Automation Excursion 2019


Master Students attend Siemens Workshop

As part of the automation course taught by Dr. Tobias A. Kleemann, 18 students from the Munich University of Applied Sciences’ Paper Technology masters program have successfully completed the Siemens SIPAPER DCS workshop in Erlangen. Under the direction of Dr. Hermann Schwarz, these students from over seven countries participated in a professional seminar and hands-on training for the SIMATIC PCS 7 system and also received an overview of the core business of the Siemens Fiber Industry division.

The three day excursion started with a mill tour of the highly automated Siemens F80 inverter manufacturing facility in Erlangen. Students received an impression of the process technology and the production of main boards and components that are also included in modern paper mills. Throughout the presentations about the Siemens Fiber Industry and SIPAPER divisions, the students received information on emerging developments and on upcoming technologies in the paper industry. The Siemens professionals talked about exciting innovations and new opportunities brought on by digitalisation.

With the SIMATIC PCS 7 basis training and the SIPAPER DCS APL overview the audience gained valuable experience in basic programming, software implementation, hardware configuration and plant layout in the PCS 7 system. Siemens PCS 7 or similar control systems are in use in all modern paper plants. Process engineers are often confronted with problems concerning automation and process layouts and therefore the training conducted by Siemens offers a great opportunity to gain familiarity and understanding in such areas. The evening meals in Erlangen provided the international group with a chance to get to know Franconian cuisine and talk about exciting projects and topics in the pulp and paper industry. In this respect, the seminar was a great networking opportunity for students and Siemens alike. The students from MUAS and their Professor thank Siemens for the kind invitation and the successful workshop.