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SPONSORED BY Siemens December 5, 2011


Live Webinar: Engineering Software: Best practices to Improve Usability and Maximize Efficiency >>

Join us for a 45-minute educational webinar on best practices in usability for engineering software. See firsthand how improved usability can boost efficiency, lower costs and maximize productivity - on a machine and across a plant. Usability topics covered include Integration, Libraries, Programming Editors, Data Consistency, and Scalability.

On Demand Webinar: Is Safety Always Complicated? Safety in TIA Portal Demystifies this Topic and Provides Cost Savings >>

View this 45-minute webinar for a first-hand look at Siemens TIA Portal engineering software that now incorporates safety functionality. You'll discover how safety can improve system-design flexibility while maintaining compliance to safety standards, reduce downtime through integrated diagnostics, and maximize productivity.

Safety Evaluation Tool: Are you ready for ISO 13849? >>

The Safety Evaluation Tool for the IEC 62061 and ISO 13849-1 standards takes you to your goal directly. This TÜV-tested online tool supports the fast and reliable assessment of your machine's safety functions. As a result, you are provided with a standard-compliant report, which can be integrated in the documentation as a proof of safety.

White Paper: Frost & Sullivan on Machine Safety Markets >>

Download this white paper to learn about key challenge themes and value trends that have been observed in the machine safety market. Additionally, F&S introduces its proprietary CAMP (Competitive Advantage and Market Positioning) Matrix.

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 Benefits and Security Implications of Using Wireless for Safety

A look at the multiple benefits of using wireless for industrial safety applications, along with a detailed discussion of implications and pitfalls to avoid when implementing the latest wireless security measures.

There are multiple benefits for taking a wireless approach to machine and industrial safety.

Productivity gains can be expected due to better decision-making because of more granular information. Because of limitations with earlier safety approaches, the number of signals crossing a moving interface was likely to be limited. With a wireless approach, applications can be easily deployed to more closely match the ideal shutdown requirements.

One of the first security steps to be taken is a comprehensive site survey to determine what wireless networks are already in place. Wireless networks in the company's business offices should be examined to ensure that there aren't any potential conflicts or unwanted openings... Read more

Hazardous Environments: Understanding the Latest Certification Requirements

Two prominent certification schemes are compared and contrasted to understand the nuances of getting equipment and automation systems certified for use in hazardous environments at high risk of fire or explosions.

The National Electrical Code (NEC) defines hazardous locations as those areas “where fire or explosion hazards may exist due to flammable gases or vapors, flammable liquids, combustible dust, or ignitable fibers or flyings.” A substantial part of the NEC is devoted to the discussion of hazardous locations because electrical equipment can become a source of ignition in these volatile areas. Specifically, articles 500 through 504 and 510 through 517 provide classification and installation standards for the use of electrical equipment in these places... Read more

World's Largest Machine Uses Off-the-shelf Automation Gear to Ensure Safe Operation

A peek behind the curtain at European particle physics lab CERN reveals the role that several hundred Siemens systems play in ensuring the high availability, operational reliability, and safety of all critical systems—especially for its Large Hadron Collider.

The centerpiece of CERN is a particle accelerator known as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This machine accelerates elementary atomic particles to nearly the speed of light, sending them along a 17-mile circuit until they collide with high energy. The results of such collisions are measured by one of four detectors along the LHC.

To keep the speeding atomic particles in their track, the LHC uses 9,600 magnets, each with a length of nearly 46 feet. 1,200 of these magnets are superconductive, requiring cooling to -271.3° C—close to absolute zero.

To enable experiments to be conducted with the necessary precision, safety, and stability, numerous powerful control systems are required. Siemens provides the hundreds of systems installed at CERN, ensuring the high availability, operational reliability, and safety of all critical systems... Read more


Video Tutorial: Are You Ready for ISO 13849-1? Will You be in Compliance?

Siemens new Safety Evaluation Tool can help you assess your machine's safety functions according to ISO 13849-1 and create standard-compliant documentation fast and reliably.

Watch this 5-minute video to see how this TÜV-tested online tool guides you step by step—from specification of the safety system's structure to component selection, up to determination of the attained safety integrity (SIL/PL), to ensure compliance with IEC 62061 and ISO 13849-1. As a result, you are provided with a standard-compliant report, which can be integrated in the documentation as proof of safety... View now

Product News


Seamless Safety Integration with SIMATIC STEP 7 Advanced V11

The SIMATIC STEP 7 Safety Advanced V11 option empowers users to leverage all the advantages of the TIA Portal for fail-safe automation. Safety Advanced V11 functionalities include project-wide cross-reference list, safety administration editor, online/offline comparator, as well as other integrated support functions... Read more

Introducing the SITOP PSU100C: Power Supply Units for Distributed Applications

The SITOP PSU100C stabilized power supplies of the SITOP compact product line for the low-end performance range have an extremely slim design that makes them ideal for distributed applications (e.g., installation in control boxes or small control cabinets). With a width of just 22.5 to 52.5 mm, the power supply units require up to one-third less space on the mounting rail than comparable devices... Read more

Controllers Add Features to Simplify System Configuration

The new product line starts with two basic designs in a number of versions: the Simatic IPC227D Nanobox PC and the Simatic HMI IPC177D Nanopanel PC. Designed for maintenance-free, 24 hour service—even when subjected to high temperatures, vibration, shock, and electromagnetic interference—the Nano IPCs feature the latest generation of Intel's Atom processors at their core... Read more

 



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