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Beyond Drives: How can Low Voltage Controls Boost Your Energy Efficiency?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A broader strategy including low voltage control electronics, fuseless motor starters and digital networking can provide your operation with substantial energy savings. Follow the latest expert discussions on…

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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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Smarter Testing Keeps Military Helicopters Flying Longer

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

RedViking Group’s use of Siemens drives, cabinet modules and control units yields smart, dynamic MRO testing to save the U.S. military time, money and energy. Military helicopters play…

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Which Standard Is the Key to Compliant Safety Controls?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Understanding IEC 61508, the “parent” functional safety standard, will help you better apply U.S. and European industry-specific standards. Today’s global economy entails ever-changing regulatory and industry safety standards….

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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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New Safety Evaluation Tool for Fast, Reliable Machine Assessments

Thursday, May 30, 2013

TÜV-tested online database helps you assess and create compliance documentation using auto XML import/export for your Siemens products. The Safety Evaluation Tool (SET) for the IEC 62061 and…

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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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How PLCs and Smart HMI Design Keep Drugs Safe

Thursday, May 2, 2013

STERIS Corp. helps keeps drugs safe and compliant with electronic data security rules with simplified PLC configuration and user-friendly interface via WinCC and touch panels. In pharmaceutical manufacturing,…

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PC-based Control Improves Tire Test Control

Thursday, May 2, 2013

ASM and CTI improve tire testing and optimization system in rubber capital of the world with Siemens’ integrated PC-based real-time controls, networking, drives, interfaces and more. Most people…

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Siemens Helps SpaceX Change the Game in Outer Space

Thursday, March 28, 2013

SpaceX consolidates multiple systems, moves up to Siemens Project Lifecycle Management in its effort to cut the cost of space launches by a factor of 10. Hawthorne, Calif.-based…

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New-generation ‘Soft’ PLCs Drive Oil Exploration

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Apache Corp. shares the first-hand benefits gained by moving from traditional PLC racks to the WinAC software PLC to control oil-drilling rigs worldwide. Houston, Texas-based Apache Corporation is…

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PLCs help U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deepen Critical Shipping Channels

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has a fleet of dredging boats that keeps 12,000 miles of waterways in the United States clean and navigable for recreation…

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Understanding Safety Regulations and Standards

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Global safety regulations vary widely.  Here are some pointers. Regulators around the globe agree on one thing: safety systems should use suitable technical equipment to keep potential hazards from…

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Wireless Networks and Machine Safety: Lessons Learned in a Non-Industrial Environment

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Designing a system to control a myriad of large hydraulic gates at the Elephant Community Center at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park provides lessons learned in an application…

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Critical Role of Documentation in Risk Assessments

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Proper documentation helps drive success in designing, verifying and validating machine safety. There are very few people who raise their hand when asked the question “who here likes…

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Taking Simple Steps Toward Industrial Security

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Learn the five key points to a well-planned security strategy. The openness of Ethernet and the availability of industrial software that runs on notebooks, tablets and even smart…

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Reducing Security Risks Through Authentication and Encryption

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Take these security steps to prevent automation system damage Long gone are the days when automation systems could rely on security through obscurity to avoid computer attacks. Assaults…

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Safeguards for the World’s Most Powerful Laser

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Designing the world’s most powerful lasers is no mean feat. But researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are equally proud of a complementary system they’ve created, one that…

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Is Your Burner Management System Outdated?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Learn how safety PLCs can improve your BMS design. Burner Management Systems (BMS) are traditionally defined as systems to monitor and control fuel burning equipment during all startup,…

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How To Determine “Acceptable” Risk

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Start with these best practices in assessing risk, direct from UL experts. Noted science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, once said that living at risk…

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What Goes Into Your Machinery’s CE Mark?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

To find out, start with the EU Machinery Directive, the core safety standard. Directive 2006/42/EC is a revised version of the Machinery Directive, the first version of which…

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U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan Fueled by Automation

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pendant Engineering’s use of Siemens HMI, PLC, TIA Portal helps Bagram Air Force Base manage fuel transfer For military operations around the globe, one of the biggest logistics…

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New Controls Bring Pixar’s Cars Movie to Life at Disney’s California Adventure

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Siemens PLCs, sensors and communications bring the 12-acre Cars Land to life The wildly successful Cars movie franchise comes to life in the Disney California Adventure theme park,…

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A Look at the New, Safer Elevators of the Future

Thursday, November 1, 2012

By Kevin Connelly, UL LLC New standard’s codes, methods focus on programmable and electronic safety Having been in industrial automation for my entire career, I am familiar with…

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Finally, Fleet Vehicles Find a Profitable, Natural-gas Alternative to Diesel

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Siemens partnership with natural-gas leader Cryostar produces a space-saving skid-mounted system that cuts costs up to $2.00/gallon while reducing emissions At the millennial turn, a Harvard-based study took…

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Steel Mill Executes No-Risk Control System Conversion

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Prism Systems explains how a phased, rack-by-rack implementation kept the mill’s PLC-and-PROFIBUS network up and running. When a major steel manufacturer found its operations hampered by a highly…

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MGM Resorts Hits the Energy Efficiency Jackpot

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Siemens ROBICON variable frequency drives pay-out in electricity, gas, and water savings. A recent article in The Guardian points to the ever-increasing importance of energy-efficient buildings to sustainable…

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Clip and Save this Must-have list of Key Safety Standards!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A concise rundown on what you need to know for emergency stops, machine guarding, safety PLCs, motor drives and robotics. Understanding the differences of safety standards as it…

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‘Touchdown’ for Mars Rover Curiosity – ‘Assist’ for Siemens

Thursday, August 30, 2012

NASA lands car-size rover safely on Red Planet with a little help from Siemens PLM software. See “Curiosity’s Final Seven Minutes of Terror” video. They did it!! We…

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Global Harmony for Hazardous Locations – A Success Story

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The ongoing ‘hands across the water’ approach to harmonizing and updating U.S. and IEC Zone systems simplifies equipment selection worldwide. The U.S. has long used the area classification…

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