Siemens – From Telegraphs to Global Leader in Automation Technology
Werner Von Siemens founded his company in 1847 with his design for the pointer telegraph, starting with 10 men in a courtyard in Berlin. Winning the contract to build Europe’s first long-distance telegraph line, the company grew from the 670-kilometer link into high-voltage engineering and major international projects in the late 1800’s, telephone networks and lamp manufacturing in the early 1900’s, to the world’s first transistorized control system in the 1950’s. The company transformed it’s SIMATIC platform into programmable logic controllers (PLCs) using the microprocessor and integrated circuit technology, giving birth the S3. As technology rapidly evolved, the SIMATIC product matured the S7 generation of controllers, enabling seamless communication between facility and office.
Since the Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) platform was born in 1996, Siemens has reached new milestones in automation technology, empowering customers with market-leading products coupled with integrated software, a complete engineering framework, and new tools blurring the lines between real and digital worlds, enabling virtual simulation, testing and commissioning of Siemens devices.
Today, they are leading improvements in automation across 190 countries, maintains more than 280 manufacturing facilities and employs more than 370,000 employees.
At the Forefront of Digital Factory and Industry 4.0
Siemens is a leading global supplier of factory automation, controls, and software, supporting dozens of industries worldwide. As a world first, they have integrated the “Digital Enterprise,” connecting all the major components in the production cycle today. Creators of the “digital twin,” they are at the forefront of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0. Optimizing everything from engineering design, production planning, factory deployment, and data feedback, their ecosystem enables significant time and cost savings in engineering and operations.
Complete Factory Automation Portfolio
The industrial automation division of Siemens produces one of the most extensive ranges of factory automation, including industrial controls, communication, PC-based automation, power supplies, motion control, operator control, and monitoring systems. Siemens also maintains a comprehensive suite of software and services to support your factory automation.
Heitek Automation is the premier supplier of Siemens Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Human Machine Interfaces (HMI), Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs), Power Supplies, Low Voltage Controls, PROFINET Networking, Communications and more! In addition, Heitek is your support connection for Siemens software and industry services. We provide support for SIMATIC software, Totally Integrated Automation TIA Portal, and WinCC Comfort and Advanced.