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SPONSORED BY Siemens July 7, 2010

Live Webinar: Remote Connectivity: The Right Approach Delivers Big Payoffs >>

In today's competitive manufacturing environment, the need for remote access to industrial equipment is becoming more important. Being able to work remotely can result in equipment being run more efficiently, downtime being reduced, and costs minimized. But there are caveats: security, ease of use, and control of the network. Join us for a 45-minute educational webinar, presented by Galen Freemon, Siemens Industry, where you'll learn the ins and outs of different approaches to remote connectivity and key issues that need to be considered before implementation.

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

View this 45-minute educational webinar where you'll discover the advantages of leveraging machine safety to lower costs, drive productivity and increase profitability. Presented by Matthias Haynl, Business Field Manager Functional Safety with TÜV Rheinland of North America, this webinar helps explain key machine-safety standards, risk analysis, requirements for quality assurance, requirements for software, and proof of the safety related reliability.

White Paper: New Controllers Extend Integrated Automation to Small Systems >>

A new class of advanced controllers, called “compact controllers,” has the compact size and low channel count of micro- and nanoPLCs, but provides big PLC features for programmability and control-network integration.

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.

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.

Remote Connectivity: The Right Approach Delivers Big Payoffs

The need for remote access to industrial equipment is growing rapidly, driven by a multitude of factors. But before plant managers open factories to outside control, they need to consider myriad issues such as security, ease of use and control of the network.

As Ethernet gains acceptance in the industrial world, it opens the door to remote access, letting managers use the Internet, cellular links or network gateways to access equipment from other corporate facilities, hotel rooms or even a technician's home. When approved people are allowed to work from remote sites, equipment can be run more efficiently and downtime can be reduced.

For example, one manager can set up all equipment in an enterprise using the same parameters to improve consistency... Read more

Five Ways Companies Can Reduce Energy Costs Today

Much has been made of the Smart Grid and how it will revolutionize energy management.

Some have even gone so far as to suggest that the Smart Grid will rival the Internet in terms of the impact it will have on the way we all live and work. However, the Smart Grid is still a thing of the future. It still lies in the realms of predictions alongside the imaginings of Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov. As such it doesn't offer much help to companies wrestling with energy usage and cost volatility today.

Tom Fiske and Allen Avery, author's of “Energy Management at the Enterprise Level”, a strategy report from Dedham, Massachusetts-based ARC Advisory Group are clear on the problem, and declare that it will only get worse... Read more

Safeguard Networks From Cyber Security Breaches

Standards provide framework for preventing intrusions.

As industrial systems have evolved and become more open, that openness has brought many of the same security concerns found in business applications. But industrial security breaches can kill or injure humans, making it extremely important to prevent hackers from taking control of industrial machines or manipulating chemical processes.

As cyber security gains importance in industrial applications, standards that detail best practices are maturing and extending their reach. Standards have been helping safeguard commercial networks for some time, but versions that focus on industry have become available only in the past few years... Read more

Video Tutorial: Machine Safety Dilemma

Part 1 - Traditional Machine Safety maintenance situation role-play and its modern day solution

Learn how Siemens Safety Integrated systems can eliminate maintenance and troubleshooting problems often encountered in traditional hardwired machine safety systems. This is part 1 of a multipart series taped live at our Safety Innovation Tour showcasing time and cost saving benefits when implementing Siemens Safety Integrated systems. Full self-paced CD available upon request with complete video series and flash animation safety demonstrations... View now

Product News

LOGO! AM2 RTD Module Simplifies Setup

The latest LOGO! AM2 RTD module makes it simpler for users to add a range of sensors. The new module provides improvements that include support of PT100 and PT1000 sensors while also letting users mix either PT100 temperature sensors or PT1000 Flue gas temperature sensors... Read more

Motion Control System Adds Embedded PC

An embedded PC is now available for motion control applications, providing maintenance-free controls. The SIMOTION P320-3 from the Siemens Drive Technologies Division brings the power and simplicity of a PC to motion control applications... Read more

New Modules For The Modular Safety System SIRIUS 3RK3

With the SIRIUS 3RK3 modular safety system (MSS), Siemens Industry Automation Division now offers more expansion modules and a diagnostics display. The 3RK3 safety system can be used in sectors and applications where several safety functions have to be evaluated but where it would be too costly to wire together several switching devices... Read more


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