Operators can check production parameters while they’re in conference rooms or at remote sites.

The Mobile HMI: Greater Access, Greater Security

Friday, May 1, 2015

The latest implementations of HTML5-empowered HMI technology offer users — from workstation to smartphone — a new level of secure, full-time remote monitoring and control. Smart phones and tablets…

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Automation Makes Craft Brewing More Profitable 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Solvere starts with compact Siemens PLCs, HMI and wireless solutions to help brewers scale controls from small to full-size systems. Craft brewing has become a huge business in…

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Codes and Regulations for Panel Builders: Hitting a Moving Target

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The last two years have brought many changes to this complex world. Keeping current with the latest releases from many sources requires careful attention. Control panels are a…

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Automating the New Oil & Gas Value Chain

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

U.S. oil and gas fields are evolving with more wells and multi-well pads. PLC-based instrumentation, RTUs and HMIs are evolving, too, to meet new data management and wireless…

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Connected Manufacturing: Better Data, Better Decisions

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Leveraging powerful network technologies such as Profinet with existing infrastructure eliminates complexity, enhances decision making and speeds response to plant events. In today’s increasingly competitive global manufacturing marketplace,…

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How a California Quarry Doubles Production, Lowers Costs

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Canyon Rock turned to Siemens Totally Integrated Automation, TIA Portal engineering software and Profinet communications for rapid expansion and increased profitability. Faced with completing one of the largest…

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How to Answer the Door when OSHA Knocks!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

An official with the U.S. workplace safety regulatory body explains how to survive on-site inspections and prevent fines and penalties.  In the United States, the Occupational Safety and…

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Expert Helps OEMs Choose Between ISO and IEC Safety Standards

Thursday, February 26, 2015

While ISO and IEC pledge to unify their functional safety standards in the future, a TUV engineer has advice, helping OEMs make knowledgeable decisions when using ISO 13849 and IEC…

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Siemens vs. Rockwell…from a Safety Perspective

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

More than hardware or software, it’s their approach to safety and redundancy that differentiates vendors’ from protocols, controllers, I/O and networks. Choosing an industrial equipment supplier is a…

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ISE Department Works with R&E Automated Systems and Siemens to Enhance Sharf CIM Lab’s Conveyor System

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

After nine months of hard work by R&E Automated Systems, the S. & R. Sharf Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Laboratory’s conveyor system has been returned to Oakland University’s Industrial…

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Comau and Siemens Collaborate to Develop a Revolutionary “Digital Factory” for Automobile Manufacturing

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Game-changing modular, automated design enables time-saving parallel production, reduces work-in-process, improves material logistics, saves energy and reduces floor space up to 50%. Comau is a multinational company based…

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Why March’s Manufacturing in America Symposium (MiAS) is a “Must Attend”

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Held the 11th and 12th of March in Detroit, this event will present the latest technology and automotive know-how—and bring engineers, business leaders, educators, and policy-makers together to…

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How TIA Enables Skid-Based Applications for the Oil & Gas Industry

Thursday, January 29, 2015

In oil and gas fields, skid-based applications for upstream production can be as diverse as the many distillates and specialty end products coming out of downstream refineries. Oilfield…

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Codes and Regulations for Panel Builders: Hitting a Moving Target

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The last two years have brought many changes to this complex world. Keeping current with the latest releases from many sources requires careful attention. Control panels are a…

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Automotive Stamping’s ‘Fatal Five’ — and How to Prevent Them

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A leading Siemens solutions partner explains how PROFIsafe and ASI-safe in press safety upgrades can easily prevent accidents, and simultaneously remove system complexity to reduce costs. The regulatory impetus for safety in stamping applications…

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Changes to the 2015 Edition of NFPA 79, Pertaining to Electrical Safety

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Understanding the latest requirements for electrical safety to industrial machinery is critical to prevent accidents and unplanned shutdowns. This summary provides an explanation of key changes made in…

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Global Functional Safety Standards: How to Resolve ANSI and ISO Conflicts Reconciling Differences and Boosting Efficiency

Thursday, December 4, 2014

How to perform risk assessments, reconcile key differences between ISO safety and ANSI machinery safety standards and arrive at a practical method for global compliance. Companies that implement safety…

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Innovations in Learning – Online Platforms Provide Cost Savings Potential

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

As skills gaps and workforce turnover in the automotive industry continue to drive demand for skilled labor, OEM manufacturers often battle between allocating time for training and making…

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How a Leading Automaker Achieved a Major Controls Upgrade in Three Months

Monday, November 17, 2014

Siemens Solution Partner A&E Engineering executed the design, installation, and commissioning of two new paint-shop conveyor control systems for a major automaker, from control room and operator interfaces to motors, sensors, and machine interlocks. According to…

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Changing Machinery, Changing Software

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

When making changes to machinery and lines, you’ll need to consider these three paths to control and software changes. A range of business demands often force companies to…

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Which Industrial Wireless Architecture to Choose?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Beyond knowing differences between office and industrial wireless technologies, you also need to know the ins & outs of industrial architectures such as iPCF, iPCF-MC and iREF. Wireless…

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Four Keys to Efficient Oil & Gas Automation

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

From sensor to PLC to boardroom, these automation design tips will help upstream producers speed integration and capitalize on the U.S. shale boom. To fully capitalize on the…

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Intelligent Telecom HVAC Control

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

With the inherent flexibility of PLC architecture, it is now possible to implement intelligent HVAC control algorithms as well as provide network connectivity not available with traditional commercial…

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Best Practices for Selecting and Working with a Systems Integrator

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tim Jager is a PE and Project Director at DMC, a Siemens Solution Partner, and has been working as a systems integrator for the better part of two…

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IT Professional’s Guide to Ethernet: Five Critical Things an IT Professional Needs to Know About Bringing Ethernet to the Plant Floor

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

There are numerous advantages to using Ethernet on the plant floor and some critical issues to consider for a successful implementation. The major automotive manufacturers are moving exclusively…

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Stacking More Flexibly

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A leading manufacturer completes its portfolio of palletizing systems with a linear robot. An open motion control system combines efficiency and flexibility with user-friendliness, reliability, and global availability….

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The Benefits of Safety Engineering

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Compliance and ongoing assessments, aided by integrated controls and communication profiles such as PROFIsafe, can enhance workplace safety and productivity. Safety regulations and advancements in machine safety standards have dramatically…

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Siemens Ludwig Bullish on U.S. Manufacturing, Calls for Closing Training Gap Instead of Skills Gap

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Siemens Industry President Helmuth Ludwig says manufacturing in the United States is going in the right direction, adding jobs, digital innovation and consumer confidence over the past several…

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Growing U.S. Auto Industry Drives New Hiring, Training Practices

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ford, Volkswagen, Mercedes and others adapt to U.S. workforce trends in the wake of the Great Recession In less than a decade, the automotive industry has gone from…

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Smart Manufacturing? Industry 4.0? What’s It All About?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A look at how sensors, RFID chips, ‘cyber physical’ systems and the Internet of Things are transforming manufacturing from R&D to the plant floor and supply chain. We’re…

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