Siemens, Identify3D Partner on Monitoring Platform
Controlled through the CNC on the machine tool, the combined service is expected to represent a significant element in IP protection.
Siemens and Identify3D have partnered to provide IP protection, manufacturing repeatability and part traceability for industrial designers. Identify3D, a software platform for the digital supply chain, is said to enable a secure digital supply chain throughout the manufacturing process.
With the Identify3D system, industrial designers can protect design data, assign enforceable business and manufacturing rules, and facilitate secure digital data distribution. The software is said to provide production integrity from the design stage through actual output so that all parts produced are made to specification and within an allowable quantity.
The solution resulting from the partnership offers:
- Part design encryption with Identify3D Protect integrated into Siemens NX or Teamcenter
- Encrypted design stored in Teamcenter
- Encrypted design licensed via Identify3D Manage with a set of business and manufacturing policies to a specific Siemens Sinumerik 840D sl on a CNC machine
- Shop Floor Connect for Teamcenter, which pulls encrypted design from Teamcenter and places it onto the CNC
- Design decrypted for manufacturing by Identify3D Enforce running on the CNC
- Transaction logging in Identify3D Trace for specific part traceability
- The option of point-to-point or blockchain use
According to the companies, the platform combination can form the basis of a systematic part monitoring at a manufacturing company or design enterprise working with outside and offshore supply chain partners.
This shop’s successful entry into machine monitoring reveals important points about what to do and what to expect.
A panel discussion at the recent Top Shops Conference focused on various points of view regarding the value of connecting machine tools to a network for monitoring performance and recording results. Because machine monitoring helps a shop make better decisions about manufacturing processes, it is a good example of data-driven manufacturing in action.
MTConnect agents and their corresponding device adapters are simply small computer programs that work together so that MTConnect can make shop equipment and networks more readily connectible. In a nutshell, adapters enable existing shopfloor devices “to speak MTConnect,” and agents enable MTConnect messages and data files to be transmitted across a network to MTConnect-compatible applications.