The electric drive is increasingly replacing the classic combustion engine. It can be found in many industrial applications and its importance continues to increase due to climate change. Digitization offers promising approaches for the industrialization of new products and thus gives manufacturers the chance to remain competitive in global markets.
In the "Electric Drives" project at the Werner von Siemens Center for Industry and Science in Berlin, research is being conducted into Industry 4.0 applications for the entire value chain. The aim is to increase the power density, efficiency and availability of large motors through a new generation of products and to accelerate their production using 3D printing processes.
CONTACT's task around the Digital Twin is to plan, simulate and secure the processes for order-specific and autonomous production. In addition, manufacturers and their customers should be able to use performance data from operations for digital services and further product generations (closed-loop engineering). Here, the digital twin is used to prepare the operational data in a suitable manner and to link it with the company's IT on an end-to-end basis. CONTACT Elements for IoT is the platform for this.
Siemens, with its Berlin plants, is the industrial end user in the project. This enables the research teams to evaluate their product and process innovations under real conditions. In the future, the results should enable manufacturers to more quickly bring a new generation of products to market that delivers energy significantly more efficiently and impresses with longer runtimes. And they are relevant wherever e-drives are used - in rail technology, shipbuilding, raw materials extraction and many other industries.
Werner-von-Siemens Centre for Industry and Science (coordination), thirteen industrial companies and various institutes of the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the TU Berlin