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Panasonic and Siemens to cooperate for next-generation electronic equipment assembly plants

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article image Anton S. Huber, CEO of the Digital Factory Division at Siemens AG with Hiroyuki Aota, Director in Charge of Factory Solutions Business and Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation

Siemens has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Panasonic to work together for the common advancement of digital production for the electronics industry. Signed by Hiroyuki Aota, Director in Charge of Factory Solutions Business and Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation, and Anton S. Huber, CEO of the Digital Factory Division at Siemens AG against the backdrop of the Hannover Messe, the MoU sets out the objectives of cooperation between the two companies for the development of next-generation electronic equipment assembly plants as well as automation standards for the electronics industry.

The agreement will focus on standardised line integration concepts, which the partners plan to develop not only for individual production lines but also for all process steps at the factory level, and as company-wide automation standards for globally distributed production networks.

Both Panasonic and Siemens have been working independently in recent years on pioneering concepts linking digitalisation and automation. In essence, the Smart Factory offering from Panasonic encompasses automatic assembly systems and the Manufacturing Execution System application PanaCIM. With the Digital Enterprise, Siemens is bringing to the table a portfolio encompassing the core elements of industrial software and automation, industrial communication, security and services. Siemens will contribute its expertise in control and automation technology to the jointly developed concepts.

Panasonic’s Hiroyuki Aota underlined the importance of connecting all the equipment of any vendor in order to control the entire factory floor in real time, significantly improving the productivity and quality of electronic equipment assembly. He added that the agreement signed with Siemens, with its excellent technologies based on control devices and optimisation software, will enable them to enhance their Smart Factory at the global level.

Observing that electronic production offered enormous potential for digitalisation, Siemens’ Anton S. Huber said the use of integrated automation solutions paved the way for substantial increases in both productivity and quality. He added that the agreement with Panasonic presented an exciting opportunity to selectively advance Siemens’ Digital Enterprise portfolio for companies in the electronics industry.

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