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SPONSORED BY Siemens December 8, 2009

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Learn how Control System Simulation Software can save your company time and money on every automation project. This information packed 45-minute webinar will deliver what you need to know about effective control system simulation for PLCs, I/O, HMIs and more.

On Demand Webinar: How Track & Trace Technologies, like RFID and Data Matrix, can Help Manufacturing>>

Learn about the current state of Track and Trace technologies and how they are being successfully applied across a multitude of industry applications. This webinar will help you discover the benefits that can be achieved through implementing RFID Systems, including improving visibility, increasing data accuracy, and maximizing manufacturing processes.

Tips & Tricks: S7-1200 Compact Controller Podcasts>>

View these short, multi-media presentations for an overview on how to program the SIMATIC S7-1200 controller and HMI Basic Panels using the STEP 7 Basic integrated engineering system in a fast, easy and efficient manner.

Custom Controller or COTS? White Paper>>

This month's article “Choosing the Right Path: Greenboard Controllers or COTS Controllers” was based on an ARC White Paper developed to give a step-by-step guide to making the right choice. Download the entire 12-page white paper for more details.

Online Tool for Machine-Safety Calculation>>

Machine builders and operators can use this free online tool to calculate the safety of their machines in accordance with the new standards EN 62061 and EN ISO 13849-1, providing evidence of compliance with the new machine directive.

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.

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Wireless Integration Ensures Wastewater Plant Reaches Its Upgrade Goals

Upgrading the control system for a municipal wastewater system was going to be costly and time consuming until facilities engineers reviewed available wireless technologies.

The Persigo Waste Water Treatment Plant serves the City of Grand Junction, Colo., and the surrounding communities. The facility, which cost about $28 million, was put into service on Jan. 16, 1984.

After two decades of operation, the existing control infrastructure was in need of replacement and upgrade. Although, it originally had been designed to use the most reliable communications signaling technology available at the time, buried multi-conductor copper cables, age and constant use had heavily degraded the performance. As a result, maintaining the system became expensive... Read more

Navigating “Buy American” Regulations: Taking the Complexity Out of ARRA

Despite what many people seem to think, “Buy American” is not new. It did not just appear along with the billions of Federal dollars injected into the economy over the past year to help stave off a global depression.

The United States Government has long had policy for preferring to buy goods and services from American companies rather than their foreign competitors.

Indeed, Buy American has been a regular part of contracting with the US government for decades, so why does it seem so complicated today? The simple answer is that the world has become a complicated place, and without being overly critical or facetious, there is nothing bureaucracy loves more than complexity. It's the same everywhere on the planet and in this case it is making life hard for those people whose livelihoods are dependent on understanding the regulations and how they work... Read more

Choosing the Right Path: Greenboard Controllers or COTS Controllers?

Once upon a time OEMs only had one approach to planning and commissioning a build project and nowhere in that approach was there a multiple choice option for controller selection.

You had to design and develop your own “green board” based on your technological requirements.

To be sure, this approach has its advantages. For example: a proprietary, custom designed controller will be tightly focused on the project's exact requirements. However, it has its disadvantages too and over the past few years the horizons have broadened and now OEMs can choose between designing their own controllers or adopting commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) controllers from an automation vendor like Siemens Industry, Inc.... Read more

Video Tutorials: Small Controllers Solve Big Challenges

Part 3 - Adding an HMI to a controller project using Step 7 Basic Software for Simatic S7-1200 Compact Controllers

See how easy it is to integrate HMI screens into the controller user program using the same Step 7 Basic Software for both Simatic Basic HMI panels and S7-1200 Controllers. This is part three of a four part series showcasing the time and cost saving benefits of the new S7-1200 and its Step 7 Basic development software... View now

Product News

Simple communication via Ethernet in RFID applications using TCP/IP

Siemens Industry, Inc. has released a new communication module specifically geared to connecting RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) read/write devices to Ethernet networks. ... Read more

CP343-1 ERPC and deviceWISE: Improving plant-to-enterprise connectivity and machine-to-machine communications

Siemens, in cooperation with ILS technology, has developed a PLC-based solution which allows the user to connect the Siemens S7-300 PLC via the new CP343-1 ERPC and the software deviceWISE directly to a database (e.g. Oracle, MySQL, SQL) or to a message and queuing system like IBM Websphere.... Read more

New CPU Enhancements — S7-300 PROFINET CPUs now with 2xEthernet ports

Siemens has radically updated its S7-300 family of modular controllers – increasing speed, adding memory and dramatically improving functionality.... Read more


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