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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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PC-based controller for process automation

The Industry Automation Division of Siemens has developed a new PC-based controller for process automation.
The Simatic PCS 7 AS RTX is a member of the Simatic PCS 7 controller family and offers the same system environment for engineering, visualization and... 01.04.2008 | nachricht Read more

New parallel kinematic robot for industrial applications

The EU project SMErobot presents a fundamentally new robot concept that allows the affordable robot automation of demanding industrial applications.
The new concept, which is based on the parallel configuration of the robot's joints ("parallel robots"), is modular and easy to scale and has the inherent... 31.03.2008 | nachricht Read more

A SMART robot in any shop floor

New devices for robots for use in small and medium-sized enterprises:
- flexible 3D localization of workpieces
- autonomous grasp planning
- processing without programming
- collision avoidance by automatic reduction of speed and... 31.03.2008 | nachricht Read more

Integrated automation solutions for the entire process chain

Integrated drive and automation solutions for machine tools will be the focal point of the presentation by Siemens Drive Technologies at this year's METAV trade fair. The range covers everything from CNC solutions with the Sinumerik solution line series of controls, through software tools like ShopMill and ShopTurn, right up to services for condition monitoring or machine simulation with Mechatronic Support.
In Hall 3, Booth A40 of the show in Duesseldorf, Germany, the Siemens Drive Technologies Division will present products, services, and solutions for machine... 28.03.2008 | nachricht Read more

Controller with high-speed isochronous Profinet communication

A wide range of Simatic controllers now communicates via high-speed IRT (Isochronous Realtime) Profinet.
The Siemens Industry Automation Division has therefore equipped the devices with the relevant interfaces. The CPU 319-3 PN/DP for the Simatic S7-300, the... 28.03.2008 | nachricht Read more

Better communication performance for PC-based automation

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has equipped its PC-based SIMATIC WinAC RTX controller with a Profinet interface.
This can be used for both standard Ethernet and Profinet communications, for example as a Profinet IO controller or for communicating with Profinet CBA... 27.03.2008 | nachricht Read more

Plant automation and telecontrol in the same system

The latest process control system Simatic PCS 7 has now been expanded by the Siemens Industry Automation Division with telecontrol functions. Simatic PCS 7 TeleControl connects distant substations to the central control system by means of telecontrol.
In terms of the operating philosophy and alarm signaling, there is no difference between the local or distant station as far as the plant operator is... 20.03.2008 | nachricht Read more

Sturdy and powerful controllers for Embedded Automation

The Siemens division Industry Automation is extending its Simatic Embedded Automation portfolio to include Simatic S7-mEC modular controllers.
The new open product is especially sturdy, powerful and highly modular. Simatic S7-mEC integrates control, HMI and PC functionality in one device. The new... 19.03.2008 | nachricht Read more

High performance, scalable visualization with high operator comfort

The Siemens Industry Division has clearly expanded the functionality of its visualization system Simatic WinCC in the new version 7.0. The universal scalable visualization system now offers operation in accordance with Windows Vista, easy language switching, high-performance analysis functions and an integrated MS SQL Server archive database. In the standard packages, the Power Tags have been doubled from 256 to 512 and from 1024 to 2048.
New WinCC objects for operable elements, which have been adapted to the Windows Vista design, provide the plant personnel with optical responses about possible... 13.03.2008 | nachricht Read more

Logic modules with graded text display for industry and building systems

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has developed new Logo! basic devices.
The logic modules of the 0BA6 series are significantly more powerful than their predecessor models. With 200 function blocks, the memory capacity is fifty... 11.03.2008 | nachricht Read more
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