Phoenix Contact

The digital twin lives

A complete and up-to-date image of a machine? This becomes reality with the ZVEI project of the digital type plate. The aim is to completely digitalise type plates that have been in use up to now.

The laser engraving machine developed in Phoenix Contact's own mechanical engineering department inscribes very different products in terms of material and size individually according to customer requirements. For high flexibility, the machine designed for the trade show presentation is modular. Orders are created using smart devices or RFID cards. This way, the data is used throughout the entire process chain.

With the "AssetLife" pilot project, Bosch Rexroth, Lenze, Pepperl & Fuchs and Phoenix Contact are bringing the digital twin of the laser engraving machine to life. This will enable a wide range of services for the machine operator. The printed documentation accompanying the product is to be completely eliminated. The manufacturer-independent standard saves time and costs, is available worldwide, always up-to-date and sustainable.

Absolute transparency is possible

The digital twin of the laser engraving machine clearly shows static information such as installed items including serial number. Dynamic information such as current process data or energy consumption is also displayed. Absolute transparency is thus possible.

The AASX Package Explorer software is currently used to create the management trays of all participants. The digital nameplate of the machine is created from the digital twins of the installed hardware and software as well as from additional information of the entire machine. The information is accessed via QR code and directly via the PLCnext Control. Here, static product data can be combined with process data, e.g. from the EMM machine manager, and linked to form useful information. The tool accesses the data from all manufacturers.

Comprehensively digitalised machines
[in German]