Achieving perfect printing results with scalable solutions
Toward a successful future – with proven standards and digital solutions
As an automation supplier, we’re aware that the printing industry is currently undergoing exciting developments. On-demand production, higher expectations on quality and refinements, and the trend toward ever-shorter jobs and more customized products are placing growing demands on modern printing machines. Digitalization and technological innovations are creating new pathways and opportunities. The only way to establish a sustainable future for your company is by finding an intelligent system solution for your automation. Long-standing experience, well-founded industry knowledge, and flexible product components make us a reliable partner for the challenges ahead. Our Digital Enterprise portfolio in conjunction with flexible standard applications lets you achieve perfect results faster.
Printed products are as varied as the printing machines used to produce them. Our Digital Enterprise portfolio lets you efficiently roll out products that are ever-more customized more quickly. Digitalization is based on the connection between the real and virtual worlds. With support from our comprehensive digital twin across the entire lifecycle plus multiphysics simulation, you can improve the design of your printing machine and its performance while reducing costs. With Industrial Edge, you can take optimal advantage of the unlimited potential of data.
Take advantage of the digital twin of the machine to simulate your printing machine’s behavior and identify potential optimizations in the design phase. With the digital twin you can also. Using the digital twin you can also perform commissioning in a virtual environment. Multiphysics simulation opens up a whole new world of process simulation. Parameters that could never before be visualized can now be integrated into a new solution area so that your production machines can meet even higher quality standards.
Cylinder positioning with the digital twin
The virtual commissioning of printing machines offers a variety of advantages, including higher product quality, a shorter time to market, reduced costs, and greater flexibility. One example is the digital twin of the flexo printing unit. It not only allows you to perform virtual commissioning, it also facilitates the engineering of the Print Standard Add-On for cylinder positioning. The motorized positioning of cylinders in flexo printing machines can be physically simulated by generating and visualizing a kinematic model in the NX Mechatronic Concept Designer. This allows you to simulate flexible applications with variable mechanical systems, evaluate mechatronic concepts, and validate geometric calculations. You can use the SIMIT simulation platform to generate a functional model of the machine. Along with the integrated virtual controller or SIMATIC S7-PLCSIM Advanced software, it’s possible to create a complete virtual model of the machine and test all the relevant automation functions before the actual commissioning.
Multiphysics simulation of continuous material webs
The physical behavior of systems for material webs – which includes processing, printing, and coating machines – is based on the dynamic interaction between different units like winders, dancers, and rollers. Interaction between the components plays a key role in the development of new mechatronic systems. Take advantage of multiphysics engineering for efficient system development with Simcenter Amesim. Based on the ready-to-use multiphysics libraries, you can develop, test, and optimize mechatronic systems early on in development with no actual hardware. To allow you to generate models quickly, you’re provided a with library specifically geared toward applications with material webs that makes it easy to design printing and converting systems.
The digital transformation also means that the amount of data from printing machines is growing. Take advantage of this data to optimize your processes, make optimal use of equipment, and improve your maintenance scheduling. Our Industrial Edge provides you with a solution from a single source that’s tailored to your customers’ requirements.
Reduce downtime in manufacturing
Industrial Edge makes it extremely simple to capture, save, and analyze large amounts of data. Based on the knowledge acquired, you can schedule printing machine maintenance so as to practically eliminate production downtime. The data is analyzed and saved in real time directly at the machine for extremely fast and economical processing using local computing power. Depending on your needs, you decide whether the data will be processed locally or using a cloud solution. You can get started immediately: Industrial Edge is already integrated into many hardware devices, and there are numerous apps available for automatically capturing, saving, and analyzing the data.
With ever-shorter development and commissioning times, standardized solutions for motion control are more important than ever. The Print Standard open software package and the Modular Application Creator include solutions that are perfectly tailored to the requirements of printing machines and that allow you to create a variety of machine concepts easily and automatically.
Standardized and flexible automation
The established Print Standard software solution is perfectly tailored to the requirements of printing machines and serves to supplement your digital engineering. Thanks to its open programming, Print Standard can be flexibly and efficiently integrated in machine automation. Flexible connection concepts with virtual and real axes and specific technology functions, small plants with just a few axes, or complex multi-axis machines are all easily configurable using Print Standard. Thanks to better engineering, you can raise your machine to a new level of productivity – with software technology functions properly combined in one application. Whether it’s a master, segment, or add-on, we have the right application for your every need.
Automatically generate machine projects
Modern printing machines feature a large number of printing and print finishing stations and units for web processing. Achieving brilliant printing results depends on a tremendous number of axes interacting perfectly. That’s why we developed the Modular Application Creator for Print Standard. Using predefined software modules, you can generate machine configurations for TIA Portal projects – including complex projects – quickly, automatically, and flawlessly. All of the most important machine elements are already stored, and a structured user interface and guided workflow make your work easier.
Efficient, secure, precise
The Print Standard Add-On Integrated Register Control ensures that every product printed in a machine is precisely processed and of consistently high quality. Integration in the motion control system makes the machine more compact and boosts productivity.
Function library at a glance
The highest precision thanks to smart algorithms
Any small irregularity in the printing cylinder or other mechanical component has a significant influence on process and printing quality. Learning Error Compensation (LECo) detects, analyzes, and compensates cyclic errors in the next cycle. This ensures consistently high quality for each product. Integration is via the Print Standard Add-On Drive Optimization application.
The smart way to better results
The reasons for control errors – also called following errors – can vary. For example, they can be due to manufacturing errors or an improper sheet forwarding. If this type of following error is cyclic, LECo can almost completely compensate the error through precise precontrol.
Simple engineering of continuous material webs
Requirements for applications with continuous material webs are growing – including in the printing industry. With the Converting Toolbox, you’ll benefit from a standardized automation package with preconfigured, tested, and comprehensively documented converting functions that you can use to easily implement your converting applications while remaining flexible – for time-saving engineering.
The optimal solution for every machineDigitalized processes create new prospects for all printing technologies, including innovative print media, new printing colors, and customized end products. With a fully automated, technologically state-of-the-art printing machine, you can proactively implement tomorrow's potential today.
Digitalization in machine building and plant engineering
Companies in discrete and process industries increasingly implement digitalization in order to gain competitive advantages. This affects the requirements that machine builders and plant engineers have to meet. We’ll show how you can integrate digitalization into you production to work faster, more flexible and more customized.
Let our experts help you
Would you like to learn more about Siemens solutions for printing machines, or do you have a specific question? Take advantage of this opportunity to contact our experts directly.