12/07/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/06/2018 20:47
• Use of MindSphere and Internet of Things applications for digitalization of the cargo terminal
• Cost reductions through predictive maintenance and energy optimization
Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) and Cathay Pacific Services Limited have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for digitalization of the cargo infrastructure at the Hong Kong airport. Innovative maintenance methods, such as predictive maintenance, and other levers are to be applied to the freight handling system installed by Siemens in 2013 to achieve smooth and even more efficient operation of the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal. This will help prevent expensive downtime of the conveying systems and thus enhance the system availability. Spare parts management will also benefit from this optimization.
This project is to be implemented using Internet of Things (IoT) applications and advanced data analytics. The planned software solutions are based on MindSphere, Siemens' open, cloud-based IoT operating platform.
'The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding highlights our long-standing and trusting cooperation with Cathay Pacific Services Limited', declared Michael Reichle, CEO of Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics. 'Our decades of experience in air cargo logistics, combined with our know-how in implementing digital solutions enable us to support the customer in further optimizing its process workflows and expanding its competitive advantage.'
Among other things, this agreement also covers the introduction of a standardized and secure method for real-time exchange of quality-assured data between various stakeholders at the airport. The contracting parties also aim to achieve energy optimization of the cargo handling system in order to reduce operating costs and to make a meaningful contribution to environmental protection. In addition, the MoU covers joint further training measures.
'I am very pleased to enter into this cooperation with Siemens for digitalization of our materials handling system', stated Jenny Lam, CEO at Cathay Pacific Services Limited. 'Our main concern here is to continue to offer our customers excellent service. And we chose Siemens' profound expertise and innovative software solutions in order to accomplish this.'
Cathay Pacific Services Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Airways, operating the ultramodern air cargo facility to serve the airlines at the Hong Kong International Airport.
SPPAL further expanded its digital portfolio recently by opening a new MindSphere Application Center (MAC) in Dubai, which will develop future-oriented analytics and IoT solutions for airports, airlines, freight service providers and ground handling services. The MAC in Dubai is part of the global network of 20 centers for digital customer applications from the Siemens Group. Around 900 software developers, data specialists and engineers are collaborating with customers on digital solutions in the MACs.
About Siemens in China
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. With its publicly listed subsidiary Siemens Healthineers AG, the company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment - such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems - and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. For over 145 years since its entering into China in 1872, Siemens has pioneered cooperation with the country with its solutions, technologies and products, and has been known in the country for its quality and reliability, technological excellence and innovation. In fiscal 2018 (October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018), Siemens generated revenue of €8.1 billion in China, with over 32,000 employees. Siemens has become an integral part of the Chinese economy and society, and continues to partner with the country to address her pursuit of sustainable development.
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Siemens Ltd., China
Ms. Juanjuan Liu