Visitors to the Siemens Highlight Cubes at the Hannover Messe 2016 will experience an exciting cosmos full of digitalization opportunities. Under the banner “Ingenuity for life – Driving the Digital Enterprise”, Siemens will be presenting solutions showcasing ways in which companies can use the convergence of the real and virtual worlds to tackle the challenges of modern production. Everything revolves around creating greater flexibility and efficiency, higher availability, productivity increases and shorter times-to-market. The topics featured in the four Highlight Cubes range from Automotive Engineering through Additive Manufacturing, Energy for Industry to the Fiber Industry. In the Sports Zone, Siemens will be using the example of products by American manufacturers from the sport and leisure industry to demonstrate the influence of automation and digitalization on the production of sports articles and equipment.
Automotive production in the fast laneToday’s automakers need a holistic production concept if they want to stay competitive. Siemens offers comprehensive solutions, from the design of the car to the finished vehicle. In the “Automotive” Highlight Cube, visitors will have the chance to experience an interactive car model that gives insights into how a car is created. Today’s digital car factory uses ultra-modern technology to link the design and planning, engineering and production phase right through to the finished product. This is all made possible by the Digital Enterprise Software Suite and the related hardware, which allows the seamless digitalization of the entire value chain. The benefits of the Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) Portal are shown at the example of a virtual production cell as used at BMW: With TIA Portal manufacturers can get the ever increasing production complexity under control and significantly reduce the commissioning time of their production lines. Daimler AG uses the NX software for the design and development of all new Mercedes-Benz.
Not only the body-in-white is developed with NX, but also a wide range of simulation methods, like for the folding of convertible roofs, is also used. The Automotive Cube also features a 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine from Ford. This and almost all other Ford engines are produced on the basis of the Siemens automation concept “Solutions for Powertrain”, which combines the benefits of flexibility, reliability and low costs of operation. Volkswagen leverages the potential of digitalization by using Tecnomatix to reach short cycle times in series production. Automotive manufacturers also consider the energy consumption during the production planning, and robot movements are optimized using simulation.
Layer-by-layer build-up “3D printing” is the name popularly given to the additive manufacturing process among the wider public. The term refers to a process in which the material to make an object is added one layer at a time. The layer construction principle enables geometrically complex structures to be manufactured which would not be capable of being created using conventional techniques. It can be used for instance to produce bionic structures which are both light in weight and stable. This is of interest for fields such as aircraft or power station construction, as it opens up enormous potential for optimization. Demanding and complex products are manufactured directly in one piece, even if they comprise different materials. Below the bottom line, additive manufacturing increases the degree of design freedom, functional optimization and integration, makes small batch size production viable and permits individualized products. This enhances energy and resource efficiency, reduces innovation cycles and enables greater production flexibility. Visitors will have the chance to get to know more about three different additive manufacturing methods at the Hannover Messe. Using the powder bed melting method, a powder-like material is applied in layers in a powder bed and melted to the required shape using a laser. The powder application welding method entails feeding the metal powder directly to the welding point and melting it with a laser. The material extrusion method uses a very fine plastic filament which is melted and applied a layer at a time. Siemens is the only supplier to offer an integrated software and automation solution for additive manufacturing across the entire value chain, making it a key player in driving forward the industrialization of this technology.
Experiencing an energy landscapeEnsuring a sustainable supply of energy for the world and the responsible use of precious natural resources are decisive to our shared future. To meet the rising demand for energy, Siemens is working on ways of reconciling economical with ecological aspects. The challenge: Flexible production capacities and energy consumption call for energy systems which are equally flexible and integrated. To ensure economy, climate protection and a reliable supply, the aim must be to develop smart systems to control the integration of renewable energies and the ever more distributed processes used to generate energy. The Energy Cube will feature an interactive model demonstrating the interaction between consumers, conventional power generation, renewables and energy storage systems. Visitors will be able to observe consumption and power generation in an industrial energy landscape and try out different influencing factors. Storage capacity and carbon emissions are also displayed. The model can be individually adapted to different customer requirements, and is designed to allow visitors to observe in particular the import and export of power to and from the upstream grid, effectively transforming the consumer into a “prosumer”.
From paper to the fiber businessThe greater the extent to which digitalization makes its mark in both the industrial and private spheres, the lower the requirement for conventional paper, and demand for paper is actually diminishing by around 5 percent a year. At the same time, demand for cellulose-based products is increasing. A completely new market environment is opening up, which is prompting the paper industry to reposition itself as a producer of fiber. To allow the industry to react to this rapidly changing market, integrated solutions – controlling everything from power generation and plant installation to water requirement, raw material composition and heat consumption – provide an invaluable support. The Fiber Cube features the model of a paper factory with central control room. Visitors will be able to experience which information can be read from the model, which evaluations are performed and which processes can be influenced from the control room. Drive Train Condition Monitoring as part of the Integrated Drive System (IDS) provides a detailed report of the drive system status, and offers particular benefits when it comes to preventive maintenance. At a multi-touch panel in the control center, visitors are able to interactively access additional information about the model. US manufacturers think faster, higher, wider The sports business is accustomed to continuous change on almost a daily basis: Digitalization and globalization drive rapid changes in consumer behavior, shaping the whole of the sports sector. Speed is a decisive factor for success, not just for athletes but for manufacturers too. Where producers are in closer touch with the market and merchandise is delivered ever more quickly to the customer, new opportunities are opening up for the design, development and marketing of sports articles. Demand for smart, more closely networked and personalized products is driving ever more rapid innovation. The US Sports Zone will showcase three American companies, demonstrating how they have succeeded in meeting these challenges using software from Siemens.
Callaway Golf uses Siemens engineering and production software to manufacture high-performance golf clubs. Firewire creates personalized, environmentally friendly surfboards using design software from Siemens, and Black Diamond uses NX Software to produce safe, lightweight mountaineering equipment.
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