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SPONSORED BY Siemens February 7, 2011

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 February 23, 2011, Tim Gidcumb of Advanced Engineering will provide an unbiased look at the differences between Siemens Safety and Allen-Bradley's Safety systems.

Live Webinar: Direct-Data Exchange Between Automation Systems and ERP/MES Database Systems Drives New Levels of Efficiency >>

Join us for this 45-minute educational webinar where you will learn how to gain real efficiencies from improved communication between production and manufacturing levels and the office and management systems. Jonas Ljungberg, an application engineer with Siemens Industry, will explain the benefits of linking data directly from these two environments with the introduction of the SIMATIC Net Ethernet communication processor CP343-1ERPC. He will also explain typical applications where benefits can be realized.

On Demand Webinar: Engineering Redefined>>

Witness the industry's first automation software with One Engineering Environment and One Software Project for all automation tasks. View this recorded webinar and 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 45-minute webinar will deliver what you need to know for maximum ROI using the most advanced automation software in the market.

ARC White Paper: Modern Engineering Tools Drive Productivity in Manufacturing>>

Download this white paper to learn how automation users are dealing with new challenges by investing in new technologies and skills to gain a competitive advantage and make inroads into new markets. They are finding that in today's technologically-mature markets, software enables them to achieve the highest gains. Read this 16-page report that looks at business drivers for manufacturers, the evolution and vision of engineering tools, and how the TIA Portal integrates engineering tools to make substantial gains in efficiency and productivity.

Food Safety and Legislation Today: How to Address its Critical Implications>>

Food and beverage producers are haunted by the possibility of their products being contaminated—possibly resulting in sick or dying consumers, expensive recalls and legal battles, while ruining their brand image. Download a new document from Siemens to learn about food defense, hazard analysis critical control point, recordkeeping and reporting, and traceability and genealogy—strategies and solutions aimed at helping protect your consumers and your company.

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.

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: Bradley Blake, AMETEK Aerospace & Defense

Siemens vs. Allen-Bradley: Choosing the Best Safety PLC

This article sets the stage for using safety systems and examines the safety offerings of the two companies. In an upcoming webinar on this topic, a more in-depth analysis and comparison will be discussed.

Picking the right hardware and software plays a huge role in a company's machine safety programs. Knowing which issues are important and getting unbiased information about this hardware and software is often a difficult chore.

Many times, engineers are comparing equipment from Siemens and Rockwell Automation's Allen-Bradley®. A Webinar on February 23, 2011, will examine the differences between the two giant's machine safety offerings. An integrator who's worked with all types of equipment will share his knowledge, letting the chips fall where they may... Read more

On Your Mark. Get Set. Go! Robot Solves Rubik's Cube in Seconds

Challenged with exploring the capabilities of a Siemens PLC, creative engineering students at Rowan University College of Engineering developed a robot that can solve the Rubik's Cube puzzle in record-breaking time. Read on and view the robot in action!

It spins with the thunderous staccato rata-tat clatter of a machine gun while it answers a question people have been struggling with since the late 1970's. No, it's not trying to define the nature of George Lucas' mystical Force, nor find a swimming spot safe from Spielberg's animatronic Great White. The Rubik's Cube Solving Robot (RCSR) does exactly what its name says it does. It solves the iconic, 3D mechanical puzzle and it accomplishes its task in about 15 seconds.

The RCSR is the brainchild of Rowan University College of Engineering students Zachary Grady and Joe Ridgeway. As part of their curriculum Grady, 22, a senior electrical and computer engineering (ECE) major from Audubon, and Ridgeway, 21, a senior ECE major from Norwalk, Conn., were handed a Siemens Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and challenged to demonstrate its capabilities as part of their Junior Engineering Clinic class in the spring semester of 2010... Read more

Automation Users Prove Software Framework Integrates PLCs, HMIs and Networks

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

In November 2010 Alpharetta, GA-based Siemens Industry Inc., released the TIA Portal, a software framework designed with comprehensive Integrated Development Environment (IDE) principles and architectures to introduce unprecedented degrees of integration and ease-of-use to industrial automation. TIA Portal pulls all engineering tasks, from programming PLCs to configuring the HMI and connected networks, into a single interface which unifies all project tasks and elements within one development environment—something ARC Advisory Group, an industry analyst firm in Dedham, Mass. has dubbed an engineering framework.

Although these principles introduce a new paradigm to the automation space, they have been a proven mainstay of other application spaces for years and even decades... Read more

Video Tutorial: Siemens Machine Safety Reduces Integration Costs

Traditional machine safety system upgrades can be costly and time consuming.

Learn how Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) can eliminate high integration costs and engineering time on your next machine safety upgrade. This graphical animation video will highlight several techniques for reducing cost when integrating machine safety for a manufacturing or process control system... View now

Product News

Key Panels for use in Tough and Safety-Related Industrial Applications

Siemens Industry has released a pair of new key panels for its HMI systems that promise to deliver enhanced functionality to users on the shop floor... Read more

New Software Controllers from Siemens Deliver Enhanced Web-based Diagnostics

Siemens Industry has introduced a real-time Web diagnostics functionality to its software controllers, making it possible for users to log in over a network and remotely adjust parameters to head off possible downtime events and increase overall plant availability... Read more

Siemens Releases Next Generation of SIRIUS Modular System

With the SIRIUS Innovations line of power control products, Siemens Industry, Inc. has introduced the next generation of its SIRIUS Modular System... Read more


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