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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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Profinet onboard increases system performance for industrial PC family

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has equipped the mainboards of its rugged industrial PC family with a Profinet interface. Designed as a three-port switch, this supports isochronous real time and integrates the Siemens PC into Profinet networks.
The controller architecture is based on the standard Profinet Asic Ertec 400 with which integrated, real-time-enabled communication can be implemented from the... 06.06.2008 | nachricht Read more

Siplace delivers more flexibility and quality to European electronics manufacturers

Siemens will present its portfolio, which is designed for the needs of European electronics manufacturers, at this year’s SMT Hybrid Packaging Trade Show in Nuremberg.
Highlights will be the Siplace X4i, which is the company’s top model and the fastest 4-gantry placement solution in the market. In addition, Siemens will also... 03.06.2008 | nachricht Read more

Combined vortex flowmeter for steam, gas and liquids

The new Sitrans FX300 vortex flowmeter series of the Siemens Industry Automation Division is equipped with a pressure sensor and a temperature sensor.
By combining these in one unit, the vortex principle is used to measure the temperature, pressure and flow of steam, gases and liquids. The new „All-in-one... 30.05.2008 | nachricht Read more

Extended range of automation products for water and wastewater installations

A free library for applications in the water and wastewater industry now exists for the Simatic PCS 7 process control system. The Simatic Water Library of the Siemens Industry Automation Division supplements the PCS 7 engineering system with over 100 proven and re-usable modules for automation and operator control.
The library also contains matching project documents – ranging from specifications to test procedures. Also new is the free "Consultant DVD" with an efficient... 30.05.2008 | nachricht Read more

The New SFC Series: Systematic Measuring and Controlling

The flexible SFC devices from Siemens Water Technologies constitute a new measuring and controlling series which complements the concept of the multi-functional MFC system. The SFC series is intended for single measurements of water parameters as is necessary in simple applications.
One main function is controlled chemical dosing which is used when disinfectant has to be added, for example. The series of devices matches the MFC system not... 05.05.2008 | nachricht Read more

Libraries for quality requirements in discrete manufacturing

Siemens Industry Automation Division has expanded its MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) offer, Simatic IT, by a set of libraries for fulfilling quality requirements in discrete manufacturing industry.
Visual inspection and non-conformance are now managed by predefined procedures easy to use and install in several types of industry. Additionally error... 30.04.2008 | nachricht Read more

New compact device for soft starting of motors

Siemens Industry Automation is expanding its product range of Sirius soft starters with the compact Sirius 3RW30.
The devices in four frame sizes enable soft starting of motors in standard applications such as pumps, conveyor belts, or fans up to 55 kilowatts at 400 volts.

The Sirius 3RW30 soft starter improves the startup characteristics of motors with two-phase polarity balancing, and avoids mechanical loads, voltage fluctuations, and current peaks. This protects not only the drive system but also the power network and thus minimizes maintenance overhead and expensive current peaks.... 23.04.2008 | nachricht Read more

Increase in productivity with integrated automation solutions

Under the motto “Increase your productivity”, Siemens is showcasing automation and drive technology solutions for machine manufacturers, plant constructors and end users at this year’s Hannover Fair.
The focus of the Siemens exhibition is a live demonstration from the world of automobile production – from the processing of the raw materials, plant layout,... 22.04.2008 | nachricht Read more

More space in the control cabinet

With the Sirius 3RA6 compact starter, Siemens Industry Automation (IA) has added to its portfolio a new low-voltage switchgear product for three-phase AC standard motors up to 32 amps.
The functions of overload relay, circuit breaker, and contactor are bundled in the device. This reduces installation and wiring overhead for the user and... 21.04.2008 | nachricht Read more

Power management in production and process automation

Siemens Industry Automation has added the function power management to the range of functions of its Simatic PCS 7 control system and Simatic WinCC visualization system for the production and process industry.
The power management add-ons, called Simatic PCS 7 powerrate and Simatic WinCC powerrate, provide a uniform power management solution for all branches of... 18.04.2008 | nachricht Read more
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To process information, photons must interact. However, these tiny packets of light want nothing to do with each other, each passing by without altering the...

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

At the International Symposium on Automotive Lighting 2019 (ISAL) in Darmstadt from September 23 to 25, 2019, the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, a provider of research and development services in the field of organic electronics, will present OLED light strips of any length with additional functionalities for the first time at booth no. 37.

Almost everyone is familiar with light strips for interior design. LED strips are available by the metre in DIY stores around the corner and are just as often...

Im Focus: Tomorrow´s coolants of choice

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Later during this century, around 2060, a paradigm shift in global energy consumption is expected: we will spend more energy for cooling than for heating....

Im Focus: The working of a molecular string phone

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 Potsdam (both in Germany) and the University of Toronto (Canada) have pieced together a detailed time-lapse movie revealing all the major steps during the catalytic cycle of an enzyme. Surprisingly, the communication between the protein units is accomplished via a water-network akin to a string telephone. This communication is aligned with a ‘breathing’ motion, that is the expansion and contraction of the protein.

This time-lapse sequence of structures reveals dynamic motions as a fundamental element in the molecular foundations of biology.

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