Siemens Simatic HMI Comfort Panel PRO

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on May 15, 2018 9:01:54 AM

Monitoring and control equipment for operators is a necessity whenever machinery and plants need to be controlled. The challenge faced by system integrators is not limitation in terms of variety, but finding a solution that’s long-lasting and flexible according to changing needs.

Simatic HMI Panels have proven their value in almost all applications throughout the industrial sector. Their diversified portfolio demonstrates their ability to adapt to the ever-changing demands of all types of customers. Siemens has made a recent addition to its Simatic portfolio with the IP65-protected HMI Comfort Panels PRO, for visualization and automation without control cabinets.

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Topics: Siemens, HMI, Networks

A Siemens Success Story: Gelco GmbH & Co.

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Apr 19, 2018 8:28:49 AM

Flexible control of production, efficient management of assets and synchronization of supply chains; who doesn’t want it all? More than being a want, all these factors are becoming a necessity as the competition gets fierce. Fortunately, Siemens has a solution for this as well, encapsulated by its range of RFID and code-reading systems that offer unrivaled integration, delivering highly effective identification solutions.

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Topics: Siemens, HMI, Networks

Simotics VSD4000 with Sinamics S120

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Apr 5, 2018 11:51:13 AM

Siemens has always distinguished itself from the competition by providing solutions rather than products and it has done so once again with an addition to its Integrated Drive Systems (IDS) portfolio with a new drive series based synchronous-reluctance technology. The motor technology has an extremely high-efficiency and is integrated with a cutting-edge converter, both specifically harmonized to facilitate a cost-effective operation.

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Topics: Siemens, HMI, Networks

Sinamics S210 & Simotics S-1FK2 Servodrive System

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Feb 14, 2018 1:26:23 PM

The Sinamics S210 and Simotics S-1FK2 are additional examples where Siemens has proven its industry-leading skill in the world of automation. The S210-S1FK2 set is perfect for high dynamic motor control applications and has much to offer including top performance, integrated safety functions, ease of use and simple commissioning.

Examples of the converter-motor set applications are:

  • Packaging machines
  • Stacking units
  • Handling equipment
  • Woodworking, glass and ceramic industries
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Topics: Siemens, HMI, Networks

Siemens Simatic HMI: Taking Efficiency to a New Level

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Feb 5, 2018 1:38:23 PM

Simatic HMI Pro is an all-round industrial interface solution that covers every aspect that one might encounter in the field, from reliability to throughput to ruggedness. One of the products offered by the Simatic line is the HMI Comfort Panel, designed to eliminate control cabinet style monitoring, making visualization & automation an entire level easier.

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Topics: Siemens, HMI, Networks

What Can Be Done with Anybus Wireless Solutions?

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Oct 20, 2017 8:52:24 AM

Overview of Anybus Wireless Solutions

Wireless solutions are being increasingly adopted in the industrial world due to the obvious benefit of mobility they bring to the table. Technologies such as Bluetooth and WLAN have made it easier to form connections with hard to reach appliances, while keeping the installation cost under check. Anybus wireless products provide performance, reliability and security that’s at par with wired solutions, enabling industries to instill a permanent factor of flexibility and move closer towards having an Industrial IoT based system.

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Topics: PLCs, HMI, Networks, ethernet

Benefits of Bearing-free Magnetic Encoder Systems

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Oct 5, 2017 1:56:55 PM

Magnetic encoder technology is vastly used in heavy industries such as steel mills, ship drives, gas turbines, power stations, drilling rigs, and so on. The rugged landscape and threat of harsh elements require delivery of control signals over a long period of time in a reliable and efficient manner. While optical scanning encoder systems are always an option, the extreme conditions make it unsuitable for installation. Extremely confined spaces, large shaft diameters and no free shafts are just some of the reasons as to why Magnetic Encoder technology needs to be adopted.

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Topics: HMI, Monitoring Solutions, efficiency

What is Anybus?

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Sep 29, 2017 12:10:48 PM

Launched in 1994 by HMS Industrial Networks, Anybus technology and products have proved themselves as a worthy cog in the industrial automation machine, making up for the most used 3rd part range of fieldbus connectivity products. Anybus’ functionalities can’t be confined within those of a fieldbus. It can be thought of as a range of generic products that provide support to all types of industrial fieldbus networks.

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Topics: PLCs, HMI, Networks

Siemens Simatic KP400 HMI

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Sep 21, 2017 10:54:29 AM

Simatic HMI Panels have been at the forefront of industrial monitoring and control for years, and are known for their effective and robust nature. Not only do they feature an innovative design, but their high performance makes them applicable throughout all sectors of market. Backed by Simatic WinCC, the panels are a rock-solid component in any industrial workplace.

The HMI Panels are intuitively configurable though the TIA Portal and follow an identical design. This makes them scalable for all kinds of applications. Simply choosing the display size for the desired application and altering a few other details can get your project kickstarted. Same goes for software, which is as scalable as you want it to be. Simatic products value long-term investment, and provide easy migration techniques to keep programs in-line with the latest technology.

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Topics: Siemens, HMI, Networks

Get the Most Out of Your HMI Scripting

Posted by Paul Gazzo on Nov 24, 2015 9:18:11 AM

An underutilized item in your automation toolbox is the scripting capability embedded in your HMI software.

Quite often, the data generated by a control system requires further manipulation, massaging if you will, retransmission on alternate protocols, or long term storage on an MES/MRP system. 

The default approach to these issues is typically:

  • Programming in the PLC with file and data commands that are not ideally suited to the task
  • Implementing a solution on a PC-based system so as to utilize third party software such as Excel
  • Purchasing protocol conversion hardware such as gateways
  • Saving data to text or csv files for further processing by custom written programs

While these methods can provide the required functionality, they may not be best solutions from a cost/time perspective.  Depending on your role in the overall automation solution, these approaches might not even be viable.

 

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Topics: Siemens, PLCs, HMI

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