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The Five-Year Plan That Worked

Smiths Machine answered the recession with a formula for major change

So what’s the secret to their success?

To begin with, the omission of the apostrophe from the company’s name was deliberate. Being different is in the DNA of Smiths Machine. This is a second-generation, family-owned business that found a way to grow its workforce by 70 people during the last five years That’s a 300% employment surge that mostly happened during the recession, a time when many machine shops (and for that matter, many businesses), were struggling just to hang on.

Ahead of the recession, Smiths Machine did what many machine shops were doing at the time. They were riding the wave of automotive parts production and doing seemingly fine, until the massive downturn came. The bankruptcies of the tier one automotive companies suddenly left many machine shops vulnerable to volume-based supply from overseas competition; and a once well-oiled machine tool business model now seemed unstable and uncertain. Equally uncertain was the idea of moving the business in an entirely different direction.

Manufacturing complex parts for the aerospace and defense industry, demands consistency, high-quality and precision — achieved only with Siemens CNC.

Manufacturing complex parts for the aerospace and defense industry, demands consistency, high-quality and precision — achieved only with Siemens CNC.

To be or not to be — different

Defense and aerospace part manufacturing require a different business approach altogether, says Tim Smith, vice president of Smiths Machine.

“It is specialized work that requires special approvals, log-down processes and complicated procedures,” Smith says. “The complexity is challenging. And it all starts with a different way of thinking, more of an engineering approach than a production approach.”

Smith says his company needed to build a new business model and the operations to support it. The defense and aerospace machining market is characterized by small lot counts, generally lower margins, and a very low tolerance for errors. Scrap rates thought to be nominal in the past would now be out of the question.

“You can’t make a $6,000 part and have a 30% scrap rate or even a 10% scrap rate,” explains Smith. “The emphasis is not on throughput, but on the high quality, highly precise manufacturing of very complex parts.”

Based on these three inseparable machining requirements — quality, precision and complexity — Smiths Machine set out to reach its greater potential in the machine tool market, not as a production machine shop, but as company focused on complex part manufacturing. Having achieved some early success in this new direction, the way forward for the company soon could be summed up more simply:

“The more complex the part, the more competitive we are,” says Smith.

To protect and grow this competitive advantage, the company’s leadership knew that their internal processes and technology needed to match up with the unique requirements of the defense and aerospace industries. Major investments in large, complex, five-axis machines would need to be enhanced by equally complex control capabilities. Smith recounts how a decision made previously by the company would now come into play in a profound way.

A backbone for change

Traditionally a milling and turning company, Smiths Machine first teamed up with DMG and Siemens in the year 2000 to establish their singular machine tool platform. This brought about a synergistic approach to complex milling and turning; an advantage that took on greater significance when the company decided to focus on the defense and aerospace markets later in the decade.

“Siemens controls were available on DMG milling and turning machines, and that was a natural fit for us,” Smith recalls. The DMG / Siemens platform has enabled Smiths Machine to establish and maintain a high level of operational proficiency. The central advantage here, Smith says, has been the ability to invest, train and keep his people moving forward based on a stable technology platform.

“The technology and the people using it are the backbone of our organization,” Smith asserts. “Even with 25 machines, we can share knowledge between the milling and the turning machines. The common control is a Siemens Sinumerik 840D sl. Our technology purchases are based on where we want to be in ten years, not on a workforce that is fractionally trained and a platform that can rapidly deteriorate due to a change in market condition or a change in employment condition.”

Smith says an example of this singular platform advantage is the control’s similarity across milling and turning operations. “All controls are customized to a certain extent,” Smith acknowledges. “But unlike Siemens, many other control series are individually customized so that the keyboard layout will be different from machine to machine. The Sinumerik 840D sl CNC is consistent. So when you train your operators, you can say, here’s the jog button, here’s the axes button, here’s your alarm button and your offset button. And this level of consistency extends to a graphical interface that really complements how we teach and learn.”

Teaching and learning are closely held values within an organization that uses a breadth of visual techniques to foster education, efficient information sharing, and quality control.

“We are a very visual company,” Smith says. “We use a lot of colors and we buy a lot of printer toner. Our parts inventory uses color-coded tags and the same is true across our production. We use yellows and blues and reds for consistent instruction. And the Siemens 840D sl control uses the same approach. You are guided visually for such things as axis direction, approach point, final depth and other variables inside a cycle. And this is true from control to control, for milling and turning.”

Smith says visually guided information flow is characteristic of today’s complex range of next-generation electronic communications, because this speeds understanding and information sharing. Whether for a smart phone or a CNC, graphically guided interfaces enable rapid learning and proficiency, a fact that has been well leveraged by the 840D control interface design.

Smiths Machine’s plan for stable growth started with its investment in a stable CNC platform: The steady progression of a stable machine / control platform has enabled the company’s similarly growing workforce to build on existing knowledge, rather than learn new and different versions every few years.

Smiths Machine’s plan for stable growth started with its investment in a stable CNC platform: The steady progression of a stable machine / control platform has enabled the company’s similarly growing workforce to build on existing knowledge, rather than learn new and different versions every few years.

New angles on programming

Gerhard Hetzler, engineering manager at Smiths Machine, has experienced firsthand how the company’s singular platform approach has brought continuity to such manufacturing functions as post, machine simulation, NC code, and control functionality.

While the Siemens 840D sl control has evolved in significant ways over the years, Hetzler says these changes have served only to accelerate the performance of the programmers and operators, rather than impede them with new and different procedures. The control platform has also given Smiths Machine the freedom to create custom cycles that can be copied and shared from control-to-control, and so machine-to-machine.

“I’ll give you an example,” says Hetzler. “To catch occasional entry errors on the tool management side, we created a cycle that checks the length of the tool and within a specific tolerance. So within in a matter of milliseconds, the control compares that value to what was entered in the tool management side, and if the tolerance is exceeded by 2mm, the control immediately stops the machine.”

Hetzler says another advantage resulting out of the DMG and Siemens relationship is the continued simplification of complex cutting operations, especially in the area of angular milling heads.

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“Siemens has come a very long way to improve the cycles and support related to milling heads,” Hetzler says. “Aerospace requires a lot more use of angular milling. Even a five-axis approach can’t do it. You need an angular milling head. I would put this on the top of my list of the advantages DMG and Siemens have developed. And this relates to another important development, Siemens NX.”

NX as in next

Siemens NX software integrates CAD, CAE and CAM for faster part manufacturing, encompassing all areas of tooling, machining and quality inspection. NX has become integral to Smiths Machine’s CNC platform, because it supports part planning through manufacturing, with the prevention of errors and related costs.

“Our ability to develop all of our own post-processors in house is supported by Siemens NX,” Hetzler explains. “We setup our angular milling heads in NX, so we can post the G-code before we even send it out to the machine.”

An early introduction to the power of NX came when the company found that it needed to write code to produce an especially challenging aerospace landing gear. The code took six-weeks to manually program. This was before the company learned that it could do the same task in nine days using NX.

“Siemens knows five-axis machining and NX is a Siemens product that leverages five-axis,” Hetzler says. “As an example, we can do three-plus-two axes work in NX. There is a cycle for that called Cycle 800. So when NX outputs the NC code, the machine then also understands it. Other control brands will have a cycle that can be made to work, but they are a lot more problematic. We are talking about managing the change of plane, a concept that has been around for a long time and was always problematic to do. Now Cycle 800 in NX does it all for you.”

Hetzler says Cycle 800 makes programming the change of plane easier, faster, and with higher accuracy than traditionally calculated methods. “We would normally round off after the third or fourth decimal,” he recalls. “Now the control calculates to nine decimals. When you start talking microns, especially in the aerospace industry, it makes a huge difference. And this difference has been fully implemented by DMG. They have invested a lot of time and money to make sure from their side that Siemens NX and Cycle 800 work 100% of the time.”

The Cycle 800 function within Siemens NX supports the programming of 2-1/2 axis and 3D milling throughout the rotation of all X-Y-Z planes, while maintaining a zero offset. Functions include automatic shifting of zero offset, tool length and radius compensation in rotated planes, compensation of machine geometry, and all machining cycles can be used.

The Cycle 800 function within Siemens NX supports the programming of 2-1/2 axis and 3D milling throughout the rotation of all X-Y-Z planes, while maintaining a zero offset. Functions include automatic shifting of zero offset, tool length and radius compensation in rotated planes, compensation of machine geometry, and all machining cycles can be used.

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AeroDef 2014 Siemens Round-Up: Machine Tool Solutions That Increase Aerospace Part Manufacturing Productivity

Did you miss Siemens at AeroDef 2014? Here’s what you missed!

At this year’s AERODEF conference in Long Beach, California, Siemens will demonstrate new CNC solutions and services for machine tool builders and end-users.  Under the theme, “Productivity in motion,” the presentation will focus on turnkey solutions for the aerospace manufacturing industry.

Broad-based CNC competence: Siemens will be demonstrating how productivity, flexibility and safety can be increased in CNC production with an array of smart additions to its Sinumerik portfolio

For the aerospace market, the Sinumerik 840D sl offers the latest in CNC technology that increases machine tool performance and user productivity.  The 840D sl is a universal and flexible CNC system based upon the innovative Sinamics S120 drive platform that can be used for up to 31 axes.  It is a distributed, scalable, open and inter-connecting system offering a wide range of specialized functions for milling, drilling, turning, grinding, handling and robotics technologies.  It offers users innovative features that increase productivity on the manufacturing floor, especially the challenging aerospace segments of high-speed and five-axis machining.

For the job shop, the Sinumerik 828D numerical control is the ideal CNC solution for mid-range machine tools.  It is designed to address the needs of complex milling and turning machines in the job shop segment by combining CNC, PLC, operator panel and axis control for six CNC measurement circuits into a single, robust operator panel.

The 828D is capable of full graphical, high-level language command and supports ISO programming that is customary in the United States.  Programming time can be further reduced for small-batch production with the use of the ShopMill and ShopTurn graphical workstep programming system, while high-level language programming can be used in conjunction with programGuide to significantly reduce programming times for large-scale serial production.

With the introduction of the Sinumerik 828D, extensive online help animations and a new type of input prompting system with moving picture sequences provide the basis for exceptional user convenience.  USB, Compact Flash (CF) card and Ethernet ports enable high-speed data transfers onto storage media or integration of the control system into corporate networks.

SOLUTIONS FOR CNC TRAINING

Recently introduced to the American machine tool industry, and based upon the new Sinumerik Operate graphical user interface, SinuTrain is the ideal solution for control-identical CNC training.

With SinuTrain, actual NC programs are developed and simulated, to speed the program generation protocol.  In this manner, machine tool operators not only learn the control language commands, but they also visualize part programs on a PC screen that are identical to the machine tool’s screen.  As an additional benefit, programs generated through SinuTrain can then be used on actual machines.

Offered in several languages, SinuTrain is available for different needs and budgets including a trial version, a study version, a single-user license and an educational license.

For more information about advanced CNC solutions for the aerospace industry,
please visit:  www.usa.siemens.com/aerodef-pr.

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AeroDef 2014 Siemens Round-Up: Siemens NX 9 Delivers Up To 5x Product Development Productivity Across Industries

Did you miss Siemens at AeroDef 2014? Here’s what you missed!

Technology breakthroughs establish new flexibility and productivity paradigms for working with 2D data and massive assemblies.  New functionality expands NX leadership in freeform shape design, PLM integration, and product development decision making.

AeroDef 2014 – The latest version of Siemens NX™ software (NX 9) includes new capabilities and technological breakthroughs that deliver enhanced product development flexibility and up to five times higher productivity across multiple industries. New tools like synchronous technology for 2D greatly facilitate 2D data editing. The introduction of fourth generation design (4GD) technology will enhance design productivity for massive assemblies.
And NX Realize Shape™ software delivers a new state-of-the-art freeform design toolset with unmatched product development integration. NX 9 also includes tighter PLM integration through Siemens’ Active Workspace environment, as well as multiple enhancements throughout the integrated CAD/CAM/CAE solution. The enhancements in NX 9 are aimed at creating value by addressing issues common to multiple industries such as automotive, aerospace, shipbuilding, consumer products, machinery and others.

“NX 9 represents a very significant step forward for Siemens, our customers, and for product development in general,” said Jim Rusk, senior vice president, Product Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software. “With significant new breakthroughs such as synchronous technology for 2D, 4GD and NX Realize Shape, we are offering our customers unprecedented design flexibility while significantly increasing their product development productivity. And by leveraging our successful Active Workspace solution, we are enhancing the high definition user experience that helps our customers make smarter decisions that result in better products.”

While 3D modeling is the preferred method of product design throughout the world,

2D drawings and 2D product data – in a wide variety of digital formats – are still used in virtually every industry in some aspects of product development. Unfortunately, due to incompatible data structures and inconsistent CAD technology, working with these 2D files is typically tedious and time consuming. Synchronous technology for 2D eliminates these problems by adding intelligence to 2D data without the need for translation, enabling users to intuitively edit multi-CAD 2D files up to five times faster. This can be particularly useful for industries such as automotive, aerospace, machinery and others with large amounts of legacy 2D product data.

“Siemens’ synchronous technology for 2D is a Next Generation 2D tool that ad- dresses many of the downfalls of drafting and sketching,” said Chad Jackson, Principal Analyst for Lifecycle Insights, a leading PLM research and advisory firm. “It ‘understands’ the geometric relationships inherent in 2D drawings and applies user-controlled assumptions at the point of change to enable intelligent modifications. It also applies these assumptions locally instead of globally to ensure fast performance.”

The new NX Realize Shape offering in NX 9 provides a unique freeform design environment for producing products with highly stylized shapes or complex surfaces. It is the industry’s only solution that seamlessly integrates the most advanced, easy-to-use, flexible tools for performing freeform design, with a leading CAD/CAM/CAE software package. As a result, companies producing a wide variety of consumer products – as well as those in the aerospace, medical and marine industries – can shorten product development time by eliminating the multiple steps associated with using separate tools for freeform design and engineering development.

Hundreds of additional enhancements throughout NX 9 touch every aspect of CAD, CAM and CAE. The introduction of 4GD, a new design and data management paradigm that enables versatile and efficient methods for collaboration and design-in- context, accelerates the development of complex large-scale products containing millions of components. The embedding of Active Workspace 2.0, the innovative new interface to Siemens’ Teamcenter® software, enables NX 9 users to quickly find relevant information – parts, tasks, workflows, requirements and specifications – even from multiple external data sources.

New NX CAE tools improve thermal simulation of aircraft engines, reducing the time to setup complex boundary conditions by 75 percent. A new NX CAE parallel thermal solver provides improved performance on large-scale models delivering faster results. Enhancements in NX Nastran® software, the premier FEA solver for computational performance, accuracy, and scalability, enable noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) simulation times to be cut in half.

New capabilities in NX for manufacturing provide enhanced control for faster and more flexible CAM and CMM programming. For die/mold machining, the new cut region management capability provides graphical user interaction for more efficient programming, up to 40 percent faster for some complex parts, and precise control over machining strategies. The new multiple-part programming capability lets programmers reuse machining sequences across any number of similar parts in a setup. For example, a setup with six identical parts can be programmed up to four times faster. The new MRL Connect for NX, connects NX CAM directly to the Manufacturing Resource Library (MRL) in Teamcenter to give programmers easy access to a shared library of standard tools, fixtures, and templates. The CMM Inspection Programming capabilities have been expanded beyond solids to support sheet metal parts, delivering manufacturers in the aerospace and defense, high tech electronics, and automotive industries a highly automated inspection programming solution.

NX 9 is available immediately. For more detailed information on all the new functionality in NX 9, please visit www.siemens.com/plm/nx9.

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Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with seven million licensed seats and more than 71,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies, delivering open solutions to help them make smarter decisions that result in better products. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm

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The Siemens Drive Technologies Division is the world’s leading supplier of products, systems, applications, solutions and services for the entire drive train, with electrical and mechanical components. Drive Technologies serves all vertical markets in the production and process industries as well as the infrastructure/energy segment. With its products and solutions, the division enables its customers to achieve productivity, energy efficiency and reliability. For more information, visit http://www.usa.siemens.com/drivetechnologies.

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AeroDef 2014 Siemens Round-Up: Siemens introduces enhanced SIMATIC IT for Assembly and Complex Manufacturing

Did you miss Siemens at AeroDef 2014? Here’s what you missed!

AeroDef 2014 – Siemens Industry Software announced today availability of a new version of their leading Operations Management System for Assembly and Complex Manufacturing.

Already an established benchmark in the market, the introduction of version 3.2 of this comprehensive suite consolidates Siemens at the forefront of production optimization software for the discrete manufacturing industry.

SIMATIC IT ACM Closed-Loop Integration Built to deliver value right at the heart of the manufacturing facility, this powerful environment inherits the agility, speed, scalability and performance of the SIMATIC IT platform, providing customers with unparalleled out-of-the-box functionality and the flexibility to extend and tailor the solution to their needs.

Whether you are looking to reduce the complexity of your IT landscape, increase the agility and flexibility of your manufacturing facilities, render your production processes transparent and measurable, shorten time-to-market, streamline the link between shop-floor and supply chain or adapt to new regulations, SIMATIC IT is the right choice for your business.

The biggest opportunity for manufacturers lies in their ability to Continuously Innovate in a Consumer-driven market on a Global basis.  This requires that manufacturing facilities are seamlessly integrated into both the PLM and Supply Chain processes, and this is where SIMATIC IT is of unique interest, for only Siemens has a comprehensive portfolio of Industry Software seamlessly integrating PLM, MOM and Automation functionality.

Siemens Industry Software presents the new version of its SIMATIC IT Suite for Assembly and Complex Manufacturing

Siemens Industry Software presents the new version of its SIMATIC IT Suite for Assembly and Complex Manufacturing

 

SIMATIC IT ACM functionality includes:

  • Order and Task Management
  • Routing and operational constraint Management
  • Operation Work-booking
  • Work in Progress Reporting
  • Automatic As-Built Reporting
  • Composite materials checks
  • Material Pre-Kitting
  • Tool Management and
    Usage Tracking
  • End-to-end Material Genealogy
  • Electronic Work Instruction Authoring and Display
  • Manual and Automatic
    Data Collection
  • First Article Inspection (FAI)
  • Time and Attendance Management
  • Non Productive Activity Registration
  • Defect Tracking
  • Non-Conformity Declaration
  • Corrective Action Management
  • Rework process Management
  • Change Management
  • Audit and Certification
  • B2MML-based, bi-directional ERP Integration
  • Native PLM Integration

SIMATIC IT ACM is part of the full Siemens Manufacturing Operations Management portfolio.  The full range of SIMATIC IT products includes:

  • Finite Capacity Scheduling
  • Mechatronics Execution Management
  • Manufacturing Intelligence
  • Quality & Compliance Management
  • The world’s leading SCADA
  • Comprehensive solutions for Process and Pharma markets

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The Siemens Drive Technologies Division is the world’s leading supplier of products, systems, applications, solutions and services for the entire drive train, with electrical and mechanical components. Drive Technologies serves all vertical markets in the production and process industries as well as the infrastructure/energy segment. With its products and solutions, the division enables its customers to achieve productivity, energy efficiency and reliability. For more information, visit http://www.usa.siemens.com/drivetechnologies.

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AeroDef 2014 Booth #239: Siemens Sinumerik 840D sl

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AERODEF 2014 – Siemens will present its SINUMERIK 840D sl numerical controller, the aerospace industry standard for CNC machine tool control, which features unmatched open architecture for the handling of the most complex cutting and forming operations.  In addition, Siemens will demonstrate robotic control through its mxAutomation solution, where robotic functions are controlled on a second channel of the SINUMERIK CNC and transferred to the robot via the Siemens PLC.  And as the only single-source supplier in the aerospace industry who can provide the entire CAD/CAM/ CNC process chain, it’s clear why Siemens is the first choice in aerospace part manufacturing.

For more information on Siemens SINUMERIK CNC, visit www.usa.siemens.com/cnc.

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The Siemens Drive Technologies Division is the world’s leading supplier of products, systems, applications, solutions and services for the entire drive train, with electrical and mechanical components. Drive Technologies serves all vertical markets in the production and process industries as well as the infrastructure/energy segment. With its products and solutions, the division enables its customers to achieve productivity, energy efficiency and reliability. For more information, visit http://www.usa.siemens.com/drivetechnologies.

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