Overview of SINUMERIK EdgeSINUMERIK Edge is the platform to leverage the full potential of data from your machine tools. Intelligent use of the data enables to optimize process quality, increase machine availability, and increase efficiency. This secure and scalable platform brings extended functions to the machine tool while continuously ensuring that production keeps running smooth. Find out how SINUMERIK Edge is working and how you can take advantage of the new possibilities it offers.
Leverage the benefits of SINUMERIK EdgeYour machines are producing huge amounts of data – but how to make best use of it? SINUMERIK Edge helps you collect, process, and analyze the data. Specific apps provide you with new knowledge from your data.
Making big data tangible
Large volumes of data only become valuable when they are processed sensibly. This is where SIMUMERIK Edge comes into play. Workpiece quality and process quality are the first major value drivers. Data enable continuously monitoring of quality in parallel to production. Technical machine quality is the second value driver. A mechanical fingerprint of the machine allows to precisely monitor its condition and to optimize maintenance accordingly. The third value drivers are efficiency and flexibility that benefit from a new understanding of process-critical variables, which provides huge increases of efficiency and flexibility.
SINUMERIK Edge appsSiemens offers a broad range of Edge apps for a variety of use cases. Find out how they can help you optimize the productivity of your machine tools.
Collect and analyze machine tool data
Analyze MyWorkpiece /Capture is able to access high-frequency data via the SINUMERIK Edge platform interface. Users of machine tools can record the collected data of workpiece, tool and tool path in big temporal resolution. The user himself decides which data are to be collected and when, i.e. for selected work steps or above certain thresholds. The recorded data can be imported into the shop floor management application Analyze MyWorkpiece/Toolpath for visualization and analysis. The version “Capture4Analysis” allows to analyze the data with any application.
Quality monitoring of workpieces
Analyze MyWorkpiece /Monitor provides quality monitoring in parallel to production. The user can decide which process steps and variables are to be monitored. Typical use cases are the validation of workpiece quality and identification of tool wear. This allows to minimize waste, increase tool life, and ensure an overall higher process quality. Typically monitored variables are positions, flows, and control deviations, using Six Sigma methods and artificial intelligence in future. The user will be able to configure the application to a high degree.
AI-based quality monitoring
Analyze MyWorkpiece /Vision is able to analyze workpiece quality with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) and thus contributes to increased productivity of the machine tool. By using a camera image, the AI-based software is able to recognize if the right workpiece is at the right position in the machining area, and it’s more precise than the human eye. If the position is correct, processing can start. Wear of the tool can be monitored as well. Additionally, the camera transmits the work process live from the machining area and documents all image data. Analyze MyWorkpiece/Vision assures work and process quality and allows more efficient resource use thanks to detection of tool wear. Configuration of the application is tailored to the machine operator who can benefit from artificial intelligence without the need of extensive expert knowledge. Setting up jobs is easy, too, allowing easy integration into the manufacturing process.
Optimal motion control for trochoidal milling
Conventional milling is used frequently but lacks efficiency due to high machining forces and large warp angles; in contrast, trochoidal milling uses optimized toolpaths. However, the CNC programs created in CAM systems can use the maximum CNC performance only partially, because constant braking at line-arc-transitions causes unfavorable speed profiles. Optimize MyMachining /Trochoidal provides a systems solution that allows programming directly at the machine without the need of a CAM system, thus enabling optimal motion control.
With the help of Analyze MyMachine /Condition it’s possible to use high-frequency data of the CNC in order to get a mechanical fingerprint of the machine tool. The fingerprint provides information about the wear and maintenance requirement of the machine, thus enabling condition-based maintenance and high machine availability. By frequently monitoring the machine’s condition and comparing it with a reference condition it becomes possible to detect critical deviations early and prevent loss of production thanks to needs-based maintenance. The related MindSphere application Analyze MyMachine /Condition enables to assess and analyze the condition of the connected machinery at a glance.
Edge devices are versatile interfaces
SINUMERIK Edge devices use an Edge runtime software that ensures connectivity for both data collection from machine tools and to the Edge Management System. A software toolbox allows easy access to these interfaces. The Edge runtime software also provides a secured environment for running Edge apps on Edge devices. Apps for Industrial Edge are available from Siemens and third-party providers. You can also develop your own apps that are tailored to your requirements. Deployment and updates are rolled out via the Edge Management System.