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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 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: The Case for Cableless Safety>>

View this 45-minute educational webinar where you'll learn valuable information about how cableless control with safety functions can be considered for your machine safety application. Additionally, you'll see how incorporating cableless control into your safety design philosophy can reduce machine safety costs and improve overall machine safety.

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.

White Paper: Security Concept PCS7 and WinCC>>

In-depth information for SIMATIC users to create a secure network for production plants.

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.

Automation Survey>>

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2010 Siemens Automation Summit>>

Join us June 8-10 for the 2010 Siemens Automation Summit - A Users Conference. Immerse yourself in 2-1/2 focused days of education, networking, training, expert sessions, and best practice exchanges.

Answers for Industry Conference>>

Make plans now to attend all or part of the no-cost Siemens Answers for Industry Conference June 8 - 9, 2010; Charlotte Convention Center.

Protecting Your Plant's Data Against Viruses and Hackers

Security for production network is now a critical issue.

Over the past few years, security for industrial facilities has expanded from simple physical protection to include safeguards for data and networks. In this era of enterprise-wide Internet connectivity, protecting industrial networks has become at least as important as protecting front office systems.

Now that Ethernet and TCP/IP dominate industrial sites, networks are no longer protected by the isolation that came when factory floor communications were handled by an array of dedicated networks that were isolated from the rest of the enterprise. There are many benefits that come with tighter links to the front office and to the outside world using Internet pathways.

But those benefits also bring the need for protection. Security plans must keep hackers and extortionists from attacking the equipment that produces the goods that drive corporate profits... Read more

It's Time to Upgrade Those 10-Year-Old HMIs

Web-based tools make it easy to modernize HMI/SCADA systems and gain many new benefits.

Many systems and components have been upgraded over the past decade, but it's common for a plant's HMI/SCADA systems to remain untouched. Many have become inefficient and ineffective not doing the jobs they could be doing.

Many HMI/SCADA systems were last changed in the late 1990s when fear of Y2K glitches prompted major capital investments. Updating to an optimally configured HMI/SCADA system can bring significant improvements in operations. “State-of-the-art ten years ago is dinosaur technology at best today,” observes Alan Cone of Siemens Industry. “Today, we are two generations past what was installed during Y2K”... Read more

Safety Systems: To Integrate or Not to Integrate

Combining safety and production can save money, space in many applications.

Safety has always been an important aspect for industrial facilities, but tighter regulations have pushed it even higher in the requirement lists for industrial automation systems. At the same time, the need to maximize efficiency has prompted developers to turn away from architectures that use discrete systems for production and safety functions.

Dedicated safety equipment adds significant cost and complexity. It also takes space, which is becoming more expensive as enterprises use lean manufacturing, just in time and other strategic plans that help them get the most out of every inch of real estate... Read more

Video Tutorials: Combined HMI and PLC Simulation

Part 3 - Complete System Simulation integrating both HMI and PLC simulation

Learn how easy it is to simulate both an HMI in runtime and a connected PLC to test your logic and configuration in simulation mode. This is part three of a four part series showcasing the time and cost saving benefits of the STEP7 PLC-SIM software... View now

Product News

Signal Boards Provide Speed Without Requiring Additional Space

Digital signal boards from Siemens let industrial users add functions and improve speed, yet the units don't require any expansion of installed hardware. The boards for the SIMATIC S7-1200 compact controller work with both 24V and 5V DC sensors and actuators... Read more

Flattening Switch Systems

A flat enclosure design expands the SCALANCE X Switch line, letting systems integrators provide IP20 degree of protection and PROFINET-compliant connections in slim control boxes in combination with ET200S systems... Read more

Starters Offer Increased Protection

Motor starters from Siemens provide a broad range of features and functions, letting users find exact sizes, while also simplifying field replacements... Read more


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