Siemens is offering new, comprehensive possibilities for data protection in the field of digitalization when third-party service providers are involved in the manufacturing process. With a view of data security licensing and encryption, the corporation has entered into a strategic partnership with Identify3D (ID3D). ID3D has integrated the solutions for security and traceability of digital production processes into the Sinumerik and PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) portfolio of Siemens. Data encryption, including time stamp, is already included in the 3D CAM (computer aided manufacturing) software NX. Decryption takes place on the SINUMERIK 840D sl. Through the cooperation with Identify3D, Siemens has secured the integrity of all process data along the entire value chain with an end-to-end security solutions. Siemens and Indentify3D will present the software integration at the EMO 2017 in Hannover. With the integration of these new solutions into the Siemens portfolio, customers will be able to protect their intellectual property, have their products produced according to the individually defined parameters, and comprehensively track the produced parts.
The new possibilities for protecting design and manufacturing data, hence for protection against IP theft, include several elements. A key one is manufacturing repeatability. Within the data encryption and decryption on the CNC (computerized numerical control), a licensing system will ensure that a part is produced precisely according to the engineering specification. Those components and entities qualified for the decryption are precisely defined. In addition, the program developer can also restrict the number of parts produced by the third-party service provider, which constitutes effective protection against IP theft. The manufacturing machine on which the parts are to be produced as well as the material to be used can be precisely defined. The data encrypted from NX are uploaded to a file system, such as Teamcenter, and from there can be transferred to ShopFloorConnect, Siemens MES (Manufacturing Execution System) and similar solutions.
Uwe Ruttkamp, head of Machine Tool Systems, Business Unit Motion Control, Division Digital Factory: “Identify3D offers secure data transmission for protecting digital production designs and quality control. They are also experts on data transmission and security solutions to ensure the protection of intellectual property and the data integrity along the entire value chain – starting with the product design, all the way to the finished product. Security solutions and the handling of intellectual property are becoming more important in very different branches of industry.” Stephan Thomas, co-founder of Identify3D, adds: “Siemens understands the importance of an efficient and reliable digital value chain and is setting the industrial standard for the Digital Factory. We are excited to be the strategic partner of Siemens to ensure a secure and repeatable digital manufacturing process.”