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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New Robotic Technology Aims to Prevent Dangerous Arc Flash Incidents

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Many arc flash incidents are related to racking circuit breakers, chiefly in the power industry. A new robotic device allows a worker to rack circuit breakers from a…

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How Increasing Safety Standards Actually Reduces Operating Cost

Thursday, June 30, 2011

In a challenge to conventional wisdom that increasing safety adds cost, new research and evidence reveals the opposite. In a recent survey conducted by Aberdeen Group, best-in-class companies…

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The Latest Thinking on Using Ethernet for Machine Safety Networks

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A networking expert takes a look at how networked machine safety has evolved, examining the implications of Ethernet-based machine safety networks as a replacement for field buses. The…

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The Future Direction of Safety for UL 508A and UL 2011 Equipment Evaluations

Thursday, April 28, 2011

This article addresses important changes that are being made to UL standards to address the increasing complexity of modern hardware while taking efforts to limit the number of…

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Boosting Food Safety Through a Strategic Plan Leveraging Automation

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), RFID and 2D bar codes can work with plant floor control systems for hazard analysis critical control points (HACCP). The impact of food and…

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Siemens vs. Allen-Bradley: Choosing the Best Safety PLC

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

This article sets the stage for using safety systems and examines the safety offerings of the two companies. In an upcoming webinar on this topic, a more in-depth…

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Safety Modules Prevent Explosions

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

When gases, vapors, mists and dusts form explosive atmospheres, electronic systems must be designed to avoid any chance of sparking under any conditions. The Siemens Industry Automation Division…

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Safety Relay Simultaneously Monitors Multiple Parameters

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A new safety relay from Siemens Industry Inc. provides enough performance to handle simultaneous monitoring of multiple parameters such as machine speed and motor standstill. The SIRIUS 3TK2810-1…

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Siemens Safety Video Series

Friday, November 5, 2010

Series of 7 Siemens Safety Videos Introduction to Safety Integrated Integrated Safety Network Hardwired vs Networked Solution Benefits of Safety Integrated Safety PLC Products Safety Integrated Real Results Safety…

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Understanding Arc Safety can Save Lives

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Arcs are a too-common by-product of working with live equipment. They have the potential to kill, but workers can be protected. Arc faults have been creating damage for…

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Safekick and Siemens Form Strategic Alliance to Develop Sophisticated Well Control System for Oil and Gas

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Siemens Industry and Houston, Texas-based oil and gas specialist Safekick Americas have joined forces to develop a new well control system that will automatically control the choke manifold…

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Realizing the Potential of Automation Integration

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Integrating control systems used to be an ongoing exercise in jury-rigging bridges between islands of automation. Different processes would have disparate controllers, often with disparate control logic packages…

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Building a Cyber Secure Plant

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Despite what many automation professionals believe, the Stuxnet malware attacks on Siemens Simatic WinCC SCADA and PCS7 DCS systems that came to light this past July were not…

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Reliable Protection of 24 VDC Load Circuits

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

When overloads and short circuits occur, there’s always a tradeoff between the power supply shutting down the entire 24 VDC supply and keeping load circuits that aren’t impacted…

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New Equipment Regulations Loom

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

One thing that’s certain about regulations: they’re bound to change. Europe is making significant alterations to one of the primary ruling documents for production equipment, adding requirement that…

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Reduce Arc Flash Accidents Using Totally Integrated Automation

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Several years ago Henry was the maintenance manager at a large manufacturing facility. He was married, had a very upbeat personality, a good position at the company, and…

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Busting the Silos Around Safety

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

“In business and government everyone exists in silos,” says Michael Taubitz. “Production, Safety, Administration, Quality, and all the others. They have their own industry groups, their own issues,…

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OSHA Cracks Down on Machine Safety: End Users Beware!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Over the past couple years, safety regulations in the U.S. have undergone a dramatic shift. National Consensus Standards, such as ANSI, are putting more emphasis on risk assessment…

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Integrated Safety Simplifies Installations, Upgrades

Monday, July 6, 2009

Safety has undergone a major change since the start of the decade. Integrated safety has become the new watchword following a change to U.S. safety standards that eliminated…

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Controllers Now Handle Safety and Machine Functions

Monday, July 6, 2009

Making equipment safe for operators has always been a difficult task, but it’s becoming much easier. PC-based controllers can now be used to program safety features and functions,…

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Hi Tech Fire Training

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Modern fire training module automation and controls provided by Siemens. This video features cutting edge simulation and information on innovative controls systems for firefighters to better train in…

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Arc Flash Safety: Compliance and Mitigation

Thursday, May 21, 2009

When it comes to manufacturing-related accidents, the images that come most readily to mind are mishaps with industrial machines, chemical spills, or fires caused by the processing of…

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Boosting Safety Performance: The Role of Safety Integrated

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Today, worker safety on the plant floor stands poised to take yet another step forward by harnessing new technologies and changes in standards and embracing the world of…

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