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    • Ursula Lang 21/04/2017

      Competitive advantage - Solid Edge helps French research firm develop high-quality injection molds




      La Balme-de-Sillingy/France. Mold’Alp is a research firm specializing in the 3D design of tools for plastic injection molding. To maintain competitiveness in France and beyond, to meet customer demands for quality and lead time, and to address the complexity of mold tools Mold’Alp uses Solid Edge for design flexibility, ease of use and reliability. With the software from Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) specialist Siemens PLM Software the company reduced modification times by two-thirds, virtually eliminated errors and improved quality, and sustained international competitive advantage.


      Mold’Alp is a research firm specializing in the 3D design of tools for plastic injection molding. Located in Haute-Savoie, France, the company designs injection molds used in diverse industries such as automotive, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and medical, for products including caps, tips, handles, pressure sensors, flow control systems and others. To measure up to the competition both in France and internationally, Mold’Alp draws on its expertise, its versatility and the quality of its services. Its customers are particularly demanding in terms of quality and production time. To fulfill these demands, the company knows that it can depend on Solid Edge software from Siemens PLM Software to meet its customers’ quality and lead time requirements.


      Extraordinary flexibility

      The synchronous technology capability of Solid Edge offers enormous 3D design flexibility. It enables users to work intuitively in the structure of the product without having to concern themselves with the modeling environment. Synchronous modeling techniques can be used to create new parts, or to modify existing native Solid Edge parts and data produced by other CAD (computer-aided design) solutions without leaving the assembly environment. Consequently, users can easily and freely navigate and work inside the model. “It’s a bit like being on a boat that starts to pitch: you have to be able to steady it quickly,” explains company founder Thierry Blain. 


      Outstanding ergonomics

      Blain also underscores Solid Edge’s ergonomic attributes. He notes that the software is extremely intuitive compared to other CAD solutions that he has observed in use by his customers. “Just a few hours after getting started, I was operational,” Blain says. “I went on to explore the features on my own and basically taught myself. The Solid Edge radial menu and the use of a 3D mouse help me gain huge amounts of time. I only use the keyboard to type in text; everything else is done using the two mice.”


      Reliability and stability

      “I have always been very pleasantly surprised by the stability of Solid Edge, even after installing new versions,” Blain adds. “For a mid-sized company like ours, putting business on hold for a few hours or even days is simply inconceivable. A business leader has to be able to count on reliable working tools. With Solid Edge, I have never had to worry about reviewing models subsequent to a change of version. As far as I’m concerned, this is much more important than fancy functionality.”


      Modification times reduced by two-thirds

      The process for designing a mold comprises a number of steps. The first step is to analyze the part’s 3D digital shape model provided by the customer to determine whether it is compatible with the plastic injection manufacturing process. If not, exchanges between the customer and Mold’Alp’s research department establish a dialog before making the necessary changes to the part. This is followed by the actual design of the tool’s 3D model, which includes defining the parting surface and positioning the injection point. “At this stage, if more advanced studies are needed, we can use specialized rheology tools such as those of Cadflow, which interfaces directly with Solid Edge,” Blain explains. “These tools serve to optimize the position and number of injection points, detect weld lines and air entrapment locations, and design the filling so that all the requirements of the part are met.” The mold tooling design process is seldom trouble-free: the part’s geometry is liable to change at any time, in which case the modifications to its geometry must be applied to the tool, often as a matter of urgency. “With the multibody feature available in Solid Edge, all of the associated elements can be moved automatically. This reduces modification times by at least two-thirds, and removes any risk of forgetting an element, which means gaining time, quality and peace of mind. That, for me, is what it’s all about.”


      Parts design and analysis

      Mold’Alp also works on parts analysis projects, and seeks to expand this activity in the future. Blain cites the example of an innovative project in the medical sector: “We worked alongside a startup on a 6-axis robot handle intended to assist surgeons during operations on the spinal column,” he says. “Based on a pre-study sketch, we designed the handle from A to Z using Solid Edge.” Here too, Mold’Alp intends to build on its toolmaker expertise. “When you design a part, obviously you have to not only comply with the specifications, but also keep in mind all of the constraints inherent in its manufacture, including technical feasibility and costs,” Blain says.


      To measure up to the competition both in France and internationally, Mold’Alp uses Solid Edge from Siemens PLM Software.
      With Solid Edge, Mold’Alp is able to fulfill its customers’ demands regarding quality and production time.
      The synchronous technology capability of Solid Edge enables users to work intuitively in the structure of the product without having to concern themselves with the modeling environment.
      The mold tooling design process is seldom trouble-free: the part’s geometry is liable to change at any time, in which case the modifications to its geometry must be applied to the tool shortly.

    • Ursula Lang 18/04/2017

      Sand as far as the eye can see - Oil production in the desert of Oman with Siemens technology



      Muscat/Oman. Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) opted to rely on technology from the Siemens Ruggedcom portfolio to manage its oil wells spread across remote locations in the desert of Oman. What most impressed PDO about Ruggedcom products was their rugged design, crucial for coping with extreme temperature fluctuations, high humidity levels and an over-abundance of sand. The Ruggedcom communications products allow convenient remote surveillance of both manned and unmanned wellheads spread across over 300,000 square meters of desert, as well as data analysis in PDO’s head office in Muscat.


      Temperature fluctuations of just under 100 degrees Celsius, 90 percent humidity, monsoon-like rainfall, sand and dust at every turn: the 316,000 square kilometers of Sultanate of Oman consist mainly of desert. The climate conditions in Oman certainly qualify as extreme. Any technology put to work under these conditions has to be tough and robust. This was absolutely clear to Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) – a company performing 70 percent of all oil and gas production and exploration of new oil fields in Oman. PDO opted to use Ruggedcom products from Siemens to build a communications network for surveillance and monitoring of its remote oil wellheads.


      Challenging conditions

      Oman’s oil fields are not only extremely deep, but also “sour”. This means that the extracted oil contains a high proportion of toxic and explosive gas - hydrogen sulfide (H2S). For safety reasons, PDO was trying to minimize the number of staff working on sites. However, the wellheads still require constant monitoring and surveillance to deter intruders. Previously used communications equipment required air-conditioned cabinets – which was both unreliable and expensive. The Ruggedcom portfolio from Siemens offers a lower-cost, field-proven alternative. Ruggedcom products are not only more durable, capable of withstanding tough environmental conditions, but also they met PDO’s main requirements: monitoring of the oil and gas production, and extended Scada (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) connectivity for the integration of legacy process instrumentation and new sensors. PDO also required improved wellhead surveillance with real-time alarms to enable a rapid response in case of unauthorized intrusion to the site. The communication components used in the network had to be capable of covering large distances between different stations. An oil field can comprise a cluster of wellheads spread over an area of 30 square kilometers. The new technology solution equipped each oil field with a large number of sensors connected to a compact Ruggedcom RS900 Ethernet switch. The wellheads are connected by fiber optic cables to an RSG2100 switch and the data is sent to a remote gathering manifold station. From there, the collected data is transmitted by fiber optic cable to the local control room, where the RSG2100 and RSG2200 switches are used, and also to PDO’s central office in the capital Muscat. A visualization software is used for remote and convenient monitoring of oil production and communications network. Given a high concentration of gases occurring at the wellheads, some of them unmanned, and large distances between them, deploying service technicians would not only have been risky, but also cost-prohibitive.


      Satisfaction on every count

      The combination of technology from different generations does not pose a problem for the Ruggedcom network components. The Ruggedcom RS400 server copes with this by converting serial communication from Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) located directly at the wellheads into a digital form. The data is then transmitted over the Scada network. This also includes signals from surveillance cameras: any unusual movements are automatically detected, directly triggering an alarm. Legacy and new infrastructure work hand in hand without problems. The customer was deeply satisfied with the solution: “The quality of the equipment is excellent, the support we’ve received is excellent, so I’m looking at expanding the Siemens solution for future requirements,” concluded Al Kharusi, project engineer with PDO.



      Oman’s economy is largely dependent on oil and gas exports. To ensure optimum use of this natural resource, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) relies on rugged communications technology from Siemens.

      The Sultanate of Oman stretches over 316,000 square kilometers, a big part of which is desert. Harsh environmental conditions – temperature close to 100 degrees Celsius, monsoon-type rainfall and an abundance of sand - make it challenging for any type of technology to survive.

      The oil wellheads spread over remote locations in the desert are linked via manifold stations to local control rooms and to the PDO head office in Muscat.

      The components of the Ruggedcom portfolio can withstand extreme heat, sand, dust and high humidity, making them ideal for deployment in desert conditions.

    • Ursula Lang 13/04/2017

      Meltingly good - Sitrans technology optimizes the melting process for cooking fats



      Izegem/Belgium. Belgian company Vandemoortele specializes in the production of premium deep-frozen baked goods and packaged cooking fats. Reworked margarine that is returned by customers or from production departments to Vandemoortele is melted by the company, pumped into tanks and recycled or properly disposed of. In order to optimize the melting process for the margarine returned by customers or from production departments, the company uses the Coriolis flow meter from the Siemens Sitrans product family. With this new solution, the company achieves a significantly higher yield of reusable fats and oils. In addition to the resulting reprocessing efficiency, Vandemoortele is also helping to protect the environment by reducing the fat content of the water drained into the sewer system.


      High quality standards and modern production methods – ever since it was founded in 1899, the company Vandemoortele from Izegem in Belgium has been committed to these principles. The company with its respectable traditions specializes in the production of premium deep-frozen baked goods and packaged cooking fats (margarine, fats and oils) and manufactures in twelve countries around the European Union. When the reworked margarine is melted, three different layers are produced: water, fat and emulsified fatty residues. In order to accurately measure the volumes of the individual layers down to the last drop when filling the tanks, Vandemoortele uses flow measurement technology from the Siemens Sitrans portfolio.


      Cost-effective and good for the environment

      Reworked margarine that is returned by customers to Vandemoortele is freshly produced margarine that builds up during production, for example becoming stuck to the stirrer or left behind in the cooler. Vandemoortele collects and melts the margarine in a store for reworking or reconditioning and then fills the melted mass into two 150 cubic meter tanks. Here, the fluid forms three stratified layers: water, fat and emulsified fatty residues, which separate clearly from each other because of their physical properties and densities. The Sitrans FC430 Coriolis flow meter is used to ensure that the fat and water produced here is as pure as possible, i.e. as free as possible from residues of other substances. The device replaces the two previous level meters, which measured the conductivity of the layers. However, since this process did not work 100 percent reliably, the employees regularly needed to take samples and check whether the relevant fluid was being drained off properly – a costly and time-intensive undertaking. Apart from this, an important proportion of recyclable fats and oils was being lost with the old method. Financial losses and unnecessary pollution were the result. The new solution opens up a whole host of new options for Vandemoortele. “Sitrans FC430 measures the specific weight of the fluid contained in the pipe. As a result, we can finally separate the three substances water, fat and residues accurately down to the last drop. The outcome? More recovered fats and less contamination of waste water,” explains Eric Myny, Project Manager at Vandemoortele. With the improved separation technique thanks to highly-accurate measurements with a measuring accuracy of 0.1 percent, the proportion of usable fats and oils has increased significantly. The perfect separation of animal and plant-based fats now also enables the production of so-called halal products, i.e. products that are produced in accordance with Islamic law. In order to achieve this, animal-based fats (from pork in particular) and plant-based fats must be kept strictly separate. In addition, Vandemoortele can sell the recovered fat as biofuel and improve the company's ecological balance, as the remaining fat content of the water that is drained into the sewerage is significantly reduced.


      Measurement solutions offering many advantages

      In addition to a high measurement accuracy of 0.1 percent and a repeat accuracy of 0.05 percent, the Sitrans FC430 also offers further advantages. These include its operational reliability and accuracy with SIL 3 (Safety Integrity Level) certification, a robust housing in a CompactCurve design for an ideal measurement environment, numerous connection options and rapid data transfer via the integrated USB (Universal Serial Bus) port. Removable SD memory cards are used to save operational and works parameters as well as calibration data and certificates. “Thanks to the user-friendly display, the system is really intuitive to use,” explains Myny. “And the system is fully automated. To date there have been no problems at all. A perfect example of a 100 percent reliable solution. We could have not wished for anything better.” Thanks to the excellent project progression and the consistently positive experiences from the company's use of the system to date, Vandemoortele is now also using the Sitrans FC430 in other systems.



      The Sitrans FC430 Coriolis flow meter from Siemens measures the three layers of the melted margarine with a measuring accuracy of 0.1 percent: water, fat and emulsified fatty residues.

      Use of the new flow meter has resulted in a significant increase in the proportion of fats and oils that can be reused.

    • Ursula Lang 12/04/2017

      fresh off the press: Public Relations for DF and PD informs: Siemens MediaService April 2017 – Industry News


      In the run-up to the Hannover Messe, the April issue of the MediaService brings you an array of new products from the world of drives and automation. We start off by looking at new Sirius contactors with fail-safe actuation, then turn our attention to a communication processor with Profinet technology for PCI Express modules. Siemens is also extending its Ethernet portfolio to include Scalance switches with clock-synchronized data exchange for enhanced network availability and security. Also featured in this issue: current/voltage measuring modules for the motor management system Simocode pro V, which improve measurement accuracy and energy transparency in the field of motor protection. With the focus on energy and production, the Simatic Energy Suite now comes equipped with an array of new functions designed to link energy management with automation. We hear about a new communication connection linking the Simocode pro motor management system to EtherNet/IP. And finally, our attention is turned to Version 1.3 of the Sinema Remote Connect management platform, which now features greater operating and user convenience as well as extended security mechanisms.


      Read more at:

      MediaService April 2017
      MediaService Industries Blog
      MediaService Digithek  

    • Ursula Lang 11/04/2017

      30 percent more engineering efficiency for mechanical engineering due to digitalization


      Nuremberg, Germany. Bausch + Ströbel Maschinenfabrik Ilshofen GmbH+Co. KG shows how the engineering efficiency can be increased by 30 percent in mechanical engineering. at the Siemens booth D35 in hall 9 at the Hannover Messe 2017. On the basis of a high-performance filling and sealing machine for the processing of disposable syringes, vials or cartridges in nests, visitors to the trade fair will learn about the advantages of digitalization along the entire value-added chain and how the virtual and real production worlds converge. Bausch + Ströbel wants to increase its engineering efficiency by 30 percent by 2020 with integrated hardware and software solutions from Siemens and is relying on the consistent digitalization of the entire value-added chain – from design and layout, simulation and optimization in the in-house virtualization center, all the way to commissioning and service.

      You will find this background information at

    • Ursula Lang 07/04/2017

      Perfectly packaged pods - Siemens automation concept for packaging coffee and tea pods


      Zola Predosa (Bo), Italy. The company Gima SpA based in Zola Predosa (Bo), Italy, specializes in the manufacture of packaging machines for the food, cosmetic and hygiene industry. By introducing the 590 series, the company is extending its portfolio to include machines for filling and packaging soluble products such as coffee. The entire automation concept for the machine comes from Siemens. The company’s decision to use Siemens was prompted by the system’s outstanding efficiency and flexibility.


      Coffee or tea pods and capsules to simplify the handling and preparation of these popular hot drinks have been in great demand for some time – and the tendency is rising. In Germany alone, around two million portions are consumed every year. The company Gima SpA (Gima) based in  Zola Predosa, Bologna is a part of the IMA Group, and has specialized in the manufacture of machines designed specifically to fill and package these capsules. As a world market leader in its field, the packaging machine producer has been developing fully automatic plants for the pharmaceutical, food, cosmetic and hygiene industries for many years. The new 590 series has been specifically designed for the packaging of soluble products such as coffee and tea. It has been automated using the Simotion D motion control system from Siemens.


      Precise production

      Capable of packaging up to 200 capsules a minute, the new series comes with an exceptionally compact structure, space savings of around 70% compared to traditional linear machines and a footprint of just four square meters. Its modular structure allows the machine to be adapted to individual customer requirements. It is also simpler to commission and the maintenance input has been significantly reduced. “We decided to use Siemens technology in the design of the 590 series for a number of reasons. For us, the power and flexibility of the Simotion D controller was the most decisive factor. Using the TIA portal as the sole engineering system to handle all automation tasks, we were able to implement the entire machine automation, starting with typical motion control functions or axis control, down to drive technology and the associated motors,” says Davide Azzolini, responsible for Electrical Design at Gima SpA. Using a virtual master, the Simotion D445 links a total of 23 servo axes. It controls the entire machine cycle, axis management, drive synchronization and weighing of the coffee and tea powder. Simotion uses the integrated engineering system Scout which encompasses all the tools required for programming, parameterization, testing, commissioning and diagnostics.


      Space-saving, efficient automation

      The capsules are weighed using ultraprecise Siwarex WL260 SP-S AE miniature load cells and the recorded weight transmitted to the Simotion. At the same time, it handles the complete I/O and alarm functions, saves recipes and performs statistical evaluations, as well as controlling temperature regulation and reeling/unreeling processes. “The aspect we appreciate most is the availability of high-performance products. In our case, these were the Simotion D445-2 controller, the Sinamics S120 drives and the Simotics S-1FK7 servo motors with Drive CliQ interface, the ET 200SP distributed I/O and the panel PC with Windows embedded operating system,” explains Azzolini. By linking all the automation components over the open Industrial Ethernet standard Profinet (Process Field Network), it is possible to perform diagnostics of all the components in the network. Remote access is also easily possible using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) tunnel. Alongside reduced cabling, space in the control cabinet is also saved by inclusion of the “Safety Integrated” function. Azzolini adds: “In addition to state-of-the-art systems, in Siemens we’ve also found a partner whose specialist areas of expertise include packaging technology, with the ability to understand the industry’s specific requirements and implement them quickly.”



      With its 590 series, which has a footprint of just around four square meters, Gima SpA has developed a packaging machine specifically for tea and coffee pods.

      The Gima 590 is capable of packaging up to 200 capsules a minute.

      The compact Gima 590 uses the Simotion D motion control system from Siemens for complete automation of all its typical motion control functions, from axis control through to drive technology.

      Gima SpA uses Scout as the integrated engineering system for Simotion.

    • Ursula Lang 05/04/2017

      On the way to digitalization - Packaging manufacturer modernizes mill with technology from Siemens



      Upplands Väsby, Sweden. Siemens has been commissioned by the Finnish-Swedish group Stora Enso to modernize its board machine 8. This produces 10 percent of the world’s liquid packaging board requirement in Skoghall in Western Sweden. The modernization will step up productivity of the machine, as not only the maximum production speed but also the degree of digitalization are being increased. The aim is to allow the board machine 8 to become a digital reference project for the paper industry worldwide, not only in Sweden. Siemens is supplying a future-proof automation infrastructure for the project with options to increase the level of digitalization.


      The Finnish-Swedish pulp, paperand board producer Stora Enso is in terms of its production capacity one of the largest paper and packaging material manufacturers world wide. Board machine 8 plays a pivotal role in the Skoghall Mill run by Stora Enso and is located in Western Sweden. Responsible for producing ten percent of the world's global requirement of liquid packaging board, this board machine is one of the largest of its kind. Modernization of the board machine will increase the maximum production speed from 900 to 1000 meters of packaging board per minute.


      Production of the future

      Board machine 8 was commissioned in 1996 and is one of the world´s largest paperboard machines with an annual capacity of 440,000 tons. The decision to modernize the machine was due partly to the fact that several of its automation and drive components had reached the end of their life cycle, and due partly to an ambition to meet market demand for even higher productivity by increasing the machine digitalization rate. Increasing digitalization meant taking a step into the future of manufacturing, referred to as Industrie 4.0.  


      “It’s great that Stora Enso Skoghall is proactively taking on the opportunities offered by digitalization of the process industry. The company was very interested in investing in a future-proof machine,” says Andreas Michalik, business unit manager for project solutions in the process industry at Siemens in Sweden.


      Customized solution

      Siemens will deliver an automation infrastructure based on Sinamics drive systems and future options with Simotics motors, a process control system with PCS 7 and Sipaper standard, which is a functional concept specially designed for the pulp and paper industry. The scope of supply also includes a wide range of digital options including mobile operator panels and the virtual simulation system Simit.


      “We want to be the best. In order for this to happen we must become both faster and more efficient. With the help of digitalization we will be able to develop further,” says Peter Olsson, Head of Technology and Investments at Stora Enso Skoghall. “We are very pleased to have Siemens as our partner on this journey.”


      Captions (all pictures Copyright Stora Enso)

      In Skoghall in Sweden, the Finnish-Swedish Stora Enso group operates one of the biggest factories for the manufacture of pulp and board. Siemens is supplying automation technology to allow Stora Enso to drive forward the factory’s digitalization.

    • Ursula Lang 03/04/2017

      Siemens at the Hannover Messe 2017 - “Discover the value of the Digital Enterprise”



      Nuremberg/Hanover, Germany. Siemens will be exhibiting at the Hannover Messe 2017 from April 24 – 28 under the banner “Discover the value of the Digital Enterprise”. Against the backdrop of digitalization, this year’s trade fair presentation will concentrate on the fields of automation and drive technology, industrial software as well as power distribution, with the focus on the pharmaceutical, food and beverage industries as well as additive manufacturing. In the “MindSphere Lounge”, Siemens and partner companies will be showcasing practical case studies and applications  for the cloud-based open Internet of Things (IoT) operating system to visitors.


      At the end of April it will be upon us again: The world’s leading industrial show, Hannover Messe 2017, will be opening its doors to visitors from around the globe. Siemens will be represented in no fewer than three halls from April 24 – 28 under the banner “Discover the value of the Digital Enterprise”: not only at its main booth covering around 3500 square meters in Hall 9 (D35), but also with its Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software portfolio in Hall 6, and in Hall 24, where it will be showcasing gears and couplings from the Flender product family.


      Focus industries and MindSphere

      At the company’s main booth, visitors will have the opportunity to gain an overview of the comprehensive Siemens portfolio dedicated to the Digital Enterprise – from electrification through automation to digitalization. Alongside the pharmaceutical, food and beverage industries, the exhibition will also focus on additive manufacturing, industrial power supplies and Siemens product innovations from across the fields of power distribution, automation, drive technology and industrial software. The entire trade fair presentation is dedicated to solutions offered by Siemens to its customers on route to the Digital Enterprise, and to demonstrating how they can help users and producers benefit from the digital transformation.


      Customized mass production

      Siemens will be demonstrating how companies can use digitalization solutions to respond flexibly to changing market demands using graphically presented practical examples. These include depiction of the entire life cycle of a dairy product, and a chance for visitors to design their own individual dairy drink. With this exhibit, Siemens will provide a tangible example of what the Digital Enterprise will ultimately mean for end customers: Flexibilization and customization – even in an industry oriented towards mass production.


      Important dates for the press diary

      The main press conference will be held on Monday April 24 at 6.30 p.m. in the Convention Center, Room 1 A/B. Member of the Managing Board Klaus Helmrich will be in attendance to talk about current digitalization trends in the manufacturing and process industries.


      On Tuesday, April 25, Siemens PLM Software is inviting representatives of the media to its Press Breakfast at 9.00 a.m. in the Convention Center, Room 17, where it will be presenting the trade fair themes and exhibits featured at its booth in Hall 6, and talking about its strategic alignment.


      The Siemens Press Lounge will be located as always at the main booth (D35) in Hall 9. The Siemens Press Office team will be available to talk to all comers at the lounge from Monday through Friday.

      All press material relating to the Hannover Messe – press releases, pictures and press conference presentations – has been collated in a Press Feature and is available on our website:


      Siemens involvement in partner booths:

      At the Siemens Tec2You booth in Hall 11, Siemens will be offering youngsters an introduction to the world of engineering and opening up the prospect of interesting potential career paths.



      Over an area of around 3,500 square meters at its booth (D35) in Hall 9, Siemens will be presenting solutions for the Digital Enterprise and demonstrating ways in which they can benefit customers.

      At its traditional Press Conference ahead of the Hannover Messe on March 14 in Karlsruhe, Siemens provided an insight into the trade fair themes and focal areas visitors may look forward to on its booth at this year’s Hannover Messe in April. (Left to right) Eckard Eberle, CEO of the Process Automation Business Unit , Jan Mrosik, CEO of the Digital Factory Division, Press Spokesman Günter Gaugler, Jürgen Brandes, CEO of the Process Industries and Drives Division, and Beatrix Natter, CEO of the Transformers Business Unit of the Energy Management Division.

    • Ursula Lang 31/03/2017

      Portfolio extended for Israel - Siemens adds special Israel variants to the IWLAN product series



      Nuremberg, Germany. Siemens is extending its industrial WLAN (IWLAN) portfolio to include devices specifically designed to comply with Israel’s own country-specific standards. This means that all commonly used IWLAN applications can now also be implemented in Israel. There are four Israel variants of the Scalance W devices in total. These are designed to offer flexible scope for application both inside and outside the control cabinet, support WLAN standard IEEE 802.11n, and are equipped with an array of iFeatures, the supplementary functions required for industrial applications.


      The Scalance W portfolio from Siemens encompasses a wide range of access points and client modules for the field of Industrial Wireless LAN (IWLAN). Siemens has now extended this product family to include four additional devices developed specifically for use in Israel which are capable of covering the whole range of typical automation applications. Ensuring compliance with the country’s own specific standards, the four variants for Israel are available in a choice of form factors to enable outstanding application flexibility: Access points W774-1 RJ45 and client modules W722-1 RJ45 in the Simatic design offer outstanding space savings and are designed specifically for control cabinet mounting. The same applies to access point W788-2 RJ45, although this model provides two radio interfaces with three antennas each. Access Point W786-2 RJ45 with its rugged design and IP65 protection rating can be put to work in harsh ambient conditions – also outdoor.


      Like all the Scalance W devices, the Israel variants are also equipped with special supplementary functions known as iFeatures which play an essential role for applications in industrial environments. They allow the real-time communication required for Profinet, for instance, and also ensure the uninterrupted communication of safety-relevant information even where clientsare free moving.



      Siemens is extending its Scalance W product family to include four new variants specifically for use in Israel. Access point W786-2 RJ45 is suitable in outdoor applications and in harsh ambient conditions.

      Access point W788-2 RJ45 is suitable for control cabinet application and has two radio interfaces.

      Access point W774-1 RJ45 and client modules W722-1 RJ45 are specifically designed for control cabinets.

    • Ursula Lang 29/03/2017

      Siemens partners with ASME to empower the next generation of digital engineering talent

      • Siemens sponsors series of ASME E-Fest events for engineering students
      • Solid Edge CAD software available free to E-Fest attendees


      In its ongoing effort to prepare engineering students for jobs in the digital enterprises of the future, Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business is partnering with The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) as a platinum sponsor of the ASME E-Fests taking place around the globe. E-Fests (Engineering Festivals) are a series of three-day, two-night events that enable engineering students to expand their knowledge, test and showcase new skills and become immersed in innovation. Focused on digital product design, advanced manufacturing and robotics technology, E-Fests was developed to inspire and prepare the next generation of engineers and technology professionals. Siemens is an exclusive sponsor of the Innovative Additive Manufacturing 3D Challenge (IAM3D) – one of the E-fest Competitions – and is providing its Solid Edge® software for computer-aided design (CAD) to students at no cost for use within all ASME competitions.


      “ASME is excited that an organization of such high stature and prestige in the engineering community as Siemens is sponsoring E-Fests,” said K. Keith Roe, the president of ASME. “Siemens’ association with E-Fests promotes the objective of the program to engage students and early-career engineers with leading industry players.”


      Siemens brings best practice curriculum and training to students through STEM events such as ASME E-Fests. Competitions give students real-world applications and hands-on use of industry software, preparing them for a successful career in the manufacturing industry. Students will have free access to Solid Edge, an intuitive product development software solution for accelerating all aspects of product creation, including 3D design, simulation, visualization, manufacturing, and design management. Using real-world tools helps bridge the skills gap in the manufacturing industry and prepare a workforce with the skills needed for the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0.


      Both students and the manufacturing industry can benefit from Siemens’ leadership in improving engineering and manufacturing education. Siemens is sponsoring the IAM3D competition, where students will use additive manufacturing to create new products or re-engineer existing products in order to minimize energy consumption and/or improve energy efficiency. During the E-Fest events, participants will be introduced to a platform developed by Local Motors – an innovative co-creation company – where teams can collaborate on designs, and prepare their virtual prototypes. Winners will go on to compete at ASME's 2017 International Design and Engineering Technical Conference. The impressive skills and real-world experience these competitions provide helps position participants to jump start their careers, and industry can benefit from stronger pipeline of talent.


      “Strong industry collaboration is critical to prepare the next generation of engineers and manufacturers for digitalization,” said Dora Smith, global director, Academic Partner Program, Siemens PLM Software. “Our partnership with ASME E-Fests is just one way we are connecting the manufacturing industry with academia to help train highly qualified future engineers.”