Digitalization allows machine manufacturers to develop new business models
At the EMO 2017, Siemens is demonstrating the various connection and installation options of its high-performance and open cloud-based IoT operating system MindSphere for applications in the machine tool sector. The company is connecting over 240 different machine tools from over 140 manufacturers across the whole exhibition site using its “Manage MyMachines” app on MindSphere. In addition to this, machine manufacturers such as Heller are presenting new services and business models based on MindSphere to, for example, increase efficiency and productivity.
“The overwhelming willingness of machine tool manufacturers at the EMO to connect their machines to MindSphere shows the potential the sector sees in cloud-based digitalization solutions. Our cloud-based IoT operating system offers machine manufacturers many different ways to gain a competitive advantage by using their extensive domain expertise and developing high-performance applications for machine operators. They thus form the basis for new services and business models. MindSphere is therefore the key to developing and applying completely new digital technologies and a real enabler for having new core technological competencies at the right time,” explains Dr. Wolfgang Heuring, CEO of the Siemens Motion Control Business Unit at the EMO.Digitalization of machine tool operation, as can be achieved by connecting to MindSphere, allows machine manufacturers and operators to analyze and use large volumes of machine data – something which was previously not possible. This results in improved machine efficiency and greater productivity in the manufacturing network. MindSphere applications (MindApps) therefore provide a starting point for completely new applications in machine tools and innovative digital services, for example, in the fields of preventive maintenance, energy data management or resource optimization.
Digital factories and Industry 4.0 will be among the main topics of the Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference, which will take place on November 8, 2017, at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands. For more info about the conference, visit https://www.isnconference.com/