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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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Security Module Simplifies Connectivity

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Simplified setup, enhanced protection among many benefits The SCALANCE S627-2M provides three fixed 10/100/1000 Mbit/s copper Industrial Ethernet ports along with two media module slots that make it…

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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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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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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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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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Compact, Rugged Modules Mount Anywhere

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

State-of-the-art automation of assembly lines call for extremely flexible, rugged and space-saving distributed control electronics. At the same time, requirements on the efficiency of automation components are increasing,…

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Communication Processor Brings Multitude of Features

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The CP 1243-1 IEC communication processor upgrades the communication options of the SIMATIC S7-1200 automation system with IEC 60870-5-104 telecontrol protocol. It also lets the S7-1200 operate directly…

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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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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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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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Boeing Dreamliner Soars with Safety Lifecycle Management

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Aerospace automation provider Advanced Integration Technology incorporated SIMATIC Safety PLCs and Profinet communication for more efficient, compliant automation. Integrating control and safety requires a holistic safety mindset built around Safety Lifecycle Management,…

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Industrial Ethernet: Five Critical Issues

Thursday, July 31, 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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Nine Ways PROFINET Offers the Most Complete Industrial Ethernet

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Not all industrial Ethernet protocols are the same. Read these nine reasons to learn the distinct advantages of Siemens leading solution. There are a number of Industrial Ethernet…

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Powerful New CPU and Firmware for SIMATIC S7-1200 Controllers

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Simatic S7-1217C: New S7-1200 controller for the high-end performance range Line driver inputs and outputs to switch stepping motor controls New firmware version 4.0 for all Simatic S7-1200…

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Nonstop Coffee Pods

Thursday, June 12, 2014

  A new packaging plant for coffee pods fulfills several customer wishes at once: the machine is about 25% more efficient than previous plants, and it does not…

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Why Swap Old Fieldbus Networks to Industrial Ethernet?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

PROFINET eases network management, speeds implementation, overcomes cable-run limits and auto-configures new hardware. And that’s just for starters… Ethernet has long dominated business networks, and it is now…

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UPS Modules Offer PROFINET/Ethernet Connectivity

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The SITOP UPS 1600 family of Uninterruptible Power Supply modules includes: higher output currents in smaller form factor, extra power capability, and improved interface options including PROFINET/Ethernet ports…

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How the Right Industrial Ethernet Simplifies the Transition from Fieldbus

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Engineers tasked with changing from fieldbus to Industrial Ethernet find great relief in making that transition using PROFINET. Many of the concepts and engineering tools which are used…

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PLCs and Networks Combine to Improve Safety

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Safety PLCs Connected to Systems Using PROFINET Provide High levels of Protection Safety has become an important aspect of equipment design over the past several years, but it’s…

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Enhancing Safety Networks Helps Improve Many Manufacturing Parameters

Saturday, February 22, 2014

When safety communications use the same cabling used to link equipment, installations and diagnostics are simpler and less costly Safety has become one of the watchwords in industrial…

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Comm Module Enhances, Speeds Up Controllers

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The CP 1542-5 communications module expands the SIMATIC S7-1500 controller line, providing a PROFIBUS connection for communication with lower-level PROFIBUS devices in bandwidths of 9.6 kBit/s to 12…

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Typical Station Dynamics

Thursday, February 20, 2014

In this line application, all the manual workstations utilize the same software to execute quick tooling changes, machine sequence variations, line balancing, and report tracking. Safety features are…

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GlaxoSmithKline Upgrades Plant’s Filling Machine to Improve Reliability and Performance

Thursday, February 13, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) renovates its Parma, Italy plant’s filling machine in a lyophilization production line using Siemens SIMOTION platform, thereby improving the machine’s reliability and performance. The site at…

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The SIMATICS S7-1200 PLC and RF630R RFID reader are integrated in a control box mounted atop the elevator cab. Owners call for the elevator with their one-button key fob remotes, then drive their cars into the cab. The RFID reader reads their cars’ RFID tags, which are programmed with their designated parking floor. The reader signals the PLC, which then signals the elevator’s controls to move the cab to the proper floor.

Automated “James Bond” Automobile Elevator Attracts Buyers

Friday, January 17, 2014

Luxury Highrise Condominium Deploys an Automated “James Bond” RFID Automobile Elevator System as a Unique Amenity to Attract Buyers. Rising 12-stories above the Old Town district of Victoria,…

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Rise of the Smart, Safe Machines

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Contrary to popular notions, today’s safety systems integrated with control system PLCs and PROFIBUS networks pay for themselves with rapid ROI. At the end of last year, a…

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Automotive Manufacturers Contextualizing Big Data to Create Greater Efficiencies

Monday, November 11, 2013

As commonly used, the term “big data” refers to a collection of data sets too large and complex to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data…

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Industrial Security for the Automotive Industry: Seamless and Integrated – Securely!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Production systems in the automotive industry are characterized by a high degree of automation and networking. This is required today for end products to be completely individualized, and…

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What is ‘Smart Manufacturing’ and How Will it Affect Your Company?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A new concept, and new research, lead the way toward understanding how to revitalize U.S. manufacturing in a wired world. The evolution of manufacturing is at a transitional…

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