On December 11th, 2014, the Democritus University of Thrace SB IAS Chapter organized a lecture sponsored by the Digital Factory – Factory Automation of Siemens. As part of their international program “Siemens Cooperates with Education/SCE”, aiming at the enhancement of the technical skills of students, the Democritus University student body had the chance to get an inside view on how such a corporate behemoth addresses structural and practical matters.
The whole presentation was elegantly divided in two parts: a more general and managerial (in terms of corporate structure) one, and a purely practical one that analyses what is needed for an Automation motorway tunnel project to be completed from scratch. Among the topics discussed were the way Siemens is organized in departments, the role of such a department, how trans-national branches cooperate, expectations and opportunities that Siemens’ newcomer-engineers face and finally, what the event was all about, Industrial Automation Technologies.
It was a truly interesting lecture, with a technical part focused on subjects such as introducing students to a vast range of several uses’ controllers (Modular, Embedded, PC-based, Fail-Safe, Redundant and multi-processor) and helping them understand how these “accessories” are treated in factory use and what their scale of impact on our lives is. Furthermore, students with a more software oriented approach found it useful as well, since the presentation partially involved software engineering on matters adjacent to handling Controllers, Plant Engineering and Energy Management.
Concluding, the presentation discussed systems dealing with human-machine communication and industrial telecommunication networks. For future reference and possible participants’ recollection need, terms of technologies involved in that area are mentioned below: industrial Ethernet, PROFINET, Profibus, AS-Interface, IO-Link, Industrial Wireless Communication, Industrial Remote Communication, Rugged Communication.
Our chapter feels the need to sincerely thank Mr. Tsigkalis Argyrios and Mr. Passalidis Kostantinos for their passionate and educational presentation, as well as the insight on what working for a Siemens’ magnitude corporation actually feels like.