Smarter Automation Today for a Better Smart Grid Tomorrow

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

UniEnergy Technologies’ next-generation energy-storage solution evens electrical loads with integrated I/O, PLCs, and higher-level automation system functions to streamline engineering, procurement and support. As the smart grid quickly…

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Best Practices for Legacy PLC Migration

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Siemens partner Patti Engineering shows how it successfully upgraded equipment with Siemens S5 PLCs to the new S7 PLCs at Oetiker’s Marlette, Michigan automotive manufacturing plant. Manufacturers with older PLCs controlling their equipment…

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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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Aerial view of a 10-well pad, owned and operated by Cabot Oil & Gas, shows how multi-well pads are evidence of how upstream integrated operations are becoming "oil and gas factories."

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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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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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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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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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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Safety CPUs 1515F-2 PN and 1517F-3 PN/DP of the SIMATIC S7-1500 Controller Family Now Available

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Siemens Industry has released the the CPU 1515F-2 PN and CPU 1517F-3 PN/DP failsafe controllers, expanding the range of SIMATIC S7-1500 controllers CPU 1515F-2 PN: The failsafe CPU 1515F-2…

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CPU 1515-2 PN and CPU 1518-4 PN/DP of the SIMATIC S7-1500 Controller Family Now Available

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Siemens Automation has released the CPU 1515-2 PN and CPU 1518-4 PN/DP, expanding the range of SIMATIC S7-1500 controllers. CPU 1515-2 PN The CPU 1515-2 PN has a…

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Inside the Controls that Tame Gargantuan Cranes

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

There are no small accidents for bridge cranes as tall as multistory buildings. Siemens integrator Trutega uses Lasers, wireless Ethernet, PLCs and the Nanobox PC to prevent them….

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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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The Keys to Safer Burner Management Systems

Thursday, May 29, 2014

New standards and advancing technology combine to move systems forward over time. Safety PLCs are enabling significantly better BMS design. Among the most widespread process safety applications in…

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Three Ways to Future-Proof Your Automation System

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Whether replacing your HMI, upgrading with new gear or replacing an entire system, here’s how TIA Portal can keep your plant in state-of-the art shape. Many automation facilities…

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Oil & Gas Integrator Works with Siemens to Develop New Blow-out Preventer System

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Pilot program to enhance blow-out preventer control systems results in improved reliability, increased data collection, remote diagnostics capabilities, while cutting product configuration and programming time. Broussard, La.-based CAD…

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Jennerjahn JLS-120, a popular 120” wide format slitter rewinder, capable of producing 400-foot rolls in less than 30 seconds, was customized using
a total package of Siemens controls and software. The robust frame on this machine makes it ideal for construction grade materials, such as house wrap, roofing and flooring underlayment, billboard vinyl and landscaping rolls.

Full Siemens Platform Helps Jennerjahn Machine Meet CAT 4 Safety Requirements

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Jennerjahn and distributor C&E Sales, help Australian building products company save time and space using Siemens drives, HMI, Profibus DP and the S7-300 PLC Matthews, Indianabased Jennerjahn Machine…

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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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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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Gas cabinets being assembled in Norcimbus' 20,000 square foot facilities in Phoenix, Arizona. Norcimbus is a leader in developing and manufacturing innovative high quality UHP process gas systems and controls.

Advantages of a Common Automation Platform

Friday, January 17, 2014

By using cutting-edge technology and tapping into a global support network, a leading manufacturer of gas and chemical distribution equipment is cutting costs, increasing efficiency, and building business…

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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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Integrated Software and Controllers Open Global Markets to Growing HVAC OEM

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

To thrive—indeed, to survive—in today’s increasingly competitive global marketplace, manufacturers must leverage cutting-edge technology and operate at high levels of efficiency. Burr Oak Tool Inc. (Burr Oak), a…

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When to Use PC-based Automation vs. Controllers

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Gain the knowledge you need to leverage the right technology—traditional PLC or industrial PC—to the right application. Today’s new generation of engineers has seen PC technologies in every…

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How Coca Cola Enterprises Achieved Control and Network Integration in a Multi-OEM Environment

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

KHS implements Siemens Optimized Packaging Line to standardize sensors, vision, robotics, drives, motion and PLCs across multi-OEM machines. Soda sales have hit plateaus in recent years, forcing beverage…

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How Safety PLCs Can Enhance Burner Management

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Now that safety PLCs can be used for burner management systems, they offer a new alternative to cost-effective NFPA 86 compliance. Burner Management Systems (BMS) are among the…

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Lady Liberty’s New Fire and Safety Technology

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Tower Elevator Systems’ newly installed rescue elevator, part of a $27-million Statue of Liberty renovation, makes the most of Safety PLC hardware, PROFIBUS Ethernet and the SIMATIC Comfort…

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