Through connecting and networking additive manufacturing systems with automation and digital software modules, EOS GmbH expands AM production cells into large-scale industrial operations by offering turnkey solutions for automated AM production.
In order to show the operation and results of different factory configurations, the production processes were transferred to a factory simulation to visualize processes and calculate KPIs. The basis for the simulation, including the layout and the production processes, is taken from
an additive manufacturing production line at EOS GmbH. The production site is in Maisach, Germany, and it is used both as a research facility and for the manufacture of various internal components. The use of real data improves the simulation results, and it ensures reliability of the simulation in various production configurations. The production simulation also helps with the holistic consideration of all processes and the determination of the influencing factors. The expansion of the data measurement beyond the production process data, to include quality and process data, allows for the construction of the digital twin of the present system. The digital twin is to be seen as the overall goal to enable the investigation of many interacting systems for scalable, automated digital factories.