Erlangen, Germany: Machine tool manufacturer DMG Mori AG has formed a joint venture with industrial automation solutions provider Heitec AG to expand their automation expertise; with the venture named DMG Mori Heitec.
One in four machines by the machine tool manufacturer already has an automation solution built in, and they are planning for all their machines to be fitted with automation on the basis of a modular system in the future. Through these modular-based compatible solutions, the joint venture which is based in Erlangen, Germany, will supply small and medium-sized companies with an integrated automation concept.
“Through automation and digitalisation we are making a significant contribution towards increasing productivity and efficiency. Supported by digital engineering we are achieving a considerably higher quality with shorter throughput times in development and commissioning,” said Richard Heindl, chairman of the executive board of Heitec AG.
The joint venture has set the goal of developing a virtual representation—the digital twin—as software-based support for engineering processes using virtual models of machines, plants, robot applications and material flows is an essential measure to reduce costs and increase productivity.
“The development of the digital twin is of key importance: it speeds up and stabilises all the customer processes—from development and setting up right through to service—and ensures flexible, steady procedures,” said Christian Thönes, chairman of the executive board, DMG Mori AG.
With digital engineering, project lead times can be reduced by around 20 percent, and commissioning on site can be cut by up to a significant 80 percent. Moreover, with the digital twin running in parallel to the live operation, future additions or changes can be easily planned and tested.