Exhibitor Spotlight: Marc Deyda, Global Battery Business Developer at Siemens AG

Marc DeydaMarc has been Global Battery Business Developer at Siemens AG since 2015, developing and establishing dedicated solutions for battery manufacturing (including integrated engineering, transparent operation and digital workflow).

He talks here about the hurdles that the battery manufacturing industry needs to overcome, and explains how digitally integrated business processes can help companies overcome these challenges by generating a digital representation of the entire value chain.


What opportunities do technologies like automation, business intelligence and big data present for battery manufacturing?

Battery companies in Germany and Europe face the same challenges: reducing times to market, enhancing flexibility, securing quality, increasing efficiency and revising their business models.

Consistent automation and digitisation can bring about improvements in battery production:

  • Reduction of raw materials and energy required – these, of course, are vital for competitiveness
  • Increased quality and reduced costs – closed-loop quality processes and traceability are what customers expect, and they’re essential for optimising operations
  • Implementation of new production capacity in shorter time periods – greater flexibility is essential to meet rising demand and capture market share
  • Development of mass production with stable replication of processes – end-to-end automation and digitisation provide production accuracy that makes mass production of improved designs possible

 

What would you say are the biggest barriers to implementation of these tools?

To draw on all the benefits of digitisation, businesses must first achieve end-to-end integration of their data.

 

What can be done to overcome these barriers?

Battery manufacturing companies must introduce completely digitally integrated business processes. This can help to generate a digital representation of the entire value chain.

 

What investment would be required for the implementation of these technologies and what is the ROI?

The implementation requires integration of industrial software and automation, expansion of communication, and network security in the area of automation.

For example, based on constant line monitoring, process stability and production transparency can be ensured. The reduction of scrap with stable and high-quality production processes saves rare and expensive raw materials. And this is directly influencing the costs in battery production.

The consumption of raw materials can also be reduced through holistic simulation of the battery, including recipes. With the digital twin, we can simulate, test and optimise the battery and its performance in a completely virtual environment – before it is built in the real world.

 

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up and why?

When I was little, I wanted to be a conductor, like Jim Knopf and Lukas from the Augsburger Puppenkiste. They came around a lot and experienced adventures. This is actually something that I do now. I explore new markets and technologies. My motivation, however, is to make the world a better place for my children.


Siemens will be exhibiting at The Battery Show Europe 2019 at stand 632. Marc will also be speaking in a conference session running alongside the exhibition on Ramping Up Battery Assembly to Meet Future OEM Demand on 09 May, Track 2 at 14:00