Welcome to the final post in our blog series on the Digital Machine Shop! My name is Corsin Buerer. I am the head of Production and Quality Software at Siemens Digital Industries Software, and I’ll be discussing shop floor connectivity, specifically how the work done in the previous stages of the quadcopter project made its way to the people and machines who turned the mold design into an actual mold.
Similar to the previous post on quality inspection, I’ll be discussing an area where traditionally paper documents, not digital data, have been the predominant form of communication. From drawings to tool lists to set-up sheets, the shop floor in many manufacturing companies is still a sea of paper.
We at Siemens believe that it’s past time for the shop floor to gain the benefits of going paperless. There is nothing preventing it at this point. NX software can create a comprehensive digital twin of your production processes, including digital versions of all shop documentation as well as the NC and inspection programs created at the end of the CNC and CMM programming processes. This all-digital approach can deliver significant benefits, such as improved part quality and shorter time to market.
In addition, we offer a specific solution for shop floor connectivity, called Teamcenter Shop Floor Connect, that facilitates transfer and access to the critical manufacturing data. Included in its functionality is the ability to send work instructions directly to machine tools, inspection equipment and presetters using a new technology for Direct Numerical Control (DNC). In this post, I’ll explain how we used Shop Floor Connect to extend the digital thread we have been following throughout this blog series all the way to the shop floor, and I’ll outline the advantages we gained as a result.