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SPONSORED BY Siemens December 6, 2010

Live Webinar: Engineering Redefined - Technical Tour of Siemens new TIA Portal Automation Software>>

Witness the industry's first automation software with One Engineering Environment and One Software Project for all automation tasks. Learn how the new Siemens Totally Integrated Automation Portal (TIA Portal) can save your company time and money on automation projects and protect your future investment. This information packed 45-minute webinar will deliver what you need to know for maximum ROI using the most advanced automation software in the market.

On Demand Webinars: Top 5 On Demand Webinars for 2010>>

Have some free time during December? Viewing on demand webinars is a great way to increase your knowledge about key topics that can impact your work. Check out the top 5 viewed archived webinars that Siemens hosted during 2010:
1. New Requirements in Arc Flash and Arc Blast Safety
2. An Unbiased Comparison of the Siemens SIMATIC S7-1200 and AB (Allen Bradley) MicroLogix Controller
3. Control Systems Simulation Made Easy
4. Plant Wide Networking - What You Need to Know and How You Do it
5. US Machine Safety Impacted by European Standards

White Paper: Technology Evolution—Capacitor-based DC Backup Power>>

Reliable backup protection for important control circuits is essential to manufacturing operations. Without an uninterrupted power supply, a single uncontrolled power interruption or fluctuation, lasting merely seconds, can potentially create substantial downtime. This white paper discusses the key functions of a reliable power system: monitoring the control voltage; providing monitoring functions to the upper level control system; and protecting against power failures.

Introducing the ‘ALL THINGS PROFINET’ Web Site>>

A new web site dedicated to PROFINET has been launched. The site is designed specifically as a single entry point for prospective users and developers of PROFINET products and systems.

Complimentary Online Skill Building Courses>>

Looking for ways to jump-start your industrial skills training? Siemens offers seven free online automation skill building courses with real interactive programs. These Self-Study, courses include PLCs for Beginners, S7 PROFIBUS, S7 ETHERNET, and more.

Complimentary Online Electrical Training Courses>>

quickSTEPs are a great start for industry novices to enhance electrical skills in the areas of Controls, Automation, Power Distribution and even a “Basics of PLCs” course.

Velaro High-Speed Train Touring Florida >>

Siemens and its consortium of partners is promoting the world's fastest and most successful high-speed train on a multi-city tour throughout Florida. Florida is about to make U.S. transportation history as the first state to create a high-speed rail network with trains connecting some of its metropolitan areas at speeds of up to 220 mph. View a short video that reveals a bold vision of high-speed rail travel within Florida and the U.S. Once you've viewed the video, check out the Velaro and other information on Siemens and High Speed Rail at

Automation Survey>>

We want to hear from you! Let us know what issues need attention for automation professionals. Complete the survey and be entered into a drawing for a 8GB iPod touch™. Congratulations to last month's winner: David Bell of Novelis.

Siemens Revolutionizes Automation Engineering with TIA Portal

This is the first in a series of three articles outlining Siemens' revolutionary new TIA Portal software framework.

This article will introduce TIA Portal, and highlight specific features and benefits, while articles in the January and February issues will add more technical detail and highlight deeper value for automation engineers. If you want more information on the TIA Portal now, please go to

One of the greatest challenges industrial automation engineers face as they work through a project is still integration. With the actual coding of different device configuration tasks, such as PLC programming, HMI screen creation and network setup still created in different development environments, on different platforms and in different coding languages, creating a holistic solution is a complicated task rife with repeated data entry as the same tag names are entered across each of the project's elements... Read more

Optimizing Wind and Solar Plants with Performance Monitoring

Everyone is talking about renewable energy these days. Being “green” has never been more important, either politically, socially or—considering the rapidly rising costs of fossil fuels—financially, and that has led to a rush to adopt renewable energy sources.

Wind turbines, photo voltaic (Solar) panels, thermal generators, biofuels, co-gen and other technologies are all seeing a tremendous increase in research and adoption. However, there is more to running a renewable energy plant than installing it and turning it on.

“A renewable energy plant is no different from any other element of your operation,” says Dave Kostick, a sales engineer with IMT Solar, of North Tonawanda, New York. “In order to make sure you are getting what you pay for you need the same kind of intelligence and control that you use to make sure you are producing the best, most competitive, product you can”... Read more

Capacitor-Based DC Back-up Power Provides Unique Solution for Harsh Environments

Finding the right industrial-grade solution to provide back-up power for your plant in the event of an interruption to the main power supply is critical, especially if you are dealing with a particularly hostile environment.

Until recently, the generally accepted industry standard solution has been to deploy a DC UPS (uninterruptible power supply) system that uses lead gel batteries to provide an emergency back-up power source that makes sure the plant has enough power to park its machines in safe positions and shut down under control, to provide a bridge while the back-up generator kicks in, or even to power right through and hope that the mains come back before the batteries die. The choice of which path to follow is a strategic one and differs from one plant to the next, but at the end of the day the mission is to ensure safety, save critical process data, minimize downtime and maximize profitability.

“Ultimately, the costs associated with a power interruption are not limited to the disruption to the production process,” says Kai Bronzel, a spokesperson for Siemens Industry in Alpharetta, GA. “Some people may think that when the power goes out the machines stop and when it comes back on they start again, just like your TV at home. But the reality is that industrial machines are a lot more like digital clocks than TV's. When the power goes out they have to be reset properly”... Read more

Product News

Siemens Introduces TIA Portal

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has introduced the industry's first automation software with One Engineering Environment and One Software Project for all automation tasks called the Totally Integrated Automation Portal (TIA Portal)... Read more

Siemens Delivers More Computing Power to the Shop Floor

Automation engineers have a lot more computing power available to them now that Siemens Industry has significantly upgraded its family of industrial computers... Read more

Siemens Extends Power Supply Offering

Siemens Industry has expanded its power supply offering with new additions to the SITOP product family... Read more


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