Digitalization helps machine builders meet manufacturers’ essential requirements
Machine builders must meet many
requirements when manufacturing a machine. This raises questions during the
design and manufacturing of the machine. Will the machine operate properly? How
do we validate the behavior of the machine? How can we control unplanned costs?
Digitalization helps machine builders answer these questions as the whole
process from design to production to maintenance can be virtualized.
From production planning to machine
service, digitalization can provide a number of benefits to machine builders
and their customers. In production planning, a persuasive virtual proposal can
be delivered to demonstrate how the machine will perform. The design concept is
essentially brought to life virtually. When it comes to machine engineering,
traditionally automation engineers had to wait until the machine was built to
test code. With the digital twin, the engineers can have it done before the
machine is built which helps accelerate development.
Virtual modules can be created and
simulated to determine the real behavior of the machine. Machine commissioning
becomes less painful and time consuming with virtual commissioning. The
automation concepts are tested early in the virtual environment before moving
to the next step, machine operation. Utilizing automation technology like
Siemens with one engineering framework during machine operation provides easy
and consistent data handling.
Machine service is essential to help
reduce risks and costs. Information from the machine should be connected
to cloud analytic software which can harness and analyze data to provide useful
information to ensure machines are operating properly as well as help with
When digitalization is implemented across
the entire manufacturing process, from production planning to machine service,
users will experience more benefits, such as increased quality and flexibility
and decreased time to market and costs, than from traditional methods.
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