Siemens is expanding its Industrial Edge offering for machine tools with two new edge devices. In addition to IPC227E, has introduced the entry-level device IPC127E, and the powerful edge device for machine tools IPC427E.
The IPC127E serves as an entry-level solution to provide connectivity and performance for simple use cases. With the IPC427E, Siemens is introducing a device with sufficient computing power to meet the demands of AI-based edge applications and sophisticated data analytics.
The new Simatic ET200 adapter also offers the possibility of connecting additional external sensors and acquiring their data of up to 10kHz sampling rate. For this purpose, the edge application Analyze MyWorkpiece/Capture has received an update.
In addition to data on the workpiece, tool, and tool path, this app can now also record data from external sensors in high temporal resolution. As a novelty, the app can also stream process data via MQTT to an external MQTT endpoint. In addition, users can visualize the workpiece of a 5-axis machining operation with the newly developed online coordinate retransformation from the machine coordinate system to the workpiece coordinate system.
This is interesting because the visualization of the machining axes in visualization applications such as Analyze MyWorkpiece/Toolpath gives no indication of the machined workpiece. Users can analyze and visualize of all other recorded data with the Analyze MyWorkpiece/Toolpath.
The insights gained enable optimization of the computer-aided design (CAD)/computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) model and the generated numerical control program. In addition, Analyze MyWorkpiece/Toolpath now allows the creation of a realistic surface reconstruction using process data recorded with Industrial Edge for Machine Tools. This allows the evaluation of workpiece quality before its manufacture because the surface reconstruction also works with process data from an air cut.
With the release of the new version of Analyze MyWorkpiece/Monitor, users have another update of an edge app in the field of quality monitoring. Analyze MyWorkpiece/Monitor works with automatic quality assurance of the machining process of a workpiece. From now on, all the necessary measures are available for storage in a single app. This includes the recording of reference data, the training of monitoring models, and the realization of process monitoring. With Analyze MyWorkpiece /Monitor, users can reduce quality assurance costs.
The purchase of all machine tool software apps online is possible from the new Machine Tool Software Store.
With the expanded Siemens Industrial Edge hardware and software portfolio for the machine tool, both machine builders and users can flexibly take advantage of data processing via edge or cloud computing as needed.