Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:


Online Game for Optimal Factory Management

A highly realistic online game allows budding engineers to slip into the everyday world of a plant manager.

The “Plantville” game is intended not only for students and job applicants, but also Siemens customers, prospects and employees. The challenge for the players is to improve the productivity, efficiency, and sustainability of a simulated factory. Plantville has been online in an English-language version for about 100 days now and already has approximately 16,000 registered players in more than 140 countries.

It’s challenging for anyone except perhaps a real-life plant manager to have a clear idea of the tasks faced by a plant engineer. That’s why Siemens Industry selected three typical production facilities for the Plantville computer game: a bottling plant, a vitamin production plant, and a train assembly plant. The objective of the game is to improve the plants’ safety, quality, and deliveries. This calls for the players to optimize energy management, for example, or boost employee satisfaction, while also being able to use Siemens solutions such as energy-saving servo motors, automation systems or sprinkler systems. They also can hire new employees, to raise productivity.

A fourth plant, a “Factory of the Year,” is managed in exemplary fashion by “Pete,” ‑ an avatar ‑ who also gives the players an introduction to the game. Pete, the expert plant manager, gives the participants tips at various points during the game, using short films, puzzles, or online chats in the Plantville Café. The chats feature actual plant experts taking part in discussions at regular intervals that focus on topics including optimization of machines or energy efficiency. And the players can also share their ideas and impressions on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Siemens wants to further develop Plantville. Currently included in the game are Siemens products used in industrial and commercial building applications — from control technology to drive systems to safety systems. The company’s wide-ranging portfolio offers a wealth of other possibilities, though. The game could be expanded to include a university, a hospital, a data center, or a transport system, to name a few examples.

Dr. Norbert Aschenbrenner | Siemens InnovationNews
Further information:

More articles from Machine Engineering:

nachricht Process-Integrated Inspection for Ultrasound-Supported Friction Stir Welding of Metal Hybrid-Joints
27.09.2016 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Zerstörungsfreie Prüfverfahren IZFP

nachricht Lightweight robots in manual assembly
13.09.2016 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO

All articles from Machine Engineering >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Light-driven atomic rotations excite magnetic waves

Terahertz excitation of selected crystal vibrations leads to an effective magnetic field that drives coherent spin motion

Controlling functional properties by light is one of the grand goals in modern condensed matter physics and materials science. A new study now demonstrates how...

Im Focus: New 3-D wiring technique brings scalable quantum computers closer to reality

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo led the development of a new extensible wiring technique capable of controlling superconducting quantum bits, representing a significant step towards to the realization of a scalable quantum computer.

"The quantum socket is a wiring method that uses three-dimensional wires based on spring-loaded pins to address individual qubits," said Jeremy Béjanin, a PhD...

Im Focus: Scientists develop a semiconductor nanocomposite material that moves in response to light

In a paper in Scientific Reports, a research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute describes a novel light-activated phenomenon that could become the basis for applications as diverse as microscopic robotic grippers and more efficient solar cells.

A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has developed a revolutionary, light-activated semiconductor nanocomposite material that can be used...

Im Focus: Diamonds aren't forever: Sandia, Harvard team create first quantum computer bridge

By forcefully embedding two silicon atoms in a diamond matrix, Sandia researchers have demonstrated for the first time on a single chip all the components needed to create a quantum bridge to link quantum computers together.

"People have already built small quantum computers," says Sandia researcher Ryan Camacho. "Maybe the first useful one won't be a single giant quantum computer...

Im Focus: New Products - Highlights of COMPAMED 2016

COMPAMED has become the leading international marketplace for suppliers of medical manufacturing. The trade fair, which takes place every November and is co-located to MEDICA in Dusseldorf, has been steadily growing over the past years and shows that medical technology remains a rapidly growing market.

In 2016, the joint pavilion by the IVAM Microtechnology Network, the Product Market “High-tech for Medical Devices”, will be located in Hall 8a again and will...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>



Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

Agricultural Trade Developments and Potentials in Central Asia and the South Caucasus

14.10.2016 | Event News

World Health Summit – Day Three: A Call to Action

12.10.2016 | Event News

Latest News

Oasis of life in the ice-covered central Arctic

24.10.2016 | Earth Sciences

‘Farming’ bacteria to boost growth in the oceans

24.10.2016 | Life Sciences

Light-driven atomic rotations excite magnetic waves

24.10.2016 | Physics and Astronomy

More VideoLinks >>>