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Live Webinar: How Do I Get My Machines To SIL3 Compliance?>>

In today's demanding business environment, more companies are discovering the advantages of leveraging machine safety to lower costs, drive productivity and increase profitability. Join us for this 45-minute educational webinar, presented by Matthias Haynl, Business Field Manager Functional Safety with TÜV Rheinland of North America, as he explains key machine-safety standards, risk analysis, requirements for quality assurance, requirements for software, and proof of the safety related reliability.

On Demand Webinar: Risk Assessment: Protect Your Workers While Optimizing Productivity>>

View this 45-minute educational webinar where you'll learn valuable information about the role risk assessment plays in mitigating hazards and improving machinery-related safety. You'll learn the ins and outs of risk assessment—including how to comply with industry regulations and optimize worker safety as you move toward maximizing productivity.

Siemens 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 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.

Whitepaper: Blueprint for More Profitable Dairy and Juice Production>>

In the balancing act of market demands (regulatory compliance, cleanliness, quality and traceability) versus business demands (need for cost-cutting and sustainability), synergies gained via integrated MES, primary process control and automated packaging lines can help meet the marketing challenges that dairy and juice processors face.

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.

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.

Automation Survey>>

We want to hear from you! Let us know what issues need attention for automation professionals. Complete the survey and be entered into a drawing for an 32GB iPod touch™. You're a Winner! Congratulations to last month's winner: Keith Viator of NiSource Gas, Transmission and Storage.

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.

Smart Grid: Is Your Business Poised to Reap the Benefits?

How much energy do you use? And, more to the point, how much energy do you waste and how much does that cost?

Not too long ago the power grid was strictly a transmission system. From the end user's perspective it was as dumb as a box of rocks and hadn't changed significantly in 40 years, but that is changing.

With a dramatic surge in both energy demand and associated costs already underway—oil has gone from $20 per barrel to $100 per barrel and spiked at $147 per barrel along the way—a great deal of attention has been leveled at how we can reduce our energy usage and expenditures and applying intelligence and automation to our energy transmission systems—the Grid—is high on the list.

“Smart Grid is suddenly an idea whose time has come because we can't afford to stand still. I firmly believe that the speed and magnitude of change we'll see from Smart Grid will rival the Internet revolution,” says Raj Batra, president of the Alpharetta, Ga.-based Industry Automation Division for Siemens U.S. Batra was addressing the issues and opportunities surrounding smart grids at CSIA2010, a large conference for systems integrators... Read more

New Controllers Extend Integration to Small Systems

In an ideal world every widget and system in an automation environment would be fully integrated into your control system.

The value of even the smallest piece of operational information has increased exponentially as high end automation systems that manage manufacturing execution, maintenance, supply chain management and even capable-to-promise decisions all want as much detailed process information as they can possibly get from the automation system. And as this demand for data has increased, the pressure to collect it has paralleled it.

However, as any automation professional knows, the world is not an ideal place, especially for those trying to design smaller systems that don't need the power or I/O channels of large PLCs. Traditionally, automation engineers designing small systems have had limited options when it comes to meeting this need.

Option #1, common off the shelf micro-PLCs (supporting fewer than 128 I/O channels) are problematic because, generally speaking, they don't deliver the advanced integration capabilities needed to seamlessly connect to other devices... Read more

Crown Valley Brewery Delivers Quality Craft Beer While Lowering Costs Through Automation

Alexander Graham Bell said that the existence of beer “is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

Although renowned for his innovations and inventions, it is unlikely Bell would recognize a modern brewery. While the basic process remains unchanged from that used in Bell's 1800s, and indeed back thousands of years before that to Ancient Egypt and Sumeria, today's brewing process is managed by a series of integrated automation systems including sensors, valves, HMI/SCADA and MES that gives the brewmaster unprecedented control over his recipes and the quality of his product.

Accordingly, launching a world-class brewery from scratch is no small endeavour and when Crown Valley Brewery in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. decided to expand its existing line of wines and spirits to include beer Bryan Siddle, director of operations, visited breweries in Washington, California, New York, Illinois, Poland, Germany and Italy to find out how the best of the best get the job done... Read more


Video Tutorials: Control System Fault Simulation

Part 4 - Fault and Diagnostic Simulation with STEP7 PLC-SIM software

Learn how easy it is to simulate System and Process faults to test your logic and diagnostic messaging in Simulation mode. This is part four of a four part series showcasing the time and cost saving benefits of the STEP7 PLC-SIM software... View now

Product News


New Controller Combines Motion Control, Safety and PLC in One Device

The latest device to get the totally integrated automation treatment is the new Simatic CPU 317TF-2DP controller which combines motion control and safety into a standard PLC... Read more

Scalance X324 Switches Deliver Unprecedented Flexibility


The need to provide users with the ability to adjust to these requirements led to the design and delivery of the latest members of the Scalance family of modular Ethernet switches from Siemens Industry... Read more

Siemens Releases New, Cost Effective Safety Relay

Siemens Industry Inc. has released a new cost-effective safety relay that complies with ISO 13849 - an important international standard that governs the safety of machinery, safety-related parts of control systems and covers the general principles for design... Read more

 



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