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MediaService Digital Industries Newsroom

Digital part machining – Metal cutting specialist digitalizes entire production with Siemens PLM Software

C-Mill Technologie AG (C-Mill) is a technology and service provider in the field of metal cutting, producing parts for the medical technology, aeronautical engineering and watchmaking industries.

C-Mill customers generally typically have demanding quality requirements, handle comparatively low quantities on tight deadlines and often use exotic materials that are difficult to machine, such as titanium. Despite having to meet all these challenges, C-Mill still needs to be able to guarantee efficient production. Using the NX software solution from Siemens PLM Software means the company is able to meet all these goals. “Using NX software to create a digital twin of both the parts to produce and the production equipment,we can develop and verify machining strategies well in advance of the production process,” explains C-Mill’s owner and CEO Patrick Ziswiler. “This allows us to provide valuable advice to customers during the early stages of product creation so they can modify the designs for improved manufacturability.”

To enhance the efficiency and quality of its production, C-Mill relies on end-to-end digitalization using software solutions from Siemens PLM Software.

Part measurement on the fly

The measurement of parts is an integral aspect of C-Mill’s work. Measurements have to be reliably documented to fulfill the company’s certification to the ISO 12485 standard, which relates to the design and manufacture of medical devices. Until the Siemens solution was introduced, part measurement entailed online programming of the coordinate measuring machine (CMM) used by manually entering the production, shape and position tolerances. Until this was finished, the machine stood idle. “The solution was not very hard to find. The CMM inspection programming capabilities within NX software provide a state-of-the-art solution for offline measuring machine programming,” says Christoph Renker, Managing Director of solution partner Cytrus AG. “NX CMM Inspection Programming streamlines the entire CMM inspection program development and measurements analysis process”.

The NX software from the Siemens PLM Software portfolio has enabled C-Mill to simplify important part measurement operations and completely digitalize its production.

Fit for the future

NX CMM Inspection Programming covers the entire measurement process – from the definition of features and creation of paths all the way through program generation and validation to analysis of the measured data. By using the Siemens software, C-Mill has been able to digitalize and automate its entire operation along a cohesive digital thread, reduce production costs and machining times, avoid downtime and compress lead times. All in all, the solution has helped C-Mill to achieve and retain a sharper competitive edge.
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