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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.

Machine Engineering

Machine engineering is one of Germany's key industries. The importance of this segment has led to the creation of new university degree programs in fields such as production and logistics, process engineering, vehicle/automotive engineering, production engineering and aerospace engineering among others.

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Small operator panel with large visualization screen

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has developed a new operator panel in Widescreen format. The Simatic HMI TP 177B 4“ has a fully graphical 4.3 inch touchscreen and four tactile function buttons.
The new product from the 170 family of panels is notable for its compact format and a visualization screen that is one third larger than that of comparable... 13.10.2008 | nachricht Read more

Engineer Works to Clean and Improve Engine Performance

Iowa State University's Song-Charng Kong and his students are working to reduce emissions in diesel engines, develop a computer model of a gasoline engine and optimize new engine technologies. The results could be cleaner, more efficient engines in our cars and trucks.
Song-Charng Kong, Mechanical Engineering, (515) 294-3244, kong@iastate.edu

The five engines in Song-Charng Kong’s Iowa State University laboratory have come a... 19.09.2008 | nachricht Read more

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... 12.09.2008 | nachricht Read more

Synchronous linear motor with magnet-free secondary section track

The 1FN6, a synchronous motor with magnet-free secondary section track, is a new addition to the Siemens series of linear motors.
The innovative motor concept has all the advantages of direct drives such as high force density, high dynamic response, good control features and outstanding... 09.09.2008 | nachricht Read more

Open interfaces combine robotics and CNC in shop floor applications

With the standardized and open interfaces of the Sinumerik 840D sl control, Siemens enables simple integration of robots into the shop floor area.
Users of machine tools can use this to convert flexibly to automatic or series production in addition to standard tasks. Thanks to automated operation in... 29.08.2008 | nachricht Read more

Future Trends in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers over the next two decades will be called upon to develop technologies that foster a cleaner, healthier, safer and sustainable global environment.
According to the ASME report, 2028 Vision for Mechanical Engineering, mechanical engineers will need to collaborate with partners worldwide in order to apply... 14.08.2008 | nachricht Read more

Further development of process control system for laboratory requirements

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has added new components to its Simatic PCS 7 Lab process control system, specially tailored to suit laboratory requirements.
This process control system is based on the compact Box PC. It has a space-saving design and is thus especially well suited to experiments in laboratory... 08.08.2008 | nachricht Read more

Whales and dolphins influence new wind turbine design

Sea creatures have evolved over millions of years to maximise efficiency of movement through water; humans have been trying to perfect streamlined designs for barely a century. So shouldn't we be taking more notice of the experts?
Biologists and engineers from across the US have been doing just that. By studying the flippers, fins and tails of whales and dolphins, these scientists have... 09.07.2008 | nachricht Read more

Vibratory switches for liquid media

The new Sitrans LVL100 and LVL200 vibratory switches from the Siemens Industry Automation Division are suitable for signaling when the level of liquid media is sufficiently high, liquid media is required or needs to be refilled, and for protecting pumps.
The compact and user-friendly switches measure reliably even if the conditions change, for example variations in the dielectric permittivity of a medium or the... 25.06.2008 | nachricht Read more

Mobile check kit for water and wastewater metering

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has developed an all-inclusive kit for verifying the accuracy and performance of flowmeters of any brand or type.
It is suitable for flowmeters installed on water or wastewater pipes ranging from 25.4 millimeter to 9.14 meter (1 to 360 inches).

The kit comes in a... 18.06.2008 | nachricht Read more
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Im Focus: Happy hour for time-resolved crystallography

Researchers from the Department of Atomically Resolved Dynamics of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg, the University of Hamburg and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) outstation in the city have developed a new method to watch biomolecules at work. This method dramatically simplifies starting enzymatic reactions by mixing a cocktail of small amounts of liquids with protein crystals. Determination of the protein structures at different times after mixing can be assembled into a time-lapse sequence that shows the molecular foundations of biology.

The functions of biomolecules are determined by their motions and structural changes. Yet it is a formidable challenge to understand these dynamic motions.

Im Focus: Modular OLED light strips

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