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On Demand Webinar: Solar Energy Technologies: Insights to Regulatory Requirements>>

View this 45-minute educational webinar, presented by Richard Bozicevich and Jonathan Kotrba of TÜV Rheinland, to learn about the latest trends regarding regulatory and performance requirements for solar technologies in North America and globally.

On Demand Webinar: Industrial ID: Is Your Competition Gaining an Advantage?>>

View this 45-minute educational webinar to learn how the latest advancements in Industrial ID technologies are being successfully applied across a multitude of industrial applications to improve real-time visibility, increase data accuracy, and maximize manufacturing processes.

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.

White Paper: RFID in Manufacturing Control>>

Download this white paper to learn how applying RFID (radio frequency identification systems) to the manufacturing process infrastructure facilitates an expanding degree of customization (i.e., serialized products), while keeping production costs stable.

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.

New Robotic Technology Aims to Prevent Dangerous Arc Flash Incidents

Many arc flash incidents are related to racking circuit breakers, chiefly in the power industry. A new robotic device allows a worker to rack circuit breakers from a safe distance of over 75 feet away.

An arc flash is an electrical explosion that results from a low impedance connection to ground or another voltage phase in an electrical system. In other words, an arc flash is an electrical breakdown of the resistance of air resulting in an electric arc. This can occur when there is sufficient voltage in an electrical system and a path to ground or lower voltage.

In the power industry, many arc flash incidents are related to racking circuit breakers. inoLECT, a Baton Rouge, La.-based provider of integrated electrical system solutions for the power generation, utility, industrial and electrical engineering fields, has created a remote racking device, the inoRAC™, which greatly reduces the risk of arc flash injuries by allowing operators to remotely rack breakers at distances of over 75 feet from the equipment. A simple idea—move the person away from the potential danger—has been effectively realized in the inoRAC robotic device.

Learn how the application works as well as the control platform for the robot... Read more

Aerospace Lab Engineers a New Type of Precision Crane Control Material Handling

Eliminating the sway of huge payloads through state-of-the-art controls technology is one outcome of a research lab driven by a unique industry/university partnership.

Boeing, Siemens, and Georgia Institute of Technology's Manufacturing Research Center (MARC) have teamed up to pioneer the application of modern controls technology to solve problems associated with crane operation for material handling applications.

One research project in the newly created Aerospace Manufacturing Laboratory focuses on input shaping for overhead cranes, which has been shown to significantly reduce the residual swing that accompanies the hoisting and movement of payload. The project solves other problems associated with material handling, such as dynamic scheduling of interactions between manufacturing elements. The system positions payloads within certain tolerances for further machining, fastening, or inspection via wireless communication.

Read this article to understand how the system was engineered, complete with Siemens embedded controller, touch screen, motion controller, position sensors, vision systems, and wireless networking technology. ... Read more

Fitting Energy Management Strategies into Sustainable Practices

How to monitor and analyze energy costs in an industrial automation application. Includes strategies for uncovering and avoiding costly spikes that exceed utilities' maximum allowable demand.

A number of factors are driving the implementation of more sustainable energy practices, including increased sustainability awareness in general, internal corporate initiatives, and not least, the rising cost and increasing scarcity of energy sources.

Companies must first identify their energy flows. Typically, that means implementing an energy management monitoring system that measures electrical energy. Power monitoring devices that are capable of communications are used. Strategic areas are identified in the manufacturer's electrical distribution system, and from those areas data is captured, logged, trended, and archived. Data is analyzed to determine how much energy is being used and where. Learn about a three-step process to monitor and reduce energy usage... Read more

Video Tutorial: Newly Released Video Library Demonstrates how TIA Portal Software Works

Quickly access brief and informative videos that visually demonstrate the Totally Integrated Automation Portal, an engineering system that helps you to optimally design planning and production process.

Ten videos are listed, including a walk through the user interface, creating and configuring devices, and mass data operations... View now

Product News

Big News in Small Packages - Siemens Launches Line of Nano Computers

Siemens Industry is significantly extending its range of embedded industrial computers by adding a new product line of compact, energy-saving PCs in the nano format... Read more

The Next Generation of Simatic HMI Key Panels

Siemens has introduced a new generation of Simatic HMI key panels: the KP8 and KP8F. Both provide an affordable, high-performance, compact keypad operator panel for PROFINET environments. ... Read more

Three New Products for Remote Access by Mobile Radio

Siemens Industry continues to expand its TeleService and Telecontrol product portfolio with the addition of three products for remote access by mobile radio: the CP 1242-7 communications processor module, Telecontrol Server Basic Control call center software, and the IE Basic TeleService Adapter... Read more

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