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SIMATIC S7-1200 Compact Controllers>>

In Stock. Immediate Delivery! Got an important automation project, but can't get delivery on micro PLCs? When your project can't wait, contact your local Siemens distributor. The SIMATIC 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: Automation Software Security—Protecting your Automated Equipment Investment >>

Join us for a 45-minute educational webinar where you will learn best practices in Automation Software Security on how to protect your software development investment for every automation project. This information-packed webinar will deliver what you need to know about effective Automation Software Security for PLCs, I/O, and HMIs.

On Demand Webinar: New Requirements in Arc Flash and Arc Blast Safety>>

In 2009, NFPA published a major update to the NFPA 70E electrical safety code. Understanding this revised standard is critical to implementing safe-related work practices, maintenance, special equipment requirements and installation—key elements to ensure worker safety in your facility. View this 45-minute educational webinar to learn about these new requirements and to find out what safety measures are required for your staff, contractors and visitors.

Safety Innovation Tour: Self-paced CD>>

Unable to attend the Safety Innovation Tour? Attended and now want to share the content with co-workers? Order your copy today and receive a self-paced CD with expert training videos and flash animation of the actual demonstration.

Video Tutorials: S7-1200 Compact Controller >>

View this series of short video tutorials to learn how one user program can seamlessly integrate logic, HMI and networking. Specific topics include an overview on getting started, accessing re-usable libraries, adding and HMI, and troubleshooting controller and HMI—resulting in a reduction of engineering time and cost on your automation projects.

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.

Why PROFINET? And, Why Now?

“Bandwidth.” When asked what the major advantage of PROFINET over traditional Fieldbus technologies is for industrial automation, Carl Henning says it starts with bandwidth.

Henning is the Deputy Director of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International, an industry group dedicated to providing PROFIBUS and PROFINET education and training.

“Fieldbus has been around for 20 years, so it's nothing new,” he adds. “Based on RS 485 it can move 244 bytes at up to 12 MBaud. PROFINET, on the other hand is Ethernet-based networking. It's less than a decade old and can move 1440 bytes of data at 200MBaud. So it can give you much more information at a much higher speed which can be really important in industrial applications.”

PROFINET is an open Industrial Ethernet standard that uses TCP/IP and IT standards to provide real-time Ethernet communications all the way to the lowest level of the factory—the sensors, actuators, drives, switches and valves. Fieldbus refers to a set of industrial network protocols for real-time distributed control (now standardized as IEC 61158)... Read more

Delivering Plant Intelligence with Smart Motor Starters

The automated motor starter is quite possibly the most integral piece of any automated manufacturing set up.

Nothing moves without being turned on. This ubiquity makes it an ideal intelligence platform for factory control, performance management, safety, maintenance and all those other systems that promise more uptime, better efficiency and more profitability.

“Everyone in the plant is screaming for more information these days,” says Matthew Thornton, a marketing manager with Siemens Industry, Inc. “Almost every machine, every device does something that you want to monitor, measure or control for one reason or another so you really want the ability to pull that data off all the critical devices and using smart motor starters is an excellent way to do that”... Read more

In from the Cold: Geothermal Energy is Making a Comeback

With all the interest in sustainable energy production and high gas prices, geothermal is on the bounce and new technologies are being introduced that make it very competitive and reliable.

Well-read science fiction fans are pretty familiar with geothermal energy production concepts. Geothermal is one of the most popular forms of energy production in sci-fi novels and stories, and many futuristic worlds are powered by tapping the virtually limitless heat inside the planet to generate energy, but there is nothing fantastical about the technology involved. In fact, geothermal energy has been around in one form or another since the days of Ancient Rome where hot springs were used to heat public baths like the one that gave Bath, England its name.

Geothermal was a popular energy source at the turn of the 20th century and remained so until cheap oil had a chilling effect on development following the Second World War, and while popularity peaked again during the energy crisis of the 70s it once again dropped off when that crisis ended and oil prices returned to previous levels... Read more

Video Tutorials: Multiple Controller Advanced Simulation

Part 2 - Multi-Instance capabilities of STEP7 PLC-SIM Software

Simulating Multiple Controllers with STEP7 PLC-SIM Software Learn how easy it is to simulate a Multiple Controller system and test your logic and configuration in Simulation mode. This is part two of a four part series showcasing the time and cost saving benefits of the STEP7 PLC-SIM software... View now

Product News

Motor Starter Controller with IO-Link Connectivity

Siemens Industry has released a new set of IO-Link-enabled compact starters—part of its SIRIUS 3RA6 family. IO-Link is a new, vendor agnostic point-to-point connection protocol for sensors and actuators compatible with existing I/O standards... Read more

S7-1200 Temperature Signal Modules

Siemens Industry is further simplifying temperature measurement and control for manufacturing applications with the release of two new signal modules for its SIMATIC S7-1200 compact controller family... Read more

SIMATIC Safety Modules

Siemens Industry has increased the performance capabilities of its popular ET series of fail safe modules for the SIMATIC ET 200M I/O station, including the addition of PROFINET capabilities... Read more


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