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Drivetrain portfolio combines real and digital worlds

26 March, 2024

At the Hannover Messe in April, Siemens will unveil a portfolio of software and hardware for designing and operating drivetrains efficiently and sustainably. It will allow users to combine the real and digital worlds of drive technologies to achieve efficiency and sustainability for entire drivetrains.

Called Siemens Xcelerator for Digital Drivetrain, the portfolio consists of two main elements:
Drivetrain Design, including engineering and simulation tools for dimensioning, validation, testing, virtual commissioning and optimisation of drivetrains in the design phase of machines or systems.
Drivetrain Health, offering hardware- and software-based sensor and connectivity systems for data acquisition, as well as analysis tools that deliver insights into the behaviour of drivetrains and enable condition monitoring.

For simulation and virtual commissioning, Siemens is launching DriveSim Engineer, which succeeds the earlier DriveSim Advanced. The new tool can create a digital twin of a drive with all of the real drive’s parameters and configurations. The tool will support the recently launched Sinamics S210 servodrives, as well as the Sinamics G220 frequency converters.

The digital twin technology will allow users to simulate, commission and optimise drive systems virtually before installing them in the real world, increasing efficiency and productivity in the engineering of drive systems and machines. DriveSim Engineer integrates with TIA Portal and avoids the need to train on other tools. Benefits are said to include: faster commissioning, more accurate detection and resolution of problems; and real-time insights and analyses for improving drive system performance.

The new portfolio offers a choice between cloud-based or PC-based systems for drivetrain condition monitoring. The two complement each other and can be chosen depending on the user’s needs.

Drivetrain Analyzer Cloud merges the earlier Analyze MyDrives and Sidrive IQ Fleet applications into one. It offers users the option of connecting components such as inverters, motors or other rotating machines to a drivetrain and monitoring its status.

Another new product is the Connection Module IOT (CM IOT), which measures raw data and transfers it to the cloud. It can be up and running in a few minutes, and can be powered from a 24V supply.

A new PC-based condition-monitoring element of the Digital Drivetrain portfolio includes connection modules, and software to analyse high-speed machines such as presses, cranes and machine tools

Drivetrain Analyzer Cloud provides information on anomalies and error patterns such as bearing damage, imbalances or misalignments, thus helping to avoid unplanned downtime. It combines condition monitoring with decarbonisation by providing data and recommendations for action on CO₂ emissions, energy consumption and energy costs. Built-in pump analytics can calculate and analyse system efficiencies and pump parameters.

The new PC-based condition-monitoring technology consists of three main elements: the VIB (Vibration) and FPP (Fast Process Parameters) connection modules, and the Drivetrain Analyzer X-Tools software, as well as sensors and cables. The modules record vibration and analogue signals at 96kHz sampling rates.

The technology allows users to analyse high-speed, intermittent machines such as presses, cranes, or machine tools with two synchronous axes. Drivetrain Analyzer X-Tools can acquire dynamic data at up to 192kHz, or be used for manual data analysis. Because it can connect to almost any data source, the software can be used to link users’ analytics with preconfigured libraries. For example, the software can monitor bearing temperatures, housing vibrations, and oil lubrication pressure and flow, in heavy machines with plain bearings.

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