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SPONSORED BY Siemens January 9, 2012

Live Webinar Jan. 11th: Automation Design Techniques for Saving Time and Money >>

Join us for a 45-minute educational webinar to learn about new advanced techniques and best practices for improving your next automation system design. Take advantage of this opportunity to accelerate your automation system design, configuration and software programming for maximum return on your engineering investment.

Live Webinar Jan. 25th: Changes to NFPA 79 Electrical Standard Explained >>

Join us for a 45-minute educational webinar presented by John Kovacik, principal engineer for Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and a recognized authority on the standard. This webinar will provide you with a better understanding of changes made in NFPA 79 to address advances in new technologies—spelling out essential fire and shock protection for operators, facilities, and work-in-progress.

On Demand Webinar: Examining Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC) - Challenges, Practical Applications, and Do's and Don'ts for Machinery in Europe >>

View this 45-minute educational webinar, presented by Andras Szende of TÜV Rheinland, to learn about Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC). Andras explains the rules and regulations to follow when exporting and delivering machinery into the European market as well as provides a list of do's and don'ts to ensure success. Specific online resources are also detailed to help you further broaden your understanding.

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...

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.

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.

Network Diagnostics: Best Practices and Pitfalls to Avoid

Spotting network saturation points and quickly identifying and replacing bad ports to minimize downtime are key benefits of using the right diagnostic tools for industrial networks.

The shift to Ethernet has dramatically expanded the size of many industrial networks, and it's also brought significant speed increases, so there's far more traffic moving across the twisted pair wires. In factories where network downtime can cause big problems like lost production, keeping these networks running nonstop is far more important than in office environments where brief outages are almost unnoticed.

This article explains the benefits of using network diagnostic tools, when to use managed vs. un-managed switches, and explains the benefits and limitations of simple network management protocol (SNMP).

Article compares and contrasts the appropriate use and limitation of IT network diagnostic tools versus tools designed for industrial automation networks... Read more

Understanding Usability Implications when Selecting Engineering Software

Picking the right software helps improve efficiency and profitability

When it comes down to a final analysis of automation systems, “usability” is perhaps the ultimate goal. It covers all aspects of user requirements, from speed and functionality to ease of use and size. When integration and design teams are analyzing the software they'll use for automation systems, usability comes down to a handful of core issues. First, the programs must do the jobs they have, and it must let them do these jobs quickly and efficiently. Reliability is mandatory, and ease of use should go beyond the initial setup and basic use to let consumers create shortcuts that fit their specific applications.

Software that fits well with these requirements brings substantial benefits. Users can focus on the job at hand rather than worrying about learning the nuances of a new program, and they can also gather data that will help them see when processes are beginning to drift. That will improve quality and reliability while also reducing downtime... Read more

Webinar: Changes to NFPA 79 Electrical Standard Explained

On Jan. 25, 2012, Underwriters Laboratories will explain significant changes to the 2012 version of the NFPA 79 electrical standard for industrial machinery. Read this article for an overview of what will be presented, and to register.

On Wednesday, January 25, 2012, significant changes in NFPA 79, the Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery, 2012 edition, will be explained in an important webinar. John Kovacik, principal engineer for Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and a recognized authority on the standard, will be the principal presenter.

Advanced for new technologies the 2012 NFPA spells out essential protection for operators, equipment, facilities, and work-in-progress. The new edition presents the latest best practices for a full spectrum of equipment, from single-motored drill presses to complex automated manufacturing systems.

Register to attend the webinar via the link at the end of this article. ... Read more

Product News

Switch Line Simplifies Configuration, Boosts Reliability

The Scalance X500 Switches from Siemens Industry, Inc. make it easier to configure and connect large automation networks to IT systems. The 19-inch industrial grade rack devices are equipped with fully modular, hot swappable 4-port technology for electrical and optical media modules. ... Read more

New features with the release of TIA Portal - V11 SP2

The shift to a faster operating system will let customers take advantage of the increase in performance for both the STEP 7 and WinCC within the Siemens TIA Portal.... Read more

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

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