A first look at the newest Siemens Innovation Center

Thursday, October 31, 2019 11:45 am EDT

By:

Ashley Rogers, Senior Internal Communications Specialist

Imagine a place where an engineering team can think up a design for a new solution—and manufacture, evaluate and test it all within the same facility.

That’s exactly what happens at the newest Siemens Innovation Center, and it’s this collaborative one-stop-shop environment that’s enabling us to turn around end-to-end solutions in a fraction of the time.

Located about 2.5 miles from our Gas and Power Orlando location (the quads), the Innovation Center, in collaboration with the metal-additive services supplied by Materials Solutions (a Siemens business), is the new home of 30 to 50 Siemens and Materials Solutions engineers and technicians. The proximity to the quads is intentional: About a 10-minute car ride is all it takes for any quad-based employee to experience a place that has everything they need to turn their ideas into reality. The location of the Center also gives thousands of Siemens engineers a short drive to a world of innovation and a front-row seat to the development of new solutions in a changing market.

3D-scanning and additive manufacturing (3D-printing) are just a couple of the latest digital advances that the Center supports. The robotic equipment, combined with the minds of our creative engineers, sets the perfect environment for rapid prototyping, allowing us to evaluate and test new technology concepts for our industry’s changing market.

On October 8, Tim Holt, COO of Siemens Gas & Power; Vinod Philip, head of Siemens Service Power Generation; Markus Seibold, VP of Additive Manufacturing at Siemens Power Generation Operations; and Mark Kamphaus, head of Technology & Innovation for Siemens Service Power Generation were joined by Siemens employees and key customers in the energy sector as well as guests from other high-performance industries such as aerospace to celebrate the grand opening and tour the new collaborative workspace.

We’d like to invite you to learn about the way your colleagues are finding innovative solutions to the challenges we face—from concept to implementation.

Come on, let’s take a virtual tour.

Tour Stop 1: Collaborative Engineering Hub

The Collaborative Engineering Hub is a resource for innovation, education and collaboration, where colleagues across multiple disciplines work together to exchange ideas, diversify skillsets, address challenges, and advance projects. Leveraging a global network of Siemens experts and advisors, who have more than 500 years of collective engineering experience, the Hub helps identify and develop insights within the fields of mechanical and electrical engineering, physics, sensors, computer science, project management, logistics and production, and more.

Tour Stop 2: Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing

With the new Innovation Center, Siemens is able to operate a full machine shop on-site, providing faster output and streamlining workflows for enhanced productivity. The machine shop incorporates both rapid prototyping and manufacturing, including computer numerical control (CNC) milling, CNC turning, electrical-discharge machining, waterjet cutting, and more.

Tour Stop 3: Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing enables broader design thinking to create solutions for improved cost, speed of innovation and performance.

With 12 years of metal additive experience, Materials Solutions, in combination with the extensive capabilities of the Innovation Center, is uniquely positioned to support end-to-end additive solutions for our customers, including design for additive manufacturing, reverse engineering, print and post-print services, and additive manufacturing training. This is all enabled through Siemens NX, flexible and integrated software to drive end-to-end part manufacturing operations and deliver high-precision parts through digitalization.

Tour Stop 4: Robotic Farm

Robotic systems utilized in Repair and Field Service increase productivity by freeing up skilled labor, cutting costs, and improving operational consistency. The Robotic Farm has 17 robots dedicated to automation feasibility studies and six dedicated engineers and technicians to automate service and manufacturing.

Tour Stop 5: Non-Destructive Evaluation

Non-destructive testing is utilized for quality assurance, failure analysis, and reverse engineering. The Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) team at the Innovation Center works to automate NDE techniques, qualify supplies, and optimize NDE efforts. NDE capabilities include radiographic inspection (RT), ultrasonic inspection (UT), infrared inspection (IR), eddy current inspection (ET), visual inspection, penetrant inspection (PT), magnetic-particle inspection (MT), personal certification, and NDE qualification, and certification training and exams.

Tour Stop 6: Advanced Metrology

 

Unlike single-point measurements taken from a caliper or micrometer, 3D scanning can measure any point along a part. The method is widely used to create toolpaths for automation, allowing the robots to adapt to the actual shape of the part, and to support repairs, providing insight into coating thicknesses measurements—a process that used to take multiple days.

The 3D scanning methodologies used are: GOM Blue Light Scanning (ATOS 5X), allowing for very fine measurements at extremely short exposure times. MetraScan 3D, the most flexible portable 3D measurement solution engineered for shop floor conditions. And HandyScan 3D.

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