Siemens Industry, Inc. announced that it has been selected as the strategic process automation partner for Dow Corning, following an extensive review and evaluation process using Manufacturing Automation Platform Selection (MAPS) Six Sigma (Define, Measure, Explore, Develop, Implement) processes. The Global Supply Contract will feature Siemens Simatic PCS 7 as the strategic platform for Dow Corning's batch, continuous and discrete process automation solutions. Siemens process control system manages the automation of all ancillary, upstream and downstream processes, while providing the mechanism to improve process efficiency resulting in improved production and reductions in the total cost of ownership. "Siemens PCS 7 platform best meets Dow Corning batch, continuous, and discrete process requirements to achieve higher productivity, improved safety and lower cost of production through the use of automation solutions," says Barry MacGregor, Manager, Global Process Automation at Dow Corning. Simatic PCS 7 can be specifically extended through the integration of functionalities such as batch process automation, material transport control, advanced process control, asset management, safety applications, process data analysis/management or MES integration. And, with Siemens Totally Integrated Automation (TIA), PCS 7 can meet the demands for automation solutions along multiple hierarchy levels, including enterprise, management, control and field device levels. "There are core advantages to using Siemens Simatic PCS 7 control system, and Siemens has set a global standard for control systems," says Raj Batra, President, Siemens Industry Automation Division. "Through PCS 7, Dow Corning will realize a lower cost of ownership through integration, using a system that combines performance, quality, efficient engineering, reliability, flexibility and availability. Siemens also continually modernizes its systems for the safety and security of employees, equipment and operations." According to Pat Dean, Manager of Global Manufacturing Automation at Dow Corning, the company's Six Sigma Quality is a key element of Dow Corning's commitment to delivering value for its customers by having a solid understanding of their needs and solving their problems. "Dow Corning has developed an integrated management system and has obtained a global ISO9001 registration under a single certificate, providing its customers with a consistent solution worldwide." Siemens Industry Sector is the world's leading supplier of innovative and environmentally friendly products, solutions and services for industrial customers. With end-to-end automation technology and industrial software, solid vertical-market expertise, and technology-based services, the sector enhances its customers' productivity, efficiency and flexibility. With a global workforce of more than 100,000 employees, the Industry Sector comprises the Industry Automation, Drive Technologies and Customer Services Divisions as well as the Metals Technologies Business Unit. For more information, visit www.usa.siemens.com/industry Siemens Industry Automation Division supports the entire value chain of its industrial customers - from product design to production and services - with an unmatched combination of automation technology, industrial control technology and industrial software. With its software solutions, the division can shorten the time-to-market of new products by up to 50 percent. Industry Automation comprises five Business Units: Industrial Automation Systems, Control Components and Systems Engineering, Sensors and Communications, Siemens PLM Software and Water Technologies. For more information, visit www.usa.siemens.com/automation Dow Corning (dowcorning.com) provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company's Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® (www.xiameter.com) brands. Dow Corning is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow Corning's annual sales are outside the United States. Dow Corning's global operations adhere to the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care® initiative, a stringent set of standards designed to advance the safe and secure management of chemical products and processes.