Siemens ‘glass factory’ demonstrates digitalisation of manufacturing

Posted on 19 Jun 2017 by Jonny Williamson

Siemens has opened a showcase area revealing how the company applied modern digital manufacturing to an 80-year old electric motor factory.

The digitalisation of manufacturing at the firm’s Bad Neustadt factory is an ongoing development process – image courtesy of Siemens.
The digitalisation of manufacturing at the firm’s Bad Neustadt factory is an ongoing development process – image courtesy of Siemens.

Located in Bad Neustadt, the 800sqm site offers clients and partners a deeper insight into how Siemens has applied the digitalisation of manufacturing processes of one of the oldest electric motor factories in Germany.

Siemens board director, Klaus Helmrich explained: “Industrial sectors face new possibilities and chances considering the ongoing digitalisation. An increasing individualisation of products and the quality, efficiency, pace and the flexibility are the pivot of the new industry sectors.

“Manufacturing companies have to accommodate differentiated customer wishes, and that’s why the companies have to be very flexible within the production processes.”

Based on six specific focus areas, Siemens’ new zone demonstrates how the electronic engines, or any product, and the digital technologies it offers could be integrated into an existing, already running manufacturing facility.

Siemens’ CEO of motion control (MC), Dr Wolfgang Heuring added: “Only digitalisation can help us in the electric engine factory to meet the challenge of more frequently occurring innovations and thereby an arising product variance in the future.”

The digitalisation of manufacturing at the Siemens factory is an ongoing development process. In the beginning, local management focused mainly on synchronising computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM) and tool programmes through digitalising the different interfaces and creating one language for all devices, according to Peter Deml, factory manager at Bad Neustadt.

As a result, cycle times in the factory during process changes could be reduced by 40%, correction loops accelerated by 50%, and downtime of machines reduced by 60%.

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