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Second Quarter 2020 Electrical switching & drive systems & components

Siemens has developed a concept study that demonstrates the integration of a Sinamics drive system to the Siemens Industrial Edge platform. In future, it will be possible to perform high frequency data exchange in drive technology using an Edge device. The integration of Sinamics frequency converters with an Edge device enables users of machines and applications to perform complex analyses of data already collected in the drive. Machine learning algorithms identify patterns and detect anomalies, providing early indications of necessary maintenance. For example, in intralogistics applications the belt tension can be monitored for a storage and retrieval machine. The belts, which are driven by a motor and frequency converter, require a specific tension so that the application runs smoothly. If the visualisation of the data analyses shows irregularities in the drive system, then belt maintenance can be triggered promptly.

By connecting Sinamics frequency converters to the Industrial Edge platform, Siemens is making drive technology more intelligent and paving the way for new business models. With intelligent drive technology, machine builders can provide application-specific app solutions and digital services, for example, or contractually guarantee the availability of a machine. With Industrial Edge, Siemens offers a digitalisation solution that expands automation to include data processing at machine level, by safely moving the intelligence of edge computing and advanced analytics into the manufacturing area. This offers users the opportunity to execute a range of descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive analytics applications.

For more information contact Jennifer Naidoo, Siemens Digital Industries, +27 11 652 2795, jennifer.naidoo@siemens.com, www.siemens.co.za


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