DMG MORI And Heitec Announce Digital Twin Joint Venture

The partners aim to speed up the development of their automation solutions.

DMG MORI Aktiengesellschaft and HEITEC AG are founding the joint venture “DMG MORI HEITEC”, timed to coincide with the start of the SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg, the leading trade fair in Europe for electric automation.

Through DMG MORI HEITEC GmbH, the two companies are continuing their collaboration over the past years with the goal of mutually strengthening their market position in the fast-growing field of automation.

Of the more than 1,000 employees at the HEITEC group, around 600 work on automation solutions. One in four new machines from DMG MORI comes provided with an automation solution. In future, every machine shall be fitted with automation in the form of a modular system. With a modular-based compatible automation system, DMG MORI HEITEC will aim to supply small and medium-sized companies with an ‘integrated automation concept’.

Image courtesy of DMG MORI HEITEC GmbH

Image courtesy of DMG MORI HEITEC GmbH

Software-based support for engineering processes using virtual models of machines, plants, robot applications and material flows is an essential measure to reduce costs and increase productivity. The joint venture has therefore set itself the goal of developing a virtual representation – a “digital twin”. With the aid of digital engineering, the company states that project lead times can be cut by around 20%, and commissioning on site can be reduced by up to 80%. Future additions or changes can be planned and tested with the digital twin running in parallel to the live operation.

“We are strengthening our automation expertise as two equal partners in a joint venture. Thus, the development of the digital twin is of key importance: it speeds up and stabilizes all the customer processes – from development and setting up right through to service – and ensures flexible, steady procedures, “says Christian Thönes, Chairman of the Executive Board of DMG MORI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT.

“Through automation and digitalization, we are making a significant contribution towards increasing productivity and efficiency. Supported by digital engineering we are achieving a considerably higher quality with shorter through-put times in development and commissioning,” says Richard Heindl, Chairman of the Executive Board of HEITEC AG.

In the future, automation standards are also planned for a broad range of customer sectors and the realization of customized projects specifically for medium-sized companies.

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