One of the most significant challenges machine builders face today is the rising complexity surrounding new machine introductions in response to increased customization needs.
More than ever, customers require highly customized products that are designed to meet their specific needs – one size does not fit all.
Driven by consumer demand for customized manufacturing, to stay competitive machine builders must create modular, multifunctional machines.
Automated Parts Manufacturing
Siemens Digital Part Production (DPP) offers new engineering and manufacturing practices to keep pace with growing complexities while driving the highest possible production throughput and quality part production. A comprehensive digital twin connects the entire production process digitally automating the many processes between engineering and manufacturing.
Digital Twin in Industrial Manufacturing
DPP is an integrated digitalization solution based on a comprehensive digital twin. This approach enables machine builders to master the precision of the perfect part, while offering greater operational efficiencies and the ability to manage the shop floor better.
Having these digital twins allows companies to simulate design and manufacturing even before fixtures have been built and materials are being cut. Now it is possible to connect the entire production operation, cut data transfers and duplication, improve collaboration and automate all processes.
Highly Automated CAM Enhances Part Quality
To stay competitive in today’s global market, machine builders and their suppliers adopt highly automated CAM to efficiently create exceptional quality components. It links engineering to manufacturing planning and execution, fully merging the digital and physical processes by combining an accurate digital twin of the part with a precise digital twin of the machining process, connected by a digital thread that unifies the entire production process. Now previously siloed teams are fully aligned, accessing the same up-to-date information,
helping the team deliver an estimated 30-40 percent improvement in overall efficiency, getting higher quality products out the door faster to customers. Integrated CAD, CAM and CNC tools cut data transfers and duplication automate shop floor processes and reduce the risk of costly and time-consuming mistakes. It relies on feature-based machining that uses PMI captured during the design’s 3D modeling phase to automatically program and optimize machining methods, helping boost quality and efficiencies. The system analyzes the part, finds the
features, picks the right cutting tools and creates the complete machining processes. This saves time and delivers consistent quality across the machined parts.
Another critical piece of highly automated CAM is deploying a digital twin of the machine setup to virtually optimize and validate the machining process to avoid costly errors in production, effectively eliminating waste on the shop floor. The digital thread connects the systems, machines and people, helping automate the entire end-to-end process: from design and simulation to machining and system assembly, reducing manual interaction and minimizing mistakes.
The above is an extract from a Siemens white-paper titled ‘Digital Part Production – Mastering the Precision of the Perfect Part’ which is available for download.