Drives and Controls Magazine
Siemens invests in power electronics for future converters
Published:  30 March, 2017

Siemens is investing in its Motion Control facility in Erlangen, Germany, to make it the company’s centre for power electronics. The move is in preparation for the next generation of power converters which will need highly integrated semiconductors to cut costs, boost reliability, and miniaturise product designs.

“To ensure a collaborative environment for our experts, we are concentrating the required competencies within research, development, product design and production in one location,” explains Wolfgang Heuring, CEO of Siemens’ motion control business.

The company plans to innovate and optimise power electronic systems “along the entire value chain” to combine the physical and digital worlds in the areas of industry and energy. These efforts will focus on three main areas:

♦  integrating components such as sensors, semiconductors and cooling systems directly into products and adding new functions to them;

♦  developing flexible, modular and scalable architectures, as well as new semiconductor, set-up and connection technologies, to increase customer value, power and efficiency, save space, and cut system costs; and

Heuring: ensuring a collaborative environment

♦  redefining the development of power electronic systems and the way they are integrated into cloud environments.

“The vertical integration will optimise the link between the physical and the digital world, allowing best and flexible product designs and better adaptation to customer needs,” says Tim Davidowsky, CEO of Siemens’ large drives business.

Power electronics is becoming increasingly important because many products and systems, from intelligent energy systems to converters and drives, rely on this technology. Converters link the digital and physical worlds and make it possible to intervene selectively in systems, says Siemens.