Even though your machine has been in use for 10 or more years, advancements in control, motor and drive technology continue. New components are designed for increased spare part availability, which, in many cases, can be decisive for safe machine operation. CNC / machine tool retrofit – or modernization – gives your systems a new lease on life.
Mechanical systems in older machine tools are usually still in good condition, so modernizing the control and drive technology can be more economical instead of buying a new machine. Through CNC retrofit, Siemens offers you a method of machine modernization in which individual components are modernized with the latest in automation technology. This includes:
New SINUMERIK solution line control and SINAMICS drive technology
Shopfloor-oriented programming with ShopMill and ShopTurn
Mechanical overhauls, if required
When the mechanical systems do get "long in the tooth," new technologies and options provide you with more flexible and efficient production. A complete “mechanical and electrical overhaul” solution provides long-term assurance of your investments in both machines and plants.
Increased machine availability that leads to greater productivity
Assured long-term, global spare parts and service expertise
An economical alternative to purchasing new machines
Greater ease of operation and programming
Faster cycles for the machining of complex parts
Greater precision and surface finish
Safety Integrated increases the safety of both man and machine
Reliable data management and increased storage capacity
Networked machines can be linked to the data processing environment
Retrofi tting a machine used to repair engine housings and combustion chambers with a SINUMERIK 840D sl CNC helped signifi cantly improve its day-to-day performance.
Major Tool & Machine (MTM) is a large job shop, producing precision milled and turned hardware throughout the company’s 500,000 square foot Indiana facility. Performance is essential, because MTM contracts with aerospace, energy, nuclear and defense companies on many mission-critical, one-off projects.
At MS Design in Austria, 3+2-axis Geiss milling centers had proven their worth for years in the manufacture of high-quality automotive tuning components. The automation technology, however, was no longer state of the art and was reducing manufacturing performance. The smart solution: a retrofi t with an upgrade of the control and drive technology. The tried and tested milling centers can still be used and are now faster and more fl exible, while a new CAD/CAM connection creates more time for actual production.
Spirit AeroSystems, a primary supplier to Boeing and other aircraft builders, utilizes the capabilities of Sinumerik 840D in the retrofit of its machine tools.
During the retrofi t of a machine group, GST greatly increased the effi ciency of its grinding operation centers through the use of SINUMERIK CNCs and SINAMICS drives.
Major Tool is an aircraft and aerospace parts producer in the Indianapolis area. They made a decision to retrofit most of their primary machine tools with Siemens CNC and the results are discussed by key personnel at the company.