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SPONSORED BY Siemens February 6, 2012

Live Webinar: Understanding NFPA 86 & 86 2011 Revisions for Development of Flexible, Cost-Effective Burner Management Design >>

This 45-minute educational webinar will explain the latest revisions in NFPA 85 & 86 for Burner Management Systems. Learn how this standard can help you design a compliant BMS that minimizes risks and reduces costs, while enhancing safety in process and control facilities.

On Demand Webinar: Changes to NFPA 79 Electrical Standard Explained >>

View this 45-minute educational webinar presented by John Kovacik, principal engineer for Underwriters Laboratories (UL), for a deeper understanding of changes made in NFPA 79 to address advances in new technologies.

White Paper: Security Concept PCS7 & WinCC - Administration of Virus Scanners>>

Download this white paper to get a better understanding of how to manage virus scanners, including basic virus scanner architecture, strategy for distributing virus signatures, configuration of virus scanners, and approved virus scanners for PCS7 and WinCC.

White Paper: RFID in Manufacturing Control >>

Learn how applying RFID (radio frequency identification systems) to the manufacturing process infrastructure can facilitate increased customization while keeping production costs stable.

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.

A Fresh Look at the Best Industrial Network Security Strategies

Securing industrial networks from threats both inside and outside the firewall requires multiple strategies vs. relying on one particular technique.

There are many threats, so managers must deploy multiple solutions. The best defense is to combine many solutions in a multi-layered strategy.

The best strategy is defense in depth, relying on every procedure possible to make it as difficult as possible for intruders to gain access. The idea is to make it difficult enough so an attacker will give up. For attackers that do manage to breach the security protocols, it should take enough time to permit detection of the attack before they gain critical access... Read more

Sophisticated Automation Powers 9/11 Memorial Reflecting Pools at Ground Zero

The challenge: keeping 1.2 million gallons of water flowing and sparkling clear throughout all four seasons

Massive plumbing, pumps, filters, water chemistry tanks, and precision controls are required to keep two acre-size, 600,000-gal reflecting pools running smoothly 24/7 all year round.

Automation technology that runs the pools consists of a Simatic S7-300 controller, PROFIBUS fieldbus network, and 16 Simatic ET 200S distributed I/O nodes with integrated CPUs that provide local control for the same number of motorized pumps that keep each pool's water moving at 30,000 gallons per minute... Read more

Siemens and SPSU Collaborate on Mechatronics Education

Major grant and technology donations support development of Mechatronics Engineering program

Located in the Atlanta suburbs, Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) has partnered with Siemens Automation to establish one of the nation's leading undergraduate mechatronics engineering programs.

A key objective of the program is to help address what the National Science Board (NSB) has called “a troubling decline in the number of U.S. citizens who are training to become scientists and engineers.”

A look at how Siemens is working with SPSU to help reverse the grim statistics... Read more

Product News

PROFINET Interface, Enhanced Performance Added to Fault-Tolerant SIMATIC S7-400H Controllers

Siemens Industry, Inc. has added a PROFINET interface with a 2-port switch to its line of fault-tolerant SIMATIC S7-400H high performance controllers. This addition enhances the unique I/O system redundancy and availability provided by the controllers... Read more

New AS-I Master Communication Module Expands Applications for SIMATIC S7-1200

The introduction of the AS-i master CM1243-2 communication module enables field sensors and actuators to be quickly connected via the AS-Interface network to Siemens SIMATIC S7-1200 controller. This significantly expands the application reach of the SIMATIC S7-1200 controller at both the lowest process instrumentation as well as MES Levels... Read more

Simple Remote Push Button Functionality: Introducing SIMATIC HMI KP32F PN

The SIMATIC HMI KP32F PN joins the SIMATIC HMI KP8 PN and KP8(F) PN to provide remote push button functionality while reducing the time-consuming and cost-intensive installation and wiring of long-stroke push buttons. They offer maximum flexibility in a very small space at an extremely affordable price... Read more

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