Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:


Energy-efficient automation for the glass industry

Energy-efficient automation solutions for the glass industry are the focal point of Siemens' trade fair presentation at this year's glasstec which shall take place in Düsseldorf from October 21 to 25. With its Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) and Totally Integrated Power (TIP) concepts, Siemens offers a uniform range of products and systems for automation and power supply, supplemented by a comprehensive portfolio of services. Siemens also supports the complete lifecycle of plants by helping customers in the glass industry to use energy and resources efficiently, to react flexibly to market requirements, and to master the increasing product quality demands.

Using integrated automation, instrumentation, drive and power distribution solutions, Siemens links all sequences of glass production. Services and solutions developed together with process partners supplement the Siemens offering for the glass industry. The focal point of this year's trade fair presentation covers concepts and solutions on the topic of energy efficiency.

For example, the Siemens range includes energy audits which are conducted together with its customers, enabling them to analyze the energy consumption and to discover savings potentials. Energy management tools integrated in the Simatic PCS 7 process control system also provide support for optimization of energy consumption, such as using process heat to gain possible savings in electrical energy.

Low-energy, frequency-controlled motors and drives are also presented which can save up to 50 percent of the normally required electrical energy, depending on the application. Furthermore, the surplus energy from the drives can be fed back into the grid, for instance with the Smart Line and Active Line modules from the Sinamics S range. Examples show that the connected load of machines for processing hollow glass can then be reduced by almost 80 percent, and the energy consumption of the machines by about 50 percent at the same time.

Resources can also be saved due to an increased yield of glass. Siemens is developing solutions to this end together with technological partners. Such solutions extend from efficient process control with PCS 7 in the vat, floating bath and roller cooling furnace processes up to further processing of the glass. Motion control solutions with exact guidance for cutting and exact edge processing significantly reduce waste.

Another topic that will be presented covers plant productivity and safety. For example, some drives from the Sinamics range are equipped with Safety Integrated functionality which has been certified by the trade association and TÜV. This feature not only saves cabling in the control cabinet but also increases plant productivity: safety zones need no longer be switched off free of energy, and the plant can be used further at reduced speed.

Further information can be found on the Internet at:

Gerhard Stauss | Siemens AG
Further information:

More articles from Machine Engineering:

nachricht Process-Integrated Inspection for Ultrasound-Supported Friction Stir Welding of Metal Hybrid-Joints
27.09.2016 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Zerstörungsfreie Prüfverfahren IZFP

nachricht Lightweight robots in manual assembly
13.09.2016 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO

All articles from Machine Engineering >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Light-driven atomic rotations excite magnetic waves

Terahertz excitation of selected crystal vibrations leads to an effective magnetic field that drives coherent spin motion

Controlling functional properties by light is one of the grand goals in modern condensed matter physics and materials science. A new study now demonstrates how...

Im Focus: New 3-D wiring technique brings scalable quantum computers closer to reality

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo led the development of a new extensible wiring technique capable of controlling superconducting quantum bits, representing a significant step towards to the realization of a scalable quantum computer.

"The quantum socket is a wiring method that uses three-dimensional wires based on spring-loaded pins to address individual qubits," said Jeremy Béjanin, a PhD...

Im Focus: Scientists develop a semiconductor nanocomposite material that moves in response to light

In a paper in Scientific Reports, a research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute describes a novel light-activated phenomenon that could become the basis for applications as diverse as microscopic robotic grippers and more efficient solar cells.

A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has developed a revolutionary, light-activated semiconductor nanocomposite material that can be used...

Im Focus: Diamonds aren't forever: Sandia, Harvard team create first quantum computer bridge

By forcefully embedding two silicon atoms in a diamond matrix, Sandia researchers have demonstrated for the first time on a single chip all the components needed to create a quantum bridge to link quantum computers together.

"People have already built small quantum computers," says Sandia researcher Ryan Camacho. "Maybe the first useful one won't be a single giant quantum computer...

Im Focus: New Products - Highlights of COMPAMED 2016

COMPAMED has become the leading international marketplace for suppliers of medical manufacturing. The trade fair, which takes place every November and is co-located to MEDICA in Dusseldorf, has been steadily growing over the past years and shows that medical technology remains a rapidly growing market.

In 2016, the joint pavilion by the IVAM Microtechnology Network, the Product Market “High-tech for Medical Devices”, will be located in Hall 8a again and will...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>



Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

Agricultural Trade Developments and Potentials in Central Asia and the South Caucasus

14.10.2016 | Event News

World Health Summit – Day Three: A Call to Action

12.10.2016 | Event News

Latest News

Oasis of life in the ice-covered central Arctic

24.10.2016 | Earth Sciences

‘Farming’ bacteria to boost growth in the oceans

24.10.2016 | Life Sciences

Light-driven atomic rotations excite magnetic waves

24.10.2016 | Physics and Astronomy

More VideoLinks >>>