January 16, 2014
Siemens has teamed up with the Ford Motor Company to demonstrate software and hardware technology advances in automotive manufacturing production at the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, which started on Monday and runs until Jan. 26.
Ford’s exhibit at the NAIAS features four vehicle bodies representing different levels of the assembly process. Two elevator stations bring the four vehicle bodies down to the show floor level for public viewing.
In addition to showcasing a variety of Siemens product lifecycle management (PLM) software offerings, the exhibit includes more than 1,000 Siemens components, including the SIMATIC S7-1500, a new programmable logic controller (PLC) introduced by the company in 2013.
The Siemens-Ford partnership extends across the entire lifecycle of the product:
“Historically, the automotive industry has been a trendsetter for manufacturing as a whole and today is no different,” said Raj Batra, president of Siemens’ industry automation division.
“As Ford’s NAIAS display makes clear, the future of manufacturing is upon us, where software, industrial integration and resource efficiency are increasing productivity and flexibility, and reducing time-to-market.”