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 positionusually 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