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Live Webinar: Achieve Higher Safety Performance Level with EN ISO 13849-1>>

Attend this 45-min. educational webinar and learn how to optimize compliance of existing devices and safety solutions with EN ISO 13849-1. TUV Rheinland experts will explain the new approaches to evaluating safety circuits, the role of risk assessment, and the impact this standard will have on system requirements as it replaces the EN954-1 at the end of 2011.

On Demand Webinar: Functional Safety: Importance. Compliance. Benefits.>>

View this 45-minute educational webinar where Thomas Maier and Kevin Connelly of UL define functional safety, explain why it is important, discuss functional safety standards and how to comply. These industry experts provide an overview of testing and certification programs available from UL, as well as the benefits associated with a new UL functional safety mark.

White Paper: Demystifying the European Machinery Directive and SEMI Requirements for the Industrial Automation and Semiconductor Markets >>

Download this informative white paper by TUV Rheinland in which they answer key safety questions, including: What does a manufacturer need to do to export machinery to the European Union? How can a manufacturer prove compliance with a directive? Can other standards be used?

Introducing Plantville: Be the Ultimate Plant Manager >>

Plantville is an interactive online game that simulates a plant manager's experience—challenging players to increase productivity, sustainability and the overall success of their plant. Learn. Compete. Play.

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.

Critical Questions to Ask when Specifying Automation Systems

Convenient checklist can be used to thoroughly examine current and future needs, providing a framework for requirements gathering.

Checklist covers basics such as I/O count, function count, and communications flexibility, as well as more advanced areas such as fuzzy logic applications and predictive model control. Helps uncover hidden or not-well-understood process or information dependencies.

Article also includes a discussion on understanding the difference between buying on cost and buying on value, with a look at total cost assessment. Includes tips such as how to juxtapose system life expectancy against automation product maturity level. Print out or bookmark this article for future reference... Read more

Transitioning from Fieldbus to Ethernet: Benefits and Requirements for the Plant Floor

Industrial Ethernet offers a number of advantages over fieldbus networks, and can play well with existing fieldbus networks. Learn about strategies for switching, as well as what to look for when contemplating the switch.

While any kind of change can be cause for concern, the transition from fieldbus to Ethernet doesn't have to be disruptive. While some Industrial Ethernet implementations will require some detailed architectural changes, others make the process far simpler.

Technologies now exist that enable companies to simply install Industrial Ethernet for new plants or lines, and seamlessly connect them with existing fieldbus networks. Benefits include greater speed, improved troubleshooting, simpler integration, and wireless capabilities... Read more

Latest Safety Trend: Integrating Safety with Motion Control

Combining formerly separate functions on one device results in easier installation and implementation, reduced footprint, and lower costs.

Newest controller technology combines PLCopen-compatible motion control blocks for coupled motion sequences of multiple axes with pre-configured TÜV-certified library blocks, for key safety functions such as emergency stop, two-hand control, muting, and door monitoring... Read more

Product News

Failsafe, Wireless Operator Control and Monitoring via “Rapid Roaming”

Siemens Industry has provided plant floor engineers with added reliability and flexibility with two new mobile panels, the 277 IWLAN and its safety-rated version, the 277F IWLAN... Read more

Simatic S7-1200 Firmware Update Expands Communications Capabilities

Siemens Industry has dramatically expanded the communications capabilities available on its Simatic S7-1200 controllers with new PROFINET, PROFIBUS and telecommunications service giving end users more flexibility with their control system architectures and driving more efficiency into manufacturing processes through greater integration... Read more

New Modules Connect Optical and Electrical PROFIBUS Networks

Siemens Industry has released two new optical link modules specifically designed for PROFIBUS networks. The new modules, the OLM P22 which is designed for use with plastic fiber optic cables (FOC) and the OLM G22 which is compatible with glass FOCs, make it possible for users to employ more redundant and reliable network topologies, such as rings and stars, that ensure higher network availability... Read more


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