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SPONSORED BY Siemens January 10, 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.

Live Webinar: An Unbiased Comparison of Siemens Safety vs. AB Safety>>

Safety remains an important issue for designers and users of nearly all industrial automation equipment. It's critical to understand what options are available so safety systems can be implemented effectively within budgetary constraints. Every company's safety products have strengths and weaknesses. In a webinar on Feb. 23rd, Tim Gidcumb of Advanced Engineering will provide an unbiased look at the differences between Siemens Safety and Allen Bradley's Safety systems, including PLCs, drives, and software. Gidcumb has worked in the industrial automation field for 12 years, developing systems that use safety equipment from these two vendors and others.

Top 10 Articles for 2010>>

In case you missed an issue or two of the TIA e-newsletter during 2010, we thought it might be helpful to give you a quick link to the most highly-rated articles. These are the ones that your colleagues thought the best of the best!

White Paper: SIMATIC PC-based Automation with Intel® Core™ Processor Family >>

Learn how the Intel® Core™ Processor and the development of multi-core systems have had a tremendous impact in industrial applications. The increased processing power to execute multiple program threads in parallel have enabled industrial PCs to significantly increase their level of computing performance, thus reducing the number of devices in the field, which saves cost and space.

Guided Tour: Experience the Software>>

View firsthand how the TIA Portal helps you carry out your planning and production processes optimally, along the entire value supply chain of your system.

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.

Latest Microprocessors Expand User Control

Adopting Intel™ multicore processors lets Siemens cut costs, improve performance.

Chipmakers who are vying for increased market share in consumer products and personal computers continue to pour huge investments into microprocessors, bringing rapid performance advances. That's good news for designers and users in industrial automation and other fields that can utilize the powerful devices designed for high volume markets.

The days when ruggedized markets like the military, automotive and industrial applications drive semiconductor advances are long gone. Even demanding military applications leverage chips made for gaming markets. Industrial systems have followed suit by utilizing consumer technologies like PC architectures and Ethernet networking.... Read more

Configure and Manage Automation Efficiently from a Single Screen

This is the second in a series of three articles outlining Siemens' revolutionary new TIA Portal software framework. For more technical details, please go to

Complexity is usually a given when it comes to industrial automation projects; and complexity has to be accounted for in many ways. For example, you know when you start that some systems aren't going to talk to each other out of the box, which means different elements such as the HMI/SCADA interfaces and the machine logic controllers will require the creation or sourcing of interfaces adding time and expense to the project.

“Some projects use four or five different engineering environments, so you know going in that you are going to be spending a lot of time doing things that, although necessary, do not add any value to your operation,” says Paul Ruland, a marketing manager with Siemens Industry Inc., of Alpharetta, Georgia... Read more

The Matrix Moves Into Mainstream

Data matrix codes are gaining acceptance and helping improve high precision manufacturing lines in consumer product labeling.

Over the last couple years, observant consumers may have noticed new markings on some common products like detergent and ice cream. Manufacturers are beginning to use data matrix codes to augment the bar codes that have been used for decades.

These small markings give manufacturers another tool to improve the high precision manufacturing lines needed in today's consumer market. Data matrix codes, also called 2D codes, help ensure that various components such as front and back labels are correct... Read more

Video Tutorial: Siemens TIA Reduces Machine-to-Machine Integration Costs

Interlocking multiple machines in a production line can make or break an automation budget.

Learn how Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) can eliminate costly hardwiring, troubleshooting and programming overhead when connecting multiple machines in a production line system. This graphical animation video will highlight several techniques for reducing cost when integrating multiple pieces of equipment for a manufacturing or process control system... View now

Product News

Safety Relay Simultaneously Monitors Multiple Parameters

A new safety relay from Siemens Industry Inc. provides enough performance to handle simultaneous monitoring of multiple parameters such as machine speed and motor standstill. The SIRIUS 3TK2810-1 is part of the SIRIUS 3TK28 safety relays family... Read more

HMIs Operate In Hazardous Zones

Siemens Industry Inc. has enhanced its rugged line of industrial PCs with two intrinsically safe HMIs (human machine interfaces). The SIMATIC HMI Panel PC Ex and SIMATIC HMI Thin Client Ex are designed for hazardous zones 1/21 and 2/22... Read more

Safety Modules Prevent Explosions

When gases, vapors, mists and dusts form explosive atmospheres, electronic systems must be designed to avoid any chance of sparking under any conditions. The Siemens Industry Automation Division has developed three fail-safe modules to meet these requirements... Read more

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