Siemens is extending the possible applications of Simatic remote terminal units (RTUs) through the new Simatic RTU3041C and firmware update V4.0 for the RTU3000C family. The new RTU with integrated modem supports new applications for LTE-M (Long Term Evolution for Machines) and NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things)mobile wireless networks for low power applications. The third-party Simatic PDM Process Device Manager tool for the configuration and diagnostics of field devices enables convenient remote access. The firmware update for the RTU3000C device family features improvements in the configuration of the control application and the use of security-relevant functions.
Lion Electric Co. (Lion) manufactures zero-emission school buses, minibuses and urban trucks. The greatest challenges for this innovative company include determining the performance of the battery over the entire driving cycle, temperature control for the battery and vehicle as well as the effects of the vehicle design on its safety. With software solutions from Siemens Digital Industries Software, Lion was able to make precise estimates about the realistic range of the buses. Lion also uses the software to design battery models and to optimize thermal management. With the use of Siemens technology, the company will benefit in future from a considerably shorter time-to-market as well as significant time and cost savings for the development and analysis of new products.
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is a public university which offers its students approximately 250 different courses in the fields of engineering and technology, as well as medicine and dentistry. For the field of engineering, IUPUI has developed a unique curriculum so that students can study the digitalization of the system engineering process. To achieve this, the university uses solutions from the Siemens Digital Industries software portfolio which has increased student uptake in this area. This modern solution benefits students by providing technology which allows them to learn how to develop real products.
Paro AG develops and builds individual, medium to large volume production and assembly systems. In order to guarantee high clock-pulse rates and process flexibility, the business uses linear technology in its machines and systems. Integral to this is the Siemens Multi-Carrier System (MCS) which, typically, keeps setup times to a minimum when changing products. The mechatronic system concept was initially tested using a digital twin which had been created using Siemens technology. This meant that only two days were required for the actual system to be installed and successfully commissioned.
Valeo Kapec (Valeo) is a South Korean
automotive parts manufacturer, which supplies ten million torque converters for
automatic transmissions globally every year. Due to a joint venture the company
had a heterogenous structure, which made it difficult for Valeo to gain an
overview of total development and manufacturing costs. In order to standardize
and therefore better monitor cost estimates in future, the company is
implementing solutions from Siemens Digital Industries Software. Valeo has been
able to reduce calculation time, while also establishing a company-wide process
for product costs and a uniform calculation standard.
Siemens has recently been contacted by groups and individuals expressing their opinion on the Adani Carmichael coal mine project in Queensland, Australia.
Tscharner Technik (Tscharner) equips cable cars and ski lifts with control systems, combining their own software developed in-house with failsafe controllers from Siemens. As part of the software advancement, the visualization has been updated. The first project that uses the new solution includes two single ski lifts and one double ski lift in the Rosswald near Brig ski resort. The new control system impresses with its intuitive handling and clear display. The controller also calculates all the data relevant to the cable car such as speed and acceleration and communicates it to the drive. In the event of an error, remote maintenance via a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection is possible at all times.
A unique test laboratory
has been opened at the Hagerbach Test Gallery in Flums. The Tunnel
Digitalization Center (TDC) enables the simulation of tunnel applications in a
realistic environment. In the past, solutions for tunneling had to be installed
and tested on site at great expense. The TDC is equipped with numerous Siemens
solutions. For example, engineers have implemented the TIA Portal (Totally Integrated Automation Portal). This
engineering framework is suitable for all project phases – from planning
through engineering to commissioning.
Dalex Schweißmaschinen GmbH
& Co. KG specializes in resistance welding and is one of the leading
manufacturers in the world in this field. The company’s core business is
building special plants for the automotive and electronics industries, amongst
others, as well as for aerospace. In this business, Dalex relies on Siemens
control technology which ensures the manufacturer’s plants meet the high safety
requirements specified by the Machine Directive. In addition to this, the
Siemens solutions simplify control cabinet design, are easy to parameterize,
and thus reduce commissioning times.
Danish Crown is a globally active food processing company. To fully leverage the benefits of digitalization and in particular prevent costly production downtimes, the company relies on close cooperation with Siemens and Grundfos, a specialist in pump and water technology. The project has involved the use of condition monitoring with subsequent data analysis, marking a first for the food & beverage industry. Key components of the solution include cloud-capable low-voltage motors and the open cloud platform MindSphere from Siemens, alongside pumps and sensors from Grundfos. Linking the systems in operation at Danish Crown to the cloud has enabled simpler maintenance and lower servicing costs, ultimately resulting in improved productivity.