Like every modern enterprise, manufacturing customers and machine builders rise or fall based on the interactive relationship between two asset classes: people and machines. Productivity is determined by how well these two groups work together, with modern communication technology bridging the gap.
In more specific terms — to achieve best-in-class productivity — management, engineers, operators, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) technicians need to be able to monitor equipment operation, access key parameters, and control equipment down to the individual machine axis, if necessary.
Since these enterprises exist in the real world where personnel can’t always be at their machine’s human machine interface (HMI), employees and OEMs need to be able to monitor, access, and control equipment from any location, regardless of motor or drive platform, using any Internet-enabled device, and without expensive engineering software that adds costs and licensing headaches to the equation. This is the Siemens promise of modern manufacturing fulfilled by the combination of intelligent automation equipment and Ethernet.
This is the real definition of manufacturing productivity.
This is exactly what Siemens has delivered by adding web servers to its SIMOTION line of motion controllers.