DSC Software AG on SAP Partner Stand at the HANOVER FAIR 2018

Smart products that use sensors to collect data and communicate with each other, and digital twins that supervise machines throughout their whole lifecycle: the connection between the physical and the digital world is getting ever closer. Precisely what that looks like in live operation was demonstrated by DSC Software AG together with its partners SAP SE, CIDEON Software & Services GmbH & Co. KG, EPLAN Software & Service and .riess engineering europe GmbH at the HANOVER FAIR 2018 from April 23–27, 2018.

“Shared Intelligence” in the design of a digital twin – thanks to SAP Engineering Control Center

The leitmotiv of the world’s most important industrial fair this year was “Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate”. The focus of the over 5000 exhibitors from 75 countries was therefore the interplay of automation and power engineering, intralogistics, IT platforms, and artificial intelligence. Nearly 200,000 visitors were able to get information on the latest developments in these sectors – on an exhibition area of 395,800 sq. m.

“Shared Intelligence” on the SAP partner stand
Great interest was demonstrated by the public in the provision of personalized and customized products, and this was responded to by DSC and its partners on their stand in Hall 7 under the motto “Shared Intelligence”. With the example of the showcase “Bottling on Demand”, a co-innovation by DSC, partners, and the customer Krones AG, visitors were able to follow the development of a digital twin of a bottling component live throughout the entire value-added chain – from the initial idea through development, manufacture, and operation.

SAP Engineering Control Center as basis for implementing the digital twin
First, the SAP Engineering Control Center tool was used to produce a CAD design drawing of a gripper for the bottling plant. This tool integrates authoring tools from MCAD, ECAD and software in SAP PLM and thus creates a single source of truth for development teams. For all current MCAD and ECAD systems, direct interfaces are available – such as SAP Engineering Control Center interface to NX, or SAP Engineering Control Center interface to ECAD. The direct interfaces of the individual MCAD programs were shown live on the DSC stand and its partner stands. Thanks to the seamless integration of CAD/ECAD documents, locally generated product data is available company-wide and can be structurally managed, classified, versioned, and linked to SAP objects.

From 3D model to physical prototype
Thanks to the very clear 360-degree product view provided by the cockpit of SAP Engineering Control Center, the different development teams were able to produce in no time a virtual prototype of the gripper, watched with great curiosity by the visitors to the stand. This prototype was repeatedly adapted and enriched with new information right through to its final production. Particular stress was laid on the collaborative development environment, which provides all those involved with the opportunity to exchange information and work closely together. In this early development phase, employees were also able to create a precise cost estimate and produce parts of the prototype on a 3D printer.

Efficient cycle of innovation
Many of the stand’s visitors assumed that the lifecycle would be finished with delivery of the product, so they were amazed when they saw that the digital twin remained an important reference point. The virtual image of the gripper was made available on a joint platform via SAP Asset Intelligence Network – both for the manufacturer and for the operator. In this way, the manufacturer receives valuable information about the performance of the component during operation – information that flows directly into the development and production of future grippers.

Customer presentation by Diehl Aircabin on SAP Engineering Control Center and Factory Control Center
In a customer presentation, Diehl Aircabin reported how SAP Engineering Control Center was used to create a digital twin and thus raise production efficiency. The company, which belongs to Diehl Aerospace GmbH, demonstrated how production documents can be stored in the central SAP system and, on the basis of Factory Control Center, retrieved in the factories using a production info-system.

HMI in summary: collaboration and “Shared Intelligence” in focus
The five days of the fair in Hanover made it quite clear: collaboration using intelligent systems is a key element for future product development. “SAP Engineering Control Center and SAP PLM provide ideal conditions precisely for this,” was the opinion of many visitors to the SAP partner stand, who were clearly impressed by the development of the digital twin. DSC and partners received a consistently positive response to their solutions and were very satisfied with the results of the event.