Advanced Machine Engineering by Siemens Digital Industries

3/3/2020

Embracing a Multi-disciplinary Bill of Material

Season 2, Ep. 4
As we've learned throughout this podcast series, industrial machinery manufacturers have seen groundbreaking technological advancements in the areas of design and machine simulation.In the first three podcasts, we talked about the evolution of technology within the machinery industry, key trends that continue to shape the industry today, and we have also introduced the Advanced Machine Engineering solution at a high level by describing two of the three key differentiators: multi-disciplinary design and virtual machine simulations & commissioning.Today, in our final podcast of the series, Bill and I are discussing the third key differentiator of the Advanced Machine Engineering solution – multi-disciplinary Bill of Material and configuration management.Bill Davis is the Director of Industrial Machinery & Heavy Equipment Solutions at Siemens Digital Industries Software, working to help industrial machinery customers and heavy equipment customers improve innovation and profitability through the application of the Siemens portfolio. His background is in automation, converting, and packaging machinery. His 30 years of experience in engineering and management positions have shaped how he helps their customers and their go-to-market strategy.So, listen to Episode 4 of the Siemens Podcast on Advanced Machine Engineering, to learn how to leverage your proprietary data to create a digital thread approach to engineering and also create a competitive advantage.Questions I ask:What is a managed environment and why should it be important to the machine builders and their suppliers? (02:15)Is complexity the only challenge around this topic of data management, or are there other areas that we need to be concerned with, as well? (07:31)How can Advanced Machine Engineering solution help solve these challenges? (10:25)Before we end this podcast, could you quickly summarize the main advantages of the Advanced Machine Engineering solution and why it should be considered by our listeners? (14:58)In this episode, you will learn:The Configure to Order approach. (03:48)The Engineer to Order approach. (04:46)The importance of having a Bill of Material that represents the entire machine. (05:57)Connect with Bill:LinkedIn
2/18/2020

Adopting Virtual Machine Simulation and Commissioning

Season 2, Ep. 3
In our last two podcasts, we talked about the evolution of technology within the machinery industry, key trends that continue to shape the industry today, and we introduced the Advanced Machine Engineering solution at a high level by taking a deep dive into one of the three key differentiators - multi-disciplinary design.Today, our expert in the series, Bill, focuses the discussion around virtual machine simulation and commissioning and how machine manufacturers are implementing this approach to improve the quality and reduce delivery time for highly complex machines.Bill Davis is the Director of Industrial Machinery & Heavy Equipment Solutions at Siemens Digital Industries Software, working to help industrial machinery customers and heavy equipment customers improve innovation and profitability through the application of the Siemens portfolio. His background is in automation, converting, and packaging machinery. His 30 years of experience in engineering and management positions have shaped how he helps their customers and their go-to-market strategy.So, listen to Episode 3 of the Siemens Podcast on Advanced Machine Engineering, where we talk about the importance of adopting and integrating virtual machine simulation and commissioning into the manufacturing process.Questions I ask:What is virtual machine simulation and commissioning? (01:51)What are the simulation approaches that are being leveraged to address the challenges? (08:01)What are some of the benefits for the manufacturers that incorporate this virtual machine simulation and commissioning approach and integrate it into their manufacturing process? (16:16)In this episode, you will learn:The challenges that machine builders are currently facing. (03:21)The advantages of simulating the machine’s performance in a virtual world. (13:53)Connect with Bill:LinkedIn
1/30/2020

Leveraging the Multi-Disciplinary Design

Season 2, Ep. 2
In our last podcast, we talked about the evolution of technology within the machinery industry and we highlighted three key differentiators for advanced machine engineering solutions: multi-disciplinary design, virtual machine simulation and commissioning, and multi-disciplinary BOM and configuration management.Today, in our second podcast of this series, we are discussing the first key differentiator and we are learning how machine manufacturers are leveraging multi-disciplinary design to make their manufacturing more efficient.Bill Davis is the Director of Industrial Machinery & Heavy Equipment Solutions at Siemens Digital Industries Software, working to help industrial machinery customers and heavy equipment customers improve innovation and profitability through the application of the Siemens portfolio. His background is in automation, converting, and packaging machinery. His 30 years of experience in engineering and management positions have shaped how he helps their customers and their go-to-market strategy.So, listen to the second part of the Siemens Podcast on Advanced Machine Engineering, where we discuss the significance of multi-disciplinary collaboration for machine builders and we also expand on the benefits of implementing this approach.Questions I ask:What exactly is multi-disciplinary design? (01:55)How would you respond to someone who might minimize the value that you just described for multi-disciplinary collaboration? (04:28)Do you have any examples for any companies that have embraced Advanced Machine Engineering as a strategy and if so, what kind of results they might have seen? (14:08)In this episode, you will learn:The meaning of the Mechatronics Concept Designer. (06:59)The dangers of having too much integration too quickly. (08:01)The benefits for those who are incorporating a multi-disciplinary collaboration into their manufacturing process. (10:47)Connect with Bill:LinkedIn
1/16/2020

The Evolution of Advanced Machine Engineering

Season 2, Ep. 1
It is a daunting task to design, validate, and manage modern industrial machinery to address rapidly increasing automation complexity and mass customization requirements while increasing market share and unlocking new business opportunities.Today, in our first podcast of the series, we are discussing how machinery manufacturers are gaining a competitive advantage by implementing a digital twin approach to engineering, which enables the development of highly complex machines faster.Bill Davis is the Director of Industrial Machinery & Heavy Equipment Solutions at Siemens Digital Industries Software, working to help industrial machinery customers and heavy equipment customers improve innovation and profitability through application of the Siemens portfolio. His background is in automation, converting, and packaging machinery. His 30 years of experience in engineering and management positions have shaped how he helps their customers and their go-to-market strategy.So, listen to the first part of this Siemens Podcast on Advanced Machine Engineering, where we will cover some of the challenges and trends facing machinery manufacturers today, and how these challenges are driving an evolution of technology that is now enabling machine manufacturers with the ability to maximize profits and also look at the industry trends driving the adoption of this innovative technology.Questions I ask:Let's take a look back at the last 10 years. There have been so many changes in the machinery industry, but what would you cite, from your perspective, as one or two significant technology changes that have shaped the industry in the past decade? (03:52)Would you say technology has been the biggest catalyst for change in the machinery industry? Or are there other factors that are creating the need for advanced technology solutions as well? (05:58)Can you, from your perspective, elaborate a bit on the concept of digitalization and more specifically, the digital twin in the context of the industrial machinery? (09:11)Can you help the listeners understand what exactly is Advanced Machine Engineering, and what makes it unique from any other approaches machine builders and their suppliers are using today? (12:23)In this episode, you will learn:About Bill’s background and how that has helped him with his current role at Siemens. (01:42)The meaning of Generative Design Movement. (04:50)How the consumer-driven customization influences machine manufacturing. (06:27)Why you should adopt a digital twin, from a machinery standpoint. (10:43)Connect with Bill:LinkedIn
9/17/2019

The Advantages of Smart Manufacturing

Season 1, Ep. 3
Innovations with industrial machinery and manufacturing are seeing groundbreaking technological advancements.There are not many companies the size of Siemens with both the manufacturing capability and their industry breadth of knowledge.Today we're learning how machine manufacturers are implementing smart manufacturing to improve the product of parts manufacturing.Listen to the Third Episode of Siemens PLM Podcast series, where Bill and I are going to take a close inspection of the improvement smart manufacturing brings to manufacturing execution management, including manufacturing of the bill of process, and manufacturing of the bill of materials.Questions I ask:When you look at the greater global Siemens and their approach to smart manufacturing, could you give some of the things we have learned in our approach, and how that's changed and how it's been a dynamic process of learning and improving and just our general philosophy in approaching smart manufacturing? (01:25)When you spoke of quality, when we're looking at building the highest quality parts for the lowest amount of labor content in the fastest time, what are some of the differentiators that Siemens provides in parts manufacturing? What kind of technology are we inputting to make sure that happens? (08:13)When you're talking about these complex machine centers, how we can be smarter and the challenges of manufacturing operations to maximize quality in assembly and in commissioning, what are some of the right solutions that we use in implementing that?In this episode, you will learn:What the concept “Bill of Process” means. (04:53)The importance of meeting the conditions that the machine shop has, when fabricating any part of the machine (08:56)The implications of moving away from single-purpose machining centers toward higher capacity multi-function machining centers. (13:40)How Siemens is dealing with the skilled labor shortage. (15:10)
8/13/2019

Machine Manufacturers Maximizing Profits & Industry Trends

Season 1, Ep. 1
The landscape of industrial machinery and manufacturing has seen an innovative overhaul of technological advancements.Siemens is one of the largest industrial automation supplier in the world, with a unique position in the software side. They have been a leading provider of industrial automation for a number of years so they understand how technology needs to be integrated into the machinery.Today, in our first podcast in this series, Bill Davis and I, we're discussing how machinery manufacturers are gaining a competitive edge by implementing smart manufacturing.Bill Davis is the Director of Industrial Machinery & Heavy Equipment Solutions at Siemens. He has a Mechanical Engineering Degree, Bachelor in Science Degree from Milwaukee School of Engineering, with a Masters in Business Administration from Marquette University. In the course of his experience, he has gained a lot of skills with regards to CAD and PDM, as well as operations management.Listen to the First Episode of Siemens PLM Podcast series to learn how machine manufacturers are maximizing profits, and the industry trends driving the adoption of this innovative technology.Questions I ask:·Within that 30-year span of your career, how long have you been focused on smart manufacturing? (02:28)·What is smart manufacturing? (03:01)·In what way is Siemens PLM implementing smart manufacturing into companies and into manufacturers? (06:08)·In looking at just the trends in this industry, how do you see Siemens with the machine trends and aligning that with smart manufacturing? (08:38)·How are you seeing trends changing in the way customer purchases a machine? (12:52)In this episode, you will learn:·Bill Davis’s background and career. (01:15)·Smart manufacturing at the product level. (03:55)·Smart manufacturing at the machinery level. (04:32)·What adaptability means, in terms of smart manufacturing. (09:42)·What extendability refers to, in terms of smart manufacturing. (11:22)Connect with Bill Davis:·LinkedIn