OMAT is headquartered in Jerusalem, Israel, and its software solutions focus on optimising the spindle feed during machining operations, specifically offering solutions for adaptive spindle feed control, enhanced tool life cycles and spindle vibration analysis.

One OMAT solution instanced is Adaptive Control & Monitoring (ACM), which significantly reduces the processing time of part programs, extends the life cycle of tools and avoids tool breakage. This technology is based on an analysis of machine tool data and additional parameters of the part program. Based on the algorithms developed by OMAT, process times can be reduced by up to circa 20%.

Other products use additional data and readings captured from external sensors, which allow for further optimisation of the machining process. Solutions based on these developments have already been installed by OMAT customers and are expected to be developed further.

As a first step, OMAT technologies will be integrated into the Siemens Digital Enterprise software portfolio. In the future, these technologies will feature in Siemens Industrial Edge and Sinumerik Edge.

Industrial Edge combines local and high performance data processing directly within the automation system with the benefits offered by the Cloud: app-based data analysis, data processing and infrastructure-as-a-service concepts with a centralised update function.

Edge devices collect and process data where it is generated. Industrial Edge enables the download and update of applications on machines that are connected to Edge devices from a central Edge management system.

“Machine tool manufacturing is part of Siemens’ focus industries. The take-over of products from OMAT is another step towards reaching our goal to provide our customers with a complete portfolio that helps them to implement their digital enterprise. The software applications that we will develop on the basis of technologies from OMAT will be mainly applied in the field of Sinumerik Edge, significantly broadening the range of solutions for our customers in the machine tool market,” explains Dr Wolfgang Heuring, CEO, Siemens Motion Control Business Unit. “The combined offer will place us in an even better position to provide innovative solutions that meet the challenges of machine tool builders and users on their journey to digitalisation.”