Siemens Manage MyMachines Offers Entry-Level CNC Machine Monitoring
Siemens’ Manage MyMachines is a cloud-based platform as a service enabling full tracking of machine kinematics as well as production data.
Siemens’ Manage MyMachines, one of the MindApps within the Mindsphere concept, is a cloud-based platform as a service enabling full tracking of machine kinematics as well as production data. The platform is marketed by Siemens as an entry point to shop digitalization. Machine shops and production departments, in conjunction with their system integrators and other business partners, can benefit from the platform’s transparent display of all CNC equipment on the floor regardless of location, brand, function or usage.
Manage MyMachines provides access to critical machine tool information, from bearing temperature to production by shift or job, scaled based on user needs. Unexpected line downtimes and off-normal machine kinematic conditions can be quickly identified and rectified. Predictive maintenance can be programmed such that an upcoming failure can be anticipated, with alerts sent, for example, to a local distributor for delivery of needed components.
Siemens produced this attractive video to illustrate what it sees as a likely representation of the machining facility of the future.
Introduced at IMTS 2008, this communications protocol for CNC machines and other manufacturing equipment is already helping shops and plants implement effective machine monitoring systems. Although these "early adopters" are motivated by the long-term promise of enterprise-wide efficiency gains, their experience with pilot projects shows that benefits derived in the short term are substantial and worthwhile.
While OPC UA and MTConnect are both http-based protocols, there are differences between them, and each is best used in differing scenarios.