Siemens is now providing the firmware
V1.3 with extended functions for the new generation Simatic RF100C
communication modules. The Ethernet/IP and XML protocols are now available for
all Ethernet-based modules, and the Profibus module now also supports the
Simatic RF600 series readers. Additional readers and devices can also be
operated on all communication modules via the Freeport setting.
Cargo handlers at airports such as Cargologic AG ensure that checked-in freight is accurately weighed and then quickly stowed, so that aircraft are handled according to schedule. Cargologic relies on Siemens weighing technology to weigh the air freight at Zurich airport thus ensuring that all the individual load cells in use (over 150 analog load cells) are reliably monitored. The Siemens solution provides Cargologic with the benefits of an up-to-date system which is seamlessly integrated into existing processes. The modern system reduces downtimes for the load cells, increases availability of the entire weighing process, and increases air freight security in Switzerland.
The French tire manufacturer Michelin operates a truck tire test bench at its Ladoux site. As part of its modernization program, Michelin now relies on Siemens automation components which have replaced the existing system. Not only does the new solution provide measurements which are compatible with the existing system, but the new technology is also several times more accurate than the previous model. In addition to this, Michelin now benefits from high data consistency and repeatability.
Siemens is expanding its portfolio for industrial communication networks. With the IE/PB Link HA gateway, which is optimized for use in the process industry, highly redundant infrastructures can be implemented based on the open Profinet Industrial Ethernet standard. This ensures uninterrupted system operation, not least because changes can be made to the configuration during ongoing operation. In addition, the gateway is suitable for use in harsh ambient conditions and temperatures from -40 to +70 degrees Celsius.
Siemens is expanding its portfolio for industrial communication with the new AeroMACS certified Ruggedcom WIN base station and subscriber devices. AeroMACS, or Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communication System, is a wireless technology validated by Eurocontrol, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), to support the growing need for secure, scalable and reliable high bandwidth ground communications for Airlines, Air Traffic Control and Airport Operations. Siemens is the first vendor globally to achieve full AeroMACS certification for the Ruggedcom WIN 4G broadband private wireless solution.
Rurok Industries (Rurok) is
a bike manufacturer with a focus on innovative engineering and modern design – summed
up by the slogan “engineered experience”. In order to develop and produce
high-quality bikes cost-effectively in this competitive market, Rurok relies on
solutions from Siemens Digital Industries Software. The company has been able
to reduce engineering times and the weight of components by 20 percent, while
increasing their structural integrity by 50 percent. More efficient production frees
up capital, which Rurok can then use for further growth and to expand its
The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) was recently commissioned on the Pacific island of Maui. The 41.5 metre high telescope is the world’s largest of its kind and enables scientists to observe the solar surface more closely than ever before. A major challenge in the design of the DKIST was in minimizing the thermal energy absorbed by the focus on the sun. For a special heat absorption system, Aavid Thermacore – the specialist thermal technologies contractor – relies on solutions from the Siemens Digital Industries Software portfolio. In this way, the thermal energy is reduced from 2.5 megawatts per square metre to just 300 watts. The engineers were also able to ensure that the resulting heat does not degrade the image quality.
The Hermann-Föttinger Institute Fluid System Dynamics department at TU (Technical University) Berlin is developing strategies for efficiency in the water and waste water industry. The Institute is using a pumping station equipped with Siemens digitalization components as its test environment. The concepts developed here can be quickly transferred to actual plants and the digital twin can be used to bring the complex topic of digitalization to life in a simple way – particularly for employees on site and in support service roles.
The glass industry, like many industries, has benefited from Industry 4.0 and digitalization solutions for some time. The key element is the digital twin. Whether for greenfield or brownfield plants – the principle is always based on an integrated concept of the digital twin of product, production and performance. Siemens offers not only the necessary hardware and software components but also the relevant services through “Digitalization Consulting”. Solutions for Industrial Edge as well as current and future possible uses of artificial intelligence (AI) are also available.
In the midst of the corona pandemic, Siemens employees quickly succeeded in reviving a production line for respiratory masks of the manufacturer of medical devices Chengdu Wenjianlikang Medical Supplies Co., Ltd. Also with the support of Siemens, eight Chineses OEM are now able to produce mask production equipment with a capacity of 58 million masks daily.