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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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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

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

Digital factory software links production planning and automation solution

Simatic Automation Designer, the digital engineering software from the Siemens Industry Automation Division, now has a generator for Simatic WinCC process visualization.
The new 3.0 version of Simatic Automation Designer automatically generates WinCC projects for operator control and process visualization for machines and... 09.04.2008 | nachricht Read more

New slider-bed belt scale for light-to-medium-duty loads

A new slider-bed belt scale from the Siemens Industry Automation Division measures light-to-medium-duty loads.
The Milltronics Weighdeck 600, with IP67 degree of protection, is suitable for flat belt conveyors transporting dry products as well for Intralox style belts... 04.04.2008 | nachricht Read more

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

A SMART robot in any shop floor

New devices for robots for use in small and medium-sized enterprises:
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- processing without programming
- collision avoidance by automatic reduction of speed and... 31.03.2008 | 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

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
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