Siemens and Ingersoll Machine Tools are expanding their decade-long partnership to create digital twins of Ingersoll’s products and expand into new markets.
Siemens’ cutting-edge technologies in hardware complement Ingersoll Machine Tools’ successful journey into additive manufacturing and push into industrial robots for the aerospace market with the entry-level robotic platforms MasterPrint Robotic and MasterPrint Continuous Filament.
For example, Ingersoll developed the MasterPrint 3D printer, the world’s largest device to print with thermoplastics. The MasterPrint at the University of Maine is able to 3D print objects up to 100 feet long, 20 feet wide and 10 feet tall. It primarily makes tools for the aerospace, space and marine industries, cutting costs and streamlining the manufacturing process: by printing large parts and machining them to their final shape with the same machine, manufacturing costs fall by 75% and lead times shorten from months to days.
“Ingersoll has strategic technology goals that push CNC products’ capabilities and performance beyond their OEMs’ intentions, conception and scope in term of accuracy, reliability, ease of integration and seamless programming experience,” says Piergiorgio Assandri, Ingersoll Machine Tools’ business director.
Ingersoll Machine Tools is using cutting-edge CNC automation hardware and software from Siemens to transform their business for the digital age. With the Siemens Virtual NC Kernel (VNCK), the company was able to embed the real CNC kernel into a virtual machine, allowing it to completely emulate real machine tool control and directly import the commissioning archive of the actual machine.
This capability helped Ingersoll Machine Tools save time with faster commissioning and get machines to their customers faster. From an end-customer perspective, users will be able to simulate the manufacturing of their product and shorten their time-to-market while increasing their production quality.