The question is, of course, how do we begin the journey towards the digital factory, which is surely on the horizon for all of us? The answers do vary, depending upon the type of company. For the machine builder, it’s all about managing big data from the machine, reducing time-to-market, creating smarter machines and utilizing the “digital twin” technology, one that allows not simply simulation of a machining cycle, but today represents an avenue for total development of a machine concept, machining and tooling strategies, plus data communication and instant adjustment of parameters — all in the virtual world.
Lastly, seek a supplier who can bring the portfolio of hardware, software and communications to you and help develop your unique roadmap towards digitalization. It will enable you to track the performance of your entire installed base, within an industry segment or even globally. We have recently instituted a digitalization partner program who can work with machine builders directly.
此外,高端软件嵌入在the control allows real-time adjustments during machining, as the feedback improves and the machine literally “learns” its way through the production runs. We believe our integration of machine tool hardware, software and communications, overall, help you create a roadmap towards the digital factory that does not require a radical capital investment and, in fact, can utilize much of what’s on your manufacturing floor today. Even on an individual machine or group of machines in a smaller mold shop, adaptive control and monitoring software can adjust speed/feed rates and spindle condition in real-time and we’ve seen such shops achieve a 20% improvement in machine performance.
为了满足这些新兴的技术趋势，我们创建了MyVirtual Machine并运行MyVirtual Machine软件程序，首先将所有这些发育阶段与机器构建和调试混合，而后者可以驱动整流加工的过程从CAD到CAM到CNC和背部的序列，即使是现有机器在商店地板上，也要制作零件。这些程序可以完全运行在虚拟世界中，最初无需购买专用的CNC或其他硬件。
On the control side of the equation, the advent of the digital native CNC — our new SINUMERIK ONE platform being an example — will open the next chapter in the machine tool world’s journey towards digitalization. Such a control captures all the relevant data, while edge technology apps can feed the data through a program, permitting real-time adjustments in the cycle parameters to optimize cutting path, speed and part quality for the best results on the shop-floor or in mass production. Meanwhile, through the Cloud, in an environment such as our MindSphere platform, all the operational data from a machine or series of machines or even plants across the globe, can be monitored and managed more effectively.