- 1. History of SIEMENS
- 2. SIEMENS in the industrial environment
- 3. The future of SIEMENS
It all started in 1847 with the creation of the company then called Telegraphen Bauanstlalt von Siemens & Halske.
Werner von Siemens founded the company with his cousin and a friend based on an invention that improved the electric index telegraph. The workshop, which is based in Berlin, already has 10 employees after only a short year of existence.
From 1855, the company grew by opening a branch in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It will be directed by another brother von Siemens.
The principle of the electric dynamo was discovered by Siemens in 1866. Thanks to the electric dynamo, mechanical energy is transformed into electricity at a lower cost.
After several decades of spectacular innovations, the entity then called Siemens & Halske AG took on a whole new dimension. Indeed, in 1897, it brought together the majority of its activities in Berlin by forming a new district in the city that would be called Siemensstadt.
In 1899, Siemens established its first factory in Beijing and then directed the construction of the local tramway and supplied several districts of the city with electricity.
In 1903, new name change for the company after a merger with Schuckert & Co. It therefore becomes Siemens-Schuckertwerke Gmbh. From then on, the company became a leader in electrical development and communication.
At the end of the First World War, Osram GmbH was created. Siemens then owns 40% of the capital of the company.
In 1932, Siemens-Reiniger-Werke AG was founded. She then specialized in medicine. 2 years after its foundation, the company launches its first mobile radiology equipment. 40,000 devices of this type will then be produced in 40 years.
But the same year, with the rise to power of Adolf Hitler, Siemens participated in the campaign of the future Nazi dictator.
Then when the war broke out, Siemens employed labor drawn from among the deportees. It then owned a factory within the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp.
At the end of the Second World War, the survival of Siemens was called into question. Most of the factories and company buildings are in ruins. All company materials are confiscated as well as all registered trademarks, patents and exclusive rights of use are deleted.
The company's losses amount to approximately 2.58 billion or 80% of the amount of the company's assets. To ensure the continuity of the company after the war, the entire management is transferred to Mülheim, Hof and Munich. In 1949, the headquarters of Siemens & Halske moved to Munich and those of Siemens-Schuckwerke to Erlangen.
In the fall of 1959, Siemens introduced its first component strength and empowerment control system called SIMATIC. The process is continuously improved which allows Siemens to be a leader in empowerment systems. SIMATIC, a range of Siemens systems that you can find at Standard Exchange Industry.
On October 1, 1966, Siemens AG was created from the merger of Siemens & Halske, Siemens-Schukertwerke and Siemens-Reiniger-Werke. Siemens and AEG collaborate to create in 1969, Kraftwerk AG. They actually decide to join forces to strengthen their position because of the cost of goods, the rising competition and the economic risks which intensify with the crisis of the 70s.
Initially, each of the two companies held 50% of the capital, then the second was entirely taken over by Siemens and became a subsidiary of the group.
In 1983, the group moved towards the production of memory chips. The first chips produced will leave the factory in 1987. The more science progresses, the more chips can store more and more data.
Finally, in the 90s, the group established a company in Beijing, SIEMENS became the first foreign company to set up in China.
At the end of 2010, the Siemens group employed 405,000 people worldwide. Present in 190 countries, it achieves a turnover of 75.978 billion euros
After restructuring, Siemens now comprises more than 10 Divisions: Intelligent Infrastructure, Energy Management, Medical Industries, Process Industries and Drives, Power Generation Services, Siemens Mobility, Financial Services, Electricity and Gas, Wind Energy , digital factory.
SIEMENS in the industrial environment
Each trade has specific needs and demands specific to its activities and the markets it addresses. Siemens, through its wide range of systems, is able to offer the most suitable and efficient products, services and solutions. We find siemens in particular in sectors such as aeronautics, agri-food, automotive, the pharmaceutical industry, and any other type of industry, whatever it may be.
The most widely used systems in industry are drives from the SIMODRIVE 611 range.
The SIMODRIVE 611 range is mainly composed of:
- Power supply modules (ex: 6SN1145-1BA02-0CA1)
- Power modules (ex: 6N1123-1AA00-0EA0)
- Monitoring modules (ex: 6SN1112-1AC01-0AA1)
- Regulation cards (ex: 6SN1118-0DG23-0AA1)
This range is no longer manufactured by Siemens, so it is obsolete, but many companies still use this technology. This is why Standard Exchange Industry offers you supply, standard exchange and repair on these types of systems.
Find the SIMODRIVE 611 range here.
The series that replaced the SIMODRIVE 611 is the SINAMICS. But SINAMICS is diversifying into several types of systems. Siemens drives, motors or controllers: All drive components are perfectly coordinated and can be easily integrated into your existing automation system. Some SINAMICS series are still produced by SIEMENS but the whole range is available from STANDARD EXCHANGE INDUSTRY, for example the 6SL3120-2TE21-8AA0.
Find the SINAMICS range here.
Then comes the SIMATIC range, the first range that was created by Siemens. SIMATIC is constantly evolving. In this range, there are HMI panels and mainly PLC controllers. The first high-tech controllers were S3 controllers. However the S3 is completely obsolete. It was replaced in 1979 by the S5 range. Today, a large number of industries are still equipped with an S5 controller. Unfortunately Siemens stopped production in 2020 of this type of range. But S5 controllers are still available from Standard Exchange Industry. The range that replaced the SIMATIC S5 is the SIMATIC S7.
SIMATIC as said before, these are not just PLCs, they are also Operator Panels OP. There are all kinds of panels, from touch screens to simple supervision screens, including keyboard consoles. The entire range of SIMATIC can be found at SEI and part of it can be found on the website. For example, you can find 6AV6643-0CD01-1AX1 there.