Switch Line Simplifies Configuration, Boosts Reliability

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Scalance X500 Switches from Siemens Industry, Inc. make it easier to configure and connect large automation networks to IT systems. The 19-inch industrial grade rack devices are…

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New Features with the Release of TIA Portal – V11 SP2

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Industrial automation systems will see vast improvements in speed with the recently introduced TIA Portal – V11 SP2, which operates with the 64-bit version of Windows 7. The…

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Network Diagnostics: Best Practices and Pitfalls to Avoid

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Spotting network saturation points and quickly identifying and replacing bad ports to minimize downtime are key benefits of using the right diagnostic tools for industrial networks. Keeping automation…

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Understanding Usability Implications When Selecting Engineering Software

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Picking the right software helps improve efficiency and profitability When it comes down to a final analysis of automation systems, “usability” is perhaps the ultimate goal. It covers…

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Extreme Manufacturing Makeover: Latex Mattress Manufacturer Automates from Scratch

Thursday, June 30, 2011

After a devastating fire, Latex International built a new manufacturing operation from the ground up. The automation strategy, including totally networked processes with SCADA, enabled much higher throughput…

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Understanding Your Automation Control Options: Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Programmable Automation Controllers (PAC), PC-based Controllers (PCbA)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Learn to differentiate “marketing-speak” from fact in this assessment of similarities and differences between automation control platforms. Like everything in the highly Darwinian world of the manufacturing industry,…

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Critical Questions to Ask when Specifying Automation Systems

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Setting out to buy a new automation system can be a daunting task. Not only are you talking about what can be a significant capital investment, but more…

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Siemens Revolutionizes Automation Engineering with TIA Portal

Thursday, December 2, 2010

This is the first in a series of three articles outlining Siemens’ revolutionary new TIA Portal software framework. This article will introduce TIA Portal, and highlight specific features…

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Win AC MP

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Siemens has unveiled the latest version of its embedded automation family, WinAC MP 2008 which enables users to implement control and visualization tasks on a single, compact, maintenance-free…

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