CNC: Job shops get new numerical control choice from Siemens

Sinumerik 828D solution delivers energy efficiency, G code free programming, better shop communications.


Siemens CNC sinumerik 828D

Siemens Drive Technologies Division’s Sinumerik 828D is available with a horizontal and vertical control panel layout, each of which is available in two CNC performance categories. Turning and milling applications get special attention.

Compact class machine tool operators, particularly those running complex turning and milling machines in the job shop segment, have a new solution to consider: Siemens Drive Technologies' Sinumerik 828D, which combines CNC, PLC, operator panel and axis control for six CNC measurement circuits in a single robust operator panel.

Customers are looking for energy efficient machines, says Wolfgang Rubrecht, general manager of Siemens motion control business in U.S. "Investment in energy-efficient machine tools is important in an economic time like today," he says. "Siemens looks at the subject of energy efficiency as a whole: services, solutions products, systems. Our goal is greater economic efficiency throughout entire machine lifecycle-from machine planning to optimized machine (machine life cycle), from product planning and changing (product life cycle)."

Complete with intelligent kinematic transformations, an efficient tool management system and 80-bit floating point nano precision, the new control benefits from a range of performance features previously reserved for the premium CNC control segment, says Rubrecht. The Sinumerik 828D is capable of full graphical, high-level language command, and also supports ISO programming that is customary in Asia and the U.S.

"With these options, Sinumerik 828D is capable of working with every type of CNC programming method used around the world. This opens the scope to machine manufacturers for global marketing of their products with just a single CNC equipment option," he says.

Rubrecht says machine tool market has not seen so many innovations at one time in more than10 years. "Innovations are coming to CNC market," he says. "For example, job shops are used to one way engineering. The new method is two way communications." The Sinumerick CNC 828D controller includes three breakthroughs, he says:
• Simple animated interface with animated help function;
• Better shop communications, in that part programs can be posted and shared instantly; and
• Production status text messaging, so operators can be know quickly when a machine needs new blanks, is out of tolerance, or is an alarm state.

The Sinumerik 828D is suitable for single-part and small-batch, as well as large-scale serial production. Programming time can be further reduced for small-batch production with the use of the ShopMill and ShopTurn graphical workstep programming system. For large-scale serial production, high-level language programming used in conjunction with Siemens' programGuide for technology cycle parameterization significantly reduces programming times.

The Siemens solution brings modern PC and mobile phone technology to the compact class machine tools. 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. An "Easy Message" function provides production status monitoring via text messaging (SMS). Depending on the recipient's profile setting, the machine will transmit information about workpiece machining status, report on the tool condition currently in use and send machine maintenance bulletins to a mobile phone, helping keep machine downtime to a minimum.

Siemens CNC sinumerik 828D vertical

New Sinumerik 828D is the latest addition to the series of machine tool controls from the Siemens Drive Technologies Division. The new control is designed for compact class machine tools and comes with a range of sophisticated CNC functions and universal CNC programming methods.

For milling or turning applications

The Sinumerik 828D can be configured for milling or turning applications. The milling version is tailored to the requirements of vertical machining centers with additional machine components, such as an A-axis for machining cylindrical workpieces or a swivel unit for machining inclined workpiece planes. Using Advanced Surface, the intelligent path guidance system, the controller can also be used for the production of high-precision molds.

The turning version is specifically designed for single-channel slant-bed lathes. Alongside powered tools for face and outer surface machining, with or without Y-axis, the system also supports a fully functional counter spindle.

Because the turning and milling versions are tailored to the relevant machine technology, the system software is substantially less complex in comparison with universal systems. System parameters are pre-defined, reducing the work involved in commissioning to a minimum for the machine manufacturer. With Easy Extend, the machine tool builder is provided a simple way of managing additional components such as indexing tables or bar loaders. Specialized CNC expertise is no longer required for mounting components in the field, representing a considerable saving in terms of service costs.

The structural design of the CNC, a unit comprised of a tough and wear-resistant die cast magnesium control panel, CNC keyboard and CNC electronic circuitry, is extremely robust and features only a minimum number of interfaces. It is maintenance-free with no fans, hard drive or backup battery. It also is available with a horizontal and vertical control panel layout, in a choice of two CNC performance versions. Despite the compact dimensions of the control, the high-resolution 10.4" color TFT display and full QWERTY keyboard are user-friendly.

The new Sinumerick CNC solutions will be released in October in Milan, Italy at the EMO 2009 show, and are available immediately in the U.S. market. At the show, the new Sinumerick CNC 828D controller will be shown on 11 different machines from around the world.

Siemens introduced its first CNC with microprocessors in 1976 and showed the Sinumerik CNC platform in Chicago at IMTS 2008. Then, the line comprised the panel-based Sinumerik 802D sl, the PC-based Sinumerik 840Di sl, and the flagship Sinumerik 840D sl in panel- and PC-based versions.

For more detailed information, go to:

- Edited by Renee Robbins, senior editor
Control Engineering News Desk
Machine Control, Motion Control news from Control Engineering

ONLINE extra

CNC Programming, circa 2006 : The machine tool world is working with a 50-year-old programming paradigm (based in G code) that needs an update to take advantage of interoperability capabilities to allow easier data exchange with other software.

EMO 2009 in Milan Italy October 5-10 2009 : The "machine tool world exhibition" promoted by CECIMO, European Committee for the Co-operation among Machine Tool Industries covers Metal forming and metal cutting machine tools, machines for welding, for thermal and surface treatments, robots, automation hardware and software, assembling, tools, parts, components, accessories, metrology, quality control, systems for safety and environmental protection.

No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
The true cost of lubrication: Three keys to consider when evaluating oils; Plant Engineering Lubrication Guide; 11 ways to protect bearing assets; Is lubrication part of your KPIs?
Contract maintenance: 5 ways to keep things humming while keeping an eye on costs; Pneumatic systems; Energy monitoring; The sixth 'S' is safety
Transport your data: Supply chain information critical to operational excellence; High-voltage faults; Portable cooling; Safety automation isn't automatic
Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.

Maintaining low data center PUE; Using eco mode in UPS systems; Commissioning electrical and power systems; Exploring dc power distribution alternatives
Synchronizing industrial Ethernet networks; Selecting protocol conversion gateways; Integrating HMIs with PLCs and PACs
Why manufacturers need to see energy in a different light: Current approaches to energy management yield quick savings, but leave plant managers searching for ways of improving on those early gains.

Annual Salary Survey

Participate in the 2013 Salary Survey

In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.

Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.

2012 Salary Survey Analysis

2012 Salary Survey Results

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.