Rochdale's Holroyd Precision 'first in UK' to use new Siemens technology

Date published: 24 April 2021

A new machine at Rochdale’s PTG Holroyd is believed to be the first in the UK to use a new system by Siemens.

The new precision gear grinding centre, designed to be more efficient and accurate in production of specialised gears and tooth forms, uses Siemens’ Sinumerik ONE CNC software.

Regional Sales Director, Mark Curran said: “We wanted to create a machine with class-leading integrated safety and failsafe features, rich, real-time reporting of machine health and performance data, as well as the highest levels of industrial security.

“Other non-negotiables for included being exceptionally intuitive for operators, easily able to accommodate each customer’s Industry 4.0 strategy and being future proofed against legacy software issues. These were all attributes that the Sinumerik ONE CNC was able to offer.

“Additionally, the associated software suite’s ability to create a digital ‘working’ twin of the machine on the desktop before build commenced was a considerable advantage.”

Used in tandem with its own internal machine design packages, these capabilities enabled PTG Holroyd to build a virtual machine on the desktop, then grind virtual gears and threads, test safety and failsafe capabilities and eliminate potential problems before commencing the machine build.

Siemens’ application engineer, Garry Mepham commented: “It has been a privilege to work with the PTG Holroyd team to incorporate the capabilities of the new Sinumerik ONE CNC into the HG350-G gear grinder and to help utilise the benefits of the Sinumerik software suite to perfect the machine’s design.

“PTG Holroyd is an important customer of Siemens in the UK and I am confident their decision to use Sinumerik ONE will provide significant benefits – both in terms of machine design and development and by providing customers with future-proof capabilities and control.”

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