Booth slogan: “Digital Enterprise – Implement now!”
Wide-ranging practically-oriented exhibits and models visualize digital progress along the entire value chain
User-oriented Digital Enterprise solutions for manufacturing sharpen competitive edge of end users and machine builders
Siemens will be exhibiting at the automatica 2018 with an array of integrated and user-oriented Digital Enterprise solutions designed to sharpen the competitive edge of both end users and machine builders. Exhibiting under the banner “Digital Enterprise – Implement now!”, Siemens will be focusing on ways in which industrial enterprises of all sizes can benefit from the digital transformation – along the entire value chain from product design and production planning through the engineering process to new services. With product variants changing at an ever faster pace, today’s machines have to offer not only greater flexibility but also a higher degree of automation through the use of handling and assembly systems – a process supported by integrating robotics into production machinery. At the same time, automated engineering and the simulation of machines and product lines are enabling an ever shorter time to market.
Digital Enterprise – Implement now
The Digital Enterprise provides the manufacturing industry with an integrated range of software and hardware solutions for the seamless integration and digitalization of the entire value chain. The result is a digital twin which uses a data model to depict the product, the process and the manufacturing. To ensure that both machine users and machine builders are able to fully leverage the benefits of digitalization, a shared database encompasses everything from product design and production planning through engineering and production to services.
This integrated approach from the perspective of the product manufacturer will be illustrated at the show using the example of an industrial laptop from design through production to utilization of the data, encompassing product design, testing and simulation, moving on through production planning and engineering to production execution and finally services. Companies reap major benefits from this integrated approach, which allows them to step up collaboration from any location and at any time – for instance through the rapid, intuitive and secure detection, logging and fixing of problems from within a virtual reality meeting. Immersion into the digital twin using a VR headset allows engineers to carry out a thorough technical check of plants or machines, saving time when it comes to physical commissioning.
Sinumerik Run MyRobot from Siemens provides a solution for linking robots to machine tools, ranging from simple connection or convenient integration through performing handling tasks to full system integration of the robot kinematics. While the CNC takes charge of robot path control, the robot can be integrated into the existing CAD/CAM-CNC process chain and IT infrastructure. The benefits for users include greater path control accuracy, more flexibility and also improved productivity in manufacturing.
Machine customization is becoming an ever more important aspect for machine users. To ensure efficient assembly despite a high degree of customization, production must be structured for flexibility. Major potential exists here specifically in the field of material handling. Automatic guided vehicle systems can play a significant role in implementing a flexible production strategy. Digital Enterprise solutions also benefit the machine building sector by enabling the end-to-end digitalization of every phase of a machine’s life cycle – starting with concept design through engineering and commissioning to services.
A customer application example featured at the fair is an assembly machine for consumer electronics by Bozhon Precision Industry Technology. The machine was engineered and commissioned using a digital twin located in Germany, while the physical machine was being simultaneously built in China. Almost 80 percent of the machine’s functional features were validated using virtual commissioning, resulting in faster, more efficient production and a shorter time to market.
Using a model of the Sinamics S210 servo drive system comprising a converter and specifically developed Simotics S-1FK2 servo motors as well as OCC (One Cable Connection), Siemens will be demonstrating solutions for robotics and handling automation. In conjunction with a servo motor, rapid sampling and smart control algorithms for the converter, a high-grade encoder system, and the combination of low rotor inertia and high overload capability, the featured drive system achieves outstanding dynamic performance and precision.
Siemens will also be showcasing a range of kinematic applications for the handling market using a model at the show. The “Simatic Safe Kinematics” software library makes it possible to safely monitor selected kinematic motions in space, for instance to protect machine operators at work. This is achieved by monitoring the speed of selected points, for example the tool center point, and freely configurable zones such as the working and protection areas.
For further information, refer to www.siemens.com/automatica
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s 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. In fiscal 2017, which ended on September 30, 2017, Siemens generated revenue of €83.0 billion and net income of €6.2 billion. At the end of September 2017, the company had around 377,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.