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Ursula Lang | 2017-04-03
Siemens at the Hannover Messe 2017 - “Discover the value of the Digital Enterprise”
Nuremberg/Hanover, Germany. Siemens will be exhibiting at the Hannover Messe 2017 from April 24 – 28 under the banner “Discover the value of the Digital Enterprise”. Against the backdrop of digitalization, this year’s trade fair presentation will concentrate on the fields of automation and drive technology, industrial software as well

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Nuremberg/Hanover, Germany. Siemens will be exhibiting at the Hannover Messe 2017 from April 24 – 28 under the banner “Discover the value of the Digital Enterprise”. Against the backdrop of digitalization, this year’s trade fair presentation will concentrate on the fields of automation and drive technology, industrial software as well as power distribution, with the focus on the pharmaceutical, food and beverage industries as well as additive manufacturing. In the “MindSphere Lounge”, Siemens and partner companies will be showcasing practical case studies and applications for the cloud-based open Internet of Things (IoT) operating system to visitors. At the end of April it will be upon us again: The world’s leading industrial show, Hannover Messe 2017, will be opening its doors to visitors from around the globe. Siemens will be represented in no fewer than three halls from April 24 – 28 under the banner “Discover the value of the Digital Enterprise”: not only at its main booth covering around 3500 square meters in Hall 9 (D35), but also with its Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software portfolio in Hall 6, and in Hall 24, where it will be showcasing gears and couplings from the Flender product family. Focus industries and MindSphere At the company’s main booth, visitors will have the opportunity to gain an overview of the comprehensive Siemens portfolio dedicated to the Digital Enterprise – from electrification through automation to digitalization. Alongside the pharmaceutical, food and beverage industries, the exhibition will also focus on additive manufacturing, industrial power supplies and Siemens product innovations from across the fields of power distribution, automation, drive technology and industrial software. The entire trade fair presentation is dedicated to solutions offered by Siemens to its customers on route to the Digital Enterprise, and to demonstrating how they can help users and producers benefit from the digital transformation. Customized mass production Siemens will be demonstrating how companies can use digitalization solutions to respond flexibly to changing market demands using graphically presented practical examples. These include depiction of the entire life cycle of a dairy product, and a chance for visitors to design their own individual dairy drink. With this exhibit, Siemens will provide a tangible example of what the Digital Enterprise will ultimately mean for end customers: Flexibilization and customization – even in an industry oriented towards mass production. Important dates for the press diary The main press conference will be held on Monday April 24 at 6.30 p.m. in the Convention Center, Room 1 A/B. Member of the Managing Board Klaus Helmrich will be in attendance to talk about current digitalization trends in the manufacturing and process industries. On Tuesday, April 25, Siemens PLM Software is inviting representatives of the media to its Press Breakfast at 9.00 a.m. in the Convention Center, Room 17, where it will be presenting the trade fair themes and exhibits featured at its booth in Hall 6, and talking about its strategic alignment. The Siemens Press Lounge will be located as always at the main booth (D35) in Hall 9. The Siemens Press Office team will be available to talk to all comers at the lounge from Monday through Friday. All press material relating to the Hannover Messe – press releases, pictures and press conference presentations – has been collated in a Press Feature and is available on our website: www.siemens.com/presse/hm17 Siemens involvement in partner booths: At the Siemens Tec2You booth in Hall 11, Siemens will be offering youngsters an introduction to the world of engineering and opening up the prospect of interesting potential career paths. Captions Over an area of around 3,500 square meters at its booth (D35) in Hall 9, Siemens will be presenting solutions for the Digital Enterprise and demonstrating ways in which they can benefit customers. At its traditional Press Conference ahead of the Hannover Messe on March 14 in Karlsruhe, Siemens provided an insight into the trade fair themes and focal areas visitors may look forward to on its booth at this year’s Hannover Messe in April. (Left to right) Eckard Eberle, CEO of the Process Automation Business Unit , Jan Mrosik, CEO of the Digital Factory Division, Press Spokesman Günter Gaugler, Jürgen Brandes, CEO of the Process Industries and Drives Division, and Beatrix Natter, CEO of the Transformers Business Unit of the Energy Management Division.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-03-31
Portfolio extended for Israel - Siemens adds special Israel variants to the IWLAN product series
Nuremberg, Germany. Siemens is extending its industrial WLAN (IWLAN) portfolio to include devices specifically designed to comply with Israel’s own country-specific standards. This means that all commonly used IWLAN applications can now also be implemented in Israel. There are four Israel variants of the Scalance W devices in total. These

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Nuremberg, Germany. Siemens is extending its industrial WLAN (IWLAN) portfolio to include devices specifically designed to comply with Israel’s own country-specific standards. This means that all commonly used IWLAN applications can now also be implemented in Israel. There are four Israel variants of the Scalance W devices in total. These are designed to offer flexible scope for application both inside and outside the control cabinet, support WLAN standard IEEE 802.11n, and are equipped with an array of iFeatures, the supplementary functions required for industrial applications. The Scalance W portfolio from Siemens encompasses a wide range of access points and client modules for the field of Industrial Wireless LAN (IWLAN). Siemens has now extended this product family to include four additional devices developed specifically for use in Israel which are capable of covering the whole range of typical automation applications. Ensuring compliance with the country’s own specific standards, the four variants for Israel are available in a choice of form factors to enable outstanding application flexibility: Access points W774-1 RJ45 and client modules W722-1 RJ45 in the Simatic design offer outstanding space savings and are designed specifically for control cabinet mounting. The same applies to access point W788-2 RJ45, although this model provides two radio interfaces with three antennas each. Access Point W786-2 RJ45 with its rugged design and IP65 protection rating can be put to work in harsh ambient conditions – also outdoor. Like all the Scalance W devices, the Israel variants are also equipped with special supplementary functions known as iFeatures which play an essential role for applications in industrial environments. They allow the real-time communication required for Profinet, for instance, and also ensure the uninterrupted communication of safety-relevant information even where clientsare free moving. Captions Siemens is extending its Scalance W product family to include four new variants specifically for use in Israel. Access point W786-2 RJ45 is suitable in outdoor applications and in harsh ambient conditions. Access point W788-2 RJ45 is suitable for control cabinet application and has two radio interfaces. Access point W774-1 RJ45 and client modules W722-1 RJ45 are specifically designed for control cabinets.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-03-29
Siemens partners with ASME to empower the next generation of digital engineering talent
Siemens sponsors series of ASME E-Fest events for engineering students Solid Edge CAD software available free to E-Fest attendees In its ongoing effort to prepare engineering students for jobs in the digital enterprises of the future, Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business is partnering with The American Society

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Siemens sponsors series of ASME E-Fest events for engineering students Solid Edge CAD software available free to E-Fest attendees In its ongoing effort to prepare engineering students for jobs in the digital enterprises of the future, Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business is partnering with The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) as a platinum sponsor of the ASME E-Fests taking place around the globe. E-Fests (Engineering Festivals) are a series of three-day, two-night events that enable engineering students to expand their knowledge, test and showcase new skills and become immersed in innovation. Focused on digital product design, advanced manufacturing and robotics technology, E-Fests was developed to inspire and prepare the next generation of engineers and technology professionals. Siemens is an exclusive sponsor of the Innovative Additive Manufacturing 3D Challenge (IAM3D) – one of the E-fest Competitions – and is providing its Solid Edge® software for computer-aided design (CAD) to students at no cost for use within all ASME competitions. “ASME is excited that an organization of such high stature and prestige in the engineering community as Siemens is sponsoring E-Fests,” said K. Keith Roe, the president of ASME. “Siemens’ association with E-Fests promotes the objective of the program to engage students and early-career engineers with leading industry players.” Siemens brings best practice curriculum and training to students through STEM events such as ASME E-Fests. Competitions give students real-world applications and hands-on use of industry software, preparing them for a successful career in the manufacturing industry. Students will have free access to Solid Edge, an intuitive product development software solution for accelerating all aspects of product creation, including 3D design, simulation, visualization, manufacturing, and design management. Using real-world tools helps bridge the skills gap in the manufacturing industry and prepare a workforce with the skills needed for the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0. Both students and the manufacturing industry can benefit from Siemens’ leadership in improving engineering and manufacturing education. Siemens is sponsoring the IAM3D competition, where students will use additive manufacturing to create new products or re-engineer existing products in order to minimize energy consumption and/or improve energy efficiency. During the E-Fest events, participants will be introduced to a platform developed by Local Motors – an innovative co-creation company – where teams can collaborate on designs, and prepare their virtual prototypes. Winners will go on to compete at ASME's 2017 International Design and Engineering Technical Conference. The impressive skills and real-world experience these competitions provide helps position participants to jump start their careers, and industry can benefit from stronger pipeline of talent. “Strong industry collaboration is critical to prepare the next generation of engineers and manufacturers for digitalization,” said Dora Smith, global director, Academic Partner Program, Siemens PLM Software. “Our partnership with ASME E-Fests is just one way we are connecting the manufacturing industry with academia to help train highly qualified future engineers.”

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Ursula Lang | 2017-03-27
Right time, right message - Specialty chemicals manufacturer to optimize its production site in Singapore with efficient process alarm management from Siemens
Jurong Island/Singapore. Evonik Industries AG is one of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies. In one of its production plants in Singapore, Evonik produces oil additives and technologies for fuels and lubricants for the fast-growing Asia-Pacific market. As part of its digitalization strategy and to optimize its production output, the

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Jurong Island/Singapore. Evonik Industries AG is one of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies. In one of its production plants in Singapore, Evonik produces oil additives and technologies for fuels and lubricants for the fast-growing Asia-Pacific market. As part of its digitalization strategy and to optimize its production output, the company relies not only on automation using the Simatic PCS7 controller, but also on a tailored alarm management system from Siemens. It helps to support control room operators by prioritizing the alarms and send them to the responsible personnel or departments. This has reduced the incidence of alarms received in the control room by more than half. Process automation and other control and monitoring systems allow production plants to collect more detailed data during production processes. The challenge is to collate data and create meaningful information that will help operators in making timely as well as informed decisions. This challenge is especially important for alarm systems in production plants: If the frequency of alarm notification exceeds a certain level, this increases the likelihood of operator making mistakes, and might also potentially impacting the process performance and safety of the production plant. These risks can be mitigated by an alarm management system that filters and prioritizes alarms. One company that recently implemented a solution for alarm management is the specialty chemicals manufacturer – Evonik. To serve the rapidly growing Asia-Pacific market, Evonik opened its Oil Additives plant in Singapore in 2008, and has significantly expanded the plant in 2015, making it the largest Oil Additives production site within Evonik’s global network. The process control system used in Evonik’s Oil Additives plant in Singapore is based on Simatic PCS 7 and Simatic Batch. The entire plant is operated by a central control room, with two operating stations - one for monomer production and another for polymer production. Products are produced by order in batches to allow frequent process adaptations. Reducing workload, improving performance When the plant was expanded some time ago, Evonik also looked into improving its existing alarm management system, by discussing the requirements and strategies with Siemens. To ensure the solution meets the international standard, engineering and consulting experts from Siemens followed a structured approach comprising the development of a suitable alarm concept, data collection and system benchmarking, “Bad Actor” alarm resolution, alarm documentation and rationalization, realtime alarm management, and lastly, implementation in the DCS. Working closely with personnel from the plant, the Siemens team tailored the alarm management system by integrating the existing user requirements and best practices from the Evonik site in Darmstadt, Germany. Implementation of the new alarm management into the Simatic PCS 7 system and corresponding application software was performed by the local Singapore Siemens team. One crucial success factor of this project was the involvement of the Evonik plant operators in the concept and design phase, which allowed their years of operational experience to be applied in the design and creation of the solution. The Singapore Siemens team organized several workshops throughout the project to support the alarm evaluation and prioritization process, and to identify the causes of “Bad Actor” alarms. One key feature of the alarm management system is the Advanced Alarm Suppression concept, which filters and aggregates alarms. Tailored alarm prioritization according to urgency and consequence ensures that operators are always presented with the most important alarms. As part of the new concept, the alarm cockpit in the plant was also redesigned. Alarms are now aggregated into several logging lists, with one for all incoming process alarms and another for PLC process control messages. This concept ensures that process-related alarms are directed straight to the operator, while other alerts are sent to the plant maintenance personnel. As a result, tasks can be dealt within a timely manner as they are quickly assigned to the right person. Positive feedback from operation The new alarm management solution has exceeded Evonik’s expectations. In terms of the alarm optimization system, Evonik was able to effectively address the issue of operator stress in its Singapore plant. Following smooth implementation without any system downtime, the number of process alarms displayed in the control room has been reduced by more than half. In addition to the alarm management solution, Siemens also supported Evonik in implementing several system improvements. The plant personnel have easily adapted to the new solution and are already experiencing the benefits in their daily work. Captions (all picturesCopyright Evonik (SEA) PTE Ltd) Each process produces a significant number of alarms. Proper alarm management helps to reduce the likelihood of mistakes and impacts process performance and safety –thus reaching operational excellence. Evonik Oil Additives plant in Singapore.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-03-24
Safe sugar supply - Chocolate manufacturer monitors its sugar silo with Siemens level technology
Ontario, Canada. A Canadian chocolate manufacturer whose plant in Ontario specializes in the production of confectioner coatings suffered repeated problems with level measurement in the sugar silo due to the use of outdated measuring technology. To obtain more reliable and precise measurements of the content in the 86,000-kg capacity silo,

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Ontario, Canada. A Canadian chocolate manufacturer whose plant in Ontario specializes in the production of confectioner coatings suffered repeated problems with level measurement in the sugar silo due to the use of outdated measuring technology. To obtain more reliable and precise measurements of the content in the 86,000-kg capacity silo, the company is now relying on instrumentation from the Siemens Sitrans portfolio. In addition to accurate measurements, the devices also offer a persuasive combination of easy installation, ruggedness and minimal maintenance requirements. Along with cocoa, milk and other ingredients, chocolate consists to a large extent of sugar. Therefore, if sugar runs out during the chocolate manufacturing process, the entire production line comes to a stop. That was exactly what happened to a chocolate factory in the Canadian city of Ontario. The Canadian chocolate manufacturer, which requires a lot of sugar to produce its coatings, had been using obsolete technology to measure levels in the sugar silo. This resulted in occasional shutdowns of the whole production system. To avoid such breakdowns in the future, the company is now relying on level transmitters from Siemens' Sitrans portfolio. Either too much or too little sugar Fifteen meters in height, the sugar silo in the Canadian factory can hold 86,000 kilograms of sugar. Prior to introducing the new technology, the sugar level was determined by point level switches – four vibrating forks connected to the control room. However, point level switches do not reliably indicate the quantity of material currently in the silo since material can adhere to the vibrating forks. Consequently, there was sometimes less sugar in the silo than the units indicated. At other times, there was a larger amount of sugar in the silo than reported to the control room. This increased the risk of the silo overflowing, with the filters at the top of the silo clogging up and requiring extensive cleaning, and also incurred the costs of additional delivery time for trucks that could not be emptied completely. Perfect for use in silos Siemens supplied the solution for more precise and reliable level measurement. For cost reasons, and in light of the operating conditions, factory managers opted for the Sitrans LR560 non-contact radar measuring unit. With a four-degree beam angle, the unit fits perfectly into the narrow silo, while its slim sonic lobe allows the conical silo floor, like the silo as a whole, to be scanned at a measuring accuracy of one percent. Its rugged stainless steel design and plug-and-play capability make the compact Sitrans LR560 suitable for bulk material applications, even in the presence of extreme dust and at high temperatures of up to +200 degrees Celsius. The innovative sealed lens antenna design prevents measurement distortion from the sticky sugar. Mounted flush on an existing flange, the transmitter does not project into the silo. Other advantages of this well-rounded device include easy attachment of the 4-20 mA (milliampere) connection to the control system, real-time data access and reduced maintenance requirements. The head of electrical engineering at the factory draws a very positive conclusion: “The accuracy that we are achieving is even better than required.” This success has not escaped the attention of other divisions within the company, and there is now interest in introducing the Siemens level solution at additional locations. Captions The rugged stainless steel design, the option to mount on an existing flange and the four-degree beam angle make the Sitrans LR560 the ideal level measuring device for bulk material applications. As the antennae are fitted with a sealed lens, measurement results will not be distorted by sticky sugar. Its compact size makes the Sitrans LR560 easy to transport and install. Integration of the Sitrans LR560 into the central control room means that level readings are available to anyone in the plant in real time.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-03-22
fresh off the press: Siemens MediaService March 2017 – Industry News
The March issue of the MediaService offers another interesting selection of product and application news from the world of drives and automation. We start with a look at a totally new fermenter monitoring solution for the pharmaceutical industry which measures the oxygen consumption of living cell cultures. We then take

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The March issue of the MediaService offers another interesting selection of product and application news from the world of drives and automation. We start with a look at a totally new fermenter monitoring solution for the pharmaceutical industry which measures the oxygen consumption of living cell cultures. We then take to the skies with 3D-printing technology: Siemens supports the production of exterior and interior aircraft components using additive manufacturing. Also featured in this issue: “green refueling” is enabled by a Siemens automation solution harmonizing different system components in Europe’s first multi-energy hydrogen-based filling station. We also hear how a modern drive solution helps save the energy used to fire a furnace in the casting industry. The modernization of two wind blowers for a cupola furnace simplifies the engineering process required for the manufacture of cylinder crank cases, cylinder heads and crankshafts for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Finally, we read how Siemens PLM software improves productivity in the development and production of high-grade components and systems for efficient drive and control technology. Find out more at: MediaService March MediaService MediaService Digithek for downloading individual articles from all issues

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Ursula Lang | 2017-03-20
Green solution for shipbuilding - Siemens technology for electric ferries in Norway
Flakk, Rørvik/Norway. There are around 180 ferries operating around Norway’s coast. Siemens is developing and supplying a complete solution of the electric propulsion power and control technology including batteries to be used in two new vessels for the ferry operator Fosen Namsos Sjø AS, which will be traversing the route

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Flakk, Rørvik/Norway. There are around 180 ferries operating around Norway’s coast. Siemens is developing and supplying a complete solution of the electric propulsion power and control technology including batteries to be used in two new vessels for the ferry operator Fosen Namsos Sjø AS, which will be traversing the route between Flakk and Rørvik. By using ferries with pure electric or hybrid propulsion, Norway is taking a major step towards achieving the Norwegian government’s declared goal of reducing the country’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 40 percent. Norway is considered the world over as a leader in the generation and use of renewable energy. The country generates 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind power. Therefore, it is not surprising that Norway also increasingly relies on electric propulsion for its ferries. Siemens was the supplier of the electric propulsion technology for the world’s first fully electric car ferry, the MF Ampere. In a follow-up order, Siemens will equip four car ferries with hybrid drive. Two of them will be delivered to Fosen Namsos Sjø AS and will work the 7.2-kilometer route between Flakk and Rørvik on Norway’s west coast. The two car ferries each have loading capacity for 130 cars, and space for 390 passengers. They are due to go into service in 2019. Proven technology For both the new ferries, Siemens will be deploying its proven BlueDrive PlusC technology. The electric power and propulsion solution includes the remote connection and monitoring support system EcoMain, remote control system, energy management system, as well as the electric motor, switchgear and generators. The integrated control and automation system is for ferries and the shore based charging stations, where the ferries and shore are to be monitored and controlled with a WiFi solution. Use of the ship management system EcoMain allows ship operations to be optimized, also using remote access. The EcoMain gathers data relating to the ship’s technical systems through different interfaces on board, processes it in a standard format and makes it available on a common data platform. Energy consumption, emissions, bunkering fluids, service schedules, documentation and information management are just some of the processes that can be analyzed and used to optimize fuel efficiency, environmental compatibility and maintenance cycles. The BlueDrive PlusC technology used was developed in Trondheim in Norway, and is based on solutions developed for use in offshore vessels and specialized commercial vessels. This means that the systems have been successfully tested and proven under the harshest of conditions. At the heart of the BlueDrive PlusC electric propulsion system is the power electronic technology which allows the ferries to operate on pure battery operation or together with diesel- or gas engines at fixed speed or variable speed. This allows the diesel motors to supply their maximum power at any load-dependent number of revolutions per minute. The BlueDrive PlusC propulsion system also uses an Integrated Drive System (IDS) in which the motors and frequency converters are coordinated to ensure more economical and efficient ship operation. Up to 100 percent “clean” The new ferries may claim impressive green credentials for two reasons: Firstly, emissions, vibrations and noise are completely eliminated during the pure electrical mode, which means that the drive saves the environment. Furthermore, the electricity they use is climate-neutral due to the fact that Norway generates 100 percent of its electric power from renewable energy sources. This means that no greenhouse gases are created in the generation of electrical energy. With this positive eco balance, the new ferries are making a significant contribution towards achieving the Norwegian Government’s pledge to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) by 40 percent. Captions There are around 180 ferries operating around Norway’s coastline. From 2019, a further four hybrid electric ferries equipped with Siemens technology will be added to the fleet, taking Norway a good step further towards achieving its government’s pledge to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 percent.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-03-17
Green energy - Swiss hydropower plant automated with Siemens technology
Lützelflüh/Switzerland. In the small town of Lützelflüh in the Emmental district of Switzerland, “green” electricity is generated in the Gohlhaus small hydropower plant. The system, which features one of the largest permanent magnet generators in Switzerland, is automated with Siemens technology and is set to supply around 600 households with

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Lützelflüh/Switzerland. In the small town of Lützelflüh in the Emmental district of Switzerland, “green” electricity is generated in the Gohlhaus small hydropower plant. The system, which features one of the largest permanent magnet generators in Switzerland, is automated with Siemens technology and is set to supply around 600 households with sustainably produced electricity if everything goes to plan. In addition, the small hydropower plant also makes a valuable contribution to the local ecosystem, as the fish ladder on the power plant building now enables fish to migrate upstream and downstream. In the tranquil and picturesque district of Emmental in Switzerland – which is also the original home of the medium-hard cheese Emmentaler – a natural barrier in the river Emme offers ideal conditions for using a hydropower plant to generate electricity. So, last year the Gohlhaus small hydropower plant was connected to the grid downriver of the Gohlhaus bridge in Lützelflüh, where it supplies a planned annual output of 2,200megawatt hours (MWh), which is enough to provide nearly 600 households with electricity generated from a renewable energy source. One of the largest permanent magnet generators in Switzerland is used to ensure that it runs efficiently, and this in turn is controlled via Siemens automation components. Reliable control, easy to program The most distinctive feature of the small hydropower plant is its two large weir flaps, which are used together with the bottom outlet and the flushing gate to dam the river Emme in the Emmental district of Switzerland. The almost 4-meter difference in water level achieved in this way is used by the small hydropower unit to generate electricity. In the process, the inlet structure directs up to 16 cubic meters of water per second to the turbine. Bars arranged horizontally with a spacing of 20 millimeters form a trash rake, which prevents flotsam like branches and leaves from getting into the turbine. Control for the overall system is provided via a Siemens Simatic S7-1511 system with ET 200MP distributed I/O modules. “We use the same components to control the four hydraulic power units, all flaps and the ventilation of these components,” says Patric Bertschy. He is a technician at Kobel Elektrotechnik AG, a company that has been developing open and closed-loop control systems for small power stations for 40 years. The components are engineered and programmed in the Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) portal. Data can be remotely accessed via a Smart Server. “We can read all of the values from anywhere in real time and, in some cases, also confirm them. However, we prefer to implement changes on site. This allows us to have a proper look at the situation and actually listen to what the turbine and generator sound like,” explains Bertschy. Sustainable, long-term impact In addition to the sustainable production of electricity, the power plant offers another important advantage for the region. Thanks to the fish ladder on the power plant building, fish can now also migrate upstream along the river Emme. Peter Kast, Managing Director of KW-Gohlhaus AG, is delighted: “The power plant combines two small barriers into one. The larger of the two was an impassable obstacle for fish. Now, the fish are able to migrate upstream and downstream again, allowing them to spawn and feed freely.” Infobox Fish migrate upstream to spawn and then back downstream to feed. Sometimes they also need to move back upstream if they have been displaced, for example by high water after heavy rain. Captions The Gohlhaus small hydropower plant is operated with one of the largest permanent magnet generators in Switzerland. It is automated with the aid of a Simatic S7-1511 system from Siemens. The two weir flaps are the most distinctive features of the Gohlhaus hydropower plant, which – if everything goes to plan – will supply around 600 households with sustainably generated electricity.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-03-15
Siemens Press Conference ahead of the Hannover Messe 2017 – “Discover the value of the Digital Enterprise”
Karlsruhe, Germany. The Hannover Messe will be opening its doors to trade visitors from around the world once again in April. At the traditional Siemens Press Conference ahead of the Hannover Messe, the Digital Factory, Process Industries and Drives as well as the Energy Management Divisions provided an insight into

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Karlsruhe, Germany. The Hannover Messe will be opening its doors to trade visitors from around the world once again in April. At the traditional Siemens Press Conference ahead of the Hannover Messe, the Digital Factory, Process Industries and Drives as well as the Energy Management Divisions provided an insight into their business and technological orientation. CEOs Dr. Jan Mrosik (Digital Factory), Dr. Jürgen Brandes (Process Industries and Drives) and Dr. Beatrix Natter (Business Unit Transformers) spoke about the latest product innovations which visitors may look forward to at this year’s Hannover Messe. All the press material relating to the Press Conference – press releases, pictures, presentations and a live recording – have been collated in a Press Feature and are available on our websites.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-03-13
Customised maintenance - Automobile manufacturer counts on performance-based maintenance with Siemens
Pantnagar, Uttrakhand/India. Tata Motors, Indias market leader in the commercial vehicle segment, counts on Siemens Know-how regarding its KPI (Key Performance Indicator)-based maintenance for electrical systems, automation, mechanical systems, and drives at the Pantnagar automotive plant. The company benefits from performance-based maintenance in the production areas body shop, welding, paint

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Pantnagar, Uttrakhand/India. Tata Motors, Indias market leader in the commercial vehicle segment, counts on Siemens Know-how regarding its KPI (Key Performance Indicator)-based maintenance for electrical systems, automation, mechanical systems, and drives at the Pantnagar automotive plant. The company benefits from performance-based maintenance in the production areas body shop, welding, paint shop and central power supply. Tata Motors, India’s largest automobile manufacturer and the market leader in the commercial vehicle segment, relies on Siemens at its Pantnagar production facility in the Indian State of Uttrakhand. Siemens was involved in the plant’s construction, for example, by supplying switchgear. When it came to maintenance, Tata Motors once again chose to partner with Siemens. The challenge Tata Motors needed qualified specialists for the maintenance and repair of the state-of-the-art equipment and machinery installed during the construction project. The car manufacturer wanted to optimize its maintenance cost, reach defined key performance indicators (KPIs), and ensure a required level of plant availability for certain production areas – all this without hiring additional maintenance staff. The solution The plant maintenance agreement with Siemens is based on jointly agreed KPIs, including defined plant availability of more than 98 percent for the body shop/welding shop and paint shop as well as the power supply and distribution. To meet the contractually agreed KPIs, Siemens’ maintenance experts implemented a wide range of improvement measures for plant reliability, including a root cause failure analysis (RCFA). A newly installed energy management system delivers daily reports on the actual energy and fuel consumption, power outages, downtime, and maintenance work. Other key figures such as spare part consumption and the ratio of planned to executed maintenance work are reported monthly. Condition-based maintenance, spare part analyses, and proposals for improving plant reliability optimize the cost of maintenance and spare parts. Conclusion “For the past eight years, Siemens has been a reliable partner for the improvement of our productivity,” says a very pleased N. B. Tilak, who was responsible for plant maintenance at Tata Motors. Additional activities for the next two years are already being planned, including various audits and training courses. Furthermore Tata has awarded the maintenance in three additional plants to Siemens. Thanks to Siemens, Tata Motors is benefiting from significant energy savings, for example, in the welding process in its body shop. The company also receives support in identifying critical areas. Many proposed technical improvements were implemented in the paint shop and the body shop. Plant availability and adherence to maintenance schedules even exceed the target figures. Captions Thanks to Siemens’ maintenance experts, Tata Motors’ employees can focus all their attention on their core work of manufacturing passenger cars. Employees during the “Safety Week” festivities – safety is one of Tata Motors’ defined performance indicators.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-03-10
Requirements met - Selectivity modules certified to NEC Class 2
Nuremberg, Germany. The new Sitop PSE200U selectivity modules have been classified in compliance with the US National Electricity Code (NEC) Class 2 standard for electrical equipment. The use of NEC Class 2 certified products enables to minimize the required effort for wiring and installation work, and simplifies the acceptance of

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Nuremberg, Germany. The new Sitop PSE200U selectivity modules have been classified in compliance with the US National Electricity Code (NEC) Class 2 standard for electrical equipment. The use of NEC Class 2 certified products enables to minimize the required effort for wiring and installation work, and simplifies the acceptance of machines or plants for the US American market. The new modules certified to NEC Class 2 for the electronic monitoring of 24-volt control circuits limit the power per output to 100 volt amperes. Four control circuits with an adjustable output current range of 0.5 to 3 amperes can be implemented per selectivity module. Indeed, 24-volt infeed is possible using any 1, 2 or 3-phase Sitop power supply. One Sitop PSE200U selectivity module monitors up to four 24-volt load circuits for overload and short circuits. Irrespective of the cable lengths and cross-sections, the modules are also able to detect minimal overloads and “creeping” short circuits, and to isolate any output with a faulty path. This allows all other load circuits unaffected by the fault to continue being safely supplied with power. Variants with a common signaling contact and with single-channel signaling are available for remote diagnostics. Benefits for customers The NEC classification offers a whole range of benefits for customers. On the one hand, the wiring complexity and the costs for the acceptance are reduced by a control circuit according to NEC Class 2. On the other hand,in conjunction with the NEC Class 2 certified selectivity modules, one high-performance 24-volt power supply can now replace a large number of small NEC Class 2 power supply units. This cuts down on the space required and minimizes the amount of work involved in installation. The continuous status signal from the load circuit also ensures the rapid detection of faults should a problem occur. Using only a single digital input, the status information delivered by the selectivity modules with single channel signaling can be simply integrated into the existing Simatic S7. Evaluation takes place using free-of-charge function block for Simatic S7-1500/1200/300/400 for Step 7 and the TIA Portal Engineering Framework. Consequently, this allows asimple integration into S7 diagnostics and into higher-level control as well as operating and monitoring systems. Captions Sitop devices now in compliance with US standard NEC Class 2

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Ursula Lang | 2017-03-08
Invest with clear value - Specialist engineering consultancy uses software Femap for structural analysis
Southampton/United Kingdom. Longitude Engineering is a LOC (London Offshore Consultants) Group member and a specialist engineering consultancy dedicated to providing marine design and analysis services to the marine, offshore, renewable energy, defense, and other fields. To guarantee consistent standards of engineering Longitude Engineering uses the software Femap from Product Lifecycle

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Southampton/United Kingdom. Longitude Engineering is a LOC (London Offshore Consultants) Group member and a specialist engineering consultancy dedicated to providing marine design and analysis services to the marine, offshore, renewable energy, defense, and other fields. To guarantee consistent standards of engineering Longitude Engineering uses the software Femap from Product Lifecycle Management specialist Siemens PLM Software. By using the software solution across the group, the company minimizes the cost of new software and maximizes the global collaboration and improved its engineering expertise, efficiency and speed. LOC (London Offshore Consultants) Group is a recognized leader in the area of risk reduction within the shipping and offshore energy industries, focusing on transportation and construction in the marine environment and advising on technical matters when accidents and disputes arise. The ability to predict performance in a range of circumstances is critical, particularly with regard to the structural design and analysis of offshore structures. This is the specialist area of LOC Group company, Longitude Engineering, which as a part of its core services assesses strength, fatigue and vibration in fixed and floating structures. Much of the engineering input required for a marine project is unique or modified for a specific project need. Core tools that analyze performance and strength are therefore critical and Longitude Engineering relies on Femap software from Siemens PLM Software. “We use Femap because it is proven software with a reliable front end in which we have trust,” explains David Bignold, Director of Longitude Engineering. Global team efficiency With 35 offices worldwide, LOC has access to many potential markets, yet the specialized capability underpinned by Femap was initially limited to just one of Longitude Engineering’s sites. “There was clearly a huge opportunity to strengthen our engineering capacity,” says Bignold. “It seemed to me that extending and encouraging the use of Femap was key, yet it was difficult to build a business case for this on the traditional model of named user licenses for specific locations. Siemens PLM Software and our partner TEAM Engineering came up with the perfect solution.” With licenses available across a wide area network in five different time zones, consultants across the globe can now standardize on Femap because of LOC’s connectivity across all servers and the use of Femap on the engineers’ computers. This allows ‘follow the sun’ efficiency for LOC’s global workforce. As there is no fixed overhead for using Femap, there is every incentive to access a license for any analysis need. “It is a very cost-effective solution,” says Bignold. Easy to use yet powerful For Bignold, one of the outstanding benefits of Femap is ease of use. The structural analysis undertaken at Longitude Engineering typically involves the assessment of stresses, deflection, vibration and fatigue in structures; from analysis of a simple structure using manual calculations to full global analyses using frequency and time domain methods. Calculation of a local model, for example, a single item on a vessel, might take anywhere between a minute and half an hour. To run a global model to assess a whole ship only takes two or three hours. Even a complex non-linear analysis can be completed within 12 hours. Longitude Engineering has a range of industry standard design software and because the structures it designs are relatively simple, the company’s engineers work in 2D, producing drawings for suppliers who build the structures. As Femap is engaged to analyze comprehensively in 3D, users can model up from 2D to 3D within Femap or import complete 3D models. Focusing on the fine detail The use of Femap is helping to achieve engineering consistency across the group and to provide better information. “Clients do expect us to know worst case scenarios, particularly when they do not have their own in-house engineering expertise,” he says. “We have the capability to do a very powerful analysis like a non-linear calculation to estimate the structural response and size of a dent that would be created in the event of a boat impact against a fixed or floating structure.” Speeding up development capability with FEA fuels future growth With the ability to quickly identify areas of high stress using Femap, LOC is able to improve its overall speed of development due to the ease with which Femap models can be manipulated. In terms of business growth, the advantage for LOC is that it is now a one-stop shop offering design and assessment of structures using finite element analysis. Within three months of the Femap implementation, a major achievement was marked when LOC’s Australia office was awarded a large contract for a range of structural and naval architectural tasks. Bignold concludes: “LOC will not invest without clear value. By making Femap licenses available across the group, we have made clear gains and in the future, we expect to implement more licenses.” Captions LOC Group member, Longitude Engineering, uses Siemens PLM Software technology to optimize efficient global collaboration for business growth. With Femap Longitude Engineering strengthens its ability to predict performance particularly with regard to the structural design and analysis of offshore structures. “We use Femap because it is proven software with a reliable front end in which we have trust,” explains David Bignold, Director of Longitude Engineering. As there is no fixed overhead for using Femap, there is every incentive to access a license for any analysis need. .

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Ursula Lang | 2017-03-06
Carbon dioxide recycling - Research pilot plant for the manufacture of “green construction materials” from CO2
Newcastle/Australia. The Australian start-up Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) is researching into a technology for the capture and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) by means of mineral carbonation. Working with other companies as part of a joint venture, MCi is analyzing the entire processing chain. Its aim is to make use

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Newcastle/Australia. The Australian start-up Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) is researching into a technology for the capture and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) by means of mineral carbonation. Working with other companies as part of a joint venture, MCi is analyzing the entire processing chain. Its aim is to make use of waste CO2 as a raw material for the production of “green” construction products, with a view to reducing global CO2 emissions. The world’s first pilot plant to investigate this technology has been constructed at the University of Newcastle (UON). To guarantee the high level of automation and process reliability required for the plant, MCi relies on the Simatic PCS 7 process control system from Siemens for the Distributed Control System (DCS). Carbon dioxide (CO2) is generally accepted as one of the most important contributory factors responsible for the greenhouse effect and global warming. The Australian start-up Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) has teamed up with the GreenMag Group, Orica – the world’s biggest supplier of commercial explosives, and leading in mineral processing chemicals such as Fertilizer and services. – and the University of Newcastle, Australia (UON) to form a joint venture which aims to prove the technical feasibility and economic viability of mineral carbonation as a sustainable industrial solution for the capture, storage and utilization of CO2. The world’s first pilot plant for mineral carbonation has been up and running since 2013 in the UON. Technology from the Simatic PCS 7 portfolio and Sinamics G120 frequency converters from Siemens are used for plant automation. Tried and tested automation In support of the project, the joint venture has received generous research funding from the governments as well as from Orica. This has allowed MCi to gather and license the necessary expertise to allow captured CO2 to be used as a raw material for the green production of construction materials such as cement and plasterboard. By creating value, the costs of the transformation are covered, meaning that the technology offers potential from both the economic and the ecological perspective to close the carbon loop without creating hazardous waste. In the pilot plant, CO2 captured from the production of ammonium nitrate, a component of both fertilizers and commercial explosives, can be used to manufacture solid carbonate and amorphous, i.e. non-crystalline, silica. Alongside research into the scalability of mineral carbonation processes for industrial use, the pilot project is also looking at the development of new technologies for storing CO2 which are economically viable and can be used on a large scale. For this, the pilot plant is equipped with a high-end DCS (Distributed Control System), which ensures compliance with the plant’s stringent automation and process reliability requirements: the Simatic PCS 7 from Siemens with its scalable architecture and high-performance engineering tools. These ensure that MCi is able to retain a high degree of flexibility, also with a view to upscaling the current basic technology. The DCS hardware is composed of two Simatic PCS 7 Box PCs with PCS 7 V8.1 SP1 OS Runtime and eleven Sinamics G120 frequency converters for control of the various tank agitators and the high-performance grinding mill. “The Simatic PCS 7 system enables us to keep a close eye on every step of our implementation, and also offers us scope to record all the process data required for detailed analysis of the energy requirements and the overall process output,” explains MCi Program Manager Jan-Dirk Prigge. For a clean future The results to date indicate that with further process optimization, mineral carbonation may certainly be expected to become an economically viable method of “CO2 recycling”, which will ultimately help to reduce industrial carbon emissions and global warming, paving the way for a cleaner energy future. Captions An Australian joint venture is researching into the manufacture of “green” construction materials such as cement or plasterboard made of captured CO2 In the world’s first pilot plant for the mineral carbonation of CO2, captured carbon dioxide derived from the production of ammonium nitrate is used to manufacture solid carbonate and amorphous silica. The process control system Simatic PCS 7 from Siemens ensures that the stringent demands made on automation and process reliability are fulfilled.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-03-03
Optimum mix - Efficient crusher drive composed of standard and individual components
Dülmen, Germany. Hazemag & EPR GmbH (Hazemag) based in Dülmen is among the leaders when it comes to the construction of crushing plants. For the retrofit of a limestone crushing facility in France, Hazemag developed the Hazemag Center Sizer HCS 1020 with two counter-rotating rolls. For the drive, the company

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Dülmen, Germany. Hazemag & EPR GmbH (Hazemag) based in Dülmen is among the leaders when it comes to the construction of crushing plants. For the retrofit of a limestone crushing facility in France, Hazemag developed the Hazemag Center Sizer HCS 1020 with two counter-rotating rolls. For the drive, the company used Integrated Drive Systems (IDS) including two helical gears from Siemens. The major benefit of this solution is the combination of standard components and individual elements which simplifies both maintenance and engineering, as well as cutting delivery times. When it comes to crushing plants for the industrial treatment of primary and secondary raw materials, the specialists at Hazemag & EPR GmbH (Hazemag) based in Dülmen, Southwest of Münster in Germany, can draw on experience gathered over a 170-year long company history. Alongside the crushing rolls, in these machines first and foremost the gear plays a decisive role. The gear solutions required are generally extremely complex and require a very long delivery period. Different conditions applied to a recent retrofit project in France, in which an obsolete jaw crusher was replaced by a Center Sizer (HCS) fitted with an Integrated Drive System (IDS) from Siemens. Optimum stone sizes and high throughput Hazemag was tasked with developing a solution with a higher performance capacity which would also be capable of optimizing the geometric shape and size of the stones after crushing to an average of 90 millimeters. If stones of an insufficient size are produced (less than 40 millimeters), they are sieved out. If they are too large (oversized material), the process of calcination in the lime kiln cannot be completed. Calcination is a chemical process whereby solid materials are decomposed or water removed by means of heating. “This solution allowed us to reduce the fine content of the crushed product by five percent, and also significantly limit the proportion of oversized material,” reports a delighted Jochen Emmerich, responsible for the Center Sizer at Hazemag. The HCS solution, which combines standard technology and individual elements, comprises two rolls which counter-rotate towards the center at a rate of 37 revolutions per minute, and an IDS including two H3SH helical gears from Siemens. The rolls have a diameter of one meter and are two meters long, and allow the HCS 1020 to achieve a throughput of around 700 tons of limestone an hour. This project saw the installation of a one-piece welded steel housing for the H3SH15 gear size for the first time at Hazemag, increasing overall rigidity and reducing the risk of leaks. Compared to split versions, this housing also offered the greater compactness necessary to meet the restricted space available in this application. The steel housing was additionally constructed with a shortened rear dimension, which allowed the specified center distance of just 850 millimeters to be adhered to. “This allowed us to place the helical gear units to be installed just a few centimeters from each other, which made for a tangibly simplified overall design of the HCS,” explains Emmerich. Future-proof set-up Another decisive benefit of this gear solution is the use of standard components individually adjusted to the customer’s needs. The modular system this created at Hazemag can be adopted with minimal added input – in other words lower engineering costs and short delivery periods – for other crusher configurations in the future. The connection to the three-phase induction motors was also standardized, using an internally developed coupling lantern screwed to the gear housing, creating a highly maintenance-friendly design. Torque transfer from the motors to the bevel gears takes place using a Siemens fluid coupling type Fludex FGD 565. The hydraulic couplings dampen load peaks without reducing torque and compromising crusher performance. This prevents damage to the drive train due to the high kinetic energy of the motors and short-term blockages during the crushing process. This function uses the breakdown torque of the motors, which in the HCS deployed in France can reach up to 4.4 times the rated torque level. “This system structure saves the need for enormous flywheels of the type required by other crushers,” says Emmerich, who is enthusiastic in his summing up of the benefits: “Due to the overall design based on standard elements, with this gear solution we are able to build even bigger crushers without requiring a major re-engineering process.” On this basis, the Center Sizer could easily be implemented with rolls 1.30 meters in diameter and four meters in length, meaning that the company is ideally set up to meet the changing requirements of the future. Captions At Hazemag & EPR GmbH in Dülmen, a center sizer was designed for a limestone processing company in France to replace an obsolete jaw crusher. The drive solution supplied by Siemens corresponds to the principle of the Integrated Drive System (IDS). Fluid couplings are used to dampen impacts occurring in heavy-duty everyday use which could damage the gear and crusher rolls. The compact design of the H3SH helical gear from Siemens allowed a center distance of just 850 millimeters to be achieved between the rolls.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-03-01
Looking to the future - New controller paves the way for future-proof plant operation
Goldach/Switzerland. Amcor Flexibles Rorschach AG (Amcor) based in Goldach in Eastern Switzerland converts aluminum foils to make them suitable for use in packaging solutions for foods. To make their drum cleaning and transportation system fit to meet current and future demands, a decision was taken to carry out a retrofit,

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Goldach/Switzerland. Amcor Flexibles Rorschach AG (Amcor) based in Goldach in Eastern Switzerland converts aluminum foils to make them suitable for use in packaging solutions for foods. To make their drum cleaning and transportation system fit to meet current and future demands, a decision was taken to carry out a retrofit, including replacing the existing controller by a Simatic S7-1515-2 PN from Siemens and updating the control cabinet technology. The new automation environment has resulted in more secure and efficient operation of the plant, taking Amcor a vital step further along the road to Industrie 4.0. The aluminum rolling mill in Goldach, Switzerland was founded in 1924. A part of the Amcor group since 2010, the mill converts aluminum foils for use in the food industry. This is carried out at Amcor Flexibles Rorschach AG (Amcor) using internally developed or externally produced lacquers. Once empty, the drums in which the paint is stored are cleaned and prepared for re-use in a drum cleaning and transport plant. Here, the paint residues are removed from the drums in two washing cycles at 80-second intervals before the cleaned and dried drums are transported back to the metering station and refilled. The entire plant dates back to the 90s and has now been modernized using Siemens technology. No “dress rehearsal” The retrofit was necessary not only because the old controller was no longer able to cope with current requirements, but also due to a gradual drain of expertise from the company. “An increasing number of staff members who knew their way around the S5 controller either retired or left the company. We also wanted to be sure of still being able to obtain spare parts in ten years’ time,” explains Pascal Meier, Engineering Project Leader at Amcor. Implementing the upgrade to the company’s first Simatic S7-1515-2, which is operated using a TP700 Comfort touch panel, was partner company Rey-Automation AG based in Sirnach. The project faced a considerable number of challenges, including the installation of new safety contactors and Sitop power supplies, as well as a new emergency circuit for improved plant safety: As a supplier to the food industry, Amcor produces around the clock, seven days a week. Faults and downtime result in encrusted paint residues, which can no longer be removed from the drums, making them unsuitable for further use. This imposed a time limit on the removal of the old components and installation of the new ones. “We had no scope for performing preliminary tests. The new controllers simply had to work from the outset,” recalls Daniele Di Bella, in charge of the project at Rey Automation AG. And the new installation ran like clockwork right from the start. Ideally set up for the future Installation of the new technology has now provided Amcor with an automation, control and IT network. The controllers are interlinked over Ethernet Standard Profinet and supply detailed operating and error messages. Completing the system are rapid troubleshooting from the comfort of the office and scope for remote maintenance, resulting in plans to extend the solution throughout the whole company. “Modern sensors are able to supply an enormous array of information over Ethernet. We aim to prepare for the future by installing this type of communication network throughout, which will take us a step closer to implementing Industrie 4.0,” sums up Meier. Captions Amcor Flexibles Rorschach AG based in Goldach in Eastern Switzerland converts aluminum foil for use in the food industry using internally produced or outsourced lacquers. The dirty drums are transported by rollers to the washing station, where the paint residues are removed from the drums. As the drums should not be stored for too long before being washed, the new Simatic controllers had to be installed within three days. The new controllers were quick and simple to install, supply detailed error messages and can be remotely monitored. The plant supplies detailed operating and error messages over the TP700 Comfort Panel, allowing any occurring faults to be quickly remedied.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-02-27
Free of friction and wear - New magnetic bearing technology for optimum gas extraction
Slochteren near Groningen/The Netherlands. The Dutch company Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) operates Europe’s biggest gas field in Slochteren in the Groningen province of Holland with 20 remotely controlled stations. To increase the overall compression power as suction pressure decreases, NAM relies on a double end drive string with the new

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Slochteren near Groningen/The Netherlands. The Dutch company Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) operates Europe’s biggest gas field in Slochteren in the Groningen province of Holland with 20 remotely controlled stations. To increase the overall compression power as suction pressure decreases, NAM relies on a double end drive string with the new Simotics Active Magnetic Bearing (AMB)-Technology from Siemens. This integrated system solution enables plant availability exceeding 99 percent, as well as simplified operation and process monitoring. The drive train is also oil free, resulting in clean operation – a vitally important aspect for gas fields in ecologically sensitive areas such as Groningen. Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) is a Joint Venture between Shell and Exxon Mobile which extracts gas from Europe’s biggest gas field, located near Slochteren in Holland’s Groningen province. There are 20 remote controlled compressor stations located around the gas field which extract the gas from the ground. To compensate for the decrease in suction pressure, NAM and Siemens joined forces to implement a pilot project. This involved Siemens developing a technologically integrated complete solution for the entire compressor drive train. Minimal work, maximum output The system solution comprises Simotics HV (High Voltage) high-speed synchronous motors and Sinamics medium voltage converters which are coordinated to create an Integrated Drive System (IDS) engineered in the TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) Portal. A double-end drive motor was implemented with up to two compressors capable of delivering a continuous speed control range from standstill up to the maximum speed of 6,300 revolutions per minute at an output of 23 megawatts. The machines comprise the friction-free and practically wear-free magnetic bearing solution Simotics Active Magnetic Bearing (AMB)-Technology which is based on Siemens standard electronic components. These components are also used in the main drives, tangibly reducing the maintenance work involved. The high speeds are made possible by freely suspended mounting of the rotors weighing up to nine tons. All 20 compressor stations are controlled by just two operators working in a central control room. The condition monitoring capability of the magnetic bearings simplifies not only automation but also remote access and monitoring from the higher-level control center. A clean, highly available solution The challenges involved in the project included an extremely brief project execution period, which Siemens was actually able to cut short by ten days. Another challenge was the need for particularly clean operation of the system due to the ecological sensitivity of the area surrounding the Groningen gas field, part of which has been designated a water conservation area. It was simple to meet this requirement using Siemens magnetic field technology, as the oil-free compressor string precludes the risk of oil leaks and ensures compliance of the system with all environmental regulations. As well as guaranteeing totally clean operation, the system solution based on Simotics AMB Technology provides plant availability in excess of 99 percent. It also simplifies operation and servicing using the Sinamics hardware platform for converters and magnetic bearings, and allows process monitoring. Captions The gas field in Groningen/Holland benefits from compressor drive trains with Simotics Active Magnetic Bearing (AMB)-Technology. Using reliable standard Siemens products as the basis, it has been possible to reduce operating costs and increase plant availability. To compensate for decreasing suction pressure in the gas field, Siemens has developed a technologically integrated complete solution covering the entire compressor drive train for gas field operator Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM). The Sinamics S120 Control Units that are being sold serveral 100.000 times per year are responsible for the calculation of the controller algorithms of the AMBs.Caption: Click to write your text. View into one of the Simotics AMB-Technology controller cabinets with the Siemens standard industrial components.Caption: Click to write your text.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-02-24
Siemens is setting up experimentation centers to encourage 4.0 industry projects in Portugal
I-Experience 4.0 Centers are aimed at helping students and incubators familiarize with the Industry 4.0 environment The project is part of the action plan presented by the Government under the Industry 4.0 initiative The first three Centers will be located in Alfragide, Leiria and Aveiro Siemens is to set

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I-Experience 4.0 Centers are aimed at helping students and incubators familiarize with the Industry 4.0 environment The project is part of the action plan presented by the Government under the Industry 4.0 initiative The first three Centers will be located in Alfragide, Leiria and Aveiro Siemens is to set up technology centers, which will support the development of projects for industry. They are part of Siemens' 4.0 Academy, one of the strategic measures presented today by the Government as result of the Industry 4.0 initiative. The I-Experience 4.0 Centers will integrate and connect several elements of the industrial process, from design to production, with a view to promoting differentiating initiatives aimed at the modernization of industry. The first of these centers will be located at Siemens' headquarters in Alfragide, at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria and at the University of Aveiro. For the purpose of this project, Siemens joined two national companies – CADflow, which focuses its activity on the supply and technical support of software for industry, and Beeverycreative, a startup that develops technology for additive manufacturing and created the first Portuguese 3D desktop printer for the world market. The aim is to improve the preparation of Portugal's human resources for the challenges posed by digitalization, by fostering the development of innovative projects and, to that effect, providing cutting-edge technology. This press release (portugese) is availablehere

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Ursula Lang | 2017-02-22
Virtualization - Digital environment from Siemens for Austrian papermaking
Upper Austria. When it comes to process optimization, visualization and digitalization, the paper industry in Austria relies on solutions from Siemens. By taking the step into the virtual world with the Simatic PCS 7 control system, the company Laakirchen Papier AG, headquartered in Laakirchen, and another paper manufacturer in the

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Upper Austria. When it comes to process optimization, visualization and digitalization, the paper industry in Austria relies on solutions from Siemens. By taking the step into the virtual world with the Simatic PCS 7 control system, the company Laakirchen Papier AG, headquartered in Laakirchen, and another paper manufacturer in the central area of Upper Austria are looking to cut the costs of computer hardware and at the same time improve the fault tolerance of their plants. Laakirchen Papier AG (LP) produces and develops super-calendered base paper (SC paper) for the European market. The company produces 550,000 tons of paper annually on its two paper machines, the PM10 and PM11. To improve their process and operations management, both factories have opted to invest in automation technology from Siemens. With the control system Simatic PCS 7, Siemens is providing consistent support for its customers from the fiber industry en route to the Digital Enterprise. On the way to virtual reality with a new control system Laakirchen Papier has been using the Siemens solution since October 2016 to visualize its processes in a virtual environment. This not only enables the company to make savings in terms of computer hardware, but also helps enhance plant performance and minimize downtimes due to the use of a redundant server structure. Small Thin Clients with 24 inch flat screens have replaced the large tube monitors used previously at the production workstations. Given the enormous benefits this change has brought about in terms of user and operating convenience, it comes as no surprise that LP is already considering upgrading another area of the plant. Another paper industry customer located in Upper Austria has been benefiting from the advantages of the PCS 7 control system since 2013, although at the time of its installation only the servers were capable of taking the step into the virtual world. These have been joined gradually by the clients, so that the entire control system for the paper machines is now mapped in a virtual environment. One for all The PCS 7 has a wide range of features and benefits to offer. The control system’s Control Performance Monitoring function allows the plant operators to selectively initiate timely optimization and repair measures should the performance of individual control circuits begin to deteriorate, for instance. Even the Simatic standard module library comes with Advanced Process Control (APC). With advanced control procedures such as multiple-variable control and predictive control, Simatic offers key features for improving plant efficiency and product quality, as well as enhancing plant safety and environmental protection. Captions Paper machine PM11 (Copyright Lichtmeister/ Laakirchen Papier AG) Paper machine PM10 (Copyright Laakirchen Papier AG) Headquarter Laakirchen Papier AG (Copyright Lichtmeister/ Laakirchen Papier AG)

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Ursula Lang | 2017-02-20
Siemens set to modernize Portugal's ports
Since 2001, Siemens solutions for port terminals have helped reduce CO2 emissions by 74,000 tons Siemens technology enabled savings of 8.7 million euros Siemens Portugal was chosen by the parent company to be its International Engineering Hub for Cargo Handling Systems in seaports Lisboa, Portual. With the help

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Since 2001, Siemens solutions for port terminals have helped reduce CO2 emissions by 74,000 tons Siemens technology enabled savings of 8.7 million euros Siemens Portugal was chosen by the parent company to be its International Engineering Hub for Cargo Handling Systems in seaports Lisboa, Portual. With the help of the country's ports Portugal has boosted its exports. By investing heavily in the modernization of the ports, the country is making a difference on the international scene. Thanks to the proven efficiency, productivity and sustainability of its solutions, Siemens has played a key role in this process. Domestically, Siemens' solutions for port terminals have helped reduce CO2 emissions of these infrastructures by 74,000 tons and saved about 8.7 million euros since 2001 euros. These projects have both increased cargo-handling capacities and improved the energy performance of all Portuguese port infrastructures. This press release (portugese) is availablehere

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Ursula Lang | 2017-02-17
Gliding through Venice - New electrically propelled tourist boat sets new standards
Venice/Italy. The City of Venice has joined forces with tourist boat operator Alilaguna and the shipyard Cantieri Vizianello in a new departure which is set to transform the propulsion systems used in the small boats which travel the narrow canals in and around Venice. With the “Scossa”, an electrically propelled

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Venice/Italy. The City of Venice has joined forces with tourist boat operator Alilaguna and the shipyard Cantieri Vizianello in a new departure which is set to transform the propulsion systems used in the small boats which travel the narrow canals in and around Venice. With the “Scossa”, an electrically propelled boat designed to carry around 40 passengers, the lagoon city has come up with a new sustainable solution which aims to reduce both noise and emissions. The electric motor which powers the “Scossa” comes from Siemens. Plans already exist for additional boats using the same propulsion method. In Venice, boats are as common a method of transport as cars have become in other cities. On the many major and minor canal routes which cut through the lagoon city, they are used as a vital method of transporting both tourists and the local population. With the “Scossa” project, Venice has now taken the bold step towards electrically propelled tourist boats, with a view to cutting emissions and noise pollution in the historic waterways lined by tall, narrow buildings. The operating company Alilaguna and the shipyard Cantieri Vizianello opted for electric motor technology from Siemens to build the “Scossa”, the first small craft of its kind. Making no waves The technology used, which sets new standards for all kinds of smaller water craft, has already been in existence in the automotive sector and has now been adapted for marine environments. The electric motor comes from the automotive experience. It’s a traction drive, adapted to the marine application but keeping the original small dimensions and bringing together the reliability requested by public transportation. The Elfa traction drives tailored into the Siship ecoprop application have been integrated into state-of-the-art LFMP batteries from Valence. The power onboard comes from a Elfa 180 kilowatts (kW) permanent magnet synchronous machine or from the battery pack and feed the Elfa 180 kW propulsion motor through Elfa Mono frequency converters and Sinamics DCP converter. The batteries are stowed under the bench seats inside the boat and provide sufficient power for a tour of the Canale Grande through Venice’s popular historic center. The batteries are then recharged by a generator as the boat travels on routes located away from the center. In this part of its cycle, the boat is not 100 percent electrically propelled but switches to a “diesel-electric” propulsion system. Once out into the open lagoon, this diesel propulsion charges the batteries and is capable of achieving speeds of up to 30 kilometers per hour, corresponding to around 16 knots. In the narrow canals of the historic center, the boat travels in electric mode at around five/seven kilometers per hour, in other words three to four knots. This allows the boat to glide completely noiselessly, without emissions and creating only minimal waves through the heart of Venice. “It’s like travelling on a sailing boat but is primarily a gesture of love for the city in which we live and work,” explains Fabio Sacco, President of Alilaguna. “We are presenting ‘Scossa’ as the vanguard of a whole new generation of boats, and we are just at the outset of realizing number two.” The “Scossa” is 15 meters long, a good three meters wide and is able to accommodate 40 guests. Well on the way “The use of sustainable solutions in the marine sector is already widespread in the cruise ship industry, while progress tends to be more sporadic among the smaller marine vessels. This is a small contribution towards sustaining the city we all firmly believe in, and marks the start of a drive towards the increasing construction of more environmentally friendly marine vessels in the future,” explains Fabio Sacco. “Thanks to the know-how and skills we’ve acquired over the years, we have achieved not only an advanced application in terms of technology,” says Giuliano Busetto, Country Division Lead for Digital Factory and Process Industries and Drives, Siemens Italy, “but one that is also safe and reliable. With this achievement, Siemens Italy is providing proof both of its engineering competence, and also its innovative capability as a driver of green and sustainable solutions.” Captions To achieve a sustainable reduction of noise and pollutant emissions, the city of Venice is looking to deploy electrically propelled tourist vessels in the future – the “Scossa” fitted with Siemens electric motors is just the beginning. Its battery-fed electric motor permits the “Scossa” to glide along the Canale Grande and through the narrow waterways of Venice completely noiselessly and without harmful emissions.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-02-16
Siemens joins partners to drive forward digitalization of industrial production
Research project “Road to Digital Production (R2D)” targets implementation of the smart factory concept Execution as part of the “Information and Communication Technology” program funded by the Free State of Bavaria Project implementation in partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, its Fraunhofer Center for Applied Research on

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Research project “Road to Digital Production (R2D)” targets implementation of the smart factory concept Execution as part of the “Information and Communication Technology” program funded by the Free State of Bavaria Project implementation in partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, its Fraunhofer Center for Applied Research on Supply Chain Services SCS and the companies iTiZZiMO and KINEXON Siemens is joining forces with three partners to take part in the research project “Road to Digital Production (R2D)” supported by the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs and the Media, Energy and Technology which is aimed at developing improved technologies, interfaces and infrastructures for the implementation of digital industrial production. Since September 2016, the interdisciplinary team of experts has been working to digitally map and integrate the process landscape of industrial mass production down to the workshop level. Siemens and its associates, the Fraunhofer IIS, Fraunhofer SCS, iTiZZiMO and KINEXON, launched the research project “Road to Digital Production (R2D)” sponsored by the Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs as part of its Digital Bavaria Initiative. The declared aim of the 26-month project is to advance the development of products and technologies enabling the implementation of digital industrial production. The research and development project will set out to demonstrate that digitalization will not only increase efficiency but also pave the way for optimum quality assurance. With this objective in view, it will be helping to develop new technologies for Cyber-Physical Production Systems (CPPS) and defining principles and methods for batch size 1 manufacture and assembly of a product. This press release is available here

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Ursula Lang | 2017-02-15
fresh off the press: Siemens MediaService February 2017 – Industry News
The February issue of the MediaService gets off to a flying start with two product announcements as well as four application reports from the world of drives and automation. A new Line Module which supports Long Term Evolution (LTE) is being launched to extend the Ruggedcom RX1500 portfolio. From the

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The February issue of the MediaService gets off to a flying start with two product announcements as well as four application reports from the world of drives and automation. A new Line Module which supports Long Term Evolution (LTE) is being launched to extend the Ruggedcom RX1500 portfolio. From the field of Scalance network components, a new direct access point is available for wireless applications with high bandwidths. Turning our attention to application reports, we read about a new filling station for aircraft de-icing fluid using Siemens automation and RFID technology. Next, we hear how control and CAD technology from Siemens enable the precise production of spare parts for Moto Guzzi motorcycles, which will allow even discontinued original parts for these coveted bikes to be reliably reproduced in the future. Complex control technology is the subject of an article about the 2.5-kilometer two-lane San Fedele Tunnel, where tunnel automation is setting new standards through improved integration, improving safety for all tunnel users. And finally, Siemens product lifecycle software takes care of ensuring sustainable lighting. The use of Solid Edge software saves a manufacturer time spent designing individual bespoke products, while increasing the production rate of its rugged, impact-resistant lighting systems. We hope that you find the MediaService useful in your editorial work. Read more at: MediaService February2017 MediaService MediaService Digithek

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Ursula Lang | 2017-02-14
Giants take to the air - The world’s biggest cargo plane transports motors for ore mills in Chile
Berlin/Leipzig, Germany/Chile. Coordinating tight schedules with the transport of unusual cargos calls for out-of-the-ordinary solutions. In this case, the Chilean mining company Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi SCM commissioned Siemens to supply and implement drive systems for four ore mills in Northern Chile. The only way to transport these

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Berlin/Leipzig, Germany/Chile. Coordinating tight schedules with the transport of unusual cargos calls for out-of-the-ordinary solutions. In this case, the Chilean mining company Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi SCM commissioned Siemens to supply and implement drive systems for four ore mills in Northern Chile. The only way to transport these gigantic motors as quickly as possible from the manufacturing plant in Berlin to Chile entailed using another giant: The Antonov 225, the world’s biggest cargo aircraft. One of the world’s biggest copper ore operations in Chile, new drive systems for four ore mills, minimal project lead times, gigantic motors and a long transport route – these were the framework conditions and the challenges posed by the client, Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi SCM based in Las Condes/Chile. The company commissioned Siemens to modernize the drive systems of four ore mills at one of its copper mines in Northern Chile with the installation of dual pinion drives: for two 8 megawatt SAG mills and two 9.7 megawatt ball mills. A giant to transport giants Alongside six 4,000 and six 4,850 kilowatt synchronous motors, the drive solutions commissioned also included the relevant Flender couplings Zapex and furthermore converters Sinamics SL150 with thyristor columns as well as transformers. To ensure adherence to the tight project schedule of just under nine months, a decision was taken to opt for express air freight delivery instead of using the sea route. The four gigantic motors from Dynamowerk Berlin which were urgently required in advance for production line two were accordingly transported by truck as a wide load to Leipzig Airport. From here, the precious cargo – each motor weighing 42 tons – continues its journey in another giant: the world’s largest cargo aircraft, the type Antonov 225, with a payload of 160 tons. Despite the impressive external dimensions of the four motors, this 84-meter-long colossus was easily able to accommodate the freight and fly it to Chile in record time. The remaining motors embarked on their journey to Chile by ship. Rapid commissioning As the new system is capable of installation within just 13 days using the foundations of the motors being replaced, costly mill standstill time can be substantially reduced. The standardized system design enables the operators to now also enjoy the benefits of controllable drives in the ball mills. The direct converters and new automation systems are installed in new pre-assembled E-Houses (Electrical Houses) which were fully developed, produced and pre-tested in the Siemens plant in Santiago/Chile. This simplified their direct connection and commissioning on site. Given the mine’s location at an altitude of over 4,200 meters, particular attention was paid to the electrical and thermal dimensioning of the components. Captions 85 meters in length and with capacity for 160 tons of freight – the Antonov 225 is the world’s biggest cargo aircraft and precisely the right solution to transport the giant mill drives from Siemens. The four motors for the ore mills in Chile are easily accommodated in the Antonov’s cavernous belly after being transported as a wide load by truck from the Dynamowerk Berlin to Leipzig airport.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-02-13
Over 100 years in operation - Production in historic plaster factory optimized with Siemens hardware
Bex/Switzerland. Fixit AG is a part of the Fixit Group and operates a total of five producing locations in the Alpine Republic for the manufacture of render and mortar products containing plaster and cement. Its Bex factory was overdue a refit of the entire control, command and power regulation system,

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Bex/Switzerland. Fixit AG is a part of the Fixit Group and operates a total of five producing locations in the Alpine Republic for the manufacture of render and mortar products containing plaster and cement. Its Bex factory was overdue a refit of the entire control, command and power regulation system, for which Fixit relies on hardware components from Siemens. The manufacturer was able to implement the new solution without the need to shut down production, and manufacturing times have now been tangibly reduced. Plaster has been produced in the Fixit AG plaster factory in Bex in Switzerland since 1896 – nowadays with an output of around 5,500 tons every single week. The company is part of the Fixit Group, and alongside the factory in Bex operates a further five locations in Switzerland. To ensure that this historic plaster factory, automated since 1982, continued to run profitably, it was time to think about renovation. The company Bühler Entreprises Monthey SA was commissioned with implementing the project, and opted to equip the control room with hardware components from Siemens. Central control unit One of the challenges facing the project was to ensure that production and deliveries continued as normal during implementation of the new system components – despite a complete renewal of the entire control, command and power regulation system. This includes low-voltage distribution, the drive components, control elements and alarms as well as automation programming. The plaster factory’s central control unit now comprises two S7-1500 controllers: one Simatic1515-2 PN for the plaster kiln and a Simatic 1516-3 PN/DP for the milling process, drying and firing. For both controllers, power is reliably supplied via the power module PM 190 W. More efficient production The Simatic controllers receive signals from the operators and around 450 pressure, temperature, position detection, rotation control, contact and level sensors from the Siemens product series Sitop PSE200U and Simatic ET 200SP, adding up to a total of 3000 input signals. These use a complete IO Link control module to control around a hundred Sirius motor drives ranging between 1 and 32 amperes of three-phase current. Time management, audits and recording are taken care of by the Simatic WinCC software engineered in the TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) Portal WinCC V13. “The selection of new technologies enabled the production time to be substantially reduced,” reports Factory Manager Léonard Maret, clearly delighted with the outcome. Captions The plaster is stored in the circular hall. The entire structure rotates around its own axis, ensuring homogenization of the raw material. Control system from left to right: Simatic S7-1500 as the central processing and power supply unit (PS 60W 24/48/60V CC) and the input (DI 32x24VDC HF) and output (DQ 32x24VDC/0.5A ST) modules E/S, each with 16 channels. Using Sirius threephase motor starters with complete I/O link control module, the cabling work involved can be tangibly reduced. The relevant RCCB is visible on the right. The control center operator panel: At the top the previous overview panel which has been kept for training purposes, below the new supplementary digital system.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-02-10
Everything in view A control system for remote control of 50 locks and water bridges
Tilburg/The Netherlands. The Dutch Government launched the “Brugman” project to allow the convenient remote control of 50 water bridges and locks. The project envisaged merging the functions of four former control rooms within a single new top-level visualization system. This allows employees to actuate any bridge or lock directly from

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Tilburg/The Netherlands. The Dutch Government launched the “Brugman” project to allow the convenient remote control of 50 water bridges and locks. The project envisaged merging the functions of four former control rooms within a single new top-level visualization system. This allows employees to actuate any bridge or lock directly from any workstation. Alongside additional components such as the Simatic WinCC Open Architecture (WinCC OA) Scada system, the Simatic S7-416H from Siemens was chosen as the central programmable logic controller (PLC). Although the Netherlands is a small country in terms of its surface area, it is populated with a relatively high number of bridges. In Amsterdam alone, there are just under 1,300 of them, meaning that the city ranks third among European cities with the most bridges. By staging the “Brugman” project to enable the remote control of 50 water bridges and locks, the Dutch government has now replaced four former control rooms in Tilburg, Helmond, Oosterhout and Schijndel by a single new top-level visualization system. The central component of this extensive project is the Simatic WinCC Open Architecture Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (Scada) system from Siemens. Complete integration into the automation Alongside automation, for which the standardized interface OPC UA (Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture) was used to enable integration of the bridges and locks, a redundant Simatic WinCC Open Architecture (WinCC OA) Scada system and 18 clients are in use. The Scada system processes a total of 15,000 process variables. A variety of interfaces enable connection to closed circuit television (CCTV) display walls, CCTV-IP cameras and an audio system. Using a card reader integrated in WinCC OA at each client, users can log into the system using their company card and so also remotely access the control system. The Scada user interface for each individually remote-controlled bridge or lock is displayed as a remote desktop session, which also runs locally at the bridge. A large number of maintenance functions are also integrated, including checks in the running system, connection monitoring, de-energized safety routing, direct access to CCTV cameras and the start-up of Virtual Network Computing (VNC) to any system. Safe, convenient handling As a result of integrating all the components into a single control system, operators are now able to directly, flexibly and safely control each bridge and each lock from any workstation. There are eight workstations available for the purpose in the control room, from which 16 bridges or locks can be operated simultaneously (two per workstation). Captions The four former control rooms in Tilburg, Helmond, Oosterhout and Schijndel have been merged to create a single top-level visualization system, enabling the remote control of 50 water bridges and locks. Employees can use a company card to log into the control system and so access the bridge and lock control from any workstation. There are eight workstations available in the central control station from which up to 16 locks and bridges can be controlled simultaneously.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-02-08
Clinically clean - Plant for cleaning endoprosthetic implants is automated using Simatic and TIA Portal
Nauen, Germany. Gerätetechnik Brieselang GmbH (GTB) is a company which manufactures physical and chemical cleaning systems. For a plant which uses ultrasonic technology to clean artificial joints, the company relies on the Siemens Simatic S7-1500 controller, alongside the relevant I/O, control panels and complete engineering in the TIA portal. The

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Nauen, Germany. Gerätetechnik Brieselang GmbH (GTB) is a company which manufactures physical and chemical cleaning systems. For a plant which uses ultrasonic technology to clean artificial joints, the company relies on the Siemens Simatic S7-1500 controller, alongside the relevant I/O, control panels and complete engineering in the TIA portal. The benefits: reduced engineering effort, rapid error localization and remedy, and prevention of standstill periods. Endoprostheses such as artificial hip or knee joints enable patients suffering with joint conditions to enjoy a normal and pain-free life after implantation. As the implants have to remain indefinitely in the body, they require laborious cleaning prior to sterilization. The company Gerätetechnik Brieselang GmbH (GTB) based in Nauen builds state-of-the-art ultrasound cleaning systems for this purpose, which comply with the stringent standards of medical technology. The company has specialized in the production of these and similar cleaning plants used to clean products for automotive, optics, semi-conductor and medical technology applications. For the final cleaning of prostheses, GTB has constructed a plant comprising two sections for technical pre-cleaning and validatable precision cleaning. The plant is controlled by a Simatic S7 from Siemens and engineered using the TIA Portal. 50 programs ensure perfect cleaning As they pass through the 15 processing stations – nine of which work with ultrasonic technology – the endoprosthetic implants are cleaned with a cycle time of between two and seven minutes depending on the specification. Measuring only 30 square meters, and comprising an integrated water treatment system, automatic cleaning agent dispensing function, conductivity monitoring and individual pneumatic oscillators to shake the frames, the plant is automated by the Simatic S7-1500. It controls up to 50 cleaning programs and 120 parameters per frame. The status of an on-going cleaning process is indicated on high-resolution TP900 and TP1500 Simatic Comfort Panels in which the maintenance plan is stored, and which also enable simple remote access to the plant, as all the devices are networked over Profinet. The operator terminals can be remotely controlled over WinCC Sm@artServer. In addition, the panels are used for employee identification by means of a barcode scanner and for accessing whichever cleaning program is required. The program sequence is documented in detail using the RFID chips mounted on the individual frames, which allow assignment to the relevant cleaning status and the currently running program. Trouble-free, high performance cleaning There are three distributed control cabinets mounted on the back of the plant which accommodate the Simatic ET 200SP modular I/O. If a problem arises, the I/O system alerts the service technician using the necessary diagnostic functions. The ET 200SP also logs control-relevant sensor data and activates the necessary actuators. Incoming and outgoing data is captured by the Profinet interface module at millisecond intervals. The compact design of the I/O offers a major benefit, as it allows the sensors to be laid directly using 3-wire technology, even with 8-channel input modules. This saves using additional external terminal blocks and so cuts not only costs but potential sources of error by reducing the number of connection points. When it comes to engineering, GTB relies on the TIA Portal, which allows many of the program modules from the Simatic S7-315 it used previously to be migrated to the new CPU. Summing up the project sequence, the responsible software developer Klaus Hoffman said: “We were able to reduce the time required for programming the entire plant by 30 percent as against comparable projects with S7-300 thanks to the support functions in the TIA Portal.” Captions The ultrasonic cleaning plant for endoprosthetic implants comprises a technical pre-cleaning process and validatable fine cleaning. A total of 15 process stations guarantee the high cleaning quality required for medical technology applications. The nerve center of the cleaning plant, a Simatic S7-1515 CPU. The migration support and functional scope afforded by the TIA Portal enabled a 30 percent cut in the time required for programming. The distributed control cabinets with Simatic ET 200SP I/O stations are accommodated at the back of the plant. Direct 3-wire connection of the sensors at the 8-channel input modules makes for fewer connection points and minimizes potential sources of error. The plant can be remotely operated for servicing purposes over the WinCC Sm@rtServer, enabling the rapid localization of error sources and minimized machine standstill times.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-02-06
Precise positioning - Digital printing machine developed with Siemens expertise
Fribourg/Switzerland. Polytype SA is a company specializing in the manufacture of industrial printing presses for plastic substrates. Based in Fribourg in Switzerland, the company has developed and constructed the Digiround, a new digital printing machine for printing plastic drinking cups. Polytype SA relies on expertise and technology from Siemens to

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Fribourg/Switzerland. Polytype SA is a company specializing in the manufacture of industrial printing presses for plastic substrates. Based in Fribourg in Switzerland, the company has developed and constructed the Digiround, a new digital printing machine for printing plastic drinking cups. Polytype SA relies on expertise and technology from Siemens to simulate the different machine models and for controlling and driving the machine axes. This winning combination has enabled a brilliant, ultra-precise printing result. At all kinds of corporate events, companies are keen to use the opportunity for promotion by placing their logo or slogan on the plastic drinking cups handed out to visitors. The cups can be effectively imprinted using digital printing machines from Polytype SA, part of the Wifag-Polytype Holding. The company based in Fribourg in Switzerland has specialized in the development and production of industrial printing presses for plastic substrates, and recently launched a new machine model: the digital printing machine Digiround. Depending on the number of colors, circumference and height of the substrate, this new machine is capable of printing up to 250 cups per minute, and of changing the print design during running production. It can be reset for a new cup format in just 30 minutes. Polytype SA opted to use expertise and components from Siemens both during the development phase – particularly in the field of simulation – and for the machine’s drive and control systems. Dynamic simulation using finite elements Following 3D machine modeling, Polytype SA decided not to produce the customary prototypes, but instead requested assistance from Siemens Mechatronic Support to create a simulation of the production dynamic. Siemens was able to use this as the basis for determining parameters such as impacting loads, torque levels, acceleration rates and forces, as well as deformation processes taking place on the machine structures. These deformation processes had to be dynamically stimulated in order to permit calculation of the inkjet positioning accuracy in the micrometer range. Only following successful simulation was a prototype constructed. This fulfilled Polytype’s specifications right from the outset, avoiding the need for laborious and cost-intensive reworking processes. Trouble-free interaction In the Digiround, the horizontal rotary indexing table is rotated step by step to 18 different positions by a directly integrated 1FW6 built-in torque motor with a special 580-millimeter diameter bearing and a high-resolution inductive measurement system for positioning. This also incorporates a flame pre-treatment process for the cups to improve surface tension, optional application of a primer coat and the inkjet printing stations. Polytype has integrated two printing stations, one for the upper and one for the lower half of the cup, as the maximum dimension of a printing head stretches only over half the cup length. The rotary spindle is so precisely positioned that it is impossible to see the transition point with the naked eye. After printing, the cup is dried in a UV oven fitted with protective servo flaps, and discharged from the machine following quality inspection. Alongside the 1FW6 built-in torque motor, the machine has a further 18 separately controlled 1FK7 servo motors which are used to rotate the cup carrier spindles under the printing heads and the LED or UV lamps. All the machine axes are actuated by the modular Sinamics S120 converter system, which adopts the coordination of movements from the Simotion D‑445-2 Motion Control System. Braking energy generated by start-stop operation of the rotary axes is fed back to the grid by Active Line Modules (ALM), while Active Interface Modules (AIM) filter out most line harmonics. Communication between Motion Control, the converter system and the 450 I/Os takes place over Profinet. Clear decision The reason for Polytype’s decision to work with Siemens on the development and construction of the Digiround is summarized succinctly by Eric Charlot, Head of Automation at Polytype: “Polytype has always worked with Siemens products. A few years ago, we compared all the systems from different manufacturers and Simotion stood out as the best solution for us.” Alongside efficient simulation-based development of the prototypes, Siemens was the only supplier which addressed the requirement for extreme axis dynamics combined with micrometer-accurate positioning of the rotary indexing table and spindle. Captions All the machine axes in the Digiround digital printing machine are controlled by the modular Sinamics S120 converter system. The rotary indexing table’s 18 positions are gradually approached by the directly mounted torque motor.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-02-03
Hedging investment decisions - Battery manufacturer relies on Siemens PLM Software to implement its growth strategy
Linz an der Donau, Austria. Banner GmbH is among Europe’s biggest manufacturers of starter batteries for the automotive industry, and a leader in its field. Due to growing demand, the company decided to extend its production facilities. To provide a solid foundation for its expansion measures and the associated investment

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Linz an der Donau, Austria. Banner GmbH is among Europe’s biggest manufacturers of starter batteries for the automotive industry, and a leader in its field. Due to growing demand, the company decided to extend its production facilities. To provide a solid foundation for its expansion measures and the associated investment decisions, Banner decided to work with Plant Simulation from the Siemens PLM Software Tecnomatix portfolio to build a digital twin of the production facilities. This allowed the company to run through possible expansion scenarios in the virtual world. Established in 1937 and headquartered in Linz an der Donau, Banner GmbH (Banner) is Europe’s leading manufacturer of lead/acid-based rechargeable power packs, and produces around 4.1 million starter batteries for the global automotive market every year. Banner was one of the first companies to produce dry-charged batteries in the sixties, and launched its production of zero-maintenance batteries in 1980. Banner owes its recent growth primarily to lively demand for its enhanced flooded batteries (EFB) for vehicles with automatic start-stop technology. To continue to meet this demand and ensure premium product quality, Banner relies on software solutions from Siemens PLM Software. Simulation for solid planning and growth To meet growing demand, Banner has continuously expanded its production facilities. As a consistently high standard of product quality is paramount to Banner, practically all components required for manufacture of the finished batteries are produced in-house – despite the widely heterogeneous nature of production processes required. “This confronts us with significant challenges, particularly concerning intra-logistics issues, such as scheduling for the maturing chambers,” explains Franz Dorninger, Technical Director at Banner. These maturing chambers are used to allow the paste-filled lead oxide grids to rest for between two and five days to optimize their current absorption and storage capacity. One solution to improve the internal material flow was found in the form of Plant Simulation from the Siemens PLM Software Tecnomatix portfolio: In mid-2015, Banner manufacturing engineers used a trial license of Plant Simulation to study the effects of reducing the number of assembly lines. “Modeling the fictitious exercise scenario was remarkably simple,” says Clemens Weiß, Project Manager at Banner. “The simulation results convinced our management of the benefits of simulation-based decision-making.” Just a few weeks later, Clemens Weiß started working on the simulation of a real-life scenario. “Experienced workers had pointed out that further growth would not be possible with the existing maturing chambers,” recalls Weiß. Because adding more of these high-volume installations would have exacerbated an already serious shortage of space, Weiß decided to use Plant Simulation to create a functional model of the relevant plant section, which allowed the logical and time-related behavior of the equipment to be represented using existing modules. Alongside configurable models of the 25 different maturing chambers, this functional model also includes the three upstream pasting lines. A decision tree enables different batching strategies to be selected. “I used pre-fabricated modules for the plant simulation, which included all basic functionality of the production facility included in the digital twin,” says Weiß. “Using the tool’s advanced simulation programming language SimTalk, I found it easy to add specific functionality and to program the variations allowed by the decision tree.” The simulation confirmed the necessity for adding another two maturing chambers. Ideally placed for the future “Following the success of this initial project, we decided to hedge all future investment decisions by first studying their effects using the digital twin in the virtual world of Plant Simulation,” sums up Christian Ott, Head of Information and Organization at Banner. Banner aims to use Plant Simulation to create a digital twin of all its production facilities and the material flow, which will enable it to simulate alternative scenarios without disrupting production prior to investing in new plant and equipment or carrying out any changes. Captions By making almost all the required parts for its battery production in-house, Banner is able to safeguard the quality of its products. By simulating potential plant expansion and running different scenarios using a digital twin, Banner is able to precisely weigh up the pro and contra arguments for investment and expansion without disrupting production. To optimize current absorption and storage capacity, the paste-filled lead oxide grids need to rest for two to five days in maturing chambers, posing a logistic challenge for overall planning.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-02-01
Exhaustive testing - Machine function testing simplifies final assembly and commissioning
Hettingen. Trumpf Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG in Hettingen is among the leading machine tool manufacturers. To ensure trouble-free commissioning of its machines, which are generally not assembled until they reach the customer’s premises, the company relies on comprehensive function testing using simulators during running production. This is made possible

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Hettingen. Trumpf Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG in Hettingen is among the leading machine tool manufacturers. To ensure trouble-free commissioning of its machines, which are generally not assembled until they reach the customer’s premises, the company relies on comprehensive function testing using simulators during running production. This is made possible by equipping many Trumpf machines with AS Interfaces (AS-i Actuator Sensor Interface) from Siemens. These are integrated in a system structure based on the Simatic ET 200SP distributed I/O. Using this solution, it has been possible to significantly reduce the labor and time resources required for individual function testing, and ultimately also for final assembly. Trumpf Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG (Trumpf) based in Ditzingen is an international leader in the construction of machine tools, many of which are produced in the company’s Hettingen factory. This site specializes in sheet metal processing machines, known as TruPunch systems. These are capable of punching at a rate of up to 1,600 strokes per minute and marking at up to 3,000 strokes per minute. To ensure that no unforeseen delays occur during final assembly and commissioning on the premises of the customers it supplies around the world, Trumpf performs exhaustive function testing using simulators during the production process itself. To enable in-production testing, the TruPunchmachines from Trumpf are fitted with the AS Interface (AS-i Actuator Sensor Interface) from Siemens, both for its standard and failsafe systems. Smart overall system The aim was to develop a low-cost solution for the company’s testing facilities. “In this case, the logical step was to involve our well-equipped training workshop and our highly qualified mechatronics and industrial mechanics specialists, which would make the simulators even more of an interesting option from the costing perspective,” explains Jürgen Herter, Head of Training at Trumpf in Hettingen. The AS-Interface lent itself exceptionally well to this novel approach. The bus system combines properties such as simple handling on the lower field level, flexibility, a robust design and minimal wiring requirement with data and power transmission using only a single cable (Power-over-Ethernet). The simulators then check and document whether all the AS-i slaves are correctly wired and working smoothly. This control and automation solution is based on the ET 200SP distributed I/O, which is equipped with a smart head assembly including failsafe CPU (Central Processing Unit) 151xSP F, known as the Distributed Controller. Programming, visualization and diagnostics for the control assembly, which also includes the modules CM AS-i Master ST for standard signals and F-CM AS-i Safety ST for safety-related signals, takes place within the Engineering Framework TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) Portal. This type of station working as a Distributed Controller with CPU head assembly is capable of independently processing the data from the AS-i master, creating a smart AS-i master station which can be networked if required with a higher-level PLC (programmable logic controller) or Sinumerik. Precise simulation and diagnostics Use of this system in the test facilities enables precise simulation of the input and output configuration, as well as permitting the functionality of subsystems to be checked by means of individual function tests. The individual selection possibilities for the components under test and the test results are displayed for the operator at the Simatic HMI (Human Machine Interface) Comfort Panel KTP 400. Menu-prompted signal testing functions for the relevant application range from selection of the machine module through the machine to the required test sequence. In addition, help texts are displayed to assist operators in remedying functional and assembly faults. Diagnostic information which can be accessed using Simatic’s webserver functionality at a PC screen or on a smartphone can also be graphically displayed on the HMI. Simpler, faster, more efficient Key criteria for users of the new simulators were flexible adjustment of the various test routines to the different equipment variants, and the facility for simple selection of the machine assemblies under test at the press of a button. The AS-I option handling system also simplifies flexible programming for different machines, as it allows individual modules to be switched on or off by clicking in the configuration screen. With the support of the simulators, it is now possible for a single employee to carry out complete testing of the different machine assemblies of a TruPunch sheet metal processing machine instead of the two operators previously required. “Because working with the AS Interface is so simple, efficient and reliable, we aim to go ahead and develop additional test systems based on the Simatic ET 200SP with AS-i masters,” concludes Jürgen Herter. Captions The sheet metal processing machines manufactured by Trumpf are capable of punching at a rate of up to 1,600 strokes and marking at up to 3,000 strokes per minute. The modular AS-i Master is based on the distributed I/O Simatic ET 200SP from Siemens. The distributed controller creates an intelligent unit which is capable of use even for safety-relevant applications. Like the machines themselves, the simulators deployed to test individual machine assemblies use the AS Interface, which significantly simplifies the test functions. Wiring can be quickly performed with the aid of the K45 and K60 compact modules from Siemens. Programming and visualization in the TIA Portal enables a simple machine operation to be set up using the KTP 400 color display, which guides the user through the different test processes using menu prompts.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-01-30
Consistent system technology - Technology Center exhibits machines using industrial controls from Siemens
Göppingen, Germany. Sandvik TPS Composite Solutions is a world leader in the manufacture of double belt presses and precision control systems. In its Technology Center in Göppingen, customers have the chance to test the plants prior to placing an order. In order to address the requirements of prospective customers in

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Göppingen, Germany. Sandvik TPS Composite Solutions is a world leader in the manufacture of double belt presses and precision control systems. In its Technology Center in Göppingen, customers have the chance to test the plants prior to placing an order. In order to address the requirements of prospective customers in terms of flexibility, energy efficiency and individuality, Sandvik relies on cohesive system technology from Siemens in its newly developed thermopress double belt system. Sandvik TPS Composite Solutions (Sandvik) is a part of the Swedish Sandvik Group. It develops and constructs machines and plants for the manufacture of panels and flooring in Göppingen near Stuttgart. Since 2016, customers are now able to test out the plants in the company’s Göppingen Technology Center before placing an order. Plants available for testing include the new thermopress double belt system commissioned at the end of 2015, whose components are sourced entirely from Siemens, from the motor starter through to the plant control system. Small but packs a punch As the Head of the Technology Center Bernhard Voith explains: “Here, we’re able to show our customers under real conditions what’s possible, and work together with them to design the ideal plant for their subsequent mass production needs.” As well as helping its customers, Sandvik is also always on the look-out for ideally coordinated solutions for its own needs. One of these is Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) from Siemens. For its pump and fan drives in the double belt press, for instance, Sandvik uses around two dozen Sirius 3RA6 compact starters. Due to the broad current setting range, motors with a rated motor current of up to up to 32 amps can be started using just five variants. The compact design measuring just 45 millimeters makes for space savings in the control cabinet. In the spring-loaded terminal version, the compact starters also make light work of wiring. “This allows us to dispense with mounting wire-end ferrules, and eliminates the tightening process necessary with screw connections – both of which save time and improve quality,” explains Ralph Baudisch from Sandvik’s electrical department. There is a display on the front of the Sirius 3RA6 which provides information on the service life of the main contacts. This, together with separate logging of possible overload and short circuit tripping, is of key importance from the service perspective. Motor starter signals are processed in the thermopress double belt system by means of a Simatic ET 200SP distributed I/O. From here, the signals are forwarded over Profinet or Profisafe to the Simatic S7-1500 control system. The option of combining standard modules and failsafe modules as required means that security technology can also be simply integrated into the system. High-powered and consistent The clearly arranged plant structure allows signals to be transmitted by IO link using just three standard cables. Up to four reversing and direct starters can be connected to each other and to the Simatic ET 200SP using a standardized IO link connection. The four ports of the IO link master offer capacity for up to 16 starters, increasing the density of diagnostic information with details such as short circuits and end of service life instead of only centralized fault indication. Use of this diagnostic scope is also simply and quickly possible using the relevant module in the TIA Portal engineering framework without the need for additional programming work. “This high-powered software simplifies many of the necessary engineering processes and underpins the system consistency in terms of the hardware. Our customers around the world profit from both these benefits,” sums up Sandvik’s Frank Hoffmeyer. Solid energy management Against the backdrop of statutory energy directives and ISO standards governing energy management, the pressure is growing on manufacturers and users alike to systematically log energy consumption. The Siemens solutions to address this demand are the Sirius 3RR2 monitoring relay which is connected between the compact starter and the motor, and the Energy Meter module for the Simatic ET 200SP, which directly measures voltage. By installing these components and engineering them in the TIA Portal to ensure complete system consistency, Sandvik is able to construct plants which are economical, competitive and offer outstanding availability. Captions In its own in-house Technology-Center, Sandvik TPS in Göppingen exhibits a new thermopress double belt system offering a series of technical and economic benefits. The wide setting range of the Sirius 3RA6 compact starters from Siemens meant that a single variant was sufficient in the double belt press. The compact starters have been simply and reliably connected to the ET 200SP distributed I/O from Siemens using spring-loaded terminals, and so linked over Profinet to the control system.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-01-27
A vital lift to innovation - Austrian cable car manufacturer retains world market lead with PLM Software
Wolfurt/Austria. The family-run Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group based in Austria is the world market leader in the development and construction of cable car systems. To secure its market lead, the company is keen to remain at the cutting edge of innovation and to stay abreast of the latest standards. The new generation

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Wolfurt/Austria. The family-run Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group based in Austria is the world market leader in the development and construction of cable car systems. To secure its market lead, the company is keen to remain at the cutting edge of innovation and to stay abreast of the latest standards. The new generation of detachable monocable ropeway installations – the D-Line gondola lift – features an impressive 200 implemented innovations. This was made possible through cross-site cooperation between the development engineers, relying on software solutions from Siemens PLM Software. Well prepared, snow-laden slopes and sunny weather – what better invitation for enthusiasts to wax down their skis or snowboards and spend a day enjoying the pistes in one of the world’s many winter sports resorts. To make the skiing experience complete, skiing resorts today are equipped with drag lifts, chair lifts and cable cars – many of them supplied by the Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group (Doppelmayr), which was founded as long ago as 1892 and is still family managed to this day. The portfolio of the Austria-based world market leader in the development and construction of cable car systems includes not only chair and gondola lifts, but also automatic people movers of the kind used to transport passengers in airports, and material ropeways used in intralogistics applications. The company relies on NX and Teamcenter from Siemens PLM Software to develop these complex systems. Worldwide success through Teamcenter and NX The Doppelmayr products in most widespread use are its monocable ropeway installations with detachable cabins or chairs. A good five years ago, Doppelmayr began to develop a totally new generation of products in this field – the D-Line gondola lift. The first of its kind was finally commissioned in December 2015 in Hochgurgl/Austria. “Our development team implemented over 200 innovations, 31 of them totally new and significant design features,” says Christoph Hinteregger, Head of Engineering at Doppelmayr. Dirk Czerwinski, Engineering Process Coordinator, adds: “Creating new products is generally a joint effort between the development engineers at our various locations. For this project, we used NX and Teamcenter from Siemens PLM Software more comprehensively than ever before.” This entailed using the software tools from Siemens PLM Software for all the mechanical design and development work, which brought a significant boost in terms of productivity. The design team made use of the cross-site installation of Teamcenter to facilitate cooperation and development workflows, including release processes and documentation, and for saving process-related data. Using NX in this environment not only meant that team members were working from a shared knowledge base, but also provided the necessary process reliability. The use of synchronous technology simplified the task of the development engineers, particularly when importing CAD data. Since it started out with just ten NX software licenses in 2005, the company’s investment in the software has increased to 200 licenses, and provided a vital benefit to its operations: “With over three million active parts in the ERP system, data integrity is essential,” explains Czerwinski. “Installation of all the necessary software products including NX and Teamcenter without the need for adaptation provides a solid foundation for us to expand our innovative capability.” Captions Monocable ropeway installations with detachable cabins are one of the specialist fields of Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group based in Austria. The new generation of monocable ropeway installations – the D-Line gondola lift – includes more than 200 innovations, 31 of which are new and significant design features. NX and Teamcenter from PLM specialists PLM Software were used in the development phase.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-01-25
fresh off the press: Siemens MediaService January 2017 - Industry News
In the first issue of the MediaService 2017, a snow blower using radio frequency identification technology makes way for an interesting range of other applications from the world of drives and automation. Innovations include a new technology for thread tapping, known as Punch Tap. This combination of punching and forming

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In the first issue of the MediaService 2017, a snow blower using radio frequency identification technology makes way for an interesting range of other applications from the world of drives and automation. Innovations include a new technology for thread tapping, known as Punch Tap. This combination of punching and forming enables impressive time savings in the formation of threads. Siemens is also extending its Scalance portfolio for industrial networks with a new Test Access Port for precise analysis and a new Direct Access Point for central network management, even for high data rates. Application reports in this issue include a snow blower used by the Swiss Rhaetian Railway (RhB) network to clear the track between St. Moritz in Switzerland and Tirano in Italy. The blower is fitted with RFID technology to ensure precise adherence to the prescribed width of the snow channel at all times. An article entitled “Good as home made” looks at the use of weighing technology. As well as control and drive components, the French company Mécatherm relies on Siwarex weighing technology for its dough dividing machine Tradivider. And finally, we hear about the Siemens Product Lifecycle Software NX and Teamcenter, which are used by the Finnish company SKS Toijala Works Oy for the development of its new log stacker. Read more at: MediaService January 2017 MediaService MediaService Digithek

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Ursula Lang | 2017-01-23
Aiming high - Cement plant increases production by 40 percent
Charlevoix, Michigan/USA. Canadian-based cement manufacturer St Marys Cement operates as part of Brazilian building materials supplier, Votorantim Cimentos. To address growing demand, its production site at Charlevoix, Michigan in the USA is being extended and modernized. Siemens was awarded the contract to supply a complete engineering and electrical equipment solution

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Charlevoix, Michigan/USA. Canadian-based cement manufacturer St Marys Cement operates as part of Brazilian building materials supplier, Votorantim Cimentos. To address growing demand, its production site at Charlevoix, Michigan in the USA is being extended and modernized. Siemens was awarded the contract to supply a complete engineering and electrical equipment solution for the cement plant. By expanding the existing facility, the manufacturer is seeking to increase its previous production capacity by 40 percent from 1.4 million tons annually to 2 million tons annually. St Marys Cement based in Ontario, Canada, is a part of Brazilian building materials supplier, Votorantim Cimentos, and produces a variety of cement for widely differing purposes. To meet demand, the producer is expanding its Charlevoix, Michigan production facility, with the addition of various mills for cement and coal, as well as clinker kilns and cooling systems. Modernization of the existing raw mill was also on the agenda. As part of the 130 million dollars investment project, Siemens was commissioned to supply over 12-million-dollars worth of electrical equipment and a complete engineering solution for the cement plant. Siemens successfully engineered diverse equipment from different vendors. For the plant modernization and expansion, Siemens supplied not only medium-voltage drives, but also the entire process automation and instrumentation: from the Cemat PCS7 process control system through medium-voltage switchgear type GM-SG-AR (five to 15 kilovolts) to modular custom pre-produced substations known as Ehouses for a fast, reliable energy supply. The Siemens solution will enable St Marys Cement to not only reduce the costs of project completion, but also minimize the risk of a power outage. By implementing this expansion and modernization program at the cement plant, St Marys Cement plans to increase its previous production capacity by 40 percent from 1.4 million tons annually to 2 million tons annually. North America major cement producer well-positioned for the future Flagship construction projects that have been completed using St Marys Cement’s products include CN Tower, Roy Thompson Hall and Maple Leaf Gardens. Headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil, Votorantim Cimentos is one of the world’s largest cement producers, with sister companies active in the metal, steel and power sectors. The company is a part of the Brazilian Votorantim Group which is active in over 20 countries around the world. St Marys Cement has been in operation for more than 100 years and, as part of Votorantim Cimentos, is committed to building legacies made to last.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-01-20
Siemens helps Jinyu Bio-technology to establish advanced bio-tech industrial park
Siemens today signs strategic partnership with Jinyu Bio-technology Co., Ltd. (Jinyu Bio-technology). Siemens will help Jinyu Bio-technology build up a world-class intelligent bio-tech industrial park with its advanced Digital Enterprise solutions. You will find this press release at

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Siemens today signs strategic partnership with Jinyu Bio-technology Co., Ltd. (Jinyu Bio-technology). Siemens will help Jinyu Bio-technology build up a world-class intelligent bio-tech industrial park with its advanced Digital Enterprise solutions. You will find this press release at

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Ursula Lang | 2017-01-18
Michelin selects Siemens as one of its suppliers for automation technology
Nuremberg, Germany. Siemens and Michelin signed a worldwide four years contract which allows Siemens to become one of Michelin’s suppliers for industrial automation technology and engineering software. The French tire manufacturer Michelin based in Clermont-Ferrand plans to optimize its industrial structures and leverage the performance of its industrial assets.

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Nuremberg, Germany. Siemens and Michelin signed a worldwide four years contract which allows Siemens to become one of Michelin’s suppliers for industrial automation technology and engineering software. The French tire manufacturer Michelin based in Clermont-Ferrand plans to optimize its industrial structures and leverage the performance of its industrial assets. “This new partnership between Michelin and Siemens elevates our long-term relations based on trustful and innovative collaboration to the next level” said Peter Haan, Siemens’ Global Head of Vertical Market Management for the Tire Industry. To ensure that it provides a first-class service for the Michelin production sites Siemens will apply its “global, but local” approach, which includes the presence of Siemens representatives on site at the Michelin headquarters and at all the Michelin factories worldwide.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-01-16
Intralogistics based on innovative RFID systems - Siemens at the Logimat 2017 – Hall 3, Booth D11
Stuttgart, Germany. Siemens will be present once again at the Logimat 2017 with its comprehensive portfolio for the efficient, innovative automation of logistics processes. RFID technology will feature as one of the highlights at this year’s Siemens booth in the form of a model demonstrating the identification of goods at

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Stuttgart, Germany. Siemens will be present once again at the Logimat 2017 with its comprehensive portfolio for the efficient, innovative automation of logistics processes. RFID technology will feature as one of the highlights at this year’s Siemens booth in the form of a model demonstrating the identification of goods at a gate. Siemens will also be presenting firmware version 3 of its Simatic RF600 reader using the OPC UA communication protocol, as well as the latest generation of its Simatic RF300 readers. Siemens offers a wide RFID portfolio to address every conceivable requirement in the field of intralogistics, for instance in the high-frequency (HF) or ultra-high frequency (UHF) range. Commonly used interfaces such as Profinet, Profibus or TCP/IP permit simple integration in the system landscape. Industrial digitalization requires concepts for planning, implementation and control in the field of logistics. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems are pivotal to the achievement of Industrie 4.0 due to their role in merging the real and virtual worlds. Automatic data acquisition using RFID systems ensures that growing requirements in production and material flow control, asset management, tracking & tracing and supply chain management are met. Seamless product and component traceability throughout the entire manufacturing, procurement and shipping process also provide the necessary capability for the production of batch sizes as low as one. This has given rise to the term “smart assets” to denote assets capable of finding their own way through the production process. This means that information is linked directly with the product. The standard use of RFID systems has also become indispensable for automation. To control production, not only individual workpiece carriers but also large containers must be capable of reliable identification and traceability. All the relevant components of an automation system – such as RFID, controllers, HMI, drives, distributed I/O and functionalities such as safety integrated/industrial security, industrial communication, industrial data management or energy management can be simply integrated within the TIA Portal. A shared database and the smart library concept enable the use of overarching functions. This integrated engineering approach allows RFID components also to be included in the project by simply drag & drop. The Simatic RF600 family’s new V3 firmware offers not only improved operability but also two new interfaces: OPC UA (OPC Unified Architecture) and EtherNet/IP (Ethernet Industrial Protocol). This provides the RF650R, RF680R and RF685R readers with an OPC UA interface. Fully in keeping with the company’s current theme of Driving the Digital Enterprise, the Siemens solution portfolio for Industrie 4.0 and digitalization, this new version will play a key role in networking sensors, automation technology and IT systems. The security functions integrated in the interface provide a high level of data security, while the OPC UA standard for Auto ID enables the exchange of similar systems. Alongside the OPC UA interface, V3 of the firmware also offers an additional interface in the form of EtherNet/IP. This allows Simatic RF680R and RF685R devices to be very simply integrated into infrastructures using this standard, which is in particularly widespread use in America and Asia. Siemens has also upgraded the Simatic RF300 system with three new HF readers, the RF310R, RF340R and RF350R. Through integration in the TIA Portal, these new readers allow simple commissioning. They feature an additional transponder protocol for Moby E-transponders (Mifare classic, ISO 14443 A) and automatic recognition of different transponder types (RF300, ISO 15693, Mifare classic). This simplifies the migration of old systems and opens up scope for new applications. The compact system is designed for control and optimization of the material flow in industrial production, in particular in assembly lines and workpiece carrier systems. The innovated reader generation is capable of seamless integration in Simatic controllers. The system also offers unconditional compatibility with the existing RF300 product family. A new and convenient set-up aid to determine the optimum antenna position makes for a high level of reliability, in particular in metallic environments. This allows users to optimize reader-transponder positioning during assembly/commissioning without the need for any further aids. Captions Automatic identification with RFID systems already plays a key role in logistics and production control. Siemens has upgraded its RIFD system Simatic RF300 with three new readers: RF310R, RF340R and RF350R. These permit simple commissioning by integration into the Simatic Step 7 and TIA-Portal engineering systems. With the new firmware version 3, the RF650R, RF680R and RF685R readers of the Simatic RF600 family now benefit from an OPC UA (OPC Unified Architecture) interface. This plays a key role in the networking of sensors, automation technology and IT systems.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-01-13
More than TÜV-conforming saline wastewater disposal - Precise leak detection under difficult conditions
Neuhof (near Fulda), Germany. To dispose 700,000 cubic meters of saline wastewater created every year as a by-product of mining for potash, K+S Kali GmbH relies on technology and expertise from Siemens. The company, which mines potash at its plant in Neuhof primarily for the production of fertilizer, uses the

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Neuhof (near Fulda), Germany. To dispose 700,000 cubic meters of saline wastewater created every year as a by-product of mining for potash, K+S Kali GmbH relies on technology and expertise from Siemens. The company, which mines potash at its plant in Neuhof primarily for the production of fertilizer, uses the Siwa Leak solution and Simatic PCS 7 process control system for the long-distance pipeline that transports the saline effluent from Neuhof to Philippsthal. Monte Kali may sound like a mountain somewhere in Italy but in actual fact it is the name given by locals to a spoil heap in central Germany, and is one of the highest elevations anywhere in the Fliedetal valley near Fulda. It is used by neighboring K+S Kali GmbH (K+S) as a dump for rock salt, a by-product of mining potash for the production of fertilizers. Rainfall on Monte Kali produces around 700,000 cubic meters of saline wastewater a year, which has to be professionally and responsibly disposed of. The solution used to date – discharge of the water into the low-lying plate dolomite layers – has reached the limits of its capacity, forcing K+S to look for an alternative. It has found this in the form of a pipeline. To implement this ambitious project, K+S opted to rely on the technology and considerable experience of Siemens. Exceeding requirements The TÜV test inspectorate required the pipeline to be equipped in compliance with the TRFL technical regulations for long-distance pipelines. “This includes facilities such as precise leak detection and localization, and it plays a decisive role when selecting a supplier to provide the pipeline controls,” says Christoph Hachfeld, Project Engineer at K+S Kali GmbH in charge of the pipeline project. It was not only the extensive pipeline expertise brought to the table by Siemens but also the leakage detection system Siwa Leak that impressed K+S. In addition, the Simatic PCS 7 process control system on which Siwa Leak is based was already successfully in operation at the company’s Neuhof plant. In addition, measuring devices for flow, pressure and temperature were used , for the first timeall of them originating from the Sitrans product family which is also compatible with Simatic. To enable adequate monitoring of the pipeline, it was divided into 14 sections with twelve sliding gate and purging stations. This division is helpful in a number of ways, including the localization of leaks, as according to TÜV specifications, the long-distance pipeline may not be permitted to lose more than one percent of its flow when operational, and when idle, as little as four liters of water an hour. The fact that the installed pipeline exceeds these requirements with only around half the permissible losses is down to the sophisticated technology and underlying algorithm. Saline water is not always just water The challenge here: The salt dissolved in the water contains crystals which behave differently to pure water at fluctuating temperatures. This means that the water pressure can change unpredictably. In addition, weather conditions such as strong rainfall can have a huge impact on the salt content of the water. The Simatic PCS 7 process control system is capable of responding to these fluctuations. Another benefit of the Simatic control system is that it already incorporates safety functions such as Safety Matrix and a function ensuring IT security. This means that no further software or hardware is required to enable integration of these vital functions, reducing costs and time spent on commissioning. It also simplifies plant handling and maintenance across the entire service life of the plant. Seamless reporting is also included as a function in the Simatic PCS 7. Captions The head-end station of the saline wastewater pipeline is located at the K+S Kali GmbH Neuhof-Ellers plant (Copyright K+S Aktiengesellschaft) The pumping station at the spoil heap marks the start of the saline wastewater’s journey to the Werra river.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-01-11
Everything under control - Siemens process instrumentation simplifies cleaning of hygiene-sensitive plants
Zedelgem/Belgium: The company Packo Inox NV uses process instrumentation from the Siemens Sitrans portfolio for its cleaning-in-place (CIP) systems. The Belgian company produces stainless steel components and systems which are quick and easy to clean for use in hygiene-sensitive production processes in the food and pharmaceutical industries. Packo Inox

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Zedelgem/Belgium: The company Packo Inox NV uses process instrumentation from the Siemens Sitrans portfolio for its cleaning-in-place (CIP) systems. The Belgian company produces stainless steel components and systems which are quick and easy to clean for use in hygiene-sensitive production processes in the food and pharmaceutical industries. Packo Inox based in Zedelgem in Belgium treats the surfaces of components used in the food and pharmaceutical industries, such as milk refrigeration tanks, dispensing systems or continuous flow pasteurizers, supplies mobile and stationary CIP systems and equips entire process lines. To meet the stringent demands made on the hygiene, efficiency and economy of systems and processes used in the food industry, Packo Inox relies on solutions from Siemens for its CIP systems. Process instrumentation from a single source Mobile and stationary CIP systems from Packo Inox can be used to clean tanks, pipelines and mixing systems without the need to open or dismantle them. With a high degree of automation, short cleaning times and minimal use of chemicals, the solutions from Packo Inox help improve plant efficiency. To monitor and control process parameters such as pressure, temperature and flow, the company uses products from the Siemens process instrumentation portfolio. A Simatic controller is used to control multi-step automatic cleaning processes and the correctly timed injection or pumping off of water, detergents and steam. Pressure, flow, level and temperature are measured by the Sitrans P compact pressure transmitter, the Sitrans F M MAG 6000 flow transmitter and the Sitrans TS300 temperature sensor. The Sitrans P DS III is used as a pressure transmitter. The surfaces and connections of the individual components used, like the entire CIP unit, comply with strict hygiene standards and are able to withstand high temperatures and exposure to aggressive cleaning agents. Karel Maeyens, Project Manager at Packo Inox, is delighted with the way the process instrumentation interacts with the automation technology. “The ease of integration makes it possible to quickly design and engineer projects, including smooth commissioning of our CIP units. This means faster commissioning and our customers profit from a shorter time-to-market.” Broadly positioned with a reliable partner Packo Inox is part of the Verder Group, which was founded over 50 ago, and is represented in 24 countries with a workforce totaling over 1,600. As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Packo Inox uses products supplied by Siemens, a partner of many years’ standing, in the fields of automation, operation, power supply and instrumentation. The company’s CIP systems, dispensing units and storage tanks are equipped with Siemens products, including Sitop power supplies, Sinamics low-voltage converters, Simatic ET200M IO systems for distributed automation solutions and Sitrans process instrumentation. “We appreciate the robustness and stability of Siemens devices. We have customers who want to have a trouble-free production 24/7 that extends over many years of operation,” confirms Ove De Backer, Business Unit Manager Industry at Packo Inox, adding: “We are working more and more with international customers. This means that we need partners and suppliers who also work globally and can help us at the installation site – which is precisely where Siemens comes in!” Captions A powerful team: Sitrans F M MAG 6000 works with Sitrans P compact and Sitrans TS300 for the precise measurement of flow, pressure and temperature. Siemens HMI for simple operation of the mobile CIP unit. Packo Inox regularly deploys new devices, such as this Sitrans P DS III pressure transmitter undergoing long-term testing. Sinamics converter – the ideal drive for this application.

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Ursula Lang | 2017-01-10
Pushing out the boundaries - Precision part manufacture for motor racing with Siemens technology
Rott am Inn, Germany. The company KME Renntechnik designs and builds molds and components – predominantly for car racing, but also for the medical technology and aerospace sectors. An established supplier to all the renowned racing teams, KME relies on technology from Siemens for controlling its machines, enabling it to

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Rott am Inn, Germany. The company KME Renntechnik designs and builds molds and components – predominantly for car racing, but also for the medical technology and aerospace sectors. An established supplier to all the renowned racing teams, KME relies on technology from Siemens for controlling its machines, enabling it to produce to a high standard of precision with short throughput times. Motor racing is all about pushing out existing physical boundaries. This applies to the drivers in their cockpits as they fly into every curve on the racetrack, and equally to the engineers and technicians who design and construct the racing cars. The company KME Renntechnik from Rott am Inn relies on Siemens technology to produce molds, tools and finished components for chassis, motors and gearboxes used in DTM (German Touring Car Championships) and Formula 1 racing cars. To produce these vital parts, the company processes not only a variety of metals but also plastics and carbon. The aim here is to adhere to the stringent demands made on precision and achieve the shortest possible throughput times, which alongside a competent team of technicians also calls for the use of top quality technology. To address these demands, since 2012, KME has relied on the Sinumerik 840D sl machine tool control system and the Sinumerik Operate user interface from Siemens to control two Spinner U5-620 simultaneous five-axis machining centers. One of the primary benefits of the 3+2 axes becomes clear against the backdrop of the growing complexity of components. This solution generally permits machining to be completed in a single clamping operation, resulting in short throughput times coupled with outstanding precision. “We are also getting more and more requests for parts with free-form surfaces. Thanks to the U5, that’s no problem for us,” explains Klaus Murnauer, racing enthusiast and owner of KME Renntechnik, who pours his extensive experience as a car mechanic and mechanical engineering expert heart and soul into the design and production process. Clearly proud, he is keen to talk about the latest major contract he has landed with a well-known racing team “which will be lining its vehicles up at the start of the next 24 Hours of Le Mans.” Simple handling – even for relative newcomers Machine programming is made tangibly simpler by Sinumerik Operate’s intuitive operating concept. In addition to the modern, simple user interface, the Sinumerik programming user interface ShopMill provides employees with a graphic work step programming system. In this mode, the Sinumerik CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) requests each individual command and models it visually. This means that even production employees who have no background in programming are able to work with the CNC machine. Another benefit of Sinumerik Operate is its Windows-look structure. The user interface and key combinations such as Ctrl+A for “select all” are familiar to employees from their own PCs at home. And when setting up the machine, they are supported by animated pictures and graphics, and a clearly arranged list of all tools which are depicted by symbols. Tailored to KME’s needs The Siemens technology used at KME also encompasses the Sinumerik M-Dynamics milling technology package including Advanced Surface intelligent motion control in a new upgraded version. Here, the experts at Siemens have optimized the Look Ahead function for predictive data input and processing, especially to suit KME, and integrated a high-performance data compressor. This aligns the modeled individual points so well during program generation that the machine can mill extremely smooth surfaces. The jerk control function ensures that axes are accelerated and decelerated gently despite the high dynamic response. High-powered team Their precision control system enables the Spinner five-axis machining centers used at KME to complete even the most complex of tasks. Their outstanding efficiency makes for remarkable speed and accuracy. A tool magazine with dual-arm tool changer offering up to 55 spaces, for instance, not only minimizes idle time but allows axis acceleration speeds of 5 meters per square second (m/s²). To ensure a consistently high standard of tool accuracy, the centers are fitted with digital position measuring systems. Infobox:KME Renntechnik Founded in 2007 by Klaus Murnauer, KME Renntechnik is an established supplier, predominantly in the field of motor racing (Formula 1, DTM, 24 Hours of Le Mans). Around 70 percent of its turnover is generated in this industry, with medical technology and aerospace accounting for the remaining 30 percent. KME produces simple and complex molds, tools and wide-ranging finished components made from a variety of materials using modern CNC machines. Captions KME Renntechnik has gained an excellent reputation as a supplier to many Formula 1 and DTM (German Touring Car Championship) racing teams. Complex components with freeform surfaces are programmed at KME using external CAD/CAM systems and the programs transferred over the network to the CNC. The machines are then set up, tooled and the relevant program launched. Everything started at KME Renntechnik with a Sinumerik-controlled Spinner VC560. KME produces a wide range of different tools, molds and finished components for a variety of materials which are used in the chassis, motor and gearbox of racing cars.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-12-19
Little effort, great effect - Modern frequency converter solution from Siemens enables efficient operation of soldering systems
Wertheim, Germany. SMT Maschinen- und Vertriebs GmbH & Co. KG is a globally renowned manufacturer of reflow ovens and employs a workforce of around 120 at its Wertheim site. In designing their machines which are largely exported, the company has recently come to rely on the Sinamics V20 frequency converters

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Wertheim, Germany. SMT Maschinen- und Vertriebs GmbH & Co. KG is a globally renowned manufacturer of reflow ovens and employs a workforce of around 120 at its Wertheim site. In designing their machines which are largely exported, the company has recently come to rely on the Sinamics V20 frequency converters from Siemens which help SMT to make significant energy savings. Added benefits include comprehensive diagnostic functions and the compact size of these frequency converters, all of which enable an infinitely variable drive control and a modular plant solution. Efficient operation of all their systems is key to all entrepreneurs. Process stability, availability and energy efficiency make or mar their economic success. This is what SMT Maschinen- und Vertriebs GmbH & Co. KG (SMT) from Wertheim are fully aware of. The family-run business manufactures reflow soldering systems and other systems which are exported all over the world. This reflow system is a soft soldering method used for surface-mounted devices (SMD components). One of the highlights in the SMT portfolio is the “SMT Quattro Peak L Plus” reflow oven, a continuous oven in which various electrical products are soft soldered. An optimization project focusing on machine design and manufacturing, including clocked assembly line production, resulted in a 33-percent increase in plant output. To reduce the energy consumption of their machines, SMT has recently opted for technology from the Siemens Sinamics portfolio. Infinitely variable closed loop control Significant savings can be made with the first-time use of a Sinamics V20 frequency converter driving the individual speed-controlled 370-watt three-phase asynchronous motors. “Now that we have given up forming groups of frequency converters and have opted for individual fan controls instead, we can best leverage the energy savings potential in the continuous process,” describes Andreas Stemmler, Technical Director at SMT. Instead of having four fan stages in the reflow systems, we are now able to use the Sinamics V20 frequency converters to infinitely control the drives, ensuring an optimum closed loop control of all individual parts of the system. Even a frequency reduction from 50 Hertz to 45 Hertz cuts by 20 percent the current drawn by the fan motor, which consumes most of the energy in the reflow soldering systems. Small and efficient Another benefit of the soldering systems’ modular design encompassing up to eleven temperature zones, fans and a cleaning system lies in the fan unit’s design having its own frequency converter. This design enables the customer to implement individual processes much more easily than in the past. “The sensitive electrical and electronic components on the printed circuit board require the temperature gradient and heat dissipation to be exactly matched,” emphasizes Andreas Stemmler. Heat dissipation is no problem with Sinamics V20 converters which are available in seven frame sizes and power ranges from 0.12 kilowatt to 30 kilowatts. The compact frequency converters require a space of only 63 millimeters in the control cabinet, they are designed for uninterrupted operation, and they can be arranged one by one. As these converters are suitable for either push-through or wall mounting they can be mounted on the side of the soldering machine, that is, away from the greatest heat zone, which also makes for easy access for servicing purposes. Simple communication Alongside energy efficiency and size, the decisive criteria for SMT to opt for the Sinamics V20 were the diagnostic function and the safety functions. Instead of the circuit breakers and contactors previously used to cut off the drives it is now sufficient to fuse the converters to protect them against short circuit. Via bus communication the converter supplies the controller with important diagnostic information, such as energy data, operating hours, power and current ratings, as well as temperature levels. The first parameterization is done either online via Modbus or as part of the workflow using a parameter loader from Siemens which comes with an SD card and its own voltage supply. In combination with Modbus communication and integrated diagnostic functions, the compact Sinamics V20 converters are the ideal solution for SMT. Using Siemens technology, the company was able to optimize its reflow soldering systems in terms of both design and power consumption. “And this is the way in which we systematically align quality and energy efficiency,” summarizes Andreas Stemmler. Captions SMT Maschinen- und Vertriebs GmbH & Co. KG in Wertheim modernizes its Quattro Peak L Plus reflow soldering systems and relies on the Sinamics V20 frequency converters from Siemens. Each fan drive in the plant is frequency-controlled, helping to further optimize process stability and energy efficiency. A determining criterion in favor of the Sinamics V20 was its compact size. It is only 63 millimeters wide and fits in perfectly with the optimized plant design. Within the framework of Industrie 4.0, all process data collected is now systematically used to optimize processes as frequency converters help to adjust and control these processes more precisely.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-12-16
Corrugated boards from the “New World” - Canadian company steps up paper production with Siemens technology
St. George/New Brunswick/Canada. Paper manufacturer Lake Utopia Paper based in St. George in Canada produces corrugated boards for packaging products. Its customer base extends across the USA, Canada and Latin America. As part of a plant modernization project, the company opted to use Integrated Drive Systems (IDS) and the Sipaper

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St. George/New Brunswick/Canada. Paper manufacturer Lake Utopia Paper based in St. George in Canada produces corrugated boards for packaging products. Its customer base extends across the USA, Canada and Latin America. As part of a plant modernization project, the company opted to use Integrated Drive Systems (IDS) and the Sipaper portfolio from Siemens. Despite a brief window of time allowing just ten days to implement the components, the project was turned around on schedule. The improvements have meant enhanced productivity, plant availability and product quality for Lake Utopia Paper, and allowed the company to not only reduce waste and cut downtimes, but also optimize its energy consumption. The project, which was launched in October 2015, is due for completion by the end of the year. 185,000 metric tons a year – this is the volume of corrugated boards produced by Lake Utopia Paper from St. George in Canada. Corrugated boards form the basis for the packaging products used by its customers from Canada, the USA and Latin America. To allow Lake Utopia Paper to continue to meet stringent customer expectations, the company launched a multiple-phase modernization of its facilities in 2014. As part of this project, the main paper manufacturing plant has also been undergoing modernization since October 2015 with a view to improving productivity using products from the Siemens IDS (Integrated Drive Systems) and Sipaper portfolio. These have already been in operation in the main plant for a good year. Still to be completed in 2016 is the technical equipment of a machine for hygiene products. Individual solutions and simple integration Siemens supplied an Integrated Drive System (IDS) complete with motor, drive, gearbox and coupling precisely tailored to the customer’s specifications for the plant. This has enabled Lake Utopia Paper to reduce both the costs and the complexity of its facilities and at the same time to improve their availability. The equipment supplied comprises 25 Sinamics S120 Cabinet Modules providing a modular cabinet unit solution, four Sinamics drives, 23 Nema motors with outputs of between 30 and 300 hp (horse power), five Simatic TP500 Touch Panels, each with a PCS7 Engineering and Operator Station, and the Master Controller Sipaper PCS7. Siemens has developed the modular system Sipaper APL based on Simatic PCS 7 with the Advanced Process Library (APL), which enables the integration of individual drive components into an ideally coordinated process. These functional modules enabled modular, rapid and low-cost implementation of the drive solution. Tight schedule “Siemens kept a very close eye on the engineering, installation and testing of the new facilities. This was vital to ensuring punctual completion and the overall success of the project,” comments Justin Leger, Project Manager at Lake Utopia Paper. The engineers had just a very narrow window of just ten days when the paper machine was switched off for maintenance to complete installation and commissioning of the new technology. “Following implementation of the Siemens solution, we were able to increase production speed and step up our daily output,” continues Legere. In concrete terms, this means that Lake Utopia Paper has been able to accelerate its paper machine by more than 30 centimeters per minute, generating an impressive increase in the mill’s output by over a meter a minute.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-12-14
fresh off the press: Siemens MediaService Dezember 2016 - Industry News
In its last issue of 2016, once again the MediaService Industries introduces new products and applications from the world of drives and automation. These include new panel and extension unit sizes for the IP65 rated Simatic Human Interface Pro systems, and new functions for the network transition IE/PB Link PN

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In its last issue of 2016, once again the MediaService Industries introduces new products and applications from the world of drives and automation. These include new panel and extension unit sizes for the IP65 rated Simatic Human Interface Pro systems, and new functions for the network transition IE/PB Link PN IO. Applications featured in this MediaService cover a range of topics which could hardly be more varied. Atomic clocks in a vacuum: we read about how Siemens technology is used for monitoring and controlling an experimental lab which is destined to dock onto the International Space Station ISS as an outpost of the Columbus space lab. Coming back to earth, we hear about an automatic box opener which enables the efficient slitting open and unpacking of boxes. Just in time for the Christmas season, we read about varieties of confectionery wafer and how their production is optimized by a Simatic WinCC control system. And finally, our attention is turned to complete solutions for plastic molds, die-casting tools, thermoforming tools, press dies, fixtures and much more, an area in which the NX software from Siemens PLM Software has succeeded in improving quality and substantially reducing engineering time. Find out more at: MediaService December MediaService MediaService Digithek for downloading individual articles from all issues

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Ursula Lang | 2016-12-12
Doors and windows made to measure - Speed, flexibility and high throughput
Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein/Germany. The Lübeck-based company Beth Holzbearbeitungsmaschinen GmbH has specialized in plants and machines for door and window production. Realizing high throughput rates alongside an exemplary standard of quality calls for flexible, meticulously engineered machine concepts, which this internationally renowned specialist achieves using integrated control and drive technology from Siemens.

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Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein/Germany. The Lübeck-based company Beth Holzbearbeitungsmaschinen GmbH has specialized in plants and machines for door and window production. Realizing high throughput rates alongside an exemplary standard of quality calls for flexible, meticulously engineered machine concepts, which this internationally renowned specialist achieves using integrated control and drive technology from Siemens. The result: individually tailored complete solutions to meet every customer requirement with the utmost flexibility and precision. Whether transverse machining, longitudinal profiling or drilling and pocket milling – all of these tasks are dealt with by compact line machines and optional CNC stations. Program-controlled adjustable spindles, supports, guides and roller tracks eliminate the need for re-equipping the machine to process different workpiece dimensions and profiles, enabling fast, flexible door and window production. For this, Beth relies on efficient Siemens servo drives with distributed Sinamics S120 M inverters which position supports, roller guides and spindles in just seconds. This allows several parts requiring individual machining to pass through the longitudinal profiling plant in quick succession. Within a single batch or series, this enables between four and six parts per minute to be processed without intermediate stops and without reducing the feed rate. This outstanding performance is achieved through the use of energy-efficient drive technology with Sinamics frequency converters and Simotics electric motors. Precision control and drive technology Distributed drives enable space savings in the control cabinet and a smaller overall footprint, while also substantially reducing cabling effort. In addition, braking energy is recovered using a common DC link and fed back into the grid. CEO Hans-Joachim Beth is delighted with the Siemens technology: “With Siemens as automation partner, we can offer our customers individual, state-of-the-art solutions accompanied by global service and spare parts availability – over the complete lifecycle of the system.” Captions Beth Holzbearbeitungsmaschinen GmbH machine concepts enable high throughput rates for window and door manufacturing. Photo of longitudinal profiling machine control cabinet Typical automation topology of an SZ Eco tenoning and mortising machine or a longitudinal profiling machine. Using Sinamics S120 M servo drives, the rollers are horizontally adjusted in front of each main operating unit – without intermediate stops and at the full feed rate.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-12-07
“Delicates cycle” for vegetables - Digital innovation for clean greens
Aargau Canton, Switzerland. Consumers are not the only ones who appreciate vegetables being cleaned before they reach the supermarket shelf: Wholesalers make similarly high quality demands on their fresh produce. To prevent vegetables and salad leaves rotting or wilting, steps have to be taken to ensure they are neither too

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Aargau Canton, Switzerland. Consumers are not the only ones who appreciate vegetables being cleaned before they reach the supermarket shelf: Wholesalers make similarly high quality demands on their fresh produce. To prevent vegetables and salad leaves rotting or wilting, steps have to be taken to ensure they are neither too wet nor too dry when they reach the store. An innovative vegetable washing and spinning machine produced by the Swiss micro-SME Villiger Technik AG relies on Siemens technology to give fresh produce the optimum treatment. The plant, which is centrally controlled by a Simatic S7-1500 CPU (ET 200SP CPU), was designed from scratch by Bruno Villiger in 3D, then configured and programmed in the TIA Portal. The spinning rotor and immersion lift benefit from modular Sinamics S120 frequency converters. The machine is operated using a Simatic HMI Basic Panel KTP1200. Villiger has plans to simulate and digitally commission the machines in future using the Siemens PLM software NX, which will allow improvements to be made simply and quickly at any time.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-12-05
Well positioned - Machine builder links his internationalization strategy to integrated drive technology from Siemens
Backnang, Germany. Holz automation GmbH, a machine builder in Baden-Württemberg with a focus on special machines featuring integrated inspection technology, developed the first prototype of a fully automated universal joint assembly line in 2013. For all future lines, Holz relies on integrated drive systems from Siemens as a consistent standard.

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Backnang, Germany. Holz automation GmbH, a machine builder in Baden-Württemberg with a focus on special machines featuring integrated inspection technology, developed the first prototype of a fully automated universal joint assembly line in 2013. For all future lines, Holz relies on integrated drive systems from Siemens as a consistent standard. As they enable dynamic processes to be run and exact inspections to be carried out, the company achieves optimum process security. Based on the new degree of automation in production optimizing accuracy and efficiency, the company also expects to open up global markets. Every car has three to four universal joints fitted, which are usually required for torque transmission. A lot of manual work used to go into assembling them. The situation changed in 2013 when Holz automation GmbH from Backnang near Stuttgart developed the first prototype of a fully automated assembly line for universal joints which has all assembly stages and a product inspection system integrated into a rotary transfer line. To ensure a consistent standard for all future rotary transfer lines for universal joint assembly, Holz relies on Integrated Drive Systems (IDS) from Siemens in an effort to further optimize the accuracy and efficiency of its plants and open up international markets. Integrated and consistent processes The first rotary line fitted with IDS was delivered in 2016 to automotive specialist IFA Rotorion in Haldensleben. Permanent magnet Simotics 1FK7 servo motors and Sinamics S120 converters ensure precise and efficient motion control along the whole chain of processes: from assembly, two joining processes each involving eight coordinated axes through to integrated quality assurance. All these automated sequences are controlled by a powerful Simotion D455-2 PN/DP controller, which is capable of delivering the required extremely short cycle times of up to 0.25 milliseconds (ms) whilst also logging and analyzing process flows for quality assurance purposes. “It was mainly in the curve evaluation that we noticed the smooth interaction of all drive and automation components right from the start: Whilst we experienced slight torque variations in the controllers previously used, we now see only absolutely clean curves,” explains Marc Hentzner, head of the technology division at Holz automation. Engineering made by Holz Another advantage of the Siemens solution is the ease with which it can be integrated into the entire engineering setup. “Whilst we used proven Siemens modules for integrating the drives, all engineering involved in the joining process is our proprietary development which we consciously did not outsource because we wish to build up expertise here and keep it here,” emphasized Managing Director Jürgen Holz. Right from the beginning we found the TIA portal to be of great help as it provides so many options for integrating and monitoring the individual process stages. Consistent integration ranges from the Simatic S7 1516F CPU, through to motion control functions up to operation using Simatic WinCC, including specification and analysis of joining processes and comprehensive diagnostics. As part of a proactive maintenance schedule, the system continuously monitors plant condition and alarms operators in the event of any deviation. Automatic process control and the separation of accepted parts and rejects produce a high degree of process security and a low reject rate. Great visions “Open standards and integrated diagnostic and safety functions also ensure that the entire plant can be upgraded at any time,” observed Fabian Siegler, programmer at Holz automation. As a consequence, virtually all customers’ wishes can be implemented which makes Holz’s business sustainable and competitive, especially with a view to the world market. “Our goal is to standardize the fully automated type of plant in its basic form and to ship four to six lines every year,” states Jürgen Holz looking to the future. And Siemens was exactly the right partner to achieve just that. Captions Compact and highly efficient. With a foot print of only 25 square meters, the fully automated rotary transfer line assembles approx. 4,320 universal joints daily. At the end of the assembly line, robots place the accepted universal joints on pallets. The entire joining process is driven by servomotors and controlled by a precise and energy-saving Simotion D455-2 PN/DP. Topology of universal joint assembly from Holz automation.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-12-05
Design anywhere, build anywhere - Extensive re-use of data worldwide with Siemens PLM Software
Duluth, Georgia/USA. The Agco Corporation, a global leader in designing and manufacturing of agricultural solutions, uses Teamcenter and Tecnomatix Software from specialist Siemens PLM Software to implement a common platform for manufacturing engineers and to share process plans and electronic work instructions used by the company globally. Agco Corporation

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Duluth, Georgia/USA. The Agco Corporation, a global leader in designing and manufacturing of agricultural solutions, uses Teamcenter and Tecnomatix Software from specialist Siemens PLM Software to implement a common platform for manufacturing engineers and to share process plans and electronic work instructions used by the company globally. Agco Corporation is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, and a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural solutions, supporting more productive farming through a full line of equipment and related services. The company has a strong global presence with more than 40 manufacturing sites worldwide. Wise decision and successful implementation With its global footprint, Agco has pursued a design anywhere, build anywhere strategy in tandem with a platform product architecture. The goal is to more efficiently develop, manufacture and manage the company’s large portfolio of products. With that objective in mind, Agco adopted Teamcenter software for product lifecycle management (PLM) and Tecnomatix software for digital manufacturing – both from Siemens PLM Software – first deploying the software at the company’s Hesston, Kansas facility. Several factors influenced Agco’s decision to deploy Teamcenter and Tecnomatix in manufacturing: the need for manufacturing work instructions and the use of standalone, paper-based work instructions; the need to better manage design engineering process changes; issues with the use of the engineering bill of materials (EBOM) in the company’s manufacturing resource planning (MRP) system and manufacturing execution system (MES); and to better serve the needs of manufacturing engineering in developing the manufacturing bill of materials (MBOM) and process plans. “We want to re-use the bill of process, we want to re-use the MBOM, we want to re-use the majority of our electronic work instructions, so it makes a lot of sense that our manufacturing engineers are working on a common global platform, which for us is Teamcenter. With the use of Teamcenter, we are able to have one site basically doing 80 percent of the work that is necessary for all sites that are building the same product, so that’s a huge savings”, says Susanne Lauda, global project lead, manufacturing automation at Agco. Gary D’Souza, manufacturing engineering lead, global manufacturing PLM at Agco, adds: “Teamcenter helps us to meet the objective of design anywhere, build anywhere by allowing us to take the rich data that is created by design and expose it to different users in manufacturing at multiple sites around the world. The process that we are trying to use to achieve that is to have a single bill of material that we use as our master data, and then have multiple ways of building that product in the bill of process, which is essentially the digital twin of the real-world production process represented inside of Teamcenter.” Streamlined creation of BOMs and process plans Working from the EBOM, Agco manufacturing engineers use Teamcenter and Tecnomatix to create a separate MBOM, reorganizing components and configuring subassemblies that can be sourced externally, or for key components like cabins or engines, from Agco’s internal supply chain. When developing MBOMs and process plans, manufacturing engineers take advantage of the capability to view a multilevel product structure with live links to the 3D CAD model displayed on the same screen. Using the intuitive user interface of Teamcenter, building a BOM or process plan can be as simple as copying and pasting. “Using a system like Teamcenter that understands where each of the parts came from in the EBOM, where they’re going to go in the MBOM, where they are going to be produced globally, and weaving that thread all the way through the structures is a key requirement for us,” says D’Souza. Electronic work instructions for global manufacturing One of Agco’s first initiatives using Teamcenter and Tecnomatix was aimed at providing electronic work instructions (EWIs) to replace hardcopy work instructions at its manufacturing sites. The goals of providing EWIs are to achieve more traceability for model year changes, to provide a better understanding of the product structure, and to better manage different structures at different manufacturing sites. Using Teamcenter, the manufacturing engineers create work instructions that include a list of steps in each operation, along with a text version of the instructions, the BOM for the active task that includes a change log, and multiple visual depictions of the process and components, taken directly from CAD models of the product. “The new operators coming in can pick up very easily compared to what it was when we had paper bundle work instructions. These electronic work instructions have created better training material, not just for the shop floor, but they are also used in new product introductions to analyze and establish a better process,” explains Anvesh Kulkarni, a manufacturing engineer at Agcon. Captions Founded in 1990, Agco has grown dramatically ever since and now has a strong global presence with more than 40 manufacturing sites around the world. To support its „design anywhere, build anywhere“ strategy, Agco Corporation uses Teamcenter and Tecnomatix from Siemens PLM Software. All of the new product introductions are going to be platform-oriented and will re-use data.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-11-30
Support for young talent - Siemens sponsors 5th EuroSkills vocational qualification competition
Gothenburg/Sweden. The WorldSkills Europe Organization and Siemens AG are committed to the encouragement of high-quality vocational training for youngsters around the world. From December 1st to 3rd, their efforts will culminate in the 5th EuroSkills Competition in Gothenburg. At the biggest event of its kind anywhere in Europe, around 490

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Gothenburg/Sweden. The WorldSkills Europe Organization and Siemens AG are committed to the encouragement of high-quality vocational training for youngsters around the world. From December 1st to 3rd, their efforts will culminate in the 5th EuroSkills Competition in Gothenburg. At the biggest event of its kind anywhere in Europe, around 490 participants from over 35countries will be pitching their skills against each other under the banner “Developing Skills = Creating a Future” in 38 qualification fields. As Lead Skills Partner, Siemens will be sponsoring the competition in Gothenburg with state-of-the-art products from the Siemens automation portfolio. Alongside a sound school education, young people also need to be trained in vocational qualifications which will stand them in good stead in their future career and open the best possible job opportunities to them in the labor market. Working together with the WorldSkills Europe, Siemens AG is fully committed to supporting top quality vocational training for up and coming young talent around Europe by supporting vocational training centers in Europe over with technological expertise. “By committing to EuroSkills, we are supporting the best and most talented young specialists with top-class automation products, and raising the competition onto the Industrial level,” says Ralf-Michael Franke, CEO of the Business Unit Factory Automation at Siemens. The 5th EuroSkills Competition will be taking place from December 1st to 3rd, 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The organizer, WorldSkills Sweden AB (Aktiebolag), selected the Exhibition & Congress Centre and the Gothia Towers as the venues for the event. Under the banner of “Developing Skills = Creating a Future,” around 30,000 visitors are expected to travel to the city for the three days of the competition. In the total of 44 disciplines, around 490 participants up to 25 years of age from over 30 countries will be pitching their skills against each other to win the gold medal. Siemens will be taking part as Lead Skills Partner with its own booth. Within the framework of the competition, Siemens will provide the equipment for the vocational disciplines “Industrial Control”, “Electrical Installations”, “Refrigeration/Air Conditioning”. The machines provided for the skills CNC Milling are equipped with Siemens CNC controllers”. The company’s commitment to the competition is linked to its “Siemens Automation Cooperates with Education” (SCE) program, which offers teaching materials and courses to educators in a bid to convey information about Digitalization. “ Our partnership with WordSkills Sweden is an important part of our contribution to the Smart Industry initiative of the Swedish government, so Thomas Stetter, Division Lead Digital Factory in the Nordic region.: Hubert Romer, President of WorldSkills Europe, confirmed that the caliber of skills within the manufacturing and engineering technology cluster had been significantly boosted by support from Siemens. Captions WorldSkills competition Skill “Industrial Control” Skill „CNC Milling“

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Ursula Lang | 2016-11-30
Confectionery under wraps - Packaging plants for the confectionery industry with plant simulation
Altendorf, Germany. Loesch Verpackungstechnik GmbH (LoeschPack) is an international leader in the development and production of packaging plants and machines, focusing on solutions for the confectionery industry. Using Plant Simulation from the Tecnomatix portfolio from Siemens PLM Software, the company is able to simulate the efficiency of its machines and

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Altendorf, Germany. Loesch Verpackungstechnik GmbH (LoeschPack) is an international leader in the development and production of packaging plants and machines, focusing on solutions for the confectionery industry. Using Plant Simulation from the Tecnomatix portfolio from Siemens PLM Software, the company is able to simulate the efficiency of its machines and system solutions in detail before they are actually built, and to optimize them if required. Transfer of the simulation results and parameters to the actual plant control system simplifies commissioning and reduces the set-up time required on the customer’s premises. Whether twisted into a colorful paper wrapper, welded in bags or encased in film: the methods used to package candy are as varied as the range of tempting treats on offer. The company LoeschPack based in Altendorf, Germany, has specialized in the manufacture of machinery for packaging confectionery. An international leader in its field, the company develops, builds and provides customer support for packaging machines and complete systems – predominantly those used in the confectionery industry. Since the beginning of 2015, it has relied on Plant Simulation from the Siemens PLM Software Tecnomatix portfolio. “Of course we like to satisfy our customers and to meet their expectations,” says Tobias Hetzer, Deputy Head of Project Engineering at LoeschPack. “To fulfill this, we need to verify in advance the efficiency of the packaging systems – which are highly complex and frequently have to handle fragile customer products – in other words during the plant concept phase. This task not only requires us to know the cyclical speed of the machines, we also need to find out how many machines are needed per single packaging step and how big the buffers should be. Most importantly, we need to know the likely impact of what are usually short-term malfunctions on the overall process and consequently on the efficiency of the plant when working with this type of sensitive product.” Reliable simulation Using Plant Simulation, LoeschPack is able to quickly verify concepts generally developed in cooperation with the customer for what have always been highly complex and individual plants, and to come up with resilient results. This is done by using simulation modules integrated into Plant Simulation by initially generating a simulation model of the packaging plant. The modules can be individually modified and supplemented. Ideally, the simulation is based on a hall layout provided by the customer, into which the simulation modules are integrated to produce a realistic 2D or 3D representation of the system. Following configuration of the parameters for the individual components, these parameters permit the rapid simulation of different scenarios and provide a realistic insight into the influence of buffer sizes and the efficiency of the overall system. Simulation also permits a significantly higher number of concept variants to be tested in a short time, and enables efficiency-improving measures and the added costs involved to be compared. Another benefit of Plant Simulation relates to plant commissioning. Close cooperation with the machine control programmers during the planning phase allows already validated parameters and other information to be transferred directly into the plant software. This reduces the time required for plant installation and set-up on the customer’s premises. Big plans for the future Tobias Hetzer is clear about the rationale behind the company’s choice of software: “We decided to go with Plant Simulation because it is flexible, we can model our current and future processes precisely even though the software was not developed specifically for the packaging industry, and because it is easy and intuitive to use. In addition, Plant Simulation offers good visualization of the processes and displays results in a variety of formats.” The company is already planning to expand its use of Plant Simulation to include “virtual commissioning”, meaning the testing and planning of control data on a virtual machine before the validated data is transferred into the controllers of the actual machine. LoeschPack was founded way back in 1919 in Dresden. Since 1982, the company based in Altendorf in Upper Franconia has been part of the Piepenbrock Group. LoeschPack currently employs a workforce of around 300. Captions - All pictures Copyright LoeschPack Digital simulation of a chocolate bar packaging system with Plant Simulation: Product distribution, primary and secondary wrapping and consolidated transport. LoeschPack packaging plants include machines for individual packaging processes but also supply, sorting and transport components for products and packaging materials as well as buffers. Detail view showing the packing head of a high-speed roll-wrapping machine.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-11-29
Stiegl brewery in Salzburg gains a competitive edge through digitalization
End-to-end automation and visualization of the brew house Enhanced efficiency and flexibility Assurance of consistently high product quality Modern breweries face a complex array of challenges. The quantity of different beer types is continuously on the increase, while cost pressure is growing in the competition for market share. The

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End-to-end automation and visualization of the brew house Enhanced efficiency and flexibility Assurance of consistently high product quality Modern breweries face a complex array of challenges. The quantity of different beer types is continuously on the increase, while cost pressure is growing in the competition for market share. The route towards more flexible and economical beer production lies through consistent digitalization of the brewery plant – along the entire value chain: From incoming goods through to the point of dispatch, from the production level to the ERP level. Once all the steps of the production process are ideally interlinked and all the different sections of the brewery are able to reliably communicate with each other, flexibility and consequently lower costs will follow. Austria’s biggest private brewery – the Stieglbrauerei in Salzburg – opted to go down precisely this route. Producing around 20 different beer types, today Stiegl offers the most widely diverse range of beers in Austria. To allow the different beer types to be brewed more efficiently, more cost-effectively and with a consistently high flavor quality, the brewery relies on a new customized automation system from Siemens. The brew house at Stieglbrauerei in Salzburg has been comprehensively digitalized on the basis of Siemens SIMATIC S7 technology and WinCC software. This press release and a press picture are available here For further information, please click here Captions All pictures copyright Stiegl Brauerei

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Ursula Lang | 2016-11-28
Extended Condition Monitoring - Siplus CMS1200 Condition Monitoring System with an improved analysis option
Nuremberg, Germany. With a new firmware, Siemens has extended the Siplus CMS1200 Condition Monitoring System (CMS) for drive trains to include two functions: One records trend developments of spectra allowing a better analysis of collected data. The parameter frequency range has also been extended from 0.1 Hz to 10 kHz.

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Nuremberg, Germany. With a new firmware, Siemens has extended the Siplus CMS1200 Condition Monitoring System (CMS) for drive trains to include two functions: One records trend developments of spectra allowing a better analysis of collected data. The parameter frequency range has also been extended from 0.1 Hz to 10 kHz. Damage prevention is always better than damage repair. This is also true for the drive trains used in industrial plants. To monitor the condition of their mechanical components, Siemens now offers the Condition Monitoring System (CMS) CMS1200 for integration into the Simatic S7-1200. At an early stage, these CMS detect wear and tear on parts or mechanical damage, allowing maintenance work to be timed accordingly. For the Condition Monitoring Module SM 1281 used in Siplus CMS1200, analysis options have been improved for the signals received and the monitoring area extended. Focusing on trend developments and low frequencies In order to enable a more detailed analysis of the readings picked up from monitoring mechanical drive components such as motors, pumps, gears and fans, Siplus CMS1200 can now also record spectra trend developments. Wear and tear on mechanical components can be evaluated even more efficiently and maintenance work be better planned. In addition, the new firmware has extended the parameter range capable of being monitored to include the low frequencies: from 0.1 Hz (up to 10 kHz). Siplus CMS1200 is integrated into the control and motion control components via the Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) portal and offers simple and permanent condition monitoring. The parameter-based diagnosis runs directly on the CPU of the S7-1200. Captions Siplus CMS1200 Condition Monitoring System with an improved analysis option of collected signals and an extended monitoring area.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-11-25
Sustainable treatment - New PACT technology for wastewater treatment
Nuremberg, Germany. Siemens has launched the PACT MBR system – the next generation of Powdered Activated Carbon Treatment (PACT) technology for the sustainable reuse of refinery and petrochemical wastewaters. Siemens announces the next generation PACT technology – the PACT membrane bioreactor technology (MBR) system – for treatment of refinery

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Nuremberg, Germany. Siemens has launched the PACT MBR system – the next generation of Powdered Activated Carbon Treatment (PACT) technology for the sustainable reuse of refinery and petrochemical wastewaters. Siemens announces the next generation PACT technology – the PACT membrane bioreactor technology (MBR) system – for treatment of refinery and petrochemical wastewater. This next generation technology integrates the compressed footprint and ultrafiltration (UF) effluent quality of membrane bioreactor technology with the robustness and recalcitrant COD (chemicaloxygen demand) removal capability of a PACT system, delivering a wastewater treatment purification processes capable of meeting the most stringent effluent standards, and ready to be integrated into existing sustainable water reuse programs. Optimized solutions Up to 50 percent savings in footprint compared to conventional treatment systems is achievable for greenfield applications. Similar space and construction cost savings can be achieved in brownfield retrofits. Submerged flat-sheet ceramic membrane filtration, using membranes supplied by MeidenAmerica,Inc., asubsidiaryofMeidenshaCorporationofJapan,provide highly durable, abrasion resistant, and long-life service, leading Siemens to offer an industry-leading 5-year membrane warranty. Other UF(ultra filtration) membrane materials are available to match project service life requirements. Captions PACT system installed for treating refinery and petrochemical wastewater.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-11-23
Ultra-modern part tracking - Automotive supplier optimizes production process with RFID technology from Siemens
Pappenheim, Germany. Faurecia Automotive Exteriors is among the world’s leading automotive supply companies. The company group uses only the very latest production technology to manufacture exterior parts for cars in the Franconian town of Pappenheim. This includes the use of ultra-high frequency RFID (radio frequency identification) technology from Siemens to

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Pappenheim, Germany. Faurecia Automotive Exteriors is among the world’s leading automotive supply companies. The company group uses only the very latest production technology to manufacture exterior parts for cars in the Franconian town of Pappenheim. This includes the use of ultra-high frequency RFID (radio frequency identification) technology from Siemens to improve the transparency and efficiency of processes along the value chain. Use of this technology has allowed Faurecia to improve product quality and made processes faster and safer for production staff. Further RFID projects within the Faurecia group are set to be implemented in the future. The world’s first bumper made of plastic originated from Franconia, or more precisely from Pappenheim. Automotive components have been produced here in the Faurecia Automotive Exteriors factory since 1975. The automotive supplier, one of the leading names in the business, has introduced ultra-high frequency RFID (radio frequency identification) technology from Siemens for the production and distribution of its bumpers and sills in Pappenheim. Providing the connection between the UHF RFID system Simatic RF600 and the company’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) level is the middleware “Tagpilot” supplied by Siemens Solution Partners Tagnology Systems GmbH. Outstanding availability and simple implementation Readers of the new generation (RF650R) as well as antennas which are adjustable to the various applications both in terms of performance and size (RF620A, RF640A and RF660A) were the common first choice for the project. RFID technology accompanies the entire production process in Pappenheim. This is done by attaching the RFID label RF630L to a defined position on the inside of the parts. These labels are suited for application under increased temperatures up to 90 degrees Celsius and support multiple painting processes. Deciding factors in favor of the Siemens solution were the global availability of the necessary components, their high industrial standard (protection rating up to IP65), and the system’s scalability. In addition, the Siemens readers can be quickly and simply integrated using an RJ45 Ethernet interface. For future applications, the company is considering the use of solutions such as Profinet-capable readers RF680R and RF685R which would do away with for the need for separate communication modules. With a second Ethernet interface, the Profinet readers can be configured and diagnosed during ongoing operation. Simple diagnostics All the new Simatic RFIDs require no additional software for reading station commissioning, optimization and diagnostics, as all required tools are implemented in the device firmware and can be easily accessed using a web browser. Parameters such as the RSSI value (Received Signal Strength Indicator), i.e. the “activation power” of each transponder in the sensing range, can be determined and reduced to the required level by pushing a button. Using tools which can be parameterized using a web interface, reading stations can also be rapidly and comfortably set up even under difficult local conditions. Onboard diagnostics also enable the checking and adjustment of settings during ongoing operation. Subject to the relevant authorization – with access regulated on several user levels – the tools also support remote access. What comes and goes, and when For the reliable detection of outgoing production components by a total of eight RF660A RFID antennas are mounted at the hall entrances, known as the RFID gates. Not only does this arrangement allow the driving direction to be detected when passing through, but the smart evaluation of signal strengths also prevents the detection of components deposited close to a gate. Future plans Project Manager Mike Mülhausen is delighted with the wide-ranging scope offered by the system, and is already implementing other RFID projects across the Faurecia Group. "Word of the manifold benefits of RFID technology has not only long since gotten around to the group's top management level, but has also spread throughout the automotive sector through our joint committee work.” With this commitment, there are no barriers to expanding the use of RFID technology. Captions Simple operation using a web browser: This allows the determination of the RSSI value (Received Signal Strength Indicator), i.e. the “activation power” of each transponder in the sensing range The finished bumpers are transported to the warehouse on customer transport pallets. As they pass by the scanner, they are automatically picked up using RFID and entered in the ERP system. On what are called "sill gates", two antennas are connected to one reader using a splitter for space and cost reasons. Two antennas each detect the labels attached to the top or bottom of the sills. Instead of using a handheld scanner, the parts are automatically detected during visual inspection without contact by means of RFID antennas (RF620A/RF640A), and the corresponding test screens are visualized.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-11-21
More than just a go-between - New multilevel-shuttle solution for small-parts warehouse with medium throughput, featuring drive technology from Siemens
Nuremberg, Germany. The Nuremberg based Klinkhammer Group developed a multilevel-shuttle system designed to close the gap in intralogistics between conventional automated storage and retrieval cranes (AS/RS) on the one side and conventional shuttle systems on the other side. The compact hybrid shuttles called KlinCATs raise the entire plant's performance by

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Nuremberg, Germany. The Nuremberg based Klinkhammer Group developed a multilevel-shuttle system designed to close the gap in intralogistics between conventional automated storage and retrieval cranes (AS/RS) on the one side and conventional shuttle systems on the other side. The compact hybrid shuttles called KlinCATs raise the entire plant's performance by up to 330percent. The drive technology used in this compact, energy saving and cost efficient solution comes from the Siemens Sinamics portfolio. For highly automated small-parts warehouses - be they buffer stores, deep freeze stores or warehouses - operators used to have only two choices for their intralogistics: conventional automated storage and retrieval cranes (AS/RS) with approximately 120double cycles per hour at one end of the scale and common shuttle systems with a capacity of up to 1,000double cycles per hour at the other. Using Sinamics drive technology, Klinkhammer Group from Nuremberg designed a hybrid solution to close that gap - the multilevel-shuttle system KlinCAT. The idea: Instead of one shuttle per tote level, a small number of compact KlinCATs can reach the entire warehouse. "With a lifting height of around 1.5meters KlinCAT is able to reach up to 9 tote levels and can be used like a shuttle on several levels above each other," explains Hagen Schumann, Head of Sales and Consulting at Klinkhammer the concept. "In a single-aisle, double-deep automated small-parts warehouse with a height of 12meters and a length of 35meters, which is designed for cardboard boxes, trays or totes with a maximum weight of 50kilograms per loading device, KlinCAT achieves more than three times the performance of conventional storage/retrieval cranes." Entirely different and completely new To turn this idea into reality the warehouse vehicle had to be completely redesigned. "If only for structural reasons, we had to radically redesign the warehouse vehicles. Unlike conventional AS/RS, which usually weigh more than 1.5 tons unloaded, KlinCATs operate on several levels above each other," Schumann adds. Only a considerable increase in rack size would have allowed to mount several AS/RS above each other. The overall weight of just 350kilograms was achieved with an aluminium based lightweight construction and Siemens drive technology, which minimizes the weight of all components and the moving mass. This is where a dedicated Sinamics Smart Line Module (SLM) in the control cabinet comes into play. Only the Sinamics S120 motor modules and the S120M adapter module, both power components, are part of the control cabinet mounted on the actual individual KlinCAT. The use of distributed Sinamics S120M drives with hybrid cable for the power supply and signal transmission reduces cabling effort. Goal achieved The design and operating mode of all KlinCAT components serve one purpose: to minimize operating costs in order to increase warehouse vehicle efficiency. Both of these are influenced by factors such as connected load, actual energy usage per double cycle and maintenance costs, which are - if only because of the easy access to the maintenance level - considerably lower than for level-bound shuttles. 60percent higher acquisition costs for five KlinCATs compared to conventional AS/RS are more than compensated for by a performance increase of up to 330percent, which makes KlinCATs unrivalled in the 120 to 1,000 double cycle market. Warehouse performance is measured in double cycles per hour, which equals one storage and one retrieval cycle, with the goal being to avoid empty runs. Captions lightweight design and innovative drive concept make for a dead weight of only 350kilograms. Control panel infeed reduces the number of busbars from five to three. The drives are mounted laterally to minimize the bottom approach dimension of the multi-level shuttle. Klinkhammer's small-parts warehouse KlinCAT at the Nuremberg site.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-11-18
Communication is everything - Scalable network technology from Siemens enables failsafe production of aluminum profiles
Rackwitz, Germany. Sapa Extrusion Deutschland GmbH produces versatile aluminum profiles at its Rackwitz site near Leipzig. To ensure a seamless flow of data both horizontally and vertically, a high level of production transparency, improved productivity and the flexible integration of different communication levels and media, Sapa relies on certified and

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Rackwitz, Germany. Sapa Extrusion Deutschland GmbH produces versatile aluminum profiles at its Rackwitz site near Leipzig. To ensure a seamless flow of data both horizontally and vertically, a high level of production transparency, improved productivity and the flexible integration of different communication levels and media, Sapa relies on certified and scalable network technology from the Scalance portfolio. The Siemens components have helped to improve the company’s previously error-prone optical communication system. Special IT security components authorize internal and external access, and prevent system failures resulting from potential hazards such as cyber-attacks. Extruded profiles, known as semi-finished products, have been produced in Rackwitz near Leipzig since as long ago as 1958. As a member of the Sapa Group, Sapa Extrusion Deutschland GmbH is part of one of the world’s leading companies, and manufactures a range of aluminum profiles with the aid of two fully automated press lines. It has been using Scalance Industrial Wireless LAN (IWLAN) components from Siemens to ensure the high availability and failsafe operation of its industrial communications for some time already. As part of a CE certification process to verify adherence to European directives with product-specific validity, the aluminum profile manufacturer worked together with Siemens to perform a security quick-check to determine the availability of the entire network. The results of the check highlighted a need for optimization in a number of areas: Improving the industrial suitability of certain network components, and acceess protection to switches, PCs, controllers and communication processors. Network monitoring and a stabile backbone The first of the necessary measures highlighted by the security check included use of the network, management and diagnostic system Sinema Server. This system, which can be used over a web browser, enables the complete production network to be monitored, automatically detects all the network components and prevents conflicts by displaying any dual assignment of IP addresses. The software does this by indicating the status of network users, and the reporting function enables a status report to be sent out by email to selected recipients. Sapa also set up a stable and easily expandable production backbone based on Scalance XR324-12M modular managed Industrial Ethernet switches from Siemens. Expanded IT functions are provided by the rugged switches Scalance XR-300. “We chose the rack switches because they fit into the existing 19” cabinets and because devices can be easily integrated into the network using a wide range of optical and electrical media types”, says Andreas Steinberg, responsible for maintenance and automation technology at Sapa. The network users, which currently number around 200, are linked to the backbone either directly, or via Scalance X-200 switches in central control cabinets. This ensures reliable communication. The switches also feature a slot for C-plugs. Acting as a storage medium, these plugs can be used for the back-up and simple transfer of configuration data from one device to another. Industrial security on the highest level Security modules from the Scalance S family with integrated firewall are deployed to safeguard the interfaces between a company’s production systems and the office world. These allow only authorized individuals to access network components in production. A decisive factor for plant availability is the ability to access not only internal systems but also third-party/supplier systems. Maintenance personnel are also able to intervene safely and rapidly as standard in the event of faults using a protected VPN (Virtual Private Network) tunnel. Reliable, future-proof set-up The optical communication system used by the overhead monorail system, the central mechanical backbone of the manufacturing process, had become highly susceptible to faults. This prompted those in charge of the project at Sapa to opt for an Industrial Wireless LAN (IWLAN) solution from Siemens, also making use of Scalance components. Working over Profinet and Profisafe, this solution has meant reliable communication and improved operational safety in this important area too. Installing the system involved laying 130 meters of RCoax cable (radiating cable). Functioning as IWLAN antennas, these cables generate a homogenous WLAN field along the rail track. “The reliability of the communication is now more important than ever, since the strictly order-oriented production in smaller lot sizes results in more frequent production changeovers and thus a far greater exchange of data. This also applies to the downstream shopping cart transport system and the higher-level host computer,” remarks Steinberg. The integrated solution from Siemens has made Sapa’s production network even more efficient, highly available and transparent. Follow-on modernization and integration projects with Sapa are already under way. Captions The network management and diagnostics software Sinema Server enables the profile manufacturer to keep an overview of its entire production network at all times. Nine fully modular managed Scalance XR324-12M Industrial Ethernet switches from Siemens provide an efficient and reliable backbone for profile production. The RCoax cable from Siemens is a radiating antenna cable routed along the railway that ensures a WLAN field over the travel path. On two extrusion presses in the Rackwitz plant, Sapa Extrusion Deutschland produces high-grade aluminum profiles for a wide range of applications, and refines and postprocesses them.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-11-17
Always up to date - Continuous exchange of article master data
Nuremberg/Monheim am Rhein, Germany. Eplan Software & Service GmbH & Co. KG develops CAE solutions and advises its customers on ways of optimizing their engineering processes. For its Eplan Data Portal, a web-based data platform for the provision of up to date device data from component manufacturers, the company is

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Nuremberg/Monheim am Rhein, Germany. Eplan Software & Service GmbH & Co. KG develops CAE solutions and advises its customers on ways of optimizing their engineering processes. For its Eplan Data Portal, a web-based data platform for the provision of up to date device data from component manufacturers, the company is strengthening its cooperation with Siemens. The portal now enables the continuous exchange of all article data, providing customers with a reliable, standard database for electrical planning using Eplan Electric P8 and 3D control cabinet design with Eplan Pro Panel. The Eplan Data Portal is one of the biggest online platforms for the standardized exchange of article master data. Via the portal, users can access the digital product catalogs of a wide array of component manufacturers online, and transfer the offered components directly into the Eplan documentation. The portal is provided by Eplan Software & Service GmbH & Co. KG (Eplan), which develops CAx, configuration and mechatronics solutions for its customers and advises them about ways of optimizing their engineering processes. The Eplan Data Portal also procures some of its integrated data from Siemens AG. At the same time, this data is also available to users in the Siemens Mall and over the CAx Download Manager. Previously, data exchange between Siemens and the Data Portal only took place once or twice a year. This meant, in the words of Marcel Schulz, Application Consultant for Control Panel Engineering at Siemens AG, that “customers were confused about discrepancies between the databases and about why identical Eplan device data was not available in all the sources.” To optimize the process, Siemens and Eplan are currently performing parallel updates of the Data Portal and the Siemens Mall, and have also standardized the selection structures of the individual articles. “The new process means that our customers can be sure that they are receiving standardized, up-to-date and high quality data every time. No matter where and how they select their products,” explains Stefan Domdey, Global Coordinator of the Eplan Data Portal. Captions Instead of an update once or twice a year, a continuous exchange of data is now possible between article master data stored on the Siemens website and the Eplan Data Portal.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-11-16
Siemens MediaService November 2016 – Industry News
In the run-up to the SPS IPC Drives fair, the latest MediaService features an array of new products and applications from the world of drives and automation. Innovations in this issue include the Ruggedcom Router RX1400, which now comes with a W-LAN interface for simpler communication, and a new integrated

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In the run-up to the SPS IPC Drives fair, the latest MediaService features an array of new products and applications from the world of drives and automation. Innovations in this issue include the Ruggedcom Router RX1400, which now comes with a W-LAN interface for simpler communication, and a new integrated easy positioner Epos for the V90 servo drive system which makes for substantially easier commissioning. We also learn about improvements in the field of radio frequency identification: Siemens has equipped its ultra-high frequency devices from the Simatic RF600 family with new firmware and new interfaces. Other innovations featured include new project engineering software for the Simocode motor management system, and the “virtual sensor” simulation process developed by Siemens to protect electric motors from overheating. Also new: the commanding and signaling devices of the new Sirius ACT generation are now capable of connecting to the control system over Profinet. Applications featured include a report on a particle foam machine which uses Siemens control technology to expand plastic. We also hear how Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software plays a key role not only in the design of high-tech sports equipment used at the highest international competitive level, but also in the field of machining technology to improve quality assurance processes and cycle times. Read more at: MediaService November 2016 MediaService MediaService Digithek

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Ursula Lang | 2016-11-15
From the campus to the racetrack - Siemens congratulates successful student team
Erlangen, Germany. 60 students from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg planned and built a formula racing car with the aid of Product Lifecycle Management software from Siemens PLM Software as part of the international “Formula student” competition. During the race in Hockenheim, the world’s biggest event of its kind, the “Octanes”

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Erlangen, Germany. 60 students from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg planned and built a formula racing car with the aid of Product Lifecycle Management software from Siemens PLM Software as part of the international “Formula student” competition. During the race in Hockenheim, the world’s biggest event of its kind, the “Octanes” team from Erlangen took 4th place among the 110 universities taking part. Pioneering spirit, commitment, enthusiasm and a love of motor racing – these were essential qualifications for all the 60 students who came together from different faculties of the Erlangen-Nuremberg University to take part in the international “Formula Student” competition. The competition gives the participants a year within which to plan, design and produce a formula racing car. The students from Erlangen were able to benefit from the Siemens PLM simulation software LMS Imagine Lab Amesim to develop and construct their car design, which gave them the opportunity to simulate and optimize aspects such as the motor cooling circuit. The “Formula Student” is not primarily all about pure driving performance during the race. All the teams are tested in five dynamic and three static disciplines, in which not only technical aspects of the vehicle itself but also factors such as fuel consumption, vehicle presentation and cost planning all have a role to play. However, naturally the vehicle also has to make the grade under actual conditions on the racetrack. The race itself – the biggest international event of its kind – was held this year at the Hockenheimring. Over 110 university teams made the journey to Germany from around the world to showcase their achievements and the quality of their cars in a number of different disciplines. The “Octanes” succeeded in taking 4th place with their racing car “FauMax Iota” in the “Overall” category, a result of which they were justly proud. As a long-standing supporter of the contest, Siemens was pleased to congratulate the team on their amazing achievement.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-11-14
Efficient control of industrial heating systems - Extended functions in Siplus HCS for easier projection and commissioning
Nuremberg, Germany. Siemens has the Siplus Heating Control Systems (HCS) in its portfolio for controlling industrial heating elements. Extended functions, such as Proneta, make for an even easier projection and commissioning of the heating systems. Siplus Heating Control Systems from Siemens are used in different branches of industry such

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Nuremberg, Germany. Siemens has the Siplus Heating Control Systems (HCS) in its portfolio for controlling industrial heating elements. Extended functions, such as Proneta, make for an even easier projection and commissioning of the heating systems. Siplus Heating Control Systems from Siemens are used in different branches of industry such as plastics industry, Food&Beverage or automotive. Heating applications used in these industries can be integrated into the automation system using Siplus HCS – for example, via engineering through the TIA portal and Profinet communication. Extended functions are now available for Siplus HSC4200 and HCS4300: The network and diagnostic tool Proneta simplifies commissioning within Profinet networks, as the wiring test can be conducted already during assembly. Moreover, the integrated configuration control (options handling) allows HCS stations to be modified or expanded without any engineering effort. 230- and 400-volt heater fields can now be controlled together in combined operation via one single Central Interface Module (CIM), which saves space and energy. Another operating mode for HCS4200 As part of the innovations, “permanent phase angle control” has been added to the existing two operating modes available for heating elements, i.e., “switch at zero crossing” and “soft start”. This operating mode helps to achieve quick processes with a low setpoint, whilst maintaining the same level of heat dissipation. Caption Siplus Heating Control Systems (HCS) help to quickly and simply integrate heating applications into the automation system.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-11-11
Siemens at the Intermodal Africa - Logistics solutions for container ports and terminals
Mombasa/Kenya. At the Intermodal Africa 2016 from November 16 to 18, Siemens will be highlighting its Simocrane modular automation portfolio for maximized productivity and safety at loading and unloading as well as stacking of containers. The trade fair for the transport and container industry will be taking place for the

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Mombasa/Kenya. At the Intermodal Africa 2016 from November 16 to 18, Siemens will be highlighting its Simocrane modular automation portfolio for maximized productivity and safety at loading and unloading as well as stacking of containers. The trade fair for the transport and container industry will be taking place for the 16th time in Africa. The two-day conference program of the Intermodal Africa 2016, due to take place from November 16 to 18 in Mombasa, Kenya, focuses on current topics and challenges facing container ports and terminals in relation to global transport and logistics solutions. Approximately 80 exhibitors will be showcasing their companies, products and solutions. Siemens’ global presence is clearly visible in the port industry in eastern Africa. Siemens attends in Mombasa and will highlight its comprehensive Simocrane modular automation portfolio for crane control and automation. Around 500 top-class participants, mainly from East and South Africa, are expected to attend the conference on both days. Captions At the Intermodal Africa 2016 - a trade fair for the container and transportation industry - Siemens showcases its Simocrane portfolio of crane control solutions. The trade fair, which will be held from November 16 to 18 in Mombasa, Kenya, focuses on current challenges facing container ports and terminals in relation to global transport and logistics solutions.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-11-10
Siemens at the European Paper Week 2016 - Challenges and opportunities in the paper industry
Brussels/Belgium. As a Gold Sponsor at the 18th European Paper Week from November 22 – 24, 2016 in Brussels, Siemens will not only be exhibiting its Sipaper portfolio for the fiber industry. Experts from the company will also be debating with high-caliber representatives of different trade associations on the latest

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Brussels/Belgium. As a Gold Sponsor at the 18th European Paper Week from November 22 – 24, 2016 in Brussels, Siemens will not only be exhibiting its Sipaper portfolio for the fiber industry. Experts from the company will also be debating with high-caliber representatives of different trade associations on the latest developments and trends, and on the significance of Industrie 4.0 for the industry. November 22 to 24, 2016 will see the European Paper Week opening its doors once again in Brussels. This international network platform for the European paper industry will be staged this year for the 18th time, and will also include presentation of the Pulp and Paper Industry Awards (PPI) on November 21. Siemens will be presenting its products from the Sipaper family at the pulp and paper industry trade fair. As well as exhibiting, the company will also be putting up a team of fiber industry experts to join a discussion panel with representatives from industry and trade associations – in particular, the Confederation of European Paper Industries CEPI. The panel will debate the developments and challenges facing the paper sector and the significance of Industrie 4.0 and digitalization for the process industry. Captions Siemens will be presenting its Sipaper portfolio at the European Paper Week, and is also a Gold Sponsor to the event. In addition, Siemens experts will debate the latest trends and developments with industry representatives.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-11-09
Passion spanning 200 years - Celebrating two centuries since the birth of company founder Werner von Siemens
Nuremberg, Germany. The company “Telegraphen-Bauanstalt von Siemens und Halske” co-founded with Georg Halske on October 1, 1847, had already evolved as a world-class enterprise during Werner von Siemens’ lifetime. With this achievement, Siemens was laying the foundation stone for the present-day Siemens AG. On December 13 this year, Werner von

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Nuremberg, Germany. The company “Telegraphen-Bauanstalt von Siemens und Halske” co-founded with Georg Halske on October 1, 1847, had already evolved as a world-class enterprise during Werner von Siemens’ lifetime. With this achievement, Siemens was laying the foundation stone for the present-day Siemens AG. On December 13 this year, Werner von Siemens would have turned 200 years old. Among his most important inventions were the first electric railway, the first electric tramline and the first electric trolleybus. The inventive spirit and passion for engineering that drove him still continue to shape the Siemens AG we know today. Werner von Siemens first saw the light of day on December 13, 1816, in Lenthe near Hanover. He turned his attention at an early age to the study of electrical engineering, a field still then very much in its infancy. The company the young inventor founded together with Georg Halske on October 1, 1847, called “Telegraphen-Bauanstalt von Siemens und Halske” – from which the company Siemens AG ultimately evolved – was later to achieve international acclaim with the construction of the first pointer telegraph in the same year. This invention laid the basis for a whole new form of electrical telegraphy. Another milestone of the inventor’s career came with the discovery of the dynamo-electric principle, which marked a groundbreaking improvement to the customary rotating power generators of the day. The underlying tenet of this principle is that a generator is itself able to produce the self-excitation current required for the generation of electrical current through electrical induction. The dynamo machine he produced on the basis of this principle laid the foundation stone for today’s power engineering. The inventions that followed in its wake included the world’s first electrical locomotive with external electricity supply in 1879, the first electrical tramline in 1881 – which was financed by Siemens & Halske personally – and on April 29, 1882, the maiden voyage of the first electric trolleybus, the “Elektromote” on what is now the Kurfürstendamm in Berlin. Alongside his many technical innovations, Werner von Siemens was also committed to socio-political and social reform. Between 1863 and 1877, he was heavily involved in campaigning for the basis of patent protection to be established in Germany. He also set up a pension, widows’ and orphans’ fund in 1847, to improve the social situation of his employees and to engender the long-term loyalty of his workforce to the company. In 1888, he was elevated to the nobility in recognition of his achievements by Kaiser Friedrich III. To mark the 200th birthday of the company founder, additional information on Werner von Siemens, his development and career, his most significant innovations and the company history is available on a continuously updated press page at www.siemens.com/press/200years-WvS.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-11-07
A clean cut - Machine manufacturer optimizes mechanism with Motion Control from Siemens
Milan, Italy. The Fimi Group has optimized the rotary shear principle for cutting high-grade sheet metal. This family-run company is among the leading manufacturers of cut-to-length and slitting systems for high-quality metal sheet types ranging from high-strength steel to delicate aluminum. Its patent-protected motion control and coil synchronization processes both

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Milan, Italy. The Fimi Group has optimized the rotary shear principle for cutting high-grade sheet metal. This family-run company is among the leading manufacturers of cut-to-length and slitting systems for high-quality metal sheet types ranging from high-strength steel to delicate aluminum. Its patent-protected motion control and coil synchronization processes both use the open motion control system from Siemens, enabling an energy-efficient, precise and top-quality machining process. Outstanding cutting quality coupled with high cycle speeds: the cut-to-length and slitting plants produced by Milan-based machine manufacturer Fimi are required to comply with stringent demands. To ensure that it meets its own high standards and those of its customers, the family firm has optimized the principle of its rotary shear. Uses for this new cutting technology include the new “Vectronic” machine line. In the latest generation of this machine line, Fimi decided to further develop the mechanism motion control, opting to use the Simotion portfolio from Siemens. This has enabled increased throughput and precision and also widened the application range. Open system Depending on the sheet length and infeed rate, the “Vectronic” is capable of performing up to 120 cuts per minute. The cuts are carried out consistently at right angles with absolute precision. Ensuring a neat, practically burr-free cut prevents the sheets from scratching each other during transport. Instead of relying like many other manufacturers on prepared function control modules in line with the black box principle for its cutting operations, Fimi uses the open motion control system from Siemens. The benefit: Mechanics and electronics can be simply integrated to create complete solutions, generating synergies between expertise providers such as machine builders, users and automation partners. The ultra-modern motion control and array of technology functions pave the way for wide-ranging different applications. The need for a programmable logic controller of the kind required in classical applications is also eliminated. “This makes Simotion well suited to consolidate historically established automation structures and simplify them in an optimized overall system,” says Gianpaolo Pica, drawing on Fimi’s electrical engineering experience. The open system structure enables the Fimi experts to contribute their specialist knowledge to the details of motion control based on the “rotary shear” from the Simotion Toolbox. The opportunity to further develop rather than start from scratch reduces the engineering effort involved and the number of potential sources of error. For one of the most difficult challenges, precise control of the shear, the development engineers use a special torque curve to ensure that the blade precisely tracks the movement and at the same time applies the optimum force to the metal. The speed and torque target values are implemented by control loops which have to be capable of extremely fast response times due to the sudden changes in process forces. This is made possible by the high-performance Simotion hardware. Reliable supply To guarantee a high cutting quality standard notwithstanding the fluctuations and peak loads occurring in the power supply, Fimi equips its Vectronic generators with regulated infeed and high-performance capacitor modules from the Sinamics portfolio to act as intermediate circuit buffers. Controlled infeed is provided by the Sinamics Active Line Module (ALM), which ensures a consistent power supply to the drives and capacitors during the cutting cycles. This makes for a significant reduction to the power requirement and also equalizes peak loads. “Use of the motion control system is a key element of our support and customer satisfaction strategy,” concludes Managing Director Giuseppe Rovelli. “From aluminum and standard steel to high-strength materials, we can operate all cutting technologies and meet all requirements with just one control system.” The result: improvement of processes across the board from engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning to after-sales service, further consolidating Fimi’s established position as a supplier of top-quality machines. Captions To increase throughput, metal strip is becoming ever wider: 2,500 millimeters are now considered standard, and Fimi has already supplied a number of machines for cutting 3.000 millimeter coils. The cutting cylinders of the Fimi Vectronic, a rotary shear with innovative motion control, are powered by synchronized drives and by one or more motors using a distributing gear. Braking energy stored in the capacitor module is used for the next mechanism acceleration process – meaning a substantial cost benefit in cyclical applications such as the rotary shear.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-11-04
Off into the desert - Ethernet switches from Siemens enable reliable data transfer in the Qatar desert
Durkhan, Qatar. An oil and gas company based in Qatar is extending its existing data and communication infrastructure using Ethernet switches and software from the Siemens Ruggedcom portfolio. Ethernet switches are particularly resistant to heat, as well as being compact and capable of coping with a high volume of data,

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Durkhan, Qatar. An oil and gas company based in Qatar is extending its existing data and communication infrastructure using Ethernet switches and software from the Siemens Ruggedcom portfolio. Ethernet switches are particularly resistant to heat, as well as being compact and capable of coping with a high volume of data, making them ideal for use under hostile desert conditions. The extended infrastructure is required to accommodate a new gas field under development and transportation of the extracted gas by pipeline. The aim is to gather and analyze the generated data and use it to manage and monitor the system. Over recent years, new gas fields have been opened up in Qatar, from which the gas has to be sent for further processing to refineries in Durkhan. To cope with the increased demand, a large oil and gas corporation based in Qatar is now expanding its data and communication infrastructure to allow data gathered during gas extraction and pipeline transportation to be monitored and analyzed. This required installing not only a control center but also the right infrastructure at many remote sites along the pipeline (those sites are typically unmanned due to their remote location). The harsh environmental conditions in the desert meant that the system components had to offer extreme heat resistance, low power consumption and minimal maintenance requirements, as well as being compact and powerful. Dubai based 3W Networks had been commissioned to plan and implement the project. It didn’t hesitate to opt for products from the Siemens Ruggedcom portfolio. Performance and reliability in adverse conditions For 3W Network it was a natural choice. The company opted to use the Ruggedcom RSG2300 for the network integration center which houses the control cabinets. This fully managed 32 ports Ethernet switch with its galvanized steel enclosure is used for generation and distribution of power. “The large port capacity of the RSG2300 was just what we needed,” said Walid Gamali, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 3W Network. “In addition, its rugged design means it can withstand the very hot temperatures that it is exposed to.” The RSG2300 achieves this without any active cooling elements. This switch supports multiple fiber connections (ST, MTRJ, LC, SC) without loss of port density. For the unmanned stations, which have to cope with even more challenging environmental conditions, 3W Network opted to use the Ruggedcom RS969, a 10 port fully managed Ethernet switch. The switch is operated by solar power and is also highly heat resistant, with the ability to operate at temperatures between -40° and +85° Celsius. “Further, these sites are very small, so devices must be quite compact yet still reliable to handle all the traffic,” sums up Gamali. The final piece of the puzzle was the Ruggedcom NM - a Windows based network management software. This software is used to monitor, configure and maintain the entire Ruggedcom network. Other joint projects Walid Gamali envisions many opportunities for future cooperation with Siemens. He is interested in expanding applications for the Ruggedcom portfolio beyond just the oil and gas sector to include general industrial applications, specifically targeting the fields of electrical utilities and transport. Captions At the network integration center, the fully managed Ruggedcom RSG2300 Ethernet switches are mounted in the relevant control cabinets. As they are capable of operating without separate cooling, they are ideally suited for use in the extreme heat of the desert. 3W Networks is creating an infrastructure which is not only heat resistant but also has low energy consumption and is capable of handling large volumes of data for a Qatar-based oil and gas company. The Ruggedcom RS969 Ethernet switch is used at unmanned stations operating under the most adverse of ambient conditions. Operated by solar power, it is able to withstand operating temperatures of -40° to +85° Celsius. The Ruggedcom RS969 Ethernet switch is used at unmanned stations operating under the most adverse of ambient conditions. Operated by solar power, it is able to withstand operating temperatures of -40° to +85° Celsius. The Ruggedcom NMS software enables simple monitoring and configuration of the entire Ruggedcom network.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-11-02
Integration replaces stand-alone solution - Animal carcass processor migrates Simatic PCS 7 process control system to Version 8
Belm-Icker/Osnabrück, Germany: Rendac Icker GmbH & Co. KG is a company which has specialized in the processing of animal by-products. During a recent modernization process, the company upgraded its Simatic PCS 7 process control system to Version 8, bringing it fully into line with the state of the art. This

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Belm-Icker/Osnabrück, Germany: Rendac Icker GmbH & Co. KG is a company which has specialized in the processing of animal by-products. During a recent modernization process, the company upgraded its Simatic PCS 7 process control system to Version 8, bringing it fully into line with the state of the art. This move meant standardizing the previous stand-alone solutions, making for simpler and tighter handling, control and monitoring of operating sequences. Animal carcass processing facilities such as the one operated by Rendac Icker GmbH & Co. KG are concerned with the processing and subsequent disposal of abattoir by-products and animal carcasses. These facilities play an important role in the prevention and eradication of animal disease. They are also instrumental in preventing the spread of disease and epidemics, and so averting possible health risks for the community at large. To fulfill this role, these facilities are required to comply with strict statutory regulations in terms of their processes and operating sequences. Update including new functions Rendac opted to use the Simatic PCS 7 process control system from Siemens many years ago, and recently took the decision to upgrade to Version 8 of this system in a bid to standardize its existing standalone solutions. “This version is tangibly easier to use than its predecessor, and offers both programmers and users alike significantly greater scope,” said Frank Haacks, Managing Director of NFT Automatisierungssysteme GmbH, the Siemens system partner in charge of completing the migration. One of the new functions, Advanced Process Library (APL), provides function modules and faceplates, symbols and process tag types. It takes into account current recommendations on the part of Namur (User Association of Automation Technology in Process Industries) as well as specifications from the Profibus User Organization (PNO). This reduced the amount of engineering and validation work involved, and permitted around 25 plants to be integrated into the new program structure within three months. During this period, NFT was able to create simulations of all the development statuses, enabling process optimization potential to be recognized and implemented in advance of the commissioning process. The trouble-free migration process was performed over a number of weekends, as it was not admissible to interrupt operation during the working week. Practical addition Using the Simatic ET 200 distributed I/O, almost all the generated data resulting from the process steps was already available. The only project engineering required related to the hardware for visualization and data evaluation. Here, the existing Simatic S7-300 controllers were supplemented by a Simatic S7-400 which acted as an interface between the automation and the office level. The separate engineering station was integrated in the workshop area over Industrial Ethernet and used to perform the plant upgrades. User-friendly system updating and display By simplifying system operation, the company’s own in-house technicians are now able to respond directly to changes in the process and carry out the necessary adjustments themselves – saving an enormous amount of time and costs. Reliable process control is taken care of by the “Operator System” (OS) software, which runs in a separate service room on a new OS server. OS is particularly suitable for processing high volumes of data, and uses a large number of individual measures to reduce system load. Another new server operates as a host computer in the control center. Both servers maintain a redundant backup of the data. Rendac uses the Simatic Process Device Manager (PDM) for parameterization, commissioning, diagnostics and servicing the around 2,500 process devices. “As far as device integration is concerned, the Simatic PDM is one of the most efficient open device managers available anywhere on the world market,” concludes Frank Haack. Integrated into Simatic PCS 7 Asset Management, the software provides extended information for all devices described using EDD (Electronic Device Description). Core functions include simulation, diagnostics and plausibility tests. Faster, simpler, clearer and better Simatic PCS 7 Version 8 simplifies plant operation and system updating, as well as standardizing the process technology structure. The team at Rendac is delighted with the benefits offered by process control technology from a single supplier and looks forward to a simplification of its day-to-day operations. Captions The Siemens PCS 7 process control system has been migrated to Version 8 to ensure integrated monitoring of all processes used by the animal carcass processing firm Rendac Icker GmbH & Co. KG. The control center in the development department now benefits from standardized process control technology. The new version of PCS 7 makes available significantly more information than before.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-10-27
Math with Siemens - Seventh “Mathematics Day” at the Franconian International School in Erlangen
Erlangen, Germany. Within the framework of its partner school program, Siemens supports the seventh “Mathematics Day”, held at the Franconian International School in Erlangen on Thursday, October27, 2016. This year, students from Siemens partner schools in Bamberg, Erlangen, Forchheim, Höchstadt and Spardorf will be joining to explore technologies which

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Erlangen, Germany. Within the framework of its partner school program, Siemens supports the seventh “Mathematics Day”, held at the Franconian International School in Erlangen on Thursday, October27, 2016. This year, students from Siemens partner schools in Bamberg, Erlangen, Forchheim, Höchstadt and Spardorf will be joining to explore technologies which could help them resolve the math problems contained in their grade 12 curriculum. The contest will be held in English, and students will be encouraged to use both GeoGebra and the TI-84 graphing calculator to generate and describe families of functions, facilitate statistical calculations and sketch curves. The day’s program will also cover the use of several web portals and YouTube options that help to enhance the knowledge acquired in class. As in previous years, the focus is on the cooperation between the participants from the different Siemens partner schools in Franconia as well as on the common interest in math. With its partner school program, Siemens promotes scientific, mathematical and technical competences, imparts multimedia knowledge, gives insights into economic contexts and promotes key qualifications. Through the collaboration with its currently 93 partner schools in Germany Siemens is set to promote students’ creativity, flexibility and team spirit, while preparing them for daily working life and in particular getting girls interested in technical subjects. Captions Bryan Landmann (left/Organizer “Math Day” and Head of Mathematics Dept at the Franconian International School) and Norbert Knoesel (right/Mathematics teacher at Ehrenbürg-Gymnasium, Forchheim). Students at Maria-Ward-Gymnasium, Bamberg

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Ursula Lang | 2016-10-26
Siemens at the SPS IPC Drives - Concrete customer applications for Industrie 4.0
Nuremberg, Germany. Siemens will be in Hall 11 at the SPS IPC Drives from November 22 to 24, 2016, exhibiting its Digital Enterprise portfolio under the banner “Driving the Digital Enterprise”. Featuring at the show alongside the two booth highlights – Digital Enterprise solutions for the discrete manufacturing and process

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Nuremberg, Germany. Siemens will be in Hall 11 at the SPS IPC Drives from November 22 to 24, 2016, exhibiting its Digital Enterprise portfolio under the banner “Driving the Digital Enterprise”. Featuring at the show alongside the two booth highlights – Digital Enterprise solutions for the discrete manufacturing and process industry – will be the MindSphere Lounge. Siemens is actively driving the digital transformation process forward with its innovative solutions, supporting its medium-sized and large-scale customers alike in their bid to open up new business models. The digitalization of industry is progressing in leaps and bounds. At the SPS IPC Drives 2016, Siemens will be in Hall 11 (Frankenhalle) showcasing elements of the Digital Enterprise portfolio which are already available to customers today. At the booth, visitors will have the chance to appraise integrated applications which allow medium-sized and large-scale companies alike to optimize their production across the entire lifecycle in the manufacturing and process industries. “Siemens is actively driving forward the digital transformation. To this end, we have made consistent additions to our Digital Enterprise portfolio, in particular in the field of cloud data platforms, which pave the way for new digital business models,” says Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG Klaus Helmrich. MindSphere – immersion in whole new spheres MindSphere provides the foundation for applications and data-based services from Siemens and third-party suppliers by offering customers a development environment in which they can integrate their own applications and services. In the MindSphere Lounge, covering an area of over 400 square meters, Siemens and its partner companies will be showcasing examples of this type of application. Visitors can also find out how their machines and production plants can be simply integrated into MindSphere applications with the aid of Totally Integrated Automation (TIA). Booth highlights Visitors may look forward to two highlight exhibits at the booth which clearly illustrate the way digitalization works in the discrete manufacturing and process industry. The discrete manufacturing application highlight is a model of a pilot plant illustrating the efficiency of the Mechatronics Concept Designer from Siemens PLM Software. By merging all the used modules to create a kinematic model, a digital twin is created which simulates not only the functional features but also the physical and automation behavior of all the components. The software is completed by open interfaces and a Gantt chart depicting all the different phases and dependencies which enable engineers to detect where sequential movements are possible or required right from the early planning phase. This helps speed up project lead times and commissioning, and simplifies the replication of identical and similar plants. The example of a pump application with IDS (Integrated Drive Systems) solutions is used to illustrate the possibilities for systematic optimization over the whole life cycle of plants in the process industry. The central engineering and data management platform here is Comos, a standardized and continuously updated database for consistent data handling. The digital twin of a plant generated during the engineering phase can be used to simulate and optimize commissioning, operation and servicing processes. The high-resolution 3D virtual reality depiction provided by Comos Walkinside enables visualization of engineering data, allowing the user to navigate through the digital copy before the building phase of the plant even begins. The control system’s functionality is tested using the Simit simulation software. The bidirectional exchange of data between Comos and Simatic PCS 7 means that the digital twin is always fully up to date, and plant operators benefit from a cohesive, optimized flow of information. The Operations Intelligence Software solution XHQ transforms gathered big data into smart data and makes it available to the operator in real time. Product innovations at the fair Alongside the two highlight exhibits, Siemens will be presenting other product innovations in Hall 11 such as Sitrans TO500, Sinamics V20, Simatic Energy Manager PRO V7.0, Sinamics S120, its industrial security concept, energy management with TIP, network quality with Sicam Q200 and the UL-compliant molded case circuit breaker 3VA. Captions In Hall 11 at the SPS IPC Drives 2016, Siemens will be presenting elements of its Digital Enterprise portfolio which are already available today for realization of the Industrie 4.0 vision

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Ursula Lang | 2016-10-26
26.10. - Math with Siemens - Seventh “Mathematics Day” at the Franconian International School in Erlangen
Erlangen, Germany. Within the framework of its partner school program, Siemens supports the seventh “Mathematics Day”, held at the Franconian International School in Erlangen on Thursday, October27, 2016. This year, students from Siemens partner schools in Bamberg, Erlangen, Forchheim, Höchstadt and Spardorf will be joining to explore technologies which

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Erlangen, Germany. Within the framework of its partner school program, Siemens supports the seventh “Mathematics Day”, held at the Franconian International School in Erlangen on Thursday, October27, 2016. This year, students from Siemens partner schools in Bamberg, Erlangen, Forchheim, Höchstadt and Spardorf will be joining to explore technologies which could help them resolve the math problems contained in their grade 12 curriculum. The contest will be held in English, and students will be encouraged to use both GeoGebra and the TI-84 graphing calculator to generate and describe families of functions, facilitate statistical calculations and sketch curves. The day’s program will also cover the use of several web portals and YouTube options that help to enhance the knowledge acquired in class. As in previous years, the focus is on the cooperation between the participants from the different Siemens partner schools in Franconia as well as on the common interest in math. With its partner school program, Siemens promotes scientific, mathematical and technical competences, imparts multimedia knowledge, gives insights into economic contexts and promotes key qualifications. Through the collaboration with its currently 93 partner schools in Germany Siemens is set to promote students’ creativity, flexibility and team spirit, while preparing them for daily working life and in particular getting girls interested in technical subjects. Captions Bryan Landmann (left/Organizer “Math Day” and Head of Mathematics Dept at the Franconian International School) and Norbert Knoesel (right/Mathematics teacher at Ehrenbürg-Gymnasium, Forchheim). Students at Maria-Ward-Gymnasium, Bamberg

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Ursula Lang | 2016-10-26
First Siemens Integrated Drive System (IDS) in the Middle East
Will increase production at Qatar Steel rolling mill by 3.7 percent Technology reduces troubleshooting time by up to 20 percent A new Siemens Integrated Drive System (IDS) at Qatar Steel’s Rolling Mill #1 will raise annual output by up to 3.7 percent and is expected to reduce troubleshooting time

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Will increase production at Qatar Steel rolling mill by 3.7 percent Technology reduces troubleshooting time by up to 20 percent A new Siemens Integrated Drive System (IDS) at Qatar Steel’s Rolling Mill #1 will raise annual output by up to 3.7 percent and is expected to reduce troubleshooting time by up to 20 percent. The IDS, installed for the first time in the Middle East, is a unique technology from Siemens which allows the entire drive system in a manufacturing chain to be seamlessly integrated. The system will increase Qatar Steel's annual production by up to 3.7 percent. This press release and a press picture is available at

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Ursula Lang | 2016-10-21
In the middle of the sea - Network operator uses Siemens technology to provide remote archipelago with electricity
Åland archipelago, Baltic Sea / Finland. Kraftnät Åland is the utility providing electricity to around 6,500 islands in this remote archipelago situated in the Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden. A rough climate, a complex topography and the archipelago’s isolation expose network components to challenging conditions. To ensure a reliable

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Åland archipelago, Baltic Sea / Finland. Kraftnät Åland is the utility providing electricity to around 6,500 islands in this remote archipelago situated in the Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden. A rough climate, a complex topography and the archipelago’s isolation expose network components to challenging conditions. To ensure a reliable power supply, Kraftnät Åland has opted for the Scada system and the WiMAX wireless network from Siemens. This advanced system reduces both maintenance requirements and costs. Frequent power outages have become a thing of the past. The Åland archipelago is a group of islands situated in the Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden. Hilly and largely forested, the islands have beautiful summers with occasionally heavy thunderstorms. Winter temperatures that can drop as low as -25°C. Under such conditions, maintaining a reliable power supply is not an easy task. Kraftnät Åland used to tackle this problem by using an existing Siemens Scada system and an outdated combination of fiber glass lines and GPRS modems which also made it totally dependent on a local telecom provider. Frequent power failures and outdated system were two major factors prompting Kraftnät Åland to embark on this fundamental project. The aim was to have a flexible, low-cost solution comprising Scada, a central control station and remote stations situated on neighboring islands to monitor and control the grid. Following the inventory taken by Siemens Solution Partner Netcontrol OY, the decision was made to opt for the standard-based broadband WiMAX based communication system from Siemens . Solid and sturdy “Our Scada supplier Netcontrol OY recommended the Siemens solution using Ruggedcom because the network components from this portfolio run on 1.35 Gigahertz (GHz) which is both low-cost and also applies the IEC 61850 protocol.” Three Ruggedcom WIN7014 base stations have been strategically placed on high towers, providing full coverage of the entire archipelago; they form the basis of the four Gigabyte WiMAX network. All stations in the WIN7000 family can be operated at a temperature between -40° and +65° C, which makes them ideal for the rough island climate. “The Ruggedcom equipment is remarkably robust. Even during the heavy thunderstorms that we get here the system remains stable and runs reliably,” commends Mörn. Another reason to choose the Ruggedcom WIN7000 was its compatibility with other frequencies under the same management system. Kraftnät Åland relies on the Ruggedcom WIN5200 wireless broadband terminal units which are mounted on a large number of wind power plants and masts for receiving and transmitting signals. These EEE 802.16e-compliant units come with an integrated directional antenna. The compact Ruggedcom i802 Ethernet switches act as interfaces between the terminal units and the stations; they are resistant to electromagnetic interference. The Ruggedcom RX1500 routers send the flood of data to safe channels and ensure that only authorized staff have access to it. The Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) integrated in the router help Kraftnät Åland to disconnect its data traffic from that of the distribution company with which it shares the WiMAX network. The RX1500 functions also monitor and control the remote stations, eliminating the need for time-consuming maintenance trips by boat or helicopter to these stations. Into the future with Scada The Scada network solution from Siemens provides an efficient, robust, low-cost and reliable power supply to the entire archipelago. The system is also sustainable inasmuch as it can be easily extended and upgraded, thereby ensuring a quick return on investment. “We were able to install and configure the system ourselves,” summarizes Mörn. “I hasten to add though, that we also had great support from Siemens helping us to make quick progress, and it gave us a sense of achievement.” Infobox: Fasta Åland, the main island, is home to 90 percent of the archipelago's 30,000 residents; it covers more than 1,000 square kilometers (nearly 400 square miles). The inhabitants speak Swedish, although the Åland islands have been under Finland’s jurisdiction since 1921. Local industries include fish-farming and world-class light manufacturing. Captions With their rough climate and hilly topography, the 6,500 islands of the Åland archipelago in the Baltic Sea are a major challenge for the power grid system. Some of the components from the Siemens Ruggedcom portfolio are mounted on high masts or wind power plants.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-10-21
Disruption-free transport - Potash fertilizer producer uses Siemens technology in new mine
Petrikov/Belarus.JSC Belaruskali has opted to use Siemens drive and control technology in its new potash salt mine in Petrikov. Four shaft winder systems will improve the efficiency of the whole mine. Based in Belarus, the company produces one seventh of the world’s traded potash fertilizer. As in many of its

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Petrikov/Belarus.JSC Belaruskali has opted to use Siemens drive and control technology in its new potash salt mine in Petrikov. Four shaft winder systems will improve the efficiency of the whole mine. Based in Belarus, the company produces one seventh of the world’s traded potash fertilizer. As in many of its previous projects, the company opted to use Siemens solutions to transport its potash salt. JSC Belaruskali is one of the world’s biggest producers and exporters of potash fertilizer. The company is based in Soligorsk in Belarus, and mines one seventh of the world’s entire requirement of potash fertilizer, which it exports to over 90 countries. To meet the high demand, Belaruskali has now opened up a new mine in Petrikov. A mine’s profitability is determined to a decisive degree by the ability of the shaft winder systems to safely and quickly transport goods and personnel. Siemens is supplying the drive and control technology for the mine’s four shaft winder systems. Proven, fully integrated technology The basis for the solution is a standardized control and safety system using a Simatic S7 controller, Sinamics SM150 and S120 converters and motors. By coordinating the complete drive technology for the shaft winders in the form of an IDS (Integrated Drive System), Siemens solution offers a range of benefits for JSC Belaruskali, including optimized travel times, the capability to transport higher payload and a redundant, tested safety system.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-10-19
fresh off the press: Siemens MediaService October 2016 - Industry News
The October issue of the MediaService comes with news of a number of product launches and also looks at interesting applications from the world of drives and automation. Siemens is extending its industrial controls portfolio with a new, compact and powerful device series for the Sirius modular system. We also

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The October issue of the MediaService comes with news of a number of product launches and also looks at interesting applications from the world of drives and automation. Siemens is extending its industrial controls portfolio with a new, compact and powerful device series for the Sirius modular system. We also hear how Sirius components designed specifically for the railway industry are simplifying the railway vehicle approval process. Also featured: a new software version with extended functionality for the network management software Sinema Server and new firmware for the converter system Sinamics S120. Applications featured in this issue range from cult motorbikes and special vehicles such as promotion trucks to fashion belt buckles and wave power plants. We hear how motorbike specialist Kodlin tunes Harley Davison bikes to customer order in its CNC controlled machining center with the aid of a Sinumerik machine tool control system. Just as individual and eye-catching are the special vehicles designed using Siemens Product Lifecycle Management software Solid Edge by promotion truck designer Tunger exclusiv GmbH. Taking to the high seas, we hear how turbulent waters are welcomed by an exceptionally high-yield wave power plant entering series production with Siemens technology. And we visit fashion accessory manufacturer Magraa Fashions to find out how PLM Software NX has transformed the design and production of its distinctive buttons, buckles and other fashion accessories. Find out more at: MediaService October MediaService MediaService Digithek for downloading individual articles from all issues MediaService Industries Blog

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Ursula Lang | 2016-10-17
Integrathandling - New version of Comos with improved interoperability simplifies data exchange
Nuremberg, Germany. With its new CAE software version Comos 10.2, Siemens is consistently driving forward its digitalization strategy. The software update is designed to optimize interfaces, enabling even more efficient data exchange as well as integrated planning and engineering sequences across the process industries. Usability and handling efficiency have also

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Nuremberg, Germany. With its new CAE software version Comos 10.2, Siemens is consistently driving forward its digitalization strategy. The software update is designed to optimize interfaces, enabling even more efficient data exchange as well as integrated planning and engineering sequences across the process industries. Usability and handling efficiency have also been improved, saving time and ultimately also costs. Data exchange from one system to another – for instance during planning operations in the process industries – always poses a challenge, even if all the data is available in digital form, as it is here that errors can easily occur. By optimizing interfaces and reducing interface conflicts, data handling consistency can be improved. This represents a major step along the journey towards digitalization in the process industries, which is being driven by Siemens with the new Comos version 10.2. Alongside more in-depth cooperation with software providers along the entire value chain and the shared utilization of standards, the new software version enables not only improved engineering quality but faster project completion. Successful cooperation One of the new features of Comos Version 10.2 is the interface to eCl@ss Advanced 9.0 to facilitate the comparison of device data from different suppliers. Siemens also worked in cooperation with Bentley, a provider of software solutions for sustainable infrastructure projects, to develop an implemented interface for 2D/3D software solutions to be used with Comos. This allows not only complete 2D piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) but also process parameters to be saved from Comos into i-models. These are containers for data exchange based on the ISO 15926 standard for data models. “One of the objectives we are pursuing with this cooperation is to work jointly on a system which will allow the input, exchange and further application of data and information across the entire plant life cycle,” explains Vice President Comos Industry Solutions Andreas Geiss. “We have created a closed connection between Comos and OpenPlant.” Another interface which has been expanded as part of the update is the ISO 15926-based Proteus Schema 3.6.0 for the exchange of complete P&IDs. The revised Process Data Interface (PDI) enables closer links between the product and plant life cycle, for instance by synchronizing document metadata between Comos and the Teamcenter software.In addition to the mentioned OpenPlant, Teamcenter and eCl@ss solutions which bring about a significant improvement to the interoperability of Comos, there is another addition in the form of an interface to the Simit simulation software. The standard interface enables the rapid generation of simulations and consequently simple simulation of I/Os, devices and process sequences in plants and equipment modules. Convenient to use As well as optimized interfaces, the update to Comos Version 10.2 has also meant improved usability and greater efficiency. New symbols in the object libraries make for greater manageability when it comes to R&I flow chart generation, for instance, and the same applies to the extended color queries. “We have also equipped our Marshalling Designer with a new user interface. Alongside improved user prompting, it now also reports incidents such as collisions automatically when inadmissible modifications have been made to organizational charts”, explains Comos Automation Product Manager Christina Haus. The 3D virtual reality viewer Comos Walkinside also offers greater user convenience, with integrated PERT diagrams for resource planning and sequence visualization. The Head Mounted Display (HMD) produced by the company Oculus Rift is now supported for the first time, enabling users to immerse themselves fully into the virtual plant model, creating the most realistic possible virtual reality experience. Ideally placed The new Comos version 10.2 takes an important further step forwards towards end-to-end digitalization in the process industry. Not only does the CAE software solution provide an efficient global collaboration platform for consistent data management in the process industries, it is also making an important mark in terms of interoperability and user convenience. Captions To drive forward digitalization in the process industries, the new Comos Version 10.2 from Siemens offers a CAE solution which focuses not only on improved usability but also the expansion of interoperability. Secure, rapid and simple data exchange between different disciplines only works using optimized and standardized interfaces such as those in Comos V10.2. The software thus offers greater data handling consistency, resulting in benefits including greater efficiency and faster project completion.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-10-11
Holistic security concept - White paper on security concept for the process and discrete industries
Nuremberg. Germany. The new Siemens white paper on the subject of industrial security looks at the three elements plant security, network security and system integrity as the basis for the optimum prevention of cyber-attacks on automation networks. The approaches outlined in the paper will enable plant operators to utilize the

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Nuremberg. Germany. The new Siemens white paper on the subject of industrial security looks at the three elements plant security, network security and system integrity as the basis for the optimum prevention of cyber-attacks on automation networks. The approaches outlined in the paper will enable plant operators to utilize the benefits and opportunities offered by digitalization without compromising security or economy: ultimately enabling them to improve productivity through the secured operation of plants, systems and machines. Digitalization and “Industrie 4.0” – also referred to as the fourth industrial revolution – are resulting in ever greater networking of components, a higher incidence of data and more closely integrated systems. While these changes open up enormous opportunities in terms of production efficiency, competitive standing and customer benefit, they also harbor considerable risk. The increasing interaction between process components and standardized applications create vulnerability to cyber-attack or malware infiltration, leaving unprotected plants, systems or machines at risk of unauthorized access. This calls for a fundamental rethink of existing security concepts. The holistic approach taken by Siemens to this issue is based on a multiple-layered concept known as Defense in Depth, which complies with the recommendations set out in ISA 99/IEC 62443. This ranges from the operating level to the field level, and from access control to the protection of networks and devices. It is founded on three underlying elements: Plant security through physical access protection and Plant Security Services, network security through cell protection, firewalls and Virtual Private Network (VPN) mechanisms, and system integrity through patch management and user management. This multi-level protection approach combined with a broad range of measures offers greater security for plants, systems and machines – with a view to achieving greater availability and productivity. Captions The elements plant security, network security and system integrity form the framework of the Siemens industrial security concept. Defense in Depth – multi-layered protection of plants against cyber-attack.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-10-10
Siemens at the BrauBeviale - Automation and digitalization solutions for the beverage industry
Nuremberg, Germany. BrauBeviale will take place in Nuremberg from November8-10. At this year’s trade fair for the beverage industry, Siemens will be exhibiting at Booth419 in Hall7 showcasing its portfolio of software and hardware solutions for automation, cloud solutions and plant simulation for the beverage industry. One of the fair’s

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Nuremberg, Germany. BrauBeviale will take place in Nuremberg from November8-10. At this year’s trade fair for the beverage industry, Siemens will be exhibiting at Booth419 in Hall7 showcasing its portfolio of software and hardware solutions for automation, cloud solutions and plant simulation for the beverage industry. One of the fair’s highlights is Braumat, the process control system for breweries. More than 1,000 international exhibitors will be presenting raw materials, technologies and logistics for the beverage industry at the BrauBeviale from November8-10. Siemens will be back in Hall7, Booth419, to showcase the following industry models: Braumat Solutions for the digital brewery Manufacturing Operations Management Plant Simulation TIA Portal MindSphere – Siemens Cloud for Industry Digital breweries of tomorrow How can we expect the brewery of the future to look? Will beer by-products be used to automatically produce fuel? Or will brewers soon be working exclusively in front of the computer screen? Over the next few years, issues such as the cloud, data security, diminishing batch sizes, simulation tests, coordination and documentation will continue to grow in significance in the world of beer brewing. In the modern high-tech brewery, everything is digitally linked through interfaces to production control systems. Quality data is automatically captured and work sequences defined by modules. These allow the systems to document processes such as sampling to reliably determine whether the beer in the tank complies with quality requirements. Automation for breweries One of the highlights at the Siemens booth is Braumat, which enables breweries to brew first class beer efficiently and reproducibly. The process control system includes a recipe system, which ensures a reliable production workflow and a consistently high product and production quality. The scalable process control system covers the entire automation flow - from inbound logistics to bottling, from the sensor to the lab system. TIA portal The new V14 release of the engineering framework TIA Portal (Totally Integrated Automation) enables reduced complexity, greater flexibility by being open to third-party systems and improved transparency beyond the engineering process. These benefits shorten the time-to-market and improve productivity for customers. New cloud solutions The open ecosystem MindSphere allows the productivity of plants to be optimized through the collection and analysis of large datasets in industry. MindSphere also forms the basis for applications and data-based services from Siemens, making the platform an essential element along the way to the digital brewery. Plant simulation - from the virtual to the real world There are some elementary questions to be considered when building or extending a new brewery or converting an existing one, for example vessel dimensioning or pipe routing. Plant Simulation can simulate various strategies and scenarios in the preliminary project phase so that any potential problem can be resolved long before the real plant is installed. This saves resources and energy. Optimizing quality and costs Simatic IT is a scalable offering for production IT which enables company-wide access to all process information in real time. The Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) system optimizes production workflows by enabling rapid company-wide exchange of information – from the malt receiving area to the bottling line. Continuous access to all the relevant information allows breweries to quickly and flexibly respond to current market requirements and influence production processes. Captions Each year, BrauBeviale attracts a trade audience from the beverage industry. Last year, the event welcomed more than 1,000 international exhibitors and almost 40,000 visitors.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-10-05
Siemens at the K 2016 – “Plastics Goes Digital”
Düsseldorf. From 19 to 26 October, Siemens will be at the K 2016, the world’s premier international trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry, exhibiting comprehensive drive and automation solutions for use in plastics machinery. Under the banner “Plastics Goes Digital”, the company will be showcasing its broad portfolio

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Düsseldorf. From 19 to 26 October, Siemens will be at the K 2016, the world’s premier international trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry, exhibiting comprehensive drive and automation solutions for use in plastics machinery. Under the banner “Plastics Goes Digital”, the company will be showcasing its broad portfolio of solutions for the industry in Hall 10/Booth A40. The highlight of the Siemens offering will be the simulation of an entire machine complete with associated production processes in the form of a digital twin. This allows a machine’s engineering phase to be shortened and virtual commissioning to be carried out. Another focus of the exhibition will be on the new modular application software. Using different combinations put together from standard modules of the plastics library, users can simply generate standard applications for extrusion, blow molding, injection molding and thermoforming. This is done using the TIA Portal engineering framework to combine the Simatic S7-1500 controller, Sinamics drives, Simotics motors and Simatic HMI for operating and monitoring to create efficient machine solutions. Rounding off the Siemens exhibition at the show will be energy-efficient solutions with reluctance motor and servo pump.

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Ines Giovannini | 2016-09-29
Siemens wins third electric ferry contract
Siemens will supply propulsion systems for two new battery ferries. The all-electric ferries operated by Fjord1 will ply the E39 Anda-Lote route on the west coast of Norway. Both will have a cargo capacity of 120 cars, twelve trailers and 349 passengers. Operation on the 2.4 kilometer-long route will start

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Siemens will supply propulsion systems for two new battery ferries. The all-electric ferries operated by Fjord1 will ply the E39 Anda-Lote route on the west coast of Norway. Both will have a cargo capacity of 120 cars, twelve trailers and 349 passengers. Operation on the 2.4 kilometer-long route will start in January 2018. With this contract, the first four battery-driven ferries in the world will run on technology developed and manufactured by Siemens. In 2015, the company delivered the propulsion system for the "Ampere", which is the world"s first all-electric ferry, and was commissioned by the Finnish shipping company FinFerries in early 2016. This press release and a press picture is available atwww.siemens.com/press/PR2016090392PDEN For further information on environmentally-friendly shipping, please seewww.siemens.com/press/e-ferry Picture: CopyrightMulti Maritime

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-09-28
Around the clock - Automotive supplier optimizes hot dip galvanizing plant with Siemens Scada system
Duisburg, Germany. As a manufacturer of products such as hot-dip galvanized sheet steel, thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG is a key supplier to the automotive industry. A key element of its production is Hot Dip Galvanizing Plant 2 dating back to 1962, which operates uninterrupted 24/7 with the exception of regular

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Duisburg, Germany. As a manufacturer of products such as hot-dip galvanized sheet steel, thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG is a key supplier to the automotive industry. A key element of its production is Hot Dip Galvanizing Plant 2 dating back to 1962, which operates uninterrupted 24/7 with the exception of regular maintenance shifts. Over its “life”, the plant has been repeatedly modernized. The most recent upgrade entailed optimization of the plant with the Simatic WinCC V7 Scada (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system from Siemens to ensure maximum plant transparency. Improvements include animations affording operators a more intuitive grasp of processes. Use of the Webnavigator allows integration of WinCC into the local intranet, enabling the system to be accessed from anywhere in the company. With these additions, thyssenkrupp has made its production fit for the future. Hot Dip Galvanizing Plant 2 now benefits from greater efficiency and process reliability.Galvanized steel sheets play a key role in industrial manufacturing – first and foremost in the field of automotive engineering. To protect them from rust, the sheets need to be galvanized. thyssenkrupp Steel Europe is among the premier suppliers of this type of sheet steel. In its Hot Dip Galvanizing Plant 2, one of a total of eight plants of this type, the company produces around 440,000 tons of galvanized sheet steel every year. The process used entails steel strips welded together to form a continuous band being fed at a rate of around 120 meters a minute through the plant. After cleaning and recrystallization, the temperature of the steel is matched to the zinc bath to ensure an optimum bond of the zinc coating on the sheet. Following visual quality inspection by employees, the sheet is dried prior to customized packaging. Apart from regular maintenance shifts, the plant runs 24/7. Operating as what is called a bottleneck unit, unscheduled stoppages are particularly critical for the thyssenkrupp production plan, and ultimately also for customers relying on just-in-time deliveries, such as car manufacturers. Continuous dutyTo ensure that the plant is available at all times, thyssenkrupp relies on the WinCC V7 Scada system as its control center. The most recent modernization of the plant, which has been operating since 1962, addressed a large number of different requirements: Virtualization to ensure independence from operating system cycles, creation of a redundant setup of the control system and access from more than 27 operator terminals, availability of production data and low training costs by basing the system on the familiar appearance of the existing system. During the project, which was fully planned, engineered and implemented within less than a year, thyssenkrupp worked together with Siemens Solutions Partner and WinCC Specialist focus Industrieautomation GmbH based in Merenberg. Switchover to the new system took place on schedule during one of the planned maintenance intervals in order to prevent an additional plant standstill. The Simatic WinCC Scada System’s scalability and scope for future expansion were among the reasons why this system was chosen by focus. To ensure the system is failsafe, it runs on a redundant sever. The engineering station is a Simatic IPC547E industrial PC which permits adjustments to be made to the WinCC project independently of productive operation. To avoid overloading the WinCC server, the operator stations access an independent web server which allows the user-specific allocation of access rights with the option WebNavigator. For connection of the existing automation components over Profinet, focus opted for two additional Simatic IPC547E rack PCs. In the event of a power failure, an interruptible power supply ensures adequate power for a safe shutdown and to allow all relevant process values to be saved. Central long-term archiving of process data in the Simatic Process Historian data archive now ensures detailed long-term data evaluation. For support cases, focus can connect remotely to the plant over a secure VPN connection. Fit for the futureThe modernization process has impacted on thyssenkrupp’s operations in a variety of ways. Operating screens have been made simpler and clearer, with animated sequences affording operators a more intuitive grasp of the process. Access rights enable control over who is afforded access to what and where. By means of serial coupling to the Enterprise Resource Planning System, plant data is now available across the company for long-term analysis. Captions - all pictures Copyright thyssenkrupp Steel EuropeThe central control room is where all the threads of the hot dip galvanizing plant come together. Thanks to the clear layout, staff can keep an eye on all essential information at all times.The zinc coating is checked by an operator for any irregularities such as trapped air. At a strip speed of up to 120 m/s, this demands the highest levels of concentration.Numerous controllers, operator stations and virtual machines are integrated into the network of the hot dip galvanizing plant. Even the redundant Scada system itself and the archiving system run in virtual machines.With the central overview of the plant, all key stations can be assessed from the control room.

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Ines Giovannini | 2016-09-27
Shaking things up for quality: New vibration test facility for converters
Erlangen. In its factory in Frauenauracher Straße in Erlangen, Siemens recently commissioned a new vibration test system. Previously, this test step used to be outsourced, but now converters, especially the Sinamics models, are exposed to rigorous mechanical vibration and type tests in-house. Thus the final product release of a new

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Erlangen. In its factory in Frauenauracher Straße in Erlangen, Siemens recently commissioned a new vibration test system. Previously, this test step used to be outsourced, but now converters, especially the Sinamics models, are exposed to rigorous mechanical vibration and type tests in-house. Thus the final product release of a new converter depends on the test results of the harsh vibration test, which guarantees a long lifetime of the product at the customers’ site. The immediate vicinity of the test laboratory reduces response and feedback times, and quality improvements are quickly implemented in the products. Plant structure and function The vibration test system is based on what is known as a shaker, which can be compared to a giant loudspeaker. With its frequency range of 5 to 2400 Hertz and a force vector of 100 kilonewton, the shaker is able to simulate sinus, noise and shock vibrations. The shaker’s slip table and head expander are designed as a heavy-duty platform and are able to accommodate even the largest Sinamics converters with a clamping surface of 1.2 x 1.2 meters and a static test load of up to 4,000 or 6,000 kilograms. The necessary output is provided by a 100 kW power amplifier. Careful use of resources For Siemens, outsourcing this important test process frequently meant long distances and protracted waiting times. This compromised flexibility when it came to test planning and entailed a lead time of up to six weeks. Even transporting the devices to the service provider and back again took up to two days in each direction, and the accompanying test supervisor was forced to spend valuable time off site. The new vibration test facility helps to save costs and reduce time spent on development. Furthermore, it adds to securing the Siemens plant.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-09-26
Siemens at the EuroBLECH 2016 - Solutions for the digitalized press shop
Hanover, Germany. The topic of digitalization and the resulting transformation of production in the metalworking industry will loom large at this year’s upcoming EuroBLECH in Hanover from October 25 to 29. Siemens will be offering an insight into its product portfolio at Booth F41 in Hall 27 under the banner

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Hanover, Germany. The topic of digitalization and the resulting transformation of production in the metalworking industry will loom large at this year’s upcoming EuroBLECH in Hanover from October 25 to 29. Siemens will be offering an insight into its product portfolio at Booth F41 in Hall 27 under the banner “The Next Generation of Press Shops”. The focus of this year’s presentation will be on solutions for the digitalized press shop and on how to further increase productivity on the basis of smart interlinking of simulation and real plant. The International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition EuroBLECH will be opening its doors once again in Hanover from October 25 – 29, 2016. this exhibition showcases the latest developments along the entire sheet metal process chain. One of the central themes at this year’s Siemens booth will be digitalization in the metalworking industry, and ways in which linking simulation technologies with real plants can further increase productivity. The key word here is the “Digital Twin”, whose role is undergoing a noticeable shift: it is evolving from a digital shadow used to visualize different scenarios and increasingly taking on a driving role as an integrated master which uses simulation-aided optimization to directly control machine sequences. Siemens will be showcasing solutions, such as Press Line Simulation, Motion Control applications for handling systems and efficient engineering in the TIA Portal. Out of the shadow into the lightOne example of the way in which the digital clone has transformed into the master is the Press Line Simulation system iPLS. This immediately transfers data gained during simulation into the Simotion control systems of presses and transfers. Using a digitalization example, Siemens will be demonstrating the integrated approach of adjusting and synchronizing transfer systems in line with the motion control of servo presses through simulation. The demonstration will include the model of a press line, which calculates in real time using the Simotion controller and is displayed live within a 3D space, which visitors can experience through virtual reality. The final element of this installation is connection to the Press Line Simulation for curve optimization and collision detection. This software is one of the central control modules offered by Siemens to help generate the press shop of the future, as it allows users to create a digital twin of their plant with minimum effort. Available for the first timeFor the first time, Siemens is introduces the certified press safety library Simatic S7-F/P connected with the TIA Portal V14 to be used with the failsafe Simatic S7-1500F controller family. Benefits for the user: an integrated safety concept, less engineering time and reduced program complexity, as well as Employers’ Liability Insurance Association certification. The Hydraulic Toolbox developed by Siemens for the TIA Portal will allow the automation of complex hydraulic applications, and is suitable for use with the entire Simatic S7-1500 controller generation. This allows users to implement individual concepts with the aid of function modules. One innovative example is the servo pump solution which works with Sinamics S120 converters to provide outstanding energy efficiency and flexibility. For more information, see www.siemens.com/euroblech CaptionsSiemens will be exhibiting an integrated approach for the digitalized press shop at the EuroBLECH under the banner “The Next Generation of Press Shops”.The Press Line Simulation software simulates the motion control of the servo press implemented in Simotion, which allows the user to create a digital twin with minimal effort.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-09-23
Safe fleece packaging - Machine builder opts for AS-Interface and distributed I/O-based safety concept from Siemens for packaging plant
Emsdetten, Germany. Jürgens Maschinenbau GmbH " Co. KG based in Emsdetten near Münster took the decision to use a safety concept comprising a distributed I/O,AS-Interface and the ASIsafe from Siemens for the first time in a fleece packaging plant. This combination simplifies engineering, reduces the time spent on installation, increases

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Emsdetten, Germany. Jürgens Maschinenbau GmbH " Co. KG based in Emsdetten near Münster took the decision to use a safety concept comprising a distributed I/O,AS-Interface and the ASIsafe from Siemens for the first time in a fleece packaging plant. This combination simplifies engineering, reduces the time spent on installation, increases flexibility and permits remote maintenance. Jürgens Maschinenbau GmbH " Co. KG was commissioned by a customer to come up with a packaging concept to separate a mother roll of fleece into segments and package them as individual units. A safety fence measuring around 60 meters in length had to be installed for the enclosure – with six access doors and light curtains to ensure operator protection. For the project, the company decided to use the Simatic ET 200SP distributed I/O and the AS-Interface to monitor the safety devices for the first time in this type of fleece packaging plant. The solution was easy to implement using the I/O modules CM AS-i-Master ST and the failsafe variant F-CM AS-i-Safety. The doors of the packaging system"s safety fence used to be safeguarded with mechanical switches connected to the fail-safe controller using conventional direct wiring. “That was laborious, complicated and led to a lot of faults,” recalls Christian Dunkel from the electrical department at Jürgens Maschinenbau GmbH " Co. KG. “Compared to the conventional wiring we used in the past, we can now achieve a 90-percent time-saving in our cabling work thanks to the AS-i solution.” Rapid installation and flexibilityThe packaging area at the end of the plant, which is equipped with 20 Sinamics S120 frequency converters, is safeguarded by six protective doors secured by Siemens Sirius 3SE5 position switches with tumblers. Also mounted are failsafe emergency stop buttons and three control keys for “Access Request”, “Area Acknowledgement” and “Restart”. They are connected as spur lines to the AS-i line using AS-i-M12 round connectors. Standard and safety-related signals can then be transmitted through a single two-wire cable, making installation flexible and above all fast. If the emergency stop button is pressed, a safe stop is initiated via Profisafe/Profinet without impacting on unaffected areas. Taken as a whole, Performance Level PLd is reached according to EN ISO 13849. In addition to time savings, flexibility is a further major benefit to be gained by using ASIsafe in conjunction with the distributed I/O. For instance, additional safety devices such as light curtains can be simply incorporated into the safety concept. In addition, the upstream part of the plant can be easily integrated into the safety concept of the packaging system through failsafe input and output modules of the distributed I/O. Fully integrated and safeInstead of using a separate safety controller, a Simatic S7-300 controller with failsafe F-CPU is used in the packaging plant. “With this solution we are following the TIA philosophy with all of its advantages,” comments Dunkel. This also means reducing the number of interfaces and the time involved. For Dunkel, the major benefits of the project have included standardization of the safety concept and the speed of configuration, which takes place centrally using standard technology with Step 7. This means that the user requires just one engineering software system: for connection to AS-i-Master, ASIsafe and digital as well as analog inputs and outputs. The solution is also easily manageable in terms of the hardware required: Both standard and failsafe signals can be processed on the same hardware thanks to the use of the failsafe controller in conjunction with the distributed I/O. At the same time, Profisafe and the AS-I network ensure a failsafe exchange of data – also for remote maintenance. Particularly for a medium-sized company with around 250 employees and an export quota of 75 percent, the ability to monitor and adjust the safety equipment remotely is a decisive competitive advantage. CaptionsJürgens Maschinenbau in Emsdetten opted to use ASIsafe in conjunction with an AS-I Master in the Simatic ET 200SP distributed I/O for the first time in a packaging plant for fleece rolls. The standard operating stations and safety technology are simply connected as spur lines to the typical yellow conductor with the aid of an AS-i-M12 branch. Sirius 3SE5 positions switches are offered with tumblers. The integrated AS-i connection allows them to be simply integrated into the safety concept using ASIsafe. The supplementary modules CM AS-i Master ST for standard automation and F-CM AS-i Safety ST for safety technology are available for the Simatic ET 200SP compact distributed I/O.

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David Petry | 2016-09-21
In vino veritas - Italy’s biggest wine producer relies on Siemens for its process instrumentation
Forlí, Italy. Caviro, Italy’s biggest wine producer, bottles up to 6,000 hectoliters of wine from 124 storage tanks on a daily basis. For optimum monitoring and automation of the complex bottling process and to ensure that the bottled wines are of the very highest quality, Caviro relies onprocess instrumentation and

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Forlí, Italy. Caviro, Italy’s biggest wine producer, bottles up to 6,000 hectoliters of wine from 124 storage tanks on a daily basis. For optimum monitoring and automation of the complex bottling process and to ensure that the bottled wines are of the very highest quality, Caviro relies onprocess instrumentation and control technology from Siemens. It uses products from the Sitrans family, and an automation system with a Simatic S7-1500 engineered using the TIA portal. Up to 480,000 hectoliters of wine from 12,000 winegrowers are stored in tanks by Caviro, Italy’s biggest agricultural cooperative in the wine sector. Following the maturing process, the wine is transported from the individual vineyards to Caviro’s main storage facility. After a good ten days resting in one of the 124 storage tanks, it is then bottled. When it came to choosing an instrumentation supplier for the complex bottling process, Caviro opted for technology from Siemens. Meticulously engineered conceptUp to 6,000 hectoliters of wine are bottled and packaged at Caviro every day. System integrator S.A.I.I.E. srl, a supplier of hardware and software solutions for automation systems, made this possible by designing a meticulously engineered automation solution. One part of this solution comprises Sitrans LR250 level transmitters with encapsulated antenna from Siemens, which are mounted directly at the hatches on the top of the tanks. The benefit for operating personnel: the level transmitters don’t need to be unscrewed from the top of the tank for cleaning – simply opening the hatch is sufficient. Keeping the wine flowingEn route from the storage tank to the bottling area, the wine passes one of the seven outflow pipes controlled by automatic valves. In these pipes, Caviro uses microprocessor-based transmitter type Sitrans F M MAG 6000 in combination with the Sitrans F M MAG 1100 sensors in stainless steel for flow measurement. The speed of the pumps mounted in the pipelines is monitored by seven Sinamics G120C converters. Also mounted in the pipes are Sitrans LVL 100 vibrating level switches to provide effective dry running and overfill protection. To conserve space, at Caviro the wine tanks are positioned not only side by side but also one above the other in a very tightly spaced formation. This posed a special challenge to the S.A.I.I.E. engineers, as it prevented them from mounting radar level transmitters above the lower tanks. Instead, they used digital pressure transmitters from the Sitrans P series DS III, which monitor the differential pressure on the underside of the tank. The nerve center of the entire system is a Simatic S7-1500, which converts these pressure values and all the real-time filling level readings into volume measurements to provide precise information about the inventory of wine stored in the tanks. A weekly inventory is vital given the variety of different wine types stored in the facility. The programmable logic controller (PLC) links all the components and is integrated in the TIA portal, affording operating personnel a clear overview of current processes at all times and enabling them to intervene immediately if needed. The Simatic ET 200 SP distributed I/O system receives the radar signals, which it transmits to the PLC. Premium qualityWith a market share of 8.3 percent, Caviro is Italy’s biggest wine producer. The 12,000 wine growers who jointly own Caviro cultivate around ten percent of Italy’s entire crop of grapes in eight different regions. The Caviro brands include a large selection of table wines alongside high-priced premium wines such as Amarone and Brunello. Siemens technology has a decisive role to play in ensuring their quality and international success. “The advanced instrumentation and control system from Siemens provides us with the best conditions to produce top quality products in our modern plant,” says Domenico Dosio, General Maintenance, Investment and Technical Service Manager at Caviro. CaptionsSitrans P series DS III digital pressure transmitters measure filling levels where space constraints prevent pulse radar level transmitters from being mounted on the tanks.The plant’s nerve system: The Simatic S7-1500 control system supplies operating personnel with the information they need for each process step.The series F M MAG flowmeters and sensors from Siemens monitor the flow of wine from the storage tanks to the bottling area. The Sitrans LR250 pulse radar level transmitter continuously monitors the filling level of the wine in the 124 storage tanks at Caviro.

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Stefan Rauscher | 2016-09-19
System migration - Cement factory in Colombia optimized by process control system from Siemens
Colombia: In a cement factory in Nobsa, Colombia, operated by the globally active building materials manufacturer LafargeHolcim Ltd., a new process control system has recently been commissioned after a three-year project duration. The modernization project entailed converting the previous control system to Cemat 8.1 from Siemens. By migrating to the

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Colombia: In a cement factory in Nobsa, Colombia, operated by the globally active building materials manufacturer LafargeHolcim Ltd., a new process control system has recently been commissioned after a three-year project duration. The modernization project entailed converting the previous control system to Cemat 8.1 from Siemens. By migrating to the new high-powered process control system, LafargeHolcim has optimized its production potential and so secured the competitive edge of the location. Of the many factors which determine success for companies in the process industry, failsafe plant performance and process reliability are paramount. Improving these two aspects is also a key focus for LafargeHolcim Ltd. the world’s most advanced group in the building materials industry. This prompted the company to opt in favor of process technology from Siemens when modernizing its cement factory in Nobsa, Colombia, as part of an extensive hardware and software upgrade. The existing system has now been migrated to Cemat 8.1, the Siemens process control system designed specifically for the cement industry. Simple, rapid and reliableThe Cemat process control system from Siemens supports the building materials industry when it comes to optimizing production potential along the entire value chain. Its convenient user interface design allows employees to access all the relevant production data in real time. Operating and integrated diagnostics functions detect possible faults at an early stage and act to reduce unforeseeable downtime. The flexible, scalable and efficient control system Simatic PCS7 provides the technological basis for Cemat.Thanks to successful cooperation between LafargeHolcim and Siemens, the migration was implemented smoothly within the 3-year period by adapting to planned maintenance schedules to achieve minimum downtime. The solution package comprising hardware and software was tested before and after commissioning by experts from LafargeHolcim using the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT), the Site Acceptance Test (SAT) and the Performance and Completion Test for the process control system (PCT). Rigorous testing before commissioning avoided downtime outside the time schedule, subsequent tests confirmed a correct and safe operation of Cemat control system.Four phases over three years As migration of the previous system to Cemat was highly complex, it was divided into four phases: 1. Conceptual engineering 2. Raw material preparation, general plant services, preparation of alternative fuels – AFR3. Cement grinding #1 and clinker press 4. Kiln, raw mill and coal mill Siemens supplied all the necessary hardware and software for the automation package, a solution tested and approved by LafargeHolcim headquarters to the most stringent technical quality standards. Global leaderLafargeHolcim has a presence in 90 countries and is the world’s largest manufacturer of building materials. Forty-seven years ago, LafargeHolcim acquired the Nobsa cement factory, and set about updating the plant in line with current international standards to secure its on-going competitive standing. The process control system migration kicked off in June 2013. Due to its complexity, the upgrade was divided into four phases over a total project period of three years. Producing 3,600 tons of clinker a day, Nobsa is the biggest LafargeHolcim factory in Colombia. CaptionsTo maintain its international competitive edge, LafargeHolcim Ltd. relies on the PCS 7 8.1-based process control system Cemat 8.1 from Siemens in its cement factory in Nobsa, Colombia.Within a project period of three years divided into four process stages, the previous Foxboro Invesys Control system was migrated to CematThe convenient user interface allows employees to access process data in real time. Web server configuration allows to see the plant process from outside with a secure connection.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-09-16
Siemens at the K 2016 – “Plastics Goes Digital”
Düsseldorf. From 19 to 26 October, Siemens will be at the K 2016, the world’s premier international trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry, exhibiting comprehensive drive and automation solutions for use in plastics machinery. Under the banner “Plastics Goes Digital”, the company will be showcasing its broad portfolio

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Düsseldorf. From 19 to 26 October, Siemens will be at the K 2016, the world’s premier international trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry, exhibiting comprehensive drive and automation solutions for use in plastics machinery. Under the banner “Plastics Goes Digital”, the company will be showcasing its broad portfolio of solutions for the industry in Hall 10/Booth A40. The highlight of the Siemens offering will be the simulation of an entire machine complete with associated production processes in the form of a digital twin. This allows a machine’s engineering phase to be shortened and virtual commissioning to be carried out. Another focus of the exhibition will be on the new modular application software. Using different combinations put together from standard modules of the plastics library, users can simply generate standard applications for extrusion, blow molding, injection molding and thermo forming. This is done using the TIA Portal engineering framework to combine the Simatic S7-1500 controller, Sinamics drives, Simotics motors and Simatic HMI for operating and monitoring to create efficient machine solutions. Rounding off the Siemens exhibition at the show will be energy-efficient solutions with reluctance motor and servo pump.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-09-14
fresh off the press: Siemens MediaService September 2016
From cement, building materials and mining to jewelry decoration, the September issue of the MediaService looks at a widely varied range of applications from the world of drives and automation. Version 8.2 of Cemat, the control system for cement, building materials and mining, is now available with a host of

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From cement, building materials and mining to jewelry decoration, the September issue of the MediaService looks at a widely varied range of applications from the world of drives and automation. Version 8.2 of Cemat, the control system for cement, building materials and mining, is now available with a host of new functions. We hop aboard the Seegold, a pleasure boat used to ferry passengers around Lake Constance which is powered by two fully electric redundant main propulsion systems, and we learn how a Sinumerik machine tool control is helping improve the tone of turned wooden Alphorn mouthpieces. Sinumerik is also used in combination with Siemens PLM Software to achieve ultra-finely crafted jewelry decoration known as guilloche. And finally, we read how Siemens PLM Software is used to improve the efficiency of vibration testing at Agfa Graphics, enabling the com­pany to optimize the quality of its printing plates. Find out more at:MediaService SeptemberMediaServiceMediaServiceDigithekfor downloading individual articles from all issues

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Press Team Industries | 2016-09-14
Siemens launches Zimpro electro-oxidation technology for spent caustic treatment
Based on experience and knowledge gained from application of the highly-effective Zimpro® wet air oxidation (WAO) technology, Siemens has developed an electro-oxidation process to address the needs of refinery and petrochemical spent caustic treatment. This new process – Zimpro® electro-oxidation – uses electrically conductive boron doped diamond (BDD) electrodes, enabling

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Based on experience and knowledge gained from application of the highly-effective Zimpro® wet air oxidation (WAO) technology, Siemens has developed an electro-oxidation process to address the needs of refinery and petrochemical spent caustic treatment. This new process – Zimpro® electro-oxidation – uses electrically conductive boron doped diamond (BDD) electrodes, enabling efficient oxidation of organic and inorganic compounds that are dissolved in spent caustic. The system’s flexible, modular design is capable of treating highly-contaminated spent caustic streams typically generated by both refineries and petrochemical plants in producing clean fuels and chemicals. Treatment using Zimpro electro-oxidation produces an effluent that is amenable to traditional wastewater treatment processes. This press release is available at www.siemens.com/press/PR2016090391PDEN For further information on Siemens Water Solutions, please see www.siemens.com/water-solutions

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Ines Giovannini | 2016-09-13
High-precision surfaces with “Top Surface”
Siemens has upgraded the current Sinumerik software version 4.7 by adding new functions to enhance the productivity and accuracy of the milling process. The “Top Surface” option enables the NC data from the CAM system to be optimized online while the program is being run, producing high surface quality on

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Siemens has upgraded the current Sinumerik software version 4.7 by adding new functions to enhance the productivity and accuracy of the milling process. The “Top Surface” option enables the NC data from the CAM system to be optimized online while the program is being run, producing high surface quality on complex freeform surfaces during milling. This is particularly advantageous in the production of geometrically complex molded parts in the automotive, aircraft or power generation sectors, which make exacting demands of the milling process in terms of surface quality, dimensional accuracy and production efficiency. All the new functions are integrated into the system and are available with Sinumerik Operate, in some cases as an option. This press release and a press picture can be found at www.siemens.com/press/PR2016090381DFEN For further information on Siemens at the AMB 2016, please see www.siemens.com/press/amb2016

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Press Team Industries | 2016-09-13
Siemens at the Electra Mining 2016
Driving Productivity and Efficiency for African Mines As part of the biggest Mining and Industrial tradeshow in Africa, Siemens will be presenting its Drive and Automation technologies at Electra Mining 2016. As a leading provider of efficient, sustainable and class leading equipment to mining companies in Africa, Siemens offers solutions

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Driving Productivity and Efficiency for African Mines As part of the biggest Mining and Industrial tradeshow in Africa, Siemens will be presenting its Drive and Automation technologies at Electra Mining 2016. As a leading provider of efficient, sustainable and class leading equipment to mining companies in Africa, Siemens offers solutions tailored to the region’s needs. Please find the press information attached.

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David Petry | 2016-09-13
New app for MindSphere enhances availability of machine tools
Siemens offers "Fleet Manager for Machine Tools", a new app for MindSphere, the industrial IoT platform. With this cloud-based application (MindApp), machine tools worldwide at small or large production sites can be monitored, and their availability and productivity enhanced. With little effort, users gain transparency over machine utilization and performance,

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Siemens offers "Fleet Manager for Machine Tools", a new app for MindSphere, the industrial IoT platform. With this cloud-based application (MindApp), machine tools worldwide at small or large production sites can be monitored, and their availability and productivity enhanced. With little effort, users gain transparency over machine utilization and performance, and can thus reduce costs and improve service and maintenance. Furthermore, machine tool builders can start developing new digital services by selling machine hours, for instance. The app is particularly well-suited for the end customers of small to medium-sized original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). You will find this press release and a press photo at www.siemens.com/press/PR2016090384DFEN Further information: www.siemens.com/machine-tool-analytics

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Evelyne Kadel | 2016-09-12
Web-based press conference ahead of the SPS IPC Drives 2016
Ahead of this year’s SPS IPC Drives, Europe’s leading exhibition for electric automation due to be held in Nuremberg from November 22 - 24, Siemens will be addressing the German and international specialist media at a web-based conference to talk about this year’s trade fair presentation in Hall 11, and

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Ahead of this year’s SPS IPC Drives, Europe’s leading exhibition for electric automation due to be held in Nuremberg from November 22 - 24, Siemens will be addressing the German and international specialist media at a web-based conference to talk about this year’s trade fair presentation in Hall 11, and also about the latest product innovations. Under the banner “Driving the Digital Enterprise”, Siemens will be pointing the way towards the digital future in Hall 11. As the Siemens solution for the implementation of Industrie 4.0, the Digital Enterprise encompasses four core elements: - Industrial software with the Digital Enterprise Software Suite, integrated engineering and integrated operation - Industrial communication- Industrial security - Industrial services At the SPS IPC Drives 2016, a number of concrete scenarios from the discrete and manufacturing industries, energy management and digital services will demonstrate how machine and plant builders, as well as companies operating in the discrete and manufacturing industries, are profiting from the support of Siemens as they undertake the digital transformation. You are warmly invited to attend a web-based press conference on October 5, 2016. Under the banner “Driving the Digital Enterprise”, Siemens Booth Manager at the SPS IPC Drives 2016 Heinz Eisenbeiss will take you on a tour of the latest innovations.The web-based press conference will be held in German and subsequently in English. In English: Wednesday October 5, 2016 from 4.00 p.m. (CET) under the link www.siemens.com/press/sps2016 In German: Wednesday October 5, 2016 from 2.00 p.m. (CET) under the link www.siemens.com/presse/sps2016

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David Petry | 2016-09-07
Industrial Ethernet switches for reliable communication in harsh environments
• Scalance XP-200 in low-profile design with high IP65/67 degree of protection• Extended temperature range from -40 °C to +70 °C• Gigabit-capability and Power-over-Ethernet with a total power of 120 W • Particularly suitable for the oil and gas industry, rail and road vehicles With its new Scalance XP-200 product

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• Scalance XP-200 in low-profile design with high IP65/67 degree of protection• Extended temperature range from -40 °C to +70 °C• Gigabit-capability and Power-over-Ethernet with a total power of 120 W • Particularly suitable for the oil and gas industry, rail and road vehicles With its new Scalance XP-200 product line, Siemens offers compact Industrial Ethernet switches for the setup of electrical line, star and ring structures. The devices feature a low-profile, robust metal enclosure with a high degree of protection (IP65/67) and a wide operating temperature range from -40 °C to +70 °C. This provides flexibility to be deployed outside the control cabinet, both indoors and outside. In addition, the layer 2 switches offer a choice of industry-specific certifications. For example, they are approved for hazardous locations in zone 2 (ATEX, IECEx, cULus HazLoc) and therefore suitable for the oil and gas industry. Furthermore, particularly rugged versions are available for use in rail or road vehicles. This press release and a press picture are available at http://www.siemens.com/press/PR2016090388PDEN Additional information can be found at www.siemens.com/xp-200

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Claudia Lanzinger | 2016-09-07
Siemens and BSH working closely to tailor next generation PLM software to industry
• Close collaboration could enhance PLM for BSH and entire industry• Companies leverage shared vision of Industrie 4.0 and Internet of Things• Identifying issues early should save time and costs for both organizations Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business and BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, the largest home appliance manufacturer in

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• Close collaboration could enhance PLM for BSH and entire industry• Companies leverage shared vision of Industrie 4.0 and Internet of Things• Identifying issues early should save time and costs for both organizations Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business and BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, the largest home appliance manufacturer in Europe, have agreed to further strengthen their long-term relationship to help enhance PLM software for specific industry needs. The two companies decided on a closer working relationship due to a shared vision of Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Their close cooperation is expected to help Siemens gain deeper insights into the special requirements of the home appliance product lifecycle process while reducing costs, saving time and maintaining quality and innovation for BSH and the entire industry. This press release is available at http://www.siemens.com/press/PR2016090393DFEN

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Claudia Lanzinger | 2016-09-07
Ferretti Group selects software from Siemens to optimize yacht design and production
• Shipbuilding software adopted by Ferretti Yachts and CRN brands• Software expected to help reduce time-to-market and lower costs Ferretti Group, a world leader in the design, construction and sale of motor yachts and pleasure vessels, has selected solutions from Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business to help further

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• Shipbuilding software adopted by Ferretti Yachts and CRN brands• Software expected to help reduce time-to-market and lower costs Ferretti Group, a world leader in the design, construction and sale of motor yachts and pleasure vessels, has selected solutions from Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business to help further optimize the design and production of its prestigious Ferretti Yachts and CRN brand. Established in Italy, Ferretti Group will deploy Teamcenter® software, the world"s most widely used PLM system, and NX™ software, a fully integrated solution for computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering analysis (CAD/CAM/CAE). Teamcenter and NX serve as the foundation of Siemens’ marine industry solution for the digitalization of ship design, which can help Ferretti Group reduce time-to-market and lower production costs while maintaining superior product quality. Ferretti Group will also leverage the Fibersim™ portfolio to further enhance its composites design and production processes. This press release and a press picture is available at http://www.siemens.com/press/PR2016090395DFEN Picture: Courtesy Ferretti Yachts – ph. Alberto Cocchi

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Ines Giovannini | 2016-09-06
MAN commissions Siemens to supply two-speed gearbox for fishing vessel
An order placed recently by MAN highlights Siemens’ expertise in the construction of variable-speed application-specific gearboxes. Flender two-speed gearboxes are individual switchable solutions permitting the application of different propulsion modes for special-purpose vessels. Different ratios in a single gearbox enable different rotary speeds and power transmission levels, making them of

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An order placed recently by MAN highlights Siemens’ expertise in the construction of variable-speed application-specific gearboxes. Flender two-speed gearboxes are individual switchable solutions permitting the application of different propulsion modes for special-purpose vessels. Different ratios in a single gearbox enable different rotary speeds and power transmission levels, making them of particular interest for ships which require an alternative propulsion mode as a redundant or emergency system, which are propelled by a hybrid drive, have several different operating modes or are required to produce current while being propelled by a diesel engine. These two-speed gearboxes are characterized by their extremely high efficiency, and they can be adapted individually on an application-specific basis to different operating modes and functions. This press release and a press picture is available atwww.siemens.com/press/PR2016090378PDEN For further information on Siemens at the SMM, please seewww.siemens.com/press/smm16

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David Petry | 2016-09-05
Turning old into new - Siemens weighing system ensures the correct mixing ratio for plastic recycling
Limburg, Germany. The company Bolder automation GmbH has been involved in the field of plant engineering for dosing and bulk materials technology for over 20 years. To weigh recycled plastics, the company relies onSiwarex weighing technology and Simatic controllers from Siemens. The Siemens solutions encompass a range of diagnostic functions,

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Limburg, Germany. The company Bolder automation GmbH has been involved in the field of plant engineering for dosing and bulk materials technology for over 20 years. To weigh recycled plastics, the company relies onSiwarex weighing technology and Simatic controllers from Siemens. The Siemens solutions encompass a range of diagnostic functions, permit precise weight measurement and also ensure maximum plant availability by monitoring the electrical and pneumatic supply systems. Given the ever shorter supply of resources, rising raw material prices and more stringent statutory requirements, ever greater importance is being attached to the responsible treatment of raw materials and their possible reuse. This also applies to plastics which are recycled and processed for the manufacture of new products. The company Bolder automation GmbH has specialized in this treatment process, specifically in gravimetric dosing and weighing as well as the automation of extrusion plants and material conveyance, and places its trust in Siemens technology. It’s all in the mixBefore plastics such as PET bottles, window profiles or agricultural sheets can be recycled and used to produce new articles, they need to be conditioned, as the purity of the materials can no longer be guaranteed once they have been used. Using a suitable weighing process, the correct mixture of new and recycled goods is determined. Onto the scalesFollowing the separation, washing and granulation of the recycled material, it is placed on the automatic batch scale, series CTW. Only the beginning and end of the quantity detection is specified. After completion of the measurement process, the scales determine the total weight of the fed material. The detection process of material quantities can be started and terminated using a touch panel. The automated scales are controlled at Bolder using a Simatic S7-1200. The Siemens electronic weighing system Siwarex WP231 used here is integrated into the Simatic environment by means of a ready-to-use function block, eliminating the need for costly supplementary modules. Connection to the Simatic components takes place using a slide-on plug. The connection to a central programmable logic controller (PLC) also allows the execution of programmed jobs. A PC can be connected via the standard Ethernet interface in order to parameterize the Siwarex WP231, which offers a display with calibration capability and can also be used in Zone 2 potentially explosive areas. All the data relating to the weighing process, whose functions all run autonomously, is transmitted via the Simatic I/O area. Commissioning of the weighing electronics takes place simply and quickly using Siwatool V7 or a directly connected HMI panel. Sustainable benefitsUse of the Siemens solution package opens up scope for Bolder to make use of wide-ranging diagnostic functions such as monitoring weight progress. The high resolution of up to four million parts ensures reliable weight recording. Monitoring the electronic and pneumatic supply to the overall plant ensures that, in the event of a plant failure, the weighing process is terminated, the last recorded information saved and the scales switched to the pass-through mode. Following remedy of the problem, regular operation can then be resumed. CaptionsThe electronic weighing system Siwarex WP231 is integrated in the Simatic S7-1200 controller, but can also be used without Simatic CPU.The automatic scale CTW from Bolder automation GmbH is integrated directly into the material flow.The automatic scales from Bolder are controlled using a Simatic S7-1200, and Siwarex WP231 is used as the electronic weighing system.

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David Petry | 2016-09-02
Clean energy - From drinking water spring to drinking water power plant with Siemens technology
Zell am See, Austria. The two Austrian towns of Bruck and Zell am See have used the Wölfernquelle spring located ten kilometers distant to create a clean supply of energy since 2014. Using an integrated automation concept from Siemens, what has served as a drinking water source since the 1970s

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Zell am See, Austria. The two Austrian towns of Bruck and Zell am See have used the Wölfernquelle spring located ten kilometers distant to create a clean supply of energy since 2014. Using an integrated automation concept from Siemens, what has served as a drinking water source since the 1970s is now also a drinking water power plant which supplies green electricity to cover the needs of 100 households every year. The Wölfernquelle spring in Fusch on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road has been supplying the two Austrian communities of Zell am See and Bruck with drinking water since it was developed in the 1970s. Since 2014, the altitude drop of approximately 100 meters travelled by the water as it flows towards the two communities has been harnessed to produce energy, with the construction of the Wölfernquelle drinking water power plant. As the project developed, Siemens was placed in charge of the planning, automation, mounting and commissioning of the newly installed spring water catchment shaft, intake structure and screening plant, as well as with installing the drinking water power plant in the Bruckerberg elevated tank, alongside the UV disinfection system and the tank itself. From the spring to the faucetThe nerve center of the technology used is a Simatic S7-300 controller for automation and visualization of the individual building structures. Operation is simplified by an integrated touch panel. For monitoring levels and flow rates in the tanks, as well as for logging the water volumes, Sitrans P200 pressure transmitters and Sitrans MAG 5100 WF sensors are used in the drinking water power plant. Sirius 3RW40 soft starters and Sinamics G120 converters control and regulate the drives for the pumps and the screen drive, whose energy values and consumption are displayed and logged using Sentron PAC3200 multifunction measuring devices. With this equipment, Siemens provides continuous monitoring of the water, from spring tapping through to the point at which it enters the Bruck and Zell am See water mains, and makes a major contribution towards ensuring quality as well as a secure supply for both communities. Green energy for 100 householdsThe water which flows through the catchment shaft initially carries along a large quantity of sand. A micro-screening plant which is energy-neutral in comparison with mechanical filtration systems filters out all solid particles larger than 18 thousands of a millimeter. The water is also disinfected and treated with ultraviolet radiation. It then travels along a transport pipe for around 10 kilometers towards the Bruckerberg elevated tank, where it flows through a turbine which drives a generator. This system generates 360,000 kilowatts of electricity a year, enough to service the annual requirement of 100 households.

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Evelyne Kadel | 2016-08-31
What digitalization can do for the glass industry - Siemens at the glasstec 2016
Düsseldorf, Germany. Siemens will be presenting its solutions for the glass industry at the glasstec in Düsseldorf from September 20 – 23, 2016 at booth D04 in Hall 15. At the world’s premiere trade fair specializing in glass processing, Siemens will be focusing on digitalization and its benefits for the

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Düsseldorf, Germany. Siemens will be presenting its solutions for the glass industry at the glasstec in Düsseldorf from September 20 – 23, 2016 at booth D04 in Hall 15. At the world’s premiere trade fair specializing in glass processing, Siemens will be focusing on digitalization and its benefits for the industry under the banner “Digitalization for lasting success”. Key watchwords of this year’s offering: the “digital twin” and data handling. The degree of automation achieved by a production plant and the use made of data are decisive factors which determine a company’s efficiency and therefore its competitive standing – and this applies equally to the glass industry. How machine builders and glass producers can harness the rapid advances in digitalization in this field to progress their business is the subject of the Siemens presentation to visitors from September 20 – 23, 2016 at the glasstec in Düsseldorf. This year’s theme: “Digitalization for lasting success”. At booth D04 in Hall 15, Siemens will be staging a 2D show for visitors to demonstrate how its digitalization portfolio supports companies in their bid to digitally merge their product and plant design, their systems and glass manufacturing processes. One of the focal themes of the show will be the creation of a “digital twin”: a virtual representation of complete plants or plant sections which can be used during virtual commissioning, production optimization and product changes. Wide-ranging opportunities of digitalizationDigitalization is the essential next step in the glass manufacturing process based on a high degree of automation. The opportunities opened up for the glass industry by digitalization are many and varied, both for plant operators and equipment suppliers. Plant operators will have scope to achieve sustainable profitability, higher productivity and improved cost and energy efficiency. Digitalization will provide wide-ranging possibilities here: greater transparency, comprehensive planning, reliable planning, virtual commissioning, malfunction-free operation, avoidance of surplus capacity and bottlenecks, faster product changes at the optimum time, greater flexibility, more focused production to fit customers’ quality requirements, a broader product range, fewer rejects, lower expenses for training, optimized operation and asset (performance) management through to resource optimization. Equipment suppliers will benefit from digitalization when it comes to processes such as simulation, safe, simple, low-cost remote maintenance, learning effects from field data, product lifecycle services and extended lifecycle services like modernization and update/upgrade services. They will also be able to develop new business models, based for instance on performance guarantees. CaptionsDigitalization offers producing sectors such as the glass industry plenty of opportunities to further optimize production processes and so secure their competitive edge.The Siemens digitalization portfolio supports companies in their bid to digitally merge their individual process phases and componentsMit der Siemens-Software „Plant Simulation“ aus dem Tecnomatix-Portfolio lässt sich der Fertigungsablauf der gesamten Glaslinie simulieren.Consequent use of digital data: All machine builders and plant engineers produce data and provide it to the plant operator. Thanks to this additional intelligence, the product and campaign launch can be better planned and scheduled for an optimal point in time, and learning and run-in phases are minimized. A shorter overall project duration becomes a reality.

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David Petry | 2016-08-29
Going underground - System integration company implements metro pilot project with Siemens
Montréal, Canada: Resologis Inc., a leading software and system integration provider for the transport sector, is working in association with Siemens on a pilot project for the Montréal metro system. Montréal based Resologis aims to automate the entire metro network using new central control software. To enable its software to

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Montréal, Canada: Resologis Inc., a leading software and system integration provider for the transport sector, is working in association with Siemens on a pilot project for the Montréal metro system. Montréal based Resologis aims to automate the entire metro network using new central control software. To enable its software to be used, Resologis is relying on hardware from the Siemens Ruggedcom portfolio. The modular, rugged design of this hardware reduces maintenance times and costs, and enables reliable data transfer between the stations and the control center. Kilometer-long subway networks weave their way under many of the world’s cities. These networks provide a vital service by keeping public transport running smoothly between many different stations. Efficient and safe operation of this type of extensive underground network depends on the ability to monitor and control every aspect of these subway stations by computer with minimum effort. Resologis Inc. and Siemens are working together to implement a pilot project for Montréal’s metro company, La Société de Transport de Montréal (STM). Resologis is planning to deploy new software capable of automating all the elements of the large city metro system from a central location. The hardware required for deployment of the software is supplied by Siemens from its Ruggedcom portfolio. Data transmission can only take place once the software is able to use a physical system of transportation in the form of a network. Adverse conditions The demands made on this physical network are diverse – particularly given its potential worldwide use after completion of the pilot project: depending on the county, it may have to cope with extreme hot or cold temperatures, damp, restricted space and similar conditions, which call for a system which is both rugged and compact. At the same time, it needs to offer flexibility, modular design and ease of maintenance, in addition of being cost-effective. The aim is to achieve a “one-box solution” in which the entire software is embedded in the network router. “Siemens is the only supplier to offer a router capable of accommodating third-party software while being robust enough to cope with tough ambient conditions”, explains Resologis CEO Julien Ciesla. He is referring to the Ruggedcom RX1500 with an Application Processing Engine (APE). This modular multifunctional router can be configured to customer specification and exchanged on site and can optionally be fitted with a redundant power supply as well as options for data transmission over Ethernet. The RX1500 is ideally suited for use in the harsh environmental conditions prevailing in subway networks thanks to its excellent immunity to electromagnetic interference emissions and high-voltage electrical transients; its operating range from -40° to +85° Celsius (without the need for fans); and its galvanized steel housing. Eliminating additional hardware saves time and money“By adding the Ruggedcom APE, which is equivalent to an industrial computer, we are able to run our software directly in the router”, says Julien Ciesla. The APE is available optionally with Microsoft Windows 7, Linux or CheckPoint GAiA already installed. This allows system users to work with a familiar graphic user interface. The APE provides a one gigabit Ethernet link both at the front and the backplane of the router. The physical separation of ports makes this an ideal platform for networking and also security-related applications. The APE also exceeds the requirements of DIN stipulations for EN 50155 (standard governing electronic equipment used on rolling stock) and EN 50121-4 (standard governing electromagnetic compatibility of railway applications) and complies with electrical specifications IEC 61850-3 and IEE 1613 governing use in particularly adverse industrial environments. “Because the RX1500 is so modular in design, it offers outstanding versatility which makes it ideal for use by transport companies, no matter how different they may be”, summarizes Julien Ciesla. “For the operator, this means significantly lower maintenance costs and fewer maintenance delays due to the exchangeability of units on site”. Julien Ciesla is delighted with the jointly developed solution and is optimistic about the prospect of continued collaboration in the future: “There are exciting times ahead for us in the years to come.” Siemens will be showcasing its communication solutions suitable for rail applications at Booth 201 in Hall 4.2 at the InnoTrans trade fair in September in Berlin. CaptionsThe Montréal Pneumatic Material 2010 (MPM-10), also known as the Azur, is a fleet of subway trains currently in use by Montreal Métro.For the Resologis software to be able to reliably transmit data from the entire metro network, it requires rugged hardware.The Multi Service Platform RX1512 with the Application Processing Engine (APE) from the Siemens Ruggedcom portfolio form a compact, modular “one box solution” for data transmission in harsh environments.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-08-26
Certified security in the development process for Siemens automation products
As the first company to receive TÜV SÜD certification based on IEC 62443-4-1 for the interdisciplinary process of developing Siemens automation and drive products, including industrial software, Siemens received the certification at seven development sites in Germany. Among other things, these sites are developing Simatic S7 industrial controllers, Simatic industrial

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As the first company to receive TÜV SÜD certification based on IEC 62443-4-1 for the interdisciplinary process of developing Siemens automation and drive products, including industrial software, Siemens received the certification at seven development sites in Germany. Among other things, these sites are developing Simatic S7 industrial controllers, Simatic industrial PCs, Simatic HMI (Human Machine Systems Interface) devices for operator control and monitoring, and Sinamics drives as well as the TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) Portal engineering software. The international series of standards IEC 62443 defines the security measures for industrial automation systems, with Part 4-1 of the standard describing the requirements of the manufacturer"s development process. This press release and a press picture are available at www.siemens.com/press/PR2016080373DFEN

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Press Team Industries | 2016-08-24
Custom fiber production - New grinding unit for the paper industry uses integrated drive technology from Siemens
Graz, Austria. The Austrian company Andritz AG is currently trialing one of its latest further developments – the Andritz Twin Flow Refiner – in the fiber preparation pilot plant located at its group headquarters in Graz. This new grinding unit is fitted with integrated drive technology from Siemens. The IDS

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Graz, Austria. The Austrian company Andritz AG is currently trialing one of its latest further developments – the Andritz Twin Flow Refiner – in the fiber preparation pilot plant located at its group headquarters in Graz. This new grinding unit is fitted with integrated drive technology from Siemens. The IDS (Integrated Drive Systems) solution helps boost plant efficiency while simultaneously reducing energy consumption. Andritz AG is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment and services for the paper industry. One of its latest developments in this field is the Andritz Twin Flow Refiner, a grinding unit with controlled drive for the production of different types of paper and cardboard. To trial the Twin Flow Refiner in the fiber preparation pilot plant at its company headquarters, Andritz has opted to use Simotics FD (Flexible Duty) from Siemens – an economical, highly efficient complete system comprising a low-voltage motor and converter with a high power density. As part of the Integrated Drive System from Siemens, Simotics FD is ideally adapted to the frequency converter, couplings and drives, preventing overdimensioning of the converter and ensuring optimum voltage utilization while minimizing noise emissions. Compared to the uncontrolled drive customarily used, this converter control achieves a high level of energy efficiency. Everything under controlAs the grinding process accounts for between 25 and 30 percent of the electrical energy used in the paper making process, the energy efficiency of the Andritz Twin Flow Refiner deserves particular mention. Another benefit of the controlled drive variant is that it allows the grinding process and consequently the quality of the fibers to be individually and precisely adjusted to the customer’s specific requirements. As the single most important step in the paper making process, this has a decisive impact on the quality of the paper. How the pulp used in the end product is treated depends on its intended application. Modern research and test environmentIn its Graz headquarters, the company is not only involved in testing innovations in the field of fiber processing such as the Andritz Twin Flow Refiner. The Group also operates a paper laboratory here for fiber analysis. In this research and development facility, Andritz AG works together with customers to develop customized solutions and prototypes. CaptionsTwo Andritz Twin Flow Refiners in a paper mill producing specialty papers.Integrated Drive System - Pump ApplicationSimotics FD

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-08-22
Siemens at the Motek 2016 – Solutions for Handling, Robotics and Assembly Go Digital
Stuttgart. From October 10 to 13 in Stuttgart, Siemens will be exhibiting at the Motek, the world’s number one trade fair for automation in production and assembly with a comprehensive range of efficient automation and drive systems used in machine handling and robotics solutions. Under the banner “Solutions for Handling,

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Stuttgart. From October 10 to 13 in Stuttgart, Siemens will be exhibiting at the Motek, the world’s number one trade fair for automation in production and assembly with a comprehensive range of efficient automation and drive systems used in machine handling and robotics solutions. Under the banner “Solutions for Handling, Robotics and Assembly Go Digital”, the company will be presenting its broad portfolio of products and solutions to visitors in Hall 8, Booth 8102. The Siemens trade fair presentation at the Motek will feature high-performance design and simulation software, flexible engineering, highly dynamic handling technology and safety technology as well as high-performance communication using Profinet. A particular highlight of the Siemens offering this year will be an assembly module designed to clearly demonstrate to visitors how far the company has already come in addressing and implementing the topic of digitalization in the field of handling and robotics. On the basis of a digital twin, visitors will have the chance to experience how they can achieve greater efficiency and quality in their machine building operations – from virtual machine design through efficient engineering and virtual commissioning to operation and servicing including the new possibilities and benefits offered by data analysis in the cloud.

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David Petry | 2016-08-19
Industrie 4.0 bioprocess pilot plant in Vienna
Siemens Corporate Technology researches innovative methods of optimizing bioprocesses in the pharmaceuticals and food industries in Vienna.Digitalization is a pivotal productivity lever to improve competitive standing in the process industries too. The development of new drugs and active ingredients is both cost-intensive and time-consuming. The manufacturing processes involved are also

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Siemens Corporate Technology researches innovative methods of optimizing bioprocesses in the pharmaceuticals and food industries in Vienna.Digitalization is a pivotal productivity lever to improve competitive standing in the process industries too. The development of new drugs and active ingredients is both cost-intensive and time-consuming. The manufacturing processes involved are also bound by strict legal regulations and have to fulfill extensive quality characteristics. Whether the finished drug agrees with the previously defined product characteristics is generally only tested at the end of the production process using a strictly defined procedure. If non-conformance is discovered, the complete batch will be rejected. Recall campaigns and delivery bottlenecks can be the result. In many cases, discovering the root cause of the production fault is complex, resulting in the possibility of repeat losses. This problem can be solved by the digitalization of production plants – right across the entire plant life cycle: from engineering and operation through to on-going optimization. In the Siemens Corporate Technology bioprocess lab in Vienna, research scientists are currently working on the development of smart measurement and automation technology used to implement this level of digitalization in a pilot plant representing one branch of the process industry. The lab is fitted with a demonstrator which simulates all the process sequences occurring in a real process plant. This allows interested users to follow the interaction of Siemens Simatic products live at the fully functional mini-plant. This press release and a press picture are available at:http://w5.siemens.com/web/at/de/corporate/portal/Presse/Presseinformationen/Presse/Pages/bioprozess_pilotanlage.aspx

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David Petry | 2016-08-17
Systematic flood defenses - The town of Hallein keeps floods at bay with Siemens technology
Hallein, Austria: The town council of Hallein near Salzburg is defending itself against the risk of flooding with an ingenious system along the banks of the River Salzach. As the river flows through the town center, the flood defenses not only had to be economical but also blend visually into

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Hallein, Austria: The town council of Hallein near Salzburg is defending itself against the risk of flooding with an ingenious system along the banks of the River Salzach. As the river flows through the town center, the flood defenses not only had to be economical but also blend visually into the townscape. The Council awarded the contract to Siemens to provide the electrical instrumentation and control technology for the pumping stations as well as the control room. Flooding can wreak all kinds of horrendous damage on the affected regions, and Hallein in Salzburg is no stranger to its devastating effects. This small town in Austria is located on the River Salzach, which divides it into two halves, Kleine Salzach and Große Salzach. The river has burst its banks repeatedly over recent years, and in some cases resulted in severe flooding. One of the worst occasions was in 2002. To prevent this happening again, the town has come up with an extensive flood defense scheme to provide improved protection primarily for the residential area and the Hallein industrial estate. This entails the installation of two worm pumps and six pumping stations on both banks of the Salzach, which allow the hinterland flood water to be drained off into the Salzach. These eight pumping stations are networked using redundant connections to the control room in the headquarters of the regional water conservation agency Reinhalteverband Tennengau Nord located in nearby Anif. Reliable operationThe electrical instrumentation and control (EI"C) technology for the entire installation has been provided by Siemens. Siemens was also responsible for project engineering, computer aided design (CAD) engineering, software generation and also installation and commissioning. Each of the eight pumping stations is automated using a Simatic S7-300 controller which communicates to the central control room in the Anif headquarters. The Simatic controllers are operated using Siemens HMI touch panels. In addition, Sitrans MPS submersible sensors are used to monitor the water level in the pumping stations. Depending on the level, Sinamics frequency converters control the pumps which clear the pump shafts of water. Sirius 3RW40 soft starters operate the two worm pumping stations. In the event of a mains power failure, multifunctional Sentron PAC3200 power monitoring devices working in combination with VL circuit breakers ensure continued operation: either using a mobile emergency power supply with up to 630 amperes or a stationary version supplying up to 1,250 amperes. Efficient and attractiveThis large-scale project was divided into five construction phases and poses an enormous challenge in terms of both planning and implementation. “This is a densely populated urban district,” explains Robert Loitzl, Head of Water Management and Flood Protection for Salzburg. The division of the river into two branches means that “the hydraulic conditions are not exactly simple”. In addition, the planners had to bear in mind that the flood defenses had not only to be economically viable, but also maintain the attractive appearance of the locality – with a view to achieving optimum integration into Hallein’s townscape. CaptionsPumping and distribution stationsDistribution stationThe entire electrical instrumentation and control (EI"C) technology for the eight pumping stations is supplied by Siemens.The town of Hallein relies on technology from Siemens to defend itself against future flooding.

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Press Team Industries | 2016-08-15
Putting the genie into the bottle - Bottle designer optimizes product development with Siemens PLM Software
Neutraubling; Germany. Krones AG develops and produces packaging items including bottles, cans and specially shaped containers for different types of beverage producer. To ensure that it can quickly and efficiently address different customer needs in terms of bottle design and stability, the company relies onNX CAE and NX Nastran from

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Neutraubling; Germany. Krones AG develops and produces packaging items including bottles, cans and specially shaped containers for different types of beverage producer. To ensure that it can quickly and efficiently address different customer needs in terms of bottle design and stability, the company relies onNX CAE and NX Nastran from Siemens PLM Software. This has enabled Krones to reduce simulation times by around 75 percent. Soft and alcoholic drinks, perfume, pharmaceutical products or chemicals are frequently filled and packaged in PET bottles, cans and shaped plastic containers. Founded in 1951, the company Krones AG, based in Neutraubling in Germany, specializes in the development of this type of container. Both design and stability are key factors when it comes to development. The containers need to be capable of withstanding logistical processes and transport conditions, such as possible top-loading when filled and stacked on pallets for transportation by truck. Troublefree data transmissionKrones had already been using software for many years to validate its bottle designs. The system used previously took up to 30 hours or more for each bottle design iteration. As Krones was already using NX CAD software from Siemens PLM Software, the company took the decision to move over to NX for its CAE functions too. The geometry data from NX CAD can now be seamlessly transferred into the NX CAE environment, and geometry modifications can be quickly and intuitively carried out using the in NX CAE integrated tool Synchronous Technology. Wall thicknesses can now be simply integrated into the simulation model – previously a time-consuming and laborious process which had to be performed by hand. Because it has now been possible to automate this step, the processing time required has been cut from between four and eight hours to just one. Four times the speedSimulation of top-load conditions has also been optimized. “The implicit NX Nastran solver with the feature of low-speed dynamics is well-suited for the top-load analysis we are doing at Krones,” states Thomas Albrecht, a simulation expert at Krones. Using NX Nastran has slashed the solution time required to around a quarter. Simplified processesKrones is also looking to speed up the validation process – by using an automated wizard for top-load simulation. Developers currently have to await feedback from the analyst group before they are able to proceed with refining their designs. The aim is now for the CAE analysis team to create an automated wizard for top-load simulation using NX Open, the CAD and CAE programming interface available within the NX environment. This will mean that the developers can perform an initial top-load simulation using NX CAD, allowing them to act independently of the analysis experts and speeding up the whole process. The visionArno Haner, Head of PET packaging design at Krones, sums up the benefits: “NX is the preferred and probably the only environment available on the market that scales simulation from expert analysts to the design community. Our ultimate goal is to take a three to four-week process down to just three to four days. The ability of designers to use simulation during design with NX will help us achieve that goal.” CaptionsReduced design validation times create a marked competitive advantage for Krones.Using Siemens PLM Software solutions, Krones is able to reduce top-load simulation time by around 75 percent.Using Siemens PLM software, Krones is able to address wide-ranging customer requirements.NX CAE and NX Nastran are used for bottle top-load simulation.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-08-12
On track for peak performance
Institute designs sports equipment for top international athletes using NX from Siemens PLM Software Berlin: The Institute for Research and Development of Sports Equipment, or FES for short, develops high-tech equipment for top athletes competing at the highest international level. Since 2009, the Institute has been usingNX from Siemens PLM

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Institute designs sports equipment for top international athletes using NX from Siemens PLM Software Berlin: The Institute for Research and Development of Sports Equipment, or FES for short, develops high-tech equipment for top athletes competing at the highest international level. Since 2009, the Institute has been usingNX from Siemens PLM Software for its design and engineering work. One item of sports equipment designed using this software was the track bicycle B10-5 ridden by Roger Kluge to take the silver medal in the omnium race at the 2016 London World Championships. The software enables FES to accelerate the design and test phase, improve quality and ensure greater process transparency when engineering new equipment. Competing in sports at the highest level calls for top performance – not only from the athletes but from their equipment too. The primary objective of the FES, an institute founded in 1963 and supported by the IAT/FES within the German Olympic Sports Confederation, is to deliver innovative sports equipment to German athletes which will enable them to successfully compete in international events such as world championships and the Olympics. Alongside development work for sports such as canoeing, snowboarding and speed skating, racing bicycles are also one of the specialist fields of the FES. These include the B10-5 racing bike which brought outstanding success for Roger Kluge at the World Championships in 2016, gaining him a silver medal. Since 2009, the FES has used NX from Siemens PLM Software to develop and construct optimum products in association with members of the various national sporting organizations, paying particular attention to the interaction between individual athletes and the equipment. One of the benefits over the previously used system is the wide spectrum of possibilities offered by NX in the fields of design, simulation and production planning. In addition, it allows all the fields of application to be integrated in a single cohesive system. Lightweight, formable and stable An important addition to NX when it came to the development of racing bicycles was the Siemens solution Fibersim. This enables the use of fiber composites, which are extremely lightweight and elastic without compromising stability. Ronny Hartnick, Project Manager for cycling at FES, explains the specific demands made on the design and construction of a racing bicycle: “The bicycle fork should be flexible lengthwise, for instance, but as rigid as possible crosswise”. FEM functions for the design and optimization of components, as well as 3D modeling are just some of the many NX modules used by the engineers at FES. Before Fibersim was introduced, development and production were carried out using the module NX Laminate. While helpful, this called for a relatively high degree of manual design work in terms of the cutting, arrangement and number of laminate plies. A bicycle frame comprises over 400 individual laminate blanks made from pre-impregnated carbon fiber fabrics called prepregs. Blanks are cut from the fabrics with CNC cutters using the data generated with Fibersim. The individual blanks are then inserted into molding tools designed using NX, and are hardened under pressure and heat. “With Fibersim, the design and manufacture of carbon fiber parts are much more efficient. As the software is fully integrated with NX, we now only need a small amount of tweaking to adjust Fibersim to our processes,” says Oliver Hecken, development engineer for laminate design, optimization and production planning. Teamwork with Teamcenter Another software module used for the production of high-tech equipment is Teamcenter, which takes care of product data management as well as ensuring more transparent and reliable team cooperation. Instead of storing data on a folder basis, which can be unwieldy and susceptible to error, with Teamcenter all the generated data is assigned to the respective part or assembly – which includes simulation and production data as well as drawings and other documents. The stored data is also available to all those involved in the development process. “The use of NX offers so many possibilities that we have yet to hit a wall. Furthermore, using NX, we don’t need to import or export data between the different modules. This means far fewer chances for errors and faster turnaround, particularly when it comes to design changes,” concludes Oliver Hecken. Captions The result of numerical component optimization using NX Nastran: the handlebar of the sprint bicycle SL11, a puzzle made up of 136 components. The use of freeform surfaces enables FES engineers to solve complex aerodynamic phenomena when designing a frame, as seen here for the track bicycle B10-5. Roger Kluge won the Silver Metal in the omnium race at the London 2016 World Championships with the track bicycle B10-5.

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David Petry | 2016-08-10
Lean paperless manufacturing solution reduces engineering and operation effort
Siemens is launching Version 6.1 of its Simatic IT eBR software, which is at the heart of its Manufacturing Operation Management for the life science industries. The new version of the software enables users to easily implement paperless manufacturing solutions by offering two main features: A new web-based MBR (Master

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Siemens is launching Version 6.1 of its Simatic IT eBR software, which is at the heart of its Manufacturing Operation Management for the life science industries. The new version of the software enables users to easily implement paperless manufacturing solutions by offering two main features: A new web-based MBR (Master Batch Record) module which facilitates the management of key process parameters, and native integration with the Siemens automation layer (Simatic PCS 7 process control system and HMI systems). The new version reduces the work involved in engineering and operation, helps users to enforce standardization and makes for a more transparent production process, so shortening the time-to-market. This press release and a press picture are available at www.siemens.com/press/PR2016080356PDEN

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-08-05
Improving roadwork safety - Automatic display switching optimizes traffic flow in real time
Hockenheim; Germany. To optimize the flow of traffic, particularly through roadworks, a traffic safety service provider has developed a system of automated LED display signs. The display boards are controlled by Siemens technology. The automated signs recognize changes in traffic behavior and respond by adapting the displayed warnings and speed

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Hockenheim; Germany. To optimize the flow of traffic, particularly through roadworks, a traffic safety service provider has developed a system of automated LED display signs. The display boards are controlled by Siemens technology. The automated signs recognize changes in traffic behavior and respond by adapting the displayed warnings and speed restrictions. The Hockenheim-based company Ibotech GmbH " Co. KG has developed an ingenious system of LED traffic signs which automatically receive traffic information in real time and adjust the information provided on the light emitting diode (LED) displays to suit the flow of traffic. When a vehicle approaches the roadworks, flashing displays indicate the presence of an impending obstruction. Depending on the incidence of traffic, the admissible top speed for vehicles travelling through the roadworks can be automatically adjusted. A congestion warning is also activated if the measured average speed is below 50 kilometers per hour for longer than two minutes. The traffic displays are controlled by a Simatic S7-1200 DC/DC/Relay from Siemens. Reliable traffic monitoringThe traffic signs comprise LED display panels measuring three square meters mounted on five-meter high tri-masts located by the side of the carriageway. Detectors using passive infrared (PRI) technology pick up changes in the flow of traffic. Sensors mounted on the side of the tri-masts are able to detect vehicles across several lanes. The radiation contrast of the vehicles supplies the data required to control the display boards. A sensor determines the precise position, speed and length of a vehicle passing through the detection zone. Automatic display switchingSeveral Simatic S7-1200 DC/DC/Relays from Siemens use this data to control all the sensors and actuators at work in the LED traffic signs. The exchange of data between the controllers and sensors passes through the RS485 interface of the CM 1241 communication module. An algorithm developed by Ibotech calculates the average speed of the vehicles passing through, and on the basis of this information, adjusts the display relays. The display works with its own dedicated controller which actuates the individual elements. The controller is actuated by the digital outputs of the micro PLC, switching over the display as and when required. The switching functions of the PLC are engineered in Simatic Step 7 basic. The Simatic WinCC visualization software also enables the traffic status to be displayed in real time at the control center in Hockenheim. Using the web server to display traffic data“We are delighted with the Simatic S7-1200’s outstanding efficiency and fail safety. Despite what are often tough operating conditions, we have never yet experienced a system failure,” says Ibotech GmbH’s CEO Adem Bogocli with satisfaction. And Ibotech has already taken the application a step further: Authorized users are now able to communicate with the systems over the Internet using the integrated web server of the Simatic S7-1200 controller. “We’ve implemented a further development of the application which allows new capabilities such as the monitoring and control of PLC functions over WLAN and the Internet using the integrated web server. The immediate display of information such as traffic data evaluation results is now possible using the web browser at a PC, smartphone or tablet,” says Bogocli. CaptionAutomatic LED display signs optimize the flow of traffic through roadworks

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Ursula Lang | 2016-08-03
fresh off the press: Siemens MediaService August 2016 - Industry News
TheAugust issue of the MediaService Industries kicks off with a new fuse module for motor starters. In “Keeping cool on the high seas” we learn about a processor used to automate refrigeration systems up to 300 square meters in size for the storage of frozen and fresh produce on board

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TheAugust issue of the MediaService Industries kicks off with a new fuse module for motor starters. In “Keeping cool on the high seas” we learn about a processor used to automate refrigeration systems up to 300 square meters in size for the storage of frozen and fresh produce on board cruise ships. Also featured: a machine tool complete with Sinumerik control which ensures precision blade milling for the production of hand-held pruning shears. We also find out how Siemens components enable optimized plant control and security when it comes to the assembly of complex components such as cell phone and camera batteries. Finally, we pay a visit to Kärcher, which uses PLM software from Siemens to optimize the acoustic development of its cleaning devices. Find out more at:MediaService Augusthttp://www.siemens.com/press/en/materials/mediaservice.php" target="_blank">MediaService MediaService Digithek for downloading individual articles from all issuesMediaService Industries Blog

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Press Team Industries | 2016-08-01
Siemens at the Sindex 2016: On the way to the digital factory – towards Industrie 4.0 in four stages
Bern, Switzerland. The Sindex, Switzerland’s biggest trade fair for industrial automation, will be taking place in Bern from September 6 – 8, 2016. The theme of this year’s show will be “Industry 4.0”. Visitors to the Siemens booth F07 in Hall 2.0 may look forward to product highlights such as

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Bern, Switzerland. The Sindex, Switzerland’s biggest trade fair for industrial automation, will be taking place in Bern from September 6 – 8, 2016. The theme of this year’s show will be “Industry 4.0”. Visitors to the Siemens booth F07 in Hall 2.0 may look forward to product highlights such as MindSphere – Siemens Cloud for Industry, new Motion Control applications and the TIA Portal Cloud Connector. Also featured will be the Siemens portfolio for the digital transformation, designed to help customers transform their current manufacturing operations to create the digital factory. Siemens will be present at the 3rd Sindex in Bem in September with its extensive automation and drive portfolio and its product catalog designed to support the implementation of Industry 4.0. One of the highlights at the booth will be the 3D model MindSphere – Siemens Cloud for Industry, which enables the rapid, smart evaluation of large volumes of data and so forms the basis for new data-based business models. On the subject of digitalization for the manufacturing industry, visitors will also have the chance to see the smart “Multi-Carrier” transport system, which takes care of flexible, efficient assembly automation. Other product innovations showcased at the booth will include the Simatic S7-1500 T-CPU controller from the field of Motion Control applications, PLCSim Advanced with interfaces to simulation software which enables this controller to be reproduced as a digital twin, and the TIA Portal Cloud Connector which allows users to securely access their plant controllers from the safety of their own private cloud. Digital transformationAlongside the product innovations, the comprehensive Siemens portfolio for creation of the digital factory will also be at the focus of the company’s trade fair presentation. Alongside MindSphere – Siemens Cloud for Industry mentioned above, this also includes the Digital Enterprise Software Suite, a collaboration platform based on Teamcenter which supports the entire value adding process, and the communication protocol OPC UA for industrial communication. This allows machine data to be transported and written semantically in machine readable form. Also featured: Industrial Security, a concept designed to defend production plants from cyber attack. The Siemens product range aimed at the transformation of industrial processes towards Industry 4.0 links all the steps from the virtual to the real production world, and ensures a seamless flow of data from product design through to servicing. The portfolio is designed to suit companies from every branch of industry and on every scale – from SMEs to global corporations. Customers can join at any point along the value chain. Exactly where this point lies is indicated by the Digital Maturity Benchmark, a check offered free of charge to visitors at the Siemens booth. For information and registration to take part in the check, go to daa.li/siemensbenchmark. CaptionsAt the Sindex from September 6 – 8, 2016 in Bern/Switzerland, visitors to the Siemens booth F07 in Hall 2.0 will experience how the Siemens product portfolio can support companies of all sizes in their bid to implement Industrie 4.0.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-07-29
Contamination under control - Automation technology makes for safer decontamination
Isselburg, North Rhine Westphalia. Deconta GmbH specializes in helping companies clear asbestos residues. To prevent this hazardous mineral being transported into the environment, either by uncontrolled air exchange or by adhering to work clothing, the company produces a mobile personnel air lock system, the “Deco Mobil”. This allows workers to

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Isselburg, North Rhine Westphalia. Deconta GmbH specializes in helping companies clear asbestos residues. To prevent this hazardous mineral being transported into the environment, either by uncontrolled air exchange or by adhering to work clothing, the company produces a mobile personnel air lock system, the “Deco Mobil”. This allows workers to safely enter and leave contaminated work areas. A “Logo! 8” logic module from Siemens monitors and controls the air lock functions. The result: greater efficiency coupled with minimized health risks. Safety and environmental technology specialist Deconta opted to use the Logo!8 logic module from Siemens to modernize its tried and tested mobile air lock, the Deco Mobil. The module enables complex control processes to be implemented and sensors used to make operations even safer, and also allows the Deco Mobil to be easily configured to meet specific customer requirements. Remotely monitored air lock system This is where the “Deco Mobil” from Deconta comes into its own: the multiple chamber system enables gradual entry into and exit from the contaminated area in several defined phases without the risk of transporting asbestos fibers. Negative pressure prevails throughout the entire air lock system, as well as a guided air flow. Complex control processes are in place to ensure operational safety, automated by the Logo! 8 12/24 RCE logic module from Siemens. To visualize all the air lock functions, a KTP 400 Basic color touchscreen display is connected to Logo! via the Profinet interface, which is also used to program the micro PLC with Logo! Soft Comfort. This allows customers not only to easily configure the Deco Mobil to meet individual on-site requirements, but also to monitor the system and so ensure safe, trouble-free operation. Convenient app operationA smartphone app developed by Deconta engineer Martin Hemming makes for simple, convenient control of the mobile air locks. Logo! sends an SMS text to a smartphone, which translates the command into understandable graphics. Users can see at a glance the status of different air lock functions, such as the water and diesel tank filling levels, or the water and heating temperatures. The smartphone app can also be used to control all LOGO! functions remotely. Deconta Managing Director Christian Krolle is delighted with the Siemens Logic module: “Our plan to make tried and tested systems even safer using Logo! has been an unqualified success”. Asbestos infoboxAsbestos is a natural mineral fiber that does not burn, decay, or rust. Thanks to its durability, asbestos was widely used in the past as a thermal and noise insulating material. As even the minutest quantities of fibers entering a person’s airways can cause incurable bronchial and lung disease, asbestos has been declared a harmful pollutant, and its use is banned by law. As a result, major efforts are being made to decontaminate affected properties. Captions - Picture 1 Copyright Photograph Courtesy of the US Geological Survey, Picture 2 Copyright DecontaThe Deco Mobile is subdivided into several chambers to prevent asbestos fibers being transported out of the work area either through openings or on clothing into the wider environment.Deconta engineer Martin Hemming (right) explains how simple it is to control Logo! remotely using the app.

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Press Team Industries | 2016-07-27
Quiet, flexible asphalt boiling - New type of mastic asphalt transport boiler with all-electric mixer shaft drive from Siemens
Mülheim an der Mosel: Benninghoven GmbH " Co. KG, a member of the Wirtgen Group of companies, has launched a new mastic asphalt transport boiler with an all-electric mixer shaft drive. The asynchronous motors and planetary gear used are from Siemens, and permit the vehicles to be operated at very

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Mülheim an der Mosel: Benninghoven GmbH " Co. KG, a member of the Wirtgen Group of companies, has launched a new mastic asphalt transport boiler with an all-electric mixer shaft drive. The asynchronous motors and planetary gear used are from Siemens, and permit the vehicles to be operated at very low noise and with optimum control – enabling extended operating times and a greater application spectrum. Compared to rolled asphalt, mastic asphalt offers a whole range of benefits: It is not only very hardwearing, but also waterproof and durable. This makes it a highly popular material for use in road and also bridge building. Benninghoven GmbH " Co. KG is a specialist in the manufacture of machinery, plants and vehicles used in roadbuilding, and has recently developed a new type of transport boiler for processing mastic asphalt. The GKL Silence uses an all-electric drive to power the mixer shaft. Flender SIP planetary gear units are used in the new vehicle in conjunction with three-phase asynchronous motors as completely ready-to-install planetary geared motors from Siemens. Modular, compact designA major benefit of the electrical solution is its flexibility: its modular structure allows the compact two-stage planetary geared motor to be adjusted to the output and speed range required – the tanks used on the GKL Silence have capacities ranging from 5 through 7.5 to 10 cubic meters (m3). The motors enable a total gear reduction of 1:230. Used in conjunction with a four-pole three-phase asynchronous motor and its maximum drive speed of around 1,500 revolutions per minute (rpm), the maximum starting speed is around 7 rpm at the mixing shaft. The optimum speed is 4 rpm, which can be adjusted by the machine operator using a frequency control. Low-noise operation extends availabilityUnlike conventional hydraulic drives, the all-electric solution offers the benefit not just of flexibility but also very quiet operation. “For these vehicles, we specify an operating noise level of approximately 60 decibels (dB),” says Benninghoven’s product manager Heiko Steidl. The low noise development level means that the GKL Silence can work through periods such as early mornings or late evenings and in residential areas where a conventional drive would be in contravention of the maximum admissible decibel level. This makes for an extended potential operation time. In addition, the vehicles can also be operated completely without a diesel motor as an energy source by connecting them up to a stationary three-phase power supply. The gear and motors originate from the Siemens standard range. The Flender SIP planetary gears are available with torque of up to 80,000 Newton meters (Nm) and can be mounted either vertically or horizontally. They are optionally available equipped with an oil temperature control, high-quality taconite seals, and in an explosion-proof design with low-temperature configuration to cope with temperatures down to -40° Celsius. Simple data recording and utilizationWith its hardwearing design and sensitive control facility, this drive solution offers a range of benefits also from the technical control perspective. “The all-electric drive to the mixer shaft means that we can capture measured data which provides valuable information about processing technology and servicing”, explains Heiko Steidl. This information can then be accessed using a cell phone or tablet app, which provides a display of the vehicles in real time on the mobile devices and simplifies vehicle operation for the driver. CaptionsThe Flender SIP planetary gears offer high performance in a minimum of space, allowing the mixing shaft to deliver torque levels of up to 38,000 Newton meters in a speed range of zero to seven rpm.Due to its quiet drive, the all-electric mastic asphalt transport boiler runs at a noise level of only around 60 decibels.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-07-25
Staying on track - Simatic from Siemens directs solar systems individually and optimally towards the sun
Bindlach, Germany. In the Bindlacher Berg solar farm, the 229 solar systems track the sun fully automatically, resulting in an almost 30% improvement in yield for the solar power plant. The “trackers” are controlled by individual controllers and the “Solar Tracking Toolbox” from Siemens. Its outstanding performance has made the

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Bindlach, Germany. In the Bindlacher Berg solar farm, the 229 solar systems track the sun fully automatically, resulting in an almost 30% improvement in yield for the solar power plant. The “trackers” are controlled by individual controllers and the “Solar Tracking Toolbox” from Siemens. Its outstanding performance has made the Bindlacher Berg solar farm number three among the Germany’s photovoltaic plants. What has made this achievement possible is the fact that every one of the 229 systems installed on the 7.3 hectare site of a former military barracks can be individually aligned on two axes directly towards the sun. With an overall output totaling 2.4 megawatt peak (MWp), the plant is able to supply up to 1,000 households, which is 30 percent more power compared to fixed installations. This increase in efficiency was made possible by the use of Simatic S7-1200 type programmable logic controllers from Siemens, the modular Solar Tracking Toolbox and cooperation with Gerlitz elektro-gmbh from Bayreuth as system integrator. The Siemens Solar Tracking Toolbox is a collection of pre-assembled functions for tracking tasks, including the “backtracking” system used to prevent solar modules placing each other in shadow when the sun is low in the sky, in other words one tracker shading the one behind it, so reducing yield. The Simatic is designed for operating temperatures of between -20° and +60° Celsius and is therefore suitable for use in on-site control boxes mounted on the trackers used all year round. The selected PLC control module CPU 1212C is also powerful enough for online calculation of the necessary tracking guidance, based on a high-precision solar position algorithm (SPA) provided by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the USA. This algorithm determines the sun"s position with an accuracy of 0.0003 degrees over the next 6,000 years. Simple engineeringPerforming the calculation in the respective controller allows the trackers to be commissioned and operated autonomously without any higher-level automation. By means of absolute value encoders connected to the Simatic by a communication module, the controllers recognize the position of the respective trackers, even after an interruption of the power supply, and can move them to the optimum position automatically after a restart. Configuration, project engineering and programming of the Simatic S7-1200 are all carried out using the TIA Portal. The same applies to the Simatic HMI Comfort Panel, which is used to observe the solar power plant from the “control center”. Remote accessThe “head PC” for the entire solar farm is a Simatic industrial PC IPC 427C. A standardized communication algorithm runs on the PC which polls the tracker controllers via several channels over an Ethernet link and visualizes their operating status. Any error messages can be sent by email or SMS to freely definable recipients. Log-in from home is also possible over VPN and the WinCC-Option Sm@artServer. CaptionsThe Bindlacher Berg solar power farm consists of a total of 229 dual-axis tracking units in three networked fields. The total output is around 2.4 megawatt peak (MWp).At the heart of each tracking unit is a Simatic S7-1200 programmable logic controller from Siemens that calculates the position relative to the sun using an astronomical algorithm from the Solar Tracking Toolbox and then aligns the system accordingly.Sample application modified by Gerlitz elektro-gmbh (Bayreuth) for the compact Simatic S7-1200 controller from Siemens for the operation of solar trackers.The “Head-PC for the entire solar farm is a Simatic Industral PC IPC 427C (“Microbox-PC”), which polls the tracker controllers in sequence over an Ethernet link and visualizes their operating data

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-07-22
A bright and shiny future
Siemens technology simplifies servo-based hot stamping machine programmingFahrweid, Switzerland. It took Madag Printing Systems AG, a specialist in the development and construction of hot stamping machines, just five months to develop and produce a new machine destined for the decoration of plastics used in the automotive industry. Instead of pneumatic

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Siemens technology simplifies servo-based hot stamping machine programmingFahrweid, Switzerland. It took Madag Printing Systems AG, a specialist in the development and construction of hot stamping machines, just five months to develop and produce a new machine destined for the decoration of plastics used in the automotive industry. Instead of pneumatic and hydraulic systems, servo motors are used here for the stamping process. The drives, controls and software modules are all supplied by Siemens. By implementing a consistent underlying concept comprising control systems and mechanics, Madag is able to respond more quickly than before to specific customer requirements. The integrated system also simplifies maintenance and servicing, which ultimately makes for greater machine efficiency. Chrome strips and shiny metallic surfaces are a popular method for upgrading car interior finishes. However, nowadays, real chrome strips are almost always substituted by materials decorated using either hot stamping with foil or metallizing with metal vapor – a costly and laborious process. This also applies to the cosmetic industry, which makes widespread use of hot stamping techniques to lend a metallic appearance to tubes, bottles and closures. The manufacture of this type of hot stamping machine is a specialist field of the company Madag Printing Systems AG in Fahrweid near Dietikon in Switzerland. Previously, machines for processing large-scale parts generally made use of pneumatics or hydraulics. Madag’s latest development, a new modular lifting machine for a customer in the automotive industry, is something of a new departure. “We have opted to use servo motors and dispensed entirely with a pneumatic system”, explains Madag CEO Xaver Stöckli. The machine had to be completely developed and constructed within just five months, which would have been inconceivable just a few years ago. “Today, we use a tried and tested basic concept for both the control system and the mechanics, which is why we are now able to respond a lot more quickly”, explains Stöckli. This basic concept also includes the motion control Simotion D, Sinamics drives and servo motors from Siemens. At first glance, step motors might appear a more suitable option than the servo motors for some functions. But “in the long run, taking into consideration the issue of support and remote maintenance, an integrated system will always be more cost-effective”, says Stöckli. Reliable interactionIn this concrete case, a Simotion D445-2 controls the Sinamics S120 drives with Simotics S servo motors and also the servo axes. The Sinamics drives receive their setpoint values over the Drive-CliQ drive bus. To allow the 13 axes to be reliably controlled, two CX32-2 controller extensions were added to the Simotion, which processes all the motion functions and the application software. The hot stamping machine is operated using a 15-inch Comfort Panel, which is actuated in precisely the same way as the I/O modules over Profinet. The integrated safety software controls the security functionality, which is programmed using the Simotion Scout platform. The machine was up and running promptly by the specified deadline, and is now doing its job of decorating plastic parts. This entails inserting them manually into the part fixture on a rotary table, where a line sensor checks whether the workpiece has been correctly positioned. Ionized air is then used to remove any adhering dust from the surface, after which a heated stamp made of silicone transfers the metal layer of the foil onto the part surface. The two components are then pressed together under up to four tons of pressure. Finally, the backing foil is peeled off. Stamp handling and torque during stamping are controlled using software modules from Siemens, which provide benefits such as precise stamping force limitation. Instead of conventional hydraulic or pneumatic pressure being applied stop-to-stop on the stamp, the use of servo motors means a more precise pressing action. During extended breaks, the stamp is retracted to the park position to protect the foil from the effects of heat. Another software module for handling the foil is the Simotion Winder, which automatically calculates the diameter of the rollers, so ensuring precise feed for the right level of tension. CaptionsIn the hot stamping machine, the metallized foil is pressed permanently onto the surface of the plastic by a heated silicone stamp.The hot stamping machine is operated using a 15-inch Comfort Panel which communicates with the Simotion D controller over Profinet.The Simotion D controller not only controls the servo axes but also all motion functions and the entire application software.The “Simotion Winder” software module calculates the diameter of the rollers to enable precise feed and correct tension adjustment.

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Press Team Industries | 2016-07-20
Right on target
A leading LARP arrow manufacturer develops products using Solid Edge from Siemens PLM SoftwareTacherting, Germany. The engineering consultancy IDV-Engineering has specialized in a somewhat unusual field: the manufacture of LARP weapons for the reenactment of medieval battle scenes. To produce its padded arrows, bows and cross-bows, the owner Norbert Fleck

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A leading LARP arrow manufacturer develops products using Solid Edge from Siemens PLM SoftwareTacherting, Germany. The engineering consultancy IDV-Engineering has specialized in a somewhat unusual field: the manufacture of LARP weapons for the reenactment of medieval battle scenes. To produce its padded arrows, bows and cross-bows, the owner Norbert Fleck relies on the 3D CAD system Solid Edge from Siemens PLM Software. This system allows the company to design ultra-realistic looking LARP weapons, and has helped it become the world’s number one producer of LARP arrows. Norbert Fleck, the owner of engineering consultancy IDV-Engineering in Tachterting, Upper Bavaria, turned the hobby he was passionate about – Live Action Role Playing or LARP - into a career and a model success story: His business produces padded weapons for medieval reenactments, and has taken pole position as the world market leader in this field. Norbert Fleck explains how he came to be involved: “I was introduced to LARP as a hobby, but was always dissatisfied with the quality and safety standard of the equipment customarily on offer. This made me start to consider how it could be improved and redesigned from the point of view of an engineer.” LARP weapons made of PU foamPU foam is a key element of any LARP weapon. From the engineering perspective, the consistency, tear resistance and surface quality of the products are paramount. To provide customers with the assurance of quality and reliable delivery, he decided to invest in his own CNC 5-axis machining center for mold making and a PU foam machine. Norbert Fleck opted in favor of Solid Edge from Siemens PLM Software as a 3D CAD system, which simulates the distribution of temperature in the molds, calculates closing forces and depicts the effects of different pressure conditions. “Solid Edge also allows me to present products to sales partners months in advance of a new part being actually produced,” reports a delighted Norbert Fleck. From bows and arrows to dental milling machineNorbert Fleck has also succeeded in developing new fields of business. “The acquisition of a small gantry CNC milling machine for wood and glass fiber machining brought me into contact with the manufacturer, who commissioned me to develop several mini CNC 5-axis machines for use in the field of dental technology. The Solid Edge simulation module was vital here, if only to provide rapid information about rigidity, unbending movements and the impact of material savings. In some cases, I was able to make 45 to 50 percent weight savings with frame parts, without having to worry about compromising rigidity.” 50 percent material savingsNorbert Fleck inspects almost every second product in terms of its design and simulation accuracy, as at this early stage of the manufacturing process any threat of design errors can be very easily discovered as a result of stress concentrations. Instead of guesswork, he can rely on a reliable foundation with Solid Edge, as well as avoiding costly overdimensioning and making material savings. The result of the CNC dental milling machine project: A machine which offers ten times the rigidity compared to the previous model but with just under 50 percent weight savings. Captions (all pictures Copyright PBU CAD-Systeme GmbH)IDV-Engineering uses the 3D CAD system Solid Edge from Siemens to optimize the production of LARP weapons such as this Bowie dagger.Simulation testing of a dental milling machine enabled weight savings of 50 percent.Safety head of an IDV LARP arrow.

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Ines Giovannini | 2016-07-18
Making light work of machining - Milling machine for lightweight construction plastics controlled by Siemens CNC
Wiedergeltingen, Germany. HG Grimme SysTech GmbH (HG Grimme) based in the Unterallgäu district of Germany has specialized in the manufacture of milling machines for components made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFP) used in the automotive industry. The milling machines are now effectively and economically controlled by the Sinumerik machine

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Wiedergeltingen, Germany. HG Grimme SysTech GmbH (HG Grimme) based in the Unterallgäu district of Germany has specialized in the manufacture of milling machines for components made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFP) used in the automotive industry. The milling machines are now effectively and economically controlled by the Sinumerik machine tool control from Siemens. Materials used for lightweight construction are replacing metal in an increasing number of different industries. The development of suitable machine tools is complex, as the chips produced during machining are electrically conductive, and could not only be responsible for causing a short circuit but also have detrimental effects on health. As a result, their efficient extraction is vital. To address this issue, HG Grimme has developed its gantry rotary table milling machine / inclined bed (G-DT-F/SB), a 5-axis milling machine controlled by a Sinumerik 840 D sI. The machine is used for the manufacture of car components made of CFP. In the G-DT-F/SB, different extraction systems suction the carbon chips and dust generated along the milling contour through extraction holes in the clamping fixture, while a brush extractor clears the milling head. In addition, an airborne dust extractor in the sealed-off machine cabin ensures that the air is purified to 99.99 percent by passing through a filtration system, after which it flows back to the building. As a certain proportion of the fine dust still manages to escape from the machine and a single chip could cause a short circuit, the control cabinets are afforded special protection by the creation of internal overpressure. Equal attention to safety and efficiencyAs an additional protection for operating staff, as well as the extraction system, the underlying design of the machine as a double gantry with inclined bed ensures that operators are not required to set foot in the work area during production. Instead, they are able to clamp a component for machining into position externally at one side of the machine, while a second one is being machined inside. The extensive safety features in no way compromise the machine’s efficiency: In the G-DT-F/SB with double gantry and two milling heads, a workpiece is machined within just nine minutes – with a repeat accuracy of 0.08 millimeters, acceleration values of 3,500 millimeters/second and traversing speeds of 55 meters/minute. These values are achieved through precise coordination of the mechanical design with the highly dynamic Sinamics S120 converter. Alongside the G-DT-F/SB, the company also uses Siemens CNC controls in its machine tools and mold making machines, because with ShopMill they benefit from integrated work step programming optimized specifically for the production of one-off components and ultra-small production runs. Captions HG Grimme SysTech GmbH has developed a 5-axis milling machine specifically for machining CFP components which is controlled by a Sinumerik 840D sl from Siemens. Picture 1: Copyright HG GRIMME SysTech GmbHOne way of removing carbon chips immediately where they are produced is using a brush extractor mounted at the milling head.Because a single carbon chip could cause a short circuit, the control cabinet will be as hermetically sealed as possible and overpressure created inside during subsequent operation.

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Press Team Industries | 2016-07-15
Hong Kong’s longest road tunnel
Tunnel linking Hong Kong with the Chinese mainland uses Siemens technology Hong Kong. A five-kilometer freeway tunnel is to be constructed to link Hong Kong to the new Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai border crossing with mainland China. Siemens technology will be used in the Liantang tunnel to enhance safety and facilitate

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Tunnel linking Hong Kong with the Chinese mainland uses Siemens technology Hong Kong. A five-kilometer freeway tunnel is to be constructed to link Hong Kong to the new Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai border crossing with mainland China. Siemens technology will be used in the Liantang tunnel to enhance safety and facilitate the efficient flow of traffic. The company is to supply all of the traffic control and monitoring systems for the twin-bore Liantang tunnel which will have an overall length of approximately five kilometers. The Liantang Tunnel forms part of a four-lane freeway link extending to around eleven kilometers in total, intended to provide a new direct connection for cross-border freight and passenger vehicle traffic between the Northeast New Territories and the Eastern part of Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland. After its completion in 2022, this will be Hong Kong’s longest road tunnel. Top technology to ensure safe, rapid transitSiemens is to supply the complete solution, in other words the hardware and software as well as numerous subsystems to facilitate a safe and efficient flow of traffic in the tunnel. The centerpiece will be the International Tunnel Control Center – ITCC, which will use the Simatic WinCC Open Architecture Scada (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system. The system will draw on real-time data to assess conditions in the tunnel and decide on actions to optimize traffic flow taking into account safety aspects. Automated incident and congestion detection, emergency management for accidents, tunnel closure and contraflow management are just some of the main functions provided by the ITCC. The Southern Chinese city of Shenzhen intends to create six separate links with the Hong Kong special administrative region to improve transport integration between the two. The six link projects planned (the Liantang road link, the Longhua railroad link, the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong passenger rail link in Fujian, Dachan Gulf Harbor, the Nan"an tourist link and a sub-sea tunnel connecting the airports of Shenzhen and Hong Kong) will connect Shenzhen and Hong Kong by road, rail and sea. Simatic WinCC Open Architecture is an object-oriented Scada system for visualizing and operating processes, production flows, machines and plants in all lines of business. The Scada system addresses applications requiring a high level of customized adjustment, large and/or complex applications and projects calling for special system conditions and functions. The press release is available here. Caption:Process visualization with Simatic WinCC Open Architecture to optimize traffic flow in real-time.

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Press Team Industries | 2016-07-13
Prototypes for motor racing and aerospace
Siemens controls on two prototype production 5-axis combination milling/turning centersRattenkirchen, Germany. Investing in two five-axis combined milling/turning centers with a large machining area space has enabled SAB Technology GmbH, a start-up company based in the Upper Bavarian region of Germany, to produce large-format one-off precision parts for its customers at

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Siemens controls on two prototype production 5-axis combination milling/turning centersRattenkirchen, Germany. Investing in two five-axis combined milling/turning centers with a large machining area space has enabled SAB Technology GmbH, a start-up company based in the Upper Bavarian region of Germany, to produce large-format one-off precision parts for its customers at short notice. The two machines are each controlled by a high-performance Sinumerik 840D sI CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) from Siemens. Founded in 2014, SAB Technology GmbH based in Rattenkirchen has specialized in the production of prototypes for highly demanding sectors of industry such as aerospace engineering. As the time allowed for the engineering phases is always at a premium, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are required to supply the required prototypes quickly and to a high standard of quality. This calls for a high-caliber machine outfit and highly efficient controls. “We opted in favor of a combined 5-axis milling/turning center with a high-end CNC Sinumerik 840D sl from Siemens. The gantry-type center has a seven-ton base frame made of grey cast iron, which in itself provides enormous basic stability,” explains SAB’s co-founder and managing partner Andreas Brettl. Using these machines, SB is able to manufacture components such as turbines or compressor impellers with diameters of up to 1000 millimeters and weighing one and a half tons. Compared to its competitors, SAB has succeeded in cutting delivery periods by half. High precision and simple handlingNo matter how the milling process is rotated in space, the machine achieves a positioning accuracy of seven microns. This is made possible by what is known as the coordinate carriage: This entails movement of the gantry on the Y axis by means of two controlled drives, a similarly structured X axis and also a quadruple guided Z axis. In addition, the maintenance-free torque motors used in all rotary axes enable speeds of up to 300 revolutions per minute (min?1), which are key to achieving high-quality turning operations particularly when working with large workpieces. For Brettl, there is no suitable alternative to the Sinumerik 840D sI, both in the combination machining centers and also for simultaneous 5-axis machining: “Working in conjunction with the MDynamics technology package coupled with Advanced Surface path control, I can simply focus on better surface quality or higher machining speed as required”. Of particular relevance here are the ideally adjusted look-ahead function and the data compressor, which matches the individual points displayed during program generation so as to achieve surface finish values of 0.4 to 0.6 microns (RA = 0.4 to 0.6 µm) even when milling in a rotated space. The Sinumerik Operate user interface makes for very convenient operation, as it provides a standardized and clearly arranged display of all common machine kinematics. This is particularly important when using combination machining centers, as the changeover from milling to turning operations makes heavy demands on the operator’s power of imagination. Captions.Vitali Sacharow (left) and Andreas Brettl, Managing Director of SAB Technology GmbH, produce predominantly one-off large-format components such as impellers, housings or compressor discs at their company.Workpieces like this impeller are flawlessly manufactured using combination machining centers capable of performing five-axis milling and turning operations.The Sinumerik Operate user interface is logically structured and provides a standardized, clearly arranged display of all common machine kinematics.

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Stefan Rauscher | 2016-07-08
Integrated pulp and board production
Pulp and board producer Stora Enso inaugurates new plant in ChinaGuangxi, P. R. China. In mid-June, Stora Enso commissioned its new consumer board mill in Guangxi, P.R. China. The Finnish-Swedish group is the world’s second largest forestry industry company in terms of production capacities, and one of the largest paper

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Pulp and board producer Stora Enso inaugurates new plant in ChinaGuangxi, P. R. China. In mid-June, Stora Enso commissioned its new consumer board mill in Guangxi, P.R. China. The Finnish-Swedish group is the world’s second largest forestry industry company in terms of production capacities, and one of the largest paper and packaging material manufacturers. Siemens supported Stora Enso in implementing this major project. In mid-2014, Stora Enso awarded Siemens a major contract covering the drive technology, factory-wide automation, the complete power engineering systems, and power generation. Siemens technology was used in the integrated pulp and packaging board mill in the Chinese province of Guangxi to equip the mechanical pulp production with its annual capacity of 220,000 tons and board production with its final annual capacity of 450,000 tons, as well as the wastewater and power generation plant. The new building also accommodates a packaging board machine for which Siemens supplied an Integrated Drive System with over 160 drives, together with the process control system for mill-wide automation. The order also included a steam turbine to generate power and a plant-wide power distribution system. Stora Enso attached great importance to the support of an internationally experienced partner in China which would be capable of suppling everything from a single source. This meant that Siemens was also responsible not only for engineering the complete drive and power solutions, but also for detailed planning, installation supervision and for commissioning the electrical systems. The consumer board mill is located in the Tieshangang industrial zone of the Guangxi region, 40 miles outside of Beihai city. Stora Enso’s operations in the Guangxi region also consist of tree plantations with around 85,000 hectares of land leased since 2012. The plantations have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the China Forest Certification Council (CFCC), and they will provide a sustainable, cost-competitive and self-sufficient fiber base for the mill. The press release on the award of the contract and a press picture are availableat CaptionsConsumer board mill in Beihai, Guanxi region.Siemens is a long-standing global technology partner to the fiber industry, equipping mills and production facilities worldwide with solutions for energy distribution and generation, as well as drive and automation technology. With tailor-made integrated technologies like Integrated Drive Systems (IDS), Siemens Sipaper solutions such as Sipaper DCS APL support the fiber industry.Inauguration

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David Petry | 2016-07-08
ANSSI certifies and gives a classification to the Scalance XM408-8C Industrial Ethernet Switch
Siemens obtains another security certification and classification from the French Network and Information Security Agency (ANSSI - Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information). First security level certification (CSPN – Certification de Sécurité de Premier Niveau) was awarded by ANSSI on 13 June 2016 (certificate ANSSI-CSPN-2016-09), certifying the level

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Siemens obtains another security certification and classification from the French Network and Information Security Agency (ANSSI - Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information). First security level certification (CSPN – Certification de Sécurité de Premier Niveau) was awarded by ANSSI on 13 June 2016 (certificate ANSSI-CSPN-2016-09), certifying the level of security offered by the Siemens Scalance XM408-8C Industrial Ethernet Switch. Further information on the certification report at the ANSSI website and full press text from Siemens (in English).

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Ursula Lang | 2016-07-06
fresh off the press: Siemens MediaService July 2016 - Industry News
he July issue of the MediaService is dedicated to applications relating to drives and automation, and takes off in spectacular style by breaking the sound barrier with a visit to the Transonic Wind Tunnel at the German Aerospace Center, where Siemens technology simulates the behavior of spacecraft flying close to

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he July issue of the MediaService is dedicated to applications relating to drives and automation, and takes off in spectacular style by breaking the sound barrier with a visit to the Transonic Wind Tunnel at the German Aerospace Center, where Siemens technology simulates the behavior of spacecraft flying close to the speed of sound. Speed is also of the essence in our next article featuring the virtual doctor: when it comes to telemedical emergency care in remote locations such as offshore platforms or ships at sea, every second counts and reliable communication saves lives. On the “Bohemia Rhapsody” which sails the Bohemian Sea, a Siemens DC power converter has transformed the Czech Republic’s most up-to-date passenger ship into a modern hybrid vehicle. Staying with the nautical theme, “Dong Fang Hong3” is our next port of call: a research vessel due to be launched in 2018 to investigate the physical, chemical and biological properties of the water, the atmosphere and the climate. Siemens is equipping the Chinese oceanographic research vessel with an electrical drive system. Moving back onto land, we read about cool city commuting with the Uniwheel. Designed using Siemens PLM software, this handy unicycle can be used to flit effortlessly around town at almost 20 kilometers per hour. Find out more at:MediaService JulyMediaServiceMediaService Digithek for downloading individual articles from all issues

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David Petry | 2016-07-04
Successful Atlantic crossing
Siemens industrial router approved for use in North AmericaNuremberg; Germany.Mobile wireless router Scalance M876-4 from Siemens now complies not only with European mobile wireless network standards but also those of the USA. This means that the 4G industrial router is now approved for use in LTE networks in North America.

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Siemens industrial router approved for use in North AmericaNuremberg; Germany.Mobile wireless router Scalance M876-4 from Siemens now complies not only with European mobile wireless network standards but also those of the USA. This means that the 4G industrial router is now approved for use in LTE networks in North America. With its extended temperature range of -20° to +60° Celsius and a housing design with a stable collar, the robust Scalance M876-4 is equipped to withstand harsh industrial environments. Up to four independent IP addresses make for highly structured and clearly arranged networks. Depending on their size, today’s companies often operate plants and machines integrated into the global company network which can be located anywhere around the world. This is done using wired and wireless network components which connect local production plants to a computing center over the Internet. The technology used for this is generally determined by regional circumstances, with country-specific communication standards playing a role alongside infrastructure conditions such as the availability and expansion of networks. For mobile wireless routers in Europe, for instance, wireless network approvals are defined by the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI). In the USA, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decides which frequencies are released for mobile telecommunications. The new 4G mobile wireless router Scalance M876-4 from Siemens complies with both standards and, because it is downward compatible, is approved not only for LTE networks but also for UMTS and GSM networks in the USA. Predestined for industrial environmentsBecause it was developed with industrial application in mind, the Scalance M876-4 router comes with an extended temperature range and a robust housing allowing its use in Ex zone 2. With up to four adjustable IP addresses, the router enables the creation of structured networks and as well as its routing functionality can also be used as an Industrial Ethernet switch in the local network. Because the Scalance M876-4 supports the OpenVPN and IPsec security mechanisms, customers can also achieve secured access to the system and therefore to their plants in remote production facilities using the Sinema Remote Connect management platform. CaptionAs well as the ETSI frequencies, the new 4G mobile wireless router Scalance M876-4 now additionally complies with the standards required for operation in North America.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-07-01
True grit
World’s biggest abrasive production plant uses Siemens technologyFrauenfeld, Switzerland. 40 million square meters of abrasives in a manufacturing width of one meter: the yearly production output of the world’s biggest abrasive production facility, the Maker 5 operated by the company sia Abrasives, would actually span the earth’s circumference. The binder

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World’s biggest abrasive production plant uses Siemens technologyFrauenfeld, Switzerland. 40 million square meters of abrasives in a manufacturing width of one meter: the yearly production output of the world’s biggest abrasive production facility, the Maker 5 operated by the company sia Abrasives, would actually span the earth’s circumference. The binder preparation plant used in the facility has now been equipped with a new controller, the Simatic S7-1518F, the highest-powered CPU of the S7 generation. Although the time allowed for project engineering and migration to the new system was just a few weeks, the Simatic was up and running right on time. Car body parts, furniture or marble slabs – the surfaces of a whole range of different products only take on their familiar perfect finish after sanding. Helping these high-end products achieve their final polish has been the business of the company sia Abrasives from Frauenfeld in Switzerland for over 135 years. In the world’s most up-to-date abrasive production facility, the Maker 5, the company produces around 40 million square meters of high-quality abrasives for discerning customers from trade and industry. The Maker 5 is modular in design, allowing it to be extended at any time to keep pace with the changing demands of the market. The same applies to the binder preparation plant, a dedicated plant within the Maker 5 facility. Here, abrasive grit made of corundum, silicon carbide or diamond is first pre-fixed using a base coat on a backing made of a material such as paper or woven fabric. After pre-drying, the size coat is added. This bonds the grit particles to each other and to the backing. The composition and quality of the binder are key characteristics affecting the quality of the final product. Successful migration despite a tight scheduleThe binder plant was controlled by two Siemens Simatic S7-319F controllers, which have now been replaced. “Due to the complexity and scope of the plant, the performance and storage capacity of the controllers were always being pushed to the limit”, recalls sia Abrasives Senior Project Manager Peter Marolf. A decision was taken to upgrade to the Simatic S7-1518F, currently the highest-powered CPU of the S7 generation. Control specialists Asprotec AG were commissioned to carry out migration to the new controller. The project proved highly challenging right from the start, given the minimal time window for completion of the job: Only three weeks had been allowed for migration to the new controller, timed to coincide with a scheduled shutdown for inspection and maintenance. Due to outstanding cooperation between all those involved, the new Simatic was up and running promptly without problems. With a cycle time of 13 milliseconds, it is now controlling systems including 84 Sinamics drives for pumps and mixers, two Sinamics S120 Line Modules and 80 flow, path and level measurement devices with Profibus interface. CaptionsMaker 5, the most modern abrasive production facility in the world, manufactures around 40 million square meters of abrasive a year and is controlled by a Sinamic S7-1518F from Siemens.In the binder processing plant, the product-specific binders are made available just-in-time in the specific required quantity.The modules of the Sinamics S120 drives are accommodated in the electrical control cabinets.The Simatic S7-1518F (top right) is currently the most powerful failsafe controller of the S7-1500 generation.

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Press Team Industries | 2016-06-29
Fill her up!
Siemens measuring technology guarantees accurate bunkering of heavy fuel oilBuxtehude, Germany. The NSB Niederelbe Schifffahrtsgesellschaft mbH " Co. KG shipping line relies on a calibrated just-in-time measuring process from Siemens to bunker heavy fuel oil on its container ship CMA CGM VELA. Two Coriolis flow meters which precisely monitor the

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Siemens measuring technology guarantees accurate bunkering of heavy fuel oilBuxtehude, Germany. The NSB Niederelbe Schifffahrtsgesellschaft mbH " Co. KG shipping line relies on a calibrated just-in-time measuring process from Siemens to bunker heavy fuel oil on its container ship CMA CGM VELA. Two Coriolis flow meters which precisely monitor the bunkering process form the nerve center of the application. For the NSB Niederelbe Schifffahrtsgesellschaft mbH " Co. KG shipping line, as for every other company in the sea container business, lay time in port costs money. To reduce this costly idle time to a minimum, it needs to ensure rapid bunkering – the process of filling the ship’s tanks with heavy fuel oil. Checking whether the quantity of heavy fuel oil (HFO) actually pumped into the fuel tanks tallies with the quantity invoiced is only possible by means of sounding after the ship has cast off. Because this measurement method is relatively susceptible to error, on its container ship the CMA CGM VELA, NSB relies on a simple, calibrated just-in-time measurement method developed by Siemens to check that the measurement process is accurate. The system developed by Siemens measures the quantity of heavy fuel oil pumped into the ship’s fuel tanks. The two Coriolis DN150 Sitrans F C MC2 flow meters form the nerve center of the application. They are able to immediately determine the density, mass flow and temperature of the HFO, while also taking into consideration possible deviations, and sound an alarm if the proportion of air increases. The measured volume is displayed in real time. By using a cascade control, a measurement accuracy of 0.16 percent can be achieved. A Simatic S7-1200 takes care of control and data acquisition, working with positioner Sipart PS2 to maintain the parameters for the required counter pressure and the relevant quality parameters for the flow meters within their respective operating ranges. Sitrans P DS III pressure transmitters and Sitrans F C MASS 6000 flow transmitters provide the relevant signals. A Simatic HMI KTP 700 enables simple operation and process monitoring. CaptionsFlow meter Sitrans F C MC measures mass flow on the CMA CGM VELA and enables the officer in charge of fuelling to monitor online the actual quantity of bunkered fuel.Using the just-in-time measurement process from Siemens, heavy fuel oil bunkering can be precisely controlled and monitored.The Simatic TP 700 clearly displays the data logged by the Coriolis flow meters, enabling continuous monitoring

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David Petry | 2016-06-27
Keeping Melbourne hydrated
Accurate water billing using reliable technologyMelbourne, Australia. The water supply to the Australian metropolis is based on a system of dams, reservoirs and water retention basins, as well as a seawater desalination plant. For the water supply companies in charge, precise metering of the volume of water consumed is vital

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Accurate water billing using reliable technologyMelbourne, Australia. The water supply to the Australian metropolis is based on a system of dams, reservoirs and water retention basins, as well as a seawater desalination plant. For the water supply companies in charge, precise metering of the volume of water consumed is vital in order to guarantee accurate water billing for their customers. Guaranteeing an adequate supply of water to cope in the event of fire is also of key importance. In a bid to provide these vital services, the water supply company City West Water uses innovative technology from Siemens. With its population of over a million, Melbourne is situated at the estuary of the Yarra River as it flows into the Pacific. The river meanders through the whole city, the suburbs are dotted with attractive beaches. Despite what might appear a “watery location”, supplying the city with water is a challenge. City West Water is one of three corporations which manage Melbourne’s water mains networks. To ensure that it does the best possible job in this important role, the company relies on expertise from Siemens. The battery powered electromagnetic water meterSitrans F M MAG 8000 is suitable for the precise measurement of consumption. It measures the flow to within 0.4 percent accuracy. This substantially reduces the loss rate and means that customers can expect more accurate billing from City West Water. Operation is trouble-free, as the device causes neither an obstruction to flow nor a drop in pressure. The water meter also requires practically no maintenance, is protected by a tamper-proof design involving several layers of security and is easy and intuitive to operate. Worry-free supply A particularly important aspect is ensuring a sufficient water supply to cope with fire. Flow measurement allows City West Water to oversee sensitive fire service installations such as hydrants. The Siemens devices are found in all the new fire service applications involving sprinkler systems and fire tanks. Plenty of reasons for City West Water to opt for Siemens technology. This is why the corporation has already installed over 1,000 flow meters in high water consumption sites and in zones particularly in need of fire protection measures. Andrew Geary, City West Water’s metering and backflow specialist, sums up: “Not only are we fully satisfied with the accurate and stable performance of the MAG 8000, but we’re also very happy with the consistently high level of customer service we receive from Siemens”. As a result, City West Water placed an order with Siemens in mid-2015 for 18 size DN 150 meters. The company is also currently installing Sitrans F M MAG 8000 electromagnetic flow meters in all the new fire service applications where sprinklers or fire tanks are involved. CaptionsCity West Water guarantees the water supply to residential, commercial and industrial sites in and around Melbourne with Sitrans F M MAG 8000 electromagnetic flow meters.The Sitrans F M MAG 8000 meters measure the volume of water consumed in Melbourne.

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Press Team Industries | 2016-06-24
Calculation software saves money
Pricing arguments based on solid data Coburg, Germany. When a company such as Brose purchases production materials to the tune of three billion Euros, then those responsible must make precise calculations. This is why this innovative automotive supplier depends on an optimized procurement process in a global purchasing network –

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Pricing arguments based on solid data Coburg, Germany. When a company such as Brose purchases production materials to the tune of three billion Euros, then those responsible must make precise calculations. This is why this innovative automotive supplier depends on an optimized procurement process in a global purchasing network – and aSiemens software solution ensures the necessary transparency. Today, competent purchasing agents not only consider the procurement of individual components, they also master complete procurement projects. They create product characteristics, supplier structures and value-added processes. Previously, Brose worked with Excel-Software, the charts varied for each part and each material. This motivated Brose to integrate a solution with standardized calculation methods in order to streamline and make the process more efficient and to transparently acquire product costs. The company selected the integrated solution from Siemens PLM software, Teamcenter Product Costing. Based on the detailed cost structure analysis, purchasing can effectively support internal clients as they always take a holistic approach and analyze the complete project. Today, purchasing is integrated into product development at an early phase. Based on concrete facts and analyses provided by Teamcenter Product Costing, purchasing agents act as intermediaries between external suppliers and internal customers And this approach pays off as these experts save hard cash. “Using the purchase price analysis of the Teamcenter product costing solution, we are generating cost savings up to 15 percent in selected projects with our suppliers”, explaines Michael Kurz, Head of Cost Analysis within the Brose Group’s purchasing department. Efficient costing processes and accurate product cost transparency The reason for this success is that he can give suppliers realistic target prices based on real facts, as he knows the concrete numbers and can correctly estimate the actual production costs. Teamcenter Product Costing is a software that defines and evaluates production processes very precisely, offering high cost structure transparency of parts. Without it, it would not be possible to negotiate with suppliers in such detail. Its integrated cycle time calculator provides purchasing personnel with specific technological information based on solid research. The cost breakdowns that are generated can be compared with those of the suppliers and their own target prices. Simulation scenarios are also possible. When all is said and done, both parties benefit. Brose achieves better prices from suppliers and provides constructive recommendations for improvement – while suppliers obtain important information, which they can apply to their benefit when dealing with other customers. “Teamcenter supports purchasing worldwide in order to validate target prices for new developments and to reduce costs”, summarizes Michael Kurz. Captions (Pictures: Copyright Brose Group)Within a just-in-sequence method, Brose supplies manufacturers globally with pre-finished complete door systems, which are delivered directly to their assembly lines.The patented Brose system for contactless opening and closing of luggage compartment doors represents a new level of comfort for vehicle access.

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David Petry | 2016-06-22
Smart connection - Telecontrol combined with new controller generation
Wismar, Germany. Wismar’s municipal disposal and public transport services EVB opted to use thenew controller generation from Siemens to modernize a pumping station. To ensure that thelatest technology is compatible with the existing Sinaut system, EVB is using the Simatic S7-1200 controller from Siemens in combination with a newly developed

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Wismar, Germany. Wismar’s municipal disposal and public transport services EVB opted to use thenew controller generation from Siemens to modernize a pumping station. To ensure that thelatest technology is compatible with the existing Sinaut system, EVB is using the Simatic S7-1200 controller from Siemens in combination with a newly developed communications processor. This allowed the existing Sinaut system to be retained, saving considerable investment costs. The modernized pumping station now supplies more differentiated fault messages to the control center. EVB operates a sewer network stretching over 300 kilometers with connected pumping stations. Six of these are connected usingtelecontrol systems from Siemens to the process control system for central monitoring at the municipal wastewater plant, allowing fault messages and operational data to be transmitted. In one of the stations, the electrical engineering and control technology recently required updating, and the company Actemium H"F GmbH from Kavelstorf was commissioned to carry out the work. Clever upgrade of the existing systemThetelecontrol system which connects the other pumping stations to the control center has been successfully tried and tested over many years. Controllers of the type Simatic S7-300 communicate with a Simatic S7-400 in the control center using the Sinaut ST7 protocol. The plan was to install a modern Simatic S7-1200 controller with a Simatic touch panel to take over control and on-site operation of the pumping station. To allow the existing system to continue operating with the new hardware, the communications processor CP 1243-8 IRC was developed. This enables telecontrol applications based on the telecontrol protocol Sinaut ST7, and connects the Simatic S7-1200 controller to a higher-level ST7 station. Differentiated information, lower costsAfter a project term of just four months, the engineers were already able to connect the modernized pumping station with its new technology to the control system. This allowed the transfer of operating data and fault messages to be optimized. By using the Simatic S7-1200 in combination with the newly developed communications processor, it was possible to continue using the proven Sinaut system. This eliminated the need to exchange the existing installation and saved considerable investment costs. In addition, EVB employees are now able to receive more differentiated fault messages. This provides them with more accurate information based on operational data, which in turn saves unnecessary interventions and travel costs. CaptionsSpecial locations - such as a water protection area – require special monitoring.Using Siemens automation technology, operational data and fault messages are smoothly and efficiently transmitted from the pumping stations. A touch panel takes care of on-site pumping station operationThe new CP 1243-8 IRC communications processor allows the Simatic S7-1200 to be seamlessly connected to the existing telecontrol system.

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Press Team Industries | 2016-06-20
Siemens to put "Industrie 4.0" into realities with Chinese partners
Cooperation agreements signed with leading Chinese companies to push forward intelligent manufacturing Siemens digital offerings to empower local partners in multiple industries to transform and upgrade Beijing, China. Siemens today signed a series of cooperation agreements with China’s leading companies to jointly deploy intelligent manufacturing in industries of iron and

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Cooperation agreements signed with leading Chinese companies to push forward intelligent manufacturing Siemens digital offerings to empower local partners in multiple industries to transform and upgrade Beijing, China. Siemens today signed a series of cooperation agreements with China’s leading companies to jointly deploy intelligent manufacturing in industries of iron and steel, ship-building, electronics and aerospace. As concrete steps forward to the strategic alignment of “Industrie 4.0” with “Made in China 2025” between Germany and China, the partnerships are formed respectively with Baosteel Group Corporation (Baosteel), China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), China Electronics Corporation (CEC) and China Aerospace Science " Industry Corporation (CASIC), on the occasion of German Chancellor Merkel’s official visit to China. “By jointly exploring the opportunities of intelligent manufacturing, we are moving forward along the directions of the ‘Action Outline for China-Germany Cooperation’ and uplifting our partnership with Chinese counterparts to a new height towards the ‘digital age’,” said Lothar Herrmann, CEO Siemens Greater China.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-06-17
Queezing every drop of efficiency
Energy control system in fruit juice plantDodow, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern/Germany. Nowadays,energy management is vital in any environmentally aware, economically operating plant. To achieve the greatest possible transparency when it comes to optimization and savings potential, the Dodow-based fruit juice plant run by the Riha Wesergold company group relies on an efficient energy

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Energy control system in fruit juice plantDodow, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern/Germany. Nowadays,energy management is vital in any environmentally aware, economically operating plant. To achieve the greatest possible transparency when it comes to optimization and savings potential, the Dodow-based fruit juice plant run by the Riha Wesergold company group relies on an efficient energy control system from Siemens. With the capability to switch loads on and off using an innovative control and monitoring system, the company is able to achive the goal of its energy consumption reduction by two percent a year. Riha Wesergold is one of Europe’s biggest and most modern fruit juice manufacturers. The innovative energy control system from Siemens monitors load management in the company’s plant in Dodow in the Mecklenburg region of Germany. Oliver Golembiewski, in charge of electrical engineering in Dodow, reports: “We operate a series of energy-intensive processes like ventilation, cooling system, sewage plant which can be switched off for brief intervals”. Innovative energy saving conceptUsing Sentron PAC type energy meters, the power consumption at the main distributors is measured and totalized. The resulting consumption values are processed by a Simatic S7-300 controller and forwarded to an energy management server, where the consumption patterns are recorded, visualized and archived. If the peak value threatens to exceed the agreed consumption value of an energy user, it is automatically rejected by the energy management system. As a result of this concept, return on investment for the system was achieved after just six months. Keeping the goal in sightBecause energy management is a process which calls for continuous improvement, Oliver Golembiewski and his team are particularly pleased with the scope offered by the Siemens system for upgrading. Using the digital inputs and outputs of the ET 200SP distributed I/O, they are able to integrate measuring devices for logging additional consumption values such as water, steam or compressed air – at any time and with a minimum of effort. To optimize the process still further, Oliver Golembiewski plans to make further use of Siemens technology in the form of S7-1500 controllers and the TIA Portal (Totally Integrated Automation). CaptionsThe compact Simatic ET 200SP Energy Meter modules enable maximum transparency during power consumption measurement in the subdistributor.A more differentiated analysis of power consumption allows more efficient control of load management and better assignment of cost units.40 Simatic ET 200SP Energy Meters are used to measure electrical power consumption values in the Riha Wesergold company group’s plant in Dodow.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-06-15
fresh off the press: Siemens MediaService June 2016 - Industry News
TheJune issue of the MediaService kicks off with two new product announcements with the launch of a new ultrasonic level transmitter for potentially explosive environments and a new Industrial Ethernet switch for small networks. We read how Siemens was awarded the contract to modernize a paper machine for paper producer

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TheJune issue of the MediaService kicks off with two new product announcements with the launch of a new ultrasonic level transmitter for potentially explosive environments and a new Industrial Ethernet switch for small networks. We read how Siemens was awarded the contract to modernize a paper machine for paper producer Stora Enso Langerbrugge by the installation of new drives and replacement of the machine controller. Then we take a trip to God’s house on the application page to hear how St. Martin’s Church in Töpen was fitted with ultra-modern control technology to create optimum lighting and heating conditions for its congregation. This issue also includes a feature on the use of optical readers and special LED UV area floodlights to enable forgery-proof passport production. Certainly not chicken feed: Software Plant Simulation from the Siemens Technomatix portfolio has enabled huge savings for Italian live bird handling specialist company Maxitech, whose latest system is able to simulate and analyze the entire shackle logistics chain for complete poultry processing. Find out more at:MediaService JuneMediaServiceMediaService Digithek for downloading individual articles from all issueshttps://blogs.siemens.com/mediaservice-industries-en/" target="_blank">MediaService Industries Blog

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Ines Giovannini | 2016-06-13
Ice breaker: World’s first polar class heavy transport deck carriers, powered by Siemens
Nansha, China. The world’s first two polar class heavy transport deck carriers Pugnax and Audax have been completed and handed over to Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) in spring 2016. The core electric propulsion devices for both vessels were provided by Siemens. Siemens’ scope of supply includes generators, switchboards, transformers, converters,

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Nansha, China. The world’s first two polar class heavy transport deck carriers Pugnax and Audax have been completed and handed over to Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) in spring 2016. The core electric propulsion devices for both vessels were provided by Siemens. Siemens’ scope of supply includes generators, switchboards, transformers, converters, 12 megawatt synchronous motors, power management systems and the Integrated Monitoring Alarm " Control system (IMAC) for vessel management. For these vessels sailing on the Arctic ice, the biggest challenge to the propulsion system is the enormous instantaneous torque from the high-speed rotating propeller when it runs into ice. With a total output of 12 megawatts and weighing 140 tons, these ship’s motors are capable of withstanding the poor navigation conditions prevailing in the polar region. They were designed and manufactured by the Siemens Berlin factory, which looks back on a proud 100 year marine engineering tradition. The polar vessel is also equipped with the Siemens remote diagnostics system. This system can transmit the signal status of the propulsion system to the control center on shore, where the on-shore team assists the crew with real-time fault diagnosis to ensure the safety of navigation. A heavy-lift carrier is a vessel designed to move very large loads that cannot be handled by normal ships. The vessels are designed specifically to operate in Arctic waters where they can encounter severe icy conditions. The carriers will be serving the large natural gas field project in the Liberia peninsula and on the coast of the Russian Arctic, which is used to transport the large equipment module for the Yamal LNG (liquefied natural gas) project. The carriers have an icebreaking thickness of 1.5 meters, which is the highest level of ice according to Russian specifications. This calls for propulsion systems to the very highest standards to ensure safe passage through the polar ice all year round. Captions: The biggest challenge for vessels sailing on the Arctic ice is a propulsion system with a flexible, enormous instantaneous torque.©Red Box Energy Services The world’s first two polar class heavy transport deck carriers with Siemens technology were handed over to Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) in spring 2016.©Red Box Energy Services Siemens supplied generators, switchboards, transformers, converters, 12 megawatt synchronous motors, power management systems and the Integrated Monitoring Alarm " Control system (IMAC) for vessel management.

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Stefan Rauscher | 2016-06-10
Siemens at the Zellcheming Expo 2016
Spearheading the digital transformation – from the paper to the fiber industry Frankfurt am Main. The paper industry will be gathering from 28 to 30 June 2016 in Frankfurt am Main for the Zellcheming Expo. http://www.siemens.com/fairs-events/en/home/fair/2016/zellcheming-expo.html" target="_blank">Siemens will be represented at Booth E69 in Hall 11 under the banner “Driving

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Spearheading the digital transformation – from the paper to the fiber industry Frankfurt am Main. The paper industry will be gathering from 28 to 30 June 2016 in Frankfurt am Main for the Zellcheming Expo. http://www.siemens.com/fairs-events/en/home/fair/2016/zellcheming-expo.html" target="_blank">Siemens will be represented at Booth E69 in Hall 11 under the banner “Driving the digitalization in the fiber industry”. At the only trade exhibition of the European pulp, paper and supplier industry, Siemens will be presenting integrated solutions designed to enable flexible and resource-saving production. As the process of digitalization gathers pace in industry and private households, demand for graphic paper such as newspaper or copy paper continues to dwindle, giving way to a rising demand in the field of packaging and hygiene paper qualities and pulp products. This in turn is giving rise to new products such as composites or pulping derivatives which are boosting the value added of the pulping process. Siemens Fiber Industry is supporting companies across the sector as they adapt to the changing demand with integrated Sipaper solutions for the pulp and paper industry: from power generation and distribution, process control and drive technology through to digitalization, and from integrated engineering to integrated operation. At the Zellcheming Expo, Siemens will be demonstrating the opportunities offered by ultra-modern plant configuration, virtual simulation and the process control system. Exhibits and integrated systemsThe highlight at the company’s trade booth will be a paper machine model with control room which centrally controls all the processes and simulates them using Simit Simulation Framework. The mock-up paper machine provides a graphic illustration of how processes change: Using its integrated Comos software solution, Siemens will be demonstrating how a seamless flow of information can be created for effective plant management. Comos MRO (Maintenance, Repair " Overhaul) enables targeted repair and maintenance management across its entire life cycle. Experts will be on hand to explain to visitors how the process can be optimized and operated with optimum energy efficiency, and how operators can intervene from the control center. DriveTrain Analytics as part of the Integrated Drive System (IDS) prevents machine disruptions right from the start by indicating the status of the drive system. To enable companies to respond flexibly to changing market demands, Siemens will also be presenting the efficient scalable automation solution Sipaper DCS PCS 7 APL (Decentralized Control System Simatic PCS 7). Rounding off the Siemens presentation at the Expo will be an exhibit featuring a drive train optimized to address the demands of the paper industry and a model of an SST steam turbine frequently used in the fiber industry. Visitors to the Zellcheming Expo will have the chance to gain an all-round insight into the Siemens portfolio of products and services for the fiber industry and ways in which the company can support them in their bid to achieve variable and energy-efficient production.

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Claudia Lanzinger | 2016-06-09
Gestamp selects Siemens’ Teamcenter software as its global PLM solution
The supplier of components for the automotive industry improved product management and design efficiencyGestamp, an international automotive supplier, has selectedSiemens’ Teamcenter software as its global solution for product lifecycle management (PLM). As a company committed to the design, development and manufacturing of metal components and assemblies for the global automotive

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The supplier of components for the automotive industry improved product management and design efficiencyGestamp, an international automotive supplier, has selectedSiemens’ Teamcenter software as its global solution for product lifecycle management (PLM). As a company committed to the design, development and manufacturing of metal components and assemblies for the global automotive sector, Gestamp cited the ability for Teamcenter to help improve product development efficiencies and its advanced project management capabilities, as reasons for its decision. Teamcenter is developed by Siemens’ PLM software business. “Teamcenter will help us improve collaboration between different functional areas by improving and accelerating the execution of our projects, as well as increasing the traceability and visibility of the main metrics of our projects,” said Jesús Salvador, Organization and Corporate Projects for Gestamp. “It will facilitate more agile decision making, enabling us to provide a better and faster response to our customers.” Gestamp conducted an in-depth assessment of all the processes involved in its product development value chain, from the initial customer order until all pieces enter the manufacturing stage. As a result of its findings, the company decided to implement a global PLM solution capable of efficiently and effectively managing all of the identified processes within the major functional areas of its products’ lifecycles. Teamcenter will allow Gestamp to improve efficiencies and increase its productivity by establishing a global standard for its product and production management system, unifying the systems’ infrastructure along with its customer relations model. “We are very proud that Gestamp has put its trust in our Teamcenter solution,” said Joan Francàs, Country Manager for Spain and Portugal, Siemens PLM Software. “Siemens is committed to helping Gestamp, and other companies throughout the world, implement the digitalization and automation of their entire production process. We look forward to supporting Gestamp for a very long time, helping them to improve their efficiencies and decision making in order to fully realize innovation in their own products.”

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-06-08
Protecting productivity – Website on “Industrial Security” in the focus of network security
Complex industrial plants need a sophisticated security concept, for instance the comprehensive security approach offered by Siemens as an integral part of “Digital Enterprise”. To address this complexity, Siemens is relying on a multiple-layer protection approach, the so-called Defense in Depth concept. This concept, which has been designed in line

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Complex industrial plants need a sophisticated security concept, for instance the comprehensive security approach offered by Siemens as an integral part of “Digital Enterprise”. To address this complexity, Siemens is relying on a multiple-layer protection approach, the so-called Defense in Depth concept. This concept, which has been designed in line with the recommendations of ISA 99 / IEC 62443, provides both all-round and in-depth protection for automation systems on all three levels: plant security, network security and system integrity. On the Siemens Industrial Security website the level ofnetwork security has been redesigned with everything worth knowing about the topic: Numerous brochures, video clips and interactive graphics provide clear explanations, in-depth insights and interesting background information. Network securityprotects automation networks via access protection, network segmentation, and encrypted communication against unauthorized access. When using remote maintenance, VPN (Virtual Private Network) secures networks and data with encryption and authentication. Additionally, a firewall controls data exchange and blocks unauthorized traffic.

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Stefan Rauscher | 2016-06-06
Siemens at the Intersolar 2016
Flexible, smart, versatile – making the most of distributed energy systems Munich. The world’s leading trade fair for the solar industry, the Intersolar, will be opening its doors to the trade public from June 22 – 24, 2016 in Munich. “Master the Challenges – with a reliable partner for distributed

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Flexible, smart, versatile – making the most of distributed energy systems Munich. The world’s leading trade fair for the solar industry, the Intersolar, will be opening its doors to the trade public from June 22 – 24, 2016 in Munich. “Master the Challenges – with a reliable partner for distributed energy systems” is the theme that will greet this year’s visitors to the Siemens booth 210 in Hall B2. At the Intersolar, Siemens will be showcasing the latest products, solutions and services and providing information in the form of technical presentations about its portfolio for sustainable energy systems. Siemens will provide visitors to the Intersolar Europe 2016 with an overview of ways in which it provides sustainable support towards the vision of an ever more distributed energy system along the entire value chain: from consulting, planning and financing through to installation, software and services. Featured at the booth will be concepts such as , a modular electrical energy storage system designed to ensure a stable, reliable power supply while integrating renewable energy sources and optimizing the use of power generation using fossil fuels. Under the heading “Best Energy Management with Power to Hydrogen”, Siemens will be showcasing its electrolysis system. Based on PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) technology, this system makes efficient use of excess solar and wind energy by splitting up water into its components hydrogen and oxygen. In this form, excess energy can be stored. With the Spectrum Power Active Network Management (ANM) tool, users will be able to improve both the efficiency and control of distribution grids – specifically as the proportion of renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic systems increases in the energy mix. Hybrid power solutions from Siemens help customers cut energy costs and at the same time improve efficiency and reliability. In addition, experts from Siemens Power Technologies International will be demonstrating the integration of renewables into distribution grids. Using individual concepts for network design and operation, effective solutions can be developed for grid owners, operators and customers as well as energy producers. Experts will also be on hand to advise about innovation partnerships, and will be delivering presentations on “Diesel offset with Li-ion energy storage systems”, “Distributed energy supply – economical and safe” as well as “Actively managing increasingly complex dynamic distribution networks”.

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Press Team Industries | 2016-06-03
Smart, sustainable process optimization
Siemens Industry Software GmbH offers five forums on process and quality optimization in the second half of 2016 Optimizing processes, raising quality and reducing costs: Over the second half of the year,Siemens Industry Software GmbH will be staging a furtherfive forums addressing these issues. The events will be held across

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Siemens Industry Software GmbH offers five forums on process and quality optimization in the second half of 2016 Optimizing processes, raising quality and reducing costs: Over the second half of the year,Siemens Industry Software GmbH will be staging a furtherfive forums addressing these issues. The events will be held across the whole of Germany and will be directed at specialists and managers from the fields of production planning, quality assurance, IT, law and logistics. Kicking off the series of events on September 13, 2016 in Frankenstein will be the IBS QMS:forum APQP (Advanced Product Quality Planning ). With a good roadmap, products can achieve the required quality and cost targets right from the concept stage through engineering to series production. Next up is the FMEA Risk Management Forum on October 6, 2016 in Essen. Using a mixture of theoretical and practical elements, the event aims to provide an overview of how corporate processes benefit from the use of FMEA methods and software. The IBS QMS software solution will be showcased using the example of a concrete application. The Forum Automotive Core Tools will be aimed specifically at the automotive and automotive supply industries. The event on November 8 in Berlin will present quality management measures and methods offering potential for enormous savings. An established fixture of the event series is the 8D Complaint Management Forum. On November 17 this year, participants with gather in Nördlingen to find out about 8D problem solving processes and ways in which documents such as the FMEA, control plan, inspection plan and others work interactively. A second edition of the APQP forum will conclude the series of events for 2016 on December 7 in Jena.

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Ines Giovannini | 2016-06-01
The longest railway tunnel in the world
A milestone is being created in railway technology Burgdorf, Switzerland. A huge number of tests are currently being carried out to ensure the Gotthard Base Tunnel can open as scheduled on June 1, 2016. The company JM Systems from Burgdorf is responsible for the management systems, controllers and servers. After

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A milestone is being created in railway technology Burgdorf, Switzerland. A huge number of tests are currently being carried out to ensure the Gotthard Base Tunnel can open as scheduled on June 1, 2016. The company JM Systems from Burgdorf is responsible for the management systems, controllers and servers. After all, safeness is the top priority in the world’s longest railway tunnel which spans 57 kilometers. JM Systems have therefore opted for a process visualization system as well as automation and network components from Siemens, ensuring trains reach their destination faster and passengers travel safely. The project is enormous, involving up to 5,000 test drives for trains. 28.2 million tons of rock had to be excavated to build the two single-track main tubes, the safety and ventilation tunnels, and the cross passages. All of this to ensure that passengers can travel safely through the tubes of the Gotthard base tunnel at up to 250 kilometers per hour and to create faster transport links between the Swiss cantons. The investment will certainly pay off as it is set to cut the journey time for rail passengers travelling from Zurich to Lugano by 45 minutes to around two hours, and for those travelling to Milan to just three hours. JM Systems created the servers and some of the more sophisticated programmable logic controllers using Siemens technology. Stephan Jungeblodt and Hans-Jürgen Michels, the managing directors of the company specializing in tunnel construction say: “The controllers in the cross passage tunnels monitor the doors, switch the lights and communicate with the components of the 50 hertz power supply. The main challenge was the large number of data points: the 176 cross passages are equipped with up to two controllers, depending on the equipment used, which creates a total of around 60,000 data points”. Top technology facilitates safe, fast travelCrucially, the doors in the cross passage tunnels are very closely monitored using Siemens technology. As such, it is not fire that poses the real danger but suffocation. In order to avoid evacuation via the four emergency stop stations, the system is backed up by countless sensors, monitoring devices and controllers. The data is checked and logged every couple of milliseconds. The FibroLaser cable are supplemented by thermal imaging cameras and smoke alarms enclosed in special cages. Hundreds of distributed Simatic controllers and interface modules have been installed in the tubes that are around 40 meters long. These systems communicate with a large number of electrical components. The data is transmitted via Ethernet using Siemens Scalance network components , each tunnel tube having seven group computers. They, in turn, are connected to the master computers. The WinCC OA process visualization system from Siemens has been installed on the group and master computers. All the information is transmitted to the higher-level tunnel management system. A redundant tunnel and train control system from Siemens in each of the two Tunnel Control Centers at the South and North Portal is the backbone of the system. These systems monitor and control all facilities of the entire infrastructure and its rail technology. Siemens supplies the technical equipment that enables trains to run smoothly. On behalf of Swiss Rail, Siemens is responsible for the train control system to monitor the train sets and for the visualization and operation of all other tunnel management system installations. This has enabled the experts from JM Systems to work without any disruption and to avoid mistakes as best possible. State-of-the-art tubes with a long-standing traditionThere is a long-standing tradition to the cutting-edge technology. On May 31, 1879, Werner Siemens ushered in the era of electric railways with three small carriages pulled by an electric locomotive. Just two years later he announced that it would be possible for trains to pass through the Gotthard Tunnel on electric traction. As it happened his idea was not implemented because of the impossibility to join together a sufficiently large number of four-wheel locomotives to pull the train. He would no doubt be proud of what his company has achieved. Captions Railway country Switzerland: The Gotthard Tunnel is the world’s longest tunnel. The 60,000 data points of the management system proved to be a real challenge in terms of programming. Cross ducts connect the two tunnel tubes that are secured by two massive fire protection doors. In the event of emergencies the management system activates the escape signals. The changeover doors are controlled by a Simatic S7-400H controller. The components are connected via Ethernet.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-05-30
Up with the wagon
Trains lifted using automation technology Rheine, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Hoisting a railway carriage for maintenance work means dealing with a tremendous weight. A standard carriage can weigh as much as 32 tons, while a double decker can clock up an enormous 50 tons on the scale. Because the safety of

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Trains lifted using automation technology Rheine, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Hoisting a railway carriage for maintenance work means dealing with a tremendous weight. A standard carriage can weigh as much as 32 tons, while a double decker can clock up an enormous 50 tons on the scale. Because the safety of railway employees carrying out repairs and maintenance is paramount, lifting systems supplied by Windhoff Bahn- und Anlagentechnik GmbH from Rheine are in great demand. These are capable of hoisting entire trains complete with carriages weighing several hundred tons in total. To enable all the work steps to be ideally integrated during plant engineering, the company uses theTIA portal from Siemens. Train maintenance is pivotal to the safety of passengers. The company Windhoff Bahn- und Anlagentechnik has developed a solution for lifting trains which involves the use of lifting systems recessed in pits in the hall floor. These underfloor lifting systems are individually assembled using modules to customer order, and allow the complete trains to be safely raised to the required working height.The system centers around one or two lifting stands, each using four jacks, gear motors and spindles. The challenge here is to raise the train evenly without creating a potentially hazardous tilt. The lifting equipment experts rely onTotally Integrated Automation from Siemens here, and are delighted with the results. Important factors for the engineering team include integrated engineering with the TIA Portal, seamless communication based on Profinet and integrated safety components. In just the same way as the system’s mechanical structure, the architecture of the automation system is also modular. Functioning as a central control system is a failsafe Simatic S7 1517F PN/DP in the operator panel. Using the managed Industrial Ethernet Switch Scalance X208, distributed type Simatic ET200SP I/O stations and a TP1500 Simatic Comfort Panel are connected over Profinet. Control cabinets fitted with compact Sinamics G120C-PN converters and Profinet connection are installed in the pits. Clear, simple overview is the keyThe professionals at Windhoff are impressed by the benefits of the TIA Portal, such as the clearly arranged design of the software and graphic networking using drag"drop. Programming using the automatic tracking of variables across all components and editors for PLC, HMI and drives is not only convenient but also minimizes data entry errors . Seen overall, the new automation and communication standard has allowed the company to optimize its processes and create more flexible and efficient solutions. Andreas Hellweg, Head of Electrical Engineering and responsible for product innovations, is delighted: “Using the Simatic S7-1200 in the TIA-Portal, it will be possible to further enhance efficiency in future for simpler applications too. This will bring us closer to our goal of performing the whole range of tasks under the umbrella of a single software tool, while minimizing the number of hardware components.” CaptionsThe under-floor lifting devices are driven by Simogear geared motors from SiemensCompact Sinamics G120C PN converters from Siemens for the lifting device drives.The underfloor lifting plant from Windhoff makes for safe, simple maintenance and repairThe underfloor lifting plant in operation

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Press Team Industries | 2016-05-25
White paper on digitalized pumping solutions for pipelines
Nuremberg, Germany. A new white paper has been published which describes energy-efficient pumping solutions from Siemens designed to achieve a sustainable reduction of operating costs while helping to improve the reliability and safety of pumping stations. Every pumping station along the length of a pipeline requires around 25 megawatts of

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Nuremberg, Germany. A new white paper has been published which describes energy-efficient pumping solutions from Siemens designed to achieve a sustainable reduction of operating costs while helping to improve the reliability and safety of pumping stations. Every pumping station along the length of a pipeline requires around 25 megawatts of power to transport crude oil and natural gas alongside their byproducts. With digitalized smart pumping solutions, greater integration and digitalization of pumping stations, transparency can be improved across the entire process. This allows pipeline operators to more efficiently align the consumption of power to the process. Using load management, the pumps can be made to generate precisely the degree of pressure required to achieve consistent batch optimization. This makes for sustainable energy savings, allows excessive peak loads to be avoided and reduces pump wear. Right from the installation stage, the modular design of the solutions and an extensive engineering framework help reduce plant complexity and cut project engineering times, while simulations prior to commissioning make for improved reliability. With this range of benefits, smart pumping solutions from Siemens ensure a rapid return on investment.

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David Petry | 2016-05-24
On the way to Water 4.0 - Water technologies at the Ifat Environmental Fair
Munich, Germany. The world’s biggest environmental fair, the IFAT (30 May to 3 June 2016) focusing on water, sewage and waste management is just around the corner. Siemens will be present to demonstrate how automation and drive systems, industrial software and services can make a decisive contribution towards the provision

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Munich, Germany. The world’s biggest environmental fair, the IFAT (30 May to 3 June 2016) focusing on water, sewage and waste management is just around the corner. Siemens will be present to demonstrate how automation and drive systems, industrial software and services can make a decisive contribution towards the provision of efficient and reliable water supplies. Smart and efficient: These attributes are set to shape the water industry of the future. Siemens will be on hand to demonstrate just how at Booth 439 in Hall A1. The future envisaged for “Water 4.0” will focus on Smart Water software solutions, automation and drive technology and services. One example is the “ICeWater” project, in which pump operation is optimized by the analysis of consumption data, resulting in enhanced energy efficiency. Visitors to the booth will also have the chance to learn about the application fields of software such as the TIA Portal, the Simatic WinCC Scada system or the energy data management software Simatic B.Data. Another highlight will be highly efficient radial turbo compressors. These reliable turbo compressors are adapted to meet special ventilation requirements of the kind found in waste water treatment plants, and enable users such as treatment plant operators to achieve sustainably improved efficiency. Using smart control procedures of the type offered by Advanced Process Library from Simatic PCS 7, process quality can be improved and the energy requirement significantly reduced in waste water treatment plants. Also featured at the booth will be remote control technology, preventive maintenance through condition monitoring and services, for instance the calibration and verification of field devices. And to enhance security in the water industry, Siemens offers products and services for industrial security ranging from risk analysis to continuing measures for plant protection. CaptionsAt the Ifat 2016 Environmental Fair, Siemens will be presenting smart solutions designed to significantly reduce the consumption of energy and resources.Water data can be simply monitored on the move.Integrated solutions effectively reduce the consumption of fresh water.

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David Petry | 2016-05-20
Reliable communication in Scada networks
Elan software version 8.5 with a range of new functions Siemens has upgraded itsRuggedcom Elan software suite to include a range of new functions. Elan enables protocol conversion and data concentration within SCADA networks. The latest version 8.5 offers enhanced usability and even greater stability. Elan is a Linux-based software

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Elan software version 8.5 with a range of new functions Siemens has upgraded itsRuggedcom Elan software suite to include a range of new functions. Elan enables protocol conversion and data concentration within SCADA networks. The latest version 8.5 offers enhanced usability and even greater stability. Elan is a Linux-based software suite designed to enable the conversion of protocols on different levels – and so facilitate communication from the substation to the control center and into the enterprise. This provides users with reliable access to data from intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) within a utility. The new version 8.5 offers a range of new functions. The router page in the Maestro configuration tool has been completely reconfigured, improving both usability and stability. Elan now supports the IEC61850 MMS client protocol when running on the Ruggedcom RX1400. This allows properties of the IEC61850 MMS with remote capability to be configured in the Maestro configuration tool. Version 8.5 also offers a new feature called Listen Mode, which allows users to safely replace or upgrade their Scada (supervisory control and data acquisition) master system. Listen mode allows deployment and commissioning of a new Scada master without impacting the existing legacy system. This means that while a new Scada system is being deployed, tested or checked, users are no longer required to decommission the previous system. Elan Version 8.5 is compliant with the Distributed Network Protocol DNP3, Level 2.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-05-19
ANSSI certifies and gives a classification to the Simatic S7-1500 controller
Siemens becomes the first industrial equipment supplier to obtain security certification and classification from the French Network and Information Security Agency (ANSSI - Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information). First security level certification (CSPN – Certification de Sécurité de Premier Niveau) was awarded by ANSSI on 25 April

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Siemens becomes the first industrial equipment supplier to obtain security certification and classification from the French Network and Information Security Agency (ANSSI - Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information). First security level certification (CSPN – Certification de Sécurité de Premier Niveau) was awarded by ANSSI on 25 April 2016 (certificate ANSSI-CSPN-2016-5), certifying the level of security offered by the Siemens range of Simatic S7-1500 controllers. Further information on the certification report at the ANSSI website and full presstext from Siemens (in french).

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-05-17
Siemens at the Automotive Testing Expo Europe
Nuremberg/Stuttgart, Germany. This year again, Siemens will be presenting its broad portfolio of products and services at the Automotive Testing Expo Europe, Europe’s largest trade fair showcasing new technologies for automotive testing, evaluation and quality engineering. Visitors to Booth 1416 in Hall 1, will have the opportunity to discover more

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Nuremberg/Stuttgart, Germany. This year again, Siemens will be presenting its broad portfolio of products and services at the Automotive Testing Expo Europe, Europe’s largest trade fair showcasing new technologies for automotive testing, evaluation and quality engineering. Visitors to Booth 1416 in Hall 1, will have the opportunity to discover more about the innovative solutions from Siemens for vehicle and component quality testing. Here they will be able to have a closer look at how the Siemens products and services help developers, components and car manufacturers alike to manage the challenges of tomorrow’s testing and validation tasks. Siemens will be presenting a variety of products and solutions, such as a complete platform for test-based engineering, high-speed multi-channel data acquisition combined with a full suite of integrated testing, analysis and report-generation tools for noise, vibration and durability testing. Visitors will also see the latest generation of the Sidis Pro product family for vehicle end-of-line diagnostics and testing. Another highlight is the new CATS closed-loop and open-loop control system for highly dynamic gearbox and engine testbeds and the new synchronous machine type 1SS2 designed to address high speed and low inertia requirements for testing engines, gears and vehicles in the field of research and development. The LMS testing solutions will guide the visitors through the latest offer for applications such as NVH (noise, vibration, harshness), powertrain performance and fuel efficiency, or compliance to the new pass-by noise regulations. The new LMS Scadas Satellite allowing distributed durability data acquisition in the most extreme circumstances will be one of the stars of the show, along with LMS Test.Lab Jury Testing which assesses sound quality, from acquisition and processing through to validation and reporting.

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Press Team Industries | 2016-05-13
White paper: Use of new filtration media for oil/water separation
Nuremberg, Germany. A new white paper has been published which analyzes possibilities for replacing walnut shells with new PerforMedia™ media in filters for oil/water separation. In the world of crude oil extraction, only extremely well purified formation water can be injected back to the reservoir. For this reason, residual oil

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Nuremberg, Germany. A new white paper has been published which analyzes possibilities for replacing walnut shells with new PerforMedia™ media in filters for oil/water separation. In the world of crude oil extraction, only extremely well purified formation water can be injected back to the reservoir. For this reason, residual oil separation at the lowest concentration level is carried out through filters with a filter bed comprising black walnut shells. The objective of the Siemens development is to reduce dependency on the seasonal availability of black walnut shells and to minimize the footprint of treatment plants, particularly for offshore application, using the newly developed PerforMediaoil removal media. During laboratory and field testing on wastewater treatment plants for formation water (API11) and production wastewater (API35), PerforMedia media filters demonstrated substantial benefits over standard walnut shell filters while achieving an equivalent cleaning effect: They tolerate significantly higher inlet oil concentrations of 500 mg/l and are able to handle between four to five times the amount of oil before requiring a backwash, as well as producing water with an oil effluent of well below 10 ppm (parts per million).

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Ursula Lang | 2016-05-11
fresh off the press: Siemens MediaService May 2016
Industry News The May edition of the MediaService Industries kicks off with two product reports from the world of drives and automation: We hear about a modified positioner with new functions and a new communication standard, and we also learn about a new electronic weighing module for platform scales and

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Industry News The May edition of the MediaService Industries kicks off with two product reports from the world of drives and automation: We hear about a modified positioner with new functions and a new communication standard, and we also learn about a new electronic weighing module for platform scales and filling level monitoring. Siemens technology is also put in charge of ripening bananas, ensuring the fruit reaches our supermarket shelves in perfect condition to be enjoyed. Also featuring in this edition: Siemens technology controlling a fully automated overhead crane in one of the world’s most modern batch annealing plants, which is used for the stress relief annealing of hot and cold rolled steel strip coils. And finally, PLM software NX is used to optimize work processes and reduce error quotas for JR Moldes, which engineers and manufactures molds for the plastic injection molding and the casting industry. Find out more at:MediaService May MediaServiceMediaService Digithekfor downloading individual articles from all issuesMediaService Industries Blog

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Press Team Industries | 2016-05-09
“Siemens-Reedertag 2016” in Hamburg
Digitalization in the Maritime Industry Hamburg/Germany. The “Siemens-Reedertag 2016” is set to open its doors on May 10 at Blohm+Voss in Hamburg. This year’s event will be focusing on digitalization from the planning stage through to operation, on system and data security and on IT- based automation technology for ships.

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Digitalization in the Maritime Industry Hamburg/Germany. The “Siemens-Reedertag 2016” is set to open its doors on May 10 at Blohm+Voss in Hamburg. This year’s event will be focusing on digitalization from the planning stage through to operation, on system and data security and on IT- based automation technology for ships. Driving forces for the maritime industry include transparency, fewer faults, efficiency gains and the careful use of resources. Discover the world of shipbuilding. To register for free admission and see the agenda

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-05-06
Siemens at the Drupa 2016
Smart lifecycle solutions Nuremberg/Düsseldorf. At the end of May, Siemens will be exhibiting under the banner “Smart Lifecycle Solutions” at the “Drupa”, the world’s leading fair for print and cross-media solutions in Düsseldorf. At Booth B41 in Hall 15, interested visitors will be able to find out about the role

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Smart lifecycle solutions Nuremberg/Düsseldorf. At the end of May, Siemens will be exhibiting under the banner “Smart Lifecycle Solutions” at the “Drupa”, the world’s leading fair for print and cross-media solutions in Düsseldorf. At Booth B41 in Hall 15, interested visitors will be able to find out about the role Siemens plays as an innovation partner to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the print industry across every phase of the value process – from design through engineering using software applications to commissioning, diagnostics and services. There will be plenty on offer at the Siemens booth, including software solutions for the simulation and validation of mechanical concepts, and highly efficient engineering tools for drives and automation systems. Also featured: motion control applications designed to achieve maximum machine performance and innovative solutions to optimize plant and machinery as well as the consumption of energy and resources.Interested visitors will also have the chance to find out about the Innovative Machines Concept, which illustrates how time savings of up to 30 percent can be made in the process of turning an idea into an actual machine using integrated engineering. The Mechatronics Concept Designer brings teams together and facilitates cooperation between engineering departments. Also showcased at the booth will be the open software package Print Standard for Simotion. This is precisely tailored to the requirements of printing presses and enables the precisely coordinated synchronization of high numbers of axes. Siemens will also be presenting its open Motion Control system Simotion for optimized machine sequences, high performance and top quality at the Drupa. And for those interested in “smart” data, there will be an opportunity to become acquainted with Plant Data Services at the Siemens booth. This makes available a range of services designed to ensure transparency in industrial processes.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-05-03
Precise and failsafe
Fully automated linear scales using control technology Fernwald, Hesse/Germany. Whether food, medicines or electronic components – wherever highly accurate dosing and weighing are required, precise, rugged linear scales are at work. K"K Wiege- und Dosiertechnik GmbH from Fernwald in Hesse supplies fully automatic special solutions benefitting from technology provided by

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Fully automated linear scales using control technology Fernwald, Hesse/Germany. Whether food, medicines or electronic components – wherever highly accurate dosing and weighing are required, precise, rugged linear scales are at work. K"K Wiege- und Dosiertechnik GmbH from Fernwald in Hesse supplies fully automatic special solutions benefitting from technology provided by Siemens. This makes for improved control accuracy and higher work speeds. Micro-controller ensures precise, failsafe operationAutomatic linear scales areideal for dosing pourable and free-flowing goods and are used in a range of applications including the packaging of foods or pharmaceutical products. Whether coffee, tea, cereals, seeds or barbeque charcoal and ice cubes, precise weights and exact quantities play a decisive role in commercial life. The rugged linear scales produced by K"K Wiege- und Dosiertechnik achieve levels of accuracy to within a thousandth of a gram. This is made possible by precisely regulating the speed and frequency of the vibration troughs which feed the material. To achieve this, CEO Egbert Russ cooperates with Siemens Solution Partner Rohrbach Elektrotechnik GmbH from Butzbach, a specialist in the micro-controller Simatic S7-1200. The self-optimizing controller forS7-1200 was programmed in the TIA Portal, using programming language SCL. In this way, Rohrbach was able to attain a high level of accuracy – even in the rough dosing processes and with different target weights. Dosing expertiseA K"K dosing scale was recently commissioned in an electrical engineering company which was automated by Rohrbach and offers a resolution of 0.002 grams. The device portions minuscule parts weighing just 0.07 of a gram. The controller prevents a single part from going missing, and if there is one too many, the batch is ejected and the parts fed into the system again. Excellent payback, high control accuracyTo ensure a high level of fail safety, almost all wiring has been dispensed with and all inputs and outputs connected to the compact distributed I/O ET 200AL with its protection rating of IP65/67. The combination of micro-controller Simatic S7-1200 and distributed I/O ET 200AL is not only compact but also economical. “We assume that investment in a plant of this type which is replacing a manual weighing process will realistically be recouped within two years. That applies equally to industry, wholesale or retail applications,” says Egbert Russ. CaptionsCompetent dosing using a rugged, failsafe dosing scale. Distributed I/O Simatic ET 200AL ensures ultra-precise scale control.

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Press Team Industries | 2016-04-25
Siemens at the Control 2016
Stuttgart. Siemens will be presenting its portfolio for integrated quality and production management at this year’s Control. Visitors to the international trade fair for industrial quality management due to be held from April 26 to 29 will have the opportunity to find out all about quality management software from Siemens

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Stuttgart. Siemens will be presenting its portfolio for integrated quality and production management at this year’s Control. Visitors to the international trade fair for industrial quality management due to be held from April 26 to 29 will have the opportunity to find out all about quality management software from Siemens at Booth 5532 in Hall 5. This software supports digitalization in production, from the design stage through manufacture to aftersales. Siemens will be on hand at the fair to enlighten visitors about the latest product innovations and further development of its Computer Aided Quality (CAQ) software solution and about integration into other components of the PLM software such as Teamcenter or Dimensional Planning and Validation (DPV). The digitalization of production helps improve transparency and offers substantial potential to reduce costs. The software solutions on offer from Siemens support production systems and processes, as well as enabling networked production environments, from engineering through manufacture to the aftersales process. CaptionIBS QMS supports the entire product life cycle

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Press Team Industries | 2016-04-22
Siemens at the Hannover Messe 2016 – Tec2You
Ingenuity for life starts with youAlongside its main booth in Hall 9, Siemens will also be present at this year’s fair in the Tec2You Pavilion in Hall 11. Under the banner “Ingenuity for life starts with you”, high school students will have the chance to find out in detail about

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Ingenuity for life starts with youAlongside its main booth in Hall 9, Siemens will also be present at this year’s fair in the Tec2You Pavilion in Hall 11. Under the banner “Ingenuity for life starts with you”, high school students will have the chance to find out in detail about training and dual courses of study offered in the technology sector. Over an area of around 100 square meters, the young visitors will have the chance to find out how companies are already able to benefit from the convergence between the real and virtual worlds. Tec2You is a nationwide initiative to engage youngsters driven by the Hannover Messe and the place-branding initiative “Deutschland – Land der Ideen” in cooperation with the worlds of industry, science and politics. This year, everything revolves around the USA, the current partner country to the Hannover Messe: Inside the Tec2You Pavilion, visitors will be able to learn how the American companies Firewire and Black Diamond have digitalized aspects of their innovation process using Siemens software. Any interested youngsters will have the chance to take part in campaigns and guided tours demonstrating how Siemens software has transformed this process from the design and development stage through testing to production. Visitors will also be given the opportunity to get involved hands-on at the Siemens booth by trying their skills on a virtual surfboard as part of a surfing simulation. Two simulators will allow friendly competition riding the virtual waves. There will also be a climbing wall which can be scaled by visitors in a game of skill entitled “Eiger Nordwand”. There will also be a soldering station set up to allow visitors to construct their own LED (light emitting diode) heart. Siemens has invited a large number of partner schools from the greater Nuremberg, Fürth and Erlangen districts to take part in the Tec2You initiative for young technology talent. The groups of high school students from the region are prepared in advance for their visit to the fair in fields such as automation, Industrie 4.0, data security, power distribution and the smart grid. Siemens enables the high school students to travel to the fair and offers each class a workshop on the subject of “Joining Siemens”. The booth team, comprising dual course students and supervisors, is also on hand to offer tips and advice on the subject of “Starting a career”.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-04-20
Eight new EU directives come into force April 20, 2016 – from EMC to low-voltage
Eight EU directives are due to be replaced by new versions with effect from 20 April 2016, some of them affecting control cabinet manufacturers and builders. The directives affecting control panels are predominantly the new 2014/30/EU (EMC) and 2014/35/EU (low-voltage). Key information on the content of the new directives and

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Eight EU directives are due to be replaced by new versions with effect from 20 April 2016, some of them affecting control cabinet manufacturers and builders. The directives affecting control panels are predominantly the new 2014/30/EU (EMC) and 2014/35/EU (low-voltage). Key information on the content of the new directives and any changes are provided on the page “European control panel Directives”. From the effective date, both components inside the control panel and the complete control panel itself must comply with the safety objectives of the new directives. The changes include amendments to the documentation and risk analysis/assessment and are intended to improve product safety.

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David Petry | 2016-04-18
The right power supply for every automation project
TIA Selection Tool enables load current-dependent selection of power supplies The new “24 Volt load overview” function in the TIA Selection Tool allows users to determine the correct Sitop power supply for already selected automation products. The power demand of the 24 Volt DC loads is automatically calculated and taken

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TIA Selection Tool enables load current-dependent selection of power supplies The new “24 Volt load overview” function in the TIA Selection Tool allows users to determine the correct Sitop power supply for already selected automation products. The power demand of the 24 Volt DC loads is automatically calculated and taken into accountfor the selection of the power supply unit The TIA Selection Tool offers simple, project-specific selection of the required components for Totally Integrated Automation such as Simatic S7, Simatic ET 200, Simatic HMI Panels, Simatic IPC or Industrial Communication components. This now also enables both the determination of the required 24 Volt Sitop power supplies and the elimination of previous calculations. Therefore the search for technical data about power supply demands of individual components is a thing of the past The selection process could not be simpler:The load view displays the power demand of each of the already selected 24 Volt DC loads. In addition, the user can integrate additional loads such as sensors or actuators in the selection. Using drag"drop, the loads can be linked to one or more Sitop power supplies, and the required nominal and peak currents are automatically detected. The “Edit” function launches the selection wizard to determine the most suitable power supply. Only power supplies which provide the entire power demand for the loads being supplied can be selected, whereby the following parameters can be defined: • Reserve for additional loads (in percent) • Simultaneity factor (default 50 percent) • Input voltage (phases) • Product line (description appears on mouseover) • Redundancy (if “yes” is entered, the right redundancy module is offered)

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Press Team Industries | 2016-04-15
Energy-saving motors with vessel certification
Behrens pumps at work across the world’s oceans Behrens Pumpen, a family business and a specialist in the field of centrifugal pumps for ships, equips subsea support vessels with pumps containing energy-saving Simotics low-voltage motors. This motor series enables maximum energy savings. Behrens Pumpen has been in existence as a

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Behrens pumps at work across the world’s oceans Behrens Pumpen, a family business and a specialist in the field of centrifugal pumps for ships, equips subsea support vessels with pumps containing energy-saving Simotics low-voltage motors. This motor series enables maximum energy savings. Behrens Pumpen has been in existence as a family business since 1948 and is a specialist in centrifugal pumps for ships. Its activities focus on its own in-house production and meticulous testing of components in cooperation with all classification societies, guaranteeing an exemplary standard of quality and earning the company a reputation for excellence. This high quality aspiration also owes something to the introduction of the new Siemens Simotics 1LE marine motors. Certified for worldwide use by all leading marine classification societies, this motor series complies with all energy efficiency requirements from IE1 to the highest rating of Super Premium Efficiency IE4. This allows energy savings to be maximized while minimizing operating costs and emissions. Motors for the first two vessels have already been delivered, and picked out for special praise for both their high product quality and reliable adherence to the promised delivery deadline. Four subsea support vessels are currently being equipped by Behrens Pumpen with 37 pumps each. These have an output ranging from 0.85 to 127 kilowatts and are used for transporting media such as ballast water, fuel and fire extinguishing water. This type of vessel is around 130 meters in length and equipped with a helicopter landing pad. Alongside the main crane (up to 400 tons), there is also other hoisting gear on board. To meet the growing demand for sophisticated subsea working in the offshore industry, these four vessels were designed for deployment in water depths of up to 3000 meters. Other projects (for instance container ships) are already in the preparation stage. CaptionsDetailed view with coupling. Fresh water pump with Siemens motor BG315 prior to final painting.

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Claudia Lanzinger | 2016-04-13
Fulfilling a childhood dream - Part 6 Students Design Competition
Creative and industrious young engineersTwo countries, two students, two winners of an award:Áron Juhász und Alex Lázár are studying mechanical engineering in Serbia and Hungary. In order to design complex products in 3D, they both useSolid Edge software from Siemens. The results of their latest developments were so impressive that

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Creative and industrious young engineersTwo countries, two students, two winners of an award:Áron Juhász und Alex Lázár are studying mechanical engineering in Serbia and Hungary. In order to design complex products in 3D, they both useSolid Edge software from Siemens. The results of their latest developments were so impressive that they won the the Siemens PLM Software Student Design Award in May and June 2015 respectively. As a child, Áron was interested in engines; combustion engines in particular. He always wondered how they were designed and how he could make them better. He decided to design a combustion engine as part of his graduation thesis, taking inspiration from a water pump powered by an internal combustion engine that was gathering dust in his back yard.In order to createhis version of the water pump, he used Solid Edge software from Siemens. He learned how to use the 3D CAD software program in no time using the Solid Edge ‘help’ tab and watching several online tutorials. Some of the ideas for his project came to him during his lunch break or on his way to bed. Solid Edge enabled Áron to implement all these ideas effortlessly. The result was so impressive that he won the Siemens PLM Software Design Award in May 2015. Gathering experience and implementing ideasAlex Lázár, a mechanical engineering student from the University of Debrecen had already gathered experience with Solid Edge in a preliminary course. He wanted to use this knowledge initially to build a helmet only but then took his idea one step further by designing a mechanical service station around the helmet. Solid Edge enabled him to do so effortlessly. “In my opinion, the Solid Edge software is the best CAD program out there! I have never seen any software with such a complexity and the added Key Shot option brought great possibilities to the field of visual design. I strongly recommend Solid Edge software”, the mechanical engineering student and June 2015 winner of Siemens PLM Software Student Design Contest, said enthusiastically. Both students worked on their projects with great eagerness and determination. The Solid Edge software, which is available for free as a student download, from Siemens turned out to be the ideal program for them not only to implement their projects successfully, but also to win the Design Contest. Encouraging and fostering up-and-coming young engineersThe Design Contest created by Siemens PLM Software is an academic challenge designed to encourage up-and-coming young engineers and scientists. Students can submit their images designed in NX or Solid Edge up to the 20th of each month. CaptionsTaking inspiration from his own back yard: Áron Juhász designed a water pump using Solid Edge.Service station to go: Alex Lázár designed a mechanical helmet using Solid Edge.

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Ines Giovannini | 2016-04-11
The world's oldest food regulation – 500th anniversary of the German Purity Law!
April 23 is German Beer Day! A light breeze is blowing and the sun"s rays are tickling your face. Spring has sprung! Strolling through the pedestrian zone, you notice that trestle tables have started to appear outside the bars. Who wouldn"t be tempted to escape the rat race for a

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April 23 is German Beer Day! A light breeze is blowing and the sun"s rays are tickling your face. Spring has sprung! Strolling through the pedestrian zone, you notice that trestle tables have started to appear outside the bars. Who wouldn"t be tempted to escape the rat race for a few hours to sip a cool beer in the shade of a waterside beer garden? To keep beer production flowing freely, many brewers rely on technology from Siemens. At just under 107 liters a year, Germany occupies second place in the global ranking of per capita beer consumption. In 2014, German brewers sent more than 1.5 billion liters abroad. German beer is an export hit – not least because of the stringent rules governing what ingredients can be used: the Purity Lawis recognized all over the world as the quality mark for German beer. But what was it like before? What challenges did the brewers have to overcome on the journey to this year"s 500th anniversary of the world"s oldest food regulation? And what does Siemens have to do with it? Siemens has been helping to quench the thirst of beer connoisseurs since the end of the 19th century, when it pioneered the electrification of breweries. The first automation solutions from Siemens based on electronic controllers emerged in the 1970s. From 1973 onward, the company used increasingly complex control systems to automate the production process. As well as launching the Simatic Industry Controller, Siemens developed the "Braumat" process control system specifically to meet the needs of breweries. Braumat can control several areas, such as mash-house, cellar, filtration or power generation, at the same time. It allows all process flows in beer production to be visualized on a modern user interface, providing brewers with a clear overview of valves, pumps, readings and regulators, and enabling them to control everything conveniently. With Braumat, Siemens has been setting the standard for process control systems for more than three decades, helping many breweries to achieve high levels of production safety and quality. Cloud computing is set to play an essential part in the future of brewing. The IT infrastructure, including storage space, computing capacity and software, is provided as a service via the Internet. Brewers can process their data in the cloud without the need to maintain their own servers or software in the office, simply accessing the cloud services as required. In line with this trend, Siemens has launched "MindSphere: Siemens Cloud for Industry" onto the market. This allows data from a wide range of sources to be recorded, transferred and stored securely. But RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology is also an important tool for the brewing industry: the system comprises a radio tag attached to the object, and contains an identification code as well as a reading device for recording data. "The technology makes the entire production and supply chain visible, enabling the material flows to be monitored. Because they can pinpoint the exact location of every bottle and every tag at any given time, brewers can plan efficiently and control their processes with a high level of precision," explains Gunther Walden, in charge of Food " Beverage at Siemens. There is no longer any obstacle to increased productivity in these days of faster data capture and reduced cycle times. The beer we drink today bears very little resemblance to the beer produced more than 500 years ago. Apart from cereals, common ingredients included beans, peas or other starchy grains capable of being malted. To prevent the brew from turning sour or to conceal the sour taste, brewers resorted to additives such as eggs, pork fat, ox gall, bog arum, soot and chalk, inventing many different recipes aimed at making the beer "drinkable". On April 23, 1516, Dukes William IV and Louis X of Bavaria officially declared in Ingolstadt that only barley, hops and water could henceforth be used to produce beer. And so the Purity Law was born.

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Claudia Lanzinger | 2016-04-08
Electric TT Racer designed with Siemens NX - Part 5 Students Design Competition
From the screen to the trackGreat Britain. It is known as one of the oldest and most dangerous motorcycle races in the world: The Isle of Man TT. Five students from the University of Bath decided to design their own electric motorcycle for the Zero Race, a subcategory specifically for

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From the screen to the trackGreat Britain. It is known as one of the oldest and most dangerous motorcycle races in the world: The Isle of Man TT. Five students from the University of Bath decided to design their own electric motorcycle for the Zero Race, a subcategory specifically for electric bikes, using NX software. Their design went on to win theSiemens PLM DesignCompetition last October. The motorcycle features a customary chassis and a 160 kilowatt motor, driven by an 18 Kwh battery. The target for the five TT fans: They want their motorcycle to achieve an average lap speed of 100 miles per hour. Tough challenges in the design phase The team of budding engineers headed up by Louis Flanagan faced plenty of challenges during the development of the Electric TT Racer: from achieving the ambitious average speed they had in mind through to difficulties surrounding the limited space conditions left by the battery pack. The students had to adapt the split swing arm in order to accommodate the batteries and motor. They used NX software from Siemens, not only for the individual motorcycle components and assembly modeling but even for initial Finite Element Analysis (FEA) simulation. Flanagan is particularly impressed by how well the FEA analysis are integrated with the CAD tools in NX and by how intuitive they are to use. Together with his team, Flanagan has already developed the heart of the motor cycle which accommodates the battery and motor. The team, made up of mechanical engineering and electrical engineering students, is well on their way to completing the design of the prototype for the TT Race 2016 The first parts have already been acquired for the prototype and are waiting to be mounted. However the race is decided: the achievements of the team to date in designing the electronic TT Racer have already won the budding engineers a place on the podium as winners of the October 2015 Siemens PLM software design contest. The Design Contest from Siemens PLM Software is an academic initiative designed to encourage and incentivize up-and-coming young engineers and scientists. The students have until the 20th of each month, to submit their graphic designs created using Siemens NX or Solid Edge Software. Isle of Man TTThe Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) has been held on the Isle of Man since 1907, and is known as one of the oldest, most dangerous and hotly contested motorcycle races in the world. The race takes place on what is called the Snaefell Mountain Course, which is not a dedicated circuit but follows the island’s normal road network. During the training sessions and the race itself, these roads are blocked to individual traffic. CaptionsImpressive result: The Electric TT Racer designed using Siemens NX

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Ursula Lang | 2016-04-06
fresh off the press: Siemens MediaService April 2016
Industry NewsAlready looking ahead to the Hanover Fair, the April issue of the Siemens MediaService Industries looks at new products and applications and reports on a new contract award in the field of drives and automation. Innovations include an IWLAN antenna for rail applications, a diagnostic display for safety relays

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Industry NewsAlready looking ahead to the Hanover Fair, the April issue of the Siemens MediaService Industries looks at new products and applications and reports on a new contract award in the field of drives and automation. Innovations include an IWLAN antenna for rail applications, a diagnostic display for safety relays and a 24 volt industry power supply. Rounding off the products showcased in this issue are an IE RJ45 port lock providing physical network access protection and a vehicular wireless subscriber unit for harsh environments. We hear how a Canadian gold producer has commissioned two gold mill drives using Siemens Integrated Drive Systems for its new plant, and also how machine tools are used for the accurate production of roses made of marzipan with the aid of Siemens controls. Siemens controls are also used in the Swiss Canton of Solothurn in pallet lifts which transport up to 4,700 pallets every day. And finally, the LMS Amesim Platform from Siemens helps reduce PLM software development times and the cost of hybrid powertrains. Find out more at:MediaService AprilMediaServiceMediaService Digithek for downloading individual articles from all issues MediaService Industries Blog

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Stefan Rauscher | 2016-04-04
Siemens at the bauma 2016
Take transport in a new direction From April 11 - 17, Siemens will be exhibiting at the bauma, the world’s only trade fair to unite the entire breadth and depth of the building machinery industry. The company will be showcasing solutions for the mining industry at Booth 325 in Hall

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Take transport in a new direction From April 11 - 17, Siemens will be exhibiting at the bauma, the world’s only trade fair to unite the entire breadth and depth of the building machinery industry. The company will be showcasing solutions for the mining industry at Booth 325 in Hall C2. The Siemens booth will feature a wide range of innovations. Digitalization will play a major role in helping the mining industry tackle current challenges. In this field, Siemens offers proven industry-specific solutions such as process control systems for comprehensive automation (MinAS), an engineering tool for effective plant management (Comos) and XHQ, a platform which aggregates, relates and presents operational and business data (XHQ). Important press diary dates:On Tuesday, April 12 at 2.00 p.m. in room C21 in Hall C2International Siemens Media Round Table - Digitalization in the mining industry: Presentation by Roland Ehrl, Exceuctive Vice President Minerals and Thomas Walther, Vice President Minerals about the topics:- Market challenges in the mining industry- How can the industry master these challenges and be prepared to face the future? - What does Siemens offer in the field of digitalization? Which core solutions? Explanation of the Siemens software portfolios.Presentation by Dr. Bernhard Hoffmann, Head of Applications Mechanical Drives and Eike Schmidt, Head of Regional Sales and Key Account Management about digitalization and smart data in the field of mechanical drives.Presentation by Norbert Becker, VP Mining, Excavation " Transport about the MegaPipe-cooperation between ThyssenKrupp, ContiTech and Siemens.Following the Media Round Table, journalists will have the opportunity of a guided tour of the Siemens booth and subsequently to our OEM partners ThyssenKrupp and ContiTech. On Tuesday, April 12 at 5 p.m./Bauma ForumTalk Siemens/thyssenkrupp/ContiTech “The Chevron MegaPipe-Conveyor by ContiTech, thyssenkrupp and Siemens”

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Roland Angerbauer | 2016-03-31
Process digitalization: The Solvay/Butachimie chemical platform in Chalampé
An illustrative example of the factory of the future The Solvay/Butachimie industry platform in Chalampé (Haut-Rhin Department, France) is amongst the world’s biggest facilities to specialize in the manufacture of polyamide 6.6 and its intermediary products. What distinguishes the platform is its high-efficiency process, its production volume and the high

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An illustrative example of the factory of the future The Solvay/Butachimie industry platform in Chalampé (Haut-Rhin Department, France) is amongst the world’s biggest facilities to specialize in the manufacture of polyamide 6.6 and its intermediary products. What distinguishes the platform is its high-efficiency process, its production volume and the high quality of its products, which are sold the world over. When deciding to invest in future-proofing their facilities, Solvay and Butachimie opted to rely on thetechnological expertise of Siemens to guarantee optimum changeover of the platform’s entire production facilities from the previously used process control system to the PCS 7 system from Siemens. The Simit simulation used by Siemens to execute the project works like a “virtual twin” of the factory halls, and allows the migration and recommissioning of every unit to be tested using simulation software prior to actual execution. By supporting the process of digitalization of the Chalampé location, Siemens is providing tangible evidence of the progress being achieved on the way to the factory of the future as a vital lever in France’s endeavors to revitalize its industry. Solvay/Butachimie, one of industry’s global players The Chalampé chemical platform is one of the most important sites manufacturing polyamide 6.6 intermediary products anywhere in Europe. It is located in Alsace, about 160 km to the south of Karlsruhe/Germany, and is subject to the Seveso Directive. Butachimie, a Solvay and Invista joint venture, is also headquartered here. It has specialized in the manufacture of the chemical intermediary products required for polyamide production. Recently certified in compliance with the ISO 1400* standard, the facility operates around the clock, seven days a week in strict compliance to hygiene, safety, environmental and quality stipulations, to ensure the prompt delivery of high-quality products to its customers. This calls for the meticulous coordination and monitoring of manufacture, the analytical lab, support services and logistics. Covering an area of 125 hectares and with a workforce of around 1000, Chalampé is a location of major importance for the manufacture of polyamide 6.6, which is marketed under the brand name Stabamid®. The plant’s core business concerns the manufacture of nylon salt and its intermediaries – manufactured by Solvay – and Adiponitril (ADN) – manufactured by Butachimie. These are used to produce technical fabrics, textile and industrial fibers for application in such fields as automotive engineering, textile production and the packaging industry. Since 2010, the industrial platform at the Solvay/Butachimie facility is being completely modernized with the support of Siemens. The first leg of the refurbishment program was successfully completed in October 2014 with the virtual commissioning of the new system using a simulated process. The complete overhaul of the plant’s management system, which is set to continue until 2023, is a prime example of France’s process of reindustrialization and constitutes a concrete step towards implementation of the factory of the future. *International standard forming the framework for the introduction of an Environment Management System. Industrial progress migration – a real challenge The Solvay/Butachimie chemical platform has been in existence since 1955, and aims to enhance its competitive standing the marketplace by implementing a program of futureproofing measures. The location’s manufacturing operation is based on a complex continuous flow production system which is only interrupted once every three years. With its proposal to gradually convert the existing system to theSimatic PCS 7 process control system, Siemens was able to impress on Solvay/Butachimie the importance of futureproofing and enhancing the stability of its facilities. The industrial location comprises a number of sub-production units. Their gradual migration to the new system requires sections of the plant to be decommissioned for a period of between one and three weeks in turn, after which the system must be ready for a return to operation. Failure of one sub-unit to restart would disrupt the entire production chain. The modernization process is performed by exchanging the control devices and control stations. For some of the sub-units in which the standstill period is not sufficient, transition to a mixed control system is required. This means that the old and new systems exist alongside each other and have to work together when the plant is recommissioned. To be able to guarantee trouble-free system functionality when the sub-units are recommissioned, Siemens uses its Simit simulation software which allows all the control systems to be monitored and tested prior to conversion of the physical plant. The first migration step started in 2011. To date, 12 conversion stages have been successfully completed, four using a mixed control system and eight completely using PCS 7. At the same time, one process unit (from Solvay) was completely converted to PCS 7. The Siemens teams are currently working on two further conversion stages. A “virtual twin” safeguards the changeover process The purpose of using the dynamic simulation software tool from Siemens is to ensure the best possible preparation for changeover of the Solvay/Butachimie chemical factories to the PCS 7 process control system. The concept suggested by Siemens is based on the connection of software featuring integrated solutions which enables the plants to be digitalized, guaranteeing the trouble-free exchange of data on every level. To allow the sub-units to test this reliably prior to migration and recommissioning, Solvay/Butachimie uses a “virtual twin”. This virtual digital copy of the plant is able to simulate its dynamic behavior. During the critical commissioning phase, the functionality of the system is paramount: Changeover to the new control system takes place within extremely short transition periods which are precisely stipulated and have to be adhered to without fail. The use of Simit and digital simulation allows the control system to be tested, and a check performed of the various sequences and interacting processes in advance, making for a problem-free physical commissioning process. Following completion of the tests, the plant can be safely changed over without running any risk. Exploiting the potential of digitalization in the process industry “Digitalization is becoming the industry’s most important lever when it comes to addressing challenges such as growing competitive pressure and the continuous further development of regulations, markets and technologies”, explains the Head of the Process Automation Division Vincent Masztalerz. He adds: “The use of software tools allows us to know the outcome of the project before a single part of it has actually been constructed”. A program can be simulated in advance, enabling studies based on the impact assessment to be integrated into the planning process, potential risks to be recognized and a comprehensive overview to be obtained. The digitalization of industry is based on integrated software products and solutions which digitalize plants, guaranteeing a trouble-free, continuous exchange of data from the plant design stage through installation, operation and modernization to engineering and cloud-based services. This allows use of the virtual twin for the simulation and optimization of commissioning, operation and maintenance. Digitalization is enabled by a cohesive engineering concept. This cuts down sources of error due to fewer interfaces between the different facilities, increases the quality of all engineering steps and shortens the time to market by enabling simultaneous work on different operating processes. In this way, tasks relating to process engineering, electrical planning and automation technology can be performed simultaneously. Digitalization using the Siemens approach is based on continuous interaction between the Simatic PCS 7 process control system and the software tool Simit. Simit is based on Comos which was developed to enable the design and integrated lifecycle management of plants and industrial processes. Simit and Comos can be used with customarily available standard software programs, while thanks to the significant investment and acquisitions made by Siemens in the software business, Simatic PCS 7 provides the ideal platform for utilization of the new digitalization technologies. The connection between integrated engineering and operation allows Siemens to support its customers on the way towards the industry of the future. By merging the worlds of planning and operation, global management of industrial plants is possible over their entire life cycle. The continuous and consistent updating of data enables a virtual twin to be used which is equivalent to the physical plant in every respect. Captions Solvay1 The Solvay/Butachimie chemical platform in Chalampé, France Solvay2 Extended reality : virtual exploration of an oil platform with Comos Walkinside and 3D glasses Solvay3 (left to right): Eckard Eberle (CEO Process Automation, Siemens), Carl Patois (CEO Butachimie), Claude Schlagenwarth (Butachimie), Vincent Jauneau (CEO Process and Drives Division, Siemens France)

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Claudia Lanzinger | 2016-03-29
Student whisks his way to glory! - Part 4 Students Design Competition
From 3D design to the finished product using Solid Edge United Kingdom: It is a well-known fact that the best parties take place in the kitchen,Tom Fothergill took inspiration from there for his college project! He designed an innovative hand mixer usingSolid Edge software from Siemens. He used a 3D

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From 3D design to the finished product using Solid Edge United Kingdom: It is a well-known fact that the best parties take place in the kitchen,Tom Fothergill took inspiration from there for his college project! He designed an innovative hand mixer usingSolid Edge software from Siemens. He used a 3D printer to physically manufacture a hand mixer and won the monthly Siemens PLM Software Student Design Contest Award for his achievement. Tom is studying electrical and mechanical engineering at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, so he was keen to incorporate both disciplines into his college project. Tom came up with the idea for his project at his own kitchen table, thinking that an electric hand mixer with a gear system would be the perfect utensil. In order to implement his project, he decided to use Solid Edge, a 3D CAD software from Siemens PLM Software. The student compared the hand mixers available on the market and tried to incorporate their best features into his design. “I wanted make the product as ergonomic as possible,” the up-and-coming young engineer said. In order to ensure the entire appliance was sturdy enough for kitchen use, ergonomic contours had to be positioned in exactly the right place in order to ensure the motor and electronics would fit inside the device From the design to the finished productAfter sketching out lots of different designs that could be manufactured using 3D printing technology, the student finally decided to incorporate three whisks. In order to ensure all of the pieces fitted together correctly, they had to be designed separately. The electronics for his design were incorporated from a cordless screw driver. Everything on the design was 3D printed apart from the parts salvaged from the cordless screwdriver and the bearings. It took the contest winner around 58 hours to design and manufacture the finished product. Highly recommended for studentsTom Fothergill is most impressed by Solid Edge. He says the software is both user-friendly and intuitive. Even novices can learn how to use it within a very short space of time. The "smart dimension" command makes the transition from 3D design to printing easy. The student says the KeyShot feature was invaluable. The photo-realistic rendering enabled him to imagine the finished product even during the development process. The Design Contest staged by Siemens PLM Software is an academic challenge designed to encourage up-and-coming young engineers and scientists. On the 20th of each month, students are invited to submit their graphic designs created using Siemens NX or Solid Edge software. CaptionsPerfect in form and function: all the individual pieces were designed separately so that they fitted together perfectly. From the laboratory to the kitchen: following the virtual 3D design, the hand mixer is turned into the finished product using a 3D printer.

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Ines Giovannini | 2016-03-23
Siemens at the Hannover Messe 2016
Ingenuity for Life – Driving the Digital EnterpriseIt is about a month to go until Hannover Messe 2016. From April 25 to 29, Siemens will be showcasing its products at the world’s most important industrial trade fairs under the motto “Ingenuity for life – Driving the Digital Enterprise”. Visitors will

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Ingenuity for Life – Driving the Digital EnterpriseIt is about a month to go until Hannover Messe 2016. From April 25 to 29, Siemens will be showcasing its products at the world’s most important industrial trade fairs under the motto “Ingenuity for life – Driving the Digital Enterprise”. Visitors will be able to learn all about the company’s comprehensive portfolio, specifically solutions for the fields of electrification, automation and digitalization in Hall 9. Numerous innovations will be presented on 3,500 square meters of space which is around half the size of a football pitch. Siemens will use concrete, practical examples to demonstrate how companies can benefit from the merging of the real and virtual worlds. Selected themes will be showcased in the Highlight Cubes containing the key exhibits addressing the themes of Energy for Industry, Additive Manufacturing, Automotive and Fiber Industry, offering first-hand experience. The long-standing collaboration with the United States, this year’s partner country, will also be presented. Most important press eventsSiemens most important press events at Hannover MesseMonday, April 25, 2016 at 6.30 p.m. in Room 1 A/B at the Convention CenterSiemens international press conference with Klaus Helmrich, the Siemens AG managing board member responsible for both the Digital Factory and the Process Industries and Drives Divisions. He will be explaining the Siemens AG strategy in the field of Industrial Digitalization. Monday, April 25, at 2:00 p.m. / Room 105/106 at the Convention Center Media Round Table on the subject “Financing the Future of Manufacturing – comparing approaches in Germany and USA”. The discussion will be held in English and led by Roland Chalons-Browne, CEO of Siemens Financial Services. Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 09:00 a.m. in Room 11, Convention CenterSiemens PLM Software will be hosting a press breakfast. This event will be held in German without translation. You will find the Siemens Press Lounge at our usual location, Booth D35 in Hall 9. Siemens press officers will be available there from Monday to Friday. A summary of all press materials about Hannover Messe – press releases, photos and presentations at the press conference is available in a press feature on our website under the following link. In addition to its main booth in Hall 9, Siemens will also be contributing exhibits to the following booths on the fairgrounds:Siemens @ Integrated Energy Plaza - Hall 27 Siemens PLM Software - Hall 6 Siemens will be contributing exhibits to the following partner booths:Tec2You - Hall 11Young Tech Enterprises - Hall 3

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Press Team Industries | 2016-03-21
Lift me up
Innovative servo pump for liftsBagnatica, Italy: Elevator hydraulics specialist Omarlift joined forces with Siemens Solution Partner Telmotor to develop an innovative servo pump for hydraulic lifts. The partners opted to use the Sinamics S120 frequency converter from Siemens as the core element of the new pump. The result is certainly

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Innovative servo pump for liftsBagnatica, Italy: Elevator hydraulics specialist Omarlift joined forces with Siemens Solution Partner Telmotor to develop an innovative servo pump for hydraulic lifts. The partners opted to use the Sinamics S120 frequency converter from Siemens as the core element of the new pump. The result is certainly impressive: Passenger lifts that are quiet, precise and energy-efficient. Alessandro Mordini, CEO of the Italian expert for hydraulic lifts, Omarlift, recommends using a frequency converter-based solution, in concrete terms a servo pump, instead of the valve-controlled systems conventionally used in hydraulic lifts. Working together with Telmotor, the hydraulics expert developed a smart solution based on a Sinamics S120 frequency converter. The frequency converter regulates the pump and motor and is linked over Ethernet to the lift controls. The benefit: This combination of motor, frequency converter and pump means that the pump only delivers pressure when the lift is actually ascending. This is in complete contrast to classical hydraulic systems in which pressure is permanently supplied and motors still continue to run at full speed even when the lift is at a standstill. In this case, an energy-intensive and noisy cooling system is always required. When the lift descends using the servo pump solution, the pump runs in reverse, serving as a motor brake which is even able to feed energy back into the grid. This innovative development not only saves energy but is able to dispense with a cooling system and is consequently considerably quieter. Key to success: Sinamics S120Marco Fadini, Operations Manager at Omarlift, is impressed by the Siemens solution: “The principle of using frequency converters in hydraulic systems isn’t new for us. But the components from other suppliers were never capable of implementing this type of complex, self-regulating programming. With the Drive Control Chart (DCC), we can make optimum use of the Sinamics S120’s control capacities, and at the same time independently further develop and protect our software.” The software also simplifies installation of the frequency converter. “Basically, installation is then just a matter of Plug " Play”, says Fadini. Lower energy requirement and costsCompared to classical hydraulic systems, the new development enables energy savings of up to 50 percent. This has not only ecological benefits but a sound economic advantage too, as the servo pump helps drive down investment, operating and maintenance costs. The Italian manufacturers envisage major potential from use of the energy generated during the lift descent. According to Fadini, whether and when this potential is exploited is up to the market. CaptionsA view of the lift shaft.Classical hydraulic system versus servo pump.Energy efficiency is key: Without the need for a cooling system, the servo pump-based hydraulic lift uses half as much energy as classical hydraulic lifts.

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Press Team Industries | 2016-03-18
Complex sheet metal designs
Solid Edge in the food industry Waldkraiburg, Bavaria/Germany. Machine plants used in the food industry have to comply with the very highest standards of precision and uncompromising quality. To address these demands, special-purpose machine builder MultipondWägetechnik GmbH relies on the 3D CAD programSolid Edge from Siemens PLM Software to design

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Solid Edge in the food industry Waldkraiburg, Bavaria/Germany. Machine plants used in the food industry have to comply with the very highest standards of precision and uncompromising quality. To address these demands, special-purpose machine builder MultipondWägetechnik GmbH relies on the 3D CAD programSolid Edge from Siemens PLM Software to design its innovative solutions. Solid Edge is particularly suited for the design of complex sheet metal components, is capable of processing large quantities of individual parts simultaneously and also offers outstanding user convenience. In the world of industrial food production, every gram counts. Both prepackaging legislation and the economic interests of producers require that the quantities sold are absolutely precise. Where tons of ingredients are being mixed and packaged, machines are called for which not only work at high speeds but are highly precise, hygienic and fail-safe. Based in Bavaria, Germany, Multipond looks back on over 70 years of experience in the field of industrial weighing technology, and knows that its customers from the food industry expect high availability, uncompromising design quality and a plant configuration enabling easy maintenance. A particular challenge arising in the field of plant engineering lies in sheet metal design and the configuration of surfaces. This is where Solid Edge from Siemens PLM Software comes into its own. From weighing to packagingA particular strength of Solid Edge is its sheet metal function, which allows the optimum processing of bending angles, bending radii and bend correction data. Josef Lettl, a designer of many years’ standing at Multipond, is very familiar with the demands made on CAD programs and their limitations: “…We are now able to draw on a number of complex flat patterns with extensive bend lines and edge bending processes.” Using Solid Edge, the engineers are able to capture all the required bending operations without problems. Multipond not only builds one-off machines but also offers complete systems with individual infeed and transfer units. Precisely weighed quantities of a product can be transferred at breakneck speed through containers, hoppers and blenders into the packaging machine. The extensive assemblies which result can pose quite a challenge for the CAD system. Impressed by the efficiency of the software, Head of New Design Andreas Peters, explains: “Assemblies encompassing 800 individual components are quite commonplace for us. Personally, I prefer to load these complete when I’m working on the design for a machine. Solid Edge allows me to do that without problems”. User convenience wins the dayAnother benefit of Solid Edge is its intuitive operability. With the support of Siemens PLM Solution Partner PBU CAD-Systeme, it takes just four days for the users at the Waldkraiburg location to get up to speed in using the software. Peters is delighted with the software: “Within a year, we have added a further ten workstations and now use all the upgrade stages of Solid Edge at no fewer than 23 workstations – from Classic through Foundation to Premium. The familiarization phases required are minimal in each case. The intuitive nature of the system makes a big difference to productivity in the design department.” The machine builder intends to continue using Solid Edge as a highly efficient and flexible 3D CAD system and PBU CAD-Systeme as a reliable partner in the future. Captions - Copyright PBU CAD Systeme GmbHThe designers at Multipond appreciate the intuitive operability of the Siemens software. Weighing hopper made of detectable plastic. Multipond works with special surfaces and uses almost every conceivable production method. Head of New Design Andreas Peters (left) and CAD Administrator Markus Schebesta have every confidence in Solid Edge when it comes to complicated sheet metal designs.

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Claudia Lanzinger | 2016-03-16
No beating about the bush - Part 3 Student Design Contest
Hedge trimmer modeled using Solid EdgeIt had to be mobile – this was the underlying remit of an assignment to design an object set as part of Ross Bickerstaff’s university course. It was while busy working in the garden that he was inspired by the idea of modeling a hedge

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Hedge trimmer modeled using Solid EdgeIt had to be mobile – this was the underlying remit of an assignment to design an object set as part of Ross Bickerstaff’s university course. It was while busy working in the garden that he was inspired by the idea of modeling a hedge trimmer. Using Siemens’ Solid Edge software, he went on to transform his idea into reality. So successful was his project outcome that it won him the Student Design Contest award conferred by Siemens PLM Software. Ross Bickerstaff spent his last year at Ulster University in Northern Ireland studying mechanical engineering. He was prompted to choose a hedge trimmer as the subject of his design project because of its many complex geometries. The project gave Ross the opportunity to try out all the functions of the 3D CAD Solid Edge software from Siemens PLM Software. Meeting the challenge with Solid EdgeInitially, Ross struggled with the surface and motion functions, but practice soon made perfect. These were two functions of the software required for his model. This was also the first time the student had been faced with a mobile design object. The project enabled Ross to extend his knowledge and gather valuable experience with the 3D program. “I would definitely recommend other students to use Solid Edge,” said the budding engineer. “The functions are extremely simple to use and get to grips with. And the results are clearly of the very best quality,” grinned Ross, delighted with his victory in the Siemens PLM Software Student Design Contest. The Design Contest staged by Siemens PLM Software is an academic challenge designed to encourage up-and-coming young engineers and scientists. On the 20th of each month, students are invited to submit their graphic designs created using Siemens NX or Solid Edge Software. CaptionsA hedge trimmer is mobile and the ideal design object for learning about and deploying the functions of Solid Edge.

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David Petry | 2016-03-14
Siemens at Powtech 2016
It’s the world’s leading trade fair for powder and bulk solids technology: Powtech in Nuremberg from 19 - 21 April 2016. Here, it’s all about mixing, conveying, dosing and compacting and much more. In hall 4A at booth 115, Siemens will be showcasing its wide portfolio in the field of

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It’s the world’s leading trade fair for powder and bulk solids technology: Powtech in Nuremberg from 19 - 21 April 2016. Here, it’s all about mixing, conveying, dosing and compacting and much more. In hall 4A at booth 115, Siemens will be showcasing its wide portfolio in the field of weighing technology and process instrumentation. Highlights are the new weighing terminalsSiwarex WT231 for non-automatic scales and Siwarex WT241 for belt scales. They combine weighing electronics and touch panel in a single unit. They can be set up as a standalone solution with the utmost speed and simplicity, and using an RS485 Modbus RTU interface they also allow integration into any commonly used control environment. Due to its extensive diagnostic capability and limit value control, theSiwarex WT231 weighing terminal with integrated WP231 weighing module can be used in industries demanding a high degree of accuracy, for instance food and beverage production and the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Its primary applications include level measurement and platform scales. TheSiwarex WT241 weighing terminal with integrated weighing module WP241 for belt scales offers not only a high level of measurement accuracy but also an array of supplementary functions. Six totalizers determine the required material quantity. In addition, a simulation mode for belt speeds and belt loads enables a fully fledged application test – even without the scale or speed sensor connected. The two new weighing terminals are equipped with a 4 inch touch panel and a high-resolution TFT widescreen color display. These provide valuable support to users in the form of intuitive operation as well as rapid parameterization and commissioning. The IP65 protection rated stainless steel housing allows the new complete packages to be used without problems in a wide range of different industries: From food, pharmaceutical and chemical through to mining, cement production and steel making. Caption Highlights are the new weighing terminals Siwarex WT231 for non-automatic scales and Siwarex WT241 for belt scales.

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Claudia Lanzinger | 2016-03-11
May the force be with you ! - Part 2 Student Design Competition
2-wheel robot wins 1st placeIn our series we present some students and their excellent inventions. This time, it"s Kamil Jankowski "s success story with Siemens NX Software. Inspired by Star Wars - and fully leveraging NX’s capability – Jankowski’s objective was to engineer a two-wheel robot, a complex undertaking, which

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2-wheel robot wins 1st placeIn our series we present some students and their excellent inventions. This time, it"s Kamil Jankowski "s success story with Siemens NX Software. Inspired by Star Wars - and fully leveraging NX’s capability – Jankowski’s objective was to engineer a two-wheel robot, a complex undertaking, which also allowed him to discover other tools and fine-tune his skillsets. Kamil Jankowski studies mechatronics at the AGH of Science and Technology in Poland, and he got the inspiration for his ambitious project from Star Wars. It is a unique design based on a mechanical gyroscope instead of employing traditional software. Various challenges had to be overcome - for instance it had to have a very low profile, thus keeping the center of mass below the wheel axle plane - which involved Jankowski having to redesign the suspension. At the same time he had to keep an eye on the size of the electric motor and flywheel. He was also acutely aware that with an innovative design it can be difficult to manufacture, market and service - important issues to address. With NX: Challenge acceptedThe student successfully mastered these challenges, certainly helped by the fact that at his university he had access to NX software - provided through the Siemens PLM Academic Program. “Using NX was a great experience. Not only is it easy to understand - but using it you can discover other tools and develop and fine-tune your skill sets” – stated an enthusiastic Jankowski. And this was certainly reflected in Kamil’s creation - which won him 1st place in the monthly competition. We are sure that also in the future Kamil Jankowski will certainly be a force to be reckoned with. The Siemens PLM Software Design competition is an academic program to develop a stronger pipeline of engineering and digital manufacturing talent. The students must submit their designs created with Siemens’ NX or Solid Edge software on the 20th of each month.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-03-09
fresh off the press: Siemens MediaService March 2016
Industry NewsTheMarch issue of the MediaService Industries has plenty to interest readers from the world of drives and automation in practical application. We begin with a new communication module for Ident systems and a new Profinet communication processor for enhanced ambient conditions. Also featured: the integration of 24 volt power

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Industry NewsTheMarch issue of the MediaService Industries has plenty to interest readers from the world of drives and automation in practical application. We begin with a new communication module for Ident systems and a new Profinet communication processor for enhanced ambient conditions. Also featured: the integration of 24 volt power supplies in the Simatic PCS 7 process control system. We hear how Siemens has upgraded its network management software for the efficient management and validation of networks. Case studies taken from practice involve game fish, bicycle wheel truing, film coating and robot programming times. The biggest zander aquaculture facility is automated using TIA Portal, creating ideal conditions for game fish, and the truing of bicycle wheels is made simple by a Simatic controller. Finally, we learn how a manufacturer of composite membranes has modernized its facilities using Siemens control and drive technology, and agricultural machinery manufacturer John Deere has reduced innovation lifecycles in its production with Product Lifecycle Management software. Find out more at:MediaService MarchMediaService MediaService Digithek for downloading individual articles from all issuesMediaService Industries Blog

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Peter Jefimiec | 2016-03-04
Multi-award winning industrial design from Siemens
The industrial designers at Siemens bagged no fewer than eleven awards at this year’s iF Award ceremony, including the design of two industrial components: The panel of judges picked out the design of the Sinamics S120M drive and the stationary UHF read-write devices of theSimatic RF600 family for recognition. Munich.

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The industrial designers at Siemens bagged no fewer than eleven awards at this year’s iF Award ceremony, including the design of two industrial components: The panel of judges picked out the design of the Sinamics S120M drive and the stationary UHF read-write devices of theSimatic RF600 family for recognition. Munich. Successful implementation of the best product design ideas is recognized once a year by the iF Awards. At this year’s ceremony, Siemens was among those receiving the greatest number of awards. A total of eleven awards were conferred on the company for its pioneering designs. Among the winners were also products intended for industrial application: the Sinamics S120M drives and the stationary UHF read-write devices of the Simatic RF600 family impressed the judges with their meticulously considered design. By introducing the Sinamics S120M, Siemens has extended its existing drive portfolio to include a distributed servo drive. Integration of the motor with the power unit offers a range of benefits: The compact design requires less space and reduces the need for air conditioning in the control cabinet. It has also meant simplified cabling work in the machine. The Sinamics S120M is suitable both for distributed and hybrid operation with central drives, making it ideal for use in modular machine designs, machines with large dimensions or where there is limited space in the control cabinet. The stationary UHF read/write devices SIMATIC RF650R, RF680R and RF685R of the SIMATIC RF600 family are designed for the use of RFID technology in production and logistics. The read devices reliably pick up RFID tags either individually or in bulk, either statically or in motion. The use of RFID systems from Siemens consequently makes for more efficient production sequences and improved product quality. The design team at Siemens paid particular attention to ensuring optimum usability of the UHF read/write devices: for instance with an integrated display element which allows RFID performance to be read at long distances even without a screen. Particularly ergonomic aspects of the device design also include the convenient mounting of connecting cables.

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Claudia Lanzinger | 2016-03-02
Siemens PLM Software Student Design Contest – Part 1
PLM-based creativity The Siemens PLM Software Student Design competition promotes and develop highly qualified graduates. It provides students with the opportunity to showcase their ideas and visions in the domain of product development using PLM software. By participating in this competition, students highlight their work online to Siemens PLM Software

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PLM-based creativity The Siemens PLM Software Student Design competition promotes and develop highly qualified graduates. It provides students with the opportunity to showcase their ideas and visions in the domain of product development using PLM software. By participating in this competition, students highlight their work online to Siemens PLM Software customers and partners. Some students have secured jobs based on this publicity. The student design competition is part ofSiemens’ global academic program which aims to develop a stronger pipeline of engineering and digital manufacturing talent. Students can submit images of their work by the 20th of each month. This graphic image needs to be created using Siemens’ NX or Solid Edge software. Designs are judged for aesthetics, complexity and innovation. A prize is awarded for the best design every month. The winning design is published on a Siemens online gallery for the world to see. In addition to the design competition, there are other academic projects, competitions and challenges that Siemens sponsor and participate in based on engineering and design. These include a wide range of different disciplines, which are addressed with competitions such as EcoCar, Formula Student, Greenpower " PACE.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-02-29
Siemens is offering new features at the light+building
Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Under the motto “Make your building more livable,” Siemens will use the light+building trade fair from 13 to 18 March 2016 to demonstrate how commercial buildings can be designed to be comfortable and convenient yet also economical to operate. At Booth B56 in Hall 11.0, the

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Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Under the motto “Make your building more livable,” Siemens will use the light+building trade fair from 13 to 18 March 2016 to demonstrate how commercial buildings can be designed to be comfortable and convenient yet also economical to operate. At Booth B56 in Hall 11.0, the company will be showcasing products, systems and solutions for building management in a smart building context and also for power distribution and management, including in increasingly distributed power supply systems. As a technology pioneer, Siemens will be explaining how all these aspects can be interlinked as part of the drive towards digitalization and automation. Buildings, as space for living and working in, should be designed in a way that makes them more pleasant to use and more economical to run. Siemens will be showcasing its products, solutions, and systems for achieving this at its 1,100 square meter booth at this leading international fair for light and building management. The exhibits at the Siemens booth will include a new release of the Siemens Desigo CC building management platform for digitalizing buildings and infrastructure, and an extended Total Room Automation system for optimizing all room functions simultaneously. Siemens also provides its customers with energy data management services which help them to determine, analyze and optimize the current energy efficiency of a building, thereby optimizing its overall performance. Emphasizing the connection between power distribution and building management, Siemens is linking up its new communication-enabled 3VA molded case circuit breaker to the Desigo CC building management platform. This seamlessly combined power and building management system enables additional potential to be leveraged in infrastructure data management. For automation tasks, Siemens will be showcasing the portfolio additions for the Simatic S7-1200 basic controller. An innovation here is the SM1238 AI Energy Meter Module that enables the precise measurement of power flows. Other additions to the basic controller range include fail-safe applications in the lower power range. The new Safety CPU 1212FC, like the more powerful CPU1214FC and CPU1215FC, is designed as a single device for carrying out a range of standard and safety-related automation tasks, for instance, monitoring a protection door. Compared with conventional solutions, this new device entails lower wiring costs, saves space and offers greater safety concept flexibility. These products are backed up by planning software, tender documentation, a large volume of engineering data and specialized consulting services. They support electrical power planners, switchgear manufacturers and fitters in their work by making the planning of a safe electrical energy distribution system simpler, faster and fault-free and ensuring that its implementation is in compliance with the relevant standards.

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David Petry | 2016-02-24
Building Digital Enterprises in China’s pharmaceutical
Siemens joins hands with Pharmengin Beijing, China. In January 2016, Siemens and Sino Pharmengin Corporation (Pharmengin) have signed an agreement on strategic cooperation in a bid to jointly develop Industrie 4.0 solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. Based on this agreement, both companies will build digital enterprises for the latter‘s customers

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Siemens joins hands with Pharmengin Beijing, China. In January 2016, Siemens and Sino Pharmengin Corporation (Pharmengin) have signed an agreement on strategic cooperation in a bid to jointly develop Industrie 4.0 solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. Based on this agreement, both companies will build digital enterprises for the latter‘s customers to further improve engineering and operational efficiency, reduce operating costs, enhance product quality and ensure production compliance across the entire plant life cycle. Under the agreement, solutions from integrated engineering to integrated operation provided by Siemens for Pharmengin include technical platforms for digital enterprise construction like Comos engineering design and equipment operation and maintenance management platform, Simatic PCS 7 process control system, Batch system, process simulation system Simit, Comos Walkinside virtual reality platform, pharmaceutical MES, XHQ plant intelligent operation and optimization software and Sipat continuous production solution, backed by comprehensive services.

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Peter Jefimiec | 2016-02-23
Siemens at the Metav 2016
Under the motto “On the Way to Industrie 4.0 – Digitalization in Machine Tool Manufacturing”, Siemens will be showcasing its innovations for machine building and metal-working companies at this year’s Metav. Düsseldorf. The doors to the Metav International Exhibition for Metalworking Technologies will open on February 23. Siemens will be

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Under the motto “On the Way to Industrie 4.0 – Digitalization in Machine Tool Manufacturing”, Siemens will be showcasing its innovations for machine building and metal-working companies at this year’s Metav. Düsseldorf. The doors to the Metav International Exhibition for Metalworking Technologies will open on February 23. Siemens will be showcasing many of its latest innovations to industry professionals at its main booth in Hall 16 (Booth A53). The products showcased will focus on digitalization, enhanced surface machining with the Top Surface function for moldmaking and further development in Sinumerik 828D and Sinumerik 840D sl CNC controllers. In the area of digitalization, Siemens will show how digital processes and software applications can assist machine builders and users with the three important aspects of building, operating and optimizing. In machine building, it is possible to examine machine concepts in detail during the design phase and to optimize them prior to production. The virtual commissioning makes the development and production of machine tools faster and more reliable. The seamless CAD/CAM-CNC process chain from Siemens enables machine tool operators to greatly reduce product development times. The use of the virtual NC kernel (VNCK) in a virtual machine enables the planned production processes to be tested in advance and, for instance, the duration of processing at the machine to be checked. Furthermore, live demonstrations will show, inter alia, how workshop-type companies can take the first steps towards digitalization with Smart Operation. With Top Surface, Siemens has developed a powerful function for its milling technology package that offers a particularly high level of surface quality. This innovation is of great importance above all in mold-making which calls for a high degree of precision. Siemens will be demonstrating at the Metav how Top Surface is used on the 5-axle DMG Mori HCS30 milling machine which is fitted with Sinumerik 840D sl. The expanded contour machining cycle which facilitates 4-axis turning on lathes, is another innovation. Two turning tools opposite one another machine the workpiece simultaneously, enabling the machining time to be significantly reduced. The new machining process can be programmed directly on the Sinumerik CNC without a CAD/CAM system. To this end, the user adds two additional parameters for balanced cutting. The Sinumerik contour machining cycle automatically creates the CNC sequences. Siemens has its main booth in Hall 16 (Booth A53) and will also contribute exhibits to the special booths of the German Machine Tools Association (VDW) as well as the Industry Arena in Hall 14 (Booth A107).

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David Petry | 2016-02-19
Network components for the oil and gas market
Approvals for onshore and offshore as well as shipbuilding Nuremberg, Germany.New certificates have been issued qualifying Scalance and Ruggedcom series industrial network components for use in oil and gas applications as well as shipbuilding. New approvals have opened up additional fields of application to Scalance and Ruggedcom industrial network components.

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Approvals for onshore and offshore as well as shipbuilding Nuremberg, Germany.New certificates have been issued qualifying Scalance and Ruggedcom series industrial network components for use in oil and gas applications as well as shipbuilding. New approvals have opened up additional fields of application to Scalance and Ruggedcom industrial network components. In addition to existing certificates for potentially explosive atmospheres such as ATEX, FM, IECEx and UL HazLoc, that many of the Scalance products already have, new certificates have now extended their scope to also include applications in the oil and gas market. Several Ruggedcom components already hold the CSA test mark from the Canadian Standards Association for this market. In addition, the Ruggedcom Win components can now be used to cover wireless distances of up to 40 kilometers for onshore and offshore WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) applications, in other words high-speed wireless transmission, in compliance with the MIL-STD-810F standard, which makes particularly stringent demands on resistance to salt atmosphere. Several Ruggedcom (ABS and DNV-GL) and Scalance (ABS, BV, DNV-GL, LR, NK, PRS and RINA) products are now also approved and certified for use in shipbuilding.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-02-17
fresh off the press: Siemens MediaService February 2016
Industry News The February issue of the MediaService kicks off with a new product announcement: New firmware has been launched for optical readers. Applications featured in this issue include commercial washing machines whose life has been extended with Siemens frequency converters, and logic modules used for the temperature control of

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Industry News The February issue of the MediaService kicks off with a new product announcement: New firmware has been launched for optical readers. Applications featured in this issue include commercial washing machines whose life has been extended with Siemens frequency converters, and logic modules used for the temperature control of tunnel segments to guarantee stable tunnel construction. We also learn how Associate Engineer trainees are familiarized gradually with the world of automation technology through step-by-step introduction using practically-oriented simulation models. Finally, we read about how Product Lifecycle Management software is speeding up the simulation process for automotive industry suppliers. Find out more at:MediaService February MediaService MediaService Digithek for downloading individual articles from all issuesMediaService Industries Blog

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Peter Jefimiec | 2016-02-15
Siemens at the LogiMAT
Under the banner “All you need for logistics – efficient and flexible logistics solutions from a trusted partner”, Siemens will be at the LogiMAT 2016 in Stuttgart exhibiting its extensive portfolio for the efficient, innovative automation of logistics processes. Nuremberg. At Europe’s biggest intralogistics trade fair, Siemens will be showcasing

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Under the banner “All you need for logistics – efficient and flexible logistics solutions from a trusted partner”, Siemens will be at the LogiMAT 2016 in Stuttgart exhibiting its extensive portfolio for the efficient, innovative automation of logistics processes. Nuremberg. At Europe’s biggest intralogistics trade fair, Siemens will be showcasing products and solutions from the fields of drive technology, automation, industrial software and industrial identification at its booth in Hall 3 (Booth 3D11). Focal themes of this year’s trade fair presentation will be efficiency, availability and productivity. At the booth, visitors will be able to gain an overview of the international company group’s integral automation portfolio for industrial logistics. A significant benefit for users is the comprehensive TIA Portal engineering framework, which allows a wide selection of components such as Simatic controllers, operating and monitoring devices as well as drives to be quickly and intuitively configured and parameterized to create precisely tailored solutions. This brings about a significant reduction in engineering effort for project engineering and commissioning – particularly where complex projects are concerned. At the LogiMAT, Siemens will also be showcasing its role as versatile solution provider: Starting with the concept finding and planning process, through the implementation of individual mechatronic complete solutions to maintenance and servicing for logistic solutions. Its many years of expertise enable Siemens to offer its customers process-optimized solutions and professional project management, also for international projects. Alongside smart automation concepts, energy efficiency will feature as a central theme of the presentation. To reflect this, Siemens will be showcasing its high-performance and energy-efficient drive technology at the booth. Harnessing recovered braking energy can significantly reduce costs, for instance for the operation of high-bay warehouses and conveying systems. Optimized and secure data exchange between the F-CPU and drives allows the achievement of precisely tailored solutions which guarantee maximum system security and availability. For distributed conveying technology concepts, the company will be showcasing its highly compact and low-cost motor starter for the distributed I/O system ET 200SP. Another highlight of the Siemens presentation at the LogiMAT will be the Simatic Ident portfolio for industrial identification technology. The new devices on show, taken from different function and performance categories, enable faster, simpler implementation of RFID projects for users, and help reduce plant downtime in production and logistics applications. Here too, project engineering and programming of systems take place using the TIA portal, which simplifies integration into the automation and IT system of the overall solution.

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David Petry | 2016-02-11
New Service Center for Western Australia opened
New Era for Hi-tech Service Perth/Australia. Siemens has officially opened its new state-of-the-art Perth Service Centre with a special visit from global Head of Customer Service for Siemens’ industrial businesses, Dr. Thomas Moser who says this heralds a new era for hi-tech service. “Industries such as mining and oil "

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New Era for Hi-tech Service Perth/Australia. Siemens has officially opened its new state-of-the-art Perth Service Centre with a special visit from global Head of Customer Service for Siemens’ industrial businesses, Dr. Thomas Moser who says this heralds a new era for hi-tech service. “Industries such as mining and oil " gas that have made significant capital investments are now challenged with falling resource prices. At the same time the world is entering a new industrial era enabled by digitalization. Now more than ever, it’s critical for companies to embrace hi-tech service to produce more at lower costs and avoid downtime that can cause losses and negatively impact company share prices. That’s why we Siemens is pleased to be making this 20 million Australian dollar (around 12 million euro) investment in Western Australia,” said Dr. Moser. “It’s about being competitive to secure your place in the global supply chain. Through modern technology and services, companies can achieve operational efficiencies, extend the life of their assets, optimize performance, reduce energy consumption and protect investments. Remote monitoring, predictive maintenance, simulation and cloud based asset management are just some of the new technologies and practices that operators can utilize.” The Perth Service Centre is the third new Siemens Service Centre in Australia in less than two years - after Tonsley (South Australia) and Rockhampton (Queensland). Cutting-edge technology and equipment, along with specialist engineering support will ensure key Western Australian industries increase productivity, operational efficiencies and significantly minimize downtimes. The new Perth centre will feature end-to-end service capabilities and include: Ability to service motors, generators and variable speed drives in strict accordance with OEM standards A 5 million Australian dollar (€3,1 million) specialised test-bed for electric motors with a load test facility which means that any of the motors being overhauled can be fully simulated to run as in installed conditions. This is the most sophisticated test bed of its kind in Australia and can test the widest breadth of motors under load for its size. A remote service hub that serves as a location for experts to monitor equipment and key plant anywhere in Australia with the ability to remotely connect to equipment and perform trouble shooting and reactive services, as well as support condition based maintenance strategies. The hub will utilise cloud based data analytics to optimize performance of plant and equipment Hub from which to mobilise field service engineers 20 tonne balancing machine – ensures shafts and rotors can be precision balanced before returning to the field – ensuring less wear and tear and more efficient operations Exceptional OEM knowledge and Siemens factory trained technicians Access to factory technical data, parts and procedures ensuring repairs are carried out to specification and tolerances Appropriate storage and preservation of customer equipment – so it’s there in good condition for when required Access to global technical support and R"D resources for troubleshooting and root cause analysis Comprehensive training services to support knowledge transfer to operational teams

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Ursula Lang | 2016-02-10
Curiosity breeds innovation
“Jugend forscht” regional heats get under way Since the beginning of February, hopeful youngsters taking part in the 51st young scientist competition “Jugend forscht” have been hard at work. On February 24, 2016, Central Franconia’s “Jugend forscht” and “Schüler experimentieren” regional heats for older and younger contestants will be held

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“Jugend forscht” regional heats get under way Since the beginning of February, hopeful youngsters taking part in the 51st young scientist competition “Jugend forscht” have been hard at work. On February 24, 2016, Central Franconia’s “Jugend forscht” and “Schüler experimentieren” regional heats for older and younger contestants will be held in the Heinrich-Lades Hall in Erlangen. Under the banner “Curiosity breeds Innovation”, 140 school students will be showcasing 92 projects from a range of subject areas: the world of work, biology, chemistry, geo and space sciences, maths/IT, physics and technology, and will be submitting their work to a jury for evaluation On February 24, budding young scientists from the Central Franconian region will be showcasing their projects in the seven “Jugend forscht” topic areas. The contestants will also have the opportunity to try their hand using experimental set-ups provided by Siemens with guidance from young scientist colleagues employed by the company. The subjects chosen by the candidates for their projects are many and varied, ranging from “recycling pure metals out of computer and electronic scrap” or “enhancing battery function by heating” through to the “magnetomobile”, the “3D chocolate printer” or “the fluid mechanics of fish ladders”, to name but a few. From midday, anyone interested will have the chance to find out about the exhibited projects and also attend the prize giving ceremony. The“Jugend forscht” competitionThe young scientist competition is aimed at up-and-coming researchers from the fourth grade up to 21 years of age and is designed to engender enthusiasm in the young generation for mathematics, information technology, science and technology, as well as discovering and selectively cultivating talent. In the 85 regional heats, young scientists across the whole of Germany present their research projects to a panel of judges and to the public. This year, a total of 12,058 young people have registered for the competition. The regional winners will qualify for the federal state level heats in March of this year. The national final will take place at the end of May in Paderborn. “Jugend forscht” is the most widely acclaimed competition of its kind in Germany, and encourages outstanding achievement and talent in the fields of science, mathematics and technology. The competition is staged, funded and organized by around 140 sponsor companies from the world of business. The regional competition in Central Franconia has been sponsored and organized since 2003 by the youth science association Jugendförderverein Chancen-Technik-Umwelt e.V. with considerable support from Siemens.

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Ursula Lang | 2016-02-08
Siemens at the sixteenth Tire Technology Expo
Hanover, Germany. Siemens will be presenting its portfolio for the tire manufacturing process at the sixteenth Tire Technology Expo from February 16 – 18, 2016. The comprehensive exhibition portfolio on show in Hall 19/20, Booth 4014, will range from automation and drive components through software for factory planning to solutions

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Hanover, Germany. Siemens will be presenting its portfolio for the tire manufacturing process at the sixteenth Tire Technology Expo from February 16 – 18, 2016. The comprehensive exhibition portfolio on show in Hall 19/20, Booth 4014, will range from automation and drive components through software for factory planning to solutions for tire factory maintenance. Siemens will be present at Europe’s premier international tire design and production trade fair and conference showcasing its extensive portfolio catering to every aspect of tire technology. In the field of industrial switching devices, the company will be informing visitors about energy efficiency and certifications. It will also be showcasing its IE3-ready products, the new pushbutton generation Sirius Act, the Simocode pro motor management system and also saving energy methods for control cabinet building. Visitors interested in factory automation will have the opportunity to appraise a control room (Production Control Center) and the vertical integration of machinery using Scada (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) and MES (Manufacturing Execution System) solutions used in plant and logistic processes. The exhibition range will also feature PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) simulation software for factory planning, Smart Controls India Ltd. And a labeling machine from Bluhm Systeme GmbH with integrated solutions for enhanced productivity and reduced scrap.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-02-05
New markets for industrial controls
Approvals forSirius devices in China and Canada Nuremberg, Germany. New approvals have now opened up scope for devices from the extensive Sirius industrial controls portfolio to be used in Canada and China. With the CSA test certificate from the Canadian Standards Association, the Sirius 3RM1 motor starter is now approved

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Approvals forSirius devices in China and Canada Nuremberg, Germany. New approvals have now opened up scope for devices from the extensive Sirius industrial controls portfolio to be used in Canada and China. With the CSA test certificate from the Canadian Standards Association, the Sirius 3RM1 motor starter is now approved for use on the Canadian market. This motor starter series can now be used without the need for any additional checks for applications up to 400 volts. CCC (China Compulsory Certification) certificates are now available for the Sirius size S2 switching, protecting and monitoring devices, meaning that these devices can now be used in China.

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Press Team Industries | 2016-02-03
Girls' Day 2016 - Only a few places remaining
Technology is for girls - Siemens Girls" Day Girls and technology: not compatible? Not at all! They fit together very well. More and more young women in Germany are highly qualified in technical occupations. A great number nevertheless still choose typically "female" training or degree programs. The Federal Ministry of

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Technology is for girls - Siemens Girls" Day Girls and technology: not compatible? Not at all! They fit together very well. More and more young women in Germany are highly qualified in technical occupations. A great number nevertheless still choose typically "female" training or degree programs. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the German Confederation of Trade Unions, and the D21 initiative finally took action against this.Girls" Day was thus launched in 2001. It was intended to give girls between 14 and 19 years the opportunity to get a taste of more "typically male" professions in a day. The event has been a complete success! Since then, a total of more than 1.5 million girls have participated. Last year alone, more than 103,000 girls attended more than 9,000 events in order to get to know more about technical and scientific careers. Siemens is also part of this.On April 28, 2016, Siemens will be opening the doors of its training centers, workshops, offices, and laboratories to young, tech-savvy girls and women. For one day, a glance can be thrown behind the scenes; the participants will learn about the daily work at Siemens and be able to make initial contacts. Because with approximately 1,300 training positions per year in Germany, Siemens offers great opportunities for the professional future of these girls and women. Girls, don"t let yourselves be influenced by outdated views. Technology is also for women! All events and online registration can be found from02February 2016 at theGirls" Day Radar. Confirmations will be made in the chronological order of registration ("first-come first-served"). We"ll see you at Girls" Day!

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-02-01
White paper on IE3/IE4-compliant industrial controls and asynchronous motors
Laws, deadlines, technology and consequences Nuremberg, Germany. A newWhite Paper provides an overview of the laws, deadlines, technology and consequences in relation to the use of IE3/IE4-compliant asynchronous motors and industrial controls. It also indicates ways in which users can benefit from the new EU regulation. Reliable and rugged IE3/IE4-compliant

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Laws, deadlines, technology and consequences Nuremberg, Germany. A newWhite Paper provides an overview of the laws, deadlines, technology and consequences in relation to the use of IE3/IE4-compliant asynchronous motors and industrial controls. It also indicates ways in which users can benefit from the new EU regulation. Reliable and rugged IE3/IE4-compliant asynchronous motors that have a long service life offer investment security while reducing the electricity bill. The EU requires three-phase induction motors to comply with energy efficiency classes IE3/IE4 and sets out the conditions for the mandatory conversion to modern, power-saving drive solutions. In order to benefit from the new generation of energy-efficient IE3 and IE4 motors in line operation, users must observe a few general conditions such as the startup behavior of these motors. Here, higher starting currents and a changed dynamic response add to the growing demands placed on industrial controls. The new White Paper describes these general conditions, for instance, what deadlines need to be observed, what system components are affected and how long existing installations can continue being operated.

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Ines Giovannini | 2016-01-27
Siemens at the Hannover Messe 2016
At an international press conference due to be held ahead of the Hannover Messe 2016 on March 1, Siemens will be offering a preview of its trade fair presentation and of the company’s latest solutions. Providing an insight into the company’s planned business and technological orientation and into the latest

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At an international press conference due to be held ahead of the Hannover Messe 2016 on March 1, Siemens will be offering a preview of its trade fair presentation and of the company’s latest solutions. Providing an insight into the company’s planned business and technological orientation and into the latest product innovations being unveiled at this year’s Hannover Messe will be the CEOs of the Digital Factory, Process Industries, and Drives and Energy Management Divisions: Anton S. Huber, Dr. Juergen Brandes and Ralf Christian. On Monday, April 25 at 6.30 p.m., the first day of the Hannover Messe, Klaus Helmrichwill be addressing the traditional international press conference in Room 1A/B of the Convention Center (CC). Klaus Helmrich is the Siemens AG managing board member responsible for both the Digital Factory and the Process Industries and Drives Divisions. During the press conference, he will be explaining the Siemens AG strategy in the field of Industrial Digitalization. Earlier on the same day at 2.00 p.m., a media round table will also be taking place on the subject of “Financing the Future of Manufacturing – comparing approaches in Germany and USA”. The discussion will be held in English and led by Roland Chalons-Browne, CEO of Siemens Financial Services, in Room 105/106 of the CC. On Tuesday, April 26, Siemens PLM Software will be hosting a press breakfast at 9.00 a.m. in Room 11 of the CC. This event will be held in German without translation. Under the motto “Ingenuity for life – Driving the Digital Enterprise”, the Siemens booth at this year’s Hannover Messe from April 25 – 29 in Hall 9 will cover an area of 3,500 square meters and provide an overview of the company’s extensive portfolio. Visitors to the booth will find a comprehensive collection of the latest products and solutions for electrification, automation and digitalization. The Siemens presentation in Hanover will include an array of innovations from the fields of energy distribution, automation and drive technology as well as industrial software. Using a range of concrete examples taken from practice, Siemens will be demonstrating to customers from industry ways in which they can benefit by merging the real and virtual worlds. The central exhibits at this year’s booth will be a series of “Highlight Cubes” which will provide visitors with a graphic illustration of selected topics for a direct hands-on experience. The “Energy for Industry” highlight cube allows fair-goers to experience how industrial corporations can evolve from pure energy consumers to energy producers, and so benefit from the future energy. The “Additive Manufacturing” highlight cube will demonstrate how additive production can be made industrially viable thanks to a complete portfolio of integral software tools. The “Automotive” cube will show visitors how automobile manufacturers can secure a sharper competitive edge across the entire product lifecycle through digitalization. “Fiber Industry” will demonstrate how customers from the process industries can improve their speed, flexibility and efficiency with process automation, integrated engineering, digital simulation and optimized plant design. Beside the main booth in Hall 9, Siemens is also represented at “Energy”, the leading trade fair for energy systems and mobility in Hall 27. There the company is showing its solutions on decentralized energy supplyand an integrated energy management. Note to editors: Registration for all the above press events will take place through the Siemens press department.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2016-01-25
Power loss data for control panel components - Siemens Industry Online Support
Power loss data available for more than 20,000 products As of now,Siemens Industry Online Support Portal (SIOS) will be offering users power loss data for a large number of control panel components. The list can now be downloaded in SIOS and contains power loss data for more than 20,000 control

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Power loss data available for more than 20,000 products As of now,Siemens Industry Online Support Portal (SIOS) will be offering users power loss data for a large number of control panel components. The list can now be downloaded in SIOS and contains power loss data for more than 20,000 control panel components. Power loss data for devices are important values required to build control panels. This data provides the basis for a reliable risk assessment concerning heat rise as it is used to determine the size of the cabinet and the required cooling solution. CaptionsPower loss data for the broad Siemens control panel portfolio provides the basis for heat calculation Download the full listMarket Portal Panel Building

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Ursula Lang | 2016-01-21
fresh off the press: Siemens MediaService January 2016
Industry NewsTheMediaService sets the tone in its first issue of 2016 with a wide range of interesting topics relating to practical applications from the world of drives and automation: new, rugged and flexible Profinet and energy cables network high protection rated devices in the food and beverage industry, and logic

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Industry NewsTheMediaService sets the tone in its first issue of 2016 with a wide range of interesting topics relating to practical applications from the world of drives and automation: new, rugged and flexible Profinet and energy cables network high protection rated devices in the food and beverage industry, and logic modules monitor visits to a mobile restroom. Also featured is a high-voltage lab at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich in which a PC-based control unit from Siemens safeguards laboratory users, and a laser welding system deployed in car bodywork production plant which is fitted with a motion control system from Siemens to boost productivity while also reducing weight. We also hear how RFID technology from Siemens is used to automate the assembly of power electronics for electric vehicles. Rounding off the reporting in this issue: a photovoltaic solution used by farmers for the low-cost irrigation of remote pastures and plantations, and an Indian manufacturer of high-grade valves and regulation products which uses Product Lifecycle Management software from Siemens to optimize its processes. MediaService JanuaryMediaService MediaService Digithek for downloading individual articles from all issuesMediaService Industries Blog

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Stefan Rauscher | 2016-01-19
27 times around the equator
New highly productive paper machine using the Siemens Sipaper portfolio Miltenberg, Germany. Fripa (Papierfabrik Albert Friedrich KG),, a paper mill producing high-quality sanitary tissues and headquartered in Miltenberg, is investing in cutting-edge technologies to keep abreast of ever-changing markets. Siemens has provided this company with an integrated, turnkey solution for

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New highly productive paper machine using the Siemens Sipaper portfolio Miltenberg, Germany. Fripa (Papierfabrik Albert Friedrich KG),, a paper mill producing high-quality sanitary tissues and headquartered in Miltenberg, is investing in cutting-edge technologies to keep abreast of ever-changing markets. Siemens has provided this company with an integrated, turnkey solution for the planning and implementation of the latest paper machine. Fripa not only makes paper handkerchiefs but also kitchen rolls, toilet paper and paper products for clinical use to name but a few. Siemens has just installed its drive technology for the third tissue production line at Fripa in Miltenberg. The annual production output is enough to wind around the equator 27 times With the tissue machine line which begins by feeding in the raw material pulp and ends by winding the tissue paper onto rolls, Siemens provided all of the electrical equipment, power distribution and power supply using Totally Integrated Power (TIP), Integrated Drive Systems (IDS) for the drives and process control including electrical engineering, commissioning and training in collaboration with Voith as the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). To this end, Siemens supplied a large number of components from the SIPAPER range such as switchgears using the Sinamics S120 cabinet module, Simocode direct starter, Simotics AC motors, Flender gears and couplings, PCS7 control for process automation and the Sipaper Drives APL standard. "What we appreciate most about the collaboration with Siemens is that we receive everything from a single source, from the medium-voltage system to the control system and the drives right up to the visualization technology," says Jochen Giegerich, Head of Purchasing for Technology at Fripa, adding "We were able to start building the machines within a very short space of time, and were able to commission them within the agreed time. The annual output of the new machine is enough to wind around the equator 27 times."

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Press Team Industries | 2016-01-18
Siemens Industry Software GmbH – focusing on quality from the word go
Siemens Industry Software GmbH is kicking off the new year by organizing with three forums on product quality Siemens Industry Software GmbHis once again organizing three practice-oriented forums for executives and professionals from the areas of production planning, quality assurance, EDV/IT, law and logistics this year. The series of events

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Siemens Industry Software GmbH is kicking off the new year by organizing with three forums on product quality Siemens Industry Software GmbHis once again organizing three practice-oriented forums for executives and professionals from the areas of production planning, quality assurance, EDV/IT, law and logistics this year. The series of events will begin in Essen on March 3, 2016 with the IBS QMS: APQP (Advanced Product Quality Planning) forum. It will focus on future-oriented product quality planning and the control plan associated with it. As such, each phase of product planning from development right up to serial production will be illustrated. The next event, Forum 8D Complaints Management, will be held in Hanover on March 8, 2016. The 8D problem solution process has meanwhile become established as the global standard. The event will illustrate how repeat errors can be avoided in a development and production process. The participants will also learn about document interaction such as FMEA, control plan and test plan. The vast majority of quality-related problems arise in the planning phase. The FMEA forum held on April 12, 2016 will therefore focus on the beginning of a product lifecycle. The participants in Rust will experience a combination of theory and practical examples as to how the FMEA software can effectively support corporate processes. A number of practical examples will be used to demonstrate the CAQ=QSYS FMEA software to the participants.

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David Petry | 2016-01-13
Everything in view
RFID technologyfrom Siemens guides the components through fully automated assembly lines Bad Neustadt a. d. Saale/Bavaria. RFID technology from Siemens enables components to be guided through fully automated assembly lines e.g. for manual car seat adjusters at Preh IMA Automation. 26 RFID readers scan data from and write these to

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RFID technologyfrom Siemens guides the components through fully automated assembly lines Bad Neustadt a. d. Saale/Bavaria. RFID technology from Siemens enables components to be guided through fully automated assembly lines e.g. for manual car seat adjusters at Preh IMA Automation. 26 RFID readers scan data from and write these to transponders attached to the workpieces – contactless. They forward it to the controller in preparation for the next work steps. Overall, the fully automated assembly lines for manual car seat adjusters consists of 60 stations for connecting, welding, dosing, measuring/inspecting, and labeling the presently dozen or so product variants. To ensure a smooth process, Preh IMA Automation GmbH based in Bad Neustadt a. d. Saale relies on RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology from Siemens. 26 RFID Simatic RF310R readers read from and write to the RF340T mobile transponders attached to the circulating workpieces. They read the status of the workpiece and report back to the controller in preparation for the next work step. Once a processing step has been completed, the next destination address is written to the transponder. In event of a fault, the workpiece is discharged out of the process and forwarded to an analysis station. Here, the operator makes a decision on further procedure. At the end of the assembly line, all the products are tested and their data transmitted to the master computer, where it is stored. Non-contact progress through the production process with RFID “A decisive advantage of the non-contact reading via RFID when compared to optical systems is that the results cannot be affected by dirt on the optics, the quality of the code to be read, or changing lighting conditions”, says Klaus Rüster, Head of the Sales Department for Assembly Systems at Preh. The transponders from Siemens provide sufficient user memory with 8 KB. They are mounted directly onto metal and be read from and written to a distance of up to 0.2 m. This eliminates stringent demands on the guideway precision. The Simatic RF300 RFID system is used as standard by Preh in its assembly systems. For simpler applications and to be more cost efficient, the Neustadt-based company is planning to use additional RFID components such as the compact Simatic RF200 system. CaptionsTo ensure the smooth production flow through its fully automatic assembly lines, Preh IMA Automation GmbH uses RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology from Siemens. The Simatic RF310R reader in use directly at the assembly line. The compact mobile transponders of the type Simatic RF340T can be mounted directly onto metal, and store larger amounts of data with 8 KB of FRAM.

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Stefan Rauscher | 2016-01-08
Gearless Mill Drive systems for copper mine in Zambia
Solwezi, Zambia. Siemens supplied Gearless Mill Drives for two SAG (Semi-Autogenous Grinding) mills and two ball mills. The two SAG mills form the core of the new Sentinel copper mine, located 150 kilometers west of Solwezi in the middle of the savannah. The First Quantum Minerals (FQM) mining company is

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Solwezi, Zambia. Siemens supplied Gearless Mill Drives for two SAG (Semi-Autogenous Grinding) mills and two ball mills. The two SAG mills form the core of the new Sentinel copper mine, located 150 kilometers west of Solwezi in the middle of the savannah. The First Quantum Minerals (FQM) mining company is expecting to produce approximately 280,000 to 300,000 tons of copper per year and relies on Siemens drive systems for its grinding mills. Up to 300,000 tons of copper will be mined at Sentinel, one of FQM’s flagship plants. For copper mines of this size, reliable, high efficiency mills are top priority. FQM has opted for Siemens Gearless Mill Drives to be used in the two SAG mills having a diameter of 40 feet and an output of 28 MW and the two ball mills with a diameter of 28 feet and an output of 22 MW. With these mill drive systems there is no wear in the drive train since all forces are transferred touch-free via a magnetic field. To control the speed of these mills, the Sinamics SL 150 cycloconverter was chosen which has been designed to operate with high torques at low speeds it is suited for high altitudes and environments with high dust or humidity loads. Therefore it is perfect for the Zambian savannah. Together with the mill drives, Siemens also supplied the PCS7 process control system which was easily integrated into FQM’s distributed control system. The combination of gearless mill drives and preventive maintenance program ensures high availability of the system, unscheduled shutdowns are minimized, and a very high degree of reliability and availability is achieved. In this way, the mining company expects to gain valuable additional production time, lower operating costs and high productivity. “FQM have used Siemens on multiple projects and they have proven to be a reliable, practical and flexible partner,” says Richard Dodington (project manager at FQM. “Our expectation from Siemens has been not just the provision of a product but related services to cover the entire life of the mine”.

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2015 Year overview
Evelyne Kadel | 2015-12-21
Integrated engineering shortens time-to-market
Integrating planning and operations of chemical plants using Siemens software solutions Boston, USA. Reliably assuring engineering quality while increasing productivity and shortening workflows at the same time. All of this is rendered possible by Comos, the integrated plant engineering software solution developed by Siemens, using a seamless flow of information

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Integrating planning and operations of chemical plants using Siemens software solutions Boston, USA. Reliably assuring engineering quality while increasing productivity and shortening workflows at the same time. All of this is rendered possible by Comos, the integrated plant engineering software solution developed by Siemens, using a seamless flow of information on project-related data across all of a plant’s project phases and specialist disciplines. AWhite Paper highlights how Comos can be used to enhance engineering parallelism, replacing previously serial sequences, in the chemical industry. Production in the chemical industry is far from homogeneous and markets in the chemical industry are constantly changing. The requirements for plants are therefore extremely high and need to be taken into account in the planning phase and during operation. As such, companies constantly need to ask themselves how they can optimize the quality of engineering, how they can shorten the time-to-market and how they can reduce costs. The ARC Advisory Group, a leading research and advisory firm for industry, issued a White Paper in June 2015, advising how the chemical industry can rise to these challenges. It recommends the use of Comos, Siemens software solution for integrated plant engineering. Centralized, consistent data managementComos enables plant designers and plant operators to access all project-related data and to process this data across all plants, globally and over the entire plant lifecycle. All the information is stored in the database just once. This solution developed by Siemens creates full transparency in relation to project data and consistent documentation. Stakeholders have consistent and instantaneous access to any changes made to objects or documents. The entire plant right down to individual components can be viewed and further developed involving all functions and specialist disciplines. There is no need to re-engineer new equipment when modernization measures have to be carried out. Processes and even system configurations can be reused. Formula for success: integrated engineering conceptWith Cosmos, it is possible to enhance the quality of engineering, improve productivity and therefore shorten the time-to-market. Another key benefit is that internal company knowledge is easy to safeguard. The pharmaceutical company Novartis estimates that the engineering effort has been consistently reduced by up to 10 percent. ARC believes it is very likely that the application of integrated operations will create similar benefits in the chemical industry and recommends that chemical companies apply the concept of integrated engineering and integrated operations. CaptionsThe chemicals industry is very diverse in terms of products and processes: from large-scale commodity production right up to the production of specialty and performance chemicals. ARC recommends in its White Paper that complex chemical production plants apply an integrated engineering concept.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2015-12-18
Answers for Industrie 4.0 – Enhanced online presence with FAQs about Industrie 4.0 and Digital Enterprise
Siemens terms its way to Industrie 4.0 the “Digital Enterprise”. The new "Frequently Asked Questions" section on the Digital Enterprise Software Suitewebsite provides answers to frequently asked questions, like: why is the development of the digital enterprise absolutely vital to future competitiveness and economic success, and what are the success

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Siemens terms its way to Industrie 4.0 the “Digital Enterprise”. The new "Frequently Asked Questions" section on the Digital Enterprise Software Suitewebsite provides answers to frequently asked questions, like: why is the development of the digital enterprise absolutely vital to future competitiveness and economic success, and what are the success factors on the path to the Digital Enterprise.

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Ursula Lang | 2015-12-16
fresh off the press: Siemens MediaService December 2015
Industry NewsAs the end of another year approaches, theDecember issue of the Siemens MediaService brings you a variety of news on practical applications and products from the world of drives and automation. New products featured in this issue include weighing electronics for batching and filling processes, a top hat rail

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Industry NewsAs the end of another year approaches, theDecember issue of the Siemens MediaService brings you a variety of news on practical applications and products from the world of drives and automation. New products featured in this issue include weighing electronics for batching and filling processes, a top hat rail adapter and a new SFP(small form-factor pluggable) line module for Ethernet communication. We also read about a new certification for motor starter protectors. Automation technology does art: the new Franz Kafka sculpture in Prague is constantly on the move courtesy of Siemens technology. The Logo! logic module enables barbecued pulled pork to be grilled to perfection from a cell phone even in winter, and the world’s first battery-operated fishing boat Karoline weighs anchor. And finally, we learn how Canadian automotive supplier Cosma optimizes its decision-making and production processes with Siemens PLM software. Find out more at:MediaService DecemberMediaServiceMediaService Digithek for downloading individual articles from all issuesMediaService Industries Blog

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Press Team Industries | 2015-12-14
Warm, clean water at lightning speed
Open-air pool uses Siemens technology for water temperature control and cleaning Schwabach, Germany. As part of a fundamental refurbishment of the Schwabach Parkbad outdoor pool, the Schwabach municipal utility company opted to use Siemens control technology. The refit took just 16 weeks, and modern control technology now ensures optimum water

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Open-air pool uses Siemens technology for water temperature control and cleaning Schwabach, Germany. As part of a fundamental refurbishment of the Schwabach Parkbad outdoor pool, the Schwabach municipal utility company opted to use Siemens control technology. The refit took just 16 weeks, and modern control technology now ensures optimum water quality and improved energy efficiency. Maintenance costs have also been reduced by up to 30 percent. The Schwabach Parkbad pool welcomes over 100,000 visitors a year. To ensure that the pool could continue to offer its guests optimum swimming and leisure enjoyment at a consistent water temperature and quality standard, the Schwabach utility company decided to carry out a fundamental refurbishment of the entire control system. This is responsible for controlling the facility’s many different pools and attractions such as the water slide and flume, sprays and massage jets. A Simatic S7-1500 and the IO system ET200MP linked over Profinet were used to create the basic control system. One of the main reasons behind this choice was the innovation-proof long-term availability of Simatic controls, as systems such as these in swimming pool complexes are often required to give reliable service over a period of decades. The Simatic is required to perform an array of control tasks: The S7-1500 regulates the pumps for what is known as the splash water tank, which collects the water spilling over the side of the pool before pumping it back through a filtration system to the swimming pool. When the splash water tank gets too full, an error message is initiated. The Simatic is also in charge of controlling the attractions. These can be actuated either automatically according to a fixed schedule, or manually. To avoid overload situations occurring, certain attractions are prevented from operating together by an interlock. Devices such as frequency converters can be linked to the control system by means of integrated Profinet interfaces. Special multi-channel controllers linked via the Modbus TCP test and regulate the water quality at regular intervals. To ensure that the pool attendant in charge has everything in view at all times, there are two type TP1900 Comfort Panels installed: One in the actual switchgear itself, the other in the pool attendant’s surveillance room. CaptionsUsing a type TP1900 control panel, the pool attendant has an overview of the water quality and can also manually operate the different attractions if required. The control panel provides essential water quality information for each of the pools with an overview of the pH value, chlorine content and redox value.

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David Petry | 2015-12-11
Big wash
RFID optimizes logistics processes in industrial laundry systems Vlotho, Germany. Using improved RFID technology from Siemens, Herbert Kannegiesser GmbH has improved the conveying technology used in its industrial-scale laundry plants, so increasing throughput. New read/write devices and customized antennas from Siemens have simplified processes and increased the capacity as well

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RFID optimizes logistics processes in industrial laundry systems Vlotho, Germany. Using improved RFID technology from Siemens, Herbert Kannegiesser GmbH has improved the conveying technology used in its industrial-scale laundry plants, so increasing throughput. New read/write devices and customized antennas from Siemens have simplified processes and increased the capacity as well as reading reliability. Herbert Kannegiesser GmbH is the technical and worldwide market leader in the field of laundry technology. The company has structured its business into the divisions wetwork area, flatwork processing, and garment finishing with several locations in Germany, Europe, the USA, Asia, and Australia. As a specialist for materials handling, Kannegiesser Augsburg GmbH pushes in particular the development of solutions for the handling and sorting of garments – e.g. any kind of workwear. RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology from Siemens is a key component in this for many years. The installations by Kannegiesser Augsburg form the link between the washing process and shipment, and so make a significant impact on the capacity. Customized HF antennaAfter washing, the garments have to be put on special clothes hangers for transport, and be made known to the system again. This is done by sewing special RFID transponders (“tags”) into the garments and the hangers. The main objective – in particular during the later sorting of the clothes – is a largely automated and trouble-free operation. In order to quickly and automatically identify the garments for the transport hanger station, Kannegiesser and Siemens have jointly modified the existing RFID antenna ANT D8. A new antenna loop, for instance, cancels out possible interference fields to improve reliable reading. The antenna field measuring 800 x 400 millimeter reliably captures both short and long garments. Multiplexer reduces effort and costUp to six antennas can be connected to the new RF260X multiplexer, which is linked in this case to an RF290R reader. Until now, a dedicated read/write device was required for every antenna, so this solution saves considerable costs. “During the development, Siemens took into account our requests and incorporated LED displays on the devices, which make commissioning as well as troubleshooting during operation much easier”, says Alexander Thoma, manager of Electrical Engineering and person in charge of RFID products at Kannegiesser Augsburg. Improved reading speed Key to a significant increase of the capacity, are the improved high frequency (HF) readers Simatic RF382R with scan mode functionality. This automatic read-only mode delivers the transponder data directly to the connected host system. The compact and rugged IP67-rated devices feature an integrated special antenna with a sideways oriented field. The reading field of this special antenna could be more than halved, which allows the garments to hang more closely together for reading. And with a reading speed of 40 meters per minute, the readers are significantly faster. “With the technically and economically improved RFID solutions from Siemens, we were able to double the throughput of our conveyor technology to now 16,000 pieces per hour, and further optimize the sorting processes. Siemens has supported us and greatly contributed to the realization of competitive solutions”, says Alexander Thoma. Captions The specially customized ANT D8 antenna ensures an interference-proof, two-sided reading at a garment infeed station. By means of the multiplexer Simatic RF260X (right), up to six antennas can be plugged into a reader, here Simatic RF290R (left). Every clothes hanger is uniquely coded by means of a mobile data storage unit MDS D160.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2015-12-09
Team players optimize laser welding
Producing neat, secure joints with Siemens technology Fürth, Germany. The company LPKF WeldingQuipment GmbH uses Siemens technology in the construction of its laser welding machines for precise, reliable component positioning. Gluing, riveting, screwing – all unpopular methods of joining in production, particularly where a hygienic, particle-free and process-reliable joint has

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Producing neat, secure joints with Siemens technology Fürth, Germany. The company LPKF WeldingQuipment GmbH uses Siemens technology in the construction of its laser welding machines for precise, reliable component positioning. Gluing, riveting, screwing – all unpopular methods of joining in production, particularly where a hygienic, particle-free and process-reliable joint has to be produced to qualify for a high protection rating. Laser Welding, a division of the company LPKF Laser " Electronics AG based in Fürth, has opted to meet these challenges and comply with the stringent demands of its customers from the automotive and medical technology industries by using Siemens technology in the construction of its laser welding machines. Working as team players, the controller and drive systems Simotion, Sinamics and Simatic from Siemens take care of precise, reliable component positioning and consequently high clock speeds. They also capture and visualize important process parameters and comply with all the relevant safety requirements (Laser Class 4). LPKF also plans to deploy the engineering framework TIA Portal in a bid to further optimize machine automation in the future. CaptionsSiemens products work as the perfect team players in the manufacture of laser welding machines. The rapid, precise positioning of components ensures high clock speeds. Important process parameters are captured and displayed.

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Peter Jefimiec | 2015-12-04
Siemens offers an insight into its research laboratory
Innovation event with Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser to be streamed live in the Internet Munich, Germany. At a Press and Analyst Event featuring an array of high-caliber speakers, Siemens will be providing an outlook on its main areas of research and innovation highlights. The Digital Factory Division’s CEO Anton S.

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Innovation event with Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser to be streamed live in the Internet Munich, Germany. At a Press and Analyst Event featuring an array of high-caliber speakers, Siemens will be providing an outlook on its main areas of research and innovation highlights. The Digital Factory Division’s CEO Anton S. Huber will speak on further developments in the field of Additive Manufacturing. The live stream is due to start from 9.30 a.m. on December 8. In fiscal year 2015, Siemens has invested 4.5 billion Euro in research and development – around 500 million more than in the previous year 2014. How does Siemens use this investment? What new technologies is the approximately 32,000-strong Siemens research team working on? And how does the company leverage start-up potential? At a Press and Analyst Event to be held in the Deutsches Museum in Munich on December 8, CEO Joe Kaeser and Chief Technology Officer Siegfried Russwurm will be explaining the company’s innovation strategy. The Heads of three Siemens Divisions will also be presenting new innovation highlights and providing an insight into the latest research projects. Digital Factory Division’s CEO Anton S. Huber will speak about the outlook for further development in the field of Additive Manufacturing. Siemens has set itself the target of industrializing what is popularly termed 3D printing, making it an established method of modern manufacturing. Jan Mrosik, CEO of the Energy Management Division, will speak on the subject of smart power superhighways. Jochen Eickholt, CEO of the Mobility Division, will also take the floor to talk about how the use of autonomous systems can ensure greater flexibility and transport capacity on road and rail networks. For detailed information on the event and a link to the live webcast, please go to the mentioned site. Press releases will also be available under this link once the event has started.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2015-12-03
Protecting productivity – Website on “Industrial Security” in the focus of plant security
Complex industrial plants need a sophisticated security concept, for instance the comprehensive security approach offered by Siemens as an integral part of “Digital Enterprise”. To address this complexity, Siemens is relying on a multiple-layer protection approach, the so-called Defense in Depth concept. This concept, which has been designed in line

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Complex industrial plants need a sophisticated security concept, for instance the comprehensive security approach offered by Siemens as an integral part of “Digital Enterprise”. To address this complexity, Siemens is relying on a multiple-layer protection approach, the so-called Defense in Depth concept. This concept, which has been designed in line with the recommendations of ISA 99 / IEC 62443, provides both all-round and in-depth protection for automation systems on all three levels: plant security, network security and system integrity. On the SiemensIndustrial Security website the level of plant security has been redesigned with everything worth knowing about the topic: Numerous brochures, video clips and interactive diagrams provide clear explanations, in-depth insights and interesting background information. Plant securityuses a number of different methods to prevent unauthorized persons from gaining physical access to critical plant components. This starts with conventional building access and extends to securing sensitive areas by means of key cards. Tailored industry Industrial Security services include processes and guidelines for comprehensive plant protection, ranging from risk analysis and the implementation and continuous monitoring of suitable measures to regular updates.

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David Petry | 2015-11-30
Magic box for secure supplies
RFID-controlled logistics Bad Mergentheim. The delivery concept used by Würth Industrie Service GmbH " Co. KG relies on a Siemens RFID solution, saving both storage space and costs in production. RFID Kanban systems have been introduced to supplement the previous container logistics system used by Würth. These ensure the automatic

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RFID-controlled logistics Bad Mergentheim. The delivery concept used by Würth Industrie Service GmbH " Co. KG relies on a Siemens RFID solution, saving both storage space and costs in production. RFID Kanban systems have been introduced to supplement the previous container logistics system used by Würth. These ensure the automatic transmission of customer production data to Würth’s central warehouse. The whole logistics solution hinges on the RFID pallet box (iBox). In each one of these iboxes, a Simatic RF670R RFID reader/writer from Siemens is installed. As soon as an employee places an empty small parts container into an iBox and closes it, a Simatic RF670R reader with two detached Simatic RF640A UHF antennas captures the tag data and transmits it from the customer to Würth. The transmitted data enables the clear assignment of customer, container size, filling quantity and storage location, as well as batch tracking and tracing. The iTagbox is designed for pallet Kanban involving bulky parts. Comparable to a mailbox, a goods requirement is signaled by dropping in Kanban cards with RFID tags. The antenna of the iTagbox is directly connected to the RFID reader of the pallet box. The RFID gate at the loading ramp is fitted with a Simatic RF670R reader and four detached antennas. Triggered by passing through a light barrier, the RFID data on the pallet is captured and transmitted to the enterprise resource planning system. CaptionsThe RFID pallet box (iBox) is the centerpiece of the Würth logistics solution. A reader Simatic RF670R with two detached UHF antennas Simatic RF640A captures the tag data and transmits it from the customer to the Würth logistics center. The iTagbox is designed for pallet Kanban with bulky parts. The RFID gate at the loading ramp is equipped with a reader Simatic RF670R.

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Claudia Lanzinger | 2015-11-27
Blohm+Voss selects Siemens’ integrated PLM software solution to optimize shipbuilding
German shipbuilder becomes Siemens’ newest marine industry customer Siemens" holistic approach drives decision Special shipbuilding solution, NX and Teamcenter driving engineering and construction chain German shipbuilder Blohm+Voss selected Siemens’ integrated suite ofproduct lifecycle management (PLM) software solutions to support its entire ship design, engineering and construction processes. The holistic approach

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German shipbuilder becomes Siemens’ newest marine industry customer Siemens" holistic approach drives decision Special shipbuilding solution, NX and Teamcenter driving engineering and construction chain German shipbuilder Blohm+Voss selected Siemens’ integrated suite ofproduct lifecycle management (PLM) software solutions to support its entire ship design, engineering and construction processes. The holistic approach to shipbuilding delivered by the Siemens PLM Software business was the determining factor in the shipyard’s decision to replace its previous software with Siemens’ specialized shipbuilding solution, including its Teamcenter portfolio and NX software. Working in conjunction with SGP Management Consultants GmbH, Blohm+Voss judged the Siemens PLM software solution as superior to several other specialized shipbuilding software offerings evaluated during their comprehensive selection process. Read more at the mentioned url.

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Ursula Lang | 2015-11-25
Partnership in chocolate
Machine builder in the confectionery industry strengthens market position with integrated control and drive technology from Siemens. Aachen. Working in close cooperation with Siemens, machine builder BSA Schneider has successfully engineered machines for confectionery production which are both efficient and compact. Thanks to integrated control and drive technology from Siemens,

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Machine builder in the confectionery industry strengthens market position with integrated control and drive technology from Siemens. Aachen. Working in close cooperation with Siemens, machine builder BSA Schneider has successfully engineered machines for confectionery production which are both efficient and compact. Thanks to integrated control and drive technology from Siemens, these can also be simply adapted in line with customer requirements. Machine building specialist BSA Schneider has specialized in machines and plants for the chocolate, cocoa and confectionery industry. Fully aware of just how much complex technology is involved in the manufacture of confectionery, BSA works in cooperation with Siemens to stay at the forefront of innovation with ever new plant concepts. Its popular Chocfiner model is one example: Its innovative drive concept comprises a combination of motor modules with DC-link which processes the crystalline content of the sugar in the raw chocolate mass – eliminating the need for a complete machine. Another benefit of the Chocfiner is its size. The converter and water-cooled motors are so compact in design that they can be integrated in the rollers and supports, allowing the ready-assembled Chocfiner to be fitted into a standard container for shipping. This cuts the time required for set-up and start of production on the customer’s premises down to just a few days instead of several weeks. It also saves transport costs, as it does away with the need for costly outsized packaging. IDShelps create perfect chocolateWithout what is known in the trade as conching the raw mass, chocolate would be inedible. Typical conches take one to twelve tons of raw chocolate mass and require sensitive process controls and drive systems. To ensure long-term stability of these systems BSA has opted for fitting these conches with Integrated Drives Systems (IDS) from Siemens, comprising a water-cooled 1PH8 motor, Sinamics-G 120 converter and a large Flender gear box. All the components of the drive system are supplied by Siemens and are ideally coordinated to work together. This saves energy as well as reducing machine noise. The use of IDS allows the machine builder to also adjust the output of the plant to individual customer requirements or to respond to changes in the recipe within a single component unit. The components to match the IDS are automatically selected using the TIA Portal. Worldwide serviceAnother benefit of using integrated drive technology is brought to bear when it comes to plant maintenance: Service technicians are able to access data on the drive level – also using remote maintenance. The close cooperation between BSA and Siemens testifies to the improvements possible in engineering and product safety when expertise and competence are shared between users, machine builders and automation partners. CaptionsCompact drive technology permits space-saving design – also when it comes to producing chocolate. The Chocfiner five-roll mill is delivered completely pre-commissioned and is fully up and running within just days. The drive technology of the new TNCE conches takes into account fluctuations in ingredient properties. Users, machine builders and automation partners sharing expertise creates synergies in terms of engineering and product safety - as in the case of the TNCE series conches.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2015-11-20
Siemens press conference at the SPS IPC Drives 2015
Nuremberg, Germany. Siemens will be holding a press conference at Europe’s leading trade fair for electrical automation - SPS/IPC/Drives 2015 - on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. It will commence at 13:00 hrs in the Sankt Petersburg Room at Nuremberg Convention Center East. Klaus Helmrich, Member of the Management Board of

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Nuremberg, Germany. Siemens will be holding a press conference at Europe’s leading trade fair for electrical automation - SPS/IPC/Drives 2015 - on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. It will commence at 13:00 hrs in the Sankt Petersburg Room at Nuremberg Convention Center East. Klaus Helmrich, Member of the Management Board of Siemens AG, will outline at the press conference how Siemens is pressing ahead with the digitalization of production and is guiding its customers towards Industrie 4.0. In addition, Siemens will be showcasing its exhibition portfolio, main focal points and latest product innovations in SPS IPC Drives 2015 is available for download at the press center.

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Ursula Lang | 2015-11-18
fresh off the press: Siemens MediaService November 2015
Industry NewsOn the eve of the SPS/IPC/Drives trade fair, the November issue of the Siemens MediaService offers a foretaste of new products and looks at practical applications from the world of drives and automations: Featured innovations include a new terminal block for device infeed, a new hand-held terminal for the

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Industry NewsOn the eve of the SPS/IPC/Drives trade fair, the November issue of the Siemens MediaService offers a foretaste of new products and looks at practical applications from the world of drives and automations: Featured innovations include a new terminal block for device infeed, a new hand-held terminal for the RF300 RFID system series, and two new IO-Link read/write devices added to the Simatic RF200 series. We also read how the uninterruptible 24-Volt power supply Sitop UPS 1600 now comes equipped with an OPC UA server and lithium battery module. Practical applications featured in this issue include the use of Siemens PLM NX software by a market-leading compressor manufacturer. We then turn our attention to the water: Flood defenses in the Port of Hamburg now offer greater safety against storm surges with the aid of automation technology from Siemens. Find out more at:MediaService NovemberMediaServiceMediaService Digithek for downloading individual articles from all issuesMediaService Industries Blog

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Evelyne Kadel | 2015-11-16
Automation concept for paddle mixers cuts electricity costs
Measurement and automation technology from Siemens optimizes biogas plant Suffolk, England. The biogas plant operated by AgriGen Limited in the UK supplies around 5000 households with power and heat. Technology from Siemens used to control and automate the plant has enabled a 50 percent reduction in the plant’s electrical energy

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Measurement and automation technology from Siemens optimizes biogas plant Suffolk, England. The biogas plant operated by AgriGen Limited in the UK supplies around 5000 households with power and heat. Technology from Siemens used to control and automate the plant has enabled a 50 percent reduction in the plant’s electrical energy consumption. To implement the new plant operated by AgriGen, a consortium comprising large-scale agricultural businesses based in Suffolk, Siemens joined forces with Thöni, an Austrian industrial group specializing in the generation of bioenergy. Designed to generate biogas, the plant uses a special method developed by Thöni. This involves continuously filling fluid and solid matter into a wet fermenter, which is at the heart of natural gas production technology, with the aid of a special feeding technique. The liquid substrate is fed into the fermenter by a pump and renewable resources are added by means of a solids loading device. To enable precise monitoring and simple automation of the plant, Siemens supplied the Simatic S7-300 controller, Simatic ET200S distributed I/O andvisualization software WinCC V7.0. The I/O and Sinamics frequency converter are linked via Profibus. Precise height, pressure and temperature measurements are performed using the radar level transmitters Sitrans LR200, Pointek CLS300/500, Sitrans P DSIII and Sitrans T from Siemens. The plant’s ingenious twist The unusual feature of this plant are the specially designed paddles used to keep the material moving and well homogenized. This prevents sediment settling on the floor of the fermenter and stops any potential suspended particles forming floating layers, so creating the optimum conditions for biological decomposition of the materials. The paddle mixers are driven by a planetary gear and Sinamics G120 frequency converter. The smaller propeller mixers are also fitted with Sirius 3EW40 soft starters. The optimum automation concept in combination with the patented paddle mixer has reduced the plant’s electricity consumption by 50 percent. CaptionsThe biogas plant in Suffolk is one of several implemented jointly by Siemens and Thöni. In conjunction with the Profibus-controlled Sinamics G120 frequency converter from Siemens, the patented paddle mixers achieve 50 percent power savings due to energy recovery. The Sinamics G120 from Siemens is a modular converter with a higher power density and space-saving frame size. Sitrans LR200 is designed for flexible continuous monitoring of liquids within the plant.

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Ines Giovannini | 2015-11-12
New study: profitability of electrical ferries
Trondheim, Norway. Together with Bellona, Siemens analyzed the profitability of Norwegian electrical and hybrid ferries. The result: 70 percent of all vessels with alternative propulsion systems on Norway’s waterways can be operated profitably. Today, there are around 180 diesel-powered ferries operating some 111 routes across Norway’s fjords. The study has

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Trondheim, Norway. Together with Bellona, Siemens analyzed the profitability of Norwegian electrical and hybrid ferries. The result: 70 percent of all vessels with alternative propulsion systems on Norway’s waterways can be operated profitably. Today, there are around 180 diesel-powered ferries operating some 111 routes across Norway’s fjords. The study has shown that 127 of the 180 ferries could be driven using battery power or a hybrid propulsion system and still remain profitable – more than 70 percent of the country’s ferry fleet. Compared to diesel-powered ferries, they are much more environmentally friendly as well: CO2 emissions are cut by 300,000 tons per year Diesel consumption is cut by 100,000 tons per year NoX emissions are cut by 8,000 tons per year This study was compiled by Siemens and Bellona, a Norwegian environmental organization. The first fully electrical car ferry "Ampere" served as a basis for the analysis. Having been in operation for the past six months on a regular schedule, Ampere delivers significant savings in operational costs and greenhouse gas emissions for the ship owner Norled. Naturally these findings do not just apply to Norway. Any shipowner worldwide owning ferries operating with a similar profile to the Norwegian ferry fleet may benefit from running battery-driven or hybrid ferries. Read the full study here.

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David Petry | 2015-11-11
Control precision
Wireless communication from Siemens enables reliable operation of automatic guided vehicle systems Merzig, Germany. The US American mechanical engineering company Fori Automation develops automatic guided vehicle systems (AGVs) for the automotive, aerospace and defense industries. To ensure that the loads transported by its AGVs – often valued in the millions

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Wireless communication from Siemens enables reliable operation of automatic guided vehicle systems Merzig, Germany. The US American mechanical engineering company Fori Automation develops automatic guided vehicle systems (AGVs) for the automotive, aerospace and defense industries. To ensure that the loads transported by its AGVs – often valued in the millions – arrive safely at their destination, these automatic guided vehicles have to enable precise coordination to within just 5 millimeters. This is made possible by a wireless communication system from Siemens, which allows Fori to now place up to 50 AGVs on the plant floor – three times the previous number. The time required for engineering, building and testing the AGVs has also been significantly reduced. Synchronizing the control and operation of a large number of AGVs simultaneously is something of a challenge, according to Greg Stegner, Project Engineer in charge of controls at Fori Automation. The 25-ton, 12-meter long and 4.5-meter wide rectangular metal boxes are designed to transport large, expensive cargos and also tools through the factory hall. Specially developed polyurethane swivel casters minimize floor loading and enable multidirectional AGV movements. Four Hall-effect sensors guarantee correct positioning and precision guidance of the AGVs. Because the laden AGVs also need to communicate continuously with other plant systems with no risk of interruption, a reliable communication system is paramount. Efficiency, safety and time savingsThis prompted Stegner and his team to opt for the use of a Profinet-based wireless Industrial Ethernet network using theSimatic ET 200S distributed I/O and Scalance components from Siemens. Using the 5-Gigahertz frequency spectrum with nine channels, the wireless network delivers absolute security. The handheld Human Machine Interface (HMI) device, theSimatic Mobile Panel 277F-IWLAN from Siemens, allows the automatic guided vehicles to be operated with utmost ease. The new Profinet WLAN from Siemens now allows Fori Automation to put up to 50 AGVs on the plant floor, almost triple the number previously possible. And the seamless inter-operability of Siemens components has meant a significant reduction of time required for engineering, building and testing the automatic guided vehicle systems. Fori Automation is now in a position to deliver improved solutions more quickly and at more favorable conditions. CaptionsThe automatic guided vehicle systems transport predominantly heavy and high-value loads for customers in the automotive, aerospace and defense industries. Fori Automation automatic guide vehicles are 25-ton heavy rectangular metal boxes around 12 meters in length and 4.5 meters wide.

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Press Team Industries | 2015-11-09
Integrated software for the electronics industry
Siemens at the Productronica in Munich Munich, Germany. At this year’s Productronica, Siemens will be presenting its industrial software solutions for the electronics and mechatronics industry in hall A3, booth 446. These are designed to enable industrial customers and users to enhance their production efficiency and at the same time

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Siemens at the Productronica in Munich Munich, Germany. At this year’s Productronica, Siemens will be presenting its industrial software solutions for the electronics and mechatronics industry in hall A3, booth 446. These are designed to enable industrial customers and users to enhance their production efficiency and at the same time reduce their engineering time, costs and time-to-market. The Productronica, the world’s leading trade fair for electronics development and production, opens its doors from November 10-13 in Munich. At the Productronica 2015, Siemens will be presenting its integrated industry solutions including manufacturing execution, quality management, business intelligence and planning and scheduling to interested members of the trade fair public. Among the Siemens innovations at the show will be the Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) offering Simatic IT for mechatronics and Simatic IT Unicam eMES to address the requirements of PCB and box manufacturers. Also featured will be the new version of Simatic IT Unicam FX, a software tool for PCB assembly, Simatic IT Unicam Test Expert, design-for-test software for the electronics industry, and the new version of the Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) tool Simatic IT Preactor.

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Ines Giovannini | 2015-11-06
Siemens at the BrauBeviale 2015: Discover the potential of digitalization
The BrauBevialewill once again be held in Nuremberg, Germany, from November 10 through 12, 2015. It is regarded as one of the brewing industry"s most important trade fairs. Siemens will present its products and solutions under the slogan "Discover the potential of digitalization" on booth 419 in hall 7. The

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The BrauBevialewill once again be held in Nuremberg, Germany, from November 10 through 12, 2015. It is regarded as one of the brewing industry"s most important trade fairs. Siemens will present its products and solutions under the slogan "Discover the potential of digitalization" on booth 419 in hall 7. The exhibits at the BrauBeviale cover the whole range of products and services along the process chain in the beverage business.Siemenswill tell visitors all about its comprehensive range of products and services for the beverage industry. At the "dialog stations", Siemens experts will explain how the interaction of automation and digitalization can increase efficiency and productivity along a plant"s entire value chain. Intelligent networking of the digital and real worlds The intelligent networking of the virtual and real worlds can make plant operators more flexible and thus more competitive. One example of the software solutions that Siemens is presenting at the BrauBeviale 2015is the Simatic B.Dataenergy management system for the entire beverage industry. Another is Simatic IT, which the operator can use to call up all the relevant information about his plant at all times in order to improve his workflows. With Optimized Packaging Line (OPL), Siemens is exhibiting its concept for the complete, integrated automation of packaging lines and machines. Siemens will also offer the Braumat process control system, plant simulation, process instrumentation, and tracking and tracing with RFID systems all designed specifically for the brewing industry. Visit us on booth 419 in hall 7.

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David Petry | 2015-11-05
Wireless communication in oil and gas production – new white paper
Reducing costs in oil and gas production with wireless communication. A new white paper on the subject illustrates how wireless communication can save costs in the oil and gas industry, particularly given the often remote locations of production facilities. The satellite-based systems used to solve the communication problem to date

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Reducing costs in oil and gas production with wireless communication. A new white paper on the subject illustrates how wireless communication can save costs in the oil and gas industry, particularly given the often remote locations of production facilities. The satellite-based systems used to solve the communication problem to date do not provide sufficient bandwidth for the data volumes required. These solutions also tend to be relatively slow. Three different wireless technologies provide a possible remedy: WiMAX, WiFi/WLAN and 3G. All three wireless technologies provide reliable wireless communication and help to drive down the provisioning and operating costs of many applications in this challenging environment, both onshore and offshore.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2015-11-02
Cigarette filters cut with microsecond accuracy
Automation solution with Siemens technology improves measurement and production quality Schwalmtal, Germany. An international supplier of machines for the tobacco industry, International Tobacco Machinery Germany GmbH (ITM), has developed a highly flexible automation system for the manufacture of multi-segment filters – implemented with the aid of Siemens technology. This solution

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Automation solution with Siemens technology improves measurement and production quality Schwalmtal, Germany. An international supplier of machines for the tobacco industry, International Tobacco Machinery Germany GmbH (ITM), has developed a highly flexible automation system for the manufacture of multi-segment filters – implemented with the aid of Siemens technology. This solution has meant a marked improvement in measurement accuracy and consequently production quality. The trend in cigarette filter production is moving away from the traditional monofilter towards a combination of different filter segments –known as multi-segment filters. ITM and Siemens collaborated on the development of a new high-speed plant module to manufacture them. Every segment of the multi-segment filter is optimized for a specifically assigned characteristic, such as a certain filter property or flavor, and production takes place in several work steps. Initially all the required materials are fed into the machine in the form of a basic filter rod and subdivided into the required segment length. The filter plugs can then be made back into a single piece in the desired sequence and combination. This contains all the filter segments required for several cigarettes, and is then once again cut into pieces for the tobacco sleeve to be applied to the relevant filter end. For precise determination of the interface, a microwave sensor is used. It measures the density of the individual passing filters, and reads out the measured density progression of the different filter segments as an analog value. Here, the analog signal must be captured at precisely identical intervals of well below 60 microseconds. Clock synchronous measured value transmission with oversamplingTo comply with these requirements, Siemens worked in close cooperation with ITM to develop a new high-speed analog module AI 2xU/I HS with oversampling for the scalable distributed I/O Simatic ET 200SP. This enables consistently equidistant analog value measurement at 50 microsecond intervals. The result: The filters can now be cut with a precision and tolerance of just 2/10ths of a millimeter. Nonconforming filter segments can also be reliably detected and ejected from the downstream production process. This automation solution has permitted a marked increase in measurement accuracy with a corresponding improvement in production quality. CaptionsThe modular machine series Soliris from ITM allows cigarette filters to be composed from as many as four different filter segments. The microwave sensor reads out the density progression of the filters as they pass at over 500 meters per minute by means of an analog signal. The high-speed analog module of the distributed I/O Simatic ET 200SP is able to measure analog values at absolute equidistant intervals of 50 microseconds.

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Ursula Lang | 2015-10-29
fresh off the press: Siemens MediaService October 2015
Industry NewsThe October issue of Siemens Media Service presents a variety of new products and practical applications in drive and automation technology. First up is a new transponder, the latest addition to Siemens’ RFID portfolio. Also, the Sinamics G120C converter is now available in a new housing size. A luxury

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Industry NewsThe October issue of Siemens Media Service presents a variety of new products and practical applications in drive and automation technology. First up is a new transponder, the latest addition to Siemens’ RFID portfolio. Also, the Sinamics G120C converter is now available in a new housing size. A luxury stud uses Siemens technology and a sophisticated suction unit to remove vast amounts of horse manure. Steel or stone, paper or glass, or even food – Siemens automation techno­logy is used for high-pressure water jet cutting. Product lifecycle management software supports the development and production of modern buses and coaches. And “powermanager,” our PC-based energy monitoring software, helps cut power consumption at a Bavarian sawmill.Find out more at:MediaService OctoberMediaServiceMediaService Digithek for downloading individual articles from all issues MediaService Industries Blog

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Ursula Lang | 2015-10-28
Wind of change for turbines
Siemens wind turbines use industrial automation technology to improve the design quality and availability of wind power plants Brande, Denmark. To enable the rapid, economical construction of wind turbines, Siemens Wind Power relies on standard products, modular solutions and proven Siemens automation technology. The result: Improved design quality and availability

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Siemens wind turbines use industrial automation technology to improve the design quality and availability of wind power plants Brande, Denmark. To enable the rapid, economical construction of wind turbines, Siemens Wind Power relies on standard products, modular solutions and proven Siemens automation technology. The result: Improved design quality and availability of wind power plants. Siemens has developed a platform strategy in the form of the Siemens Integrated Control System Platform (SICS) which allows a number of shared system components to be used for different turbine configurations – in a similar way to the automotive industry. On the basis of these industrial standard components, Siemens has also developed a new control system for turbines. To allow all the relevant quality and performance parameters of a wind power plant to be recorded and transmitted, Siemens uses the globally standardized, manufacturer-independent automation network Profinet. To supplement this, Siemens selected its Simatic Microbox PC427 to provide real-time control for the turbines. Using this proven industrial automation technology allows Siemens to operate a service center in Brande “from which we can monitor the entire installed fleet of turbines,” explains Michael Bjerre Laursen, Head of the SICS (Siemens Integrated Control System) project at Siemens Wind Power. If a fault occurs, the turbine can be accessed and controlled from any optional location. “Profinet enables us to get more detailed information about the condition of the electrical system for service and maintenance.” Flexibility and reliability through a platform conceptWith the SICS platform, Siemens has provided an integrated solution allowing the use of an increasing number of standardized components. Because these components have worked reliably over long periods of time, they provide the assurance of dependable operation and availability. By using this platform and a high number of standard components, Siemens is able to realize new turbine designs more quickly and cost-effectively. CaptionWind turbine from Siemens with gearless technology and Profinet.

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Press Team Industries | 2015-10-26
360 degree trunk handling
Four-sided chipper enables optimum timber yield with minimal footprint Oberkirch, Baden-Württemberg. Saw mill equipment supplier Linck has engineered a compact four-sided chipper with the aid of ultra-modern Siemens control technology. The resulting prototype is nothing short of impressive: Minimal space requirement, perfectly sawn timber, ultra-modern technology. While commonly used chipper

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Four-sided chipper enables optimum timber yield with minimal footprint Oberkirch, Baden-Württemberg. Saw mill equipment supplier Linck has engineered a compact four-sided chipper with the aid of ultra-modern Siemens control technology. The resulting prototype is nothing short of impressive: Minimal space requirement, perfectly sawn timber, ultra-modern technology. While commonly used chipper systems generally work according to the “chip, rotate, chip” principle, the new four-sided chipper will be capable of machining logs all round in a single step in future. The result is a compact system with an overall length of just 8.7 meters which is ideally suited to fit into any saw mill, even where space is at a premium. End-to-end trunk guidance The special feature of the new plant is continuous guidance of the trunk throughout the machining process. By laser scanning, a 3D model is created of every trunk, on the basis of which a host computer calculates the optimum trunk cutting waste. The resulting target settings ensure that the trunk is precisely aligned every time. The host computer of the programmable logic controllers (PLCs) Simatic S7-1518F, currently the most high-powered controller in the Siemens portfolio, delivers the data required for compensatory movements and forward feed. Brain and brawnThe chipper is driven by four 160 Kilowatt asynchronous motors using Sinamics S120 converters. By using the distributed I/O ET200 SP, Linck is able to control the entire system including all the safety functions with just a single PLC. The Oberkirch-based company aims to make greater use of the TIA Portal in future for its engineering processes, to enable even more efficient control of complex machinery. CaptionsThe new four-sided chipper with continuous log alignment. Linck used the Engineering FrameworkTIA Portal for the first time to engineer the complete plant and create the user interface. The individual chippers are driven by variable-speed 160 Kilowatt asynchronous motors from Siemens. Linck uses control and drive technology from Siemens throughout the plant.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2015-10-22
Digitalization in automotive industry – New market-specific portal for the digital transformation of automotive manufacturing
Siemens is the only company in the market able to provide already today hardware and software solutions needed for the digitalization of the entire automotive value chain. The new Siemens Automotive Market Portal on the Internet informs on what this is all about. On the new Siemens Automotive Market Portal,

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Siemens is the only company in the market able to provide already today hardware and software solutions needed for the digitalization of the entire automotive value chain. The new Siemens Automotive Market Portal on the Internet informs on what this is all about. On the new Siemens Automotive Market Portal, automotive companies as well as machine tool manufacturers and plant engineering companies can read up on current trends and topics and access information on the Siemens portfolio for automotive production. Descriptions of concrete applications, customer references and expert videos provide deeper insights into the individual topics. Initially available in English, the new website will be constantly updated and new content will be added regularly, primarily in multimedia formats such as reference videos, infographics and expert videos. In addition, the website is to be linked to Social Media platforms. The website is systematically organized around the target groups’ fields of interest. This allows quick and intuitive access to all relevant information. The market-specific portal can be explored using two different navigation approaches. Starting from selected digitalization topics relevant to the automotive industry, the users can directly access detailed information about specific solutions for the individual phases of the value chain. Alternatively, the users can explore the portal’s contents by looking at application-specific solutions across the different steps of automotive manufacturing, for instance press shop or powertrain. Selected reference projects and customer stories to show how Siemens, as the only company in the world, is able already today to support our customers from the automotive industry along all steps on the way towards the digital enterprise.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2015-10-21
Bottling revolution
New vacuum bottling process automated with Siemens technology Tenningen, Germany. Leibinger GmbH, a manufacturer of bottle filling plants based in Tenningen, opted to use Siemens automation technology in the development of a new filling process. The method usually used for bottling beverages using carbon dioxide is costly and damaging to

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New vacuum bottling process automated with Siemens technology Tenningen, Germany. Leibinger GmbH, a manufacturer of bottle filling plants based in Tenningen, opted to use Siemens automation technology in the development of a new filling process. The method usually used for bottling beverages using carbon dioxide is costly and damaging to the environment. Bottling beer, wine or soft drinks is a complex business: To maintain optimum taste and appearance and also maximize the shelf life of beverages, the bottles must be completely devoid of oxygen. The customary method is to flush them with CO2 before filling. This process is time-consuming and not particularly friendly to the environment. These drawbacks prompted Leibinger to develop a new method known as balloon style technology, which allows the use of carbon dioxide to be completely dispensed with. To automate the processes involved, Leibinger opted to useSimatic S7-1200 controllers from Siemens which are operated using Comfort Panels. The engineering work was completed using the TIA Portal. The new tailor-made automation solution enables high bottling speeds and the use of a self-optimizing filling valve control. In addition, the balloon is made of recyclable material, allowing operating costs to be substantially reduced. Balloon style technologyBalloon-style bottling entails removing the oxygen from the bottles using a vacuum. The balloon-style bottling process starts by inserting a thin rubber balloon into the bottle. An artificially created vacuum causes the balloon to expand until it completely lines the inside surface of the bottle and the valve. The beverage flowing into the bottle displaces the balloon to the point where it can be withdrawn from the bottle again CaptionsThe vacuum bottling method developed by Leibinger GmbH is revolutionizing the bottling industry. Simatic S7-1200 series controls enable cost-efficient and trouble-free bottling plant automation. Balloon-style technology enables fast, simple bottling – entirely without CO2.

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David Petry | 2015-10-20
Closing the gap with EWave
Smart Water for drinking water supplies: Siemens drives forward the development of an innovative water management system Erlangen. For the operators of drinking water supply networks, satisfying the demand for a reliable supply of high-quality drinking water while ensuring optimum energy efficiency poses a focal challenge. A development project supported

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Smart Water for drinking water supplies: Siemens drives forward the development of an innovative water management system Erlangen. For the operators of drinking water supply networks, satisfying the demand for a reliable supply of high-quality drinking water while ensuring optimum energy efficiency poses a focal challenge. A development project supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) entitled “Water Supply Energy Management System” (Ewave) is designed to close the gap between these apparently conflicting objectives. Also on board as an industrial project partner is Siemens. A project team made up of scientific and industrial partners including Siemens is developing the future of water management within the framework of the Ewave development project supported by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project focuses on achieving the minimal use of resources coupled with maximum energy efficiency. The plan is to develop a pilot assistance system which will be used in the control center of one of the national water utility companies. To allow the assistance system to be rolled out to other supply networks similar to the pilot set-up, the developers have opted to use a modular structure for the system architecture. Its basis is the existingSiwa water management system from Siemens, a modular solution for pipelines, drinking water and wastewater networks which will optimize pump operation, detect and localize leaks and perform dynamic simulations of pipeline systems. This Smart Water solution will extend the functionality of theSimatic PCS 7 process control system whose software modules can be flexibly combined as required. Modular structures for maximum flexibilityThe assistance system is based on a mathematical model and calculates how to optimize operation of the entire supply system for maximum energy efficiency. The operating personnel receive the suggestion which can then be adopted unchanged or quickly and simply adapted using a graphic user interface. Situation-specific framework conditions can also be set by the operator, which then triggers a new calculation. In this way, the increased level of automation enables a drinking water supply which is both cost and energy efficient. The research project is due to run for a term of three years, with initial results expected in the spring of 2016. CaptionsTo allow the assistance system to be rolled out to other supply networks similar to the pilot set-up, the developers have opted to use a modular structure for the system architecture.

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David Petry | 2015-10-19
Reliable Telemonitoring of Hundreds of Trash Compactors
Remote communication using cellular routers helps improve waste disposal services and save costs Rochester, New York, USA. Disposing of waste is a challenging task for all kinds of companies in this day and age. Waste Harmonics, a waste services broker based in Rochester, USA, supervises waste disposal and recycling for

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Remote communication using cellular routers helps improve waste disposal services and save costs Rochester, New York, USA. Disposing of waste is a challenging task for all kinds of companies in this day and age. Waste Harmonics, a waste services broker based in Rochester, USA, supervises waste disposal and recycling for commercial customers, no matter where in the world their operations are based. The service provider brokers local haulage services and acts as a single point of contact. It also simplifies the payment process and lowers the total cost of managing waste and recycling. To allow the operating condition of its trash compactors to be monitored, reliable and wireless communication is essential. Waste Harmonics relies on a Siemens solution with the 3G cellular router Scalance M875 and the PLC Simatic S7-1200. Particularly for companies operating a lot of different locations such as supermarket chains with a large number of branches that span a wide geographical area, local waste disposal and recycling poses a challenge. If one of the trash compactors or balers rented from Waste Harmonics should break down, all the customer needs to do is contact the broker to arrange for a repair. To ensure that there is no build-up of trash or recyclable materials in the meantime, the waste disposal broker Waste Harmonics requires a continuous flow of data about operating conditions, predictive maintenance or troubleshooting around the clock, no matter how distant the site. This service is taken care of by Siemens with its Simatic S7-1200 programmable logic controller (PLC) and a Scalance M875 3G cellular router. The wireless communication solution has brought about significant cost savings and enabled a marked improvement in remote troubleshooting and diagnostics. Captions:Remote monitoring allows Waste Harmonics to check the operating condition of its trash compactors at any time. The Scalance M875 3G cellular router from Siemens enables reliable wireless communication no matter what the distance.

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Press Team Industries | 2015-10-09
Overwrapper packages with drives and TIA
Changeover to Siemens technology Wormer, Holland. Dutch packaging machine specialist Sollas Holland B.V. relies on Siemens controls and drive technology in its overwrapping machine SE40. Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) is helping to reduce the time to market and drive down overall operating costs. The change has also helped improve the

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Changeover to Siemens technology Wormer, Holland. Dutch packaging machine specialist Sollas Holland B.V. relies on Siemens controls and drive technology in its overwrapping machine SE40. Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) is helping to reduce the time to market and drive down overall operating costs. The change has also helped improve the machine’s profitability. Sollas based in Wormer, Holland, produces packaging systems alongside custom-designed packaging solutions. The Dutch family business has specialized in overwrapping and banding machinery for the cosmetics and perfume, tea and coffee, confectionery and stationery industries - all fields which place stringent demands on product packaging: Products not only have to be protected from scruff marks and scratches, but the packaging is required to support the quality aspirations of the product and also provide a tight seal. The overwrapping machine Sollas SE40 upgraded using Siemens technology was designed as an entry-level model for threshold markets and offers outstanding versatility. The use of Simatic S7-1200 controls, Sinamics V90 servo drives and V20 frequency converters has enabled Sollas to improve operating efficiency and also offer the machine at a more competitive price. These components also ensure an excellent standard ofpackaging quality coupled with high machine speeds. In addition to these benefits, the new components have simplified operation, maintenance, and the supply and stocking of spare parts.Raimondo Hooft, Account Manager at Siemens: “Through good consultation and making use of Siemens Engineering Tools, we were able to put together an optimum modular selection of products which provides the right balance between pricing, efficiency and continuity.”

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Peter Jefimiec | 2015-10-07
New display for Sinumerik 808D
A new 8.4 inch display offers an improved overview and greater user convenience for the Sinumerik 808D Advanced. Milan, Italy. As part of its presentation at the EMO 2015 in Milan, Siemens will be unveiling the PPU161.3, a new, larger display for its Sinumerik 808D Advanced CNC control. The new

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A new 8.4 inch display offers an improved overview and greater user convenience for the Sinumerik 808D Advanced. Milan, Italy. As part of its presentation at the EMO 2015 in Milan, Siemens will be unveiling the PPU161.3, a new, larger display for its Sinumerik 808D Advanced CNC control. The new display replaces the 7.5 inch LCD displays previously supplied by Siemens for the Sinumerik 808D Advanced. The PPU 161.3 offers a resolution of 800x600 pixel, making for improved operating convenience at the machine. Sinumerik 808D Advanced is tailored to meet the demands of modern standard machines. The CNC control offers outstanding performance potential for standard lathes and milling machines. Sinumerik 808D Advanced is available in a wide choice of language versions for use in international markets, including English, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Russian, Polish and Korean.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2015-10-07
Maximum productivity in can making
Control technology makes for greater can manufacturing flexibility Kufstein, Austria. The company Pirlo has been manufacturing tinplate cans, mainly three-piece, for over 100 years. The new SFM 1/300 stretch forming machine complies with growing demands on productivity and flexibility – with Siemens automation technology. The stretch forming machine supplied by

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Control technology makes for greater can manufacturing flexibility Kufstein, Austria. The company Pirlo has been manufacturing tinplate cans, mainly three-piece, for over 100 years. The new SFM 1/300 stretch forming machine complies with growing demands on productivity and flexibility – with Siemens automation technology. The stretch forming machine supplied by machine manufacturer Klinghammer picks up the printed and welded tinplate cylinders used to form the can body, stretches them to their final shape and at the same time forms the thread notches for the screw-on lid. The production method gives rise to a particular challenge: while the bodies are fed at random angles of rotation, it is vital that the welded seam – the weakest point – is not expanded further during formation of the thread notches. This makes aligning the bodies prior to the actual shaping process the most demanding step of the whole process from the technological perspective. In this step, Siemens Multiturn encoders are used to communicate with the Simatic S7-1500 via Profinet Isochronous-Real-Time IRT. The controller evaluates the position, and in sync with the operating cycle, actuates the magnet system which turns the body to the required alignment. The extremely high speeds and forming process dynamics are made possible by the use of Sinamics S120 servo regulators for the powered axes and hydraulic pumps. CaptionsThe cans are fed precisely aligned towards the body conveyor star. The second stretching process gives the can its recognizable shape. The automatic stretch forming machine SFM1/300. The machine is set up by the operator at the central Simatic Basic Panel. A view of the compact control cabinet shows the Sinamics converters at the top and the Simatic S7-1500 controller with integrated display in the bottom row.

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David Petry | 2015-10-05
Safety in a rural idyll
Siemens measurement technology improves solvent storage Stowmarket, England. In modernizing its plant in Suffolk, England the US chemical manufacturer PPG Industries commissioned a new solution encompassing reliable, efficient technology from Siemens. The local factory specializes in automotive finishes. PPG Industries commissioned engineering consultants Lark Technology to improve safety and efficiency

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Siemens measurement technology improves solvent storage Stowmarket, England. In modernizing its plant in Suffolk, England the US chemical manufacturer PPG Industries commissioned a new solution encompassing reliable, efficient technology from Siemens. The local factory specializes in automotive finishes. PPG Industries commissioned engineering consultants Lark Technology to improve safety and efficiency in its chemical plant in the small English town of Stowmarket. The automated control system used by Lark Technology relies on SiemensSitrans LR250 radar level transmitter and Sitrans LVL200 vibrating level switch. Used in conjunction with the plant’s existing Profibus system, these sensors enable precise measurement of the solvent level in the company’s 33 tanks, preventing any risk of overflow. The Siemens components facilitated simple installation as well as rapid configuration. PPG is so delighted with this efficient and cost-effective solution that it intends to install additional Siemens devices in its Stowmarket plant in the future. Captions:The Sitrans LR250 allows PPG Industries to reliably measure the filling level of its process tanks. The Sitrans LVL200 provides high-level overfill protection, ensuring maximum safety. Industrial networking allows tracking of all process sequences in real time.

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Gerhard Stauss | 2015-10-05
Webinar: simple online configuration of pushbuttons and signaling devices – 7 October 2015
Sirius ACT online configurator – intuitive, fast and easily manageable using Drag"Drop. In aWebinar due to be held on 7 October 2015, at 4.00 p.m. (CEST), Siemens expert Marcel Schulz will be demonstrating how simple the individual configuration of pushbuttons and signaling devices can be using the new online configurator

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Sirius ACT online configurator – intuitive, fast and easily manageable using Drag"Drop. In aWebinar due to be held on 7 October 2015, at 4.00 p.m. (CEST), Siemens expert Marcel Schulz will be demonstrating how simple the individual configuration of pushbuttons and signaling devices can be using the new online configurator for Sirius ACT– from the selection of products through to order placement. The new online configurator makes it easy and convenient to select, combine and order the pushbuttons and signaling devices you need. Individual devices, housings and inscriptions can be graphically combined to fit your own specific application simply using Drag"Drop. Once created, specific configurations are saved and can be reordered anywhere around the world using a unique CIN number (Configuration Identification Number). An extensive choice of documentation, explosion drawings and terminal diagrams is also available for downloading.

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Peter Jefimiec | 2015-09-30
Focus on safety
Sinamics S120 Hydraulic Drive with integrated safety functionalityErlangen, Germany. Sinamics S120 Hydraulic Drive offers high forces in a minimum of space. It comprises a dynamic hydraulic control and the space-saving interface module S120 HLA. Commissioning, operation, diagnostics and servicing of the Sinamics S120 Hydraulic Dr