Siemens Advances Digital Twin Technology for Machining

By | October 15, 2021

On October 15, 2020, in its digital Siemens Machine Software Days 2020 occasion the corporate proved in some ways the ability of what it calls ‘digitalization’ within the rising life of producing. It used the occasion to bolster its dedication to offering instruments for producers through its Sinumerik One controller platform to create digital twins.

Making an instrument chain for an extra full digital twin has been the aim for Siemens lately. Beginning with its acquisition of the UGS NX PLM platform, the predecessor to the present Siemens Digital Industries Software program division, it added by way of acquisition electronics simulation with Mentor Graphics and ease of use with the low-code developer Mendix. The brand new extra functionality builds on Siemens Sinumerik One platform, which offers the instruments for digital twinning CNC equipment and manufacturing processes.

With the discharge of its software program model NCU-SW 6.14, Siemens is launching three know-how packages solely for the CNC Sinumerik One: One Dynamics Function, One Dynamics 3-axis milling and One Dynamics 5-axis milling.

The brand new software program capabilities contained within the know-how packages assist customers from machine-oriented programming within the jobshop to high-performance machining of CAD-CAM-programmed workpieces with excessive floor high quality, in line with Siemens.

The corporate is famous that with just a few exceptions, the capabilities of Sinumerik One Dynamics don’t require any commissioning effort on the a part of the machine builder. As soon as activated, they’re obtainable to the operator for speedy use on the machine.

Since they’re software program capabilities of the CNC management, no intervention within the machine or machine mechanics is required. For customers who’ve significantly difficult necessities by way of machining high quality and velocity, the machine builder can add additional non-obligatory CNC capabilities of Sinumerik that transcend the Sinumerik One Dynamics packages.

These extra capabilities should then be activated and parameterized by the machine builder for the operator’s particular person machine and tailored to the machine statics and dynamics.

Siemens additionally introduced new options for its Sinumerik Edge utility. The Analyze MyMachine /Situation is now prolonged with a corresponding Mindsphere utility and demonstrating how edge computing and cloud computing may be mixed.

The Sinumerik Edge Utility Analyze MyMachine /Situation, which the corporate offered final 12 months on the EMO, makes use of high-frequency CNC knowledge to create the mechanical fingerprint of a machine instrument. Within the utility, customers can seize and consider varied parameters resembling stiffness, friction, and backlash within the particular person axes with the assistance of flexibly configurable measurement collection. The measurement results can then be visualized and in contrast with reference knowledge.

The brand new complementary Mindsphere utility to Analyze MyMachine /Situation now permits cross-machine comparisons and evaluations. Warning and repair thresholds may be visualized individually for every asset and the states of a number of machines may be monitored and visualized over an extended time frame. This enables customers to detect deviations over an extended time frame.

Each of those capabilities extends the flexibility of the Siemens Sinumerik One platform to create digital twins, particularly whereas nonetheless within the idea stage. By constructing a digital machine forward of time, programmers can begin to construct routines for elements properly earlier than the bodily machine is out there.

Within the CNC world, machines are costly and danger is excessive, so patrons and sellers evaluating a digital machine prior to begin of construct reduces that danger for each. “Digital twin converts what was as soon as a sequential course of right into a parallel path of course of, and may scale back commissioning time by 50%,” stated Brian McMinn Machine Software Methods – Enterprise Section Supervisor for Siemens within the on-line occasion .

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