Metav 2016 – Smart Factory
Working from One Database
Does this also have advantages, then, for the machine operator?
From the machine operator's point of view, CAD/CAM-CNC process chain begins with the design of his workpiece. That is followed by determining the processing strategy. Here the virtual machine again plays a central role. It enables the machine operator to check in advance on the PC whether the NC programs are collision-free and the program syntax error-free, and to see how the cycle times can be improved. The entire work preparation can thus take place on the digital twin.
Is the realisation only a question of the right software and the control system used?
Siemens is one of the few providers who have followed the path of constructing a start-to-finish portfolio covering the PLM software, MES or MOM and start-to-finish automation and control technology. We are thus in a position to offer our customers start-to-finish process chains. It goes without saying that both our PLM software and our Sinumerik control technology are open for use with systems from other providers.
How does the user benefit from matching packet solutions for CAD/CAM system, controls and machine?
With a digital process chain on a joint database, our solutions help machine constructors in reacting more flexibly to individual customer requirements. The “time-to-market” can thus be shortened and the productivity and efficiency of the machine development process raised. For the machine operator, there is a clear conclusion: with an optimised CAD/CAM-CNC process chain, from the design of the workpiece in the CAD system and the simulation all the way through to production on the tool machine, the user of tool machines can boost the flexibility and productivity of his production considerably. He thus has shorter product development times and can be on the market quicker.
How practice-related is the meshing of processes on the virtual and real levels?
The use of virtual machine models is already possible today and has been practised successfully by the first machine constructors. Likewise, there are examples of firms which have set up a start-to-finish CAD/CAM-CNC process chain and are now profiting from the potential for optimisation.
Can intelligently networked machines and processes be controlled process-securely using new operating and communication concepts?
From the point of view of usability, and also of industrial security, mobile end-devices such as smart phones and tablets are not designed for control. Mobile end-devices are much better suited to calling up current status data such as order status and component stocks. With the solution Smart Mobile, which is part of Siemens’ Smart Operation offer, the user can access the monitoring and control function via his notebook, smart phone or tablet via a secure web server.
What activities are you planning in the digitalisation field at the Metav 2016?
We do not just speak about digitalisation, but we also demonstrate our concrete range of solutions for the machine tool world: besides start-to-finish digital production and optimum use of production resources, we are of course also focusing on new machining functions. Numerous new features and functions in Sinumerik help in raising productivity and quality in machining further. We are also speaking about trends: we are pioneers when it comes to coordinating different technologies in multitasking concepts. A current topic on the market is not only digitalisation in large companies, but also digitalisation in workshop-oriented firms.