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Live Webinar: Automation Helps Save Human Hearts>>

Join us for this 45-minute educational webinar to learn how Magnetecs Catheter Guidance, Control and Imaging System uses automation and electromagnets to intelligently guide a magnetically-tipped catheter through arteries and within the human heart. This innovative solution enables a physician to precisely control surgical tools in highly dynamic or inaccessible environments. Presenter Mason Mattenson, Engineering Controls Engineer with Inglewood, CA-based Magnetecs, will share key lessons learned in applying automation to difficult engineering tasks.

On-Demand Webinar: Remote Connectivity: The Right Approach Delivers Big Payoffs>>

View this 45-minute educational webinar to discover the advantages of working remotely, including equipment being run more efficiently, downtime being reduced, and costs minimized. But there are caveats: security, ease of use, and control of the network. Presented by Galen Freemon, Siemens Industry, you'll learn the ins and outs of different approaches to remote connectivity and key issues that need to be considered before implementation.

White Paper: Disaster Avoidance - Tank Overfill Safety Protection>>

For safe overfill protection on tanks holding volatile petroleum fluids, the industry best practice has been documented in API 2350. Recent major incidents have caused many in the industry to rethink the overfill protection requirements and to move to a more functional safety approach satisfying both API 2350 and IEC 1511 safety considerations.

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.

Integrated Control Solutions with Power Dense Circuit Breakers Cut Commissioning Time

Self-contained engine control room modules from Siemens Solutions Partner EPD help ship builders chart cost-effective course.

Specialty vessels are everywhere. From dredges, oil platform supply boats, anchor tugs and service ships, to research ships and floating casinos, these craft are hard at work plying the seas of maritime commerce. To do their jobs effectively, specialty vessels often require sophisticated propulsion and positioning control to keep them in the right place at the right time.

Drill ships, for example, use dynamic positioning employing powerful thrusters tied into global positioning systems to keep the hull in a stationary position—usually within a 5 to 10-foot diameter circle over a sea-bed well head. Meanwhile, supply vessels must keep perfect station alongside it, in all seas and weather, often without anchors... Read more

Worker Training Key to Where VW Opens New Plant

Developing a skilled workforce is a major challenge for manufacturers. Volkswagen partnered with the city of Chattanooga, Tenn., as well as a technical college and major suppliers, such as Siemens Industry, to create Volkswagen Academy, a state-owned facility for intensive VW training programs.

When Volkswagen (VW) announced plans to open a new $1 billion production facility in the United States in order to help achieve its goal of tripling US sales, almost 400 cities contacted the German automotive giant to promote the benefits they had to offer as potential homes for the new plant. It's not hard to understand why. The plant itself, which will start producing a new midsize sedan to compete with the Camry and Malibu early in 2011, will employ more than 2,000 people to start and some projections have the trickle down effect at 9,500 new jobs in the community. These are significant numbers at any time, but considering the state of the economy it's a major windfall.

Thanks in large part to attractive infrastructure, including interstate highways, a nearby airport and a ready-to-use brown field site, and attractive incentives from local and state government, Chattanooga, Tennessee won the bid and immediately began working with VW to lay the groundwork to make sure the new facility has every chance to be successful... Read more

Three Approaches to Small System Motion Control

Compact, powerful systems can handle many motion control functions.

Motion control is a complex task that has often been limited to larger controllers, or more expensive specialty hardware. That's changing as new hardware and software makes it possible to manage moving elements with small systems that have one or two axis of movement.

The changes come in a number of areas as equipment designers leverage the declining prices and increased processing speeds of microprocessor technology and take advantage of more sophisticated software. Small controllers available today have more built-in high-speed I/O with improved performance for encoders and pulse train outputs. Those inputs are handled by more powerful small controllers that can manage the large amounts of data necessary for efficient motion control... Read more


Video Tutorial: Machine Safety Application Example

Part 2 - Machine Safety Application Example for Plastics Industry Molding Machine

Learn how Siemens Safety Integrated systems can eliminate maintenance and troubleshooting problems often encountered in traditional hardwired machine safety systems. This is part 2 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


50th Anniversary of Sinumerik

When Siemens introduced Sinumerik in 1960 as the industry's first numerical control (NC), customers immediately realized a dramatic improvement in their productivity and flexibility. These end user benefits helped put Siemens on the map and provided a foundation that helped vault the company to the pinnacle of the mechanical engineering industry... Read more

SITOP 24 VDC Power Supply Delivers Space Savings, Efficiency and Stability

Siemens Industry has announced the availability of the new SITOP PSU100M DIN rail power supply, delivering much-needed space savings on the DIN rail and additional features for enhanced efficiency and stability. The single-phase 24VDC power supply unit, which offers 20 Amp output current, is 40 percent narrower than previous models, saving valuable real estate in the power cabinet and has a significantly wider input range from 85 to 275 VAC... Read more

AS-Interface F-Adapter for EMERGENCY-STOP Device 3SB3

Siemens Industry has increased user flexibility with the latest additions to its family of emergency stop pilot devices. The new AS-Interface F-Adapter for EMERGENCY-STOP Device 3SB3 features a lower mounting depth than its predecessors and adds insulation-piercing installation capabilities... Read more



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