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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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All-inclusive kit for checking energy meters in heating, ventilation and air conditioning applications

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has developed an all-inclusive kit for checking the performance and accuracy of any type and brand of energy meter in heating, ventilation and air conditioning applications.
The kit contains the clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeter Sitrans FUE1010 along with transducers, 1000 Ohm platinum resistance temperature detectors (RTD’s), cables,... 22.10.2008 | nachricht Read more

Panel series for operator control and monitoring of simple applications

The Siemens Industry Automation division has developed a new series of operator panels for simple applications.
The new Basic Panels from the Simatic HMI (Human Machine Interface) product range have basic functions for operator control and monitoring, for example, an... 20.10.2008 | nachricht Read more

Smart Shear from Siemens VAI – a New Hydraulically Operated Plate Shear for Improved Cutting Quality and Increased Cutting Speed

Siemens VAI Metals Technologies has developed a new hydraulically operated rolling blade shear for cutting applications in heavy-plate rolling mills. Compared to conventional mechanical shears, “Smart Shear” is intended to improve cutting quality, increase the cutting speed, simplify maintenance and enable greater flexibility. The Smart Shear concept is suitable for use as a crop shear or a divide shear.
Due to the rising demand for high-strength types of steel and for plates with a greater thickness and width, the requirements placed on plate mill shears have... 15.10.2008 | nachricht Read more

Mobile operator control and visualization in 10-inch format

The new SIMATIC Mobile Panel 277 from the Siemens Industry Automation Division features a brilliant 10.4 inch touchscreen with a high resolution of 800 x 600 pixels.
This makes it possible to show images of the complex processes that go on in large-scale plants.

Coming from the 270 family of products, the device has a high... 15.10.2008 | nachricht Read more

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
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