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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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Better communication performance for PC-based automation

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has equipped its PC-based SIMATIC WinAC RTX controller with a Profinet interface.
This can be used for both standard Ethernet and Profinet communications, for example as a Profinet IO controller or for communicating with Profinet CBA... 27.03.2008 | nachricht Read more

Plant automation and telecontrol in the same system

The latest process control system Simatic PCS 7 has now been expanded by the Siemens Industry Automation Division with telecontrol functions. Simatic PCS 7 TeleControl connects distant substations to the central control system by means of telecontrol.
In terms of the operating philosophy and alarm signaling, there is no difference between the local or distant station as far as the plant operator is... 20.03.2008 | nachricht Read more

Sturdy and powerful controllers for Embedded Automation

The Siemens division Industry Automation is extending its Simatic Embedded Automation portfolio to include Simatic S7-mEC modular controllers.
The new open product is especially sturdy, powerful and highly modular. Simatic S7-mEC integrates control, HMI and PC functionality in one device. The new... 19.03.2008 | nachricht Read more

High performance, scalable visualization with high operator comfort

The Siemens Industry Division has clearly expanded the functionality of its visualization system Simatic WinCC in the new version 7.0. The universal scalable visualization system now offers operation in accordance with Windows Vista, easy language switching, high-performance analysis functions and an integrated MS SQL Server archive database. In the standard packages, the Power Tags have been doubled from 256 to 512 and from 1024 to 2048.
New WinCC objects for operable elements, which have been adapted to the Windows Vista design, provide the plant personnel with optical responses about possible... 13.03.2008 | nachricht Read more

Logic modules with graded text display for industry and building systems

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has developed new Logo! basic devices.
The logic modules of the 0BA6 series are significantly more powerful than their predecessor models. With 200 function blocks, the memory capacity is fifty... 11.03.2008 | nachricht Read more

Insulation monitors secure power supply

For early detection and correction of insulation faults, the Siemens Building Technologies Division now offers two new rack-mounting units: the 7LQ3 354 and 7LQ3 355 insulation monitors. They monitor non-grounded power supplies in medical premises, detect insulation faults as soon as they occur, and output warning signals.
Mains-dependent medical equipment must remain in operation even when threatened with a short-circuit to frame, or when the general power supply fails. The 7LQ3... 05.03.2008 | nachricht Read more

How windproof are cable cars?

A measuring system deals with the question as to the effects different wind loads have on cable cars.
Two researchers from the Vienna University of Technology (TU) have thrown light on vibration-control problems, an area little researched up to now and were... 10.12.2007 | nachricht Read more

SGT-400 gas turbine fleet achieves more than half a million hours in commercial operation

The SGT-400 industrial gas turbine fleet has exceeded 500,000 hours of commercial operation, confirming the SGT-400 as a well proven machine with wide acceptance by industry.
Individual lead packages have completed more than 54.000 operating hours, equivalent to more than six years of continuous operation.

More than 100 units have... 31.05.2007 | nachricht Read more

Radical engine redesign would reduce pollution, oil consumption

Researchers have created the first computational model to track engine performance from one combustion cycle to the next for a new type of engine that could dramatically reduce oil consumption and the emission of global-warming pollutants.
"We're talking about a major leap in engine technology that could be used in hybrid cars to make vehicles much more environmentally friendly and fuel stingy,"... 14.05.2007 | nachricht Read more

Safer and more cost-effective control units for cleaning machines

These days, floor cleaners and scrubbing machines include more and more state-of-the-art equipment which is controlled by several engines, requiring a complex and costly construction process. Furthermore, mechanical control units provide less agility, create more wear and tear and can cause physical stress to machine operators.
EUREKA project E! 3592 CLEANCONTROL has developed a compact electronic control unit to challenge this. Mainly targeted at cleaning machine manufacturers, it is... 02.05.2007 | nachricht Read more
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Im Focus: Frictional Heat Powers Hydrothermal Activity on Enceladus

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Heat from the friction of rocks caused by tidal forces could be the “engine” for the hydrothermal activity on Saturn's moon Enceladus. This presupposes that...

Im Focus: Nanoparticles help with malaria diagnosis – new rapid test in development

The WHO reports an estimated 429,000 malaria deaths each year. The disease mostly affects tropical and subtropical regions and in particular the African continent. The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC teamed up with the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME and the Institute of Tropical Medicine at the University of Tübingen for a new test method to detect malaria parasites in blood. The idea of the research project “NanoFRET” is to develop a highly sensitive and reliable rapid diagnostic test so that patient treatment can begin as early as possible.

Malaria is caused by parasites transmitted by mosquito bite. The most dangerous form of malaria is malaria tropica. Left untreated, it is fatal in most cases....

Im Focus: A “cosmic snake” reveals the structure of remote galaxies

The formation of stars in distant galaxies is still largely unexplored. For the first time, astron-omers at the University of Geneva have now been able to closely observe a star system six billion light-years away. In doing so, they are confirming earlier simulations made by the University of Zurich. One special effect is made possible by the multiple reflections of images that run through the cosmos like a snake.

Today, astronomers have a pretty accurate idea of how stars were formed in the recent cosmic past. But do these laws also apply to older galaxies? For around a...

Im Focus: Visual intelligence is not the same as IQ

Just because someone is smart and well-motivated doesn't mean he or she can learn the visual skills needed to excel at tasks like matching fingerprints, interpreting medical X-rays, keeping track of aircraft on radar displays or forensic face matching.

That is the implication of a new study which shows for the first time that there is a broad range of differences in people's visual ability and that these...

Im Focus: Novel Nano-CT device creates high-resolution 3D-X-rays of tiny velvet worm legs

Computer Tomography (CT) is a standard procedure in hospitals, but so far, the technology has not been suitable for imaging extremely small objects. In PNAS, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) describes a Nano-CT device that creates three-dimensional x-ray images at resolutions up to 100 nanometers. The first test application: Together with colleagues from the University of Kassel and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht the researchers analyzed the locomotory system of a velvet worm.

During a CT analysis, the object under investigation is x-rayed and a detector measures the respective amount of radiation absorbed from various angles....

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