centers, eight of which have global responsibilities
- 31% of turnover obtained from exports (as of 30 September 2015)