New Siemens services digitalize machine tools and optimize production

14 September 2017

At the EMO 2017 in Hannover, Siemens is exhibiting new and expanded digital and classic Services for the machine tool industry – with new capabilities for identifying and exploiting additional productivity potential for machine tools. Machine tool operating companies use the new Digitalization Check as a Service from the portfolio of Manufacturing IT Services to create transparency of the digitalization capability of the machine park. With Virtual Commissioning as a Service, machine manufacturers (OEMs) use a virtual twin to significantly speed up both commissioning and time-to-market.

The new Digitalization Check as a Service from the portfolio of Manufacturing IT Services examines how well machines, control units and processes can be networked. With this service, the data of the control equipment in the machine park is recorded and analyzed on site. This is followed by a recommendation for the optimal connection strategy on the path toward digitalization.

As an offer for machine manufacturers (OEMs), Virtual Commissioning as a Service shortens machines' time-to-market by using a virtual twin. For example, the real commissioning can be accelerated by up to 70 percent. Moreover, mechanical development and electrical design departments now save time by cooperating in parallel rather than sequentially as before. Before the real machine is built, its virtual twin is connected to the real control system, and the machine is commissioned virtually.

The retrofit services offer many options of bringing the control and drive of machines that are still mechanically faultless up to the state of the art. These services include new Sinumerik and Sinamics control and drive technology, workshop-oriented programming with ShopMill and ShopTurn, as well as mechanical overhauls when required. Customers benefit from reduced downtimes, fast machining cycles, a more reliable spare part supply, improved precision and quality, as well as simplified programming and operation.

Background information:

Machine tool manufacturers and operating companies benefit from the rising availability, quality and efficiency resulting from digitalization. The digital services from Siemens Motion Control facilitate a sustainable increase in the productivity of machine tools. The Digital Services from Motion Control Services, a wide-ranging service portfolio for the complete value chain, help the machine operating company to identify untapped potential for optimization and to improve production with integrated IT processes. Siemens experts are also available to provide advice: in connection with needs analyses and the resulting architecture and specification concepts for the solution, as well as with actual implementation. At the same time, conventional services provide an important basis for a consistent and lasting optimization of production.

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at