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.
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.
Medicine production starts in a lab, where cells are cultured and bacteria fermented in small batches. When it’s time to move to industrial-scale production, Abec – a supplier of bioreactors and fermenters – employs advanced simulation software from Siemens.
What do brands like Persil, Perwoll or Somat have in common? They’re all manufactured by Henkel. The products are all quite different, as are their requirements for production. Backed by digitalization solutions from Siemens, Henkel is completely committed to maintaining its high-quality standards and increasing efficiency at its Spanish production site in Montornés del Vallés near Barcelona, Spain.
Siemens Digital Industries software is expanding its additive manufacturing capabilities by acquiring Atlas 3D. The software specialist offers designers solutions for ‘right first time’ 3D printing, i.e. for optimal print orientation. The cloud-based GPU (graphics processing unit)-accelerated Sunata software reduces downstream 3D printing errors caused for example by thermal distortion up to 100 times faster than comparable systems.
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.
Siemens is extending its FastConnect range of cabling technology with new components surrounding the 19 inch control cabinet. The Siemens 19 inch Module Frame represents a robust patch system for installation of both copper and fiber-optic connectors in less time and without errors. Operation Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) do not use the same network components and this is reflected in the cabling technology selected. While office IT (Information Technology) has lower requirements in terms of robustness and environmental properties, production networks require components which are suitable for industrial application. However, it is not possible to say that the networks are separate as they are both connected to each other via high-performance firewall routers. The 19 inch Module Frame can be fitted into the 19 inch control cabinet using the integrated mounting brackets.
As part of its service agreements for machine tool users, Siemens is now offering two new, digitally supported service optionsfor Sinumerik controls. Upon a customer’s request, Sinumerik Remote Service allows a remote connection to be made to selected machine tools and faults to be identified and, in an ideal scenario, remedied. Extended status data from the control and drive systems can also be captured and intelligently analyzed using the “Sinumerik Service Assistance” agreement option. The two new service options thus reduceunscheduled downtimes and service costs whilst ensuring high safety standards through the use of modern remote access technology.
Siemens Digital Industries Software is expanding the Simcenter portfolio and presenting new Simcenter System Analyst software. This collaborative solution can be used to create industry-specific applications for the control of system simulation models. The software helps deploy system simulations throughout an entire company, expanding model usage to all levels of users, and helping ensure model continuity without changing the internal processes.