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Surf Loch Catches the Wave with Siemens Xcelerator to Deliver Custom Surfing Experiences

An October 4th Smart Industry INSIGHT series-hosted Webinar sponsored by ATS, Seeq, and GE Digital

October 4th, 2023

11:00 AM ET / 10:00 AM CT / 8:00 AM PT / 3:00 PM GMT

Duration:1 hour

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Surf Loch brings the ocean to landlocked surfers who want to learn to surf and hang-10 in their home town. Initially selecting Siemens as a Technology partner due to superior Factory Automation and Motion Control capabilities, Surf Loch now leverages the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio with a comprehensive Digital Twin approach to continuous product improvement. Thomas Lochtefeld, CEO of Surf Loch, will discuss his company’s journey as well as the techniques, challenges and results of how they are using technology to create wave pools to bring surfing to a larger audience. 

Attendees to this webinar will learn:

  • How to integrate models, devices, and data in a Surf Pool using Siemens Xcelerator and retain security [Learning path #1
  • How Siemens flexible control system enables dynamically changeable customer wave products [Learning path #2]
  • How did we decide there was a market for wave pools and the first steps to get Surf Loch off the ground?

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Thomas Lochtefeld, CEO, Surf Loch and Wave Loch

Mr. Thomas Lochtefeld is the founder and CEO of Surf Loch, Wave Loch, and Wave House family of companies. He was co-founder and co-developer of the three Raging Waters aquatic theme parks (Los Angeles, San Jose, and Salt Lake City). Mr. Lochtefeld has over 100 patents and trademarks, and was the inventor, principal designer and technology licensor for major aquatic attractions, including: FlowRider®, FlowBarrel®, Wave Loch SurfPool®, FlyingReef®, MasterBlaster® Uphill Water Coaster, Staggered Caissons, Controlled Surf Pool Breakers, and Wave Dampening. He was the inventor / founder of the venue attractions: Wave House® and FlowHouse®. With 250+ FlowRider® and FlowBarrel® sheet waves in 30 countries and 10+ Wave Houses® and FlowHouses® globally, Lochtefeld is pursuing his dream to Wave The Planet.


Miles Miller, Surf Systems Engineer

Mr. Miller is charged to engineer Insights Hub connectivity and remote monitoring of Surf Loch surf pools. This includes:

•Installation, networking, and onboarding of Siemens MindConnect Nano and other network devices;

•Building of client facing dashboards for maintenance, monitoring, failure prediction;

•Formulation of KPIs and use of machine learning tools via operation insight;

•Converting raw data to usable information in the Insights Hub environment;

•Designing Insights Hub based programs to trigger alarms, send messages, and prompt service manuals;

•Developing a Surf Loch-specific user interface in Mendix that allows maintenance technicians to follow checklists and digitally log their work;

•Using historic data generate system health models that can predict future failures.


Robert Schoenberger, Editor-in-Chief, Smart Industry

Robert Schoenberger has been writing about manufacturing technology in one form or another since the late 1990s. He began his career in newspapers in South Texas and has worked for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi; The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky; and The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio, where he spent more than six years as the automotive reporter. In 2013, he launched Today’s Motor Vehicles, a magazine focusing on design and manufacturing topics within the automotive and commercial truck worlds. He joined IndustryWeek in late 2021.