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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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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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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

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
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Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Miniature double glazing: Material developed which is heat-insulating and heat-conducting at the same time

Styrofoam or copper - both materials have very different properties with regard to their ability to conduct heat. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) in Mainz and the University of Bayreuth have now jointly developed and characterized a novel, extremely thin and transparent material that has different thermal conduction properties depending on the direction. While it can conduct heat extremely well in one direction, it shows good thermal insulation in the other direction.

Thermal insulation and thermal conduction play a crucial role in our everyday lives - from computer processors, where it is important to dissipate heat as...

Im Focus: Fraunhofer IAF establishes an application laboratory for quantum sensors

In order to advance the transfer of research developments from the field of quantum sensor technology into industrial applications, an application laboratory is being established at Fraunhofer IAF. This will enable interested companies and especially regional SMEs and start-ups to evaluate the innovation potential of quantum sensors for their specific requirements. Both the state of Baden-Württemberg and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are supporting the four-year project with one million euros each.

The application laboratory is being set up as part of the Fraunhofer lighthouse project »QMag«, short for quantum magnetometry. In this project, researchers...

Im Focus: How Cells Assemble Their Skeleton

Researchers study the formation of microtubules

Microtubules, filamentous structures within the cell, are required for many important processes, including cell division and intracellular transport. A...

Im Focus: World Premiere in Zurich: Machine keeps human livers alive for one week outside of the body

Researchers from the University Hospital Zurich, ETH Zurich, Wyss Zurich and the University of Zurich have developed a machine that repairs injured human livers and keep them alive outside the body for one week. This breakthrough may increase the number of available organs for transplantation saving many lives of patients with severe liver diseases or cancer.

Until now, livers could be stored safely outside the body for only a few hours. With the novel perfusion technology, livers - and even injured livers - can now...

Im Focus: SuperTIGER on its second prowl -- 130,000 feet above Antarctica

A balloon-borne scientific instrument designed to study the origin of cosmic rays is taking its second turn high above the continent of Antarctica three and a half weeks after its launch.

SuperTIGER (Super Trans-Iron Galactic Element Recorder) is designed to measure the rare, heavy elements in cosmic rays that hold clues about their origins...

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