Ralf-Michael Franke, former Siemens top manager, shapes industrial automation as Chairman of the Advisory Council at Cybus.
"All factories that do not address the topics of Industry 4.0, machine connectivity and analytics of machine data will disappear from the market. And the others will grow," affirms Ralf-Michael Franke, former CEO of the Siemens Business Unit Factory Automation and Chairman of the Advisory Council at Cybus.
In this expert interview, he describes the challenges the industry faces due to the inevitable transformation of automation. He elaborates on how Cybus is setting a new standard of seamless collaboration between shopfloor and IT. English subtitles provided.
Interview participants: Ralf-Michael Franke (Chairman of the Advisory Council), Peter Sorowka (CEO) and Carsten Stiller (CSO).
Moderated by Christine Brunner.
After more than 30 years in leading positions at Siemens, Ralf-Michael Franke is known for his outstanding leadership and professional expertise in the industrial sector. In 2004, Franke became CEO of the Siemens Industrial Automation Systems Business Unit. In 2011, he was appointed Head of the Drive Technologies Division and then, in 2014, he became CEO of the Factory Automation Business Unit. Franke is convinced that the use of data plays a central role for the technologies of the future: Edge computing and powerful software are the basic prerequisites to be able to fully exploit the potential of data.
Carsten Stiller is Managing Director and CSO at Cybus. With his extensive experience over the last 16 years in the industrial core markets of Germany, USA and China at Siemens AG, his mission is to shape Cybus’ growth trajectory and strengthen the Cybus brand as a technology leader in the Industrial Edge Platform space.
He strongly believes that the 4th Industrial Revolution will be the biggest transformation in history. It will fundamentally change our economy and our society. After all, it has already proven its disruptive power and turned entire industries upside down. To play in the Industry 4.0 arena, says Carsten Stiller, a clear, secure and networked data infrastructure must form the basis for all industries.
Peter Sorowka is a thoughtleader for Industrial IoT and technical architecture of data-based industrial production. As co-founder, managing director and CEO at Cybus, he advises and steers industry on the way to a decentralized, secure smart factory and data-driven smart services. He is convinced that the true power of the Internet of Things will only unfold when open networking becomes reality, even between systems that are currently unrelated and beyond corporate boundaries. Just as the classic Internet is a large composition of simple and complex services, the digitized economy will emerge with new providers, offerings and cross-connected supply chains.