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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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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

LASELEC’s ULYS 990 Modena is marked out for success

LASELEC of France, a specialist in laser wire and cable marking, has released the ULYS 990 Modena – the latest version of its ULYS™ series of wire- and cable-marking machines for the aerospace, railway and automotive industries. LASELEC will attend several upcoming trade shows, including the Farnborough Air Show from 14 to 20 July 2008.
The ULYS 990 Modena offers enhanced laser performance thanks to a wider marking zone and higher frequency of shots, which are more than double the regular... 16.04.2008 | nachricht Read more

OFIENGINE: improvements in maintenance and reliability of marine engines

Aiming to overcome the technical and economic limitations posed by current marine engines, INASMET-Tecnalia has launched the OFIENGINE project, specifically to increase the life cycle of a number of components of the exhaust system and of the engine overall by means of a new coating technology - OFI or Oxy-Fuel Ionisation – using thermal projection. This has been developed by INASMET-Tecnalia over the last four years and is based on a supersonic plasma-assisted combustion process.
It is expected that this technology will be capable of not only generating the coatings technically necessary to combat mechanisms of identified wear, but also... 16.04.2008 | nachricht Read more

New Motor Control Center and power distribution board up to 7000 amperes

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has expanded its Sivacon S8 product spectrum of low-voltage switchgear for industrial applications and for the high-end current range up to 7000 amperes.
The newly designed Motor Control Center (MCC) with its withdrawable design is particularly suitable for the frequently changing requirements in the process... 16.04.2008 | nachricht Read more

All-round protection with IP65: HMI devices

The Siemens Division Industry Automation has added a series of rugged HMI devices with all-round IP65 protection to the Simatic HMI (Human Machine Interface) range of products.
Featuring a slim and elegant industrial design, the devices are designed for mounting on a support bracket or on a supporting foot. The new series is available... 16.04.2008 | nachricht Read more
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