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Live Webinar: Is safety always complicated? Safety in TIA Portal demystifies this topic and provides cost savings >>

Incorporating safey systems in automation control systems doesn't have to be complicated or difficult. Attend this 45-minute educational webinar to learn how new engineering software incorporating safety-engineered solutions can simplify safety in automation systems, increase design flexibility, reduce costs, and give you a competitive advantage.

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

View this 45-minute educational webinar to learn how to better control security risks to automation systems through careful system design and security-awareness best practices. The presenter, Murray McKay of Siemens, will discuss key security risks, designing a network that complies with ISA-99, deploying a defense-in-depth strategy, and other topics that can help protect your control system against malevolent threats.

ARC White Paper: Risk Drives Industrial Control Systems Cyber Security Investment>>

Download this white paper by ARC and learn how the compromise of critical infrastructure can create safety, environmental, business sustainability, and cost issues, impacting industrial control systems owners and their suppliers. Security planning, design, implementation, mitigation, and maintenance continue to grow in importance.

White Paper: Concepts in Networked Machine Safety >>

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.

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.

‘Floating’ Solar Tracker Technology Boosts Efficiency and Profit for Solar Farms

Trabant Solar's innovative floating tracker increases profits for solar farms by more than 20% and efficiency by up to 42% over fixed-position systems. Pre-programmed controller, which scales up to 25 trackers, relies on easy-to-use function blocks from a special Siemens solar library.

Trabant Solar Inc.'s solar trackers eliminate the masts and poles anchored in cement, and instead uses a ballast pan filled with dirt, gravel or sand. The pan, which holds 9,000 pounds, floats on the surface of the ground, anchors solar arrays even in winds higher than 90 MPH.

The result: it's now possibly to locate solar array farms in wetlands, sand, rock and other unstable or unusable conditions that weren't suitable using conventional infrastructures.

The controller is preprogrammed with Simatic Step 7 Basic software with easy to use function blocks that are part of a Solar Library developed by Siemens. The solar positioning algorithms at the heart of these function blocks were developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The algorithms know the exact position of the sun for the next 100 years.

Low hardware and installation costs maximize profit for customers. Superior technology and global support with off-the-shelf components was a key decision in selecting Siemens... Read more

Understanding Standards, Guideline and Codes Impacting Solar Power Equipment Industry

Experts from TÜV Rheinland cover the basics for solar equipment and component manufacturers who must comply with the regulations.

Rising energy costs and growing efforts to go green are helping drive dramatic increases in solar power installations. As more equipment manufacturers and installation companies dive into the market, there's a growing need for companies throughout the supply chain to understand the standards, guidelines and codes that govern the solar industry.

Growth is expected to be substantial. Solarbuzz predicts that the output of solar installations will grow to 15.4-37 GWatts in 2014, more than five times the size of the 2009 market. The expansion has attracted companies that address all aspects of solar installations, from solar panels and electronic controls to mechanical support structures to those who build large solar farms or install individual units.

The solar industry has already captured the attention of a wide range of regulators. Around the globe, they have created directives that govern most of the equipment used to set up systems in the field as well as the techniques used to install them... Read more

Turning Water into Oil

America's need for energy continues to cause concerns for politicians and consumers as well as those who pull oil and gas from the earth. Demand for these natural resources continues to rise while prices fluctuate wildly and the uninterrupted availability of foreign oil remains uncertain.

Fluctuations in supply and rising prices have driven oil and gas suppliers in the U.S. to focus more on domestic supplies. That's prompted dramatic increase in hydraulic fracturing, often called fracking.

Water is one of the key requirements for fracking. Millions of gallons of water are pumped into wells drilled in shale fields, breaking the shale so oil and gas can be extracted. Fracturing was once a costly technique, but improvements in fracking have lowered costs while prices for oil and gas have risen

That's led more drillers to mine America's vast resources. For example, the Marcellus Shale Formation in the eastern U.S. has well over 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Some researchers say that's enough to satisfy as much as two years of America's total consumption. Getting this gas out of the earth takes a lot of water... Read more


Product News


Software Trims Energy Consumption for Industrial Users

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has extended two energy management products to run on more industrial systems. Version 4.0 of the Simatic powerrate software, which measures and monitors energy values in production, is now also suitable for Simatic-S7-315 controllers and PC-based solutions using Simatic WinAC RTX 2010... Read more

SINEMA Server Software Removes Complexity of Network Troubleshooting

SINEMA Server software from Siemens simplifies network troubleshooting by enabling quick and easy identification of communication problems in Industrial Ethernet networks and connected terminal devices... Read more

Controllers Add Features to Simplify System Configuration

Siemens Industry, Inc. is simplifying automation system configuration by adding Shared Device, Intelligent Device (I-Device) and Media Redundancy Protocol (MRP) Profinet functionality to its SIMATIC S7-300 and S7-400 controllers.... Read more

 



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