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Embracing the Disruptors

In the new disrupted world, everything—manufacturers and products—will be more specialized. The change is already happening, and Siemens is helping. With the renewed interest in manufacturing from mainstream…

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Digital Factory Scenario 2030: Riding to Reality

A company that specializes in producing virtual prototypes of products and their related production processes is asked to design a car seat that can double as an independent,…

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Jan
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Firewire Surfboards: NX CAD Technology Drives Custom Surfboard Design

Online 3D customization system by ShapeLogic allows Firewire Surfboards’ customers to interactively modify surfboards to their own specifications. Innovation opportunity Firewire Surfboards began operating in 2006, the beginning…

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Dec
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Safety Integrated Level and Performance Levels for Machine Safety

Before a safety (fail-safe) circuit can be designed and applied to a machine, the required level of safety must be determined.  This is done by performing a risk…

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Dec
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Input and Switching Components for Safety Circuits

Increases in awareness and technology are driving motor control towards safety oriented circuits.  There are fundamental differences between control circuits and safety (fail-safe) circuits.  Control circuits are all…

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Nov
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The Additive Manufacturing Revolution Continues

While 3D printing isn’t dominating the press the way it was several years ago, it nonetheless remains alive and well. Companies—and governments—continue to focus on the technology and…

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Siemens PLM Software Enables Black Diamond to Reach the Summit

The Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park was long considered too steep and difficult for free climbing – 3,000 vertical feet of rock with no…

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Machine Safety

Input and Switching Components for Safety Circuits

Increases in awareness and technology are driving motor control towards safety oriented circuits.  There are fundamental differences between control circuits and safety (fail-safe) circuits.  Control circuits are all…

The 10 Key Steps for Functional Safety

Follow these steps for validation of subsystems and components to reduce implementation-level complexity in your control systems. As we consider machine safety risk reduction and validation, here are…

New Tool Speeds Machine Safety Compliance Reporting

Learn how the online TÜV-tested Safety Evaluation Tool (SET) speeds users step-by-step through preparation of standard-compliant machine documentation. The Safety Evaluation Tool for IEC 62061 and ISO 13849-1…

PLCs Do Heavy Lifting For Better, Safer Cranes

PaR Systems and CAMotion cranes gained new safety and efficiency using Siemens PLC-based platforms to reduce vibration, sway and other hard-to-control parameters. Cranes do the heavy lifting in…

Five Key Points toward Cybersecurity “Defense in Depth”

Best practices for mitigating cybersecurity threats, and how Security Integrated products can help you protect your systems, networks, and plants Globally, the number of network connections is exploding….

Networking

Reduce Wiring Time and Effort to Standard Sensors and Actuators—and Eliminate Sources of Errors—With SIRIUS ACT I/O Link

Besides the standard wiring, you can also connect push buttons, indicator lights, and switches directly to the controller via AS-Interface or with IO-Link. With our new SIRIUS ACT…

New Adaptive RFID Antennas Improve Flexibility and Reliability in Production and Logistics

With the Simatic RF680A, Siemens now offers an adaptive antenna for its RF650R, RF680R, and RF685R UHF readers. The variable-polarization antenna (linear or circular) simplifies the commissioning and…

‘Crop Circle’ Mystery Solved With Connectivity Upgrade

Endless acres of radial irrigation systems gain new load-balancing benefits with utility’s new SCADA and RUGGEDCOM deployments. Airline passengers flying above rural northeastern Nebraska are often intrigued by…

Siemens Introduces SIMATIC WinCC 7.4

Siemens has introduced SIMATIC WinCC 7.4, the newest version of the scalable and open SCADA system for maximum plant transparency and productivity. Due to the increasing globalization of…

Virtual Machine Runs Linux on RX1400 Router

The Ruggedcom VPE1400 (Virtual Processing Engine) is a virtual machine environment that lets users run their own Linux operating system and applications on a Siemens Ruggedcom RX1400 router….

PLC

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How Single Platform Standardization Pays Off

How standardizing on Siemens PLCs and the TIA portfolio led to ‘all kinds of efficiencies,’ according to Boston-based manufacturer Inert. Supplying customized solutions to diverse users has been…

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An Open Source Approach to Reusable Objects

Chicago-based DMC has new software objects in the Siemens Open Library to ease HMI, PID loops, drive control setup and more. Portal libraries have become a popular technique…

From Rockwell® to Siemens: Making the Switch

A major soft drink maker reduced cost, complexity and downtime when it switched to Siemens PLC, HMI, drives and networking solutions. The syrup room is the heart of…

Compressed Air Upgrade Improves Lumber Mill Air Quality and Costs

When a saw mill upgraded to air moisture-management dryers from BEKO Technologies, Corp., Siemens PLCs and HMI Panels helped reduce costs. The hot, humid days of summer are…

Big Data, Meet Big Oil

What kind of data does an international oil drilling operation need? The kind Patti Engineering devised using Siemens Step 7 engineering and PLC-based system for safer, more robust…

Software

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SIMATIC WinCC/Event Notifier Provides Easy and Safe Planning of Notifications

The option SIMATIC WinCC/Event Notifier provides a calendar-based user interface in the style of Microsoft Office, for easy and safe planning of notifications for selected persons in defined…

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SIMATIC S7-1500 Software Controller V2.0

With SIMATIC S7-1500 Software Controller V2.0, the S7-1500 Software Controller CPU 1507S (F) is available as a standard and fail-safe version. Highlights of version V2.0 CPU 1507S F…

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Siemens PLM Software Helps Callaway Golf Drive Innovation

There are 60 million golfers around the world, and whether they are weekend duffers, skilled amateurs or highly-compensated professionals, they are all looking for ways to improve their…

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WinCC Updates Expand Capabilities

SIMATIC WinCC/Audit V7.4 and SIMATIC WinCC/ChangeControl V7.4 are powerful updates that simplify configuration while supporting redundancy. The software brings several other benefits while providing compatibility with a range…

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An Open Source Approach to Reusable Objects

Chicago-based DMC has new software objects in the Siemens Open Library to ease HMI, PID loops, drive control setup and more. Portal libraries have become a popular technique…