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Editorial contributions on experiences and projects with SINUMERIK

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Additive or machining manufacturing?  How quickly and easily can you familiarize yourself with SINUMERIK? What is the benefit of equipping really old machines with a state-of-the-art control system including a digital twin? Users from the companies Zinner, toolcraft and RSV report on their experiences! And in the training topics, a statement about this year's WorldSkills 2022 Special Edition! Scroll down to read more!

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From factory and shop floor

Anwender vor einer Werkzeugmaschine, die auch dei additive Fertigung beherrscht

NEW: Additive or substractive?

Additive or subtractive – this is the decisive question!

Creative production optimization by intelligently combining CNC machining, additive production techniques and know-how transfer at toolcraft.

Scheibenfräser der Firma Zinner vor großem Firmanlogo

NEW: Precision tool fabrication with Sinumerik

Zinner's production head describes his experience when switching over to a new CNC system

How quickly can I switch over to Sinumerik? Is Sinumerik the suitable CNC for toolmaking? What functions can Sinumerik offer when it comes to workshop programming for universal milling centers? What perspectives do I have with Sinumerik? These were precisely the questions that Paul Epner was confronted with when he started his new job as production head.

Foto einer alten, überholten Maschine, im Vordergrund eine hochmoderne Steuertafel mit der CNC SINUMERIK ONE

NEW: Retrofit with Sinumerik ONE

Modern - more modern - retrofit with Sinumerik One!

The purpose of a retrofit is to renew without sacrificing the tried and tested. The leap to the very latest technology is not a matter of course - but it is often possible and makes sense! This is shown by the retrofit of an 18-year-old Index 2000 by RSV Service GmbH.


SinuTrain as first step to increasing machine utilization times

How can I establish CNC job planning and leverage the expertise of personnel without having to invest in training? How can I flexibly deploy my personnel – both on the shopfloor and in job planning? At the CNC and offline at the PC? Philipp Lutz posed these questions, and in SinuTrain found a sustainable and substantive response. 


Here it is, the future!

Sinumerik One opens up an easy way for Soraluce and ABUS to use virtual systems for process optimization

Sinumerik One – the "digital native" CNC merges the real and virtual worlds. Here you can find innovative tools for CNC projects that are to be implemented with as little digital overhead as possible – at your own pace and in-line with your particular focus. Soraluce the machine tool builder and ABUS Kransysteme its customer have both already reaped some of the benefits.


NC robots can do more with a digital twin  

Robotics integration and edge computing for existing machines 

The Siemens motor plant in Bad Neustadt has equipped a milling center with CNC-controlled robots and edge computing. The highlight: A digital twin of the robot for commissioning and work preparation – even teach-in of new workpieces is possible in the virtual world. 


"Control is the key"

 Decisive: The combination of machine and CNC

Together with Siemens, Mazak has adapted Sinumerik for some of its series and will continue to supplement its machine tool portfolio. After all, control systems and machine tools are a perfect match — as contract manufacturer Pausewang from Gingen an der Fils in Germany agrees.


User cycles speed up manufacturing

Self-programmed machining cycles speed up hydraulic cylinder manufacturing

Dedicated NC programmer makes full use of onboard CNC resources and boosts productivity of component manufacturing


Rainbow colors with top speed

Rainbow colors - with SINUMERIK Top Surface and SINUMERIK Top speed

With two new large portal milling machines, Sinumerik CNCs have also been introduced into press tool production at Concad GmbH. The result: clear competitive advantages through services, technologies and smart IT connection via edge computing. Operation, process reliability and dimensional accuracy are inspiring - and the simply excellent quality of the surfaces, which reflect all the colors of the rainbow even without post-processing, saves a lot of time!  


Ready for production thanks to a digital twin

Moving gantry milling center with SINUMERIK ONE: Digital model saves a lot of time during production ramp up

The end customer already received the digital twin for two new SINUMERIK ONE-controlled MAKA PM270 gantry-type machining centers while the machines were being built. This means the NC programs including collision test could be loaded and the operator training completed even before the machines were being delivered. As a result, production could start much sooner. 

Reichenbacher Hamuel

Precisely tailored solutions for mid-range machining centers

Precisely tailored solutions for mid-range machining centers

The machine manufacturer Reichenbacher Hamuel has designed a new machine series specifically to meet the needs of customers from the midrange sector. A comprehensive automation solution based on SINUMERIK MC allows flexible selection of drives, custom user interfaces and individual operating concepts.


5-axis CNC for the pole position

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Europe

With the quality, precision and efficiency from high-performance motorsport from a team specialist to an open-market supplier of individual 5-axis CNC machining


Less is more ...

Back to the Roots

Metallberarbeitung Kamusin GmbH is countering the shortage of personnel in its region with a clever control strategy: With the gradual switch to machines controlled by Sinumerik, the family-owned company is developing from a volume-dependent series manufacturer to a sought-after partner for flexible one-off production for small series, in sample and prototype construction.


Path-accurate robots acting as a machine tool 

Maucher CNC-Robotic GmbH

Maucher uses CNC-controlled standard robots for precise gluing, burring, water-jet cutting, deburring, riveting and other processing steps in its own production - and is therefore very successful. Maucher is now offering the clever machining cells with CNC-controlled robots to third parties - as individualized machining centers on the basis of standardized manufacturing cells, which do not require a foundation and fit on a truck completely pre-assembled ...


Job shop reduces cycle time by 50 percent and tooling costs by 60 percent 

GROB 5-axis machining center with Sinumerik makes it possible

The family-run company Honeycutt Manufacturing is investing in a highly productive machine, inspiring its customers with the new abilities - and thanks to new orders and significantly improved cost structures, the company can order the next machine after only one month.   


Hammer mill – the name says it all!

Sinumerik in the mill production of Tietjen Verfahrenstechnik GmbH

Tietjen manufactures 48 types of hammer mills that have been individually optimized for each specific application – from high-speed mills and big chamber mills to wide chamber mills.


"We've struck oil!"

Production of hydrodynamic drives at Voith Crailsheim

When you fill up your car with fuel, you probably never think about how the crude oil finds its way from the oil platform to the gas station. If you did, you’d see that it is quite an exciting topic as our report on Voith shows.


More productive with digital twin

Constant focus on production productivity

Siemens Tübingen is continuously optimizing the productivity of its SIMOGEAR geared motor production by simulating machines and plants.   


Sinumerik training during the Corona pandemic

What should you do if a new machine is delivered during this Corona pandemic and on-site training is required? Here, you can read how this functioned in practice with the Kamusin company.


Perfect music pleasure through precision

Manufacturing with high depth of vertical integration

By manufacturing classic record players for high-end analog music pleasure, Wirth Tonmaschinenbau has been fighting against increasing digitalization in music since 1996. The company uses CNC turning and milling machines with Sinumerik 808D Advanced control systems to produce their high-quality devices.


Free rein on design

Innovative instrument making

Ulrich Teuffel’s striking guitars are in demand all over the world, as both musical instruments and beautiful works of art. The guitar designer makes virtually all parts using a CNC milling machine and the SINUMERIK 840D sl.


Robots in manufacturing

Retreaded turning machine combined with drilling station

Sinumerik CNCs control robots and machine tools - simultaneously. An example from Bad Neustadt.


Tuning for Moto Guzzi

Lasting driving pleasure with individually manufactured spare parts

Two motorbike enthusiasts from Bavaria, Manfred Sehr of SWS CNC Fräsen and Michael Behrendt of HMB-Guzzi, ensure that bike lovers can still ride older Moto Guzzi models, with their distinctive two-valve engines, to this day.


Guilloche machine 

Breathing new life into old Guilloche technology

Guilloche is a rare and disappearing craft in which surfaces are enhanced with special decoration. Professional support enabled Florentin Mack, a watchmaker from Ulm, to make his dream of owning a guilloche machine come true: The Digital Expierence and Application Center Erlangen manufactured the missing spare parts.


CNCs in instrument making 

Martin Guitars: Precise guitar necks through right-angle head compensation  

Easy to play - great sound: Six generations ago, company founder C. F. Martin Sr. was confronted with managing a guitar-making enterprise that was producing totally handcrafted guitars, one by one, with little means for standardization. Since those days, guitar legends such as Gene Autry, Eric Clapton, John Mayer and new comers Ed Sheeran and Hunter Hayes have relied on the consistently distinctive tone, treble and bass specific to Martin acoustic guitars. When Martin learned that its previous machine tool builder had exited the market, the company turned to Fryer Machine Systems for new machines to cover a production increase and seized the opportunity to upgrade the control technology with SINUMERIK CNCs.


From design directly into manufacturing

SINUMERIK with SolidWorks and Mastercam

Process chain in pump construction: Prototypes are created parallel to the design, whose tests are immediately incorporated into the design.


Turbocharged machining centers

Lower cycle times thanks to the high-speed setting cycle

BE Technologie GmbH, manufacture tools with complex free-form surfaces for the automotive industry, such as rear parts for sunroofs or various mechanical parts, for example.


Working hand in hand

Successful co-operation

Two independent companies in one building: FTM Neresheim and EYPro are working closely together to offer their customers optimum solutions. In a joint project for the guild of chimney sweeps, the two companies have developed a test bench for calibrating measuring devices for the measurement of particulate matter in heating systems.


Utilizing the calm before the storm

7 months maintenance for 5 months beet campaign

Südzucker AG’s sugar production at its site in Rain am Lech, Germany, runs at full speed five months of the year. The other seven months of the year are used for maintenance of equipment in the sugar factory. Several of the maintenance measures employ control technology from Siemens.

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