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Manz and Siemens team up to electrify battery production

Siemens brings secure thermal digital twin technology to the electronics supply chain

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🔖 Topics: Partnership

🏭 Vertical: Computer and Electronic

🏢 Organizations: Siemens, MediaTek

Siemens Digital Industries Software announced that it is bringing an innovative approach for sharing accurate thermal models of integrated circuit (IC) packages to the electronics supply chain. The main advantages are protecting intellectual property, enhancing supply chain collaboration and accuracy of models for steady state and transient thermal analysis to enhance design studies.

MediaTek Inc., a global fabless semiconductor company and market leader in developing innovative systems-on-chip (SoC) for mobile, home entertainment, connectivity and Internet of Things (IoT) products, has taken advantage of Simcenter Flotherm to drive efficiency in its collaboration with customers. “Embeddable BCI-ROM is a great way to share our thermal models with our customers. It has several key features: easy generation, confidentiality, low error rate, and suitability for steady-state and transient applications,” said Jimmy Lin, Technical Manager, MediaTek Inc.

Read more at Industrial Machinery Digest

Siemens and Voltaiq collaborate to optimize battery manufacturing

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🔖 Topics: Partnership

🏢 Organizations: Siemens, Voltaiq

Siemens Digital Industries Software announced its collaboration with Voltaiq to accelerate battery manufacturing, by combining their strengths to offer unparalleled capabilities for battery manufacturing-focused companies. This collaboration aims to bring together the production-proven capabilities of both Siemens’ Insights Hub™ and Voltaiq’s Enterprise Battery Intelligence™ (EBI), customers can gain access to unparalleled capability specific to battery-domain companies to help rapidly scale operations smoothly, from initial testing to full-scale production lines.

Read more at Voltaiq Blog

Siemens delivers innovations in immersive engineering and artificial intelligence to enable the industrial metaverse

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🔖 Topics: Partnership

🏢 Organizations: Siemens, Sony, AWS

Siemens and Sony Corporation (Sony) are partnering to introduce a new solution that combines the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio of industry software with Sony’s new spatial content creation system, featuring the XR head-mounted display with high-quality 4K OLED Microdisplays and controllers for intuitive interaction with 3D objects.

In addition, Siemens and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are strengthening their partnership and making it easier for businesses of all sizes and industries to build and scale generative artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Siemens is integrating Amazon Bedrock - a service that offers a choice of high-performing foundation models from leading AI companies via a single API, along with security, privacy, and responsible AI capabilities - with Mendix, the leading low-code platform that is part of the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio.

Read more at Siemens Press

Siemens and AWS join forces to democratize generative AI in software development

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🔖 Topics: Generative AI

🏢 Organizations: Siemens, AWS

Siemens and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are strengthening their partnership and making it easier for businesses of all sizes and industries to build and scale generative artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Domain experts in fields such as engineering and manufacturing, as well as logistics, insurance or banking will be able to create new and upgrade existing applications with the most advanced generative AI technology. To make this possible, Siemens is integrating Amazon Bedrock - a service that offers a choice of high-performing foundation models from leading AI companies via a single API, along with security, privacy, and responsible AI capabilities - with Mendix, the leading low-code platform that is part of the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio.

Read more at PR Newswire

Metal steam turbine blade shows cutting-edge potential for critical, large 3D-printed parts

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🔖 Topics: Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing

🏢 Organizations: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Siemens, Lincoln Electric

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory became the first to 3D-print large rotating steam turbine blades for generating energy in power plants. Led by partner Siemens Technology, the U.S. research and development hub of Siemens AG, the project demonstrates that wire arc additive manufacturing is viable for the scalable production of critical components exceeding 25 pounds. These parts have traditionally been made using casting and forging facilities that have mostly moved abroad.

While the wait for large castings and forgings has decreased to seven or eight months, ORNL was able to print the blade in 12 hours. Including machining, a blade can be finished in two weeks, Kulkarni said. Although wire arc is a prominent 3D-printing technology, it had not previously been used to make a rotating component of this scale.

Read more at Oak Ridge National Lab News

Siemens and Intel to collaborate on advanced semiconductor manufacturing

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🔖 Topics: Partnership

🏢 Organizations: Siemens, Intel

Siemens AG, a leading technology company, and Intel Corporation, one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on driving digitalization and sustainability of microelectronics manufacturing. The companies will focus on advancing future manufacturing efforts, evolving factory operations and cybersecurity, and supporting a resilient global industry ecosystem.

Siemens and Intel to collaborate to advance semiconductor manufacturing production efficiency and sustainability across scopes 1-3 of the value chain Semiconductors are crucial for the global economy and for lowering carbon footprints across economies by enabling sustainable solutions Intel and Siemens will leverage their respective portfolios of cutting edge IoT solutions, along with Siemens automation solutions to enhance semiconductor manufacturing efficiency and sustainability

Read more at Siemens Press

Gigafactories: Accelerate the battery manufacturing industry with Siemens and Capgemini

Siemens and Intel to collaborate on advanced semiconductor manufacturing

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🔖 Topics: Partnership

🏢 Organizations: Siemens, Intel

Siemens AG, a leading technology company, and Intel Corporation, one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on driving digitalization and sustainability of microelectronics manufacturing. The companies will focus on advancing future manufacturing efforts, evolving factory operations and cybersecurity, and supporting a resilient global industry ecosystem.

The MoU identifies key areas of collaboration to explore a variety of initiatives, including optimizing energy management and addressing carbon footprints across the value chain. For instance, the collaboration will explore use of “digital twins” of complex, highly capital-intensive manufacturing facilities to standardize solutions where every percentage of efficiency gained is meaningful.

The collaboration will also explore minimizing energy use through advanced modeling of natural resources and environmental footprints across the value chain. To gain more information on product-related emissions, Intel will explore product and supply chain related modeling solutions with Siemens that drive data-based insights and help the industry accelerate progress in reducing its collective footprint.

Read more at Siemens Press

OT-IT Integration: AWS and Siemens break down data silos by closing the machine-to-cloud gap

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🔖 Topics: IT OT Convergence, Cloud Computing

🏢 Organizations: AWS, Siemens

AWS announced that AWS IoT SiteWise Edge, on-premises software that makes it easy to collect, organize, process, and monitor equipment data, can now be deployed directly from the Siemens Industrial Edge Marketplace to help simplify, accelerate, and reduce the cost of sending industrial equipment data to the AWS cloud. This new offering aims to help bridge the chasm between OT and IT by allowing customers to start ingesting OT data from a variety of industrial protocols into the cloud faster using Siemens Industrial Edge Devices already connected to machines, removing layers of configuration and accelerating time to value.

Customers can now jumpstart industrial data ingestion from machine to edge (Level 1 and Level 2 OT networks) by deploying AWS IoT SiteWise Edge using existing Siemens Industrial Edge infrastructure and connectivity applications such as SIMATIC S7+ Connector, Modbus TCP Connector, and more. You can then securely aggregate and process data from a large number of machines and production lines (Level 3), as well as send it to the AWS cloud for use across a wide range of use cases. This empowers process engineers, maintenance technicians, and efficiency champions to derive business value from operational data that is organized and contextualized for use in local and cloud applications, unlocking use cases such as asset monitoring, predictive maintenance, quality inspection, and energy management.

Read more at AWS Industry Blog

AI for industry: Schaeffler and Siemens bring Industrial Copilot to shopfloor

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🔖 Topics: Partnership, Large Language Model, Programmable Logic Controller

🏢 Organizations: Schaeffler, Siemens

To support engineers with various automation tasks, the AI-powered assistant is connected to Siemens’ engineering framework Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) Portal via the open API TIA Portal Openness. The Industrial Copilot helps Schaeffler’s automation engineers to generate code faster for programmable logic controllers (PLC), the devices that control most machines throughout the world’s factories. Engineering teams can significantly reduce time, effort, and the probability of errors by generating PLC code through natural language inputs.

Siemens Industrial Copilot has access to all relevant documentation, guidelines and manuals to assist shopfloor workers with identifying possible errors. These capabilities enable maintenance teams to identify errors and generate step-by-step solutions more quickly. This will help to significantly reduce machine downtime, make industrial companies more efficient and thus support sustainability efforts.

Read more at Siemens Press

🇺🇸 Why Build a New Factory in the US? Logistics, Not Politics

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✍️ Author: Brook Sutherland

🔖 Topics: IT OT Convergence, Digital Twin

🏢 Organizations: Siemens

Siemens is almost as excited about the guts of the Fort Worth facility as it is about the demand that supports the additional capacity. The company has digitally simulated the entire process of setting up a new plant, including the construction design, the layout of the factory floor and the product development but also the day-to-day manufacturing workflows. “We optimize it, we shift it around and when we like it — not before that — we start bringing in excavating machines on the site or putting machines into it,” Busch said. This lets Siemens get the construction right the first time — which is important at a time of high inflation — but it also sets up a virtuous cycle of productivity improvements whereby plant managers can test out tweaks digitally and carry them out with much less equipment downtime, and sensor-packed equipment can yield insights from the field that spark yet more tweaks.

Digital simulation can be game changer — for Siemens itself and for its customers. For example, when a beverage manufacturer rolls out a new product, the viscosity of the liquid will affect the speed at which it can run its filling machines. Traditionally, this was just a trial and error process that resulted in a lot of spilled beverages. “What we can do is we can simulate it — the viscosity and whatnot, the whole plant. And then you just have a new mixture and you run it seamlessly without fooling around,” Busch said. It’s almost like a video game but for a factory — and much more sophisticated.

Read more at Bloomberg

Advancements in Predicting the Fatigue Lifetime of Structural Adhesive Joints

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🔖 Topics: Machine Learning, Physics-informed neural network

🏢 Organizations: Citrine Informatics, Siemens, Fraunhofer IFAM

While physics-based models offer the highest accuracy for analyzing these joints, they require meticulous parameter calibration for every new adhesive. For example, consider a fatigue test on a structural adhesive joint with 10 million cycles at a frequency of 10 Hz. These tests are demanding and time-consuming, taking over 10 days to complete. Adding to the challenge is the need for numerous data points to construct a comprehensive fatigue design curve, a fundamental aspect of structural analysis. Given the need to optimize both efficiency and accuracy, engineers and researchers need and pursue innovative solutions.

One path to solution is the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) into materials science. Recognized for its ability to address complex problems through learning from existing knowledge, AI provides a promising avenue for structural modeling by generating mathematical expressions that capture the interplay of various parameters. We expect that this rationale also applies to the structural modelling of the fatigue behavior of structural adhesive joints, which is the subject of our ongoing research.

This showcase exemplifies our commitment to revolutionizing materials selection and fatigue life prediction for adhesive joints. Leveraging the Citrine Platform [2], we seamlessly apply machine learning methods to integrate experimental datasets with physics-based modeling (based on stress concentration factors). This innovative approach not only significantly elevates the precision of fatigue predictions but also enables the precise selection of optimal adhesives for bonded structures, factoring in various material and geometrical properties, as well as usage conditions.

Read more at Citrine Blog

Increase manufacturing processes by 25% with AI, Opcenter and Retrocausual a Siemens Partner

Plan, build and execute the next generation of automated production lines

NavVis and Siemens Smart Infrastructure bring spatial digital twin capabilities to Siemens Building X

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🔖 Topics: Partnership

🏢 Organizations: NavVis, Siemens

NavVis, an innovator in reality capture and digital factory solutions, and Siemens Smart Infrastructure have collaborated to integrate accurate as-is 3D data and an immersive 3D experience to Siemens’ latest scalable digital building platform Building X™. “We are excited to enable the Siemens Building X open platform with NavVis technology. We firmly believe that accurate as-is 3D data at scale and immersive interaction with this data is critically important to make the vision of smart buildings a reality,” says Dr. Felix Reinshagen, CEO and Co-Founder at NavVis.

Read more at NavVis Blog

Skeleton Technologies raises €108M in funding round led by Siemens and Marubeni

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🔖 Topics: Funding Event

🏢 Organizations: Skeleton Technologies, Siemens, Marubeni

Estonian-founded fast energy storage firm Skeleton Technologies has raised a €108 million equity and debt funding round with investment from Siemens Financial Services (SFS) and Marubeni Corporation, including other investors. The fresh capital will forward the development and manufacturing of Skeleton’s high-power battery technology – the SuperBattery and through partnerships will automate and digitise Skeleton’s upcoming factory in Markranstädt, Germany.

Read more at Tech EU

☁️🧠 Automated Cloud-to-Edge Deployment of Industrial AI Models with Siemens Industrial Edge

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✍️ Authors: Johann Bruckner, Johannes Kupser, Yvonne Quacken, Bruno Quintas, Helge Aufderheide

🔖 Topics: Cloud-to-Edge Deployment, Data Architecture, Edge Computing, Machine Learning, MQTT

🏢 Organizations: Siemens, AWS

Due to the sensitive nature of OT systems, a cloud-to-edge deployment can become a challenge. Specialized hardware devices are required, strict network protection is applied, and security policies are in place. Data can only be pulled by an intermediate factory IT system from where it can be deployed to the OT systems through highly controlled processes.

The following solution describes the “pull” deployment mechanism by using AWS services and Siemens Industrial AI software portfolio. The deployment process is enabled by three main components, the first of which is the Siemens AI Software Development Kit (AI SDK). After a model is created by a data scientist on Amazon SageMaker and stored in the SageMaker model registry, this SDK allows users to package a model in a format suitable for edge deployment using Siemens Industrial Edge. The second component, and the central connection between cloud and edge, is the Siemens AI Model Manager (AI MM). The third component is the Siemens AI Inference Server (AIIS), a specialized and hardened AI runtime environment running as a container on Siemens IEDs deployed on the shopfloor. The AIIS receives the packaged model from AI MM and is responsible to load, execute, and monitor ML models close to the production lines.

Read more at AWS Blogs

⛓️🧠 Multinationals turn to generative AI to manage supply chains

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✍️ Author: Oliver Telling

🔖 Topics: Generative AI, Supply Chain Control Tower

🏢 Organizations: Unilever, Siemens, Maersk, Pactum, Walmart, Scoutbee, Altana Technologies

Navneet Kapoor, chief technology officer at Maersk, said “things have changed dramatically over the past year with the advent of generative AI”, which can be used to build chatbots and other software that generates responses to human prompts.

New supply chain laws in countries such as Germany, which require companies to monitor environmental and human rights issues in their supply chains, have driven interest and investment in the area.

Read more at Financial Times

Battery pack assembly line powered by Process Simulate software and the Industrial Metaverse

Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing: Tackling data accessibility in manufacturing alongside partners

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✍️ Author: Dominik Wee

🔖 Topics: Partnership

🏢 Organizations: Microsoft, Annata, Ansys, AVEVA, Blue Yonder, IBM, PTC, Rescale, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, Sight Machine, Sitecore, Tulip

I’m very excited about all the updates being shared at Microsoft Inspire 2023, particularly about the announcement of the new AI Cloud Partner Program (MACPP) and the additional offerings and benefits this brings for partners. Under the MACPP, I’m thrilled to announce that we will be including manufacturing partner solutions through new independent software vendor (ISV) designations.

This designation represents our commitment to bringing the best partner solutions to our customers and provides a way for customers to identify proven partner solutions aligned with the Microsoft Cloud and our industry clouds. The designation validates that our partners’ solutions meet the high standards of data accessibility specific to the manufacturing industry.

Read more at Microsoft Industry Blogs

Mapping of multimodality data for manufacturing analyses in automated fiber placement

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✍️ Authors: Alex Brasington, Joshua Halbritter, Matthew Godbold, Max Kirkpatrick, Christopher Sacco, Ramy Harik

🏢 Organizations: University of South Carolina, Siemens

Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) is an advanced composites manufacturing technique utilized for industrial scale structures. During this process, data is collected from a multitude of modalities spanning numerical analysis of processing parameters to inspection techniques. With data collection existing both in-situ and ex-situ. To ensure interoperability of multimodality data, a mapping is necessary to understand the relationship between these various conditions, and the positioning on the tool surface. This paper defines a mapping technique which enables the evaluation of spatial data from many different sources within the AFP process. Through these mapping techniques, a global array of data is generated that includes all aspects of AFP manufacturing. The developed methodologies are applied to the manufacturing of a doubly curved part. Results showcase the ability to map multimodality data into a uniform format. With the uniform format of the data, further steps can be made to the improvement of fiber paths and processing parameters.

Read more at Composites Part B Engineering

🧠🦾 Intrinsic and Siemens collaborate to accelerate the integration of AI-based robotics and automation technology

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🔖 Topics: Partnership

🏢 Organizations: Intrinsic, Siemens

Intrinsic, an Alphabet company, and Siemens have teamed up to explore integrations and interfaces between Intrinsic’s robotics software, which is designed for easy use of AI-based capabilities, and Siemens Digital Industries with their open and interoperable portfolio for automating and operating industrial production.

Currently, the development and runtime environments for AI-based robotics and automation components differ significantly in their development paradigms and make integration cumbersome. For example, deploying advanced robotic capabilities such as pose estimation, robot manipulation or automated path planning are complex processes that typically require teams of domain experts to operationalize. The two companies intend to investigate new methods to seamlessly bridge the gaps between robotics, automation engineering and IT development.

Read more at Siemens Press

Intrinsic and Siemens collaborate to accelerate the integration of AI-based robotics and automation technology

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🔖 Topics: Partnership

🏢 Organizations: Intrinsic, Siemens

Intrinsic, an Alphabet company, and Siemens have teamed up to explore integrations and interfaces between Intrinsic’s robotics software, which is designed for easy use of AI-based capabilities, and Siemens Digital Industries with their open and interoperable portfolio for automating and operating industrial production.

Read more at Siemens Press

📊 Data pools as the foundation for the smart buildings of the future

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✍️ Authors: Frederik De Meyer, Christian Metzger

🔖 Topics: Building information modeling, Data Architecture

🏢 Organizations: Siemens

Today’s digital building technology generates a huge amount of data. So far, however, this data has only been used to a limited extent, primarily within hierarchical automation systems. Data however is key to the new generation of modern buildings, making them climate-neutral, energy- and resource-efficient, and at some point autonomous and self-maintaining.

More straightforward is the use of digital solutions for building management by planners, developers, owners, and operators of new buildings. The creation of a building twin must be defined and implemented as a BIM goal. At the heart of it is a Common Data Environment (CDE), a central digital repository where all relevant information about a building can be stored and shared already in the project phase. CDE is a part of the BIM process and enables collaboration and information exchange between the different stakeholders of the construction project.

Beyond the design and construction phases, a CDE can also in the operation phase help make building maintenance more effective by providing easy access to essential information about the building and its technical systems. If information about equipment, sensors, their location in the building, and all other relevant components is collected in a machine-readable form from the beginning of the lifecycle and updated continuously, building management tools can access this data directly during the operations phase, thus avoiding additional effort. The exact goal is to collect data without additional effort. To achieve this, in the future engineering and commissioning tools must automatically store their results in the common twin, making reengineering obsolete.

Read more at Siemens Blog

Accelerating the future of smart manufacturing with Deloitte and Siemens

World’s Leading Electronics Manufacturers Adopt NVIDIA Generative AI and Omniverse to Digitalize State-of-the-Art Factories

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✍️ Author: Adam Scraba

🔖 Topics: Automated Optical Inspection, Quality Assurance

🏭 Vertical: Computer and Electronic

🏢 Organizations: NVIDIA, Foxconn, Innodisk, Pegatron, Quanta, Wistron, Siemens

More than 50 manufacturing giants and industrial automation providers — including Foxconn Industrial Internet, Pegatron, Quanta, Siemens and Wistron — are implementing Metropolis for Factories, NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang announced during his keynote address at the COMPUTEX technology conference in Taipei.

Supported by an expansive partner network, the workflow helps manufacturers plan, build, operate and optimize their factories with an array of NVIDIA technologies. These include NVIDIA Omniverse™, which connects top computer-aided design apps, as well as APIs and cutting-edge frameworks for generative AI; the NVIDIA Isaac Sim™ application for simulating and testing robots; and the NVIDIA Metropolis vision AI framework, now enabled for automated optical inspection. NVIDIA Metropolis for Factories is a collection of factory automation workflows that enables industrial technology companies and manufacturers to develop, deploy and manage customized quality-control systems that offer a competitive advantage.

Read more at NVIDIA News

Instrumental joins Siemens Dynamo Program and will complement Siemens’ Teamcenter Quality offering with AI Capabilities

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🔖 Topics: Partnership

🏢 Organizations: Instrumental, Siemens

Instrumental, the leading AI-powered manufacturing quality platform, is excited to announce its official collaboration with Siemens through the Siemens Dynamo program, an open innovation program serving as a commercialization vehicle for start-up companies with Siemens, its customers and partners.

In the scope of the collaboration, Instrumental will integrate its cloud-based manufacturing AI platform with Siemens’ Teamcenter® Quality software from the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio. This combination will enable engineers leveraging Instrumental’s AI-powered insights to streamline problem-solving processes in Teamcenter Quality (e.g., 8D, Corrective and preventive action – CAPA). The Siemens closed loop quality approach, empowered by AI capabilities, extends the conventional quality cycle by connecting all data along the product lifecycle.

Read more at Instrumental News

Enabling 3D Printing Automation with HP and Siemens

Siemens and Microsoft drive industrial productivity with generative artificial intelligence

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🔖 Topics: Partnership, Product Lifecycle Management

🏢 Organizations: Siemens, Microsoft

Siemens and Microsoft are harnessing the collaborative power of generative artificial intelligence (AI) to help industrial companies drive innovation and efficiency across the design, engineering, manufacturing and operational lifecycle of products. To enhance cross-functional collaboration, the companies are integrating Siemens’ Teamcenter® software for product lifecycle management (PLM) with Microsoft’s collaboration platform Teams and the language models in Azure OpenAI Service as well as other Azure AI capabilities. At Hannover Messe, the two technology leaders will demonstrate how generative AI can enhance factory automation and operations through AI-powered software development, problem reporting and visual quality inspection.

Read more at Microsoft News

Deloitte and Siemens Model-Based Enterprise: Now, Near, Far

MakerVerse raises €9.4 million to expand its on-demand manufacturing platform

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✍️ Author: Fiona Alston

🔖 Topics: Funding Event

🏢 Organizations: MakerVerse, Siemens, ZEISS

Berlin-based MakerVerse has raised a €9.4 million Series A funding round to scale its AI-powered on-demand manufacturing supply chain platform. The round was led by 9.5 Ventures and all investors from the previous Seed round got involved again, including Siemens Energy and ZEISS.

MakerVerse will expand its “one-stop shop” concept for advanced manufacturing with more technologies and materials while advancing support to integrate the platform into customers’ existing systems.

Read more at Tech EU

DENSO reduce component simulation time by 80 percent using its Simcenter 3D and NX integrated process

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🔖 Topics: Simulation

🏭 Vertical: Automotive

🏢 Organizations: DENSO, Siemens

A major challenge today is to improve productivity in the design and simulation of automotive parts. Even before the rise of software solutions, designers focused on geometry and turned to analysts to test and validate performance. However, simulation teams have always been much smaller than design teams – creating a bottleneck in the development process.

With Siemens tools, DENSO saw an opportunity to streamline the traditional workflow between design and engineering analysis, uniting the disciplines. This was particularly true for component design and analysis where simulation processes are more routine. DENSO’s goal was to reduce or eliminate the iteration with a new workflow.

Read more at Siemens Resources

AI and the chocolate factory

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✍️ Author: Aenne Barnard

🔖 Topics: Autonomous Production, Reinforcement Learning

🏭 Vertical: Food

🏢 Organizations: Siemens

“After about 72 hours of training with the digital twin (on a standard computer; about 24 hours on computer clusters in the cloud), the AI is ready to control the real machine. That’s definitely much faster than humans developing these control algorithms,” Bischoff says. Using reinforcement learning, the AI has developed a solution strategy in which all the chocolate bars on the front conveyor belts are transported on as quickly as possible and the exact speed is only controlled on the last conveyor belt - is interestingly quite different from that of a conventional control system.

The researchers led by Martin Bischoff were able to make their approach even more practical by compressing and compiling the trained control models in such a way that they run cycle-synchronously on the Siemens Simatic controllers in real time. Thomas Menzel, who is responsible for the department Digital Machines and Innovation within the business segment Production Machines, sees great potential in the methodology of letting AI learn complex control tasks independently on the digital twin: “Under the name AI Motion Trainer, this method is now helping several co-creation partners to develop application-specific optimized controls in a much shorter time. Production machines are now no longer limited to tasks for which a PLC control program has already been developed but can realize all tasks that can be learned by AI. The integration with our SIMATIC portfolio makes the use of this technology particularly industry-grade.”

Read more at Siemens Research

The Digital Twin of Wire Harness Manufacturing

SKF uses cloud to offer new business models

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🔖 Topics: XaaS

🏢 Organizations: SKF Group, Siemens

In production environments, there’s an alternative to owning resources and outsourcing: performance-based contracts. At SKF, for example, customers pay to use assets and benefit from guaranteed uptime. Effective delivery of Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS) business models depends on data collection and processing. On top of that, MindSphere, the leading industrial IoT as a service solution, as part of the Xcelerator portfolio brings quite a few more advantages.

The advantage of so-called Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS) business models is that companies pay for only what they use. Increasingly, XaaS is being extended to production assets. An example can be found with SKF, a manufacturer of, among others, rotating equipment like bearings. The idea is simple; Instead of buying industrial bearings – whether for conveyor belts, pumps, crushers, paper machines, steel or pulp mills and railway bogies – SKF’s customers pay for uninterrupted rotation services. Under SKF’s Rotating Equipment Performance service, customers pay a fixed fee, which covers the provision of bearings, seals, lubrication and condition monitoring.

Read more at Siemens Company Stories

How Robotic Sewing Experiment Got Levi’s Attention

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✍️ Author: Glenn Taylor

🏭 Vertical: Textiles

🏢 Organizations: Levi Strauss, Siemens, Sewbo, Saitex

The teams’ early work integrated sewing machines with collaborative robot systems and designed an end effector capable of lifting and controlling a single large ply of fabric. Recent projects have built upon these developments to be able to robotically conduct more advanced operations like hemming, fabric fusing, pocket setting and curved stitches. The two firms then turned to Sewbo, a company that wants to address a common problem that prevents robotics from meshing with apparel production—the technology often has difficulty trying to handle limp, flexible or floppy fabrics, and thus can’t start the sewing process.

Because the machines are also expensive, according to Zornow, the upfront investment and maintenance costs are also high. To make matters tougher, the downtime can be substantial, he said. “Consequentially, you sort of find this paradigm where although a lot of the tools do exist, they’re not really getting used,” Zornow said. Rather than teach robots how to handle cloth, Sewbo temporarily stiffens the fabric with a nontoxic polymer, enabling off-the-shelf industrial robots to build garments from rigid cloth, just as if they were working with sheet metal. Zornow told Rivet that the use of the stiffening agent was the “big breakthrough” that made the technology innovation possible.

Read more at Sourcing Journal

Accenture and Siemens: Tackling industrial machinery challenges through Intelligent Service and Asset Lifecycle (ISAL)

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✍️ Authors: Till Habel, Torsten Beste, Christopher Pennington

🔖 Topics: Partnership

🏢 Organizations: Accenture, Siemens

The industrial machinery industry is being transformed by global supply chain disruptions, changes to equipment practices and a push for greater sustainability. Executives seeking to adapt to the shifting landscape need reliable partners and world-class solutions.

Accenture and Siemens can partner with industrial machinery manufacturers to help manage this period of transformation. This post discusses trends in the sector, the Intelligent Service and Asset Lifecycle (ISAL) solution and the role Accenture and Siemens play to support a new direction for industrial machinery companies.

Read more at Siemens Software Blogs

Comau and Siemens collaborate to integrate robotics and artificial intelligence in the PLC

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🔖 Topics: Partnership, Programmable Logic Controller

🏢 Organizations: Siemens, Comau

SIMATIC Robot Library and the “Comau Next Generation Programming Platform” use Profinet’s “Standard Robot Command Interface,” a growing industrial communication protocol. Thanks to this standard, manufacturing companies can quickly and easily program and manage Comau robots using Siemens software and control systems. As the integration and automation between the Siemens PLC and the robotic controller do not require prior knowledge in robotic programming the solution reduces work time and costs, increasing production efficiency.

Read more at Comau Uploads (PDF)

Siemens, Gecko Robotics Develop Ultrasonic Maintenance Robots

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✍️ Author: Scarlett Evans

🔖 Topics: Partnership

🏢 Organizations: Gecko Robotics, Siemens

Siemens has announced a three-year collaboration with Gecko Robotics to develop and roll out ultrasonic robotic inspection services across Europe. The partners say the inspections will be a game-changer for the future of infrastructure inspections and maintenance across a range of industries such as power generation and the oil and gas sector. Under the collaboration, Gecko Robotics will provide its remote-controlled robots fitted with ultrasonic transducers, localization sensors, lasers and H cameras. The spider-like robots adhere to the surface of different equipment types, moving horizontally or vertically across the equipment while scanning it for any signs of wear and tear, with managers able to monitor corrosion trends over time and predict necessary maintenance.

Read more at IoT World Today

Siemens and Desktop Metal begin partnership with aim of accelerating sustainable additive manufacturing at scale

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🔖 Topics: Partnership

🏢 Organizations: Siemens, Desktop Metal

Siemens and Desktop Metal have announced a multi-faceted partnership aimed at accelerating the adoption of additive manufacturing for production applications with a focus on the world’s largest manufacturers.

The collaboration will touch multiple aspects of the Desktop Metal business. This includes increased integration of Siemens technology in Desktop Metal’s AM 2.0 systems, including operational technology, information technology and automation. Desktop Metal says its solutions will be fully integrated into Siemens simulation and planning tools for machine and factory design. Siemens Digital Twin tools will now be used for designing certain machines, and Siemens Advanta can simulate all levels of the binder jetting process and global plant planning, which Siemens says enables fast and reliable decisions for factory planning.

Read more at TCT Magazine

Estonia’s Skeleton to invest €220 million to build supercapacitor factory in Leipzig

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🏢 Organizations: Skeleton, Siemens

Estonian energy storage tech firm Skeleton Technologies will invest €220 million to build a fully automated, digitalised manufacturing plant to produce supercapacitors at Leipzig in Germany. Out of the investment, €100 million will be utilised in manufacturing equipment in Leipzig area and €120 million will be used for scale-up and R&D. Planned by Siemens, the production at the factory is slated to begin in 2024, Skeleton said. The collaboration will help scale up the production of next-generation supercapacitors. The factory in Markranstaedt, Leipzig will build 12 million cells a year, 8 million of which would be smaller cells for passenger vehicles and 4 million would be larger cells for heavy-duty transportation.

Read more at Tech EU

The Metaverse Goes Industrial: Siemens, NVIDIA Extend Partnership to Bring Digital Twins Within Easy Reach

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🔖 Topics: Metaverse, Digital Twin

🏢 Organizations: Siemens, NVIDIA

Silicon Valley magic met Wednesday with 175 years of industrial technology leadership as Siemens CEO Roland Busch and NVIDIA Founder and CEO Jensen Huang shared their vision for an “industrial metaverse” at the launch of the Siemens Xcelerator business platform in Munich. Pairing physics-based digital models from Siemens with real-time AI from NVIDIA, the companies announced they will connect the Siemens Xcelerator and NVIDIA Omniverse platforms.

The partnership also promises to make factories more efficient and sustainable. Users will more easily be able to turn data streaming from the factory floor PLCs and sensors into AI models. These models can be used to continuously optimize performance, predict problems, reduce energy consumption, and streamline the flow of parts and materials across the factory floor.

Read more at NVIDIA Blog

Siemens acquires Brightly Software to accelerate growth in digital building operations

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🏢 Organizations: Siemens, Brightly Software

Siemens Smart Infrastructure (SI), the frontrunner in digital buildings, has signed an agreement to acquire Brightly Software, a leading U.S.-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of asset and maintenance management solutions. The acquisition elevates SI to a leading position in the software market for buildings and built infrastructure. The purchase price is USD 1.575 billion, plus an earn-out. The acquisition will add Brightly’s well-established cloud-based capabilities across key sectors – education, public infrastructure, healthcare, and manufacturing – to Siemens’ digital and software know-how in buildings.

Read more at Siemens Press Release

Siemens buys UK industrial IoT firm Senseye for global smart factory push

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✍️ Author: James Blackman

🏢 Organizations: Siemens, Senseye

Siemens has acquired UK-based industrial IoT firm Senseye for an undisclosed fee. Senseye, founded in 2014, provides analytics-based (“AI-powered”) predictive maintenance solutions for industrial machines, offering ways to manage and reduce unplanned downtime and to boost productivity and sustainability. The firm, headquartered in Southampton, was picked up by Zurich-based venture firm Momenta Partners as an early portfolio company; it claims its IoT sensing and analytics product, available on subscription (as-a-service), reduces unplanned machine downtime by up to 50 percent and increases maintenance staff productivity by up to 30 percent.

Read more at Enterprise IoT Insights

Robots Become More Useful In Factories

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✍️ Author: John Koon

🔖 Topics: Industrial Robot

🏢 Organizations: Siemens

“The main focus of manufacturing is to increase productivity measured in throughput over a time period, with minimum downtime,” said Sathishkumar Balasubramanian, head of product management and marketing for IC verification at Siemens EDA. “But assembly line manufacturing line is a dynamic environment, and automation is only part of the solution. On the outside, it seems to be important to have constant flow. However, variability in manufacturing flow is inevitable, and how the manufacturing process adapts to variation is highly critical to keep the downtime to a minimum. For example, in bottling manufacturing, how the work moves from station 1 to station 4, and a change in bottle orientation, can be addressed by an adaptive production line to meet peak demand with minimum disruption. That is very important. The ability to sense the status of manufacturing line at the edge is key to robotic manufacturing process.”

Read more at Semiconductor Engineering

Digital twins improve real-life manufacturing

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✍️ Author: James Vincent

🔖 Topics: digital twin

🏢 Organizations: Siemens, Tesla, Boeing

Real-world data paired with digital simulations of products—digital twins—are providing valuable insights that are helping companies identify and resolve problems before prototypes go into production and manage products in the field, says Alberto Ferrari, senior director of the Model-Based Digital Thread Process Capability Center at Raytheon.

The concept has started to take off, with the market for digital-twin technology and tools growing by 58% annually to reach $48 billion by 2026, up from $3.1 billion in 2020. Using the technology to create digital prototypes saves resources, money, and time. Yet the technology is also being used to simulate far more, from urban populations to energy systems to the deployment of new services.

Read more at MIT Technology Review Insights

Industrial Organizations Targeted in Log4Shell Attacks

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🔖 Topics: cybersecurity

🏢 Organizations: Siemens

As of Monday night, Siemens has confirmed that 17 of its products are affected by CVE-2021-44228 and there are many more that are still being analyzed. The German industrial giant has started releasing patches and it has provided mitigation advice.

Schneider Electric has also released an advisory, but it’s still working on determining which of its products are affected. In the meantime, it has shared general mitigations to reduce the risk of attacks.

Read more at SecurityWeek

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The Autonomous Factory of the Future by Siemens

Artificial intelligence optimally controls your plant

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🔖 Topics: energy consumption, reinforcement learning, machine learning, industrial control system

🏢 Organizations: Siemens

Until now, heating systems have mainly been controlled individually or via a building management system. Building management systems follow a preset temperature profile, meaning they always try to adhere to predefined target temperatures. The temperature in a conference room changes in response to environmental influences like sunlight or the number of people present. Simple (PI or PID) controllers are used to make constant adjustments so that the measured room temperature is as close to the target temperature values as possible.

We believe that the best alternative is learning a control strategy by means of reinforcement learning (RL). Reinforcement learning is a machine learning method that has no explicit (learning) objective. Instead, an “agent” with as complete a knowledge of the system state as possible learns the manipulated variable changes that maximize a “reward” function defined by humans. Using algorithms from reinforcement learning, the agent, meaning the control strategy, can be trained from both current and recorded system data. This requires measurements for the manipulated variable changes that have been carried out, for the (resulting) changes to the system state over time, and for the variables necessary for calculating the reward.

Read more at Siemens Ingenuity

Industrializing Additive Manufacturing by AI-based Quality Assurance

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✍️ Author: Axel Reitinger

🔖 Topics: additive manufacturing, quality assurance

🏢 Organizations: Siemens

At Siemens we are aiming to significantly improve quality assurance in Additive Manufacturing (AM) with industrial artificial intelligence and machine-learning to accelerate the time from prototype to industrialization as well as the efficiency in large-scale serial production.

Data of all print jobs are collected in a virtual private cloud (encrypted and secured by two-factor authentication), which facilitates the analysis and comparison across multiple print jobs and factory locations.

A profile of the severity scores of the final prototype can be used to define upper control limits for the serial production, which are then the basis for an automatic monitoring of the printing quality in the industrial phase. This could include, for example, the automatic creation of non-conformance reports (NCR).

The application calculates a severity score per printed part on the layer and additionally a severity score for the whole build plate. The severity score per part is calculated on the area of the bounding box of every single part, which helps to focus on those issues in the powder bed that can negatively impact the part’s quality. It allows a detailed monitoring of every part during the print process and is used by technical experts to evaluate if further Non-Destructive-Evaluation (NDE) of the finished part is required.

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SKF uses cloud to offer new business models

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🔖 Topics: predictive maintenance, business model innovation

🏢 Organizations: Siemens, SKF Group

The idea is simple: Instead of buying industrial bearings – whether for conveyor belts, pumps, crushers, paper machines, steel or pulp mills and railway bogies – SKF’s customers pay for uninterrupted rotation services. Under SKF’s Rotating Equipment Performance service, customers pay a fixed fee, which covers the provision of bearings, seals, lubrication and condition monitoring.

On the topic of payment: For many manufacturing operations, the argument for XaaS is that payments fall under operational expenditures (OPEX), thus leaving capital expenditure (CAPEX) budgets intact for the big, essential investments. When a contract is drawn up the parties agree on targets, which could be machine production level, uptime or other KPIs. Digitalization is essential for delivery and to ensure the promised uptime.

Aside from detecting failures before they happen, data evaluation is essential for selecting the right rotation services. SKF can measure the rotating equipment performance and from the data recognize whether the solution it has proposed is meeting its customers’ needs. If not, adjustments can be made to provide the best solution possible.

Read more at Siemens Blog

The Autonomous Factory: Innovation through Personalized Production at Scale

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✍️ Author: Dr Ralph-Christian Ohr

🔖 Topics: IIoT, digital twin, autonomous production

🏢 Organizations: Siemens

Personalized products are in high demand these days. Meeting this demand is leading companies to increasingly automate their production processes and even make parts of it autonomous. However, this approach presents a trade-off: with increasing personalization comes increasing complexity. Therefore, companies need to decide on the expedient extents and levels of automation to be implemented in their factories. Two strategies that may help along the way: 1. Limited implementation in selected areas. 2. Co-creation with trusted partners.

Read more at Siemens Ingenuity

Evolution of Machine Autonomy in Factory Transactions

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✍️ Author: Stephanie Neil

🔖 Topics: IIoT, blockchain

🏢 Organizations: Industrial Internet Consortium, IOTA Foundation, Siemens, IBM

So while we’ve not completely entered the age of the machine economy, defined as a network of smart, connected, and self-sufficient machines that are economically independent and can autonomously execute transactions within a market with little to no human intervention, we are getting close.

The building blocks to create the factory of the future are here, including the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and blockchain. This trifecta of technology has the potential to disrupt the industrial space, but it needs to be connected with a few more things, such as digital twin technology, mobile robots, a standardized way for machines to communicate, and smart services, like sharing machine capacity in a distributed ecosystem.

“The biggest obstacle is culture,” said IIC’s Mellor. “The average age of the industrial plant is 19 years. These are huge investments that last for decades. The organizations that run these facilities are very cautious. Even a 0.5% chance of failure can cost millions of dollars.”

Read more at AutomationWorld

Vaccine production: Marburg has the right stuff

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🔖 Topics: manufacturing execution system

🏭 Vertical: Pharmaceutical

🏢 Organizations: Siemens, BioNTech

BioNTech manufactures BNT162b2 in collaboration with US pharmaceutical specialist Pfizer. The company has started manufacturing at the production site in Marburg, in the German state of Hesse. The plant there comes with an ultramodern production facility for recombinant proteins. The relevant expertise is also available, since BioNTech also acquired a highly qualified employee base along with the production facility, all of whom are experienced in developing new technologies.

The facility in Marburg had been producing influenza vaccines based on flu cell culture, then changed over to recombinant proteins for cancer treatments and now manufactures mRNA vaccine.

All the improvements at the Marburg plant are Industry 4.0-compatible. One of the challenges with the conversion was the fact that it involved switching from rigid to mobile production with many single-use components. At the same time, working with mRNA meant a higher clean room class than was previously required in the facility. Paper is now an avoidable “contamination factor” that doesn’t arise with digital production. That was the basis for opting for the Opcenter Execution Pharma solution from Siemens as the new MES. This solution enables complete paperless manufacturing and fully electronic batch recording.

Read more at Siemens Blog

Cloud-based app for micro-breweries

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🔖 Topics: IIoT

🏭 Vertical: Beverage

🏢 Organizations: Deacan, Siemens, KAIJU Beer

When the yeast consumes the sugar to produce alcohol: That’s when the flavour is developed. It’s when beer becomes beer. Australian craft brewers are passionate about brewing, not industrial operational technology, yet Leonie Wong and Rex Chen from the MindSphere team still managed to make the data work for them; they want to always land the perfect brew and waste not a single drop.

In this market, Deacam, an Australian original equipment manufacturer (OEM), which provides automated brewing equipment and solutions to microbreweries, was looking to differentiate itself. Leonie Wong, responsible for Vertical Sales for Food & Beverage for Siemens Australia, and Solution Architect Rex Chen met with Deacam and their customers, the microbreweries themselves.

Read more at Siemens Blog

Complex machine validations performed with multiphysics simulation

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✍️ Author: Rahul Garg

🔖 Topics: digital twin, materials science

🏭 Vertical: Machinery

🏢 Organizations: Siemens

When new materials and methods are applied to manufacturing, it increases product complexity. But the benefits can be significant: Products are now lighter, smaller and more easily customizable to meet consumer demands. Multiphysics simulations enable machine builders to explore the physical interactions complex products encounter, virtually. It tracks interactive data of product performance, safety and longevity.

Read more at Plant Engineering

A digital twin solved the risks associated with the 50m smart patching line made by Raute

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✍️ Author: Ville Paso

🔖 Topics: digital twin, machine design

🏭 Vertical: Wood

🏢 Organizations: Siemens, Raute

The project consists of a digital twin and virtual commissioning of the production line to secure the project delivery for the new designed machine sections (material infeed and baseplate removal) of a patching line. Different scenarios could be created with the digital twin to optimize the design (i.e. avoidance of mechanical collisions etc.) and validate the concept before manufacturing the real machine sections.

Read more at Siemens Ingenuity

Artificial Intelligence: Driving Digital Innovation and Industry 4.0

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✍️ Author: @ralph_ohr

🔖 Topics: AI, machine learning

🏢 Organizations: Siemens

Intelligent AI solutions can analyze high volumes of data generated by a factory to identify trends and patterns which can then be used to make manufacturing processes more efficient and reduce their energy consumption. Employing Digital Twin-enabled representations of a product and the associated process, AI is able to recognize whether the workpiece being manufactured meets quality requirements. This is how plants are constantly adapting to new circumstances and undergoing optimization with no need for operator input. New technologies are emerging in this application area, such as Reinforcement Learning – a topic that has not been deployed on a broad scale up to now. It can be used to automatically ascertain correlations between production parameters, product quality and process performance by learning through ‘trial-and-error’ – and thereby dynamically tuning the parameter values to optimize the overall process.

Read more at Siemens Ingenuity

How Augmented Reality Became a Serious Tool for Manufacturing

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✍️ Author: James R. Koelsch

🔖 Topics: augmented reality, IIoT

🏢 Organizations: Autodesk, AVEVA, Dassault Systemes, Emerson, Siemens

Making monsters appear in games like Pokémon Go is not the only application for augmented reality these days. Industry is using the technology too, harnessing CAD data for training workers, standardizing workflows, and enabling collaboration.

Read more at Automation World

Speeding the Adoption of Additive Manufacturing

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✍️ Author: Ashley Eckhoff

🔖 Topics: 3D printing, additive manufacturing

🏭 Vertical: Machinery

🏢 Organizations: Siemens

Additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing offers a number of potential innovations in product design, while its flexible manufacturing capabilities can support a distributed manufacturing model - helping to unlock new business potential. However, when companies begin to consider all that is needed to make additive a reality— such as generative design, part consolidation, and topology optimization—it becomes clear that the traditional ways of designing and manufacturing parts are falling away.


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Siemens closes Mentor Graphics acquisition

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🔖 Topics: Acquisition

🏢 Organizations: Siemens

With the recent closing of its acquisition of electronic design automation (EDA) software leader, Mentor Graphics Corporation (Mentor), Siemens sets out to underscore the significant customer value it envisions for both Electronic Systems and Integrated Circuit (IC) design tools. Mentor is now part of Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business, making the combined organization the world’s leading supplier of industrial software used for product design, simulation, verification, testing and manufacturing. As today’s products – from smart phones and household appliances, to automobiles, aircraft and machinery – continue to increase the use of sophisticated embedded electronics, Siemens has uniquely positioned itself to provide a seamless and comprehensive software solution to the companies that develop these products.

Read more at Siemens Press