Digitalization Vital in the Global Machine Tools Industry

By Sharada Prahladrao

Company and Product News

Digitalization is radically and sustainably changing the production environment. As a result, machine builders and companies operating machine tools can now flexibly address market requirements. With its unique offering, at IMTEX, Siemens showcased ways in which machine tool builders can boost their production flexibility and efficiency significantly, drastically reduce their engineering input and time-to-market, as well as consolidate and expand their competitive standing in the global marketplace by digitalizing their operations.

According to Siemens, digitalization is set to fundamentally transform and advance the machine tool industry, which is an integral part of India’s manufacturing sector. Adoption of digitalization technologies to meet end user requirements like increased volume of production, cost reduction and lead-time reduction is crucial. This technology push in the machine tools industry is driven by user industries’ demand for automation and increase in productivity. Digitalization can unlock the capabilities of machine tools manufacturers and sustainably improve customers’ productivity and competitive standing.

Siemens’ digitalization portfolio for machine builders ranges from the machine design to engineering through to commissioning and service. For the machine users the range of digitalization solutions includes the entire value chain, from production design and planning on to execution and services. At IMTEX, Siemens showcased state-of-the-art CAD/CAM-CNC – the digital production chain and production resource optimization solution; MindSphere - the Cloud-based open IoT operating system; SINUMERIK Controllers and Solutions – the modular premium machine concepts; Production Lifecycle Management portfolio; and the Digital Enterprise Suite portfolio solution.

Siemens also participated in the Industry 4.0 Pavilion at IMTEX to showcase the Ingenuity Truck, demonstrating a comprehensive array of innovative products, solutions and services covering electrification, automation and digitalization, as well as customized financing solutions for the manufacturing segment. The Truck is part of a tour covering over 23 States and 120 cities across India over a period of two years. Key verticals targeted include automotive, food & beverage, packaging, machine tools capital goods, power, pharma, cement, minerals and metals.

Siemens India has also launched the Digital Experience and Application Center (DEX), a full-fledged testing, simulation and training center for the machine tools industry, in Peenya, Bangalore. The DEX allows machine tool manufacturers and users to experience the integrations of hardware with software solutions as well as that of the physical with virtual worlds. Special guided tours to the DEX center were organized by Siemens for participants at IMTEX. 

Keywords: Siemens, IMTEX, Machine Tools, Digital Experience and Application Center, Digitalization, ARC Advisory Group

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