Moving forward modular production in industry

27 November 2020

Siemens and Merck are working together at Merck's headquarters in Darmstadt to develop a technical backbone for modular production of the future.

The aim of the collaboration is to create a production line that flexibly combines various individual process modules and to use Modular Type Packaging (MTP) and Process Orchestration Layer (POL) technology to reduce engineering effort. At the same time, it should be possible to adapt quickly to process requirements. 

Commenting on the collaboration, Eckard Eberle, CEO of Siemens Process Automation, said:  “We know that new production plants have to be more flexible and more efficient in order to support faster product changes. We are therefore delighted to be partnering with Merck. This will create new opportunities for us to drive forward modular production and to meet growing requirements for chemical and pharmaceutical processes in our joint development work.” 

The production plant for the collaboration is implemented using the Siemens Simatic PCS neo control system and the Simatic S7-1500 TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) solution for the individual modules. Simatic PCS neo meets all requirements for orchestration of the plant and desired operation, while the TIA solution ensures the efficient interaction of all automation components. The VDI/VDE/Namur 2658 standard, currently still in development, will also be included. 

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