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    • Ursula Lang 21/06/2017

      Software for a world leader - Engine manufacturer improves efficiency with Teamcenter

         

       

      Gondan-ro, Seongsan-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongnam/South Korea. Doosan Engine has specialized in building very large diesel engines and plays a key role in Korea’s emergence as the world’s leading shipbuilding nation. To improve processing speed, user convenience and data consistency, Doosan implemented Teamcenter from Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) specialist Siemens PLM Software. As a result Doosan increased processing speed by 29 percent and accelerated completion of 3D design and BOM (bill of materials) tasks by 100 percent.

          

      Doosan Engine is a total engine manufacturer specializing in marine diesel engines for large ocean-going vessels and diesel engines for electric power generation. The company has played a key role in bolstering the Korean shipbuilding industry, and is ranked among the world’s top engine makers. Doosan Engine has also led the eco-friendly engine industry by successfully commercializing the world’s first electrically controlled dual-fuel/low-speed engine and by developing ecofriendly equipment based on its accumulated technologies and know-how.

       

      Upgrading the PLM solution

      Following the introduction of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, Doosan Engine adopted a new system that replaced its engineering bill of materials (EBOM) and manufacturing (MBOM) to standardize items. In 2015, when Doosan Engine implemented a mandatory upgrade to NX software for its computer-aided design (CAD) system, a program system for the digital description and analogue reproduction of geometric structures, to better collaborate with licensors, the company considered two options: upgrading its existing PLM system or replacing it with Teamcenter software, also from Siemens PLM Software. As Doosan Engine used the CAD and PLM solutions from different vendors, the company encountered issues with processing speed, user convenience and data consistency. Therefore Doosan Engine decided to replace the PLM solution with Teamcenter to solve the dual-vendor CAD/PLM issues and to realize a 3D-based virtual product development (VPD) process, following directives of the Doosan Group’s research and development guidelines. Because the field design teams had experienced significant efficiency gains using 3D design, the company’s positive perception of the move to 3D accelerated the effort to build a system that was optimized for 3D design. Doosan Engine’s decision to adopt Teamcenter was based on several factors, including future upgrade plans, project execution capabilities, tight linkage with the NX CAD system, and advantages for PLM operation in the long term. The company’s goal for improving performance was to achieve a 15 percent increase in speed compared to that of the existing system. Doosan Engine also planned to transfer large amounts of data to the new system at appropriate times, and to improve the consistency of the design data. The engine maker sought to align the new PLM system implementation with the upgrade schedule of the CAD solution, to continuously implement 3D design processes using a stable PLM system, and to minimize the impact on the downstream ERP system. Through these initiatives, Doosan Engine aimed to realize 3D-based VPD by establishing a versatile system that would allow data accumulation with consistency.

       

      Clear-cut results

      Doosan Engine successfully completed its PLM implementation with the expertise and assistance of the project participants. The company worked on standardizing 3D model maintenance in preparation for the use of 3D-based design and to secure the consistency of the design data. To transfer large amounts of design data at the right time, the company fully reviewed data conversion and migration measures and prepared a detailed migration scenario. With the successful deployment of Siemens PLM Software’s Teamcenter and NX solutions, Doosan Engine was able to unify and manage the CAD/BOM structure. The bidirectional synchronization of the CAD/BOM structure enables changes to be reflected immediately as soon as the data is saved in either NX or Teamcenter, and the synchronization streamlined work processes and assured data consistency. In addition, Teamcenter managed BOM and ERP data based on NX assembly models, so that the same data was used throughout design and manufacturing. Use of the integrated NX and Teamcenter solutions also improved productivity across other processes. Use of NX simplified the design tasks and reduced the time required to create 3D models by easily creating items in the CAD system. The company also used the large assembly modeling capacity of NX to improve efficiency and reduced time for 3D modeling by simplifying processes. With the new system, Doosan Engine realized significant performance gains. The results of the final performance test on the system’s major functions indicated that the system’s performance even exceeded the initial goal representing a 29 percent speed improvement compared to the existing system.

       

      High hopes

      “Siemens PLM Software’s Teamcenter and NX solutions enabled the unified management of the CAD/BOM structure, and we improved efficiency in 3D design tasks,” says Namsik Choi, General Manager of the Business Innovation Team at Doosan Engine. “Based on these improvements, we will gradually expand the use of 3Ddesign techniques to 50 percent of our design work in the first year, and to 100 percent within the next three years.”

       

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      Doosan Engine, a Korean engine manufacturer specializing in marine diesel engines for large ocean-going vessels, enhances 3D design capabilities and improves efficiency with Siemens PLM Software solutions.

      As Doosan Engine used CAD and PLM solutions from different vendors, the company encountered issues with processing speed, user convenience and data consistency.

      The results of the final performance test on the system’s major functions indicated that the system’s performance exceed the initial goal by 14 percent, representing a 29 percent speed improvement compared to the existing system.

      To help achieve a successful implementation, Siemens PLM Software provided consulting on PLM project issue management, CAD data migration and stable system operation.

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    • Katharina Zoefeld 19/06/2017

      Side-by-side with a mechanical worker - The combination of robots and Siemens systems optimizes the weighing process

      Hennef. Opdenhoff Technologie GmbH (Opdenhoff) specializes among other things in the development of solutions for industrial processes which involve collaborative robotics. The company combines in-house software solutions with components supplied by partners in the automation industry. For smaller mixing, dosing and weighing operations, Opdenhoff uses the Siemens Siwarex product portfolio and Simatic automation systems for communication with the robots.

       

      Industrial robots are installed in production when, for example, the work is too dangerous or strenuous for humans. Opdenhoff Technologie GmbH (Opdenhoff), based in the North Rhine-Westphalian town of Hennef, specializes among other things in the development of solutions for coordinating human-machine interaction in workflows. A reduction in the error rate, increased speed and greater flexibility maximize process performance. For weighing, mixing and dosing applications, the company has added a Kuka robot to its portfolio. Motion control for the robot is defined using a Siemens Simatic controller. Electronic weighing modules from the Siwarex product family automate the weighing process.

       

      Human-machine interaction

      The Kuka LBR iiwa (intelligent industrial work assistant) robot is a high-sensitivity, lightweight robot suitable for installation on ceilings, floors or walls. Its seven axes make it extremely agile. Because it has high-sensitivity electronics, it can be operated outside the cage in direct human-robot interaction applications. The tasks performed by the robot include precision dosing of bulk material exactly as specified in the formulation and filling the material into the weighing equipment. The motion control commands for the dosing process are sent to the LBR iiwa by the Simatic S7-1200 over a Profinet communications interface. Dosing, operation and visualization take place under the control of the Simatic and the Siemens TP700 Comfort touch panel. This makes it easy to integrate the robot into the existing production environment.

       

       

      High-reliability weighing process

      The Siemens electronic Siwarex WP231 weighing system controls the weighing process, and it is fully integrated into the Simatic S7-1200. The weighing module is ideal for fast, precision weighing. It terminates the filling process by the robot as soon as the defined volume is reached. The Siemens electronic weighing module also logs the results, preventing mistakes and incorrect weighing of the components. Siwatool or an attached human-machine interface (HMI) panel is used for commissioning. The Siwarex WP231 comes with a calibratable display and various diagnostic functions, and it is suitable for Ex-applications zone 2.

       

      Handy assistant

      Because the LBR iiwa has high-sensitivity sensors and automatic collision detection which stops it immediately if physical contact occurs, the robot can operate in direct interaction with humans. It is also ideal for work which would expose humans to strenuous exertion or increased hazards. The robot can, for example, be used to dose toxic chemicals without risk to human health.
       

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      Opdenhoff Technologie GmbH specializes among other things in the development of solutions for direct human-robot collaboration, for example in bulk material applications which involve dosing, mixing and weighing.
      The Siemens TP700 Comfort touch panel makes for user friendly operation and monitoring of the dosing process.
      The robotic arm is equipped with high-sensitivity sensors, and it stops immediately if any physical contact occurs.
      The Siwarex weighing module is completely integrated into the Simatic S7-1200 controller and guarantees precision weighing results.

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    • Katharina Zoefeld 14/06/2017

      Versatile platform - Siemens PLM Software and ID-Consult open “Innovation & Digitalization Lab”

      Munich, Germany. At Rupert-Mayer-Straße 46 in Munich, the “Innovation & Digitalization Lab” will be opening its doors on July 14, 2017. The lab is a joint project between Siemens PLM Software and ID-Consult GmbH. Over an area of around 400 square meters, companies can experience and design the entire development process of their product. Users have access to extensive equipment resources such as Metus, NX, Teamcenter and Tecnomatix from the PLM Software portfolio, as well as working spaces and 3D printers. The lab brings together all the disciplines involved in the product development process, creating a platform for the exchange of expertise and joint development projects.

       

      On July 14, 2017, the “Innovation & Digitalization Lab” will be opening at Rupert-Mayer-Straße 46 in Munich. A joint project by Siemens PLM Software and ID-Consult GmbH, the lab will offer companies everything they need to implement complete product development processes over an area of around 400 square meters.

       

      Multifunctional platform

      “By opening our ‘Innovation & Digitalization Lab’, we are enabling users to simulate the impacts of different requirements and product architecture decisions and to track these through the engineering stage as far as the production processes themselves. In this way, it’s possible to step in at an early stage to make corrections – if necessary,” explains Dr. Jan Göpfert, Managing Director of ID-Consult GmbH. This is made possible by the lab’s extensive equipment resources, which range from software such as Metus, Tecnomatix, NX and Teamcenter from Siemens PLM Software through hardware such as 3D printers, an interactive planning table and PC workstations to seminar and workshop rooms for training sessions, presentations and conferences. The lab consistently maps out the complete innovation and product development process and gives companies the possibility to experience the entire digital tool chain, and to develop and evaluate new product and production avenues. Users are also given the opportunity to gather experience working with software solutions from Siemens PLM Software and with Metus, ID-Consult’s complete solution for the early product development phase, to define methods for product optimization and showcase new products. Rounding off the facilities offered by the lab are generous spaces for panel discussions and presentations.


      Real and hands-on

      In the “Innovation & Digitalization Lab” all disciplines involved in the product creation process are systematically brought together and used to jointly create a digital twin of envisaged plants and products. The lab facilitates the hands-on use of virtual product and production systems for product design, production planning, engineering, production as well as the associated services.

       

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      The “Innovation & Digitalization Lab”, a joint project between Siemens PLM Software and ID-Consult GmbH, will be opening its doors in Munich’s Rupert-Mayer-Straße on July 14, 2017. All the disciplines involved in the product creation process are systematically brought together in the Lab.
      Working spaces, seminar and presentation rooms as well as extensive hardware and software equipment: Companies using the lab will find everything they could possibly need for developing new product and production concepts.
      Metus from ID-Consult GmbH is a proven methodology and software solution for the development of modular product platforms and modular systems. It systematically translates customer requirements and the required product variability into an optimized product architecture, helping users to master the early phase of product development.
      The “Innovation Journey” is a seamlessly integrated process starting with strategic product planning and product architecture design (METUS), through bill of material generation (Teamcenter) to 3D product design (NX), production planning and virtual production simulation (Tecnomatix). Siemens PLM Software provides solutions for product lifecycle management that take into account all areas from concept development to product life, enabling you to quickly develop, produce and market products.

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    • Katharina Zoefeld 12/06/2017

      Finland's first hybrid ferry improves efficiency and protects the environment

      Turku, Finland. Finland's first battery-powered hybrid ferry, the Elektra, reduces congestion in traffic between Nauvo and Korppoo. Service between Nauvo and Parainen in the Turku archipelago begins on Midsummer 2017.

       

      “The hybrid ferry is a modern, efficient and environmentally friendly transportation option for the archipelago.  Emissions and pollution can be reduced by using electrical transportation solutions. Elektra is a good example of such solutions.  The technologies and solutions for furthering sustainable development already exist,” says CEO of Siemens Finland, Janne Öhman.

      Siemens will provide the technology for the new vessel on the Parainen-Nauvo route. The ferry will have battery packages charged with shore-side electricity, which are supplied by Siemens as their primary energy source, and diesel engines as a backup. Finland's first hybrid ferry is a vessel full of state-of-the-art technology. Elektra is also Finland's biggest road ferry. With its length of almost 98 meters and width of 16 meters, it can carry up to 90 cars at a time. Currently there are two smaller, 60-meter vessels on the route.

       

      The ferry acquired by Finferries will operate the route every 15 minutes and charge its batteries at both ends during the loading and unloading – in around five minutes. The hull of the ferry is made of steel. It has two 900-kilowatt propeller engines, two 530-kilowatt-hour lithium batteries, and three 420 kWe diesel generators.

       

      “Other Nordic countries have had good experiences with electric ferries. According to a research in Norway, it would be profitable to transform 70% of current ferries into electrical or partially electrical ferries. The benefits of the new ferries are, among other things, a substantial reduction in maintenance and fuel expenses and energy efficient and safe operation,”according to Sales Director Pekka Moilanen of Siemens Finland. 

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    • Katharina Zoefeld 12/06/2017

      Finland's first hybrid ferry improves efficiency and protects the environment

      Turku, Finland. Finland's first battery-powered hybrid ferry, the Elektra, reduces congestion in traffic between Nauvo and Korppoo. Service between Nauvo and Parainen in the Turku archipelago begins on Midsummer 2017.

       

      “The hybrid ferry is a modern, efficient and environmentally friendly transportation option for the archipelago.  Emissions and pollution can be reduced by using electrical transportation solutions. Elektra is a good example of such solutions.  The technologies and solutions for furthering sustainable development already exist,” says CEO of Siemens Finland, Janne Öhman.

      Siemens will provide the technology for the new vessel on the Parainen-Nauvo route. The ferry will have battery packages charged with shore-side electricity, which are supplied by Siemens as their primary energy source, and diesel engines as a backup. Finland's first hybrid ferry is a vessel full of state-of-the-art technology. Elektra is also Finland's biggest road ferry. With its length of almost 98 meters and width of 16 meters, it can carry up to 90 cars at a time. Currently there are two smaller, 60-meter vessels on the route.

       

      The ferry acquired by Finferries will operate the route every 15 minutes and charge its batteries at both ends during the loading and unloading – in around five minutes. The hull of the ferry is made of steel. It has two 900-kilowatt propeller engines, two 530-kilowatt-hour lithium batteries, and three 420 kWe diesel generators.

       

      “Other Nordic countries have had good experiences with electric ferries. According to a research in Norway, it would be profitable to transform 70% of current ferries into electrical or partially electrical ferries. The benefits of the new ferries are, among other things, a substantial reduction in maintenance and fuel expenses and energy efficient and safe operation,”according to Sales Director Pekka Moilanen of Siemens Finland. 

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    • Stefan Rauscher 07/06/2017

      Siemens subsidiary Chemtech supplies customized Manufacturing Execution System (MES) to Vale S.A. in Brazil

      Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Vale S.A., one of the world’s leading mining company, commissioned the fully-owned Siemens subsidiary Chemtech, to implement a new MES for the company iron ore and manganese units in Brazil, which replaces other 17 systems which had been used. Altogether it will be 38 mines, plants and warehouses with this new system, called Vale Production Management - Mining (GPV-M).

      The order volume for Siemens is in the double-digit million Euro range.

       

      This GPV-M system is part of the single technological platform for the value chain management of the ferrous business - made up of mine, railway and port - and it covers the whole production process, from the mine and the processing to the product shipment. GPV-M is able to process 1.2 terabyte of information in real time and serve one thousand simultaneous users. Since it began to be implemented, the system has already been used by one thousand different users, with simultaneous access of 150 users.

      You may find the respective press release here .

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    • Ursula Lang 06/06/2017

      Transparent and sustainable - Siemens energy management system boosts energy efficiency in pressure die casting process

         

       

      Altenmark/Austria. GF Automotive (GF) manufactures high-grade pressure die castings for the automotive industry. The production techniques and the need to work multiple shifts make the manufacturing process very energy intensive. GF uses Siemens Simatic B.Data to efficiently manage energy consumption and achieve a sustained increase in energy efficiency in compliance with DIN EN ISO 50001. GF has set a target of increasing energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions and non-recyclable production waste by 10 percent each, and Simatic B.Data helps the company do that.

          

      GF Automotive (GF) is based in Altenmark, Austria. The company supplies high-grade pressure die castings to customers located around the world. The amount of machinery and number of labor hours needed make the production process very energy intensive. Besides production equipment availability and product quality, energy-efficient operations are another priority at GF. To capture detailed data on energy flows including electricity, water, gas and compressed air, GF uses the scalable Siemens Simatic B.Data energy management system which fully meets the energy management criteria defined in DIN EN ISO 50001.

       

      Solid basis

      “This gives us a way of increasing our energy efficiency,” reports Bernhard Thaler, Energy Coordinator at GF, and he goes on to say that “it also creates the basis for performing energy audits internally rather than having to call in external certifiers every four years. These audits are defined in DIN EN 16247, and they are required by law in Austria and Germany.” The scalable Simatic B.Data solution can handle data from multiple sites. It runs on a virtual server, and data is transferred on a virtual network which keeps infrastructure costs to a minimum. The B.Data client provides direct access to the latest consumption data. With the B.Data web client, the data can be accessed at any time from a remote location in real time. Pre-defined reports and error messages can be sent automatically to the persons responsible to keep them well informed at all times and enabling them to react quickly when needed.

       

       

      Stable network for optimal data collection

      Control cabinets used for measuring equipment and data collection are installed at the pressure die casting machines and furnaces. The I/O system Simatic ET 200SP including the CPU (Computer Processing Unit) and interface module are mounted in the cabinets. Industrial Ethernet provides network connectivity. Current transformers connected to the energy meter modules in the I/O system capture electricity consumption data. GF uses Siemens Sitrans F flowmeters to measure volume flows. The meters are flange mounted in the pipes and generate a digital pulse output. “This approach has the advantage that the CPU in the ET 200SP can continue to collect measurement data even if the data network goes down,” explains Manuel Kerschbaumsteiner who is in charge of the electrical maintenance team at GF. Automatic plausibility checks in the Simatic B.Data ensure data quality.

       

      Ambitious sustainability goals

      Open interfaces, seamless architecture based, for example, on Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) and simple import of ASCII data from third-party systems are additional advantages of the solution. With this very comprehensive system, GF is well on its way to achieving its sustainability goals by 2020. The company is aiming to increase energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emission and non-recyclable production waste by 10 percent each.

       

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      Very high energy flows are generated in the GF production process at the pressure die casting machines and furnaces. GF uses the Siemens Simatic B.Data energy management system to enhance data transparency and increase energy efficiency.

      Simatic B.Data makes it very easy to collect energy data and display the data in an easily understandable format. The B.Data web client gives authorized users remote access to energy consumption data and reports.

      Seamless system architecture is one of the advantages of this solution. Siemens Sitrans F flowmeters can easily be connected to the I/O system Simatic ET 200SP.

      The different energy flows can be visualized in a very user-friendly format. Events such as energy peaks are immediately noticeable.

       

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    • Ursula Lang 02/06/2017

      Siemens enhances presence in Myanmar with partnership in the ports sector

       

       

       

       

       

      • Siemens has partnered with Myanmar Mahar Htun Co. Ltd to provide technology and solutions for Myanmar’s ports to drive operational efficiency, productivity and safety
      • Having been present in Myanmar since 1993, Siemens expanded local office in Yangon last year to establish a broader partner network

       

      Myanmar. Siemens has partnered with Myanmar Mahar Htun Co. Ltd. (MMH) to provide technology and solutions for Myanmar’s busy ports with ever-increasing requirements. Through this collaboration, MMH will equip ports with cranes that feature Siemens’ technology, which would enable them to upgrade their services, enhance safety features and improve productivity. This is in alignment with the focus of Myanmar Port Authority (MPA) to increase capabilities of the country’s port facilities.

       

      Myanmar, with its strategic location that is connected to key regional markets China and India, and bordering three other Asian countries, Bangladesh, Thailand and Laos, currently is able to handle around 20 small tankers with around a total of 220,000 deadweight tonnes (DWT). This number is set to further rise with the expansion of its ports.

       

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    • Ursula Lang 31/05/2017

      Precision final finish - Sanding machine manufacturer selects Siemens control technology as the standard

          

       

      Kronach, Germany. Maschinenfabrik Hans Weber , which is based in the Franconian town of Kronach, Germany, is a leading manufacturer of wood and lacquer sanding machines. Weber has selected the Siemens Simatic portfolio as its source of automation systems. Building on a uniform, recognized standard which is used on a widespread basis around the world, Weber is able to offer high-quality machines at competitive terms. The machines are also able to exploit the optimization potential created by digitalization and Industrie 4.0.

          

      Wood surfaces are found in nearly every home and work environment. During the production of flooring, doors, furniture or any other wood product, the surfaces are all sanded, sometimes more than once. The Hans Weber company (Weber), based in Kronach, is a leading supplier of standard and customer-specific sanding machines. The customer base includes companies which produce furniture for the mass market as well as small carpentry businesses. The requirements when working with simple mass-produced items are no less demanding than in the premium segment. With premium-grade products, precision is essential to create exactly the right look and feel. The objective with mass-produced items is to reduce lacquer consumption and maintain the necessary production speed. Weber selects components from the Siemens Simatic portfolio as a uniform standard for machine automation.

       

      Durable and efficient

      “To get precision results, you need sophisticated control systems and high rigidity to avoid quality degradation caused by mechanical vibration,” explained Stefan Müller, Sales Manager at Weber. Not only that, the machines must continue to operate efficiently with high availability even after 20 years of service life. To supply future-proof machines at competitive terms, all of Weber’s standard machines are supplied with Simatic S7-1500 controllers. Both the controllers and the software are scalable so that, working on the basis of a standard program, individual functions can be enabled or disabled.

       

      Simple engineering and handling

      Weber machines have up to eight sanding units. The workpiece is scanned at 120 points across the work surface. The 1517 high-performance motion control CPU (Central Processing Unit) tracks the workpieces through the machine in a 4 mm grid. Feed rates are as high as 70 m/min. The 1513 CPU is used on machines with up to two sanding units. Engineering and visualization take place on the TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) Portal. The machines can be operated by the Simatic Comfort panels’ touch or key press. The panels are available in different sizes, and the display is automatically resized to match the screen dimensions. “As the adaptation effort is reduced, these devices are still cost-effective even if they are actually overdimensioned for some applications,” explains Stefan Müller.

       

      Future-proof and leading-edge

      Exact tracking of the workpiece through the machine ensures high production quality and cost-effective operation. The compressed air propellers which blow the dust off the workpieces are only activated when the workpiece passes directly in front of them to minimize compressed air consumption. The sensors and actuators used to do this are connected over the ET 200SP I/O system. Seamless Profinet communications support extensive diagnostics and maintenance functionality, even from a remote location. Müller’s verdict: “Besides stability and reliability, the diagnostic functionality of the Simatic gives us the tools we need to meet our customers’ availability requirements, even if they operate their production lines at extremely high cycle rates. In international business, customers particularly specify this controller, because it is used worldwide.” Line automation is becoming increasingly important in the context of Industrie 4.0.

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      The Weber portfolio of sanding machines for the panel industry includes dual-head versions.

      Siemens servo motors deliver the drive power for maximum feed rates on these dual-head machines.

      Simatic S7-1500 controllers in combination with ET 200SP I/O system give Weber broad flexibility. Profinet communications enable efficient remote diagnosis.

      Simatic Comfort panels are fitted on the Weber sanding machines. The i-Touch control provides access to key functions, even if the operator is wearing gloves.

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    • Ursula Lang 23/05/2017

      fresh off the press: Siemens MediaService May 2017 - Industry News

                

       

      The May issue of the MediaService once again brings you product news and application reports from the world of drives and automation. We begin with new IO link read/write devices for RFID systems capable of ten times faster data processing. Also new is a high-temperature transponder capable of operating at up to 220 degrees Celsius. The ErlebnisSennerei Zillertal dairy producer from Tyrol uses sustainably farmed hay milk to produce high-quality dairy products using Siemens technology. We also learn how Bauer Inc. based in Bristol, USA, relies on Siemens technology for control and automation of its aircraft tire inflation system. And finally, Thermoplan AG based in Switzerland provides an individual coffee experience – with its fully automatic coffee machines developed and produced using PLM software from Siemens.

       

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      MediaService May 2017

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