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Ursula Lang 13/07/2018
Selective data backup - Database Services optimize system availability for Sinumerik Integrate installations
Nuremberg, Germany. Siemens offers its customers a wide range of services beyond the procurement of software and/or hardware. These include Database Services, which provide support for Siemens customers using Sinumerik Integrate (SI) by selectively backing up SI system data. Benefits for the customer include increased system availability and the prevention of unscheduled repairs and maintenance with all the associated cost savings.
Database Services are designed to back up, maintain and update the SI database of customers who have chosen to optimize their production with Sinumerik Integrate. Alongside selective data backup, the services also encompass storage optimization and log file analysis. The storage optimization service checks the engineering of low-maintenance operation and prevents overflows, so averting possible system failures. Storage optimization also entails the compression of data and checking the condition of the database hard drive and database space requirement. The log file analysis process examines the database log files for anomalies in the SI data system. This ensures the early detection of any system faults and averts them by taking suitable preventative measures.
Log book for seamless documentation
All service-relevant information is entered in the Service Log Book. This includes information on data backup, the results of storage and log file analyses and details of database optimization. By logging this information, Database Services provide an optimum basis for rapid SI system restoration in the event of a fault, resulting in improved system availability. Database Services also provide supplementary scope for long-term archiving, data analysis and the backup of production data, as well as reducing the risk of failure, preventing unscheduled maintenance work and safeguarding performance.
Motion Control Services supports customers aiming to digitalize their machine tools and optimize their production.
Motion Control Services supports customers aiming to digitalize their machine tools and optimize their production.
Ursula Lang 11/07/2018
Global benchmark achieved - Compressor manufacturer boosts production efficiency with Siemens PLM Software
Kondhapuri/Pune, India. Burckhardt Compression India Pvt. Ltd. (BCIN) is a subsidiary of the Swiss company Burckhardt Compression AG and a leading manufacturer of reciprocating compressors for the process industry. The devices are developed and constructed in-house using Siemens PLM software solutions, which not only reduce project lead times by 20 percent, they also ensure that design data can be reused and facilitate collaboration with design teams working around the world.
BCIN based in Kondhapuri in India aspires to supply high product quality coupled with low life-cycle costs and extensive services. The company is one of the few manufacturers around the globe to offer a complete range of reciprocating compressors. Its products are approved across critical standards such as ISO 9001: 2008, ISO 14001: 2004 and OHSAS 18001: 2007. Pulsation and vibration studies are also carried out in-house alongside construction of the devices. From the 3D design through design validation to collaboration with design teams, BCIN relies on solutions from the Siemens PLM Software portfolio.
When it introduced the new software, BCIN was looking to address a number of different issues. These included the development of new products, the reusability of design data, enhancing production efficiency, reducing engineering and project lead times as well as compliance with legal requirements. Another objective was to reduce the time taken for design verification and validation, and minimize manufacturing defects. To attain these targets, BCIN introduced NX and Teamcenter Software.-“NX is an excellent platform for product development enabling a safe landing for innovation, order execution with speed and accuracy, the best runway for analysis of components and advanced manufacturing techniques”, explains Atul Prabhune, Senior Manager, Design and Development at BCIN. Implementation of the global CAD (Computer-Aided Design) platform Teamcenter enabled optimum interaction between all those involved in the engineering process.
On a global level
By implementing the solutions from Siemens PLM Software, BCIN has been able to reduce project lead times by 20 percent, integrate and connect with other systems, and improve revision controls, ensure the reusability of design data and drive down reject rates during manufacturing through the use of 3D models. As a collaboration platform, Teamcenter also simplifies cooperation with teams spread across different locations, and facilitates data exchange with customers and suppliers. By implementing Teamcenter and NX, we have achieved globally benchmarked design processes, apart from being able to optimize resources and achieve collaboration across teams and locations of our global subsidiaries,"summarizes Vaidya, whose future mission is to also utilize these solutions for CAE (Computer-Aided Engineering) in the company’s manufacturing.
Burckhardt Compression India Pvt. Ltd. (BCIN) is a leading manufacturer of compressors for the process industry, and is one of only a few suppliers to offer a complete range of reciprocating compressors.
At its location in Kondhapuri/Pune, India, BCIN not only develops compressors but also performs vibration and pulsation testing.
BCIN relies on solutions from Siemens PLM Software for a range of applications including 3D design and design validation.
Using the solutions from Siemens PLM Software, BCIN has been able to reduce project lead times by 20 percent, integrate and connect with other systems, improve revision controls and ensure the reusability of design data.
Teamcenter as a collaboration platform facilitates cooperation between teams spread across different locations and also data exchange with customers and suppliers.
Ursula Lang 09/07/2018
- Siemens works with Slovenian company to develop detailed roadmap including schedule, technology recommendations and return on investment data
- By implementing the measures, Steklarna Hrastnik aims to improve productivity, flexibility and sustainability
Vienna, Austria/Slovenia. With a joint digitalization consulting project, Steklarna Hrastnik and Siemens developed a tailor-made strategy for the company’s digital transformation over the next five years. By investing in production automation and digitalization, Steklarna Hrastnik has been laying the foundations for its digital transformation over the past eight years. One of the aims behind the company’s transformation into a smart factory is to improve its niche position in the high-end sector. The company’s management is confident that by implementing the measures outlined in the roadmap, it will not only increase its production capacity and cut production time, but also improve its flexibility and so reduce its response rates to individual customer requests. “By implementing Industrie 4.0, we will additionally upgrade our ability to produce the most technically complex bottle shapes and achieve even greater precision in our production. This way, we’ll be able to further increase quality, productivity and efficiency, which will significantly shorten the time from the order to its realization. As a consequence, we plan to increase our market share in special glass bottles in the highest quality class,” emphasized Peter Čas, CEO of Steklarna Hrastnik.
Employees at Steklarna Hrastnik have already been prepared for the impending changes and have acquired the new skills and competences required to guarantee a successful transition to the smart factory. By introducing advanced technologies, Steklarna Hrastnik also aims to achieve lower energy consumption which will further improve its environmental footprint.
“Siemens is convinced that a comprehensive approach to digitalization has the most sustained and positive impact. It starts with a complete analysis that ensures that subsequent solutions will be optimally adapted to the specific needs and scope of companies like Steklarna Hrastnik. A non-Siemens-specific, product-neutral, customer-oriented strategy is a top priority,” Bernhard Saftig, Head of Vertical Glass at Siemens, explains..
Digitalization consulting with concrete technical and economic recommendations
Around the world, industrial companies are facing new challenges in terms of the flexibility, efficiency and quality of their production. These challenges can only be tackled through digitalization. Small and medium-sized enterprises in particular need to be sure that they are making the right long-term investment in digitalization. To help them achieve this, Siemens is working together with customers as part of its digitalization consulting service to develop a detailed roadmap which includes everything from a schedule and technical recommendations to return on investment data. The first projects to result from this digitalization consulting service have already been planned and implemented at Steklarna Hrastnik.
Unbroken catch-up demand for digital transformation in Europe
Bernhard Kienlein, Head of Process Industries and Drives Division at Siemens in CEE (Central and Eastern Europe), is confident that digitalization consulting will be an important future market for Siemens. “The potential for improvement in terms of Industrie 4.0 remains at the same high level in Europe – although the same applies to the associated challenges. So it’s good to plan digitalization projects on a company-wide basis," says Kienlein. The benefit is obvious: The financial resources invested in a digitalization project can be used to most efficient and optimum effect on the basis of the results and recommendations provided by Siemens Consulting. This provides companies with vital support in achieving and improving their economic goals.
Annual productivity gains of up to 9.8 percent possible
A study recently carried out by Siemens Financial Services (SFS) entitled “The Digitalization Productivity Bonus: Sector Insights” provides evidence that investing in digitalization certainly pays off and that considerable productivity gains are possible. According to the study, by automating and digitalizing their production systems with all the associated improvements to productivity, manufacturers can increase their manufacturing productivity by reducing their production costs relative to total sales by up to 9.8 percent. Companies can use the released liquidity in other areas such as investing in and successively financing new technologies. Further details of the SFS study are available at http://sieag.at/zj
About Steklarna Hrastnik
Steklarna Hrastnik based in Slovenia looks back on 157 years of tradition. It produces technically complex glass products using one of the clearest glass types in the world, and uses its expertise to manufacture a wide range of products from tableware to packaging glass. The packaging glass division produces sophisticated, specially shaped bottles for the spirits and perfume industries to the highest standards of design and quality. Steklarna Hrastnik is considered one of the world’s top addresses for super premium packaging glass. Its technically optimized bottles made of brilliant clear glass visually enhance the end products of its clients. The company’s production plants are based on a sustainable model which enables it to produce top-quality glass products with motivated employees, as well as reducing its environmental impact despite a steady increase in capacity. Steklarna Hrastnik employs a workforce of around 700, generated annual revenue of 57.6 million Euro in 2017 and exports 97 percent of its production to 55 counties around the world.
Peter Čas, CEO Steklarna Hrastnik: “By implementing Industrie 4.0, we will additionally upgrade our ability to produce the most technically complex bottle shapes and achieve even greater precision in our production. This way, we’ll be able to further increase quality, productivity and efficiency, which will radically shorten the time from the order to its realization.”
Steklarna Hrastnik based in Slovenia looks back on 157 years of tradition. Working with Siemens, the renowned glass manufacturer is currently developing a detailed roadmap for the company’s digital transformation – including a schedule, technology recommendations and return on investment data.
With its transformation into a smart factory, Steklarna Hrastnik aims to improve its productivity, flexibility and sustainability.
Ursula Lang 06/07/2018
Bengaluru, India/ Frankfurt, Germany. Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and next-generation services, today unveiled a new partnership with Siemens PLM Software to develop applications and services for MindSphere, the open cloud-based IoT operating system from Siemens.
MindSphere connects real things (e.g. industrial machinery and equipment) to the digital world and provides powerful industry applications and digital services to help drive business success.
This partnership between Infosys and Siemens will enable customers to improve competitiveness by leveraging the power of data generated by their devices. Data analytics will enhance efficiencies through capabilities like predictive maintenance and end-to-end factory visibility. Customers will also benefit by monetizing new data-driven services. The initial focus will be on customers in the manufacturing, energy, utilities, healthcare, pharmaceutical, transportation and logistics industries.
Infosys will offer end-to-end implementation services for Mindsphere, as well as post-implementation support. The company will leverage its repository of Industry 4.0 accelerators (e.g. maturity assessment framework) as well as platform tools (e.g. edge connectivity, AR/VR tools) and ready-made apps (e.g. factory visibility) to quickly onboard customers onto the platform, thereby accelerating the value that customers reap from their assets.
Ravi Kumar S, President and Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Infosys, said, “Our new partnership with Siemens for MindSphere perfectly fits into our vision of seeing the physical and digital worlds converge. There is an increasing need for enterprises to accelerate their digital journeys and to deliver new and innovative services. This partnership will help us bring exciting solutions to our customers that combine strategic insights and execution excellence.”
Paul Kaeley, Senior Vice President, Global Partner Ecosystem, Siemens PLM Software, said, “Infosys, with its strengths in industrial engineering, depth of experience in industrial analytics and emerging areas like augmented reality and virtual reality, together with Siemens’ expertise in manufacturing industrial assets, will bring wide and differentiated value-added digital services to customers from different branches, especially engineering and asset-intensive customers.”
Infosys is a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting. We enable clients in 45 countries to navigate their digital transformation. With over three decades of experience in managing the systems and workings of global enterprises, we expertly steer our clients through their digital journey. We do it by enabling the enterprise with an AI-powered core that helps prioritize the execution of change. We also empower the business with agile digital at scale to deliver unprecedented levels of performance and customer delight. Our always-on learning agenda drives their continuous improvement through building and transferring digital skills, expertise, and ideas from our innovation ecosystem.
Customized catalog of measures - Data and process analysis boosts efficiency in mechanical production
Nuremberg, Germany. As Siemens supports customers on their path towards digitalizing production, digital services provide new opportunities to sustainably improve productivity. By networking machines and installing suitable software, manufacturers can create the transparency needed as a basis for Data and Process Analysis, a service provided by Siemens to help customers analyze and optimize their production. By offering its Data and Process Analysis service, Siemens is providing support for customers aiming to implement the Sinumerik Integrate (SI) modules Analyze MyPerformance (AMP) and/or Analyze MyCondition (AMC). As part of the offered service, the SI modules are adapted over a fixed period of time in close cooperation between Siemens advisors and customers to suit the specific production process. Benefits for the customer include improved productivity, optimum deployment of the SI modules, and prevention of unwelcome surprises such as unscheduled machine downtime.
The Data and Process Analysis services involve analysis of the AMP and/or AMC data, and the definition of measures to optimize machine utilization. Implementation takes place over a period of three years, with a total time input of ten days. Precise dates are agreed in close cooperation with the user. Improvements can be achieved iteratively and on a step-by-step basis. The services can be provided either on site or using remote access.
Optimum module utilization for smooth production
A fundamental component of the Data and Process Analysis service is the Service Logbook in which every analysis and its outcomes, resulting actions and their effects, implementation and other important events are documented. The main customer benefits to derive from the Siemens SI module utilization services include improved capacity utilization of individual producing machines, optimum use of the module functions and the best possible coordination between plant operators and machines. These services also help prevent unscheduled downtime and allow the early detection of potential bottlenecks in the production process.
Motion Control Services supports customers aiming to digitalize their machine tools and optimize their production.
With its Data and Process Analysis service, Siemens supports users of Sinumerik Integrate (SI) aiming to open up the optimization potential of the Analyze MyPerformance (AMP) and/or Analyze MyCondition (AMC) SI modules for improved plant productivity.
Ursula Lang 02/07/2018
Standardized system landscape - Siemens technology replaces heterogeneous control system for optimized operation
Schwarzenfeld, Germany. Privatmolkerei Bechtel is among Germany’s largest dairies. The company processes about 1.5 million kilograms of milk every day and is on a growth trajectory. In order to homogenize its partially heterogeneous system landscape, Bechtel is standardizing its production with a control system from Siemens. Thanks to this user-friendly solution, staff can keep an eye on the “zero-error production” quality standard. In addition, the company has been able to integrate the existing Manufacturing Execution System (MES) without problems. The Siemens solution allows Bechtel not only to optimize production, and increase productivity and product quality, but also to benefit from transparent data exchange, rapid error localization and simple expandability of the system landscape.
The solution was realized by Siemens Solution Partner planemos GmbH and is based on a Simatic WinCC V7 for optimum transparency. The Scada (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system, i.e. the higher-level control and data acquisition system above the PLC, is open to a variety of terminals; it visualizes all the processes, making them easier to control and optimize. Relevant process values are displayed and analyzed in real time, and alarms are triggered if limiting values are exceeded. WinCC V7 also offers scope for integrating Simatic WinCC/Industrial DataBridge. This software is fitted with standard interfaces which allow the existing MES database to be connected to the new system.
Freely available data
“We have implemented an integrated solution based on Simatic WinCC that ensures simple networking of all relevant information: from process and plant data to information on batches, consumption data, inventories, and maintenance measures in the MES, all the way to the to the merchandise management system. This means, we can make an important contribution to greater quality and efficiency for our customer,” explains Martin Miller, Business Unit Manager for Quality and Process Management at Bechtel. Simatic Process Historian, a central, long-term archive for production data from the world of automation and MES, is also integrated into WinCC V7: This is combined with the Simatic Information Server to produce reports which guarantee complete transparency of the data for improved traceability and quality assurance. In this way, all process data is available to the user either on local monitors or on mobile terminals via Simatic WinCC/WebUX.
Standardized and scalable
By using WinCC to standardize the previously highly heterogeneous structure of the system landscape, Bechtel benefits from increased engineering efficiency, productivity and product quality. In addition to this, management is able to react quickly to production results using management data which can be quickly retrieved from anywhere in the world, transparent data exchange between the control system and the MES system is guaranteed, production errors are quickly located, and the system can be extended as required without a great deal of expenditure.
Privatmolkerei Bechtel is among Germany’s largest dairies and processes about 1.5 million kilograms of milk into cheese and other milk-based products every day.
Bechtel relies on the Simatic WinCC control system from Siemens to standardize the heterogenous production system landscape and production itself.
This homogenous solution is based on the Simatic WinCC V7, an open system for a variety of terminals which visualizes all processes, making them easier to control and optimize.
The Siemens solution has led to an increase in productivity and product quality at Bechtel, as well as transparent data exchange and rapid error localization.
Ursula Lang 29/06/2018
Optimum bearing solutions - Linear bearing manufacturer digitalizes production using Siemens PLM Software
Dedemsvaart, Netherlands. The Dutch linear bearing manufacturer Precisie Metaal Bearings (PM-Bearings), based in Dedemsvaart, produces bearings in a range of sizes from 10 millimeters in length to systems with footprints of 1.2 to 1.5 square meters and stroke lengths of 1 meter, most of which are manufactured to customer specifications. To increase production efficiency, the company has digitalized the whole production process using solutions from Siemens PLM Software. As a result PM-Bearings has secured a competitive advantage, is able to meet a wide range of customer requirements, and can reduce programming time on the manufacturing machines with the help of a digital twin by up to 80 percent.
Stonehenge and the pyramids are the proof that we knew how to move heavy loads using bearings a long time ago by reducing the friction between moving parts. Today, we use ball bearings, such as those manufactured by Precisie Metaal Bearings (PM-Bearings). The company based in Dedemsvaart, the Netherlands, specializes in the design and manufacture of high-precision linear bearings, motion systems and positioning stages. The company’s biggest challenges come from the wide ranging and highly specific customer requests. PMB has been using solutions from Siemens PLM Software (Product Lifecycle Management) for more than a decade, from design to delivery.
These include NX software for computer-aided design (CAD), Simcenter software for performance prediction, NX CAM for computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and Teamcenter as a joint working platform for everyone involved in the project. “3D model sharing and access to the latest information are the greatest strengths of Teamcenter,” says Jan Willem Ridderinkhof, Research, Development and Engineering Manager at PM-Bearings. Teamcenter also allows parts to be classified by predefined criteria instead of alphanumeric codes. This helps to embed part variations and to establish defined metrics and design standards. NX CAD allows bearing models which have been produced on the computer to be shared with design analysts and CAM engineers, making product development fast and short. “Another key feature of NX CAD that is important for my job is the ability to read design data coming from customers who use different CAD platforms,” adds Walter Meijerink, Mechatronics Engineer at PM-Bearings. The finished designs are checked for their rigidity and performance. Simcenter is used to prepare the geometry for simulation. Instead of outsourcing the finite element calculation and waiting weeks for the results, as in the past, PM-Bearings designers are now receiving the results within hours or even a matter of minutes.
Digitalizing increases efficiency
In order to ensure the production process runs right in the first place, PM-Bearings is using a digital twin. This saves PM-Bearings about 80 percent of programming time on the machine. “In order to keep delivering the most accurate bearing and positioning slides, we digitalized our entire engineering and manufacturing process using Siemens PLM Software solutions. The more time we spend with the software at the beginning of the production process, the better the output our company manufactures,” summarizes Ridderinkhof. The overall efficiency of the company is increasing.
Precisie Metaal Bearings (PM-Bearings) based in Dedemsvaart in the Netherlands specializes in the design and manufacture of high-precision linear bearings using solutions from Siemens PLM Software.
PM-Bearings designs and produces bearings in a range of sizes to suit customer requirements from 10 mm in length to systems with footprints of 1.2 to 1.5 square meters and stroke lengths of 1 meter.
PM-Bearings is saving up to 80 percent on programming time by digitalizing the manufacturing process.
Amongst other things, the designers share 3D models and information with each other via the Teamcenter platform.
To optimize the production process, PM-Bearings works with a digital twin for each project, thus saving up to 80 percent on programming time.
By digitalizing the whole engineering and production process using solutions from Siemens PLM Software, PM-Bearings has assured the quality of its products.
Ursula Lang 27/06/2018
Biberach, Ulm/Germany. They are rarely seen but often heard from a distance: Church bells. Philipp Hörz GmbH operates as a full-service belfry outfitter throughout Germany and beyond – whether for the tower clock or the bell frame. The company from Swabia has turned to Siemens automation technology to make sure the bells hung here ring at the correct time and swing for the correct length of time. The new solution allows the units which swing the bells to be easily parameterized as well as controlled and maintained remotely.
Even Schiller described them in his famous poem “Song of the Bell”. However, a great deal of technology is involved in ensuring they ring in the way we are used to hearing them as well as adherence to strict standards. “A very gentle approach is required in order to avoid any bounce,” explains Markus Willburger, designer at Philipp Hörz GmbH. “Each of the bells, which may weigh several tonnes, has its own dynamics. The appropriate striking angle combined with the relevant number of strikes must be achieved and then finally gently braked. It must be precisely supported throughout so that the optimum sound is achieved.” The company now uses the Siemens S7-1200 Simatic Controller for the essential bell ringing mechanisms instead of the control cards previously used, where replacement parts were difficult to source.
Quick and easy to parameterize
One reason for selecting the Siemens solution was the integrated web server. “We are not programmers, but we found an expert software development partner in Siemens,” explains Willburger. The Swabians also have the opportunity to fine-tune the system thanks to the collaborative partnership. “For us to be able to understand and adjust the ringing process in detail, we have clamped an additional encoder to the motor shaft,” says Thomas Dehm from Siemens. “With an S7-1200 controller, we were able to track the sequence and log it in the Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) Portal.” The parameterization of the bells, i.e. their “voicing” is now done via a KTP700 Simatic HMI (Human Machine Interface) panel. There are many differences here, depending on the size and weight of the bell. “Most churches have four bells and a single S7-1214 CPU (Central Processing Unit) is adequate for this arrangement,” continues Dehm. If there are more bells, a signal module is added for extra inputs and outputs. The rapid counters in the CPU are particularly important here, each with a rotary pulse encoder, one for each bell, as well as the Sirius reversing contactor to control the motors.” The optimum interaction between the encoder, contactor and motor ensures that the bell achieves the required strike angle. The Simatic unit also sends a signal to the clock tower, the so-called striking mechanism lock. This prevents the bell being struck by an additional hammer while it is ringing, as would occur on the hour.
Complete remote control
A further benefit compared to the control cards previously used is that the Siemens controller can be easily integrated into existing units. Furthermore, a Simatic unit recognizes the direction in which the bell is swinging which means the motor never rotates in the wrong direction. The bells can also be controlled and maintained remotely via Sinema Remote Connect (Sinema RC) using a tablet or smartphone and several churches can be managed from a central point which makes the whole process much more straight forward.
Philipp Hörz GmbH, based in Ulm, designs belfries for churches – including tower clocks and bell frames.
Every bell, which can weigh several tonnes, has its own dynamics and must achieve its optimum striking angle during the ringing process as well as the appropriate number of strikes.
The overall parameterization as well as that between between bells is called “voicing” and is completed using a Simatic HMI (Human Machine Interface) Panel KTP700.
The Siemens solution is based on a Simatic Basic Controller S7-1200, which is equipped with an integrated web server and fully integrated into the TIA portal.
Ursula Lang 25/06/2018
- Acquisition strengthens Mentor integrated circuit (IC) design and verification technology for automotive, enhances ISO 26262 functional safety testing via Siemens’ digital twin offering
- Innovative technology performs fault simulation at orders of magnitude faster than competing solutions
- Acquisition builds upon Siemens’ digitalization strategy and investments in the IC market, enabling customers to realize innovation
Plano, Texas/USA. Siemens has entered into an agreement to acquire Austin, Texas-based Austemper Design Systems Inc., a startup software company that offers analysis, auto-correction and simulation technology. This technology allows customers to test and harden IC designs for functional safety in applications such as automotive, industrial and aerospace systems where functional safety and high reliability are mandatory for compliance to safety standards like ISO 26262.
ICs in these applications require three types of functional safety verification: for systemic faults, malicious faults and random hardware faults. Mentor’s existing Questa software is a leading technology for functional verification of systemic faults and provides solutions for verification of malicious faults for IC security. The software technology from Austemper adds state-of-the-art safety analysis, auto-correction and fault simulation technology to address random hardware faults – expanding on Mentor’s existing functional safety leadership offerings of the Tessent product suite and the Veloce platform to provide the most complete end-to-end solution.
Design teams at leading semiconductor and IP companies use Austemper’s innovative technology to analyze the registered-transfer level (RTL) code versions of their designs for faults and vulnerabilities. It can automatically correct and harden vulnerable areas, subsequently performing fault simulation to ensure the design is hardened and no longer susceptible to errors. Moreover, the Austemper technology performs simulation at orders of magnitude faster than competing solutions.
Siemens will integrate Austemper’s technology into Mentor’s IC verification portfolio as part of Siemens’ larger digitalization strategy, leveraging Siemens’ world-wide sales channel to make this world-class functional safety solution available to companies developing digital twins of safety-critical systems at the heart of autonomous vehicles, smart cities and industrial equipment in Factory 4.0.
“With this acquisition, we continue to build on our commitment to helping our customers quickly bring to market innovations in autonomous vehicles, smart factories and smart cities,” said Tony Hemmelgarn, president and CEO of Siemens PLM Software. “In all of these markets, customers need to innovate more nimbly, but it is imperative they also build these systems with the highest degree of safety in mind. The Austemper technology added to the Mentor IC portfolio, along with the Teamcenter portfolio and Polarion ALM software, will give customers the ability to develop and test digital twins of their systems for the highest degrees of functional safety before manufacture and deployment.”
The terms of the transaction are not disclosed. Siemens expects to close the transaction in July 2018.
Ursula Lang 22/06/2018
Augsburg, Germany. Kuka is the world’s leading player in the development and construction of robotics and automation solutions. The company’s developments are also helping to drive forward the digital revolution taking place in the world of manufacturing. Working in association with Flender GmbH, a Siemens Company, Kuka has implemented a new kind of drive for sliding/tilting table trimming presses, which are used for deburring castings. The new electromechanical alternative to the previous hydraulically powered swivel motor offers users the benefit of up to 30 percent lower cycle times, improved dynamic response, lower component wear and reduced maintenance costs and times.
The new solution, which was developed by Siemens subsidiary Flender in association with Kuka as an alternative to theswivel motors customary in the press sector, is based on a planetary gear motor. As Steffen Günther, Vice President Casting Solutions Emea and Americas for the Kuka Industries Division explains: “One of the reasons why coordination of the entire drive train from the control through the three-phase asynchronous motor to the torque at the tilting table has been so successful is that Flender brought an enormous portfolio of over a million gear variants and decades of expertise in drive technology to the project table.”
Optimum control response reduces cycle time
Kuka has replaced the hydraulic swivel motor for the very first time in the sliding/tilting table press SEP SKT by a unilaterally acting electromechanical main drive. “As far as I’m aware, with our innovative solution we are the world’s first manufacturer to use this type of electromechanical swivel solution as standard in a sliding/tilting table press,” says Günther. This offers an array of benefits to customers, most notably a reduction in the swivel movement cycle time of around 30 percent. The improved control response provided by the new technology also helps bring about other improvements to the overall efficiency of the production process.
Servicing made easier by digital integration
Digital integration of the drive into the control system ensures that the controller “knows” the position of the table at any given time. Digital monitoring and review of the components and documentation make for simplified servicing. The Flender drive is also impressive in terms of its robust design and wear resistance: despite the bottom tool weighing a full six tons, the torque and acceleration levels occurring during the tilting movement of the table around the rotary axis are effortlessly absorbed by the new gear technology – as evidenced by endurance testing under load. After testing, the Flender components demonstrated no signs of wear whatsoever. “The extraordinary robustness of the planetary gear motors and the improved setting and actuating capability of the drives means we can now increase the swivel weight by up to 30 percent,” says a delighted Günther. The frequency converter decelerates the high inertia torque levels and at the same time feeds energy generated by this process back into the grid.
The new technology is designed to enable existing presses to be quickly retrofitted, either within just one or two days or on a step-by-step basis. And Günther is confident of a promising future for the new technology: “Because the benefits gained by changing to the new technology are not only impressive but sustainable too, we’ll be making use of the Flender SIP planetary gears wherever they bring about the same improvements as in our sliding/tilting table presses.”
In association with Siemens subsidiary Flender GmbH, Kuka has developed an alternative to its conventional hydraulic swivel drive based on Flender planetary gear motors.
The benefits of the new electromechanical solution include a 30 percent reduction in cycle time, greater dynamic response and particularly low component wear.