Motion Control & Drives

Edge applications for machine tools

November 2018 Motion Control & Drives

As part of Siemens Industrial Edge, the company is launching applications for Sinumerik Edge, the machine-level platform specially designed for the machine tool industry, at AMB 2018 in Stuttgart. This is the first opportunity to see the Edge application Optimise MyMachining/Trochoidal for use in trochoidal milling applications.

Optimise MyMachining/Trochoidal provides users with updates for the existing NC program, optimised machining processes, and sustainability for retrofit applications using dynamic machine data and corresponding data inputs. This leads to reduced tool wear, improved machine lifetimes, and thus to lower overall inventory costs, which in turn increases machine availability, leading to significant productivity gains.

High-performance Sinumerik Edge technology makes all this possible. Computation is based on individual, optimal machine and axes-based dynamic data. A control-based interface allows the machine to be programmed directly using Sinumerik Edge-based computational power. This prevents any adverse effects on the machine’s machining performance which optimises the process. Optimise MyMachining/Trochoidal is particularly suitable for use with older machines as it reduces the mechanical wear in the machine considerably.

With Siemens Industrial Edge, Siemens offers users the chance to close the gap between local and cloud-based data processing to suit individual requirements. Edge computing allows large volumes of data to be processed locally almost in real-time and without any feedback. There is also an additional reduction in memory and transfer costs as large volumes of data are pre-processed and only the relevant data is finally transferred to a cloud or factory-level IT infrastructure. Siemens Industrial Edge supports cloud transfer protocols for MindSphere, its own open, cloud-based IoT operating system. In the future, it will also support Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT), making data transfer safe and effective. With Sinumerik Edge, Siemens offers a local platform for software applications developed specially for machine tools, which captures, pre-processes and analyses high-frequency data during machine tool operation, and which is integrated into the relevant automation solution.

For more information contact Jennifer Naidoo, Siemens Digital Factory and Process Industries and Drives, +27 11 652 2795,,


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