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Siemens: Digitalization Offers Many Opportunities for FMs


Sept. 24, 2015 — The ability to access and analyze vast amounts of data — known as digitalization — offers significant opportunities for facility managers, said Dr. Horst J. Kayser, chief strategy officer, Siemens AG, during the keynote address at the 2015 Siemens Industry Analyst conference.

Digitalization is one of the foundations of Siemens’ strategy. More and more, Siemens is providing software — including data analytics to turn Big Data into Smart Data — and services, Kayser said. 

Digitalization is driving the move from manual maintenance to maintenance based on data. For example, maintenance practices can be “demand driven,” based on what the sensors and analytics indicate should be done. 

For example, analytics may show that a facility can extend the maintenance interval on a gas turbine if it can avoid peaks in demand. The question is whether the peaks can be avoided, for example, by demand response measures. 

In the railroad industry, Siemens is selling defined and guaranteed uptime of a high-speed train. Remote monitoring and analytics are used to extend maintenance intervals and increase uptime.

What about commercial and institutional facilities? “It’s moving very fast,” said Dana Soukup, vice president of enterprise client solutions, Siemens. A good example is the innovation lab with the city of Chicago. The aim of the project is to focus the city’s limited service resources to work on the highest-priority projects, using analytics to make decisions that maximize uptime while minimizing costs. The project is building out rules for when to send technicians. 

For more information, visit www.usa.siemens.com/entry/en/.


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