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Better and faster machines through automation technology

There is hardly any industry that does not rely on machines. Machines with automation technology and test and measurement technology are used in the metal industry as well as by textile manufacturers.

No machines without automation technology

Automation technology allows machines to carry out certain work processes on their own. This saves the owner of the company not only time, but over the long term also money since fewer employees are needed. When machines employ a high level of automation technology, the degree of automation is perceptible. These processes still need people to monitor the machines and replenish the supplies. The finished products also have to be transported by hand. Automation technology achieves its goal more effectively through innovations that stem from electronics research. Although problems are solved much easier with automation technology, workers who monitor the machines face more difficult tasks. They must learn a variety of requirements by heart and always be in a position to intervene in the automation technology of the machines.

Even automation technology has its limits

The limits of automation technology were once readily apparent. Large machines were the only benefactors of automation technology and test and measurement technology. Automation technology can meanwhile be used inlarge, medium and small scale machines . Today, the limits of automation technology have more to do with whether the automation technology and test and measurement technology will pay off. If the automation technology is deployed to produce only a single component instead of thousands, then it becomes a question of the return on the investment.

Many things can be calculated and accomplished through test and measurement technology

In machines, test and measurement technology involves not only methods, but also equipment, which are used to determine a variety of values. With test and measurement technology, machine values such as pressure, length, time and temperature become visible and easy to understand.

Automation technology in machines - technologies that work hand in hand

Test and measurement technology would hardly function by itself in machine engineering were it not for control technology and automation technology. Production engineering is a good example of how test and measurement technology works alongside these other two technologies. That basically means that test and measurement technology is already being used together with automation technology in machine engineering.

Achieving the goal through various fields of test and measurement technology

Test and measurement technology involves not just one, but several interdependent fields. If engineers fail to enhance current test and measurement systems and methods, advances in test and measurement technology will come to a halt. Miniaturization, modeling and capturing methods are also helping to keep test and measurement methods on the leading edge. In the area of test and measurement technologies, especially test and measurement technology in machines, the focus is always on alignment and adjustment. When machines do not meet the desired goal, improperly calibrated test and measurement technology could be the cause. Test and measurement technology and machines are used together mainly in the area of production engineering. The underlying standards for test and measurement technology are not uniformly interpreted in every country. Germany, for instance, relies on the DIN 1913 standard, which sets the guidelines for test and measurement technology. In contrast, Austria uses OENORM M 1330, where the OE in front of the designator stands for Austria.

Automation technology is therefore a vital element of test and measurement technology and vice versa.

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IO-Link Master for Simatic controller

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has developed a new IO-Link master for its Simatic S7-1200 controller, based on the current IO-Link specification V1.1.

The IO-Link master is a module of the S7-1200 controller and connects field devices to the controller via IO-Link. The field device parameters are...

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Gesture and multi-touch operation of machines and plants

The Siemens Industry Automation Division is launching new flat-panel monitors and panel PCs with industrial standard 19 and 22-inch widescreen displays for gesture and multi-touch operation.

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New services for online condition monitoring of industrial plants

Siemens is now offering "Asset Analytics Services," a new service for online condition monitoring of machines, production lines, and even entire industrial plants.

As part of the service, Siemens experts assist companies in recording and analyzing operating and condition-based data. The aim is to provide a clear picture...

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Ethernet via two-wire cabling for new and existing systems

  • Using two-wire cabling for Ethernet with the MM992-2VD media module
  • Low-cost solution for upgrading existing cabling infrastructure, such as for migrating Profibus to Profinet
  • Ethernet data transfer over distances of up to 1,000 meters

The new MM992-2VD (Variable Distance) media module from Siemens enables the use of two-wire cabling, such as Profibus cables, for Ethernet communication,...

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Safe investments in innovation: LZH develops assessment criteria for laser-based Technologies

Bringing laser-based innovations to the market more quickly and reliably is the aim of the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) and the 37 partners in the EU project LASHARE.

In a cross-cutting subproject lead by the LZH assessment criteria for new technologies shall be determined. In the future, these criteria shall help to...

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IPH makes forging more efficient – on behalf of the EU

A faster, cheaper and more efficient producing of titanium-parts is the aim of a new research project funded by the European Union.
The german-based “Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover” (IPH) is working on the project together with two other research institutes and four... 19.02.2014 | nachricht Read more

Patented Airflow System Decreases Pollutants From Large Piston Engines

A patent was recently issued to Kansas State University for a system that controls the airflow to pistons in reciprocating internal combustion engines -- engines powered by pistons.
The system enables large-bore, multi-cylinder engines used in trains, pipelines, backup diesel generators and other fields to run efficiently while producing... 17.02.2014 | nachricht Read more

Application flexibility with guided wave radar

- New product family of Sitrans LG radar level transmitter measures using guided waves

- Four basic versions and wide-ranging configuration options cover a particularly broad application spectrum in all process industries

-Also suitable for use in hygienic applications and in harsh environments
With its new Sitrans LG series, Siemens is offering a flexible portfolio of guided wave radar transmitters suitable for virtually any type of industrial... 15.01.2014 | nachricht Read more

EasyPrecision - High-precision optical measuring system: start-up of a new high-tech company

Spin-off enters market with EasyPrecision product– developed by researchers, funded as EXIST research transfer project, and supported by InnoWi
Researchers of the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen have developed a novel measuring system for special optic devices, won a prize for it, and founded... 08.01.2014 | nachricht Read more

The world's hardest tree?

Siemens researcher prints Christmas trees from gas turbine steel
Siemens uses 3D printing processes to speed up gas turbine repair.

For certain types of turbines, defective burner parts are simply reprinted, reducing repair... 17.12.2013 | nachricht Read more
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Im Focus: World's first successful visualisation of key coenzyme

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Im Focus: Earthquake simulation tops one quadrillion flops: Computational record on SuperMUC

A team of computer scientists, mathematicians and geophysicists at Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) and Ludwig-Maximillians Universitaet Muenchen (LMU) have – with the support of the Leibniz Supercomputing Center of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (LRZ) – optimized the SeisSol earthquake simulation software on the SuperMUC high performance computer at the LRZ to push its performance beyond the “magical” one petaflop/s mark – one quadrillion floating point operations per second.

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