Siemens Industrial Edge Makes Drive Systems More Intelligent

March 9, 2020

At the Hannover Messe 2020, Siemens presents a concept study that demonstrates the integration of a Sinamics drive system to the Siemens Industrial Edge platform. In future, it will be possible to perform high-frequency data exchange in drive technology using an Edge device. The integration of Sinamics frequency converters to an Edge device enables users of machines and applications to perform complex analyses of data that is already collected in the drive. Machine learning algorithms identify patterns and detect anomalies and their causes, providing early indications of necessary maintenance. This minimizes downtimes and reduces the consumption of resources. For example, in intralogistics applications the belt tension can be monitored for a storage and retrieval machine. The belts, which are driven by a motor and frequency converter, require a specific tension so that the application runs smoothly. If the visualization of the data analyses shows irregularities in the drive system, then belt maintenance can be triggered promptly, for example.

By connecting Sinamics frequency converters to the Industrial Edge platform, Siemens is making drive technology more intelligent and paving the way for new business models. With intelligent drive technology, machine builders can provide application-specific app solutions and digital services, for example, or contractually guarantee the availability of a machine.

Siemens Industrial Edge

With Siemens Industrial Edge, Siemens offers a digitalization solution that expands automation to include data processing at machine level, by safely moving the intelligence of edge computing and advanced analytics into the manufacturing area. Siemens Industrial Edge offers users the opportunity to execute a range of descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive analytics applications. Cloud connectivity – in conjunction with Edge apps created by Siemens, third-party suppliers or users themselves – is used in an integrated hardware and software ecosystem for automation components.

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