Machine Tool Days

Siemens event offers further insight on the hotly debated “remote diagnostics” trend

Two weeks ago, we discussed the integration of “remote” applications permeating the plant and field maintenance industries. Centered around the release of Schneider Electric’s new platform, this item led to valuable discourse, both in our comments and e-mail inboxes, about the concerns and benefits of such new technology.

Further insight on the matter looks to be accessible on October 15, when Siemens plans a jam-packed virtual day devoted to machine learning, CNC machining, and more.

Most of the sessions are entitled with the hashtag #Howto, which is encouraging. It can feel intimidating when large, influential companies expect us to understand new technology—and the methods required to apply and administrate it—without any training or advance preparation.

Beginning at 11:00 AM central time, the virtual fair kicks off with two home-team keynote speakers: Rajas Sukthankar, Siemens’ VP of Motion Control, U.S., and Brian McMinn, head of its Machine Tool Systems division. Don’t expect much for the layman here; the two are scheduled to “discuss the progression and proven benefits of digitalization.” Overviews of new solutions and manufacturing technologies will also be presented, facilitated by moderator Cathy Breslin. The highlight of the event will be the unveiling of the new “Sinumerik One” CNC control system. The following session will do further demonstrations with the new system, which is said to “extend its functionality to the machine mechanical system and achieve the next level to simulate and virtually test work processes.” The sessions have a heavy focus on digitalization in general; there will be ensuing “#Howto” sessions on topics including digital twin pairing, edge computing, and Industry 4.0.

The final block of the day is a 20-minute summary of the day featuring “key takeaways” and running from 1:40 to 2:00 PM Central. You can register for the whole event for free here by providing basic company info.

In other upcoming events: WEF (Water Environmental Federation) will feature a virtual tour of the world in preparation for its upcoming virtual trade show, WEF Connect (essentially this year’s online version of WEFTEC).

The event is called 24 Hours of Water, and will feature interviews with professionals who are prepping for the virtual trade show. It will move around the world, with new videos every 30 minutes and stops in North America, Latin America, Oceania, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

 

 

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