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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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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

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

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

I/O module with CPU functionality and Profinet connection

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has added a new interface module with CPU functionality to the Simatic ET200S product family of distributed I/O devices: the IM151-8 PN/DP CPU handles control tasks and communications functions via Profinet. The module is also available in the fail-safe version IM151-8 PN/DP F-CPU.
With the new IM151-8 PN/DP CPU module that has the performance power of a Simatic S7-300 CPU 314, users can implement distributed structures on Profinet. The... 11.04.2008 | nachricht Read more

Automation solutions for reliable and validatable packaging

At Interpack 2008, for the first time Siemens Drive Technologies will be exhibiting concepts and e-pedigree solutions for an electronic pedigree in the packaging process. Automatic identification of all packaging components and process assurance with Machine Vision ensures the uninterrupted traceability that is required above all in the pharmaceutical industry.
Pharmaceutical products and products from the food, beverage and tobacco industry in particular are subject to ever stricter safety requirements. Among other... 10.04.2008 | nachricht Read more

Consistent automation solutions for packaging lines

At Interpack 2008, Siemens Drive Technologies is exhibiting integrated drive and automation concepts with standardized communication solutions for packaging machines and packaging lines.
For handling modules, Siemens is presenting the path interpolation integrated in the Simotion Motion Control System in conjunction with the Simatic Visionscape... 10.04.2008 | nachricht Read more

Product innovations in distribution systems

Siemens Building Technologies (BT) has added new products to its Alpha distribution systems range for applications in residential and non-residential buildings and in industry.
This includes the Alpha 400-ZS meter cabinet, which enables a combination of Ferraris meters and the new electronic household meters (eHZ), as well as the new... 10.04.2008 | nachricht Read more

Software tool for configuring safety applications in the process industry

Version 6.1 of the Simatic Safety Matrix Cause&Effect tool for safety applications in the process industry has been equipped with new functions.
Certified up to safety level 3 by the German TÜV Technical Inspectorate, the software from the Siemens Industry Automation Division now features configurable... 10.04.2008 | nachricht Read more

Precise cut for sparkling jewels

Rubies, emeralds and tourmalines can only sparkle with the right cut. Since early this year, a fully automatic machine has undertaken this grinding process for Paul Wild GmbH. It saves up to 30 percent of the precious material and grinds the gems with greater precision.
Not until they are given the right cut do precious stones reveal their true value. And they only fetch the highest prices if the facets are even and exact.... 09.04.2008 | nachricht Read more
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Im Focus: Stevens team closes in on 'holy grail' of room temperature quantum computing chips

Photons interact on chip-based system with unprecedented efficiency

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

Scientists assess the potential of magnetic-cooling materials

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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