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Siemens Industry Automation Divison

Gleiwitzerstr. 555
90475 Nuremberg
Germany

Telephone : +49 (911) 895-7945
Email : gerhard.stauss@siemens.com


Editorial archive;

RTU expands scope for telecontrol applications 26/06/2017
New Remote Terminal Units (RTU) from Siemens are said to extend the application scope of compact RTUs for telecontrol applications. Full Story...

The new easy – digitalisation down to the field level 05/06/2017
The digitalisation of a process will result in challenges. Higher data transfer rates will become as indispensable as more flexible architectures or the integration of wireless communication. However, with Profinet, an Ethernet-based standard is entering the process industries that masters all the challenges and impresses with its ease of use. Full Story...

OPC UA: Industry 4.0 glue? 13/03/2017
OPC-UA technologies are developing fast! Suzanne Gill caught up with some automation vendors to find out more about their latest OPC-UA technology developments. Full Story...

Ensuring consistent identification 27/02/2017
Tracing components through the entire production process and then analysing the data to help optimise production has been a goal in the industrial environment for some time. High-precision processes can be improved by implementing component identification with UHF RFID technology, says Ingo Hecker. Full Story...

Siemens and Bentley Systems formalise strategic alliance 30/01/2017
Siemens and Bentley Systems have formalised a strategic alliance agreement to drive new business value by accelerating digitalisation to advance infrastructure project delivery and asset performance in complementary business areas. Full Story...

Tablet PC for mobile industrial applications 23/01/2017
Siemens has introduced its first ever tablet PC. The Simatic ITP1000 industrial tablet PC which is said to be the fastest on the market. It has a projective-capacitive 10.1in Multitouch display, Intel Core i5 Skylake processor technology to allow it to handle challenging tasks, and the Trusted Platform Module. Full Story...

SCADA’s role in optimising production 06/12/2016
Brigitte Händler discusses the requirements for a SCADA system in an age of digitisation. Full Story...

Efficient approach to demanding motion control solutions 15/11/2016
Siemens has updated the software for its high-end motion control system Simotion. Version 4.5 is equipped with object-oriented programming (OOP) and communication via OPC UA, which allows mechanical engineers to implement large software projects more efficiently. They can also access Simotion data in a standardised way, across all automation levels – as far as the Cloud. Full Story...

WirelessHART: secure by design 23/10/2016
Data security is critical to the successful deployment of field instruments in plant applications. Suzanne Gill asked a variety of automation vendors for their views on WirelessHART security and their own strategies to ensure network security. Full Story...

Accenture to create Apps on MindSphere 10/10/2016
Accenture is building a range of applications for MindSphere, a cloud based platform from Siemens, to enable industrial equipment makers to benefit from new services based on data insights.  Full Story...

Siemens gains a TÜV SÜD-certified development process based on IEC 62443-4-1 30/08/2016
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. Full Story...

Planning and simulation tool for Profinet networks 17/05/2016
A new software tool from Siemens has been developed for the design and simulation of Profinet automation networks. Full Story...

SCADA benefits from greater efficiency and openness 15/04/2016
Version 7.4 of Siemens Simatic WinCC SCADA software focusses on greater efficiency and openness and can also be used with Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise.  Full Story...

Cyber Security Operation Centers for the protection of industrial facilities 13/04/2016
Siemens has opened its Cyber Security Operation Centers (CSOC) for the protection of industrial facilities – a joint location in Lisbon and Munich and one in Ohio in the USA. Full Story...

Industrial Ethernet switches for communication in harsh environments 05/04/2016
Siemens has introduced Scalance XC-100, a new line of compact switches which allow users to establish electrical and optical line and star structures for machine-level networking within the Simatic environment. Full Story...

Control system with integrated fieldbus diagnostics 22/03/2016
Siemens believes it is the first supplier to offer fully integrated and extended fieldbus diagnostics for PROFIBUS PA in a process control system.  Full Story...

Intuitive data management for process analytical technology 02/02/2016
Siemens is expanding its data management software offerings for Process Analytical Technology (PAT) with the introduction of Simatic Sipat version 5.0, which allows users to monitor and control the quality of products in real-time during manufacturing.  Full Story...

Global motor protection in explosive areas 22/12/2015
Siemens now offers its Sirius 3RV motor starter protectors and 3RU thermal overload relays with IECEx certification which allows the use of equipment in potentially explosive atmospheres globally. Full Story...

Ethernet switch connects automation and office networks 09/11/2015
Siemens has added the Scalance XR526-8C to its existing range of XR-500 Ethernet switches.  Full Story...

Compact IP65/67-rated IO system for more applications 04/11/2015
Siemens has expanded its range of compact Simatic ET 200AL IP65/67-rated IO systems to include modules with the M12 connection system, higher output currents, and longer maximum distances between modules.  Full Story...

On the road to the Smart Service World 20/10/2015
Dr. Peter Weckesser, CEO Customer Services, Digital Factory Division, Siemens AG, comments on how the company is addressing the changes in business activities of its customers due to digitalisation. Full Story...

GlaxoSmithKline announces strategic automation partner 15/09/2015
Siemens and GlaxoSmithKline have entered a global strategic partnership which will see Siemens become a strategic partner of GSK in manufacturing automation and the preferred automation supplier for its production and R&D sites worldwide, including Vaccines. Full Story...

Ethernet switches permit flexible communication 21/07/2015
The range of managed Industrial Ethernet switches available from Siemens has been extended with the Layer 2 Scalance XB-200 switches which provide data rates up to 100 Mbps and a multitude of functions.  Full Story...

Management platform enables secure and simple remote access 30/06/2015
Sinema Remote Connect is a management platform from Siemens for efficient and secure remote access to globally distributed machines and plants. The server application is said to simplify remote services, such as the remote maintenance of machines and plants, in addition to other remote applications, such as condition monitoring.  Full Story...

Industrial WLAN enables mobile monitoring 23/06/2015
CP Kelco is in the process of rolling out a controller-based, wireless network in its Danish factory. Working with iPads and QR codes, it is hoped that this will deliver a significant reduction in costs and time as well as offering greater flexibility. Full Story...

Ethernet switch delivers high bandwidth in harsh environments 02/06/2015
Siemens has expanded its portfolio of rugged network components with the Ruggedcom RSG920P – a high port density Ethernet switch designed to operate in harsh environments with widely varying climatic and environmental conditions.  Full Story...

Network management system simplifies industrial network monitoring 19/05/2015
With its new V13 Sinema Server software release, Siemens aims to simplify the monitoring of industrial networks.  Full Story...

Ensuring reliable identification 14/04/2015
Having the ability to track and trace products throughout the entire supply chain can offer huge benefits and this is where UHF RFID systems display their strengths, says Ingo Hecker, product manager RFID systems at Siemens Process Automation. Full Story...

Motor management system communicates via Modbus 31/03/2015
Siemens has expanded its Simocode pro motor management system to include Modbus communication.  Full Story...

Online industrial support line extended 17/03/2015
Siemens will be introducing its extended Industry Online Support at Hannover Messe this year. With around 1.8 million visits every month, this is one of the most frequently used Internet services offered by the company. Full Story...

Software expansion for mobile process data management 06/01/2015
Siemens has recently expanded its Comos Mobile Solutions product family, bringing together the Comos software web-based solutions for plant engineering projects in the process industry, and enabling all those involved in a project to access relevant information at any time via mobile data terminal equipment, such as tablets or a web browser. Full Story...

Plant engineering software helps improve interoperability in power system engineering 16/12/2014
Plant engineering software is helping ENERGOPROJEKT Katowice SA (EPK), a power system engineering specialist, to optimise engineering workflows and offer shorter times to market. Full Story...

Integrated automation solution benefits 02/12/2014
Control Engineering Europe spoke to Carsten Meier, marketing manager TIA Portal, Siemens AG, Digital Factory Division, to find out what benefits TIA Portal can offer users today, and in the future. Full Story...

SCADA solutions offer greater mobility 18/11/2014
Control Engineering Europe looks at some recent enhancements and additions to offer additional versatility to SCADA and visualisation solutions. Full Story...

Profibus: small installation benefits 02/09/2014
The ability of Profibus to connect to an instrument remotely is generally considered to be a feature employed only in larger plants. However, this situation is now changing, according to James Powell, business developer, PI Communications at Siemens Industry Automation. Full Story...

Ethernet redundancy device sets speed record 19/08/2014
Siemens Ruggedcom RS950G has set a speed record – the utility grade IEC 62439-3 compatible product demonstrated a transmission rate of 1 Gbps on HSR (high-availability seamless redundancy) and PRP (Parallel Redundancy Protocol) links. Full Story...

Moving forward to meet challenges 20/05/2014
Suzanne Gill reports on some of the trends and highlights that emerged from the 2014 Hannover Fair. Full Story...

Thin clients and servers in the industrial environment 13/05/2014
Industrial thin clients and servers are now being applied in industrial applications, where their performance and robustness, combined with user-friendliness and simple maintenance is paving the way for cost-optimised infrastructures. Full Story...

Ethernet comms via two-wire cabling 18/03/2014
The new MM992-2VD (Variable Distance) media module from Siemens enables the use of two-wire cabling, such as Profibus cables, for Ethernet communication, without the need for additional hardware such as modems.  Full Story...

Control system partner development project benefits the food sector 25/11/2013
Siemens Industry and Olympus Automation have entered into a partnership to deliver a solution that reduces production time and enhances the quality of soups, sauces and ready meals to the global food and beverage market. Full Story...

An increasing drive towards integration 05/11/2013
Control Engineering Europe finds out more about the benefits offered by integrated drive systems. Increasingly, automation and drives systems are being integrated to form system solutions with the aim of optimising the value added along the entire process chain. "Drive systems, sensors, and automation are now becoming a driver for change," explains Ralf-Michael Franke, CEO of Siemens Drive Technologies Division. Full Story...

Secure connection for redundant networks 22/10/2013
The new security module - Scalance S627-2M - from the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is designed to protect automation networks from unauthorised access by means of a firewall. Full Story...

Communication processor for telecontrol applications 11/09/2013
The Siemens Industry Automation Division has developed a new communication processor for telecontrol applications, based on its Simatic S7-1200 controllers. Full Story...

Making machinery and plant more secure 20/08/2013
Recent events have demonstrated that a protection concept is becoming more important for manufacturers and operators of machinery and plants. Automation components need to be protected from external attacks and unauthorised internal access. Full Story...

Improving production processes in the dairy industry 06/08/2013
Siemens' new Dairy Functional Toolset (DFT) is designed to complement the Simatic PCS 7 process control system by adding various important functions for milk-processing enterprises. Full Story...

Industry prepares for the next ‘industrial revolution’ 12/06/2013
Industry 4.0 was high on the agenda of lots of exhibitors at the Hannover Messe this year. Referred to by many as the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ the concept of Industry 4.0 is to merge the virtual world with the real world, bringing IT and production closer together. Full Story...

Drive system for World's most powerful cement mill 28/05/2013
The Siemens Drive Technologies Division has developed a new drive system for a cement mill as part of a joint project with Gebr. Pfeiffer SE. Full Story...

Super premium motors offer even greater energy efficiencies 21/05/2013
Suzanne Gill reports on some ‘super premium’ motors, designed with IEC’s IE4 requirements in mind, for those looking for greater energy efficiency today. Full Story...

Liberating operators from the control room 07/05/2013
There is universal agreement that mobile devices will be making an appearance on more plant floors in the future, although agreement from automation suppliers on a timescale for this to become general practice is less easy to come by. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

PC or PLC based control – take your pick 26/03/2013
Automation suppliers may never agree on whether PC or PLC-based control offers the best solution – in reality it really depends on the application and user preference. However, with most PLC-based systems now offering the same ‘openness’ as PCs, they look like they will be around for some time. Full Story...

Control unit with positioning capability 26/03/2013
Siemens Drive Technologies Division has added a new control unit variant with positioning capability to its Sinamics G120 drive system. Full Story...

Optimising all your assets 15/01/2013
In the current economic climate it is vital to establish strategies to remain competitive and profitable. This can mean either reducing costs of all kinds, or improving the yield, and therefore the yield-cost ratio, preferably both. Full Story...

Siemens drives forward with digitised production 18/12/2012
At the 2012 SPS IPC Drives industrial trade fair, Siemens offered visitors an insight into the modern production worlds of the future – Worlds in which, we were told, virtual processes for product and plant development will be increasingly integrated with real production. Full Story...

Modular safety relay family 21/11/2012
Siemens Industry Automation Division has introduced Sirius 3SK1, a flexible and modular range of safety relays. The new range consists of a reduced component portfolio, simplifying selection and use. Full Story...

SCADA system supports Cern in its Higgs Boson search 31/07/2012
The Cern Europe Nuclear Research Center in Meyrin in the Swiss Canton of Geneva is home to the world’s biggest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Alongside the control, monitoring and documentation of experiments conducted in the LHC, since 2001 all technical processes at Cern have been monitored and controlled by a SCADA system from the Simatic HMI family: Simatic WinCC Open Architecture (WinCC OA). Full Story...

Ultrasonic controller for level measurement 12/06/2012
Siemens Industry Automation Division has introduced the Sitrans LUT400 series ultrasonic controllers which feature a measuring accuracy of 1mm. The compact, single point ultrasonic controllers continuously monitor and control level in liquids, solids, or slurry applications for a range of industries. Full Story...

A compact Coriolis flow solution 01/06/2012
The new range of Coriolis flow measurement solutions from Siemens Industry Automation Division is said to be the most compact solution currently on the market. Full Story...

New dry solids flowmeter 13/03/2012
Siemens Industry Automation Division has expanded its dry solids flowmeter product line with the new Sitrans WF100, Sitrans WF200, and Sitrans WF250 strain-gauge load cell based flowmeters. Full Story...

Data access is key to improving water network performance 13/03/2012
Siemens has produced a Whitepaper – Potable Water Network Monitoring – which examined the role of high resolution monitoring of water quality as a means of improving the performance of the potable water supply network. It advocates the implementation of Proactive Infrastructure Management as a strategic approach to cost effective, network-wide water quality monitoring. Full Story...

Wurzburger Hofbräu brews up a storm 07/03/2012
The introduction of a Siemens brewery process control system Braumat has enabled the Hofbräu brewery in Wurzburg, Germany to modernise its fermenting and storage cellar operations. Full Story...

SCADA virtualisation – delivering real benefits? 14/11/2011
Virtualisation for SCADA systems brings many benefits such as time and cost savings, greater levels of security and operational efficiency advantages. Tony Chapman from Siemens Industry Automation highlights some of the key areas where SCADA virtualisation can add real value. Full Story...

Monitoring relays with IO-Link protects motors and plant components 24/10/2011
The entire range of monitoring relays from Siemens has been equipped with the IO-Link interface to help the relays protect motors and plant components by monitoring parameters such as temperature, speed, network quality, current and voltage. Full Story...

Safety system expanded with AS-Interface module 04/10/2011
The Siemens Industry Automation Division has expanded its Sirius 3RK3 modular safety system with the introduction of a new central module with AS-Interface. Full Story...

Energy efficiency – thinking small 30/08/2011
Even equipment with a low output and correspondingly low power dissipation can make a significant contribution towards energy saving. CEE reports on a new range of power supplies that have been designed to be optimally energy efficient. Full Story...

Wessex Water undertakes control system upgrade 31/05/2011
Wessex Water has undertaken a major process control system upgrade to deliver increased reliability and improved operational efficiencies. Full Story...

Take advantage of this window of opportunity 10/05/2011
With recent CBI figures pointing to a slowing of demand and favourable market conditions set to change, Andrew Peters, divisional director for Siemens Industry Automation and Drive Technologies says that UK manufacturers need to make strategic investment decisions now. Full Story...

Portal to a simpler engineering environment? 08/04/2011
Suzanne Gill reports on the launch of a new software engineering framework from Siemens, the TIA portal, which promises a single engineering environment to help industry better support the need for more agile production methods. Full Story...

Software for process automation 29/03/2011
The Siemens Industry Automation Division has equipped two of its software packages for process automation with new functions. In its new Version 7.0, the Simatic PDM Process Device Manager offers a redesigned user interface with more user-friendly operation, updated and supplemented device descriptions, as well as the integration of additional libraries and field devices. Full Story...

Why integrate control and safety? 22/03/2011
Control Engineering Europe finds out more about the benefits of integrating control and safety systems and finds out how a Spanish energy company achieved its goal. Full Story...

Sugar refinery win for Siemens 14/03/2011
Siemens has been awarded a contract to equip the biggest sugar refinery operating in North America with electrical and control technology. Full Story...

Virtualisation extension for WinCC SCADA 24/01/2011
Siemens Industry Automation Division has expanded the functionalities of its Simatic WinCC SCADA system Version 7 with a new software update. Full Story...

Integrated process control system supports ‘agile’ manufacturing needs 04/01/2011
A clear focus upon operational efficiency needs to be at the forefront of any business priority - particularly in the current tough economic environment. Full Story...

Electrical and automation solution for cement line 13/12/2010
In order to help it meet the growing demand for cement in Turkmenistan, due to a construction boom, Turklish-based Polimeks Insaat Taahhüt ve San. Tic. A.S. has commissioned Siemens to provide the electrical and automation equipment for a its new cement line in Turkmenistan. Full Story...

Innovation abounds at a record-breaking SPS event 13/12/2010
Politicians and bankers may be wringing their hands over economic difficulties in Europe, but at least they can console themselves in knowing that one sector - factory automation -won’t need a bailout. It is booming, and there are plenty of engineers and engineering firms ready to tell their story. Full Story...

Control and communication products for extreme conditions 02/11/2010
For applications in harsh ambient conditions, corrosive environments, or extreme temperature ranges, the standard properties of an individual device or system are often not sufficient. Full Story...