01 Jul 2022

Industrial Edge range expanded for machine tools applications

Edge for machine tools

Two new edge devices have been added to Siemens’ Industrial Edge range for machine tools.

In addition to the already available IPC227E, there is now the IPC127E, an entry-level device, and the IPC427E, a powerful edge device for machine tools.

The IPC127E serves as an entry-level solution to provide connectivity and performance for simple use cases. With the IPC427E, Siemens is launching 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 at a sampling rate of up to 10kHz. For this purpose, the already known edge application Analyse MyWorkpiece /Capture has received an update.

High temporal resolution

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. Also, users can visualise 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 notable because the visualisation of the machining axes in visualisation applications such as Analyse MyWorkpiece /Toolpath gives no indication of the machined workpiece. All other recorded data can subsequently be visualised and analysed with Analyse MyWorkpiece /Toolpath. The insights gained enable optimisation of the CAD/CAM model and the generated NC program. In addition, Analyse MyWorkpiece /Toolpath now allows the creation of a realistic surface reconstruction using process data recorded with Industrial Edge for Machine Tools. This allows the workpiece quality to be evaluated before a workpiece has even been manufactured, because the surface reconstruction also works with process data from an air cut.

With the release of the new version of Analyse MyWorkpiece /Monitor, users have another update of an edge app in the field of quality monitoring. Analyse MyWorkpiece /Monitor is used for automatic quality assurance of the machining process of a workpiece. From now on, all the necessary measures are stored in a single app. This includes the recording of reference data, the training of monitoring models and the realisation of process monitoring. With Analyse MyWorkpiece /Monitor, users can reduce quality assurance costs.

All machine tool software apps can now be purchased online 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.