- Unique test facility comprising a bioreactor and
electrolyzer under construction in Marl (Germany)
- High-value specialty chemicals produced from CO2
and water using electricity from renewable sources and bacteria
II will receive funding of around €3.5 million from Germany's Federal
Ministry of Education and Research
Evonik and Siemens today
launched their joint research project Rheticus II. The goal is to develop an
efficient and powerful test plant that will use carbon dioxide (CO2) and water as
well as electricity from renewable sources and bacteria to produce specialty
chemicals. In the Rheticus I project, the two companies worked
for two years to develop the technically feasible basis for artificial
photosynthesis using a bioreactor and electrolyzers. Evonik and Siemens are now
combining these two, previously separate, plants in a test facility at Evonik’s
site in Marl (Germany). Rheticus II will run until 2021 and will receive
funding of around €3.5 million from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and
Burgener AG (Burgener) specializes in filling and closing technology for the pharmaceutical, chemical, and food industries. The company focuses on bulk material technology and package processing. When a new packaging line was to be installed for a customer, the company was faced with the challenge of having to fill packages from 100 grams to 1.5 tonnes on one line – with extremely high dosing accuracy. Burgener’s solution to the problem was a flexible plant with a modular filling line. The machine builder chose to use Siemens weighing electronics for the weighing process. This solution not only reduces the engineering and programming effort but is also an excellent fit with the modular plant design in which the weighing module can be easily changed over mechanically. Operation is simplified by integrating both weighing modules, including scales, into the same operating panel. The plant, which was originally a bespoke unit for the customer, is now part of Burgener’s standard range of solutions.
Siemens and Materials Solutions - a Siemens Business - officially opened a new, highly advanced innovation center this week in Orlando, Florida. The center is the only one of its kind in the U.S. to offer a unique pairing of design with manufacturing, implementing robotics, rapid prototyping, scanning, digital tools and on-site metal additive manufacturing. The Siemens innovation center will focus on rapid problem solving supporting the company’s energy businesses, while Materials Solutions will offer additive services to support the innovation center and external customers.
The new Bauhaus Museum Dessau (Germany) opened its doors in September 2019, featuring technology from Siemens Smart Infrastructure to help keep visitors and its extensive collection safe. A comprehensive solution for safe electrical installations extends throughout the museum’s 5,500 square meter footprint, which includes over 1,000 exhibits from the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation’s collection. The latter comprises 49,000 objects, making it the second-largest Bauhaus collection worldwide. It contains numerous student works and teaching documentation, as well as drafts and prototypes from the workshops of the renowned art academy, which celebrates its 100
th anniversary this year.
- Project is being funded by BMVI
- Joint research on a fully automated tram depot with autonomous trams
- Consortium led by Siemens Mobility
Siemens Mobility, ViP Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam GmbH (ViP), the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility (IKEM), Codewerk GmbH, and Mapillary are planning to undertake joint research on a fully automated tram depot. The project, called “AStriD” (Autonomous Tram in Depot), is being funded by the Federal Ministry for Transportation and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) as part of its “Modernity Fund” (mFUND) research initiative.
Connected and self-driving vehicles are on the horizon. Autonomous taxis and minibuses could cover the last mile between homes and public mass transit and long-distance transport hubs, helping make private cars superfluous in cities and relieving congestion. In rail transport as well, fully automated systems and connectivity can help satisfy the rapidly growing demand for mobility. Making vehicles and infrastructure more intelligent can ensure better availability and make mobility safer. All this adds up to vastly improved urban environments.
Siemens is working with municipalities, public transit authorities and research institutes to develop these transport concepts.
Control rooms of process engineering plants are usually
as old as the plant itself, often 30 years and more. Today, digital
transformation is placing new demands on automation: Simatic PCS neo is a brand-new system software, which
offers companies in the process industry unique opportunities in the age of
digitalization. Main features include global web-based collaboration in
engineering and operation and intuitive handling representing all relevant
information in a single workbench.
Tenaris is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of steel pipes and suppliers of associated services to customers in the energy industry. Headquartered in Luxembourg, the company has created the largest and most comprehensively automated pipe mill in the world at Bay City, Texas, USA, relying on end-to-end control, automation, and safety solutions from Siemens to achieve this. Demands are high: The Tenaris plant in Texas is to be the safest and most efficient plant of its kind – with extremely high demands on quality. Tenaris was able to meet all the challenges using Siemens technology and reduced commissioning time by 20 percent and project engineering time by as much as 30 percent.
Mohn is a market leader in the manufacture of hygiene sluices, washing systems, and stainless-steel operating equipment for the food processing industry. The company uses a Siemens logic module to control the ultra-modern Highline hygiene sluice. This provides precise control of time checks, access rights, rinsing times, and the addition of cleaning agents. Unlike previously used circuit boards, this new controller is extremely robust, flexible, and reliable which is vital for smooth operation. The precise control of the sluices and the actual duration of the programs they run provides Mohn’s customers with significant opportunities to reduce the consumption of both cleaning agents and energy.
- Assesses the utility industry’s risk, readiness, and solutions to secure operational technology on the grid and recommends action to help utilities combat cyber threats
- Results show risk is worsening, with potential for severe financial, environmental and infrastructure damage
- 54 percent of those surveyed in the utilities industry expect an attack on critical infrastructure in the next 12 months
Siemens and the Ponemon Institute today released a new report that assesses the global energy industry’s ability to meet the growing threat of cyber attacks to utilities and critical infrastructure connected to the electrical grid. The report – Caught in the Crosshairs: Are Utilities Keeping Up with the Industrial Cyber Threat? – details the utility industry’s vulnerability to cyber risk, readiness to address future attacks, and provides solutions to help industry executives and managers better secure critical infrastructure. The results of the report were released at a forum hosted by the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. focused on the growing national, economic, and energy security threat that cyber attacks pose to the utility industry.