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 http://www.engineering-redefined.com.
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 environmentsomething 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