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SPONSORED BY Siemens JUNE 6, 2011

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

View 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 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: An Unbiased Comparison of the Siemens S7-1200 and AB (Allen-Bradley) MicroLogix Controllers >>

View this 45-minute educational webinar, presented by Nick Shea, project engineer with DMC Inc., where you'll get an independent analysis of the technology and benefits of these two popular controller platforms. Mr. Shea's analysis includes a comparison of three key areas: (1) the way the machines manage data memory, (2) the organization of programming routines, and (3) the controllers' connectivity to other devices.

White Paper: An engineer's guide to Ethernet>>

This white paper covers the basics for using Ethernet on the plant floor. Topics include: Benefits of Ethernet, How Ethernet Works, Wired and Wireless Devices on Ethernet, Environment, Implementation, Fault Tolerance, Topology, Protocol Enhancements, Monitoring, Dispelling Industrial Ethernet Myths, and more...

When Worlds Collide: Bringing IT and Engineering Together>>

Take a look at this brief, entertaining video depicting a clandestine meeting between IT and engineering who need to work together to solve plantwide networking issues. Featured on YouTube.

The Siemens 2011 Automation Summit: Navigating the World of Automation — A User Conference>>

This year's Summit will be held in Lake Buena Vista, FL, at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, June 27-30. Join us to see live, hands-on demonstrations showcasing best-in-class solutions, hear from others how they have successfully applied solutions that you can use in your operations, and network with your peers and Siemens management.

Virtual “Answers for Industry” Event>>

Looking to gain insight on how to enhance and strengthen your company's competitive edge? Siemens' Virtual Answers for Industry event offers specialized seminars and product demonstrations by top industry experts, ranging from efficient energy management, total building solutions, product lifecycle management, renewable energy, sustainability and more. Visit VAFI online, anytime.

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.

Understanding Your Automation Control Options: PLCs, PACs, PC-based Controllers

Learn to differentiate “marketing-speak” from fact in this assessment of similarities and differences between automation control platforms.

There are two basic automation control platforms available from automation vendors today; PLCs and PC-based controllers. PLCs come in a wide variety of hardware options and are the most established automation control option on the market today. In contrast, PC-based controllers use a software controller installed on an industrial computer. This allows users to integrate high level computer programming or other PC functionality with automation system control.

The term “PAC” is relatively new in the world of industrial automation and is presented by some vendors as an alternative to the PLC. When vendors discuss PACs they usually talk about a specific set of features they claim differentiates them from PLCs. In reality, many vendors offer these features within their current PLC offering, choosing not to isolate certain features and market them as a separate PAC hardware platform... Read more

The Latest Thinking on Using Ethernet for Machine Safety Networks

A networking expert takes a look at how networked machine safety has evolved, examining the implications of Ethernet-based machine safety networks as a replacement for field buses.

In machine safety, many new approaches, regulations and options have emerged—often being replaced themselves in a fit of Darwinism in a matter of a few short years—making it seemingly difficult to keep up with the state of the art and determining what is right for you and how to apply it.

Ethernet is rapidly emerging as the de facto network for the plant floor communications, replacing field buses in the factory while also providing a link to front office systems. Ethernet has enough speed for manufacturing environments, and it's been enhanced with real time capabilities for the most demanding applications.

In this article, we look at the implications of using Ethernet as a network for machine safety... Read more

Case Study: Dairy Food Company Proves Wireless Networking is Ready for Mission-Critical Control

Texas ice cream manufacturer replaces five aging PLC's with one modern PLC on each of its three automated storage and retrieval systems, all outfitted with wireless Ethernet for control. Also: Seven things to know before implementing wireless on the plant floor.

Although wireless networking is no longer new in the realm of industrial automation, many manufacturers are still reluctant to depend on wireless for control applications.

“The primary concerns people have about trusting automation tasks to wireless controls revolve around security, interference of the wireless signals and slow information transfers,” says Rajesh Rajani, Ethernet infrastructure marketing manager for Atlanta, GA-based Siemens Industry. “So companies have tended to use wireless technologies for monitoring, but not for control.”

However, wireless technologies have evolved to address these issues, and progressive manufacturers are beginning to adopt them. One example is Blue Bell Creameries of Brenham, Texas, which recently upgraded its ailing, 20-year-old Automation Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) with a system based on Siemens wireless Ethernet components... Read more

Video: Simatic Mobile Panel - Shortcuts for quarry operations

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

A Simatic Mobile Panel from Siemens Industry controls all system components at a Schnorrpfeil quarry in Germany. The automation solution, which communicates with the system via RFID, makes for more efficient production... View now

Product News

HMI Comfort Panels Deliver Integrated Functionality for Demanding Visualization Tasks

The latest offering is a new series of high performance SIMATIC HMI operator panels which deliver integrated functionality for demanding visualization tasks... Read more

LOGO Ethernet

Siemens Industry has announced a new range of Logo! logic modules equipped with integral Ethernet interfaces. The new devices, with communication and network capabilities are geared to meeting more demanding applications... Read more

SITOP Power Supply

Siemens Industry has expanded its power supply offering with new additions to the SITOP product family. The SITOP PSU100C controlled power supplies for the low-end performance range offer a number of new benefits including increased efficiency and an extremely slimline design... Read more


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