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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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New series of main motors in modular design

The Siemens Drive Technologies Division is presenting a new series of main motors at this year's SPS/IPC/Drives show.
The 1PH8 series is designed for universal use in various motion control applications.

Based on a flexible modular system, the motors are available both in an... 25.11.2008 | nachricht Read more

New laser scanners safeguard small protection zones and transfer carriages

Two new laser scanners extend the product range of the Siemens Industry Automation Division. The Simatic FS660 SR (short range) laser scanner is suitable for safety-related use in small protection zones of up to 2.15 meters. The Simatic FS670 laser scanner for motion monitoring has been specially designed for transfer carriages.
Typical applications for the Simatic FS660 SR include low-speed driverless transport systems of up to two meters with a short braking path.

In fixed... 21.11.2008 | nachricht Read more

Simple, automated commissioning of Profinet configurations

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has made the commissioning of Profinet configurations considerably easier.
The new functionality allows users to predefine the cabling of the devices as a setpoint topology in the Topology Editor of Step 7. This means that it is no... 21.11.2008 | nachricht Read more

Compact UHF readers for production and production-related logistics

The Siemens Division Industry Automation is expanding its range of write/read devices in the UHF range with two compact RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) readers.
Simatic RF620R is equipped with an integrated UHF antenna and up to two external UHF antennas can be connected to the Simatic RF630R. With Simatic RF... 19.11.2008 | nachricht Read more

Distributed IOs communicate wirelessly for the first time

Simatic ET 200pro IWLAN is the first distributed I/O system from the Siemens Division Industry Automation which communicates via Industrial Wireless LAN (IWLAN).
For this purpose, the new 154-6 PN HF IWLAN interface module was developed for the Simatic ET 200pro system. The interface module wirelessly integrates the... 18.11.2008 | nachricht Read more

Compact fuse switch disconnectors with improved protection

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has now developed a new series of compact fuse switch disconnectors offering improved protection for personnel and plants as well as even more convenient connection.
The reach-round and touch protection incorporated as standard in the new Sentron 3NP1 series prevents users from touching current conducting parts when the... 14.11.2008 | nachricht Read more

End-to-end and customized automation for small and large breweries

The Siemens Industry Automation Division will be presenting its customized process control packages for small and large breweries at the Brau Beviale in Nuremberg from November 12 to 14, 2008.
Braumat Compact has been designed for start-ups and smaller brewery projects; Braumat Plus, on the other hand, with its integrated plant asset management, is... 12.11.2008 | nachricht Read more

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
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Im Focus: ScanCut project completed: laser cutting enables more intricate plug connector designs

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT have come up with a striking new addition to contact stamping technologies in the ERDF research project ScanCut. In collaboration with industry partners from North Rhine-Westphalia, the Aachen-based team of researchers developed a hybrid manufacturing process for the laser cutting of thin-walled metal strips. This new process makes it possible to fabricate even the tiniest details of contact parts in an eco-friendly, high-precision and efficient manner.

Plug connectors are tiny and, at first glance, unremarkable – yet modern vehicles would be unable to function without them. Several thousand plug connectors...

Im Focus: New Strategy Against Osteoporosis

An international research team has found a new approach that may be able to reduce bone loss in osteoporosis and maintain bone health.

Osteoporosis is the most common age-related bone disease which affects hundreds of millions of individuals worldwide. It is estimated that one in three women...

Im Focus: AI & single-cell genomics

New software predicts cell fate

Traditional single-cell sequencing methods help to reveal insights about cellular differences and functions - but they do this with static snapshots only...

Im Focus: TU Graz Researchers synthesize nanoparticles tailored for special applications

“Core-shell” clusters pave the way for new efficient nanomaterials that make catalysts, magnetic and laser sensors or measuring devices for detecting electromagnetic radiation more efficient.

Whether in innovative high-tech materials, more powerful computer chips, pharmaceuticals or in the field of renewable energies, nanoparticles – smallest...

Im Focus: Tailored light inspired by nature

An international research team with Prof. Cornelia Denz from the Institute of Applied Physics at the University of Münster develop for the first time light fields using caustics that do not change during propagation. With the new method, the physicists cleverly exploit light structures that can be seen in rainbows or when light is transmitted through drinking glasses.

Modern applications as high resolution microsopy or micro- or nanoscale material processing require customized laser beams that do not change during...

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