Partnership: Advanced, interoperable motion control, machine tools

21 May 2008

Factory-wide productivity advances are expected from software that can operate across a variety of brands of machine tools and motion-controlled equipment. A partnership between Roy-G-Biv and Siemens Energy and Automation will combine Siemens' Motion Control Information System (MCIS) software with Roy-G-Biv’s XMC universal machine connectivity software.

The first of several integrated products is expected to launch this year under Siemens’ Manufacturing Excellence global initiative. Along with a line of industry-relevant services, MCIS-XMC offerings are expected to let customers realise benefits of information-driven manufacturing by providing software that interoperates with machines and machine controls from many vendors.

XMC is described as a universal interface enabling customers to use Siemens MCIS software on their existing production networks. Siemens says its MCIS software provides fast, easy integration of production machines into the production network, ensuring that production planning, scheduling, and execution are problem-free and based on the latest data. Users experience reduced machine set-up time, increased efficiency, reduced machine downtime, and simplified fault analyses throughout production, the company says.

‘Our partnership will allow us to deliver unmatched software solutions and value-added services that boost manufacturers’ productivity and profitability capabilities,’ said Wolfgang Rubrecht, general manager, Siemens Energy and Automation, machine tool business. ‘Customers will now be able to use our MCIS software products more effectively on machines with either Siemens or non-Siemens control hardware, a unique strategic advantage within the proprietary machine tool industry.’

Jay Clark, president and CEO of Roy-G-Biv, adds: ‘This partnership is an excellent union of strengths to provide what customers have been seeking for years – a machine-neutral software solution that provides unprecedented access and visibility into manufacturing operations reliant upon legacy or modern CNC machine tools.’

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