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SPONSORED BY Siemens OCTOBER 3, 2011


Live Webinar: Best Practices for Increasing the Security of an Automation System >>

Join us for a 45-minute educational webinar where you'll learn how to control security risks through careful system design and security-awareness best practices. The presenter, Murray McKay, Principal Application Engineer, Siemens Industry, will discuss key steps that can help protect your control system against malevolent threats.

On Demand Webinar: Robotic Safety - An Overview of the New ISO 10218-2011, 1&2 >>

View this 45-minute educational webinar, presented by Scott Krumwiede of RWD Technologies, to learn about the new requirements for working with robotic operations as defined in ISO 10218-2011, Parts 1 & 2. This revised standard affects the design, implementation and integration of safety into robotic systems and designs.

YouTube: Innovative Production Line >>

View this 4-minute YouTube video to see the heart of the new Innovative Production Line (IPL) proof of concept, created by Microsoft and Siemens. The IPL 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.

White Paper: Concepts in Implementing a Networked Machine Safety Sytem >>

Download this white paper and learn how safety related control functions using Safety PLCs and networks can be combined to provide numerous cost-savings and increased productivity to users...

YouTube: 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.

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 Diagnostic Tools Cut Downtime

New functionality in Siemens TIA Portal enables technicians to better pinpoint root causes on the production floor to get systems up and running more quickly.

Many obstacles can cause delays in diagnosing and fixing problems when production systems are down. Is there a copy of the most recent version of the code? If not, can what's running on the machine be easily uploaded to the technician's PC? If the technician does have the latest copy of the code, how can he or she verify that this is actually what is running on the machine? How easily can the technician get online with the machine to monitor or modify the running code?

Read this article to learn about new powerful diagnostic tools that address all these questions and more, thanks to new functionality that has been built into the Siemens TIA Portal... Read more

Whitelisting vs. Blacklisting: A more Secure Approach for Preventing Malware Attacks

Traditional blacklisting approach allows any software to run unless it's identified as bad by the antivirus software. Whitelisting turns this paradigm on its head, and permits only those patches and software that have been verified by the user.

Over the past several years, the use of whitelisting technology to supplement blacklisting-based malware detection tools has gained and maintained momentum, particularly among original equipment manufacturers. Recent compatibility tests of whitelisting techniques conducted by Siemens have proved successful, enabling the use of whitelisting protection mechanisms with Siemens SIMATIC products.

“Antivirus technology, which is called blacklisting, has been the traditional way that people have handled PC security,” says Howard W. Page, OEM/embedded account manager at McAfee, Inc. “Blacklisting is unwieldy and doesn't apply well to devices that are part of Siemens systems. Because of that, it makes sense to use a different way to protect those systems, and that is what whitelisting technology is all about.”... Read more

Re-engineering a Machine to Make, Store, Package, and Vend Ice

Siemens components enable Kooler Ice to offer reliable operation while eliminating wiring and components. iPhone app informs machine owners of bags remaining and funds collected, and notifies when there's a jam.

“When we originally met Kooler Ice, they were taking parts designed for a Coca Cola machine and repurposing them to work inside their ice vending machine,” says Keith Jones, president of Prism Systems, a Siemens solution partner. “They had a Coca Cola controller board inside their machine, and they were fooling it to think that it was running a Coke machine when it was really vending ice. They used a bunch of relays and a PLC to do that. When we met them, they were spending a lot of money on cabling and relays, because what they had to do was very complex.”

Working with Prism, Kooler Ice simplified the machine's wiring, eliminated the relays, and pulled them all into a PLC. Then they incorporated an off-the-shelf cellular modem to transmit data from the machines back to a database and developed a website where they could be monitored.

Read the full case application to learn how the Coke controller was eventually eliminated and how real-time communication was added via an iPhone app.... Read more


Product News


TIA Portal V11 Service Pack 1

The TIA Portal is the integrated engineering framework from Siemens. It integrates the PLC and HMI engineering tools of STEP 7 and WinCC into one easy-to-use environment... Read more

SIEMENS IO-LINK: Completely Integrated in Totally Integrated Automation (TIA)

IO-Link is a point to point open communication technology designed to reduce installation and commissioning costs for OEMs while providing increased diagnostic and parameterization capabilities for end users... Read more

Support of Modbus TCP with STEP 7 V11 Service Pack 1 in the S7-1200

The S7-1200 PLC can now communicate to far more third party devices over Ethernet, thanks to enhancements delivered with STEP 7 V11 Service Pack 1. Modbus TCP is now supported in the S7-1200 and requires no additional hardware... Read more

 



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