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Live Webinar: Understanding Hazardous Locations and ATEX Requirements for North America and Europe >>

Join us for this 45-minute educational webinar, presented by Dave Styrcula and Jim Dolphin, TUV Rheinland, to gain a better understanding of Hazardous (classified) location requirements contained in Articles 500 through 506 in the National Electrical Code (NEC). This webinar will compare the requirements for North American HazLoc and European ATEX standards, and help simplify compliance to these requirements.

On Demand Webinar: Risk Assessments: New ISO 13849-1&2 Impacts Process and Documentation Requirement >>

View this 45-minute educational webinar, presented by Scott Krumwiede of RWD Technologies, and learn about the current state of the risk assessment process, how the process has been applied in the past and what needs to happen moving forward in 2012. This webinar will help you discover the gains that can be achieved through implementing the new ISO standard in your business.

Remembering Modern Engineering Marvels: World's strongest stage elevator >>

View this short Modern Marvel video of Cirque du Soleil's Sand/Cliff Deck, used in its Las Vegas KA production. With the 6-foot thick deck weighing in at 80,000 pounds, the gantry crane can lift and tilt the deck perpendicular to the floor and rotate it 360 degrees. Siemens drives and controls help empower the automation in this amazing theatrical production.

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...

White Paper: RFID Security >>

With the widespread use of RFID technology, security is a prime consideration. Download this white paper and learn about the latest advancements in data protection and information security in RFID applications.

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.

Siemens, Intel, and Microsoft Team Up to Envision Production Line of the Future

At the heart of the new Innovative Production Line (IPL) proof of concept is an end-to-end enterprise connectivity architecture that extends to cloud services. Green manufacturing, immersive 3D user interfaces, continuous optimization, and energy management all play a role.

Industrial automation is rapidly evolving as information technology drives new levels of efficiency and productivity. As a result, customers in the industry are demanding solutions that are both innovative and reliable.

The Innovative Production Line (IPL) proof of concept, developed collaboratively by Siemens, Intel, and Microsoft, combines reliable Siemens industrial automation products with the latest Microsoft and Intel technology to develop a vision of the production line of the future.

To envision a highly efficient factory floor, information must seamlessly travel between the factory floor and the information technology center. End-to-end enterprise connectivity architecture spans from production line sensors to IT datacenter servers and even to cloud services. This architecture complies with all required enterprise IT policies by shielding the real-time factory network from the IT network using a Windows Embedded Server as a relay-server between the two networks... Read more

ISO 12100 Machinery Safety Standard Explained

A primer on the newly updated ISO 12100 machine safety standard, the three types of standards it encompasses, and how it helps designers identify risks during the design stage of machine production, reducing the potential for accidents.

ISO 12100:2010 (ISO 12100) specifies basic terminology, principles, and a methodology for achieving safety in the design of machinery. It specifies principles of risk assessment and risk reduction to help designers achieve this objective. These principles are based on knowledge and experience of the design, use, incidents, accidents, and risks associated with machinery. Within the standard, procedures are described for identifying hazards and estimating and evaluating risks during relevant phases of the machine life cycle, and for the elimination of hazards or sufficient risk reduction. Guidance is given on the documentation and verification of the risk assessment and risk reduction process.

ISO 12100 defines three types of standards representing different levels of granularity: type A standards establish general, overarching guiding principles, type B standards have specific design principles for a specific technology, and type C standards are application-specific standards. “A type A standard itself, ISO 12100 is also intended to be used as a basis for the preparation of type B and type C safety standards,” says Thomas Maier, principal engineer, functional safety at Underwriters Laboratories (UL)... Read more

Case study: Advanced Process Control Enables New Technique for Manufacturing Photovoltaic Cells

Manufacturer innovates with new manufacturing method that slashes production costs in half while increasing product quality. An advanced, open-architecture control system that handled both process and discrete control was a key requirement.

St. Louis, Missouri-based Confluence Solar, recently acquired by GT Advanced Technologies, borrowed a method for crystalline growth commonly seen in the semiconductor industry to produce monocrystalline substrates for photovoltaic cells. If properly controlled, the process can reduce the cost of producing monocrystalline substrates for photovoltaic cells by a factor of two while increasing the quality over what batch processes can produce.

Open architecture, advanced process control, and discrete control were key aspects of the project.

Having a commercially-viable innovation is only the first step in the birth of a new company. The idea leads to proof of concept and then—all things being positive—you have to ramp to full production and that means making the right decisions about your manufacturing and automation processes. Make mistakes here and your existence as a company may be threatened.

This was exactly the situation facing St. Louis, Missouri-based Confluence Solar in 2010. The idea: use the Czochralski method of crystalline growth commonly seen in the semiconductor industry to produce monocrystalline substrates for photovoltaic cells, thus increasing product quality while slashing production costs in half... Read more


Video Tutorial: Siemens SIMATIC Diagnostics Saves Maintenance and Troubleshooting Costs

Traditional automation system diagnostics often don't provide enough information for fast and easy maintenance

Learn how Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) can eliminate time consuming and costly maintenance through improved diagnostics on your automation system. This graphical animation video will highlight several advantages for reducing time and cost when configuring SIMATIC diagnostics during the design of an automation system and how improved diagnostics enables quicker maintenance... 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

RFID Readers Fit Many Applications

The need to identify and track parts and packages at high speeds with high reliability levels is driving far wider use of radio frequency identification. Siemens is broadening its offerings in this field with a compact, cost-effective RFID reader system, the SIMATIC RF200... Read more

Rugged Industrial Laptop Offers Broad Capability

The SIMATIC Field PG M3 industrial notebook brings a host of options including wireless technology and Bluetooth connectivity to industrial applications... Read more

 


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