"Digitalization in Machine Tool Manufacturing"- this is the theme adopted by the Digital Factory Division of Siemens AG to attract machine tool users and builders of all sizes to its stand in Hannover. "Digitization is set to revolutionize the entire machine tool industry and drive it forward," says Dr. Wolfgang Heuring, CEO of Business Unit Motion Control, Siemens AG. "The completely new opportunities resulting from linking together the digital and real worlds enable significant productivity boosts and completely new business models. This applies both to mechanical engineers and machine operators, and covers SMEs and the industry's heavyweights alike." The Siemens exhibits in Hannover have been designed to show how everyone can benefit from digitization.
Siemens's holistic approach enables it to map the actual process chains of mechanical engineers and machine operators in the virtual world, using the digital twin concept. One notable trade fair highlight shows the opportunities already offered by digitization as a result of connecting to the cloud-based, open IoT operating system Mind Sphere. With "Manage My Machines", Siemens is therefore exhibiting its first Mind Sphere application specifically for machine tools. To emphasize the new technology’s features, Siemens is using "Manage My Machines" to connect around two hundred machine tools spread over the entire display space to Mind Sphere, thus providing a cloud-based overview of all the key data and operating statuses of the connected machines. This offers visitors to EMO Hannover 2017 the opportunity to see how users can respond more quickly and optimize their production operations thanks to this new technology.