Simatic WinCC V7 Simplifies Complex Data Monitoring

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Keeping track of equipment operating time and comparing usage is even more difficult in this economy when shift usage is changing to meet fluctuating production demands. Siemens Industry…

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Software Upgrade Helps Reduce Downtime

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Maintaining equipment without much downtime is critical for efficient plant operations. The Siemens Industry Automation Division is addressing this requirement by upgrading its Simatic Maintenance Station software, focusing…

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Aiming at Lower Network Costs

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Unmanaged switches offer low cost port expansion. As Ethernet takes over industrial networking, there’s a big push to reduce costs while moving up to Gigabit Ethernet. One of…

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Finding Harmony on the Factory Floor

Sunday, November 1, 2009

PROFINET, PROFIBUS team up to link entire enterprise. Over the past several years, Ethernet has made an impressive footprint on the plant floor, becoming the de facto standard…

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Tips on Choosing an Automation Architecture

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Distributed control systems, programmable logic controllers meet varying demands. The advancing power of microcontrollers makes it much easier to do many tasks, but sometimes these advances make life…

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Ethernet networking: The values and the pitfalls

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Industrial Ethernet has been the source of a great deal of discussion over the past few years. Proponents, and there are many, seem to believe it is the…

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SIMATIC Industrial PCs

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The wait for multi-core processing on the shop floor is over. The industrial environment can be pretty hostile to computing equipment. Equipment has to be hardened and shielded…

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