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Siemens demonstrates concrete potential of digitalization for the machine tool world

"Digitalization is set to fundamentally transform and advance the machine tool industry. By linking the digital and real worlds, we will be able to open up new, significant possibilities for boosting productivity and developing totally new business models. This applies both to those who build and use machines. And it applies just as much too small and medium-sized enterprises as it does to the big players in the industry.
Digitalization is the main driver of growth and profitability in the machine tool industry both locally and worldwide," said Dr. Wolfgang Heuring, CEO of the Siemens Motion Control Business Unit.
Heuring continued: "Siemens is the world's leading and sole supplier of fully integrated software and hardware solutions for every phase of the value chain, both in the construction and utilization of machine tools. By offering this broad spectrum, Siemens is laying the foundation for the digital penetration and restructuring of complete value chains in the machine tool industry."
Within the scope of its overarching "Digital Enterprise" concept, Siemens supplies an end-to-end portfolio for companies seeking to digitalize their operations. The Digital Enterprise Suite from Siemens comprises software-based systems and automation components which cover every conceivable requirement arising along the industrial value chain. Its backbone is formed by Teamcenter, the world's most widely used digital lifecycle management solution. In the real production world, products such as the Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Simatic IT, Sinumerik CNC controls and the Simatic S7 controller portfolio have been widely established and proven the world over.
Specifically with the machine tool industry in mind, Siemens will be exhibiting its integrated end-to-end portfolio of digital platforms and a fund of applications at the EMO Hannover 2017, providing a clear and impressive demonstration of how digitalization can work seamlessly with Siemens from the machine tool right up to the corporate management level. The digitalization portfolio for machine builders ranges from the machine concept and engineering through to commissioning and servicing. For machine operators, the range of digitalization solutions covers their entire value chain from product engineering and production planning to actual production and digital services. With its holistic approach Siemens is the only company which is capable of designing the real process chain of the machine tool builder and the machine user identically in the virtual world (digital twin).
One of the special highlights of the show demonstrates the possibilities opened up by digitalization through connection to the cloud-based open IoT operating system MindSphere from Siemens. Siemens will be unveiling its first MindSphere application for machine tools in the form of Manage MyMachines. Siemens will be linking around 200 machine tools across the fairground up to the Cloud using its open IoT operating system MindSphere. Using Manage MyMachines, this allows machine operators to obtain a cloud-based overview of important machine data and the current operating status of its machines. The resulting transparency allows to respond at short notice to optimize their production.
Also featured on the Siemens booth will be Sinumerik Edge, a new robust and high-performance hardware and software solution for machine-level application (edge computing). Sinumerik Edge processes and analyses process data practically in real time with the machining process. Decoupling the data processing tasks and process control ensures the necessary degree of process security, for which Siemens offers customized edge apps for functions such as monitoring and optimization. Machine manufacturers or service providers can also integrate their own Edge apps into the open platform.
Siemens comprehensive digitalization portfolio opens up increased speed and flexibility, better quality and efficiency, and improved security both in terms of machine functions and the customer's business model. In concrete terms, digitalization can unlock previously unavailable potential and so sustainably improve a customer's productivity and competitive standing.

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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
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