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 www.engineering-redefined.com.
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