Holroyd wins Siemens' global award for digital transformation at EMO Hannover PTG

Date published: 17 October 2023

Machine tool manufacturer PTG Holroyd was presented with the Siemens’ Digital Transformer award at the international trade fair EMO Hannover 2023 in September.

The Digital Transformer award was just one of three awards made by technology giant Siemens during its MACHINUM awards ceremony. This took place on day three of EMO Hannover and celebrated OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and end users globally that are innovators, visionaries and champions of machine tool digitalisation.

PTG Holroyd was the first UK-based machine tool manufacturer to embrace the capabilities of Siemens’ future-proofed SINUMERIK ONE CNC, and the Digital Transformer award reflected the company’s approach to digitalisation when designing its new HG350 range of gear and helical profile grinding machines.

“It was an incredible honour to accept the award on behalf of the entire PTG Holroyd team,” said PTG Holroyd’s sales director, Mark Curran. “We have always built advanced machine tools that simplify the manufacture of complex helical components. In fact, our drive for making the complex simple is one of the reasons we became the very first machine tool manufacturer in Britain to use the SINUMERIK ONE CNC.”

In creating the HG350 range, PTG Holroyd’s objective was to offer its international customer base much more than a next generation machine for the one-off and batch grinding of high-accuracy precision spur and helical gears, as well as worms and screws.

“We wanted to reduce time to market and ensure affordability – all while creating a rotor and gear grinding machine that would be highly intuitive for operators, and feature future-proofed technology, class-leading safety and the highest levels of industrial security,” added Mark. “These were all attributes that the SINUMERIK ONE CNC was able to offer. Additionally, the SINUMERIK ONE software suite’s ‘Create My Virtual Machine’ and ‘Run My Virtual Machine’ digital twin capabilities offered significant advantages to us and to our customers.”

Sarah Black-Smith, general manager motion control at Siemens, said: “I was delighted to be part of the team that presented PTG Holroyd with this global accolade. Our Machine Tool Systems team in the UK worked closely with PTG Holroyd to incorporate the SINUMERIK ONE CNC into its new HG350 range. As a result, PTG Holroyd has more than met its objectives of reducing time to market, controlling costs through design and improving machine build and commission time, ultimately providing machine tool operators with an enhanced user experience and simplified component production.

“The digital technology that Siemens offers has given PTG Holroyd a competitive advantage in terms of efficient engineering, with the ‘Create My Virtual Machine’ capability enabling each new HG350 machine to be built and run on the desktop long before any physical build commences.”

Celebrating the game-changers and innovators who push the boundaries of machine tool production, the three awards presented by Siemens during its MACHINUM event at EMO Hannover, comprised a Digital Pioneers award, the Digital Transformers award that was won by PTG Holroyd, and a Loyalty award.

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