konnect Issue-date: 30th September, 2019.

The International Society of Automation ISA-Bangalore Section

1st Tech Talk of Year 2019-20 on
Manufacturing Operations Management


The First Tech talk of the year was held on 10th August 2019 after the 2nd EC meeting of the year at the Hotel Chancery. The talk on Manufacturing Operations Management was delivered by Mr. Thirumalai Kumar M. of Siemens Industry Software (India) Pvt. Ltd. The talk was very well received and there was an extensive interaction with the members of the Chapter. Thirumalai Kumar joined Siemens as a Master of Engineering Research Intern in the year of 2005 at Siemens Corporate Technology, Bangalore. He became a Technical Expert in 10 years through successful applied research projects providing patented and innovative solutions to customers across the world. With an interest in moving closer to customers he took a Technical Consultant role with Siemens Process Automation Business Unit. His responsibilities were Business Development of Process Automation, Communication & Identification Systems business for South India.

In the current role he is part of Siemens Industry Software, responsible for Business Development as well as Technology Consulting for Manufacturing Operation Management portfolio, right from Advanced Planning & Scheduling to Self-driven Data Analytics for both Process & Discrete industries across India & Sri Lanka. He has mentored more than 100+ interns on innovative technologies, designed and mentored industry oriented 2 credit course on "Digital Twin technologies" for Mechanical Engineering students.

A total of 28 persons attended this talk. A view of the audience is below

Thirumalai talked about the concept behind Manufacturing Management and the portfolio of products that complement MES. He also talked about the International Body called MESA. Historically Siemens had a product called SIMATIC IT. The product portfolio currently being positioned by Siemens is called Manufacturing Operation Management (MOM) suite. He started by mentioning of how digital competencies are being exploited by the major organizations.

He made a distinction between Digital and Digitalization and mentioned about the seamless digital data flow from design to manufacturing and traced the workflow from customer desire through Design and Engineering to Manufacturing Engineering to Production and on to Service. He talked about Software being the driver to take a Virtual product and simulating it through Virtual production and using this as a twin for Real production to realize the real product. He touched upon the technology components from Siemens that enable this in terms of products in the MOM suite like Preactor, CD-adapco, Mentor Graphics, Bentley, CAMSTAR, etc. The technology components were there for many years before Siemens acquired the companies and integrated them to realize their vision. The products are available for Partners like Engineering and Software service houses to develop solutions. Siemens factory in Hamburg uses these components for their own production and Mr. Thirumalai touched upon this. The solution has also been implemented in the Siemens manufacturing plant for only switchgear products at Kalwa, near Mumbai.

The interactive discussion after the presentation was very detailed with a lot of comments and queries that were raised and answered by Mr. Thirumalai. He also elaborated on various Technology components in Siemens software, and answered queries during the networking and high-tea session post the talk.
ISA Bangalore Chapter runs a monthly program called Tech Talk wherein we get an Industry expert to come and address the Chapter members and some invited non-members on topics of interest and the latest technology evolution.

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