Path to a digital factory
From left to right: Dr. Sven Hicken, Oerlikon, Head of Additive Manufacturing Business Unit & Dr. Karsten Heuser, Siemens, Vice President for Additive Manufacturing.
Frankfurt am Main, Germany – November 20, 2019 – Oerlikon AM, the additive manufacturing unit of technology group Oerlikon, and Siemens AG announce a strategic agreement in which Siemens will provide Oerlikon AM with digital enterprise solutions that will help Oerlikon accelerate the industrialization of additive manufacturing.
The integration of Siemens’ Digital Enterprise Portfolio into Oerlikon’s software landscape in its AM production and R&D sites will support Oerlikon in actively managing the AM engineering process from end to end using one interface. The technology includes software solutions in engineering, as well as product life cycle management.
The long-term objective is to create a digital factory in which Oerlikon AM can see the impact of change in any part of the process, from material selection to engineering design to printing and post-processing, and adapt accordingly. “At the moment we have a variety of special tools that we use for different steps of the value chain,” said Dr. Sven Hicken, Head of Oerlikon’s Additive Manufacturing Business Unit. “Developing a more integrated system that gives us increased visibility and puts all of our manufacturing sites on the same page will allow us more flexibility and speed in responding to customer requests. We expect this to lead to more rapid progress in integrating additively manufactured parts into series production.”
The two companies will begin by focusing on tools used in the engineering part of the AM process. The project is expected to take about two years to complete, but individual modules will go into operation as completed. “Oerlikon has extensive expertise in the additive manufacturing process. We know we can learn from them and are excited by the opportunity to use our technology to enhance their productivity,” said Dr. Karsten Heuser, Vice President, Additive Manufacturing, Siemens Digital Industries. “Working together, we believe we can make a major impact on industry’s adoption of AM.”
Oerlikon and Siemens are participating in Formnext. Visit Oerlikon’s booth in Hall 12.1, Booth B01 and Siemens in Hall 12.1, Booth D8.
About Oerlikon AM
Oerlikon AM is a business unit of the global technology and engineering firm Oerlikon, which is headquartered in Switzerland. Oerlikon’s additive manufacturing unit is leading transformative change in the aerospace, medical, automotive, power generation and tooling industries. Oerlikon AM provides print-tested and qualified metal powders, design for AM expertise, conventional and additive manufacturing services, from prototyping to production, as well as product validation and quality inspection support to leading global manufacturing companies that are incorporating additive manufacturing into their business models. Oerlikon AM employs more than 300 people at its six locations in Europe, the USA and China, and is backed by Oerlikon’s 10,500+ employees in 37 countries.
About Siemens AG
Siemens Digital Industries (DI) is an innovation leader in automation and digitalization. Closely collaborating with partners and customers, DI drives the digital transformation in the process and discrete industries. With its Digital Enterprise portfolio, DI provides companies of all sizes with an end-to-end set of products, solutions and services to integrate and digitalize the entire value chain. Optimized for the specific needs of each industry, DI’s unique portfolio supports customers to achieve greater productivity and flexibility. DI is constantly adding innovations to its portfolio to integrate cutting-edge future technologies. Siemens Digital Industries has its global headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and has around 76,000 employees internationally.
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed company Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation. In fiscal 2019, which ended on September 30, 2019, Siemens generated revenue of €86.8 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2019, the company had around 385,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.
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