Siemens SITOP Power Supply System: Supplying Power for Plants & Machines

SE Automation and Siemens are offering the SITOP Power Supply System that includes the basic SITOP PSU8600 units, SITOP CNX8600 expansion units, SITOP BUF8600 buffer modules, and the SITOP UPS8600 UPS module with BAT8600 battery modules. Complex facilities place high demands on the efficiency, flexibility, and reliability of their components, and these needs are met with the innovative SITOP PSU8600.

PSU8600 has unique functionality, diagnostic capability, full integration in TIA, open communication networks, and modular expandability. The modular system toolbox can be fully integrated into automation landscapes and the Totally Integrated Automation Portal (TIA Portal).  Communication via the Ethernet/PROFINET or OPC UA interface is easy.  In addition to its operating and monitoring processes, the SITOP Manager can be used to set parameters and uses the integrated web server for remote access.

Features & Benefits:

  • Simple integration into automation
  • Highly flexible with adjustable output voltages and integrated selectivity
  • Timesaving
  • Comprehensive diagnostic options for predictive and analytical maintenance
  • Integrated web server for remote access

With its unique functionality and communication capability, the Siemens SITOP Power Supply System is an ideal entry point into the “digital enterprise.”  From engineering to operation, the powerful SITOP PSU8600 modular gives users many operational advantages and improvements.

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Product Phase Out Notice

Dear Valued Customers & Partners:

The purpose of this notification is to inform you that Siemens is phasing out the following two soft starters:  Sirius 3RW4 and ERW/40 S6/12. These products have reliably been facilitating motor starting for approximately 20 years.  However, advanced technology in digitalization has placed more challenging demands on motor starters. 

Product cancellation/phase-out schedule:

  1. Milestone PM410:  October 1, 2022
  2. Sirius 3RW44 & Sirius 3RW40 S6/S12 + Accessories & Spare Parts:  October 1, 2022

See SIOS Product Notice under “Links.”

  • Milestone PM490:  Total discontinuation is scheduled for one year later in October 2023

Important PLM Phase-Out Timeline:

  1. October 1, 2019:  Siemens transitioned the above product families to plan for obsolescence (PM400).
  2. October 1, 2022:  Siemens will transition the above part numbers to limited obsolescence (PM410); no more orders will be accepted. Siemens Order Management Team will only process orders of the discontinued parts that are “stock styles” while existing inventory is available in the Southaven Distribution Center.
  3. October 1, 2023:  All products will be moved to obsolete (PM490) unless stock is still available.

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SIMATIC S7-1500 High-Speed Digital Input Modules: Fast & Reliable

SE Automation and Siemens are here to introduce the new 16 Channel High-speed Digital Input Module for the Simatic S7-1500 series. These new high-speed modules are perfect for those looking to migrate away from the S7-300, offering versatility on which you can rely. The Simatic S7-1500’s High-speed Modules provide ultra-fast input detection and advanced signal sensing, perfect for use in the food & beverage industry. The module’s increased input current of typ. 9 mA ensures reliable contacting and exceptional accuracy.

S7-1500’s new high-speed modules configure centrally with any S7-1500 CPU or within the ET 200MP I/O system using PROFINET and PROFIBUS. The modules support third-party controller functionality through GSD/GSDML file configuration. Siemen’s High-speed Digital Input Modules are highly customizable offering the ability to wire through push-in or screw. The S7-1500 offers shielding installation without the need for tools. The module is capable of use in extended ambient conditions making it highly versatile.

Adjusting your system can often seem daunting. Siemens and its new series of High-speed Modules for the Simatic S7-1500 are here to make that transition a breeze.

Features & Technical Specifications include:

  • Total of 16 channels in two groups of 8
  • Channel by channel diagnostics
  • 16x oversampling
  • Easy configuration
  • Small Footprint saves space on your configuration
  • Optional shielding options are available

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Siemens SIMATIC ET200SP Multi-Fieldbus Interface Module: Three Protocols in one Hardware Module

SE Automation and Siemens are excited to offer the SIMATIC ET 200SP-MF, a multifunctional, multi-protocol distributed I/O solution as part of the revolutionary ET200SP I/O system.  This is attributable to the expanded range of the ET 200SP system components that have steadily improved over the years.  The system is designed for easy installation in a control cabinet, as it is highly flexible and extremely user-friendly. Thanks to its scalable design, you can gear the I/O station exactly to the on-site requirements.

With the ET200SP-MF Multi-Fieldbus interface, the SIMATIC ET 200SP I/O platform can be used in applications where Profinet, Modbus TCP or EtherNet/IP are needed. Multi-Fieldbus is also the right solution when an I/O application is implemented with different controllers (field buses).  The same hardware can be used on any of the three protocols.  Simply select the protocol parameters on the interface module with the free MFCT (multi-fieldbus configuration tool) and the I/O station is prepared to work with the protocol partner.

Features & Benefits:

  • Free choice of the Ethernet connection technology via bus adapter
  • No tools needed for wiring due to push-in technology
  • Improved accessibility of wiring due to new arrangement of spring NC contacts and associated conductor opening
  • Clear arrangements due to colored labels and reference labeling plates and labeling strips
  • Channel-specific diagnostic functions

The Siemens Simatic ET200SP IO System leaves nothing to be desired thanks to its improved range and additional communication options. The powerful IO system with built-in safety functions is conveniently easy to integrate into your system and designed for long-term reliable and cost-effective use.

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Siemens Programmable Logic Controllers: Safety Without Breaking the Bank

SE Automation and Siemens would like to introduce you to Siemen’s line of Programmable Logic Controllers. Programmable logic controllers (“PLCs”) are commonly used throughout the industrial control and automation industries. Siemen’s series of PLCs offer integrated safety along the entire production line and offer both wired and wireless functionality, providing consistent communication. PLCs by Siemens are cost-effective, offering dependable safety you can trust.

Siemens knows that when it comes to protecting and monitoring your production, “more expensive” doesn’t necessarily mean better. The SIMATIC S7-1500 offers enhanced functionality and protection.  These PLCs are used in all areas of production automation, demonstrating incredible functionality in middle to high-end machines. The SIMATIC S7-1200 Controllers offer identical protection without the price and fuss of extra hardware.

Siemens PLCs are highly functional, offering both wired and wireless support for their devices. Through multiple points of communication Siemen’s PLCs can offer protection across the entire production line. Process signals, as well as safe signals, can be recorded in a central location or remotely using PROFINET.

Siemen’s advantage over other manufacturers comes from their ability to integrate safety along not just one piece of the production line, but the entire line itself.  The PLC’s compact design is particularly suitable for series machine manufacturing and offers excellent safety within a limited space.

Siemen’s portfolio of PLCs is user-friendly, offering safety across the entire PLC line. The PLC’s compact design and ease of installation allow you to protect your production without emptying your wallet. From HMI’s to drives, Siemen’s umbrella of protection has you covered.

Features and Benefits:

  • Supports up to three ethernet ports
  • Wireless support through PROFINET
  • Compact in unit design eliminates complicated set-up
  • Safety monitoring across the entire line

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The Best of Both Worlds: Two Systems, One Device

SE Automation and Siemens are excited to announce the introduction of the new SIMATIC Drive Controller. It will save you space by combining a controller with motion control and drive control in a single device. Integrated technology I/Os and powerful communication interfaces make sophisticated machine designs possible.

Integrating the fail-safe Technology CPU and the SINAMICS control unit (CU) within the framework of a SINAMICS CU saves a lot of space in the control cabinet. The strengths of the SIMATIC Drive Controller combined with the SINAMICS S120 multi-axis system become apparent in systems with three, four, or more axes. The package also includes integrated safety functions, so no separate safety CPU is needed. Like all other SIMATIC products, the engineering takes place in the TIA Portal, saving time on parameterization, which is completed easily in a single environment. The many interfaces and the new “cross-PLC synchronous operation” enable the efficient creation of modular machine designs.

Features & Benefits:

Ultra-compact

• SIMATIC S7-1500 controller, SINAMICS S120 drive control, and technology I/Os in one device.

Simple scalability

• High-performance interfaces, uniform across all performance classes.

High performance

• High-performance and well-equipped with interfaces, technology I/Os, and memory.

Safety Integrated

• Fail-safe CPU and drive-integrated safety functions.

Easy to use

• Efficient engineering – less work for cabling and installation.

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Siemens Class 52 Push Buttons: Building Safety

With the importance of safety in mind, SE Automation and Siemens are offering Class 1 Division 2 Contact Blocks for Push Buttons. The contact blocks help achieve the highest level of safety in hazardous locations. These trusted and reliable pushbuttons are products that your applications can rely on for long-lasting performance. They are now available with C1D2 hazardous location contact blocks.  The contact blocks also provide you with easy switching pilot devices and pushbuttons, while meeting safety compliance regulations. Siemens Class 52, 30mm pushbuttons, and contact blocks are rated to be used in Class 1/flammable gases, flammable liquid-produced vapors, and combustible liquid-produced vapors.

Features & Benefits Push Buttons:

  • Compliant with 501.11(B) which requires that enclosures for fuses, switches, circuit breakers, and motor controllers, including pushbuttons, shall be dust-tight
  • Quickly snap on switches, plot devices, and pushbuttons
  • Provides dual UL ratings for use in both ordinary & hazardous locations

These contact blocks are suitable for the following industries: Oil and gas, mining, chemical, and mills. Additionally, a 16-amp rating means that these contact blocks can be used in ordinary environments, such as direct-starting motors and/or tungsten-lighting ratings without an interposing relay.

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Siemens 5G Router: Quicker Than Quick!

SE Automation and Siemens are offering the latest innovation in communication technology, the Scalance MUM856-1 5G Industrial Router.  The Siemens Router is an IP65-rated wireless router that supports 5G for both public and private networks, and its usage can propel many applications in all industries.  The IP65 router can be accessed remotely using only a public 5G network.  This solution is ideal if you are seeking a secure remote maintenance solution or would like to connect your factory floor with maximum bandwidths for data-intensive applications. The new Scalance MUM856-1 supports 4G so operation is possible even if a 5G mobile network is not available. This device can be integrated with private local 5G campus networks.  The Siemens 5G wireless router, which also supports existing 3G and 4G (LTE) standards, can be configured with the Siemens’ Sinema Remote Connect VPN management platform.

Features & Benefits:

  • Zero wires
  • One unit
  • Communication framework
  • Massive/comprehensive connections
  • Secure remote access via public 5G network

The Scalance MUM856-1 5G is the “smart engine” that enables secure, reliable, and remote connectivity. Smart manufacturing, automated logistics, transparent supply chains, and maintenance over the cloud are valued features that others cannot compete with. While all 5G features are not available today in the Industrial Router, the “roadmap” has been set and supports easy and secure remote access use cases that have a far-reaching impact on how people live, work, and play all over the world.

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SITOP PSU6200: High Performance. Focused Diagnostics.

SE Automation and Siemens are now offering SITOP PSU6200, an award-winning industrial design power supply with space-saving width, optimized terminals, comprehensive diagnostic options, and high operational reliability. SITOP PSU6200 is an extremely high-performance power supply for 12, 24, and 48 V standard applications. It offers comprehensive functions and features for focused diagnostics, fast installation, and dependable operation. The new 3-phase power supplies 24 V/40 A and 48 V/20 A as well as supplying applications with up to 960 watts nominal power.

The all-around power supply for a wide range of applications –
now up to 960 watts!

For even higher availability, combine the 1-phase and 3-phase power supply units with the all-around SITOP add-on modules. These include the new buffer module SITOP BUF1200, the redundancy modules SITOP RED1200, and selectivity modules SITOP SEL1200, and SITOP SEL1400. These attractive designs match the SITOP PSU6200.

Experience the start of a new chapter in the world of standard power supplies with the all-around SITOP PSU6200 power supply.

Features & Benefits:

  • Permanent condition monitoring
  • Fast Check-Up directly on the housing
  • High safety level while the system is operating
  • Fast, error-free wiring

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SIMATIC FIELD PG M6: Rough, Rugged, & Ready to Go!

SE Automation and Siemens are offering the Simatic Field PG M6, Edition 2021, advanced with full software, and TIA Portal V17. This updated model is designed for fast and efficient configuring, commission, service, and maintenance in industrial plants via mobile operations. This latest edition of the high-performance programming device, housed in a lightweight magnesium enclosure, is designed to withstand shocks and vibrations with rubber bumpers on the corners of the device.

Features & Benefits:

  • High-performing programming
  • Ready-to-run through pre-installed, system-tested programming software
  • High-resolution display
  • Complete shielding against electromagnetic interference
  • Dirt-resistant industrial design
  • Available in two processor versions:
    1. SIMATIC Field PG M6 Comfort, equipped with Intel Core i5-8400H (2.5 to 4.2 GHz; 4 cores + Hyper-Threading; 8 MB Smart Cache)
    2. SIMATIC Field PG M6 Advanced, equipped with Intel Core i7-8850H (2.6 to 4.3 GHz; 6 cores + Hyper-Threading; 9 MB Smart Cache)
  • Optional software updates available with SIMATIC SW licenses
  • Available in English, German, and Spanish

The Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) portal provides unrestricted access to the complete range of digitalized automation services, from digital planning to integrated engineering and transparent operation. To protect technical infrastructures, systems, machines, and networks against cyber threats, it is necessary to implement and continuously maintain, a holistic, state-of-the-art IT security concept. Siemens’ products and solutions constitute one element of such a concept and are armed with the ability to protect your equipment through their Software Update Service (SUS).

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SINAMICS G120: Fitting Wide-Range of Requirements

SE Automation and Siemens are now offering the Sinamics G120 Control Unit Adapter Kit CUA20 for Motor Control Centers (MCC).  This new Adapter Kit enhances your foundation enclosure for more efficient automation.  Additional production efficiency is also gained by centralizing all critical components into a single location. 

The CUA20 Adapter Kit provides a simple alternative way to install the device in cabinets to effectively create an alternative to installing the G120 Drives. The Control Unit, normally mounted on the front of the G120 Power Module, can now be side mounted thereby permitting the G120 to fit into the MCC bucket.    

Features & Benefits:

  • Facilitates alternative panel designs through physical and thermal separation of power module and control unit.
  • Facilitates DNV-GL certified panel designs, needed in some segments and industries such as marine applications.
  • Facilitates the integration of PM240-2 power modules (FSA–FSC) in standard 15-in. deep plug-in MCC buckets without the need for a bustle/hump.
  • Facilitates the separation of power and control installation in control cabinet installations, providing a “safe control cabinet” (non-arc flash hazard).

The Siemens Sinamics G120 multi-functional drives and the Sinamics Control Unit Adapter Kit CUA20 are the “dynamic duo” to address the widest range of application requirements and improve/maintain production efficiency.

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SIMOTICS S-1FS2 Servo Motors: Plug and Play

SE Automation and Siemens would like to introduce you to the SIMOTICS S-1FS2 series of servo motors. Simotic motors are designed with cleanliness in mind and are suitable for applications in the food processing industry. The SIMOTICS S-1FS2 series of motors are connectable with a single cable which cuts installation time.

These servo motors are housed in 1.4404 stainless steel and meet NSF H1 certification. The stainless-steel design is perfect for Food and Beverage applications like meat and fish processing and beverage filling/dispensing.   They can be used as well in the Pharmaceutical Industry.

The S-1FS2 series is plug and play, working in tandem with SINAMICS S210 drives allowing for precise movement for both medium and higher loads. The small rotatable connector is simple to install and can be mounted in areas where space is scarce.

The S-1FS2 servo motor offers IP66/IP67 certified durability and easy access for a long-lasting product you can rely on.

Features & Benefits:

  • Ultra-Hygienic Steel housing perfect for Food and Beverage applications
  • One cable connection (OCC) for easier installation and cleaning
  • Works with PROFINET Industrial Ethernet to offer Plug and Play setup with SINAMICS S210 drives
  • High-resolution 22bit multiturn encoder
  • IP66/IP67 rated protection for the entire motor
  • IP69k for the motor housing
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Advanced, Secure Networks: Strategic Backbones of Digitalization

In recent years, rapid technology advancements have given rise to the industrial Internet of Things. Among them are cloud computing and storage, Big Data, and advanced analytics. But what makes it all work is secure, deterministic connectivity. That’s why industrial enterprises wishing to pursue end-to-end digitalization of their operations must
consider networks to be the strategic backbones of their operations.

Without these networks, modern industrial enterprises would come to a standstill. To support users in offices and remote locations, they need to connect large, strategic assets and capabilities consisting of sophisticated information technology (IT). Among them are enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, customer relationship management (CRM) systems, big data analytics, and other core applications residing in either data centers or the cloud. Data and network security and access are paramount to
prevent hacker intrusions and compromised data integrity
and privacy.

And, to keep production running, they need to ensure the secure, interconnected operation of complex operational technology (OT) landscapes. These start at the field level, operating in real time and often in extreme environments. They include potentially thousands of sensors, actuators, valves, instrumentation, and other devices, usually from
many different vendors. That’s not to mention their constituent machinery and even conveyor systems, also from diverse sources. Meanwhile, all these components must feed and draw operational data into and from dynamic, vertical infrastructures consisting of a wide range of controllers, operator systems and manufacturing execution systems.

Unfortunately, many industrial enterprises have built their networks as components of their IT/OT infrastructure, adding networks or extending networks as needed. The result has been a patchwork of sub-optimal network segments, creating information islands that can prevent
true, end-to-end digitalization. Worse, a fragmented network topology can expose operations to security vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit to gain access to critical assets and data, both on or off the shop floor.

To find out how to build a network that will serve as a strategic backbone for your digitalization, download the complete article here.

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Need a New Motor for your G115D Drive?

Earlier this year we told you about the SINAMICS G115D, a drive that is optimized exclusively for energy-efficient and cost-efficient horizontal motor applications. If you’re designing conveyor belts, sorting systems, baggage and freight conveyor systems, mail sorting and more, this optimally matched system solution consisting of a highly efficient geared motor and an innovative low-profile convertor is for you.

Siemens has now released a series of new motors for the SINAMICS G115D. The motors come in power ratings 1.5, 5.5 and 7.5Kw in both motor-mounted and wall-mounted versions. The new motors come with the firmware SINAMICS Pool V4.7 and can be configured from TIA Startdrive V17.

For more information the G115D drive from Siemens, check out the video below.

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Safety and Redundancy All in One Processor

It used to be that the only platform supporting both safety and redundancy in one processer was the S7-400. That all changes with the release of the 1518HF-4 PN. Introduced to the market along with TIA Portal Version V17, the CPU 1518HF-4 PN is suitable for applications placing highest demands on availability, program scope and processing speed, which at the same time require functional safety up to SIL 3.

Like any other S7-1500 failsafe controller, the CPU 1518HF-4 PN can be operated without a safety program for standard applications, and it can be programmed with STEP 7 and STEP 7 Safety TIA Portal Version 17 and higher.

Want to know the specs for the CPU 1518HF-4 PN? They include:

  • CPU with display
  • 9 MB Code RAM and 60 MB data
  • PROFINET IO controller
  • Integrated PROFINET IO interface with 2 ports for ring structure and 2 PROFINET interfaces for Ethernet and PROFINET basic services with separate IP address (4 ports in total)
  • Two slots for synchronization modules
  • Integrated system diagnostics
  • 5-level protection concept
  • Width: 210 mm

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Innovative Design Meets Integrated System Performance

With an innovative design and integrated system performance, the new SIMATIC Controllers CPU 1518T-4 PN/DP and CPU 1518TF-4 PN/DP are the newest extension of the SIMATIC S7-1500 controller series. It provides extended Motor Control functions and is based on the innovative Firmware Version V2.9 of the IMATIC S7-1500 Controllers.

The CPUs are designed for applications that place high requirements on program scope and processing speed. They can address demanding applications with a focus on Motion Control, including cross-industry automation tasks in series machine, special machine and plant engineering. In addition, the CPUs are suitable for distributed configuration via PROFINET IO and PROFIBUS DP.

Here’s what you should know about the CPU 1518TF-4 PN/DP:

  • Distributed configuration via PROFINET IO and PROFIBUS DP with PROFIsafe
  • Library with all common safety functions certified by the German Technical Inspectorate (TÜV)
  • Support for validation through standard-compliant program documentation
  • Easy reusability via library concept
  • Can be used for safety-related tasks according to IEC 61508 up to SIL 3 and ISO 13849-1 up to PL e

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CASE STUDY: How The World’s Largest Brewery Hit Operations Goals Ahead of Schedule with SCALENCE

Constellation Brands, Inc. (CBI) is among the world’s top manufacturers and marketers of spirits, wine, and beer, operating in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, and Italy. As the third largest beer company in the U.S.,
its well-known beer lines, such as Corona, Modelo, and Pacifico, are among the nation’s fastest-growing brands. But before 2013, CBI was strictly an importer, not a producer, and had never brewed a single bottle of beer.

That year, the company agreed to acquire from Grupo Modelo its U.S. brand rights and massive Nava brewery in Mexico. So, with the stroke of a pen, CBI found itself in the challenging world of large-scale beer brewing and bottling operations. Since then, the Nava brewery has become the world’s largest of its kind with an annual production capacity today of nearly 27.5
million hectoliters. Its operations cover 885 acres near Piedras Negras, Mexico, just a few miles from the U.S. border. Rail lines bring in raw materials, mostly rice, barley malt, and corn grits, where they are mixed with water. After brewing, sixteen packaging lines put the beer in bottles,
cans, and kegs to be palletized and loaded back on trains that take them to market.

Their challenge was to expand plant capacity 250 percent in just three years. To find out how they did it with Siemens’ SCALANCE Solutions, click here.

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The Integrating Factor: SIMATIC S7-1200

White Paper by Pamela Angelica Pacheco Tellez, Marketing Manager with Siemens AG

The vision of a self-controlling, self-optimizing, self-organizing factory has now become a fixed part of the industrial and automation worlds. Networked, intelligent systems, which control processes autonomously, are technically no longer dreams of the future. But even in the details, Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are opening up new applications for optimizing processes. However, this requires machines and systems to be easily integrated into a common data environment.

One application that requires such integration is data-based Condition Monitoring, which allows maintenance activities to be matched to actual needs and better scheduled. The networking of data also facilitates new approaches to process optimization, such as optimizing of energy efficiency. The machines or plant sections have often already been energetically optimized. An overall view of all energy data combined with intelligent networking of the entire operation opens up further potential for recognizing and using energy intelligently. For example by intelligent load management or chaining processes with complementary energy requirements. However, modern production facilities are not yet self-organizing, but they can be organized flexibly and controlled by new, modular line concepts, in which production stages can be combined in many different ways.

To read the rest of the white paper on the SIMATIC S7-1200, click here.

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Prevent Short-Term Power Failures with a SITOP Buffer Module

The quality of your power supply units alone won’t guarantee a fault-free, 24-volt power supply. Power failures, extreme variations in the mains voltage or a faulty load can cause plant operations to come to a halt and cost both time and money.

To prevent these losses, it’s critical that you use additional protection measures, such as the SITOP add-on modules. These modules were designed to protect production lines from a variety of potential hazards on the primary and secondary sides. In addition, they allow for completely flexible expansion of SITOP power supply units up to total, all-around protection.

The newest addition to the SITOP add-on modules is the buffer module (item #6EP42317HB000AX0). This module helps bridge short-duration voltage dips thanks to electrolytic capacitors, reliably preserving interruption-free operation. It can also support the power supply unit when the power demand temporarily increases.

Power failures usually only last a fraction of a second – but the buffer modules help bridge failures up to the second range. The buffer module ensures buffer time depending on the load current:

  • 5 A load current: 2 400 ms
  • 10 A load current: 1 200 ms
  • 20 A load current: 600 ms
  • 40 A load current: 300 ms

The buffer time can also be increased by connecting up to five modules in parallel. It’s also easy to install, thanks to only two lines connecting the buffer module to the power supply unit.

To learn more about the buffer module and the additional SITOP add-on modules, visit the Siemens website.

Siemens Leads as Most Awarded Industrial Automation Vendor in 2021 Engineers’ Choice Awards

In early February 2021, Control Engineering announced the best automation, control and instrumentation products in the 21 categories of the annual Engineers’ Choice Awards program.

The 34th annual Control Engineering Engineers Choice’ Awards revealed the best of the products introduced in 2020 as chosen by the Control Engineering print and digital audience.

More than 44 companies participated in the awards program, and Siemens had the most wins with 12, ranging from drives to software and more.

To read more about the competition and learn which Siemens products were named the best products, click here.

Stay Up to Date with SUS

Making sure your software is always up to date can be a time-consuming process. To make the update process easier, Siemens provides the Software Update Service (SUS). SUS is the fastest and easiest way to ensure that your SIMATIC software is up to date at any time.

With the SUS, you automatically receive all newly released version of your industrial software, delivered straight to your door or inbox. This includes all upgrades and service packs at no additional charge. By always having the latest software and updates, you have the ability to take advantage of the improvements and innovations that the Siemens team has made to their products. This will help you decrease your Total Cost of Ownership, optimize your engineering productivity, and improve your Overall Equipment Effectiveness.

SUS is available for an annual flat rate, which is significantly more cost-effective than purchasing single upgrades. By purchasing SUS, you’ll also improve transparency for better budget planning. The only requirement is a valid software license for the latest available software version. One SUS is required for each installed software license.  If you have multiple licenses to support, we can help you to bundle all your SUS subscriptions into a single SIEPRO Technical Service Agreement.

Want a digital version instead of hard copies? Online Software Delivery (OSD) gets licenses and software into your hands even faster – whether it’s a new order, upgrade, or service pack. OSD allows you to download licenses and SIMATIC software online. It’s as reliable as shipping hard copies, but a lot faster and more environmentally friendly. When updates are issued, you’ll be sent an email that contains all the necessary information and instructions for downloading the software and files. You can be sure the automation software you’re using will always stay up to date, anytime and right away.

If you have the need to maintain older versions of the software for existing installations, the current license enables the current version as well as all previous versions.  If you have any questions about any of these issues, please feel free to reach out to the SEA team.

An Xtraordinary Infrastructure Drive System: the SINAMICS G120XE

Are you using variable speed drive systems for industrial pump, fan, or compressor applications? The SINAMICS G120XE is an engineered enclosed variable speed drive system designed specifically for these applications.

The G120XE system was built around the flexible, function-rich and easy to setup and use SINAMICS G120X drive. It is US listed to UL508A and available in NEMA 1 and 12 configurations. The enclosure for the 6-pulse SINAMICS G120X can be wall mounted up to 75 HP and floor standing for 100 HP and up.

Let’s break down the details:

  • The SCCR (short circuit current rating) is 65 kA
  • The drive can be operated with either light or high overload duties
  • The circuit breaker disconnect comes with a flange mount operator and a mechanical door interlock
  • An Intelligent operator panel is door mounted and wired
  • Cable entry is available at the top or bottom on both line and motor side

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The Award-Winning Simatic IOT 2050 Gateway: Your Link to Digital Dimensions

In 2021, Siemens won the Engineers Choice Awards for Network Integration – I/O Systems with the Simatic IOT 2050 gateway. The SIMATIC IOT2050 is a smart gateway for Industrial Edge and cloud connections – but what makes it award-winning?

Whether you’re working in a new or existing facility, the SIMATIC IOT2050 will easily and cost-effectively open the way to digital dimensions.

The smart IoT gateway analyzes and processes your machine and plant data right where it’s generated: in your production facility. You’ll be able to complete rapid, immediate, plant-wide data analysis on-site. An added benefit? The volume of data you’ll need to transmit to the cloud is substantially reduced so you can make optimal use of your bandwidth.

It also ensures that you have the smart interconnectivity that is essential to IIoT. The smart IoT gateway aligns your in-company IT, production, and cloud, and combines data from a wide range of sources. Equipped with the SIMATIC Industrial OS operating system based on Debian Linux, SIMATIC IOT2050 processes and transmits your data directly to the production environment via industrial IT solutions.

The smart IoT also ensures that you benefit from maximum performance thanks to:

  • Powerful Texas Instruments ARM processors
  • 2GB DDR4-RAM memory
  • Many interfaces, including an mPCle port for wireless cards, Gbit LAN and two USB ports, and one serial and one Arduino port

In addition, the gateway is setup for both data transmission and data aggregation and has the ability to convert a range of communication protocols, and pre-processing in high-level languages such as Java, C++, Arduino IDE and Eclipse.

Are you operating on an older, existing system? Have no fear – the smart IoT gateway is ideally suited for retrofitting and can make existing plant and machines IIoT-capable easily and cost-efficiently. Should you need assistance upgrading the IIoT infrastructure in your facility, reach out to a member of the SEA team – we’re here to help!

Introducing the PN/MF Coupler V5.0

The PN/MF Coupler V 5.0 allows users easy data exchange between two controllers.  This can be either be done over PROFINET to PROFINET or PROFINET to EtherNet/IP protocols.   

Compared to a programmed communication between two controllers, the PN/MF Coupler allows for:

  • Simple configuration using I/O data modules, regardless of whether via PROFINET or EtherNet/IP protocol
  • Large configuration limits
  • Almost delay-free coupling of data between the subnets and thus deterministic data exchange because it is an I/O communication
  • Complete network separation => no influence on neighboring subnet through fault states
  • Diagnostics of fault states of own and neighboring subnet
  • Redundant power supply if needed.

How does it work?

Through the configured inputs of a slot, the local CPU or EtherNet/IP scanner reads the values that the CPU of the other subnet writes over the configured outputs of the coupling partner. The local CPU or EtherNet/IP scanner writes values via the configured outputs of a slot. These values are received by the CPU of the other subnet via the configured inputs of the coupling partner.  In simple terms, the data looks exactly like I/O to each of the partner CPUs.

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The Next Generation of Comfort Panels

Ready to implement innovative operating concepts, both today and down the road? Siemens’ new generation of SIMATIC HMI Unified Comfort Panels are for you.

SIMATIC HMI Unified Comfort Panels come in sizes ranging from 7” to 21.5” and offer you all the freedom and possibilities you need to implement your innovative operating concepts thanks to their capacitive multitouch displays. The panels are particularly powerful, allow the installation of apps and simplify scaling thanks to vector-based visualization.

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Ready to Get Started? We’ve Got the Key You Need…

The electronic SIRIUS ACT ID key-operated switches have proven their high flexibility compared to conventional solutions for years. The unique key IDs allow users to correctly assign authorizations, increasing security for your production facility. But the benefits don’t end there. The ID key-operated switches include:

  • Individual authorization management for groups or individuals
  • Unambiguous identification of users
  • Increased plant safety
  • Degree of protection IP65
  • Different colored RFID keys for each authorization level
  • Unrestricted selection and combination of authorization levels, freely programmable for individual special locks via IO-Link
  • Easy integration into plant via TIA Portal (Port Configuration Tool)
  • Highly flexible authorization assignment

Not sure where to start? Sounds like you need a Starter Kit!

There are two available starter kits that include:

  • SIRIUS ACT components, ID key operated switch including an ID key
  • Label holder with 4 labels
  • Partially insulated SIRIUS screwdriver
  • IO-Link electronic module (preprogrammed or freely programmable)

Starter Kit 1 includes an I/O link module with four preprogrammed authorization levels, while Starter Kit 2 can be customized to your specific application requirements.

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SIRIUS 3RW50: Save Space Without Sacrificing Functionality

Do you need a safe-saving soft starter with a wealth of functionality? Look no further than the SIRIUS 3RW50 by Siemens.

The SIRIUS 3RW50 soft starter features a compact, space-saving design and minimal power loss. It uses a hybrid switching technology and two-phase motor control cover a range from 100 to 400 hp at 480V. The soft torque function prevents current peaks during startup and reduces the mechanical loading, especially when stopping pumps to prevent water hammer and other types of pressure peaks found in pipe systems.

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SINAMICS G115D: More than Just Another Converter

The SINAMICS G115D by Siemens is optimized exclusively for energy-efficient and cost-efficient horizontal motor applications. If you’re designing conveyor belts, sorting systems, baggage and freight conveyor systems, mail sorting and more, this optimally matched system solution consisting of a highly efficient geared motor and an innovative low-profile convertor is for you.

The SINAMICS G115D is Versatile.

The SINAMICS G115D is simple to configure, easy to order and easy to commission. As a comprehensive distributed drive system, it is the simple solution to challenging horizontal conveyor applications.

The SINAMICS G115D is Rugged.

The robust design of the SINAMICS G115D includes a high degree of protection up to IP66 within harsh environment operations, while maintaining space requirements with a reduced converter’s size. It’s reliable operation allows for an extended temperature range of –30 to 55 °C.

The SINAMICS G115D is Distributed.

The SINAMICS G115D drive system belongs to a family of distributed converters. The distributed system approach allows to individually control motors closer to the application process saving space, reducing motor cables and improving electromagnetic compatibility behavior and heat losses.

The SIMATIC ET 200AL – For Effortless Installation Anywhere

With its high degree of protection IP65/67, particularly compact design, low space requirements and weight, SIMATIC ET 200AL is specially designed for distributed control electronics in tight spaces and involving motion. The SIMATIC ET 200AL devices are quickly and conveniently configured and commissioned using the TIA Portal. The modules can be incorporated in the automation network via PROFINET, PROFIBUS or the integration of ET 200SP.

The integrated engineering in the TIA Portal enables consistent system diagnostics and efficient operation. With the help of the TIA Selection Tool you can conveniently configure a ET 200AL system and easily order its components. The SIMATIC Automation Tool offers easy support for commissioning, maintenance and service. The possibility of interfacing to SIMATIC ET 200SP and the CAx-compatible labeling of all interfaces also ensure efficiency during configuration and commissioning. The ET 200AL supports configuration management (option handling) for the realization of flexible machine concepts.

SIMATIC ET 200AL modules can be easily installed in any position directly in a machine or assembly line on location. With a width of only 30 or 45 mm, the SIMATIC ET 200AL modules enable the connection of sensors and actuators in extremely small spaces by means of reliable M8 and M12 connection technology. Color coding of the sockets and the corresponding connecting cables simplifies wiring. Also, socket arrangement has been optimized to facilitate cable laying and the cable ties can be secured directly on the module to support cables. The modules can be optionally connected to PROFINET or PROFIBUS or integrated in SIMATIC ET 200SP.

The modules comply with the IP65/67 protection class and operate reliably within a temperature range of -25 to +55 °C and with accelerations of up to 5 g. Plastic enclosures make the modules particularly lightweight. SIMATIC ET 200AL modules are thus the perfect choice for applications involving movement. ET 200AL standard modules and their digital outputs can be shut down in groups safety related. The Technical Report issued by the German Technical Inspectorate (TÜV) proves that the modules achieve safety class SIL CL2 and PL d. It also enables the PROFIenergy functionality to turn off coordinated individual users or complete production units of during non-production hours.

Whether in engineering, installation or operation: The SIMATIC ET 200AL IO system offers a wealth of benefits – making it the ideal system for a host of applications.

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Connect Directly to the Cloud with the Logo! Logic Module Series 8.3

Siemens is presenting the new version of the logic module series Logo! for the first time at Hannover Messe 2020. The latest Logo! Version 8.3 is now available and features a direct cloud connection.

With Version 8.3, it is possible to activate and configure the cloud connection and use the new free Logo!  web editor to create user-defined website and dashboards in the cloud. Users can also design their automation projects and operate them from the cloud via smartphone, tablet or PC. The webserver can be directly hosted in the cloud, enabling individual visualization and centralized control of switching and automation solutions in building management systems, and in the construction of control cabinets, machines and apparatus – comfortably, regardless of the location. Users now have even more options for simple networking.

What you should know about version 8.3:

  • The LOGO 8.3 is compatible with all LOGO 8 extension modules
  • Pricing will not change
  • There will be no possibility to upgrade the FW of older base modules
  • There will be a new order number (MLFB) for all LOGO! base modules
  • The order numbers for starter kits will not change
  • The order number for Logo! Soft Comfort will not change

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SIPLUS HCS: Saving You Time, Money and Resources

Nearly all industrially manufactured products undergo heat treatment. Even small deviations in the heating process can result in enormous negative effects on product quality.

To increase the quality and quantity of a heat-treated product, it is important to be able to focus the energy required with the highest level of spatial and temporal precision. The SIPLUS HCS ensures utmost precision in the control of electric heating elements such as infrared heaters.

Three heating control systems are available:

  • With integrated power outputs – compact design
  • With integrated power outputs – modular design
  • Without integrated power outputs

The SIPLUS HCS family of heating control systems saves time, costs and resources when it comes to configuring, commissioning, operation and maintenance with:

  • Simple integration into existing automation systems such as SIMATIC and SIMOTION
  • Lower wiring costs and user-friendly engineering
  • Intelligent diagnostics options for swift fault detection
  • Service-friendly design thanks to ready-to-use function and data blocks
  • Reduced volume in the control cabinet with space savings of up to 50%

With the SIPLUS HCS family of heating control systems you can significantly increase plant availability, thanks to detailed, intelligent diagnostic functions and fast localization of faults in the heating process. Additional benefits include:

  • Simple integration into existing automation systems
  • Automation from a single source: simple data management with TIA
  • Easy commissioning with STEP 7 and TIA portal

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Confidently Handle the Most Difficult Starting and Stopping Operations with the Siemens 3RW55

Equipped with the utmost functionality, SIRIUS 3RW55 Failsafe High Performance soft starters confidently handle even the most difficult starting and stopping operations. Thanks to innovative torque control, the device can be used for drives with an output of between 5.5 kW and 560 kW (at 400 V).

The innovative 3RW55 Failsafe soft starter features an integrated fail-safe digital input for directly connecting the EMERGENCY STOP, and thus covers SIL 1 STO applications. The HMI (with color display, local interface and a slot for micro SD memory card) and plug-in communication modules (PROFINET, PROFIBUS, EtherNet/IP and Modbus) ensure maximum flexibility. With their modern hybrid switching technology, the 3RW55 Failsafe soft starters offer efficient switching for long-term, energy-saving use.

The Siemens 3RW55 includes:

  • Automatic parameterization
  • Hybrid switching devices and three-phase motor control
  • Integration into the TIA portal – communication modules optional
  • Removable HMI with color display, local interface, and a slot for a micro SD memory card
  • Pump stop and torque control
  • Certified according to ATEX/IECEx directive
  • Fail-safe disconnection up to SIL 3 – PL e / STO

Benefits of the Siemens 3RW55 include:

  • Extremely easy commissioning and reliability even under changing load conditions
  • Minimum power loss and optimum/symmetrical motor control
  • Efficient configuration and maximum flexibility in automatic engineering
  • Maximum flexibility with regard to user interface and intuitive menu guidance
  • Reduced mechanical loading and optimum pump stop control
  • Suitable fort eh starting of explosion-proof motors
  • Reduced costs and space requirements thanks to direct wiring of the EMERGENCY STOP mushroom pushbutton to the soft starter for SIL 1

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The Versatile, Seamless, and Safety Integrated SIMATIC MICRO-DRIVE

Siemens has expanded its converter family to include a new member in the safety extra-low voltage range – the SIMATIC MICO-DRIVE. Ideally suited for use in medical applications, the SIMATIC MICRO-DRIVE can also be used in automated guided vehicle systems and in shuttles for storage and retrieval systems and storage rack systems. The SIMATIC MICRO-DRIVE is extremely versatile, seamless, and safety integrated. The servo drive system delivers on high-precision positioning tasks in production and manufacturing as well as in innovative applications. It has a wide range of certificates and can be combined with numerous components to help create a customized solution.

Benefits and Features:

  • Works with motor power ratings ranging from 100 to 1000 Watts and can handle a motor supply voltage from 24 to 48 V DC.
  • Comes with a wide range of certificates (including UL and CE) and works with Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) for commission and service.

Applications:

  • Moving
  • Processing
  • Positioning
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Upgrade Communication Opportunities When You Upgrade Your Firmware

Upgrade Your Communication Opportunities When You Upgrade Your Firmware

ET 200SPSiemens new V5.0.3 firmware release maximizes the communication potential for the ET 200SP. By upgrading, customers can now use this MultiFieldbus Interface Module to connect controllers using PROFINET and EtherNet/IP.

Prior to the release, applications were limited to Modbus TCP connections. These new fieldbus protocols open the door for end users who occasionally use other EtherNet-based I/O systems in addition to PROFINET.

Using the MultiFieldbus Configuration Tool, engineers can easily implement the ET 200SP Station:

  1. Configure station (configuration and parameter assignment, comparable with TIA Portal HW Config).
  2. Transfer project to device (MF-IM).
  3. Configure device in the engineering system of the Modbus TCP controller (addressing). The MFCT provides the files required

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ET200S, ET200M, S7-300 Lifecycle & Migration Announcement

Siemens is committed to providing the best products and services in automation for its customers that will hold up with technology over time. As part of an effort to provide long-term solutions, Siemens will be migrating their ET200S, ET200M, and S7-300 product families to newer systems that allow for greater adaptability in the future.  Continue reading