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Smart Function Improvements in CNC Technology

The Sinumerik portfolio is designed to increase productivity, flexibility and safety in CNC production.

Siemens offers the machine tool building industry an emerging series of integrated technology. "An integrated workpiece measurement system, with a measurement accuracy of 30 nanometers deployed in a large precision optics machine, allows the production of telescopes capable of seeing up to 13 billion light years into space," said a company spokesperson.

Technology presented by Siemens at the EMO 2013 focused on smart function improvements designed for greater CNC operating convenience, increased precision at the workpiece and greater machining safety across every category of machine, from the compact to the high-end solution. A new function to protect against unwanted component collisions was showcased, alongside improvements to its Sinumerik Operate user interface, including upgraded simulation options.

"The Sinumerik CNC portfolio is preparing the ground for the next step in the evolution of CNC production within the framework of the Siemens Integrated Drive System (IDS)," said a company spokesperson. "With a view to optimizing the addition of value across the entire process chain through consistent integration, IDS is used to integrate all the components of the drive train consistently into the complete production process environment. This also applies to Sinumerik CNC system solutions.

"For every Sinumerik application, ideally coordinated system components such as Sinamics drives and Simotics motors are used as the ideal complements. Alongside horizontal integration of the entire drive train, with Sinumerik Integrate for Production, Siemens is also allowing vertical integration within the control architecture of industrial manufacturing automation. As the example of a leading passenger car manufacturer illustrates, this type of vertical and horizontal integration within the production process can speed up the series start for a new vehicle by up to 50%.

"The integration across the entire product life cycle can in turn be implemented using suitable Product Lifecyle Management (PLM) software solutions from Siemens. This concept is already being implemented by leading metals processing industries such as the automotive, aerospace and medical technology sectors. This entails the increasing execution of product development and production planning onscreen, before a single machine tool has even been installed. If a modular machine is developed on a virtual basis right from the outset so that it can be fully simulated, time savings up to 40% can be achieved. In running operation, productivity increases of 10% or more are also made possible by continued simulation and optimization."

Siemens showcased the further development of its PLM software, which encompasses scalable solutions for component production and improved IT integration from the workpiece model through to the machine tool. Siemens will also be revealing the next stage in productivity for NC programming with the further development of its PLM software, NX CAM. Going forward, this software will include industry-specific machining functions as well as access to a new Manufacturing Resource Library.

For more information contact:

John Meyer

Siemens Industry, Inc.

Drive Technologies - Motion Control

390 Kent Avenue

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007


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