Advanced Machine Engineering by Siemens Digital Industries

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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)


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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)