Advanced Machine Engineering by Siemens Digital Industries


How to Make Your Factory Smarter

Season 1, Ep. 4

With technological advancements all around us in the manufacturing industry, it's important to understand how improving machinery operations is dependant upon making your factory smarter.

Today, in our fourth and final podcast of these series, Bill Davis — the Director of Industrial Machinery and Heavy Equipment Solutions at Siemens — and I, we're discussing the smart manufacturing techniques to use to improve machine assembly, shop layouts, and process simulation.

So, listen to the Final Episode of Siemens PLM Podcast series, to learn how to be more efficient in terms of generating more cash and reducing the quality problems overall, with the help of the digital twin.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to make sure you get the right parts to the right spot on the assembly floor at the right time. (01:53)
  • Why process simulation is important for continuous improvement. (02:55)
  • Why scheduling machines and multiple product lines at the same time is as important as the individual assembly process. (05:12)
  • What you can do to bring a machine into the commissionable state as quickly as possible so that you don’t have idle time for your cash. (06:30)
  • Examples of use cases where companies have implemented the simulation and seen a reduction in errors and time, while an increase in cash flow. (09:49)
  • What closed-loop quality is and how does it work. (14:29)

More Episodes


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)

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