The ExOne Company, the global leader in industrial sand and metal 3D printers using binder jetting technology, recently announced a partnership with Siemens, the global technology powerhouse in automation and digitalization, that will benefit industrial customers in the foundry, aerospace, automotive, energy, and other markets.
The Digital Enterprise portfolio from Siemens comprises integrated hardware, software, and services supporting ExOne to leverage the benefits of Industry 4.0. In the center of this holistic approach stands the “Digital Twin” using a shared data model alongside the entire value chain: from the machine concept over machine simulation, engineering and commissioning to operations and services. Machine operators secure their investments with shorter lead times, increased machine performance and smarter service decisions.
The ExOne APP “3D Live” runs on MindSphere –the open cloud-based IoT operating system from Siemens – to analyze machine data and other relevant information in real-time, providing the basis for automated or timely decision-making, turning data into value. As an example, ExOne machines enable the operator to identify anomalies for improving maintenance and repair activities so that unplanned downtime can be avoided.