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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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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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Introducing the New SITOP Selectivity Module with Single Channel Signaling

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Siemens Industry, Inc. introduces a line of SITOP PSE200U 24V DC Selectivity modules featuring single-channel signaling to detect and deactivate overloads or short circuits in individual circuits.  The…

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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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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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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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New Compact SINAMICS G120C Inverter: Ideal Solution for Industrial Grade Applications

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Siemens Industry, Inc., has introduced the Sinamics G120C, a compact inverter designed for various industrial applications such as pumps, compressors, and fans, as well as mixers, extruders, conveyor…

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How to Tell if You’re Paying Too Much for Safety

Thursday, August 30, 2012

10,000 safety PLCs and 360,000 safety network nodes worldwide don’t lie – integrated safety systems reduce long-term ownership cost. Over the past several years, safety has emerged from…

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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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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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Are LOTO, Machine Guarding and OSHA Compliance Interconnected?

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Understanding the high level approaches to removing hazardous energy from machinery is vitally important to employee safety and OSHA compliance. This article provides brief introduction into the Lock…

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How EN/ISO13849-2 Eases Validation for Programmable Safety Control

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Understanding the validation requirements in EN/ISO13849-2 are critical in an efficient design process for the development of safety systems. This article provides some important points for both developers…

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Innovative Online Software Speeds Machine Safety Compliance

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Learn in five steps the process behind Siemens’ Safety Evaluation Tool to ease your transition to the new ISO 13849-1 machine safety standard. As of the end of…

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Specification of Safety-Integrated Burner Management Systems

Thursday, March 29, 2012

By taking the guesswork out of design, Siemens SIMATIC Safety-Integrated BMS provide safe, reliable, and compliant solutions for the process industries. Burner Management Systems (BMS) are one of…

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New Standard Shifts Focus for Safety

Friday, March 2, 2012

This year a new European safety guideline for machinery obsoletes an old one. A quick look at how EN ISO 13849-1:2006 necessitates a change in focus for machine…

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Siemens vs. Allen-Bradley: A Third-Party Look at Current Safety Platforms

Friday, March 2, 2012

Both platforms have changed a lot in the last year. A systems integrator compares the state of the art in both platforms, addressing ease of programming, troubleshooting, ability…

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What You Need to Know About the Changes in the CE Mark

Friday, March 2, 2012

Original Equipment Manufacturers selling into Europe must understand the newest version of the 2006/42/EC Directive. This article contrasts legal protections of U.S. vs. European safety standards and reviews…

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Safety System Adds AS-Interface Connectivity

Friday, March 2, 2012

Siemens Industry, Inc. has expanded its safety products, focusing on ease of installation and cost reduction. The new MSS Advanced base (Central) unit for the SIRIUS 3RK3 Modular…

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Webinar: Changes to NFPA 79 electrical standard explained

Thursday, January 5, 2012

On Jan. 25, 2012, Underwriters Laboratories will explain significant changes to the 2012 version of the NFPA 79 electrical standard for industrial machinery. Read this article for an…

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Understanding Benefits and Security Implications of Using Wireless for Safety

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A look at the multiple benefits of using wireless for industrial safety applications, along with a detailed discussion of implications and pitfalls to avoid when implementing the latest…

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Hazardous Environments: Understanding the Latest Certification Requirements

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Two prominent certification schemes are compared and contrasted to understand the nuances of getting equipment and automation systems certified for use in hazardous environments at high risk of…

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Seamless Safety Integration with SIMATIC STEP 7 Advanced V11

Thursday, December 1, 2011

All configuration and programming tools required for generating a safety-oriented program are integrated into the SIMATIC STEP 7 user interface and use a common project structure. The SIMATIC…

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ISO 12100 Machinery Safety Standard Explained

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A primer on the newly updated ISO 12100 machine safety standard, the three types of standards it encompasses, and how it helps designers identify risks during the design…

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