In advance of the EMO trade fair in Hanover, Germany in September, Siemens hosted an event to provide an outlook on what the company will be exhibiting. Much of the focus of the event was on MindSphere and its application in machine tools. MindSphere is Siemens’ open cloud platform as a service (PaaS) on which apps and digital services can be developed and deployed. MindSphere is designed to help manufacturers improve the efficiency of plants by recording and analyzing large volumes of production data, and providing a foundation for applications and data-based services from Siemens and third-party providers for predictive maintenance, energy data management, and resource optimization. MindSphere also offers customers an open development environment into which they can integrate their own applications and services. Siemens cites its growing ecosystem of partners and developers, including PWC, Accenture, Tata, SAP, Atos, and many more.
At EMO 2017, Siemens will highlight the digitalization chain from the perspective of product manufacturers and machine builders. The company will show its first MindSphere application for machine tools called Manage MyMachines. The company will connect 200 machine tools from different vendors at the fair to MindSphere via Manage MyMachines and demonstrate how machine operators can obtain a cloud-based overview of important machine data and the current operating status of machines. This level of transparency can shorten response times and help optimize production. Furthermore, the first MindSphere applications developed by machine builders will be showcased at the show.