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Digitalization in Machine Tool Manufacturing – Thinking further!EMO 2019 in Hanover on September 16 – 21 stood under the banner of digitalization: It transformed the industrial production of machine tools by providing specific answers to the challenges faced by machine builders and users. Ever-shorter time-to-market, faster product changes, higher quality, greater efficiency, and improved safety: Our holistic approach digitalizes the entire value chain and paves the way for achieving sustainable competitiveness. As a partner to industry, we want to take the next step in the digital transformation of industry together with you and successfully shape the future of the machine tool industry.
Thinking further – the future of industryThe digital enterprise is transforming business: more flexible production, increased productivity, and new business models – all great opportunities for responding even faster, more efficiently, and more cost-effectively to the individual needs of customers. Thinking further will be the key criterion for taking full advantage of the dynamic changes being offered by integrating automation and digitalization. Modern machine tool controls like SINUMERIK ONE enable this by using the digital twin to continuously improve products, production, and performance – in the interaction of the virtual and real worlds.
Optimally use the virtual and real worlds
Developing a new product or a new machine and planning production with the help of digital tools creates a detailed virtual image: the digital twin. With this digital twin, new insights can be gained in a completely virtual environment using realistic simulations and data analytics. This accelerates the development of innovations and minimizes costs for prototypes. Later, when the product is physically manufactured or the machine begins operating, performance data is generated by the production and real products. This data, when captured and analyzed, can then be fed back into the development and optimizing of other new products and machines.
Thinking the value chain further – digitally
With its concept of the Digital Enterprise, Siemens is taking a holistic approach – that is, from the perspectives of machine manufacturers and operators alike. This approach covers the entire value chain from the design of the product or machine all the way to digital services. The Digital Enterprise works with digital twins of the product, production, and performance. Everyone involved along the value chain works with the same database and contributes their findings toward improvements. All these processes run mostly parallel, rather than consecutively as in the past. This shortens a project’s duration, lowers costs, and improves the results.