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Simotion motion control system now expanded with an embedded PC

The Siemens Drive Technologies Division has added an embedded PC for motion control applications to its portfolio. The powerful, compact and maintenance-free embedded PC Simotion P320-3 with DDR3 memory is suitable for all automation tasks that require dynamic motion control thanks to a real-time expansion.

The embedded PC for motion control is free of wear parts and moving parts such as hard disks and fans. Monitoring functions for the batteries, temperature and program execution are included. LEDs on the front indicate the operating states and thus make self-diagnosis easy.

The integrated power supply bridges temporary power failures. In the buffered SRAM memory, the process data is saved securely even in the event of a sudden voltage drop. The Windows Embedded Standard 2009 operating system, which increases the reliability of the system, as well as the Simotion runtime system are preinstalled. Three onboard interfaces support communication over Profinet, the open Industrial Ethernet standard.

Simotion P320-3 also has an Ethernet interface (10 / 100 / 1000 Mbit), one DVI and four USB interfaces for connecting a keyboard, USB stick and printer. The embedded PC can be used "headless", i.e. without a display, monitor or front panel. A display or monitor can, however, be optionally connected through the integral DVI interface.

The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the worldwide leading supplier of environmentally friendly production, transportation, building and lighting technologies. With integrated automation technologies and comprehensive industry-specific solutions, Siemens increases the productivity, efficiency and flexibility of its customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. The Sector consists of six divisions: Building Technologies, Drive Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility and Osram. With around 207,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry achieved in fiscal year 2009 total sales of approximately €35 billion.

The Siemens Drive Technologies Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is the world's leading supplier of products and services for production machinery and machine tools. This includes standard products but also encompasses industry-specific control and drive solutions. Integrated technologies along the entire drive train with electrical and mechanical components offer highest potential to reduce energy consumption in industrial plants. The services provided by the Division include mechatronics support in addition to online services for web-based fault management and preventive maintenance. With around 36,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Drive Technologies achieved total sales of €7.5 billion in fiscal year 2009.

Reference Number: IDT2010032317e

Julia Kauppert | Siemens Industry
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