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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