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SIMATIC S7-1200 Compact Controllers>>

In Stock. Immediate Delivery! Have an important automation project, but can't get delivery on micro PLCs? When your project can't wait, contact your local Siemens distributor. The Siemens S7-1200 compact controller easily handles the toughest requirements of comparable micro PLCs—and they're in stock and ready for immediate delivery! Click here to learn more about the benefits Siemens S7-1200 will bring to your automation project.

Live Webinar: Increasing Solar Power Yield by 20 to 40%>>

Reliance on foreign energy sources and the drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are combining to make solar energy a viable, attractive energy source in the U.S. Attend this 45-minute educational webinar to learn how solar tracking technologies are helping maximize efficiencies via optimal positioning of solar panels used in Photovoltaic (PV) solar plants.

On Demand Webinar: Plant Wide Networking - What you need to know and how you do it>>

This recorded 45-minute educational webinar discusses the key issues surrounding plant wide networking. Topics include: network ownership, segmentation of the network, IT concerns, engineering concerns, network architecture and design, fault tolerant networks, scalability of the network design, network management and plant wide diagnostics.

White Paper: Get Energy Costs under Control>>

Learn how PROFIenergy can improve your carbon footprint and save you money. With PROFIenergy, for energy management on PROFINET, users can actively and effectively manage energy in their automation systems.

Tips & Tricks>>

Get the latest information on reading and processing RFID data with the S7-1200 and RF380 Reader (CE-X16). See how easy it is to reliably identify objects with attached data storage and to make the saved object data available for further process steps.

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.

The Vault >>

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Reducing Energy Consumption Offers Huge Potential Savings

Equipment makers help in the drive to cut energy usage.

A number of factors are pressuring companies into going green and conserving energy. Uncertainty about spiking prices and an increasingly stringent regulatory environment, not to mention changing public perception, are all driving companies to curtail energy consumption and reduce emissions.

Plant and machine operators need to make significant reductions in the amount of energy they use. The list of areas being targeted includes heating/refrigeration, lighting, compressed air and many others.

The potential for savings is huge. Taking a national view, more than one-third of all energy in the United States is used by industry. That rises to more than 40 percent if transportation of manufactured goods is included... Read more

Cutting Cost With COTS: Leveraging Commercial Hardware

Office technologies are taking hold, but not without changes.

The ubiquitous PC architectures, Ethernet and wireless networking are transforming industrial applications, helping integrators reduce costs. The industrial world is continuing to move to commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies used in offices, but that push will always be tempered by the need for far more ruggedization.

Industrial consumers are adopting COTS products, but the hardware is often beefed up with sturdy housings, enhanced power supplies and other technologies that ensure that plant floor systems won't suffer maladies like the blue screen of death. These extras add cost, forcing companies to closely balance their need for rugged equipment with the cost of additional hardware like extended temperature ICs and extended testing... Read more

The Many Benefits of Biomass Energy

As the fastest growing renewable energy industry, biofuels offer manufacturers a low-cost, sustainable and proven energy source.

As political and social pressure mounts to adopt more sustainable energy practices, there has been a burst of research aimed at developing new energy sources and improving existing technologies. One of those existing technologies is biomass, which has exploded in popularity for a number of reasons.

At the beginning of February, President Barack Obama unveiled a new strategy aimed at reinvigorating the production of biofuels in the United States. With the stated goal of reducing America's dependence on foreign oil, Obama announced that the Environmental Protection Agency had tripled its mandated U.S. biofuel production target from the 11.1 billion gallons produced in 2009 to 36 billion gallons by 2022... Read more

Video Tutorials: Control System Simulation Made Easy

Part 1 - Getting started with STEP 7 PLC-SIM Software

See how easy it is to configure, program, and test your control system in Simulation mode. This is part one of a four part series showcasing the time and cost saving benefits of the STEP 7 PLC-SIM software... View now

Product News

Space Saving High-Density Expansion I/O Modules for Popular S7-1200 Line

High density, four- and eight-channel modules offer twice the number of channels per module in the same standard expansion module case size... Read more

Software Service Pack Expands Functionality

Service Pack 2 for Step 7 Basic, the next generation Simatic engineering software for S7-1200 compact controllers and Simatic Basic HMI panels, targets the need for enhanced indirect addressing and increased HMI tag counts.... Read more

Compact Starter Protects Motors

Distributed motor starter provides IP65 protection. The M200D AS-Interface Basic distributed motor starter line offers both small size and a high level of protection for spatially distributed motor applications.... Read more


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